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In the last week, the UK has witnessed the abduction and murder of yet another young woman, Sarah Everard. What makes this remarkable is that the suspect is a serving police officer, a man with a sworn duty to protect Londoners.

Contempt of Court

I will not name this man or publish his photograph as he has not been charged with Sarah’s murder and the contempt of court laws are quite stringent in the UK. I would not want to take the risk of prejudicing any trial that may come out of this truly devastating case.

Men — Listen To Women

Instead, I want to address my fellow…


Police Officer Loses Job After “Scotch Botch” Fingerprint Scandal

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In January 1997 a woman’s body was discovered at a property in Kilmarnock, the largest town in Ayrshire, Scotland. She had been stabbed multiple times and forensic technologists set to work cataloguing the crime scene. In the course of this work, they dusted two fingerprints and sent them to the Scottish Criminal Records Office (SCRO) for analysis.

One print, found on the bathroom door frame, belonged to one of the investigating officers, Shirley McKie, and the other, found on a Christmas present tag, was to become the prime suspect, David Asbury. Following a search of Asbury’s home a small tin…


No 4 In The Most Important Albums Of All Time

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John Lydon’s falsetto screeching, Jah Wobble’s rumbling subterranean bass, Keith Levene’s fractured-glass guitar, all underpinned by the drums of Martin Atkins, Keith Levene, Richard Dudanski , Jah Wobble (whose real name is John Wardle, but Sid Vicious, when drunk, always pronounced it Jah Wobble, which stuck) and a host of others. What could be better?

Few albums deserve the word “groundbreaking” but this one does. A fusion of dub reggae and Captain Beefheart’s more wilfully obscure moments, this only goes to prove that the bass is everything. Without bass there is frankly no point in music, as I think we…


№ 3 In The Top Ten Most Important Albums Of All Time

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Well, where to start with this one? 154 was their third album; prior to 154, Wire had given us the classic punk singles “12XU” and “I Am The Fly” as well as the albums “Pink Flag” and “Chairs Missing”. There were clues in those offerings that an album like “154” was possible, but not many clues and only in hindsight. It seems obvious now that the lyrics to “I Am The Fly” — for example, references to “the divergent wasp” were a forerunner of the much more cerebral work of 154. However, had they continued in the punk thrash vein…


№2 — Marquee Moon by Television

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In the late 1960s, Tom Verlaine met Richard Hell at high school in Delaware where they formed a bond over Romantic poetry. Separately, in the early 70s, they both ran away to New York hoping to become performance poets. When that didn’t work out, they formed a band called The Neon Boys. They soon changed their name to Television (because Neon Boys is ridiculous) and played their first gig at the Townhouse in New York in March 1974.

CBGB Club

After meeting the manager of the CBGB club in Lower Manhattan, Verlaine and Hell teamed up with Richard Lloyd and took up…


The Greatest Album Ever

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In the punk days, double albums were as rare as hen’s teeth — and for very good reason. The only bands at that time who produced double albums were hoary old rockers like The Eagles or Genesis. They were generally considered the most rockist thing on the planet, and let’s be honest — being branded rockist was tantamount to being cast into the seventh level of hell. Unthinkable. Utterly beyond the pale. Never trust a rockist.

So, in 1979, in the wake of the firing of Bernie Rhodes — their manager of 3 years — the Clash were at an…


Teenager Murdered in Bath, England in 1984, Killer Brought to Justice in 2016

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Melanie Road was a bright, vivacious 17-year-old who made friends easily. She was deputy head girl of her school and played for the hockey team.

She lived with her parents in Bath, one of England’s safest cities. The city, famous with tourists from all over the world, nestles on the steep banks of the River Avon close to its sister city of Bristol. First settled by the Romans two thousand years ago it still boasts Roman baths and other monuments.

Melanie Refuses A Taxi

On 8th June 1984, Melanie was on a night out with her friends at the City’s Beau Nash nightclub. She…


Robert Mone and his father, Robert Mone, in one-upmanship scandal

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Robert Mone Junior was born in 1948 to a father, Robert Mone Senior, who abused him throughout his childhood. In Mone Jr’s own words, his father even allowed a middle-age neighbour to rape him when he was 8.

In 1959, Mone went to St John’s RC High School in Dundee, where he proved not to be easy to teach. One teacher described him as being like a “live grenade in the classroom”. He felt he was bullied by the Marist Brothers, who ran the school with a rod of iron.

In 1964 he was expelled from St John’s. Nobody knows…


Beautiful seaside bungalow scene of a mysterious killing

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In December 1999, just as everyone was preparing their parties for the new millennium, vulnerable teenager Margaret Fleming is believed to have been killed by the two people she relied on most, her carers.

I say “believed to have been killed” because her body has never been found, and those convicted of her killing have divulged no details.

Edward Cairney, 77, and Avril Jones, 59, were found guilty in 2019 of the murder of Margaret Fleming at Glasgow’s High Court. They were both sentenced to life with a minimum time behind bars of 14 years.

Margaret was born in 1980…


Glasgow gangster murdered outside his home

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Murder at The Ponderosa

Arthur Thompson Jr — known as “Arty” to distinguish him from his father, Arthur Thompson Sr, known as “The Godfather” — wasn’t a real gangster. He used his father’s reputation to threaten, terrorize and generally bully people who, in his opinion, had offended the family honour, or himself personally. He was a short, wide, flash individual who dressed as if he were a Hollywood gangster — an affectation that earned him derision from the real gangsters of his time. In the newspapers, he was simply known as Fat Boy.

He and his father lived in two adjacent houses on the…

Graeme A Henderson

True Crime and Crime Fiction writer, not a serial killer. But he would say that, wouldn’t he?

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