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Tag: murder

October 16, 2017

More on Menéndez

by Matthew Steeples

As Lyle Menéndez creates a Facebook page about the case against him and his brother Erik, a juror contacts ‘The Steeple Times’ and brands their conviction for killing their wealthy parents “imperfect self-defence”   Renewed interest in the 1989 murders of the multi-millionaires José and Mary ‘Kitty’ Menéndez by their sons, Erik and Lyle, has … Continue reading “More on Menéndez”

July 23, 2017

Enough is Enough

by Matthew Steeples

Funding for the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann must cease; £11 million spent with no result is evidence that enough is enough   Over £11 million has been spent in relation to the search for Madeleine McCann since the then 3-year old disappeared on 3rd May 2007. The result? Absolutely no progress and … Continue reading “Enough is Enough”

July 12, 2017

Viscount Porridge

by Matthew Steeples

Thrice bankrupt bigot Viscount St Davids banged to rights and set to be jailed Thursday; he blames Gina Miller as “untruthful” and Matthew Steeples as “an eavesdropper” and accepts utterly no blame for what he did   On Thursday, if he doesn’t turn up at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on time, justice will come knock, knock, … Continue reading “Viscount Porridge”

May 23, 2017

A Brylcream Bigot

by Matthew Steeples

Nigel Farage’s communications man, “political poet” Dan Jukes, sinks to a new low in the wake of the attack on innocence in Manchester; this beer swilling bigot should henceforth be ignored   In the aftermath of the appalling terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night, Nigel Farage’s communications man, Dan Jukes, did not unite with … Continue reading “A Brylcream Bigot”

May 15, 2017

Double Bollocks

by Matthew Steeples

Politicians Lady Nugee and Sir Michael Fallon BOTH make total and utter fools of themselves over links to murderous dictator Bashar al-Assad   Yesterday Labour’s Lady Nugee – a ridiculous woman who prefers to go by the name ‘The Rt. Hon. Emily Thornberry MP’ – succeeded in making a fool out of The Rt. Hon … Continue reading “Double Bollocks”

May 8, 2017

Reader Offer – ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’ by Verdi at Winslow Hall

by General

Winslow Hall Opera’s ‘Un ballo in maschera’ by Verdi to be performed in Buckinghamshire in July   Between 7th and 16th July, a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera will be performed in the grounds of Winslow Hall in Buckinghamshire.   The opera in three acts will be conducted by Oliver Gilmour, Winslow … Continue reading “Reader Offer – ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’ by Verdi at Winslow Hall”

March 15, 2017

Bring Back Abdulhak

by Matthew Steeples

Father of Martine Vik Magnussen again calls for his daughter’s wealthy Arabic suspected killer to face justice nine years after her death   Nine years have passed since Martine Vik Magnussen, after being caught on camera leaving Mayfair’s Maddox Club, was raped and murdered in Great Portland Street, London. Her suspected killer, a wealthy brat … Continue reading “Bring Back Abdulhak”

April 4, 2016

The death of The Archers

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples asks: Was Helen Titchener killing her husband in The Archers last night a plot too far?

March 14, 2016

Justice for Martine

by Matthew Steeples

Martine Vik Magnussen must not be forgotten and her alleged killer Farouk Abdulhak should finally be brought to justice suggests Matthew Steeples

November 24, 2015

Wally of the Week: Oscar Pistorius

by Matthew Steeples

Despite remaining under house arrest, disgraced athlete turned killer Oscar Pistorius has plainly not learnt any humblesse

September 3, 2015

Pondering the ‘paedophile panic’

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that Brendan O’Neill’s mocking attack on alleged victims of Westminster VIP abusers as a ‘paedophile panic’ in ‘The Spectator’ is nothing but a disgrace

July 5, 2015

John Palmer – No hero

by Matthew Steeples

Criminal John Palmer should be remembered as a crook rather than a character

July 1, 2015

Nicholas Loeb

by General

The son of the former United States Ambassador to Denmark John L. Loeb, Jr., Nicholas Loeb is the founder of Loeb’s Onion Crunch.

June 29, 2015

Pete Halat

by General

Former attorney and Mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi from 1989 to 1993, Pete Halat was acquitted of but still is often connected to the 1987 murders of his business partner Judge Vincent Sherry and his wife.

