Five hours before his execution, Ted Bundy was allowed two 10-minute phone calls to his mother Louise Bundy and stepfather John Bundy.
’He sounds very much at peace with himself,’ Louise Bundy told a Tacoma News Tribune reporter present in the home. “’He said ‘I’m so sorry I’ve given you all such grief … but a part of me was hidden all the time. But the Ted Bundy you knew also existed’.”
At the end of the second call, Louise Bundy told him, ’You’ll always be my precious son.’
In 2007 Delores Eggert murdered her own mother, Pauline Devor, who was 70 years old at the time. Eggert is thought to have shot and killed her mother, although the precise cause of death is unknown as Eggert went on to burn her mother’s body, the charred remains of which contained a number of crowns that matched ones that Devor had in her mouth.
Bob Devor, Pauline’s husband, contacted police to say that his home had been burglarised and that his wife was missing. It was eventually revealed that the crime scene had been staged and that Bob was trying to cover up the crime that his step-daughter had committed. It was also discovered that Bob and Eggert had a sexual relationship that dated back at least two years, with the pair of them moving in together a week after Pauline’s disappearance.
Eggert was caught after a friend came forward and explained that she had helped plan Pauline’s murder, which included the burning of the body. This lead to the discovery of the charred remains and Eggert was eventually convicted of the murder, with Bob Devor also being convicted and sentenced to ten years imprisonment for helping cover up his wife’s murder.
Tumblr pulled down his blog. His rampant anti-Semitism and racism had to be addressed. This (!) is how a social media platform should respond to people promoting hate speech and entertaining violence against other racial groups. Twitter should have done that with Trump’s profile long ago, especially because he’s also using the site to promote false and misleading information. That makes his profile as dangerous as the profile Tumblr took down. I thank the Tumblr staff for taking swift action as they always have. Consider this a warning issued to any blogger who promotes hate speech and calls for violence toward people on the basis of their religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
Newspaper article about mass murderer Gian Luigi Ferri, who entered the legal offices of Petti & Martin and started shooting, murdering 8 people, wounding a further six before turning the gun on himself and completing suicide. The entire crime last only four minutes. The mass shooting became known as the 101 California Street Shootings due to the address where the murders took place. These murders lead to a significant amount of legislative action, as it was felt that the gun sold to Ferri was clearly inappropriate for legal use, and would eventually lead to the implementation of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in 1994.
I love crime novels and I’ve made it my mission to get others hooked too, so here are some of my favourites! My favourite authors are bolded, and if they’ve written more crime stories than the ones listed here, I’ll put a + after their name.
The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton+
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie+ (Hercule Poirot)
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (Miss Marple)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot)
The Broken Jug by Heinrich von Kleist (german)
A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle+
The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe+
The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (italian)
The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers+
Milchgeld by Volker Klüpfl/Michael Kobr+ (german)
Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec+ (german)
The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby
Murder in the Rue Dumas by Mary L. Longworth+
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith+
Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell+ (swedish)
Mademoiselle de Scuderi by E.T.A. Hoffmann (german)
The Crime at Lock 14 by Georges Simenon+ (belgian)
Schwarze Piste by Andreas Föhr+ (german)
It was really hard to choose these, but I hope this final list contains some good beginner’s recommendations for people who don’t quite know where to start. There are classics and modern novels, humorous and serious ones, novellas and series… Most of these have been translated into numerous languages (I’ve given you the original language in brackets!).
!: None of these are thrillers or otherwise completely gruesome and hardcore stories, because I certainly wouldn’t want to read any of those (hence why there’s no Simon Beckett, Ferdinand von Schirach, Adler-Olsen etc.). All of the books listed here also have humorous aspects and hopefully won’t leave you sad and scared at the end! :)
Let me know what your favourite crime novels are, if you also like any of these listen here or if you think there’s something missing! I’d love to hear your recommendations! :)
Nothing tears at our hearts like a story of stolen children, but something was not quite right with the tale a hysterical young woman told police over the phone on October 24, 1994.
The woman - who identified herself as twenty-three-year old Susan Smith - claimed she had stopped for a red light in downtown Union, South Carolina, when an armed black man approached the car and demanded she get out. When she did, Susan claimed the man had threatened her and then sped off in her car. Her two sons Michael (3) and Alexander (14 months) were asleep in their car seats during the entire incident.
Police were quick to respond to the case of Susan’s missing children, but soon there was reason to suspect the mousy housewife was not telling the truth; during interviews Susan would accidentally refer to her sons in the past tense (as if she knew they were already dead), did not appear to cry, and gave a very vague and disordered description of the man who hijacked the car.
Over nine days, Susan gave a series of very emotional television appearances where she pleaded to the ‘hijacker’ to return her sons safely. It was after her latest one on November 3, 1994, that police confronted Susan with the inconsistencies in her story, namely the fact she claimed she had stopped the car for a red light on the night of the hijacking. This was later proven to have been impossible, as the red light on that particular intersection only goes red if another car was approaching from the opposite direction - which wasn’t the case, as Susan had been very adamant that nobody had been on the street that night.
After repeated questioning, Susan Smith confessed to murdering her two sons. She told the police that she drove to a nearby lake intending to drown herself and her two children. After parking at the edge of the water and disengaging the brake, Susan claimed to have had a change of heart and got out of the car at the last second. Her two boys, trapped in their car seats, drowned as the car drifted out and filled with water. A search of the lake soon revealed Susan’s car resting on the bottom of the lake, with the bodies of her two children still inside. After her arrest a psychiatrist diagnosed her as a depressive personality, and that she killed her children during a psychotic episode. It later came out that Susan was having an affair with a married man before her sons deaths, and he told her they could not be together due to her sons, which caused Susan to snap.
Susan Smith was charged with two counts of murder and found guilty in October 1995. She was sentenced to life in prison and must serve thirty years before she is released.