the crime bible


The Hunt For Bible John

“Bible John” is the popular nickname given to an unidentified serial killer who was active in Glasgow, Scotland between 1968 to 1969. The centre of the case is the Barrowland Ballroom- a popular dancing venue for courting couples -where all three of the victims danced before meeting their deaths. 

Bible John struck first on February 23, 1968, on a frigid winters night at the Barrowlands. Twenty five-year old Patricia Docker went along for a night of dancing with her sister, and got so drunk her sister could not support her on the walk home. As they waited for a taxi, a young man with reddish hair approached Patricia and offered to walk with her home. The drunken woman agreed and left with the man, leaving her sister behind at the ballroom. 

The next day a road builder found Patricia’s naked corpse lying in a door yard,  just feet from her home. She had been raped and strangled. Her clothes and purse were missing, but one detail stood out; Patricia had been menstruating at the time she was murdered, and the sanitary napkin she had been using had been quite deliberately placed next to her body. Though her sister gave police a reasonable description of the man’s appearance, her testimony was considered unreliable because she had been drunk when she saw Patricia’s killer. Months went by, and the case went cold.

Nearly eighteen months later, the killer of Patricia Docker again prowled the Barrowland Ballroom. This time he chose Jemima McDonald, a pretty young secretary who agreed to walk with him home after a night of dancing. Her sister went to her house the next day to drop off her purse, but there was no sign that Jemima had come home the previous night. Frantic, her sister waited for news, but then she saw something odd; a group of children running out of an abandoned building nearby, screaming about a body. She hurried over to the house, and in an empty room she found the hideously beaten body of her sister.  Jemima had been choked and beaten around the face, and again a used sanitary napkin gad been positioned next to her corpse.  Like Patricia, she had been violently raped.  

Police immediately noted the similarities between the Dockery and McDonald murders, and warned the young women of Glasgow that a killer was on the loose. Nobody got a good look at the man who accompanied Jemima home, but the crime scene evidence was in strong favor of a single offender having committed both murders. The killer would strike a final time, and then seemingly vanish into thin air.

On October 31, 1969, Helen and Jean Puttock went to attend a birthday bash at the Barrowland Ballroom. As they worked the room, Helen noticed a tall man with red hair following her; he bought her a drink, and the two appeared to hit it off. The man politely introduced himself to Jean as “John”, and when the ballrooms closed John accompanied Helen and Jean to the taxi stand. While they waited another man - ironically also named John - chatted to Jean, and this man would later tell police that “John” was very well spoken, appeared educated, and seemed to disapprove of ballrooms. Jean, Helen, and John took the same taxi home, and during  the ten minute trip home Jean got a good look at her sisters companion. She described John as being twenty five years old, clean shaven, with short cropped red hair and a slim build. During the trip he quoted from the Bible and spoke about praying instead of dancing (it’s this pious attitude that earned him his famous nickname) Jean bade goodbye to her sister and John when the taxi arrived at Helen’s house, and Continental on her way. 

The next morning a postman collecting mail noticed a white shape spread-eagled on her back in the back garden. Upon closer inspection the shape was revealed to be the partially nude body of Helen Puttock. Like the other two victims she had been raped and strangled, and a sanitary napkin was placed near her arm. Her bloodied clothes were scattered about the garden, but her handbag and stocking were missing - most likely taken as a trophy by her murderer. Jean Puttock immediately met with a police sketch artist and created a very good likeness of Bible John. He was profiled as a power-reassurance killer with a fixation on menstruation, a confident killer who carefully planned his murders and took care of evidence. A poster bearing the police sketch and his mannerisms was circulated throughout the Glasgow region, but despite thousands of tips police were no closer to catching the killer. The case faded from public memory, and eventually grew cold.

Nobody has ever been charged with the Bible John murders, though investigators currently believe serial killer Peter Tobin may be responsible. Tobin was in his mid twenties during Bible John’s active period,  and the police sketch is a good fit for his appearance at the time. However, with no concrete evidence available, police haven’t moved to officially charge Tobin with the murders. The case is still open. 


While living with his religious grandmother, Jeff Dahmer began to show interest in the Satanic Bible by Anton Lavey. Satanism teaches to acknowledge the most basic human needs and lends a hand in accepting the tainted parts of human nature.

Jeffrey had been working at the Milwaukee Blood Plasma Center at that time, taking blood from patients. Out of curiosity, he smuggled a test tube out of the center, to try the taste of human blood. He immediately spat it out, not liking the taste.

Even though Dahmer never considered himself a Satanist, he seemed to have found in that moment, if not subconciously, a prompt in their ideas. His mind always searching for a way to connect to another person, would attempt it the most “human” and primitive way. But with the blood he literally spat out satanic philosphies. He never tried drinking blood again, but would find interpersonal connection in another way of basic, yet primitve human nature. 

- The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer by Brian Masters

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“Runaway Train” is a popular song by American rock band Soul Asylum. Besides its indisputable success among charts worldwide, there’s a rather gloomy story behind  its music video. During the chorus, pictures of missing teenagers and children are displayed, along with their names and the date they went missing. Different versions of the video were made, each with different missing persons being featured, depending on the country. All in all, a total of 36 persons where featured in the videos.

