Foreign Crimes

 
May 16 2016, Chuck Lyons
 Serbian-born Szilveszter Matuska pulled off four train wrecks in Hungary and Austria in the 1930s that killed 22 people and injured hundreds of people. He said God made him do it. Was he a...
 
May 11 2015, Marilyn Z. Tomlins
How did a retired electrician become the owner of 271 Picasso artworks worth millions of dollars, and how could he have forgotten for almost 40 years that he had them? By Marilyn Z. TomlinsThursday,...
 
Happier days - the ghost of tennis past: Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, Dublin, Ireland in 1883. Seated (with racket) HF Lawford and EH Browne. Standing (from left) E Renshaw (with racket), E...
 
January 13 2014, David Robb
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...
 
April 9 2015, Martin Baggoley
Hundreds of murder trials have been heard at London’s famous Old Bailey and probably the most unusual of them all was that of Francis Smith in the case of the Hammersmith Ghost.  by Martin...
 
February 12 2015, Martin Baggoley
Four months after his marriage to a beautiful 19-year-old, middle-aged Thomas Ogilvie was dead. His younger brother and the young widow were suspected of conspiring to poison him with arsenic.by...

Ten Who Escaped the Hangman in Ireland

May 23 2016, 0 Comments
Before the Republic of Ireland abandoned the death penalty in 1990, it had a curious relationship to it, meting out the penalty but more often than not commuting or reprieving the condemned. by Colm...

The Train Wrecker

May 16 2016, 0 Comments
 Serbian-born Szilveszter Matuska pulled off four train wrecks in Hungary and Austria in the 1930s that killed 22 people and injured hundreds of people. He said God made him do it. Was he a...

The Wimbledon Tennis Killer

July 7 2015, 0 Comments
Happier days - the ghost of tennis past: Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, Dublin, Ireland in 1883. Seated (with racket) HF Lawford and EH Browne. Standing (from left) E Renshaw (with racket), E...
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...
Aug 12, 2013
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Colin Ireland Colin Ireland was a nobody who wanted to become a somebody by becoming a serial killer. Like two serial killers before him, he trolled the Coleherne Pub in Earls Court for gay men to murder. by Mark Pulham Earls Court has been many things in its time. During...
Jun 20, 2013
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From Austria’s first serial killer, Hugo Schenk, to the internationally shocking case of Joseph Fritzl.        by Faye Karavasili Austria is widely known mostly for its flowing waltzes and tasty schnitzel. When one walks through its...
May 20, 2013
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DNA and the transgender Gypsy super-criminal. by Paul Buchanan On the afternoon of April 25, 2007, Michele Kiesewetter, a 22-year-old police officer in the German city of Heilbronn, drove with her partner to the parking lot of the local Theresienwiese, a sort of fairground...
Apr 25, 2013
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 Steve Wright The murders of five prostitutes by the Suffolk Strangler in 2006 set off one of the largest manhunts in British history. DNA evidence led to the arrest and conviction of a man who admitted he had sex with four of the five dead women, but was he the actual...

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