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  The subject of M. William Phelps’ magnificent true crime book CRUEL DEATH; Erika and Benjamin (BJ) Sifrit were a match made in Hell. BJ was a thuggish, violent, ill-tempered bully while Erika was a highly strung, compulsive nervous wreck riddled with anxiety. There is an argument made in Phelps’ book that if these two had never met, they may never had descended into the chaotic and murderous events that would eventually get them locked up. It would seem that the love that these two had for one another was a ticking time bomb just waiting to explode on the unfortunate souls that they would encounter in their search for the ultimate thrill. Married within a couple months — The Sifrits Like a 21st Century Starkweather/Fugate — these two had a love that killed. It was a week of murder and robbery for this married couple that would ultimately lead to their eventual arrest, trial and sentencing — because of the gravity of their crimes Erika and BJ deserve to rot in their jail cell forever.

The Siegrist Massacre [NON FICTION TRUE CRIME]

Eugen Siegrist -Säckinger (62 at the time of death)   Elsa Clara Siegrist- Säckinger (63) – Eugen’s wife Anna Westhauser-Siegrist (80) – Eugen’s sister  Max Westhauser (49) – son of Anna Emanuel Westhäuser (52) -  son of Anna Westhäuser-Siegrist Taking place during the Pentecost of 1976 over a dark weekend in Switzerland. The murders occurred in a protected forest in Seewen, Switzerland. Five people were found murders by a Winchester Rifle. Thirteen Rounds were fires and eleven shots hit the targets. The bullets were struck with a frightening precision. The house was named Waldeggli located in a small allotment garden. The crime was discovered on June 6 th  1976 by a female walker. When the police arrived four corpses were found in the house with a fifth carefully wrapped in a carpet on the terrace. Much speculation surrounds why a killer decided to fire 13 bullets into this mild and functional family over a quiet weekend in Switzerland. The Murders The murders were notable due to the

Harlow House Fire Remains Unsolved [Non Fiction Article]

Harlow, Essex 15 th  October 2012. Dr Abdul Shakoor was a Pakistani immigrant living in the small English town of Harlow when on the 15 th  October 2012 he lost his wife and five children in a house fire ruled  by Essex Police as an arson attack. To date the crime remains unsolved. The blaze ripped through the house in the early hours of the morning while the Shakoor family slept and robbed a hard-working and successful man of his entire family.    The victims were Dr. Shakoor’s wife and five children: ·           Muneeb (aged nine) ·           Rayyan (aged six) ·           Hira (aged twelve) ·           Sohain (aged eleven) ·           Maheen (aged three) ·           And the doctor’s wife Sabah Usmani Dr Shakoor managed to survive but had fought hard trying to save his family and escaped the fire with burn-related injuries that were treated in the nearby Chelmsford Hospital (a neighbouring city).    The family had originally moved to the UK in 2009 and to Harlow the year before the fi