The Australian version showed several young backpackers. It was later found out that a good few of them had been murdered by Ivan Milat, an Australian serial killer who was active from 1989-1992. He became known as “the Backpacker Murderer”. Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol, who were featured in the U.K. version, went missing in 1991. In 2007, their buried remains were found in the back garden of Scottish serial killer Peter Tobin. There were theories that Tobin could have been “Bible John”, a serial killer whose identity is unknown to this day, as Tobin’s known movements and his M.O. suggested his involvement in the case. What also made him a suspect was the fact that Tobin was already in his 60s when he killed his first victim, which is unusual, as well as the way he hid the body and evaded capture, which suggested he was experienced.

The body of 14-year old Curtis Huntzinger was found in 2008. He was found to be murdered by Stephen Hash, a family acquaintance. Curtis had disappeared in May 1990, shortly after he reportedly told his parents that Hash had molested him.
Thomas Dean Gibson, age 2, disappeared from Glendale, Oregon, in 1991. His picture was featured in at the end of all three U.S. versions of the music video. His father, former Douglas County deputy sheriff Larry Gibson, was convicted of second degree manslaughter in 1995. He was released in 1996 and insists on his innocence. Thomas’ body was never found.

More than twenty years after the release of “Runaway Train”, 26 teenagers and children have been reported to be reunited with their families in the years after being featured in the video. The rest of them are still missing or reportedly dead. You can watch it here.

anonymous asked:

Hi Briana! I've recently gotten into comics and already have in my collection Heathen, Rat Queens, Motor Crush, The Wicked + The Divine, Lumberjanes, and ODY-C thanks to mentions in your past posts. Are there any other LGBT+ comics you know of that you'd like to recommend? Would really appreciate it. :)

hi! gosh, those are some really good comics to start out with. uhhh here’s a quick list off the top of my head, more or less (also this is only books i’ve read myself, and i’m a couple years behind at this point, so) 

i’ll put a $ next to the books i know have LGBT creators


  • young avengers (vol. 3, gillen/mckelvie) LGB
  • america (2017) L $
  • angela series (asgard’s assasin, 1602: witch hunter, queen of hel) LBT $


  • gotham central* L
  • 52/the question: crime bible/the question: pipeline** L
  • batwoman***
  • midnighter (2015 - 2016) G $
  • dc bombshells L $
  • secret six/villains united/secret six vol 2 (pre new-52) L


  • red sonja (i don’t remember the year, just start w/ gail simone and keep reading after marguerite sauvage takes over) B $
  • anathema (lesbian werewolf!!! but very much an old pulpy horror book in that her gf dies right away) L $
  • clean room (horror book by gail simone) LB (possibly more? i’m behind)
  • giant days (super cute slice of life college stuff, very funny) L
  • hellbreak (uh. marines fighting demons in hell basically? queer woc in a main role) L/B 
  • goldenwood chronicles (DO YOU LIKE CUTE ANIMALS BC THIS BOOK’S GOT EM) L $
  • jem and the holograms (2015 - ?, reboot of the classic 80s cartoon but v diverse and good) LBT $
  • Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess (tbh the entire princeless series is so good? it’s about a black princess who rescues her sisters from the towers they’re locked up in, this spinoff features the character raven, an asian lesbian, and is generally geared for a YA age group instead of all ages like the rest of the series) L
  • shutter (this one’s tough to describe? queer woc lead in a modern/fantasy setting ties up the loose ends of her adventurer father’s legacy. v good) LBT
  • the spire (interesting almost steampunky fantasy setting? lesbian mutant in forbidden love w/ a princess. good shit) L
  • the woods (group of plucky teens + their entire school get transported into a terrifying new world, learn to deal, solve mysteries) G (maybe more??? i kinda fell out of it but i liked it a lot) $
  • zodiac starforce (MAGICAL GIRLS!!!! except about what happens when they beat the big bad and try to quit) LB
  • we(l)comeback (okay please if you try any book i rec you try this one, it’s such a beautiful love story and the art’s incredible and not enough people have read it PLEASE) L/B $

not explicitly gay but still so good you should read it please for the love of god:

  • teen dog (he’s a teen! and a dog! just a real feel good comic about friendship. cute jokes. it’s like reading a hug)

*okay real talk gotham central is the most important comic i ever read. it’s really heavy but it’s basically a comic about the cops in gotham city. it had two writers (ed brubaker and greg rucka) who switched off arcs between day shift and night shift. rucka’s night shift included renee montoya who through the course of the story is outed as a lesbian (I think it’s the second or fourth arc of the book. it’s called half a life. it changed my whole damn world). this book was a huge part of learning to own my queerness when i was a teen but it’s also just objectively So Good and even if you’re not a superhero person i’d rec it

**these i’d only suggest if you read gotham central and really got into montoya. and even then 52 ONLY if you’re a hardcore/completionist. it charts her ascent into the role of The Question but it’s a long series and she’s only one of the storylines. you can get the gist through reading a wiki or something tbh

***i’ve only read the Elegy arc that greg rucka wrote tbh so i can’t really recommend it beyond there, i’ve heard the subsequent books were p hit or miss


In the late 1960s, three young Scottish women met their end at the hands of a Scripture-quoting murderer who came to be known as “Bible John.”
All of the victims were strangled with their own stockings. Additionally, they were all menstruating at the time of their—and this was evidently known to the killer, as pads or tampons were placed near the bodies of all of the victims.
Jean Puttock—sister of the victim Helen Puttock—was able to provide the only known description of the killer after sharing a taxi with him (and her doomed sister) for an hour. The man had identified himself as “John Templeton,” and had extensively quoted from the Bible, and even referred to the types of dance halls in which he met his victims as “dens of iniquity.” After Jean and her date exited the cab, Helen continued on with John—only to be found dead the next morning. The man disappeared without a trace.