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Who killed Jack Royal? Part two.

Because the appeal ruling merely found him ‘not guilty’ as opposed to ‘innocent’, the Justice Secretary was able to say that Andrew Adams was not a victim of a ‘miscarriage of justice’ which entitles victims to state compensation.

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Who killed Jack Royal? Part one.

Just after half past eleven on the night of March 19th 1990 Jack Royal got up to answer the doorbell at his home in Sunniside, Newcastle. As he looked through the porch window, a shotgun blast fired at close range hit him in the face.

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The unlucky life and sad, solitary death of Carole Ann Hanson

Hanson admitted that his wife had nothing to do with the murder and that he alone had killed Christine Beck. He had implicated his wife solely out of selfishness and jealousy. If he were in prison, he explained, he thought his wife might ‘carry on with other men’. If she were in prison, she would have to stay faithful to him.

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Systems thinking and sexual grooming

Police forces measured on the amount of burglary and car crime = Police forces investigating burglary and car crime. And not much else.

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Mistake or murder?

On average, 37 children die in the US every year by being left in hot cars. Some are left purposely, in the same way as one might leave a dog, by well meaning but busy parents who underestimate the time they’ll be away and the incredible speed with which temperatures can rise to fatal levels. The police said that when 22-month old Cooper Harris died that why, it was for a far darker reason. But were they right?

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The question mark against Linda Razzell’s disappearance

On 19th March, 2002, Linda Razzell was spotted by an old friend driving through town. The two women made eye contact and the friend recalls thinking that Linda looked cross, which was quite understandable. According to the police, she’d been murdered by her estranged husband the day before.

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The bedsit murder

Looking for work, five friends travelled down from Newcastle to Reading: Clive Scott, Mark Randle, Stephen Muir, Martin Hogg, and David Pickering. They found a house that had been converted to bedsits and each took a room. This was the summer of 1989. By the end of the year, David Pickering would be dead and Ishtiaq Ahmed, the man accused of his murder, would be waiting to go on trial.

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Memory, trawling, and misinformation

In July 1978, Thomas Bowman’s 44 year old wife Mary was found dead. 20 years later, during counselling, his daughter ‘uncovered’ memories of that night and said that her father killed her mother. When the body was exhumed and a DNA test carried out, it was discovered that the neck tissue on which the prosecution case rested did not even belong to Mary Bowman.