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He Stole Her Innocence

Known paedophile held Jaycee for 18 years

Screams in the Night

Justice for Ex-Cop’s 150 Victims

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batman massacre

how dna sleuths solved a 40-year old cold case

Au Pair Nightmare cursed

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Naked Peeper – “Scum of the Earth” – his long walk KKK Killing - france’s most wanted – and more

Murder Insider story of a deadly Nordic music rivalry



s new kids on the true crime scene, Real Crime ran its first full-blooded feature on the Golden State Killer just over a year ago (issue 24). Getting up to speed with a case involving multiple burglaries, rapes and murders, which had been unsolved for decades, and probably had a file running tens of thousands of documents deep, was daunting. But having tucked that one under our belt, we felt comfortably invested in one of California’s most notorious serial killers. As if we’d been following the case ever since DNA indicated in 2001 that the crimes of two separate unsolved

cases, that of the East Area Rapist (EAR) and the Original Night Stalker (ONS) were, in fact, committed by the same person. So when news broke in April that police had arrested a suspect and charged him with eight counts of murder, it was hard for us to believe that California might soon be able to close this major chapter in crime history. More incredible were the methods used to crack this case, which came completely out of left field, detailed in our feature on page 14.

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An escape route (over the fence and into the levee behind it) used by the East Area Rapist when he terrorised the eastern district of Sacramento County, in 1976

Contributors dr nell darby Nell is a criminal historian and freelance writer who has written extensively for newspaper, magazine and website outlets. She also has four books to her name and the latest, on crime and the Victorian theatre, is available now. Nell’s yoked her interest in genealogy to write our cover feature about the Golden State Killer, on page 14.

robert murphy An award-winning correspondent for ITV News based in Bristol, Robert has reported on well-known crimes such as the murders of Joanna Yeates, Sian O’Callaghan, Melanie Road and Melanie Hall. He’s written our cold case feature on the 13-year disappearance and murder of Melanie Hall, on page 32.

robert walsh A freelance writer based in Cornwall, England, Robert is best known for his true crime (via www. as well as his military history writing. His specialist areas are organised crime, serial killers and the history of capital punishment. Rob has written about the Aurora cinema shooting, on page 52.

james mcmahon Freelance writer, author and former editor of weekly rock magazine Kerrang!, James’s long-standing interest in true crime stems from personal experiences in early life. It’s his passion for heavy metal music that has compelled him to write about a Nordic band rivalry that turned nasty, in Black Metal Murder, on page 24.

tanita matthews Tanita has a background in reporting and newspaper journalism and, as Real Crime’s resident writer, she’s had a hand in multiple parts of the magazine. She’s written features on murdered au pair Sophie Lionnet, serial killer Stephen Grievson, and 18-year abductee Jaycee Lee Dugard, on page 58.

philippa grafton

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Current editor of numerous crime bookazines and former editor of History of Royals magazine, Philippa is well-versed in the bloody stories of infamous characters from across the globe. Her interest in crime fiction has led her to debut author Marcelle Perks, who talks about her disturbing novel Night Driver on page 94.


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06 m  ost wanted breaks free, final resting place, million-dollar pot bust, and more Stunning crime photos, present and past, from around the world

14 h  ow they caught the golden state killer

He robbed, raped and murdered – and then stopped. After four decades, cops have finally caught a Californian nightmare

24 b  lack metal murder

Death and Satanism were part of the act for this emerging music genre. But for the members of a pioneering Nordic band, they became all too real

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unsolved case

32 taken in the night

13 years after she vanished from a Bath nightclub, Melanie Hall’s body was discovered. Despite the evidence, her killer is yet to be found

42 folie à mur-deux

Why didn’t au pair Sophie Lionnet escape the clutches of her crazy employees before it was too late?


50 kkk killing

The klansmen who killed Willie Edwards Jr. never got their just desserts, but there was consolation from a deathbed confession

minute by minute

52 batman multiplex massacre

Raving mass murderer James Holmes wanted “human capital”

58 they stole her innocence

The many missed opportunities that could have saved kidnapped Jaycee Dugard from 18 years of horror

aurora cinema shooting 4

contents 66 t he thin grey line

Forensic artist Michael Streed explains the techniques he uses to create an accurate picture of a wanted criminal

74 u  nearthing the secrets of the sunderland strangler This warped northern English serial killer went to extreme lengths to hide his homosexuality


80 “ I hope you rot in hell” Washington cops were on borrowed time to catch young Linda Strait’s killer

82 b  rink’s-mat bullion curse

It was a £26 million score of the century for these crooks until, one by one, they started dropping dead

home invasion

secrets of a sketch cop

90 s  earching, cardinal season 2, signature killers, and more

The latest crime film, mystery fiction and true tales reviewed

author interview

94 m  arcelle perks

The Night Driver author tells us who inspired her terrifying serial killer

strange case

98 p  eeping president’s naked new year’s eve surprise Ronald Reagan was acting up

