Catching a Serial Killer: My hunt for murderer Christopher Halliwell – By Stephen Fulcher

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On the evening of Saturday, 19 March 2011, D.S. Stephen Fulcher receives a life-changing call that thrusts him into a race against the clock to save missing 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan, who was last seen at a nightclub in Swindon. Steve knows from experience that he has a small window of time to find Sian alive, but his hopes are quickly dashed when his investigation leads him to Christopher Halliwell, a cabbie with sick obsessions. – GoodReads

I have just finished reading this book by former police officer Stephen Fulcher about his hunt for serial killer Christopher Halliwell. After obtaining a confession from Halliwell and discovering 2 bodies Fulcher was discredited and made into a pariah for breaching PACE guidelines. PACE sets out the correct procedure when it comes to questioning criminals. Some, including Fulcher, argue that it favours the criminal over the victim. After 2 trials over 5 years Halliwell was eventually convicted of both murders. In the final trial it was revealed that the police and forensics believed Haliwell returned to the body of his final victim up to 4 times in order to have sex with her corpse. Halliwell claimed to have killed as many as 6 when speaking to another inmate, but when the police found Halliwell’ss trophy stash they discovered 60 items of woman’s clothing, leading some to believe he may have committed many more murders. It seems like Halliwell may well be one of the UK’s most prolific killers, the UK version of Ted Bundy maybe?

The book raises some serious questions about who’s rights the law favours in cases such as this. While everyone agrees that the police should not ride roughshod over suspects and the law, surely the chance of possibly finding the victims alive and securing a conviction should prompt a review of the regulations.

4/5 Stars – A very thought provoking read.

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Review – Lamy Safari 2015 Special Edition Fountain Pen

I purchased this item from an online auction site and thus this review is my own personal opinion on the product / company, given in good faith and has not be sponsored or endorsed. The photography unless otherwise stated / credited is also my own. None of the links are affiliate links.

 

Lamy Safari 2015 SE

 

Unless you have been living under a stationary rock i would think it’s safe to say that you will have heard of the Lamy range of pens. With its bright selection of colours and its easy grip, it appeals to the novice and seasoned fountain pen user. Utilitarian in design with form following function it screams German engineering and quality.

 

I decided to finally give in and try a Safari pen, so i opted for the Lime Green 2015 Special Edition from eBay priced at a reasonable £15.95. Within two days i was holding my new pen.

 

My Safari came packaged in a standard blister pack along with a pack of 5 Lime green Lamy T10 cartridges and a carry pouch that seems a bit too large to be truly useful. The pen is light but not small by any stretch of the imagination (weighing in at 17g and 167mm posted). The nib is chrome (i opted for the medium) and the body is ABS with a chrome clip. The Safari comes equipped with 2 ink windows on the side, although i would have prefered them to have clear plastic coverings rather than be open. The nibs are interchangeable and come in the standard sizes like extra fine, fine, medium, plus unique nibs like obliques and stub italics in sizes up to 1.9mm.

 

Lamy Safari 2015 SE

 

So far this seems like a great pen and i cant wait to get writing my TMA’s with it!!

Also if Lamy would like to send me some of their other ranges i would love to review them 😉