Foreign Crimes

 
March 18 2013, 0 Comments
"I am the bullet in the chamber.  Just do it".-- Nike sports advertisement featuring Oscar Pistorius Oscar Pistorius’s rise to world fame was as unlikely as his arrest for the shooting death...
 
June 4 2012, 0 Comments
John "Babbacombe" Lee After three attempts to hang John Lee at Exeter Prison in Devon, England, the hanging was called off. Years later he was paroled.   by Robert Walsh  It...
 
November 12 2012, 0 Comments
George Kaufman The first criminal investigation in Australia – and one of the first in the world – to use DNA to solve a case. by Liz Porter The affluent middle-class suburb of North Caulfield...
 
May 20 2013, 0 Comments
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...
 
September 30 2013, 0 Comments
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...
 
April 25 2013, 0 Comments
 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...

Italian Vendetta: The Amanda Knox Case

January 20 2014, 0 Comments
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...

The Real Lady Macbeth: Countess Erzsébet Báthory

January 13 2014, 0 Comments
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...

Stealing the Crown Jewels

January 6 2014, 0 Comments
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...
Tue, 10/13/2009 - 23:53
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December 02, 2007 Daisy de Melker, mugshot 1932 Daisy killed the old fashion way, with arsenic and strychnine. by Marilyn Z. Tomlins No one present at the birth of Daisy Louisa Hancorn-Smith had reason to believe that she would one day be famous or, for that matter,...
Tue, 10/13/2009 - 23:51
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October 07, 2007 Main street, village of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne. It was here that Dr. Petiot murdered for the first time. Sixty-one years after Dr. Marcel Petiot, dubbed "Dr. Satan" by French newspapers, was guillotined for the murder of 26 people, he remains France's...
Tue, 10/13/2009 - 22:42
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March 29, 2009 Wrongly accused? Omar Raddad stands outside the courthouse. French justice can be quite curious. After being pardoned but not exonerated in the murder of his employer, Omar Raddad risked being re-imprisoned by asking for a new trial to clear his name....
Sat, 09/12/2009 - 00:40
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June 1, 2009Emilie Tanayby Anthony DavisSaturday, June 11, 1994 was to have been a foretaste of the summer vacation for the children of Gruchet-le-Valasse, a small town (pop. 2,700) in Normandy. Their school was organizing its traditional end-of-term fete and 9-year-old...
Sat, 09/12/2009 - 00:36
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September 19, 2007 updated June 22, 2009Veronique Courjault Nine recent cases of infanticide in France are causing the French to ask what is it in their psyche that makes the nation's mothers kill their newborns. by Marilyn Z. Tomlins Infanticide is a crime no one...
Fri, 09/11/2009 - 23:28
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 Kinga LeggThe murder of Polish millionairess Kinga Legg at the 5-star Le Bristol Hotel in Paris has been solved but her murderer may forever remain unpunished.by Marilyn Z. Tomlins In the language of luxury hotels, it was the quietest hour of the day: 8 p.m. The...
Thu, 04/30/2009 - 01:19
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May 20, 2008 Updated Nov. 23, 2010 Josef Fritzl, photographed just after his arrest Josef Fritzl locked his 18-year-old daughter Elisabeth in his cellar and raped her repeatedly for the next 24 years. She would bear him seven children, three of whom he moved upstairs to live...
Thu, 04/30/2009 - 01:17
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March 8, 2009 Grègory Villemin, age 4 The murder of little Grègory Villemin was one of the most mysterious and media-hyped criminal cases of the 20th century. During the 25 years since, the investigation has seen new and surprising developments, throwing light on...
Fri, 04/24/2009 - 17:34
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April 12, 2009 (updated Nov. 15, 2010)Édouard Stern French billionaire banker Édouard Stern, wearing a latex bodysuit, was shot dead in his luxury Geneva penthouse by his mistress, Cécile Brossard, for reneging on the $1 million he gave her. by Marilyn Z. TomlinsIt was...

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