Monthly Archives: February 2017

American Sniper, Murderabilia, and an activist’s attempt to bring it to an end

Chris Kyle is seen in this 2012 photo. 

Eddie Routh, the man who killed “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield four years ago at a gun range in Erath County, is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice unit near Palestine.

His writings and two crudely-drawn pieces of artwork are being sold online to the highest bidder: the latest example of “murderabilia” that a victim advocate and now Chris Kyle’s family would like to lawmakers to stop.

“He wanted to have some kind of fame,” Jeff Kyle said of the man who killed his brother. “He got some fame alright, for being a coward.”

In Robinson, Texas — south of Waco, the days and the anger for Jeff Kyle are still sometimes tough to fight through.

“The person that took that life,” he told us, “they don’t even deserve the breath that

Read more at: http://www.myfoxzone.com/features/american-sniper-murderabilia-and-an-activists-attempt-to-bring-it-to-an-end/415464646

Moors Murder fortune: Sick Ian Brady items to sell BIG with monster on deathbed

“People have an interest a dark interest in the macabre.”

The twisted couple sexually abused, tortured and murdered Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride, 12, Keith Bennett, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.

Brady was put behind bars in 1966.

He was sentenced to three concurrent life sentences.

Hindley was given two and a concurrent seven-year term for harbouring Brady in the knowledge that he had murdered John Kilbride.

Read more at: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/589029/Moors-Murderer-legacy-Ian-Brady-items-dying-deathbed-terminal-lung-cancer-illness

Moors Murder fortune: Sick Ian Brady items to sell BIG with monster on his deathbed

“People have an interest a dark interest in the macabre.”

The twisted couple sexually abused, tortured and murdered Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride, 12, Keith Bennett, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.

Brady was put behind bars in 1966.

He was sentenced to three concurrent life sentences.

Hindley was given two and a concurrent seven-year term for harbouring Brady in the knowledge that he had murdered John Kilbride.

Read more at: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/589029/Moors-Murderer-legacy-Ian-Brady-items-dying-deathbed-terminal-lung-cancer-illness

The problem with true crime stories – by a true crime writer

I finished my newspaper piece, but just couldn’t get ‘Wild Bill’ and his Caribbean house of horrors out of my mind. At the same time, everything that I was discovering about Bocas del Toro pointed to it being a place with a sinister vibe. Some of the expats had gone there to disappear – from the taxman, unpaid debts, the police, or problems with spouses and family. Many lived under assumed names, and Bocas del Toro was also a transit point for drugs heading north from Colombia.

I had been looking for the perfect true story to tell and I knew that this was it.

The first thing you realise – whether your medium is film or the written word – is that there is no rulebook in true crime. In murder cases, courts may be afflicted by the occasional lazy or incompetent defence lawyer, and juries can sometimes have

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/problem-true-crime-stories-true-crime-writer/