They were murders which shocked Hull but the killers were never brought to justice. From an unknown baby discovered in a station toilet to the woman found with an axe in her head, these unsolved cases were some of Hull’s most brutal and tragic killings. The fact no one was brought to justice in any of these cases left families without closure and communities on edge. With the help of flashback reporter Stuart Russell and local historian Mike Covell, Hull Live take a look back at the historic cases which left families in mourning and police baffled. Frances Maplethorp Despite coming from a highly respected family, Mr Maplethorp was said to have ‘not even a single redeeming vice’. But his life was cut tragically short in May 1852, aged just 21, when he was killed opposite his home in Prospect Place in Hull. John Snape and his cohort John Smith, both aged about 23, were charged with robbery and murder by garrotting Mr Maplethorp. He was last seen alive when he left his … [Read more...] about The horrific Hull murders which have never been solved
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A GP told police it was him carrying his daughter on the night Madeleine McCann vanished but officers still spent four years trying to identify him, his family revealed today. By Charlotte Ikonen / Published 7th May 2018 Julian Totman was carrying his daughter back from a creche when he was seen by one of the so-called “Tapas Seven” dining with Kate and Gerry McCann in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.But despite Mr Totman telling Portuguese policeabout his movements, detectives on the Algarve continued to hunt for the so-called “Tannerman” – named after the Jane Tanner, the woman who saw him that evening. Key witness Miss Tanner saw a dark-haired man carrying a child wearing pink floral pyjamas about the time that the four-year-old vanished from her parents' holiday apartment.But it was only an hour later, when she was told that Madeleine had gone, that Miss Tanner realised it could have been the abductor. PA REVEALED: The so-called … [Read more...] about Maddy McCann cops spent years trying to ID man seen with tot despite man saying it was him
Produced by Susan Mallie, Lourdes Aguiar, Gayane Keshishyan Mendez and Lauren Clark "48 Hours"' investigation of The Golden State Killer first aired on April 22, 2017. It was updated on April 28, 2018. "The Golden State Killer was the most prolific serial predator in the nation. He attacked across the state from Sacramento down to Orange County across 15 jurisdictions," says Investigator Paul Holes. His trail of violence terrorized Californians for decades. "He was the boogeyman," says Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert. "He was the man in the bushes that we didn't know who he was and we didn't know when he was going to strike again." Investigators in California have spent decades searching for an elusive criminal who terrorized Californians by committing at least 120 burglaries, at least 50 rapes, and 12 murders. There was also one relentless amateur sleuth. Until her death in April 2016, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara was obsessed with the … [Read more...] about Has “The Golden State Killer” been caught?
Artificial intelligence software attempting to unpick mysterious taunting codes left by the infamous Zodiac killer has started doing something quite disturbing. The robot, known as CARMEL, is trying to crack one of the most unbreakable ciphers in history. But what it's started doing is frankly scary - it has started penning weird, dark poetry. Using abstract symbols, code and ciphers sent by the brutal serial killer to taunt local media and police, the software is now creating complex verse. One of those reads: "Surrounded by the troubled, by the thieving, Confused and bruised and poisoned by the master, Confused and blinded by the helpless scheming, Confused and blinded by the dreadful slander..." The Zodiac killer was active during the 1960s in North California and claimed to be responsible for the murders of up to 37 people. He wrote to newspapers and mocked local police - who have investigated more than 2,500 suspects and to this day are stumped. Despite the best efforts of … [Read more...] about Robot decoding Zodiac killer mystery starts doing something incredibly creepy