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...
Apr 2, 2012
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Sadamichi Hirasawa poisoned 16 people for the equivalent of a few hundred pounds in cash. Or did he? by Robert Walsh Just before closing time at the Teigin Bank in the suburbs of Tokyo, on January 26th, 1948, a nondescript and middle-aged man walked in through the front...
Mar 19, 2012
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One of the most sensational cases that Dr. C. B. Gopalakrishna investigated from the Forensic Science angle was the history-making Alavandar murder case. Even though more than half century has passed since the murder and its trial that shook South India, it is still being...
Feb 29, 2012
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Feb. 29, 2012 Ruth Ellis It was a time of “no sex please, we’re British.”  Women, if they had to mention the three-letter word, preferred to spell it out in a whisper. As for men, they hypocritically joined private men’s clubs where sex was on the menu along with beer...
Feb 20, 2012
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John Reginald Halliday Christie Serial Killer Reg Christie pinned one of his eight murders on the witless Timothy Evans before he was discovered to be the “Monster of 10 Rillington Place.”  Evans’s execution by hanging – and his posthumous pardon – helped lead to the...
Jan 9, 2012
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(Photo used by permission of BlueStar Forensic) Extra-marital affairs are accepted in France. Wives and husband who indulge in them are even admired. It means that a woman, though married and probably a mother, is still attractive and desirable to the male of the species,...
Dec 18, 2011
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Bridego Bridge just after the robbery In August of 1963, 15 men pulled off “The Great Train Robbery,” at Sears Crossing in Buckinghamshire in southeast England, netting the equivalent of $68.5 million in today’s dollars.  Of the £2,631,684 stolen, less than £400,000 was...
Nov 21, 2011
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Dr. Harold Frederick Shipman During the last quarter of the Twentieth century, Dr. Harold Shipman killed his patients and got away with it.  In the process, he became the most prolific serial killer not just in Great Britain but in the Western World.  It eventually...
Nov 14, 2011
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Marie Besnard In France, in the 17th Century, alchemists became wealthy grinding arsenic rock into a colorless and odorless powder and selling the powder to their countrymen who wanted to do away with a wealthy old parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt. There was even an “...
Sep 27, 2011
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Ian Brady and Myra Hindley Myra Hindley was, for the British public, evil personified, and was the most hated woman in Britain from the time of her arrest in 1965 until the day she died in 2002 for murdering children with her boyfriend and burying them on the Moors. by...
Mar 14, 2011
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John Paul Getty III By the time John Paul Getty III died on February 5, 2011 – at age 54 – he had lost far more than the ear his Italian kidnappers had sliced off when he was 17 years old. by Denise Noe The old saying that “money can’t buy happiness” may never have been...

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