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Sunday Mirror - Sunday, January 5, 2014

The rantings of Ian Brady

Moors Murderer Ian Brady: Noel Edmonds and Chris Evans should be 'culled' and working class should riot again

Letters written by the child killer in his high-security psychiatric hospital give a chilling insight into the contempt he still holds for society. The full dark depths of Moors Murderer Ian Brady’s crazed mind can be revealed today in a series of bizarre and venomous letters written in his room in a high-security psychiatric hospital….

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The bizarre rantings of Moors Murderer, Ian Brady

The Daily Mail - Femail - Thursday, December 12, 2013

I was RIGHT to kill my boy

Many will condemn her. But Frances, freed last week after five years in jail for murdering her brain-damaged son, insists it's what he would have wanted

Every night of the five years she spent in prison for murder, Frances Inglis went to sleep thinking of her son Tom and the 22 years they shared before she ended his life. She remembered the strong, handsome young man he was, blessed with a mischievous sense of humour and zest for life – and…

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Frances Inglis - I was right to kill my boy

The Daily Mail - Saturday 21,12,2013

How marrying again at 89 has landed Leslie Phillips in a ding dong with his children over money

The universal reaction to Leslie Phillips’s surprise third marriage at the age of 89 to a woman more than 30 years his junior was — to borrow one of the veteran actor’s most famous comic catchphrases — ding dong!

Best known as the consummate, plummy-voiced roué of Carry On film fame, it seemed somehow fitting that Leslie Phillips CBE should approach his 90th birthday with that familiar twinkle in his eye and a considerably younger bride on his arm. And last Friday he did not disappoint, giving a cheerful thumbs-up after marrying 50-something social…

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Leslie Phillips in the Daily Mail

Sunday Mirror - Sunday 22/12/2013

Ding Dong! Leslie Phillips on marrying again at age of 89

Comic legend Leslie Phillips has told of his happiness after marrying for the third time at the age of 89.

He revealed he fell for his much younger bride, Zara Carr, while she showed him kindness as he grieved for second wife Angela Scoular, after she committed suicide. The Carry On star confessed he never expected to marry again but social worker Zara, who knew Angela, soon stole his heart. They became close following the…

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Lelsie Phillips marries again at 89

Daily Mirror - Wednesday 17/10/2012

My 32 years with Jimmy Savile

My 32 years with Jimmy Savile: Disgraced star's PA brands him a manipulative bully who thought he was untouchable.

Jimmy Savile’s former PA last night branded the disgraced TV star a manipulative bully who was sly enough to cover his tracks during his sick campaign of abuse against young girls. And Janet Cope told how the ­predatory paedophile had an explosive temper that terrified everyone from hospital staff to fundraisers. The 70-year-old spent 32…

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Janet Cope, former PA to Jimmy Savile in the Daily Mirror

Closer - 21 - 27 January, 2012

‘My killer stepdad took me to his victim’s grave’

Jade Garlick stood by her stepdad, Adrian Prout, when he was convicted of murdering his wife, Kate - but then he made a shock confession. Here, she tells her story for the first time.

When Adrian Prout was jailed for murdering his wife after she demanded an £800,000 divorce settlement, his friends and family tirelessly campaigned against his conviction. The landowner always claimed primary school teacher Kate, 55, had run away after an argument and there had been a terrible miscarriage of justice. His loyal girlfriend Debbie Garlick, 41…

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Jade Garlick in Closer magazine, 21 - 27 January 2012

The Mail on Sunday - January 8, 2012

I asked my fiance to take a lie detector test to show he didn’t murder his wife… but it proved he was the killer

Debbie Garlick wanted to save her baby's father from a miscarriage of justice... instead she discovered the horrifying truth.

It was the nauseating moment Debbie Garlick realised the man she planned to marry, the father of her baby daughter, was a cold and calculating murderer. Sitting in the overheated visitors’ room at Rye Hill Prison in Warwickshire, Debbie tentatively posed the one question she hadn’t dare ask in the four years since meeting him….

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Debbie Garlick featured in The Mail on Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Mail on Sunday - December 18, 2011

Miracle of the M5 crash survivor

Girl whose whole family died in motorway horror speaks of her extraordinary recovery... and how she plans to be back in high heels for her wedding.