Wally of the Week: Alison Saunders

by Matthew Steeples

Now Alison Saunders has been proven wrong for having failed to charge Lord Janner with child sex offences, she should resign or be sacked

June 10, 2015

Thomas Gilbert Jr.

by General

Privileged and 6’3” tall, Princeton graduate Thomas Gilbert Jr. stands accused of the January 2015 slaying of his hedge fund manager father Thomas Gilbert Sr.

May 24, 2015

Mocking marriage

by Matthew Steeples

An image of a newly married couple with a zebra they’d just killed shows disrespect for the institution of marriage as much as for the prey the pair have just killed

May 17, 2015

The Worst Marriage in Georgetown

by Matthew Steeples

Story of the 2011 murder of 91-year old socialite Viola Herms Drath by her 47-year old bisexual fraudster husband Albrecht Gero Muth to be made into a film produced by Christoph Waltz

April 2, 2015

Debrah Lee Charatan

by General

With a self-professed desire to be “a female Harry Helmsley”, Debrah Lee Charatan was destined for a successful career in real estate in New York in the 1980s.

March 21, 2015

Robert Durst

by General

A member of the New York based Durst real estate dynasty and worth some $100 million, cross-dresser Robert Durst first came to the attention of the public when his first wife, Kathie, disappeared

March 2, 2015

Kidnapped from Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

200 acre Scottish estate for sale for the price of an 800 square foot flat in Knightsbridge

February 10, 2015

Afton Elaine Burton

by General

A one-time supporter and former fiancée of Charles Manson, Afton Elaine Burton moved from Illinois to Corcoran, California to be closer to a man she believed to be innocent.

January 5, 2015

Jeremy Lloyd OBE (1930 – 2014)

by General

The co-creator of the BBC sitcoms ‘Allo ‘Allo! and Are You Being Served?, Essex born Jeremy Lloyd began his career as a road digger, light-bulb inspector and paint salesman.

Jill Dando (1961 – 1999)

by General

Somerset born Jill Dando was the greatly respected presenter of the BBC’s Crimewatch between 1995 and 1999.

October 13, 2014

Madeleine McCann review: When will it end?

by Matthew Steeples

As it is revealed that the review of the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has cost in excess of £10 million, Matthew Steeples asks: “When will it end?”

October 6, 2014

Carole Malone

by General

To her 3,000 followers on Twitter this malicious media megamouth is just a “Geordie columnist” who came tenth in Celebrity Big Brother in 2007.

September 14, 2014

Where is David Cameron?

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that David Cameron needs to show his hand   Yesterday, David Cameron attended the wedding of his wife’s half-brother, Jake Astor. Unlike others, we have no problem with that but at a time when Isis have beheaded a British hostage and when the Union teeters on a knife-edge, many have called for … Continue reading “Where is David Cameron?”

September 12, 2014

The right decision

by Matthew Steeples

It is right that Oscar Pistorius has been convicted of culpable homicide   This morning Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide – the South African equivalent of the UK’s manslaughter charge – and one charge relating to a restaurant shooting. That he showed no emotion as he was convicted is telling.

September 8, 2014

Barbara Hulanicki OBE

by General

This Polish born, British raised fashion icon described herself as “a natural feminist” in a 2014 interview with The Observer. As the co-founder of BIBA with her late husband, Stephen Fitz-Simon (AKA “Fitz”), Barbara Hulanicki revolutionised design and her followers included Brigitte Bardot, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Marianne Faithful. She only closed her store … Continue reading “Barbara Hulanicki OBE”

September 5, 2014

Roald Dahl: Literary hero

by James Murphy

James Murphy lauds Roald Dahl as a literary hero   My last article focused on Ian Fleming and Roald Dahl provides a natural sequel. Like Fleming, Dahl’s work continues to film and television from beyond his grave.

August 25, 2014

James Foley: A decent man

by Matthew Steeples

The last letter from journalist James Foley   Executed hostage James Foley devised a way of communicating with his family during his captivity. He dictated a letter to a fellow hostage about to be released. On Sunday, his family released the text of it on the Facebook page “Find James Foley”.

July 16, 2014

End the insanity

by steepleadmin

Israeli journalist and American citizen Itay Hod calls for a peaceful resolution to the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict   First, let me state a simple fact. I am a journalist who also happens to be Israeli. I was born in Nazareth and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a paratrooper. I’m no stranger to the Middle East … Continue reading “End the insanity”

July 15, 2014

Oscar, tango, out

by Matthew Steeples

Arrogant Oscar Pistorius shows his true character yet again   Revelations that Oscar Pistorius was both in a fight in a Johannesburg nightclub last weekend and that he returned to Twitter to share his bizarre religious references sum up how arrogant this individual truly is.

