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The Guardian, September 8 1980
The criminal underworld reacted with anger last night to a Sunday newspaper confession by Denis Stafford, one of the two men convicted of the "fruit machine murder" in 1967, when a night club bouncer was shot dead.
The Guardian, August 5 1981
The Home Office has declined to release documents which two men serving lengthy prison sentences claim would help to prove their innocence.
The Guardian, August 22 1981
It was at 9.30 in the evening exactly 20 years ago, on August 22 1961, that a neatly-dressed man tapped on the window of the car where Michael Gregsten and his girlfriend, Valerie Storie, were sitting. Six hours later, he had shot Mr Gregsten dead, and raped and shot Miss Storie.
The Guardian, July 4 1983
Published as Mrs Thatcher's government attempted to restore the death penalty
The Warden of San Quentin prison in California has witnessed many hangings. This is how he described them to a Senate Judiciary Committee: "The day before an execution, the prisoner goes through a harrowing experience of being weighed, measured for length of drop to ensure breaking of the neck, size of the neck, body measurements etc.
The Scotsman and The New Zealand Dominion, June 13 1988
Jim McCloskey's journey to death row began in the suburbs of Philadelphia nine years ago. He was then a successful management consultant, aged 37, with a comfortable home, an air-conditioned Lincoln Continental and a fat monthly pay cheque, and yet he was troubled.
Mail on Sunday magazine, February 10 1989
Grundy is a small colourless town in the bleak backwoods of Virginia down by the border with Tennessee, a poor town where most of the men have 'black lung' from working down the coal mine and almost everybody is just about everybody else's cousin. There was a murder here, seven years ago.
Unpublished, November 1 1990
This was commissioned by the Guardian but it fell foul of some office politics
Just after sunrise on a bleak November morning seventy five years ago, five men in uniform stood in line in the exercise yard of Utah State Penitentiary near Salt Lake City, raised rifles to their shoulders, took aim at a solitary figure tied up against the wall and shot him to death.
The Guardian, May 1 1991
It is a familiar scene from the Nazi invasion of Western Europe: the captors with their heavy guns, casually cruel as they herd their ragged prisoners into the woods; the stronger victims given shovels and ordered to break the leafy soil; the machine guns made ready; the helpless captives with their heads bowed and their hands tied; and the eye witness who survives to tell the tale...
The Guardian, September 28 1991
There is only a handful of ways in which an ordinary life can suddenly become flooded by limelight. One of them is murder. Another is scandal. Florence Siddons' family has suffered both.
The Guardian, August 14 1993
Rachel Charles was nine years old when she went missing one warm November day in 1990 as she walked home after school, and when her body was found four days later, tucked under a pine tree a couple of miles along the coast, local people who had never even known her were terrified by the needless brutality of it all.