Emma Barton had bruising on the brain, two collapsed lungs, five broken ribs, a fractured pelvis, crushed foot and her spleen was removed. She lost her father and sister in the motorway disaster. To Chris Burbull, Emma Barton is far more than simply the woman he plans to marry next summer – she is a…

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Emma Barton featured in The Mail on Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Mirror - December 18, 2011

Teen orphaned in M5 horror tells of night her whole life changed for ever

M5 crash victim Emma Barton will never forget the moment she first opened her eyes five days after the horrific pile-up last month.

And neither will her fiancé, Chris Burbull, who was by her hospital bedside, willing her to survive. As her eyes locked into his, 19-year-old Emma saw his joy that she had woken from a coma. But in a second she saw it change to ­anguish. And then the words she dreaded came tumbling out. “Do…

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Emma Barton featured in the Sunday Mirror, December 18, 2011

The Daily Mail - November 4, 2011

‘Amy was so ashamed of being an alcoholic, she wouldn’t even drink in front of me’

In a revealing - and moving - interview, Janis Winehouse insists that her daughter DIDN'T have a death wish.

Amy Winehouse made a point of never drinking in front of her family. She knew she was an alcoholic and hated the fact.

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The original feature published in The Daily Mail

Closer - September 2011

Sick ‘troll’ made my agony so much worse

When Natasha MacBryde committed suicide after being bullied, her family was swamped by unimaginable grief. Her father, Andrew, 47, couldn't eat or sleep - he just couldn't believe he'd never see his beloved daughter again.

Equally devastated, her brother James, now 18, set up a tribute page on Facebook as an outlet for the grief felt by her friends and family. But within 24 hours, it was defiled by strangers…

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Andrew's story featured in Closer magazine

The Mail on Sunday - Sunday, September 25, 2011

My husband lived for submarines. Now I want to meet the sailor who shot him dead: The humbling compassion of a grieving widow

The last time Gill Molyneux saw her husband Ian was just after Christmas as he walked out of the door of their modern, four-bedroom home full of photographs and toys and all the usual paraphernalia of family life.

Ian, a submariner, didn’t say goodbye –he never did –because he said he would always be back. Only this time he did not return.

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The Mail on Sunday - September 18, 2011

I love you Mummy

Amy Winehouse’s mother speaks for the first time about her death – and casts fascinating and poignant new light on the tragic singer

Amy Winehouse’s tiny frame was clad in old tracksuit bottoms and a T-shirt, the clothing she favoured when she wasn’t planning to leave the house.

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The original article featured in the Mail on Sunday

Take a Break - August 2011

Miracle of a Dying Mum

I was desperate to have a baby before my life ended, but was that selfish or was it an act of love?

Dear Daisy,
The doctor was struggling to compose herself and I noticed tears in her eyes. ‘I’ve never had to tell anyone this before,’ she said, ‘but you have a brain tumour.’

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Picture shows a copy of the published article in Take a Break magazine.

Daily Mail - July 23, 2011

Raped at 12 by a gang of footballers – but judges say it’s the victims’ fault

After a judge frees six men convicted of attacking two 12-year-old girls, saying they were led on, one of the victims talks about the sickening events of that night...

At first, she is almost too nervous to speak, but with her mother’s gentle encouragement, she tentatively begins to find the words. She hopes, she says, that ‘people won’t judge her’ or think she is ‘messed up’ or that she is a ‘bad girl’. ‘I’m really not,’ she says pitifully. That a 13-year-old girl should…

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The story of 12 year old raped by a gang of footballers

The Mail on Sunday - July 3, 2011

‘I tell Bob he’s loony Left and I’m realistic right…’

Meet union firebrand Bob Crow's most embarrassing secret - his charming, hard-working, Maggie-loving brother

When Bob Crow and his big brother Richard threw down jumpers for goal posts for an impromptu FA Cup Final, or recreated Lord’s in the street outside their home, their games were inevitably fiercely contested. But through the melee, casual onlookers would have no difficulty in detecting which brother was which. ‘Bob knew all the…

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Richard Crow featured in The Mail on Sunday, July 3, 2011

Chat - June 16, 2011

My hero’s cry for help

It was the last thing I wanted to hear. 'Afghanistan?' I gasped. 'Only for six months,' my fiance Terry McDonald said. 'I'll be back for the birth.' Three months pregnant with our first child, I couldn't bear the thought of Terry being at war. But I wasn't just worried about him making it back in one piece. I was scared the fighting would change him forever.