June 3, 2014

All that glitters

by Matthew Steeples

Gold Ferrari disintegrates   The gold Ferrari that has plagued the streets of Kensington and Chelsea in recent months is disintegrating.

April 14, 2014

Ryan Holle

by Matthew Steeples

Convicted of first-degree murder in 2004 simply for lending his car to a friend and housemate named William Allen, Jr. who killed a drug dealer, Holle is serving a life sentence without parole at the Graceville Correctional Facility in Florida.

April 11, 2014

Archibald Hall (AKA Archibald Thomson-Hall, Roy Fontaine, the Killer Butler and the Monster Butler, 1924 – 2002)

by Matthew Steeples

A bisexual conman, thief and serial killer who targeted the aristocracy. Hall was born in Glasgow and took elocution lessons during his first of many stints in jail. He variously pretended to be an Arab sheikh, a Lord and Sir George Aylwen and claimed to have had affairs with Lord Boothby and the playwright Terence … Continue reading “Archibald Hall (AKA Archibald Thomson-Hall, Roy Fontaine, the Killer Butler and the Monster Butler, 1924 – 2002)”

March 21, 2014

Crime shouldn’t pay

by Matthew Steeples

Two cases that highlight that justice is a dish that should be served   Two cases featured in today’s Evening Standard provide evidence that those seeking justice should never give up. The first is that of a crook named Giovanni Di Stefano and the second is that of the murder victim Martine Vik Magnussen.

December 16, 2013

Your Country Needs You

by Matthew Steeples

Original Scotland Yard site to become hotel ‘of the quality of Chateau Marmont’   An Edwardian building on the site of the original Scotland Yard is to be converted into a 92,000 square foot, 235-bedroom 5-star hotel of the “world class… quality of The Mercer or the Chateau Marmont”

November 2, 2013

Jeremy Bamber

by Matthew Steeples

Convicted of the 1985 murders of his millionaire adopted parents, his sister and her children at White House Farm at Tolleshunt D’Arcy in Essex, Bamber has always maintained his paranoid schizophrenic sister carried out the slayings before turning the gun on herself. Police incompetence and discrepancies with the evidence should be enough to at least … Continue reading “Jeremy Bamber”

Marina Oswald Porter (born Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova, Russian: Марина Николаевна Прусакова)

by Matthew Steeples

Russian born and the wife of John F. Kennedy’s killer, Oswald Porter met Lee Harvey Oswald when he defected to the Soviet Union in 1961. The couple settled in Dallas, Texas in 1962 and after the murder, she married her neighbour Kenneth Porter in 1965. Helena Bomham Carter played her in the 1993 television film … Continue reading “Marina Oswald Porter (born Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova, Russian: Марина Николаевна Прусакова)”

October 13, 2013

Could Bamber be innocent?

by Matthew Steeples

Further doubts raised about the conviction of Jeremy Bamber   Jeremy Bamber’s conviction for the 1985 murders of his adopted parents, his sister and her children at White House Farm, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex is again in question. New evidence has surfaced in a book by Andrew Hunter, a former Conservative MP, that, if proven, would … Continue reading “Could Bamber be innocent?”

August 17, 2013

Notorious addresses

by Matthew Steeples

Can the former homes of notorious criminals ever really be ‘bargains?   In recent days many newspapers have featured the sale of the apartment where Dennis Nilson committed several murders. Most refer to it as a ‘bargain’, but are such places truly really the deals they’re made out to be?

August 2, 2013

Bigots attack Baroness

by Matthew Steeples

Trolls complain about Doreen Lawrence’s elevation to the peerage   Yesterday, we added the newly ennobled Baroness Lawrence OBE to our roll call of campaigners. Today, we’ve been inundated by tweets from those who disapprove of this move.

