Foreign Crimes

Jan 20, 2014
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Updated Jan. 30, 2014 The murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy on November 1, 2007 caused a global controversy. Not so much for the crime itself, although it was certainly a brutal murder, but because of the disputed guilt or innocence of two of the...
Jan 13, 2014
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Jan. 13, 2014Countess Erzsébet Báthoryby David RobbLady Macbeth is perhaps the most famous fictional female villainess in all of literature, but in 1606, while William Shakespeare was creating her bloodthirsty character, one of the world’s worst real life villainess was on a...
Jan 6, 2014
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Jan. 6, 2014“Colonel” Thomas Blood, who stole the Crown Jewels of England in May, 1671.The theft of the Crown Jewels in 1671 was the crime of its age, but King Charles II inexplicably pardoned the motley gang and granted extensive lands in Ireland to the ringleader, Colonel...
Nov 25, 2013
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In the annals of international diamond heists there has never been a group like the Pink Panthers. Of the estimated 200 members of the gang, most are Serb or Montenegrin nationals. Their estimated 120 heists in Britain, France, Dubai, Geneva, Monaco and Japan are marked by the...
Oct 24, 2013
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Oct. 24, 2013 Count Anton Graff von Arco auf Valley by David Robb  “Wach auf!” the prison guard shouted in German – the language best for shouting orders. “Wake up!”It was November 11, 1923, and Count Anton Graff von Arco auf Valley was sound asleep in his...
Sep 30, 2013
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A forensics first occurred in 2008 in Tasmania when DNA harvested from a leech led police to a robber. by Liz Porter On a late spring afternoon in 2001, two intruders broke into a house in bushland outside the small town of Launceston, in the Australian island state of...
Sep 23, 2013
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Greece’s criminal profile is one fitting to its Mediterranean temperament of boiling blood, twisted romance and redeemed honor. by Faye Karavasili As expected, Greece’s criminal profile is one fitting to its Mediterranean temperament of boiling blood, twisted romance and...
Sep 9, 2013
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Menzies Hallett For 33 years, Menzies Hallett got away with murder because a New Zealand law prohibited Hallett’s wife from testifying against him without his permission.  by Lisa Agnes By all accounts, Menzies Hallett was an affable, confident family man who got...
Sep 5, 2013
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The tunnel started in leather goods shop Le Sac and ended inside the Baker Street branch of Lloyds Bank. After taking almost three months to tunnel under a branch of Lloyds Bank on Baker Street, on September 1, 1971, three robbers forced open more than 260 safety-deposit...
Sep 2, 2013
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An edited extract from Cold Case Files: Past crimes solved by new forensic science – winner of Australia’s 2012 Davitt Award for best true crime book and available for Kindle in the United States on amazon.com. Hard copies available at www.panmacillan.com.au by Liz Porter...

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