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KILLER CLOWN: THE REAL PENNYWISE AND THE SIX UNIDENTIFIED VICTIMS

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  A killer dressed as a clown? This can only be the warped imaginings of Stephen King surely? Or a new horror film about Killer Clowns from Outer Space? Or a Batman villain on the rampage? POGO (AKA JOHN WAYNE GACY) The idea of a killer clown wasn’t  solely  the idea of Stephen King but a much darker reality. This is the true story of a children’s party clown called Pogo and a serial killer named John Wayne Gacy. Clowns have a long history  o f making us laugh, dating all the way back to Ancient Egypt and featuring in many cultural milestones – from Shakespeare to Kurosawa to Seinfeld. But somewhere along the journey of clowns, the idea of a friendly fun clown like Ronald McDonald had become bastardised and we now view clowns with fear, repulsion and suspicion. Pennywise, the killer clown, from Stephen King’s epic novel “It” has done well to further this new trope… The Killer Clown… but the most frightening thing about the motif is the reality. A real-life rampaging Bozo. This Killer C

THE WORST WOMAN ON EARTH [SOLVED MURDER]

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  The first American female serial killer Lizzie Halliday THIN LIZZIE A cross-continental homicidal lunatic with a range of nefarious pseudonyms. Lizzie Halliday was  the   Catskill Ripper, the New York Ripper  and most famously  the Worst Woman on Earth [New York Times]. Halliday was born as Lizzie McNally in 1859 Ireland, born just a year before her namesake Lizzie Borden, she would go on to commit far worse crimes than the original Lizzie and garner less fame and attention. This is the story of the Irish American serial killer Lizzie Halliday. Lizzie terro r ized Hudson Valley, New York in the 1890s; just a few years after the gruesome Whitechapel murders started. Lizzie’s reign coinciding with both Jack the Ripper (Lizzie is sometimes listed as a suspect for these crimes) and Lizzie Borden — Halliday would generate less fame than the notorious Lizzie Borden but looking at the crimes, Lizzie was equally (if not more) bloodthirsty than her counterparts. Lizzie emigrated to the United

HAVANA LIES

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  HAVANA LIES  How the Cubans Put a Spy Within the American Government The fictional world of espionage will often depict James Bond or Jason Bourne fighting off a gang of hulking goons before scaling a skyscraper and then driving a sports car off a bridge – their downtime will consist of lavish drinks and beautiful women. The reality is something far more subversive and far more mundane. Real-life spying requires a patience and slow exacting nature that is far removed from explosions and fist fights.   Spying after all is a dirty trade of dirty lies and dirty secrets, Bond creator Ian Fleming said so himself. This is the story of Ana Montes; a mild-mannered, shy and retiring intelligence analyst working tirelessly for the American government. It would take a long time before anybody cottoned on to the fact that Ana lived a secret life as a Cuban double agent. Ana had access to the most sensitive of data in American military and shared them with her Cuban cohorts. Ana seemed li

The Axeman of New Orleans 1918-1919

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The murders had taken place over a hundred years ago but the Jazzman story remains one of the greatest mysteries and unsolved murder cases within the annals of American crime. They were a series of night slayings that were committed during a Post-War age of Jazz and new found optimism that were both dark and terrifying. It is a chilling story of terror during a seemingly golden time of boom where a New America had emerged but a night prowler was invading homes and creating night-time carnage and chaos. The Axeman’s modern status is one of mythological urban legend and the rumours and theories behind this killer range from the interesting to the downright farfetched but terrifyingly the Axeman was real – very real. There were four people brutally murdered and eight grievously injured by the Axeman. They were all New Orleans (and the neighbouring Gretna) residents, predominantly Italian-Americans and they were attacked within their own bedrooms by a “panel burglar”.   The weapon o