August 1, 2013

Alice de Janzé (nee Alice Silverthorne and also known as Alice de Trafford and Comtesse de Janzé, 1899 – 1941)

by Matthew Steeples

A wild socialite and daughter of an American textile industrialist, de Janzé is one of the best known members of Kenya’s notorious Happy Valley set and was one of those suspected of the 1941 murder of Lord Errol. This hedonist shot herself and her lover, Raymond de Trafford, in the Garde du Nord railway station … Continue reading “Alice de Janzé (nee Alice Silverthorne and also known as Alice de Trafford and Comtesse de Janzé, 1899 – 1941)”

Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE

by Matthew Steeples

The Jamaican mother of Stephen Lawrence, who was tragically murdered in a racist incident in 1993, has done huge amounts of community work in her son’s name since. A tireless campaigner for justice, Baroness Lawrence became a Labour peer in July 2013 and was also a guest on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs in June … Continue reading “Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE”

July 31, 2013

Looking for Lucan

by Matthew Steeples

ITV’s claims to have a solution to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Lord Lucan are pure fantasy   There have been countless suggestions as to what happened to Lord Lucan after he disappeared without trace on 8th November 1974. As part of publicity for a forthcoming two-part drama starring Rory Kinnear, ITV, though, claim … Continue reading “Looking for Lucan”

June 22, 2013

Slurring Saatchi

by Matthew Steeples

Whatever you may think of him, Tony Parsons’ comparison of Charles Saatchi to Ian Brady is beyond offensive   Yesterday, the former host of a Channel 4 show named Big Mouth, Tony Parsons, compared Charles Saatchi to child murderer Ian Brady in a Daily Mirror column titled: “Men who deserve no mercy”.  

June 8, 2013

“Where are they now?” – Michael Barrymore

by Matthew Steeples

What has become of the former entertainer Michael Barrymore?   Shamed television personality Michael Barrymore has reinvented himself. In Prince Charles like fashion, the former Strike it Lucky star has begun a new career talking to plants at a garden centre in Brentwood, Essex.  

June 4, 2013

Connecting justice

by Matthew Steeples

The worrying similarities in developments in the cases of Oscar Pistorious and Rebekah Brooks could be very bad for justice   Two cases. Two countries. Two worrying trends. The cases against Oscar Pistorious and Rebekah Brooks might at first glance appear to have little in common but in reality they’re developing a lot of similarities. … Continue reading “Connecting justice”

May 26, 2013

Alec Shelbrooke MP: a man who speaks sense

by Matthew Steeples

A Conservative MP sensibly suggests that this week’s killing in Woolwich was not terrorism   In the days since the terrible murder of Lee Rigby, 25, in Woolwich, the BNP, the EDL and other racists have leapt on the description of it as “terrorism”.  

May 23, 2013

Dramatic dining: Sieges and shootouts

by Matthew Steeples

London restaurants where diners got more than they bargained for   In the first in a series, we tell the stories of five restaurants in Central London where diners sadly got a little more than dinner. All bar Walton’s are still open.  

Don’t Griffin

by Matthew Steeples

Yesterday’s terrible events in Woolwich should not encourage the rise of the BNP   The murder of a soldier in Woolwich yesterday was a terrible thing but it must be remembered that it was a “murder” rather than an “act of terrorism”.  

April 20, 2013

Amanda Knox

by Matthew Steeples

Whether innocent or guilty of the murder she’s repeatedly been accused of, this American has made $4 million from her memoir deal with HarperCollins. The family of Meredith Kercher, the true victim in all of this, have rightly stated that they “do not believe anyone should profit from the murder” but Knox, whose conviction for … Continue reading “Amanda Knox”

April 14, 2013

Moving on

by Matthew Steeples

A monthly round up of the moves of the newsworthy   Fishing around   Poissonnerie on Draycott Avenue, popular with the likes of Sir Michael Caine and Sir Roger Moore, is for sale through Miles Commercial. The 6,700 square foot property, owned by respected restaurateur Peter Rosignoli, has a price tag of £14,000,000 and the agents … Continue reading “Moving on”

March 25, 2013

Who’s next?

by Matthew Steeples

Russians in London up their security   Following in the wake of the death of Boris Berezovsky, a number of his friends and acquaintances have stated that they believe he did not commit suicide.   Berezovsky, like many other London based oligarchs, was always surrounded by bodyguards. Both he and his former associate Roman Abramovich … Continue reading “Who’s next?”

March 12, 2013

A monstrous murder in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples offers offers a tribute to the late Robert Troyan   I first met the larger than life Bostonian character Robert Troyan (1950 – 2013) with his partner Anthony Feldman in the early 2000s at their impressive apartment in Mayfair. Though I did not come to know them well, I fondly recall a number … Continue reading “A monstrous murder in Mayfair”

March 8, 2013

Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)

by Matthew Steeples

Their story is a modern day equivalent of that of Romeo and Juliet and Vanity Fair chronicled their deaths as The Golden Suicides. “Handsome” Blake, a digital artist and painter who worked with Malcolm McLaren and Fox Searchlight, and “sexy” Duncan, a writer, game designer and filmmaker best known for the “girl-centric” game Chop Suey, … Continue reading “Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)”

December 7, 2012

Dominick Dunne (1925 – 2009)

by Matthew Steeples

This “Boswell of the bluebloods” was a writer whose tips came from unnamed sources and “waiter[s] serving [him] risotto at dinner parties”.

