On August 10th in true crime, serial killer, robbery in Houston, Sealand attack, doctor death, cold case, and unidentified bodies.
The Principality of Sealand, off the coast of England was attacked by German and Dutch mercenaries.
German lawyer Alexander Achenbach, who described himself as the Prime Minister of Sealand, hired the mercenaries to attack the island platform while the occupiers, Paddy Roy Bates and his family, were away in England.
Achenbach had disagreed with Bates over the future of Sealand and he stormed the platform with helicopters and speedboats.
In a bizarre twist, Bate’s son Michael was on Sealand and was able to single-handedly retake the platform and capture Achenbach and the mercenaries. Achenbach was later charged with treason against Sealand as he had a Sealand passport.
Germany then had to send a diplomat from London to Sealand to negotiate his release. It ended a bizarre episode in what was momentarily the smallest principality on Earth.
In Hyde, England, Harold Shipman murdered 76-year-old Alice Maude Gorton. Also known as Doctor Death, Shipman killed at least 250 people in ‘angel of death’ murders from 1975 to 1998.
He was convicted of 215 murders, making him the most prolific serial killer in the world by convicted body count.
In Denver, Colorado, 53-year-old waitress Delores Barajas was stabbed to death as she walked to work. She had recently moved to Denver from El Paso, Texas and took a job in the cafeteria of the Fairmont Hotel.
The only motive behind the attack appeared to be robbery but it was never proven. Despite being a cold case for over 40 years, the circumstances surrounding her death and the identity of her attacker remains a mystery.
In Montague County, Texas, the partial skeletal remains of an unidentified 30 to 40-year-old man of unknown ethnicity were discovered in a remote area. He had died approximately two months earlier.
Due to the location of his bones, and the partial recovery, foul play has long been suspected. The circumstances surrounding his death and his identity remain unsolved to this day.
In Washington State, 17-year-old Cynthia Jean Hinds was abducted from South 200th Street. She was raped and brutally murdered by Gary Ridgway, AKA: The Green River Killer, who was rampaging through 1982.
Her body was found in the Green River a few days later, on August 15th, the same day the body of Marcia Faye Chapman was found, who Ridgway had killed on August 1st.
Ridgway was arrested in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison in 2003 after entering a plea bargain to plead guilty to 48 charges of murder. He remains one of the most notorious serial killers in the United States.
In Houston, Texas, 38-year-old mother of two Janet Caldwell was shot dead during a struggle with a purse snatcher.
Janet had been approached by 21-year-old Charles Livingston in the parking lot of a northwest Houston grocery store in the late evening.
Caldwell died of her wounds instantly and Livingston was arrested just an hour later while loitering in the area.
Despite claims of innocence and mistaken identity, Livingston was later sentenced to death, and executed by lethal injection in Texas on November 21st 1997.
A later inquiry found that hair samples taken at the scene did not match Livingston’s and it was inconclusive if he had been at the scene of the murder at the time. Currently, Livingston has not been exonerated and the case is long closed.
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I'm honoured. Thank you and stay safe.
I really enjoy reading your short clips about the crimes committed. I like the books you write too.
The number of victims is always contentious.
Why not Jack the Ripper? He could have had different MO's.
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I think this was no way an accident or a case of getting lost, this was murder. If they got…