On 12 March 2008, five days before our son Cameron was born, Terry came home, threw himself into being a dad. Snuggled up with me each night. But his mask of happiness soon slipped. Romance turned to rows. He’d go boozing on a Friday night, not return until Sunday. ‘ You’re a dad,’ I’d say….

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Danielle Fairhurst featured in Chat magazine

Pick Me Up! - June 2, 2011

Sickos are lusting after my stump

Losing her arm was bad enough, then Kirsty saw her photo on a sex site

As I stood on the rainy railway platform at Wokingham railway station, I crossed my arms and huffed. It was 8am on 7 November 2008, and I was on my way to my job as a sales advisor. The station was packed with people. Not only was I cold, I was starving, too. Why? Because…

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Kirsty Mason featured in Pick Me Up! June 2, 2011

The Mail on Sunday - May 29, 2011

BA pilot who killed estranged wife ‘wanted to win divorce battle at all costs’, says her former boyfriend

You try to get the images out of your head of the person you loved, cuddled and kissed being beaten to death with a hammer

It was a harrowing and distressing trial. Robert Brown, an apparently charming and dashing British Airways pilot, was accused of murdering his beautiful, estranged wife Joanna by bludgeoning her to death with a claw hammer at her home in October last year and then burying her in a box. Aside from the sickening brutality of…

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Andy Wilson featured in The Mail on Sunday. May 29, 2011

The Mail on Sunday - May 8, 2011

He begged me to stay with him at a London hotel on July 6th

The girlfriend of July 7 bomber Germaine Lindsay has spoken for the first time – and revealed how he tried to trick her into going with him on his suicide mission.

Nicki Pike, 23, dated the 19-year-old in the weeks before he killed 26 people on a Piccadilly line train near King’s Cross station with a homemade bomb.
Today she reveals how the Yorkshire-raised terrorist begged her to join him in a London hotel the night before the attacks in 2005 – and told her he had a ‘surprise’ and a ‘treat’ in store for her the next day.

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Nicki Pike featured in The Mail on Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Mail on Sunday - May 8, 2011

Modest, decent, faithful – he was a sporting superstar of his age

And behind Our 'Enry Cooper's success, lay a very poignant love story

Henry Cooper, tall, broad-shouldered and athletic, cut an imposing figure as he moved through the smoky surrounds of Peter Mario’s restaurant in London’s Soho. It was the late Fifties and the up-and-coming heavyweight boxer shyly acknowledged the back-slapping welcome of the gamblers and card sharks who were regulars at the popular Italian diner. But he had eyes for only one person – a petite, dark-haired Gina Lollobrigida lookalike called Albina Genepri, one of the waitresses and the secret object of his affections.

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The poignant love story that lay behind Henry Cooper's success

Closer - April 16 - 22, 2011

Canal killer’s stepdaughter: ‘I was terrified my stepdad would kill me too’

Natasha Larrobino has always lived in fear of her evil serial killer stepfather, John Sweeney, but finally feels safe knowing he’ll never be free.

Last week, twisted John Sweeney made headlines when he was found guilty of murdering two ex-girlfriends, chopping up their bodies and dumping their butchered remains in canals.

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Natasha Larrobino featured in Closer, April 2011

Womans Own - April 11, 2011

Left to die in a hedge

When Lucy Landry, 38, decided to leave her millionaire husband for an old friend, it ended in tragedy.

Walking along the street hand in hand, Lucy Landry and Gareth Jenkins talked excitedly about the future and their plans to get married.

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Gareth Jenkins featured in Womans Own, April 11, 2011

Sunday Mirror - April 10, 2011

One hundred and matey

World darts champion Phil "The Power" Taylor has hit the bullseye with his glamorous fitness instructor – days after announcing the breakdown of his marriage.

Taylor, 50, is dating super-fit Laura Church after his split from wife of 23 years Yvonne.
Father-of-four Taylor, a 15-times world champion, is romancing 47-year-old Laura while travelling the UK on the lucrative darts circuit.

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One hundred and matey, Sunday Mirror, April 10, 2011

The Sun - March 18, 2011

I had an affair with a school pal I met on Facebook… and her jealous husband murdered her

The Facebook lover of a mum battered and stabbed to death by her millionaire husband has spoken for the first time of his guilt over the tragedy.

Gareth Jenkins, 40, revealed how Lucy Landry was planning to start a new life with him once she had divorced her American husband Harold.