December 3, 2012

Gaspard Ulliel

by Matthew Steeples

Best known for a brilliant performance in the 2007 prequel Hannibal Rising, this talented Frenchman is to play a young Yves Saint Laurent in an unauthorised forthcoming biopic of the designer’s early career. Having attempted to ride a doberman like at horse at the age of six, he was attacked and claims the resulting scar … Continue reading “Gaspard Ulliel”

November 18, 2012

All work and no bunga bunga makes Versace a good boy

by Matthew Steeples

A Modernist masterpiece based upon simple rationalism   Two buildings were designed by architects Carlo di Carli and Antonio Carminati in 1953 – 1954 in Milan’s Via dei Giardini. Both are considered Modernist masterpieces and both stand proudly in this, the city’s only tree lined street.   Carlo di Carli (1910 – 1999) is considered … Continue reading “All work and no bunga bunga makes Versace a good boy”

November 15, 2012

Liz Jones

by Matthew Steeples

This mouthpiece was born in Rettendon, Essex in 1958 and vents bile on all manner of subjects. Articles such as: “Why don’t more women moan like me?” and “Liz Jones’ baby craving drove her to steal husband’s sperm in ultimate deception” are frankly illustrative of why she’s so unpopular. After she got banned from the … Continue reading “Liz Jones”

The badgers of Albany

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples delves into the history of Albany, Piccadilly and discovers an affordable way of living there   Albany, off Piccadilly in Mayfair, was most probably London’s first apartment block and it’s certainly the city’s most exclusive. It may be next to the Royal Academy and opposite Fortnum & Mason but surprisingly few have even … Continue reading “The badgers of Albany”

November 12, 2012

The battleaxe in the Beemer

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples examines the truth behind Liz Jones giving up on her “rural idyll”   The Mail’s Liz Jones is a waspish woman who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Those who’ve paid even a moment’s attention to her bleating, will be familiar with lines such as: “Last week, my brand … Continue reading “The battleaxe in the Beemer”

November 9, 2012

Name and shame at your peril

by Matthew Steeples

Philip Schofield and the protection of powerful paedophiles   Yesterday, when Phillip Schofield showed the Prime Minister a note containing the names of alleged politician paeodophiles who have been named on Twitter, little did he realise what he’d set in motion.     Amongst the names was that of Lord McAlpine who also appears on … Continue reading “Name and shame at your peril”

October 28, 2012

Redefining Rachman

by Matthew Steeples

A different side to Peter Rachman is revealed   Whenever the name Rachman is mentioned, the first things that come to mind are greed, extortion and intimidation. The word is so engrained in such that “Rachmanism” now features in the dictionary, defined as:   “The exploitation of tenants of slum properties by unscrupulous landlords.”   … Continue reading “Redefining Rachman”

October 19, 2012

First Among (Not So) Equals

by Matthew Steeples

The latest sale of 32a Ovington Square   I first visited 32a Ovington Square in September 2009. At the time, this “hidden house” was the home of Lord Carrington and it had just come on the market at a price, if I recall correctly, of circa £3,000,000.     A friend was looking for somewhere … Continue reading “First Among (Not So) Equals”

October 16, 2012

Tarred by Paparazzi

by Matthew Steeples

The bonfire sale of a monster of a mansion that has had a $15 million price reduction   A property was first built at 10425 West Sunset Boulevard in Lower Bel Air, Los Angeles in 1936. Here, in this most exclusive of districts, the homes of the prosperous residents are hidden from view and this … Continue reading “Tarred by Paparazzi”

October 13, 2012

Goodness, gracious, gaol

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples updates readers on John Goodman’s return to jail   The conviction of John Goodman in West Palm Beach earlier this year was a tragedy for all concerned but the twists and turns that have followed have been quite something else.   Goodman, who sold his family business, Goodman Manufacturing, for $1.43 billion in … Continue reading “Goodness, gracious, gaol”

October 7, 2012

Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow

by Matthew Steeples

A most curious tale of playboys, socialites, lawyers and real estate moguls   This week the mystery buyer of Clarendon Court, the former marital home of Claus and Martha “Sunny” Von Bülow (1932 – 2008), was revealed as a restaurateur and real estate mogul named Paul Roiff. Separately, the New York Post reported that Mr … Continue reading “Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow”

