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The trial of the century

By Fred Rosen William Barclay “Bat” Masterson still holds great influence.   Remembered by many for his adventures in America’s Old West – buffalo hunter, scout, gunfighter, Dodge City sheriff – in 20th Century New York City, he became a sportswriter.  However, Masterson left a legacy that is much more intricate….

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Joan Kiger and the sleepwalking murders

By Robert Grimminck In 1943, 49-year-old Carl Kiger was the vice-mayor of Covington, Kentucky. He lived in an upscale home with his wife, his three sons, and his daughter. Carl was an ambitious man, but he was also paranoid. He kept several guns in his house, including one under his…

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The Houston decapitator

By Robert Grimminck In July 1979, 33-year-old Alys Elaine Rankin was working as a secretary at an engineering firm in Houston, Texas. On July 27, her car was being repaired, so she asked a co-worker, 40-year-old Bob Smith, to give her a ride to work. Rankin lived in an apartment…

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