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Billion-dollar marijuana bust When Mexican law enforcement seized 134 tons of marijuana it was all going to go up in smoke: not in the hands of a million stoners, but a single enormous bonfire


ijuana has long been a hotbed of smuggling. Near the US border and the city of San Diego, just about every kind of contraband has passed through it. 134 tons of marijuana destined for America’s dealers, however, didn’t. It was the largest marijuana bust in Mexico’s history, a result of increasingly close cooperation between Mexican law enforcement and military. Only a few years ago Tijuana was a dangerous place to be – a Mexican border town right out of a spaghetti western. Today it’s comparatively quiet, after the Mexican public and authorities having decided enough was enough. The massive seizure was one of many recent victories for Mexican authorities against drug gangs. The police and army combined their resources and hardened their attitude, creating an increasingly successful – and violent – crackdown against the narcotraficantes. Once seen as so riddled with corruption that effective action was near-impossible, today’s anti-drug campaign is so harsh that human rights organisations have seriously questioned the tactics and methods used. What can’t be questioned is the results. The 134 tons of incinerated weed sent a message around the world and anyone downwind got the sweet smell of judicial success.


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France’s most wanted breaks out Armed robber Redoine Faid stages the first of his two spectacular escapes from maximum-security prisons


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rmed robber Redoine Faid is probably France’s most spectacular gangster since Jacques Mesrine. Sentenced to 20 years, Faid had been released, but was once again detained after breaching his parole, and was awaiting trial over another armed robbery in which a female police officer was killed. He escaped from Sequedin prison in 2013 less than 30 minutes after arriving, taking four guards hostage and blasting through several prison doors with explosives. Recaptured and returned to a different prison with a 25-year sentence, he didn’t stay at Sud-Francilien prison very long either. This time Faid made his 2013 break seem comparatively timid. In July 2018 three masked men with assault rifles and smoke grenades hijacked a helicopter, forcing its pilot to fly them to the prison. While one guarded the chopper and pilot, the others used angle grinders to breach the prison’s visiting room. They knew exactly where and when to strike. With Faid released, the fearsome foursome boarded the chopper, which had landed in the courtyard – the one part of the prison not protected by anti-helicopter netting. They abandoned the helicopter and its pilot, who was shaken but unhurt, near Gonesse, before continuing in a black Renault Megane. The lack of netting also provided unintentional humour. When asked, a representative stated that inmates never use the courtyard, “except to leave the prison”.


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Final resting place? Macomb County, Michigan, USA, 9 May 2018

Arthur Ream is already in prison for rape and murder. Is he also a serial killer?


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onvicted in 2008, Arthur Ream is currently serving life for the 1986 murder of his son’s girlfriend, 13-year old Cindy Zarzycki. It seems his big mouth and a prison snitch might solve anywhere between four and six cold cases. Ream, a murderer with a self-confessed interest in underage girls, is alleged to have admitted to several similar murders. Investigators have begun searching for the remains of as many as six teenage girls said to have been buried by Ream in the vicinity of Michigan’s Macomb County. According to a fellow convict, Ream bragged about the murders while already serving life for Cindy Zarzycki’s murder. Having taken police to Cindy’s grave, he received a life sentence. The area currently being searched is near to where Ream buried Cindy’s body, although Ream has denied being a serial killer. He’s also demanded an apology from the police for accusing him. Whatever the outcome, it’s unlikely to make much difference to Ream’s situation. Already serving life for the murder of a child, he’s unlikely to be paroled. Michigan being a non-death penalty state, he won’t be executed either. It might, if any further victims are discovered, provide some small closure to their families. They would at least get to give them a proper burial.


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Adnan Syed’s long walk The subject of the Serial podcast has attracted international attention while he continues to try and clear his name



onvicted on 25 February 2000 for murdering ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, Syed originally received a life sentence with an additional 30 years. Faced with a long sentence and convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment and robbery, Syed’s prospects looked extremely bleak. Maryland was a death penalty state until 2013 (although executions there were a rarity) and Syed could have been facing a death sentence instead of life. Syed’s conviction wasn’t the end of the story, though. He has always protested his innocence of the murder and maintained that his trial was fundamentally flawed. According to his legal team,


original defence attorney Cristina Gutierrez offered an ineffective defence. They also claimed some prosecution evidence was so unreliable it should never have been used. He’s pictured here at his post-conviction relief hearing held in February 2016. In June 2016 Judge Martin Welch vacated Syed’s conviction, although Syed has been denied bail. In March 2018 Maryland’s second-highest court upheld the ruling granting Syed a new trial. The state of Maryland has appealed and Syed’s lawyers have opposed their appeal. His case is currently awaiting another hearing.

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