True Crime

True Crime 2nd Edition

In True Crime, we investigate some of the most iconic crimes in recent history, from O. J. Simpson's 'Trial of the Century', to the monstrous actions of Edmund Kemper and Charles Manson. Featuring a host of genuine evidence, including official police documentation and unbelievable images, True Crime gives you an insight into the minds of some of history's most notorious killers. Featuring: The Death House - Take a look inside Sing Sing prison’s Death House and the electric chair dubbed ‘Old Sparky’. From the archives - Delve into the past and investigate some of history's most infamous criminals, from Ned Kelly to Charles Manson. Criminal profiles - Discover the truth behind the criminal cases that shocked the world. Iconic images - View incredible photos charting some of the most notorious crimes of the last century.

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in this issue

1 min
welcome to true crime

Though its frequency in modern society continues to diminish, despite what it may seem like thanks to the advent of 24-hour news, crime is never far from the public conscience. Famous cases are followed closely around the world, from the first stages of investigation through to the final sentencing, and the most notorious criminals now gain an unprecedented level of infamy. In True Crime, we investigate some of the most iconic crimes in recent history, from O. J. Simpson’s ‘Trial of the Century’, to the monstrous actions of Harold Shipman and Josef Fritzl. You can trace the history of New York State’s notorious electric chair, Old Sparky, which executed over 300 criminals in Sing Sing prison. Follow the development of the modern criminal from the roots laid down by their…

4 min

There are multiple reasons for this change for the better. For instance, some crimes fall out of fashion. The roads and parks of eighteenth century Britain were plagued by highwaymen like Dick Turpin. These wandering armed robbers were so common that Members of Parliament used to have to form into protective groups before risking the walk home through London’s Green Park after nightfall. Yet the highwayman is nowadays as much a piece of dead history as the Cornish shipwrecker and the Roman gladiator – thanks mainly to the invention of the professional police force. The highwayman didn’t just disappear, of course. He transformed into the modern street mugger and house burglar. But even for muggers and burglars, times are changing. Burglary was rampant in most western cities in the 1980s and…

13 min
inside the death house

Sing Sing. The name alone implies violence, hard labour, harder punishments, misery and death. Even the very words are foreboding, coming from the Native American phrase ‘Sinck Sinck’ meaning ‘stone upon stone’. Nowadays known by the more anodyne name of the Ossining Correctional Institution, Sing Sing is one of the world’s most notorious prisons, and there’s one part that earned more notoriety than any other. The ‘Death House’. New York State abolished capital punishment in 1969. Its last execution was of murderer Eddie Lee Mays on 15 August 1963. Before abolition, New York hanged, shot and burned criminals at different times until, in 1889, the state adopted something new: the electric chair. Between 1890 and 1963, 614 inmates walked their ‘Last Mile’ between their cell and the death chamber. Once strapped…

1 min
calling the electrician

Sing Sing had five executioners between 1890 and 1963, officially titled State Electricians. Edwin Davis, John Hurlburt, Robert Elliott, Joseph Francel and Dow Hover executed 614 inmates in New York alone. State Electricians had to be qualified electricians with no criminal record and good character references. The electricians earned $150 for single executions. Multiples paid $50 per additional inmate. A private contractor, New York’s executioner could also work for other states and usually did. Elliott, credited with 387 executions during his career, was employed by New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut. On 6 January 1927, Elliott performed a triple electrocution in Massachusetts, then visited Sing Sing for another triple execution the same day.…

1 min
this is how bad men die

1 LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS The first high-voltage shock is designed to almost instantly destroy the brain and central nervous system functions. The inmate is thought to be rendered unconscious in 1/240th of a second, which is less time than in which they can feel the pain. 2 MUSCLE PARALYSIS Electrocution causes complete paralysis due to every muscle contracting and staying contracted while the current is flowing. This makes heartbeat and respiration impossible. The second shock cycle is administered to ensure heartbeat does not resume. 3 BLOOD, SWEAT AND WORSE Physical reactions include burning of the scalp and calf, heaving chest, gurgles, foaming at the mouth, bloody sweat, burning skin, shattering of the eye lens and release of urine and/or faeces. After electrocution, the body typically turns a bright red colour. 4 FEEL THEM FRY There’s debate about…

17 min
edmund kemper

With a near-genius IQ score, Edmund Kemper towers at more than two metres tall and weighs approximately 136 kilograms. To the outside world he was viewed as the ‘gentle giant’. But just beneath the surface he harboured a turbulent and violent rage towards his alcoholic and abusive mother that festered into a mass of perverse, horrific homicides. Eventually giving himself up for his crimes, he freely gave every chilling and gruesome detail of the fate of his eight victims. Was this a sign of remorse? Or did the notorious Co-ed Killer feign a pattern of behaviour that would portray the disturbed maniac as a victim of his matriarchal upbringing? Born on 18 December 1948 in Burbank, California, Kemper certainly had a less than happy childhood. His parents’ relationship was unstable and…