Jennifer Portman News Director Published 6:15 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 Mike Williams’ murder wasn’t a crime of passion. It was cold and calculated, Brian Winchester told investigators, the final act of a scheme he and Mike’s wife Denise hatched so the lovers could be together. It would look like an accident; her pious image wouldn’t be ruined by a divorce, they’d “live happily ever after,” he said. And with Mike’s nearly $2 million in life insurance, they’d be rich, too. But things didn’t go as planned, Winchester said in his sworn confession last fall. Not the killing he carried out, not the pact of silence that concealed the crime for 17 years, certainly not the everlasting love. More: The plea deal: Immunity for Brian Winchester cracked Mike Williams case More: On day she was kidnapped, investigators grilled Denise on Mike Williams' disappearance More: Read the plea agreement between Brian … [Read more...] about Double lives and a murder for marriage: Confession details plot to kill Mike Williams
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An iconic Beverley hotel is set to re-open its doors in July, when a £6m revamp is targeted for completion. Bedroom bookings are now being taken for The Beverley Arms from July 23. Owners Thwaites Inns had been aiming for a June reopening of the historic hotel, after the original April date was put back. Thwaites' operations director Steve Martin says: "We’re pleased to say we are still on track for a summer opening and have now started taking bedroom bookings from July 23. "Work is progressing well and we’re really looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming people. “We’re delighted to be bringing this grand building back to life as one of Beverley’s must visit places to eat, drink or stay. "We are also still looking for around another 20 people." Thwaites is aiming to transform the Grade 2 listed building into a five star (AA grade) coaching inn, employing 70 people. Rooms are now being advertised from £110 to £155 per night, with … [Read more...] about Revealed: ‘Iconic’ hotel’s reopening date and how much rooms cost
If you're on Instagram, it's hard to miss the bloggers who seem to frequent the plushest and most expensive hotels in the world — places that are out of reach to the rest of us. However, if you know what to ask for — and have the right tools — a life of luxury is more affordable than you think. Hotels have an average occupancy rate of 65%, meaning 1 in 3 rooms are typically going to waste, according to hotel booking app HotelTonight. Sam Shank launched Hotel Tonight in January 2011 (Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch) In order to make some bank on rooms that are still empty at the last minute, the hotels load them onto the HotelTonight app, which then offers them to users at discounted rates. Taking bookings mobile CEO of the app Sam Shank launched HotelTonight in January 2011. The app is his third online travel company. “The first was a hotel review site called TravelPost, which was acquired by SideStep (later purchased by KAYAK), then I started a travel … [Read more...] about How to book luxury holidays on the cheap, according to travel expert
Emotional tributes have been paid to a 21-year-old 'motorbike-mad son' who 'lived life to the full' killed in a horror Easter Sunday crash. Kavana Taylor died when the BMW 1 Series he was driving collided with a Volkswagen Polo, and dozens of bunches of flowers and messages of condolence have since been left at the scene in Rochdale. The smash happened at 1.30am near Castleton railway station on Manchester Road, the Manchester Evening News reports. Kavana’s devastated family and friends gathered at the site on Sunday afternoon. Among the mourners were his mum Claire, 39, and dad Ian, 55. Kavana, who celebrated his 21st birthday just a fortnight ago and leaves behind a 13-year-old sister and six-year-old brother, was a popular former pupil at Cardinal Langley and Whitworth high schools. Speaking at the scene, heartbroken Mr Taylor told how his ‘motorbike-mad’ son ‘lived life to the full’. He said: “He will be sadly missed by a lot of people. He was … [Read more...] about ‘Motorbike-mad son’ who ‘lived life to the full’ killed in Easter Sunday crash
IT’S Ireland’s most famous building — with the pillars of the GPO guarding 200 years of history.But while most people know of the O’Connell Street landmark’s role in the 1916 Rising, there’s more to the An Post headquarters than its part in the Easter Rebellion.When did the GPO open and how long did it take to build?First unveiled in January 1818, the General Post Office was designed by star architect of the era Francis Johnston.The neoclassical style was popular during the Georgian period, with the wide portico supported by six columns serving a practical purpose as a lay-by for mail coaches.Despite its intricate design, it took just four years to build the colossal structure at a cost of £50,000, equivalent to around €3million today.Sir Edward Lees was the man in charge back then, with the building housing a spacious set of apartments for himself, his family and servants, with their own entrance located just off Sackville Street.There … [Read more...] about How old is Dublin’s GPO, how long did it take to build, how much did it cost and why is it important in Irish history?