25 July - Brian Blackwell butchers both parents and goes on spending spree

Brian ‘The Brains’ Blackwell failed to live up to his nickname when he left the rotting bodies of his murdered parents to be discovered by neighbours. The spoilt only child of a retired accountant and an antiques dealer, he’d been outraged when they expected him to repay the £9,000 he’d stolen to buy his girlfriend a car. So he hammered and knifed his parents to death and used their credit cards to buy a £30,000 holiday for himself and his girlfriend... Read the full Brian Blackwell Crime File

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