Crimes That Shocked The World. The Most Chilling True-Life by Danny Collins

By Danny Collins

With 24 hour information channels and straightforward entry we're bombarded with experiences of crime from each nook of the globe. it appears no faster has one tragedy hit than tales of one other are being flashed throughout our monitors and revealed in our papers. however it is indisputable that there are for each iteration a few crimes that may by no means be forgotten. simply as humans be mindful the place they have been after they heard that President Kennedy were shot, who can put out of your mind listening to the bleak information of the assaults of September eleventh? And who may well shake off the revulsion they felt whilst the sickening information of the Fritzl case got here to gentle? certainly, the bad nature of a handful of crimes has ensured that yes names is not forgotten: James Bulger, Sally Anne Bowman, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman...

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So rapid was the blood loss that she had died within minutes of the attack. Missing from the crime scene were Sally Anne’s mobile phone and white Prada handbag containing her purse, make-up, and passport. A chain and pendant had been wrenched from her neck and the killer had cut off a hank of blonde hair as the girl lay dead or dying. An earring had also been torn from her right ear. But in his haste and fury of lust the killer had left many clues before he fled. Sally Anne’s body and the crime scene yielded bite casts, saliva, semen, hairs – each a telling clue for the investigators who would now work to track down the killer.

Then a major breakthrough came when police in Crawley, Sussex, were called to a brawl following a World Cup match. One man in particular had become extremely distressed when told he must give a DNA sample. Once compared with other DNA samples on the police database it became clear why: the sample was an exact match to those left at the Blenheim Crescent crime scene. The man was 35-year-old Mark Dixie and he spoke with an Australian accent. The date was 27 June 2006, almost nine months to the day that Sally Anne Bowman was murdered and raped in South Croydon.

A mugging, a burglary or a violent beating are all crimes that leave their mark, physically and mentally, on the victim’s psyche. Yet there are crimes that go far beyond the limit of human tolerance and understanding and in so doing scar the psyche of all those who hear of them. Such a crime was that committed by Charles Manson’s deranged hippie ‘Family’ when, in 1969, on his instructions, they broke into a house in Benedict Canyon in the Los Angeles hills and slaughtered five people in a hideous blood bath, even cutting an eight-and-a-half month foetus from the body of victim Sharon Tate, wife of film director Roman Polanski, as she was dangled from a beam across the ceiling.

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