A December 29, 2000, the BBC reported that an unidentified woman found bisected at the waist in London’s Thames River bearing two distinct characteristics that police hoped would help identify her: a tattoo and a twisted lateral incisor tooth. She was soon identified as Zoe Parker, the first victim of the Camden Ripper.
It’s bad enough when you have careless kids smoking on rooftops and tossing lit cigarette butts hither and yon, but firefighters now apparently have to worry about careless birds doing basically the same thing.
Police in Devon and Cornwall, England, have a true mystery on their hands, and are reaching out to the public in hopes of identifying the body of a man who was found on a beach completely naked, except for his socks and one shoe. Mysteriously, an old photo of a child found near the body is also believed to have belonged to the man.
No it’s not Monty Python’s Norwegian fish slapping dance, and the suspect is Irish, not Norwegian. In any case, a young couple is wanted after an ill-conceived prank is which they grabbed a large fish at the market and used it to haul off and smack a 53-year-old fish lady in the face, while recording the event for posterity.
On February 20, 1949, a missing persons report set off an investigation that would ultimately lead police to the Acid Bath Murderer, a serial killer who dissolved his victims in acid and poured them down the drain.
David Smith had witnessed a murder. He told police how his sister in law, Myra Hindley, had invited him in the night before to watch while her boyfriend, Ian Brady, was openly murdering a man in the living room. After the murder the couple laughed about the look on the victim’s face, and chit-chatted over tea with Smith about other murders they had committed.
Attentive pediatric nurse Allitt murdered four and maimed another nine babies in her care before she was stopped. Sentenced to life 13 times, but diagnosed with the controversial Munchausen by Proxy syndrome, Allitt was placed in a cushy mental institution for treatment, rather than a prison for punishment.
When Saudi prince Al Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir al Saud’s male companion was found dead in their posh London hotel suite, Al Saud claimed his friend’s death was an accident. Evidence instead pointed to a Master-Slave affair characterized by extreme violence.
An man in England alerted authorities recently about a single frog that was just sitting, waiting for him, at the bottom of the stairs to his house. He insisted that the frog was “harassing” him and wanted professional help removing it.
Of Henry VIII’s famous six wives, there is no doubt who possesses the worst reputation: fifth wife Katherine Howard. Anne Boleyn may be seen as the “Temptress” but is known as innocent of the adultery and incest charges trumped up to separate Henry from Anne and Anne’s head from the rest of her. As author [...]