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PICTURED: Not guilty…."I didn’t want to hurt him – I loved him so much," sobbed Sandra Errington at her trial for murder.
February 5 1981
A bride of just three months who stabbed her violent husband to death walked free from Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday 5th. February. Sandra Errington, 23, was cleared of murdering her husband Michael, and the jury also found her not guilty of manslaughter. She knew that 31-year-old Errington was a dangerous psychopath with several convictions when she married him, but love conquered her fears and the beatings to which she was subjected, both before and after the wedding. The tragedy occurred after Errington had been drinking. He grabbed Sandra by the throat but she managed to struggle free and in self defense she stabbed him through the heart. After the trial her brother Georffrey Davies said: "She has had a dreadful ordeal. All the wants to do now is to go back into the arms of her family and try to forget." The couple lived of Pontyclan in mid-Glamorgan, where Errinton was a factory worker.
PICTURED: John Banks flees from his home.
4th June 1975
Mystery man Jon Banks made a dramatic exit from a Press conference on Tuesday (3-6-75) after denying that he is recruiting an army of mercenaries to fight the Smith regime in Rhodesia. In an attempt to avoid photographers he crawled across a rooftop on his hands and knees. Then he was driven away. During the conference, at his home in Sandhurst, Berkshire, he said the men he was recruiting were going to work as security guards in Middle East oilfields. Banks, 32, who was discharged from the Parachute Regiment five years ago, added: "The men will guard oilfields in Iraq. The story of the mercenary army for Rhodesia was just a ruse."
PICTURED: Detective Inspector Ian Robinson, leaving the court after giving evidence at the trial of Betty Torrance and David Watt.
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PICTURED: Furious Miss World contest organizer Julia Morely.
November 17th 1980
The briefest reign ever by Miss World ended just 18 hours after Miss Germany won the title in London on Thursday 14th November. By Friday afternoon, the 18-year-old blonde beauty had resigned and contest organiser Julia Morely was faced with the task of offering the vacant rold to runner-up Miss Guam. Stormy scenes followed Gabriella’s abdication and the Miss World organisers are now threatening to sue her 52-year-old American lover Benno Bellenbaum, a sex film producer, for persuading her to break her contract.
PICTURED: The hunter and the hunted…Private eye Ed Stanton with a picture of Glen Smith and his wife, Joy.
July 8, 1974
A tough-talking American private detective is in Britain to hunt down the man believed to be the world’s greatest swindler. Ed Stanton has spent more than four month pursuing his quarry through Central and South America. The man he has been ordered to find is former court judge Glen Bryan Smith. Smith was jailed for three years in Atlanta, Georgia for his part in a giant loan swindle. A state prosecutor said businessmen had been fleeced of 40 million pounds. Last February he was released on bail pending appeal. He promptly vanished with his wife Joy. With them went an attaché case said to have been packed with 40 thousand pounds in cash. No Ed, a former police chief, believes that Smith has setup his headquarters in London and is travelling through Europe making contacts for another gigantic fraud. The private eye, who has made his base in a London hotel, said on Sunday night (7/7/74): "Smith knows I am going to be on his back until I catch up with him." Smith, 46, is know as a big spender. He is fluent in five languages, and is an accomplished yachtsman and pilot. Stanton, hired by an insurance company which lost money to Smith, said: "I understand he has bank accounts in London and Switzerland."
Pictured: Booth and widow Dorothy Simpson on a dinner date.
November 1, 1977
After a sensational trial, the "Casanova Corporal," Reginald Booth, was sentenced on October 28 to 12 months in jail for tricking two virgins into having sex with him and conning 310 pounds from a widow bedmate. Booth, a 37-year-old Royal Engineers army corporal, promised all three women he would marry them, though he had already been married for 18 years and had five children. The three were among at least 30 women Booth had corresponded with – and generally seduced – after inserting and replying to lonely hearts advertisements. Police found more than 400 letter from them since 1970 at his Wiltshire home. The judge said that despite increased sexual equality for women, "the law recognizes that women do need protection – or at least some women." He said it was a serious matter when a woman gave her body through trickery "because when a woman gives herself, in a sense she gives everything." Ironically, despite Booth’s constant womanizing, two of his former lovers said he wasn’t very good in bed.
PICTURED: Passport photo of Antonio Bouvier … AKA: "JACKAL # 2".
11th July 1975
Scotland Yard revealed on Thursday night (10-7-75) that they are hunting for a partner of the jackal … and that both men are believed to be still in London. The second man is said to be "equally as dangerous" as the international assassin who is being hunted by police in twelve countries. Commander Roy Habershon, who is leading the hunt for the man known as The Jackal – 25 year-old Venezualen Ilich Ramirez Sanchez – said the men had shared flats in London. Renamed "Jackal No. 2" as 45 year-old Antonio Bouvier from Qito, Ecuador. From their London bases the pair had planned assassination bids abroad for an international terrorist organization. Bouvier, who was identified from a passport found by detectives in a raid on a London flat, could be a "controller" for the movement. Meanwhile, a young London secretary has told Scotland Yard how she gave the Jackal the brush-off. The girl, Lynn Lavander, 21, revealed that the international assassin was an amorous tutor in a London secretarial college. She told detectives that Sanchez – alias "Carlos" taught her Spanish for a year from July 1972. "He wasn’t much of a teacher and was always trying to flirt with me and another of the girls. Neither of us liked him. In fact we thought he was awful, but he wouldn’t be put off. Once he offered me extra tuition at his flat. I refused because there was no doubt that Spanish lessons were the last thing on his mind."