October 1, 2012

Going under the Kosh

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $25 million mansion modeled on Marie Antoinette’s favourite retreat that has connections to Levi Strauss & Co., Yehudi Menuhin, the Zodiac Killer and a controversial dot-com tycoon   Modeled on the Petit Trianon, a small château in the grounds of Versailles that was favoured by Louis XVI’s wife Marie Antoinette, the … Continue reading “Going under the Kosh”

August 20, 2012

Winging it

by steepleadmin

Sarah Tucker gives an update on goings on at the resort where Madeleine McCann vanished   Four hundred and thirty euros, one bedroom apartment, one week at the height of season at a luxury family resort in Portugal. And oh yes, it’s the Ocean Club at Praia da Luz. There’s availability with two and three … Continue reading “Winging it”

Leonid Rozhetskin

by Matthew Steeples

He co-founded City AM and was executive producer of the 2009 film Boogie Woogie. This Russian financier and lawyer led a closeted life and disappeared in March 2008. Elements of the Russian press suggest he’s living in California under the Federal Witness Protection Program but others argue that he was the victim of foul play … Continue reading “Leonid Rozhetskin”

July 12, 2012

The curse of wealth

by Matthew Steeples

The sad story of Eva Rausing   Those who don’t have, it dream of it; those who have it, often put it to good use. Sadly, however, money doesn’t always necessarily bring happiness.   Lottery winners often go off the rails as they spend like silly because they simply are not used to wealth. Those … Continue reading “The curse of wealth”

June 24, 2012

Paul Burrell RVM

by Matthew Steeples

A Royal servant turned blabbermouth. He calls himself a “noted authority on all things regal.” Is anyone listening? No, we think not.

June 16, 2012

John B. Goodman

by Matthew Steeples

John B. Goodman sold his family business, Goodman Manufacturing, for $1.43 billion in 2004 and founded the International Polo Club Palm Beach. This socialite and protégé of the $7 billion Ponzi-schemer Sir Allan Stanford, claimed: “I don’t know what happened” when put on trial for smashing his Bentley into a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson in … Continue reading “John B. Goodman”

June 12, 2012

Michael “Mick” & Mairead Philpott

by Matthew Steeples

Six of their children tragically died in a fire at their small semi-detached home in Allenton, Derby in May 2012. They blamed everyone but themselves and were rightly convicted of manslaughter. “Shameless Mick,” a father of 17 by five women, and his wife are certainly prime examples of all that is wrong about Britain today.

June 7, 2012

Andrew Embiricos (1985 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

A descendant of the Aga Khan and the grandson of Rita Heyworth. Gregarious and witty Embiricos was passionate about flying and worked for Virgin Atlantic. His departure came far too soon.

June 2, 2012

Gerry & Kate McCann

by Matthew Steeples

Their daughter Madeleine disappeared on the evening 3rd May 2007 from a holiday apartment whilst they sat enjoying tapas with a bunch of friends. Some believe the poor child was kidnapped. Others have alternative theories. A public fund to find “Maddie” raised hundreds of thousands of pounds but Mrs McCann’s book, Madeleine, contains so many … Continue reading “Gerry & Kate McCann”

May 18, 2012

Dmitry Rybolovlev

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire businessman started out in medicine but soon moved into commerce realising that enterprise would better provide for his family. He was imprisoned on falsified charges of contract murder for 11 months in 1996. Subsequently cleared, Rybolovlev then went on to make his fortune in potassium and banking. This divorced father of two has … Continue reading “Dmitry Rybolovlev”

May 11, 2012

Nancy Wake AC GM (1912 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

Churchill’s most highly decorated special agent. A resistance heroine who lived at The Stafford Hotel from 2001 to 2003 and regaled visitors with tales of her time as the legendary “White Mouse.” Her tipple of choice, gin and tonics, flowed as freely as did the stories of her time interviewing Hitler in the 1930s and … Continue reading “Nancy Wake AC GM (1912 – 2011)”

May 7, 2012

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Archer

by Matthew Steeples

Jeffrey’s invented a lot of tales but is rightly renowned for spinning them brilliantly. This former politician wrote some brilliant diaries whilst in prison and now is mostly likely to be found doing charitable deeds. His shepherd’s pie and Krug parties are still the stuff of legends.

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