Ursula and Sabina Eriksson

Ursula and Sabina Eriksson Folie à deux; French for ‘Madness of two’, or shared psychosis, is a psychiatric syndrome in…

The Cumbria Shootings / Derek Bird

Derek Bird On the 27th November 1957, Mary Bird gave birth to two beautiful twin boys. The twins were named…

A Brief History of Crime (1803 – 1986)

Between 1550 and 1700, British authors and publishers began to expand their mind’s and delve into the world of crime fiction. As literacy rates expanded and new print inventions became available, the hot topic of crime fiction began to spread through the streets of the United Kingdom. Hundreds of crime pamphlets, usually detailing horrific murders began to circulate and ballads depicting crime in narrative verse began to appear on the pages of broadsheet newspapers. However, behind the fiction writing of some of the greatest English authors of all time, lay the deep and terrifying world of real crime, spanning over the centuries to bring us the bases of real crime and the stories which have haunted children for many, many decades.

The Kidnapping and Murder of Mark Tildesely

 The Kidnapping / Murder of Mark Tildesley For Mark Tildesley, the summer half term could not come quick enough. The…

The McKay Kidnapping

969 was a good year for British newspapers. Not only did the world’s first supersonic airliner make its maiden flight, but Prince Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales. Not to mention that the first man stepped foot on the moon. However British media would be changed forever as in 1969, Rupert Murdoch expanded his media empire from Australia over to the United Kingdom by taking over the News of the World and The Sun Newspaper. Murdoch had a reputation of gaining stories through salacious gossip and intrusion of privacy and this worried many reporters and journalists within the United Kingdom. With this in mind, David Frost took this as an opportunity to interview the millionaire over his assets and how exactly he could afford to buy the two biggest newspapers in the UK. This programme was seen by two extremely greedy brothers and the programme that was made to draw attention to Murdoch of a person instead lead to one of the biggest kidnappings within the UK.

The Great Train Robbery

In the early hours of the 8th August 1963, train driver Jack Mills began the usual early train journey from
Glasgow to London along the West Coast Main Line, the train carrying a large quantity
for the Royal Mail. For Jack, this would have seemed like a normal day at work,
however at 02:30am, everything would change… resulting in one of the largest
robberies known within the United Kingdom.

The White House Farm Murders

On the 6/7th August 1985, a horrific multiple murder left the small village of Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex fearing for what had become of the quaint area they once lived in. That night, while sleeping soundly in their family farmhouse, Nevill and June Bamber were shot dead, along with their adoptive daughter, Sheila Caffell and Sheila’s two six-year-old twin sons, Daniel and Nicolas. The only person to survive this horrific crime which targeted this family was Jeremy, the Bamber’s adopted son but was this just luck or was the reason for this more sinister?