Month: December 2018

Mary Flora Bell, Killer Child

Bell’s mother Betty (née McCrickett) was a prostitute who was often absent from the family home, travelling to Glasgow to work. Mary (nicknamed May) was her first child, born when Betty was 17 years old. It is not known who Mary’s biological father was. For most of her life she believed it to be Billy Bell, a habitual criminal who was later arrested for armed robbery, but Bell married McCrickett when Mary was a baby. Independent accounts […]

Burning Son’s

Edward Graf Jr., 62, was first convicted in 1988 of burning 9-year-old Joby Graf and 8-year-old Jason Graf to death in a shed behind their Hewitt home in 1986, but after nearly a quarter of a century in jail, he was granted a new trial in 2013 after expert testimony refuted the arson evidence used in his first trial. After years of maintaining that the 1986 fire that killed his two stepsons in a suburban […]