Crime File


Dennis Andrew Nilsen: For the Company of the Dead Crime File

He was suddenly conscious of the fact that it was morning and soon his now asleep bedmate would leave. He reached out to his body and the touch of his warm body aroused him. He did not want him to leave. He looked around and spotted the fellow’s tie among the clothes they had shed the last night. Recalling the incident four years later he...

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Miranda Rights – II: Miranda’s Misfortune Crime File

The officers brought the teenager into the doorway and asked Ernesto if she was the girl he had raped. Ernesto believed that the girl had already identified him at the line-up. “That’s the girl,” Miranda said. Once the girl left, the officer asked Ernesto to write his confession on a sheet of paper at the top of which was the disclaimer that the suspect was...

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Miranda Rights – I: The Crime That Reshaped The Law Crime File

On March 2, 1963, at around 11:00 p.m., as a certain 18-year-old (by some accounts 17-year-old) teenager walked down the street, a car pulled out of a driveway and stopped a block ahead of her. A man emerged from the car and started walking towards her. She wanted to pass him by, but he grabbed her with one hand while the other hand covered her...

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The Eyeball Killer of Texas – II: Albright Is Guilty? Crime File

The police obtained a warrant for Albright’s arrest and had his house at Oak Cliff in  El Dorado raided after midnight on March 22, 1991 by the elite tactical squad. They placed a call on the house to ensure that Albright was at home when they raided. When a male responded to the call, they moved in by smashing a window and hurling stun grenades...

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The Eyeball Killer of Texas – I: Flipping Needle of Suspicion Crime File

The case of Texas Eyeball Killer, which is how the killer is generally referred to in popular media, is not included in most of the books and articles written on serial killers because despite being suspected of three murders, the alleged killer was finally prosecuted, convicted and sentenced for just one. When, on December 13, 1990, the kids first came across the almost nude body...

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WTC ATTACK – IV: END OF LADEN Crime File

Immediately after 9/11 President George Bush declared that “this crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while”. The use of the word ‘crusade’ was later regretted on account of its religious undertones, which made President Bush’s statement offensive to the Muslims. President Bush and other US officials insisted that any State that harboured terrorists would face what Vice-President Dick Cheney called the...

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WTC Attack – III: America Attacked Crime File

When a little motorboat approached American warship U.S.S. Cole along the port of Aden in Yemen, on October 21, 2000, it was thought to be a friendly craft sent to assist the ship and was therefore allowed to get close to the vessel, which proved lethal when after coming alongside the ship the motorboat blew up in bits doing considerable damage to U.S.S. Cole and...

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WTC ATTACK – II: Emboldened Al-Qaeda Crime File

Laden was relatively safe and also had freedom of movement in Sudan, where the Sudanese government had accepted him and his radical Islamic views and treated him as a “special guest”, but that did not take him beyond the reach of the Saudi authorities. And this was proven when there were two more attempts at Laden’s life though he survived both. Finally, after having failed...

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WTC ATTACK – I: The Rise of Al-Qaeda Crime File

Terrorism is no longer a territorial issue, and has gone global in a big way. The US considered itself immune to debilitating terror attacks that the rest of the world suffered until the myth of invulnerability came crashing down together with the WTC Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. But the WTC Attack was not planned and executed in a day or two, or, for...

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ZEBRA KILLINGS – II: Arrest & Conviction Crime File

The worst, however, came on the night of December 28, 1973, when five whites were shot down. Four died, one survived. Jane Holly (45) went to the laundromat to do some laundry and was the only white in there. She was reaching into the dryer to take her clothes out when a black man pointed a gun at her and shot her twice in the...

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