|The Naked City||Feb 9 2017|
In the end, old-fashioned procedural work finally cracked the case. Whiteway had been maintaining his innocence the entire time, but forensic investigators finally found minute traces of blood in an eyelet and seam on one of his shoes. Confronted with blood evidence he broke down and confessed. He had attacked the girls in a rage, raped Songhurst, and tossed both bodies in the Thames. If he expected his admission to earn him leniency he was disappointed—he was convicted in court of what became known as the Towpath Murders and hanged at Wandsworth Prison in December 1953. And the axe that almost but didn't break the case ended up in the Black Museum at Scotland Yard, where it still resides today.
|Intl. Notebook||Jan 6 2011|
Above is a sequence of four photos documenting Britain’s first nuclear test, a 25 kiloton shot codenamed Hurricane and detonated inside an anchored river-class frigate to determine what effects such a weapon might have if it were smuggled into London via the Thames. They learned, shockingly, that if a nuclear weapon exploded in London it would be a bad thing. The first image was exposed at the moment of detonation, the second an instant later, the third at about five seconds, and the last—with the blast’s debris cloud climbing miles into the atmosphere—at seven and a half minutes. The test occurred in the Monte Bello Islands of Australia, in October 1952. See our entire nuclear gallery by clicking keyword “nukes” below.