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Gareth Jenkins in The Sun, March 18, 2011

Take a Break - August 4th, 2011

‘You intended to kill’ But they said it wasn’t murder

He'd dug a hole, he'd gone armed with a weapon and my gentle Jo didn't stand a chance.

I was in bed one night reading a book when the phone rang. I glanced at the clock. It was nearly 1.30am. I picked up the receiver and a shaky voice said: ‘Andy, I’m scared.’ It was my friend Jo.

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The original article featured in Take a Break magazine

Fabulous - February 2011

He told me to forget about him, but I couldn’t

Stephanie Goodwin, 28, knew her marine boyfriend was The One, then he went to war...

Sitting on the grass in the sun, I fiddled with some leftover crumbs from our picnic and glanced at my boyfriend, Tristan. I couldn’t help myself, I had to say it. Heart hammering, I turned to him, ‘I love you,’ I said. He paused. ‘That’s a big thing to say…’ Then silence.

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Stephanie Goodwin in Fabulous, February 2011

Pick Me Up! - February 3, 2011

Guilty Secret

• A fiancé with something to hide • Murder mystery • A landmark trial

I rushed into the house grinning from ear to ear. “I’ve got a new boyfriend!” I smiled to Mum before I’d even taken off my coat. “Who’s the lucky boy?” she laughed. “Mark Weston, the barman at work,” I beamed. A look of sheer horror flashed across Mum’s face. “Oh God, Helen, not him!” she gasped.

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Helen Rusher in Pick Me Up!, February 3, 2011

Woman's Own - December 31, 2010

My 10-year-old son saw a murder

Brave schoolboy Rhys Carthy helped catch murderer Robert Cusworth and mum Jolene Carthy feels incredibly proud...

Crouching low to the ground, 10-year-old Rhys Carthy’s heart beat faster. He’d been out looking for grass snakes when he’d seen a tall man with close cropped hair creep up on a woman walking her dog and pull out a knife.

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My 10-year-old son saw a murder, Woman's Own, December 31, 2010

Cosmopolitan - December 2010

A chance encounter changed my career

didn't know what direction her life was going in - until she met a stranger who changed everything.

‘I’d been invited to a 21st birthday party in December 2007, but it was for a friend of a friend, and I really wasn’t sure whether to go. I was studying history at the University of Edinburgh. and the party was at a local club, so eventually, I decided I might as well.

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A chance encounter changed my career - Natasha Baranowski, Cosmopolitan

Sunday Mirror - December 19, 2010

Evil txt that told me my fiance was a murderer

How the first man to be convicted under double jeopardy law was trapped...

It was the moment that Helen Rusher knew for certain that the ex-fiancé who had threatened and terrorised her was a murderer. A text message from Mark Weston, father of her seven-year-old daughter, flashed up on her mobile: “I killed her and I would do the same to you.”

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Helen Rusher in the Sunday Mirror, December 19, 2010

Bella - November 30, 2010

Mum’s affair destroyed our family

For Portia Bryant, 19, home life was happy and stable but it all fell apart when her mum walked out...

We’d just finished dinner when Mum called upstairs to Clay and me to come back to the dining room. She and Dad looked serious. ‘I’m sorry, I’m leaving.’ she said. ‘What?’ I gasped. ‘I don’t want to be with your dad any more, it’s my time now,’ she replied. She didn’t wait for us to respond. She simply walked out the door as we stared on in shock.

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Mum's affair destroyed our family - Portia Bryant, Bella

Mail on Sunday - June 27, 2010

She started calling me ‘old bean’… then she left me for a man of 51

Mike Hollingsworth knew his marriage was in serious trouble but it was only last Thursday that he was forced to accept it was over for good.

Picking up his wife’s passport, a boarding-pass stub fell on to the floor. The date was May 14 and it was in the name of man called Anthony Swift.
‘That was the time she said she had been to Ireland with her friend Rosie,’ Mike says. ‘I realised this affair had been going on for some time. I’d been taken for a fool.’

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Mike Hollingsworth in the Mail on Sunday, June 27, 2010

Daily Mirror - August 6, 2009

I vowed not to eat until I was as thin as Posh

I'd look at the pictures of Victoria Beckham for hours and hours - those stick-thin legs and jutting collar bones.

‘Doesn’t she look amazing’ I’d think. I was just 13 at the time but I’d pinned a picture of my head on to Posh’s body.

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Rachael Johnston featured in the Daily Mirror, August 6, 2009
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