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A man has admitted neglecting his four-month-old son who died from “catastrophic injuries” when a television weighing five stone dropped on his head.

Nurse 'sought perverted control' over residents

A former care home manager accused of murdering two elderly women may have had a "bizarre and perverted" desire to "control the terminal destiny" of residents in her care, a court heard today.

The Wonder Girls, By Sarah May

The reader suspects all is not well in Middle England when Sylvia Henderson , an over-Botoxed,Valium-popping 'gym bunny' of a Suburban housewife turns to her husband after finding out their 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, and points to the trees outside: "They're watching us," she says, spookily.

Death a recurring theme for Good Shepherd's tragic teen

As calls grow for an inquiry into how two vulnerable girls slipped away from their care unit near Glasgow to commit suicide, Jonathan Brown reveals how violence and loss shaped Neve Lafferty's short life

Ordinary Thunderstorms, By William Boyd

A man newly arrived in the big city makes a brief acquaintance with a preoccupied stranger. The next time they meet, there's a knife sticking out of the stranger's side. Our hero scarpers, leaving incriminating clues, but finds there's a ruthless assailant outside his home. Soon he's on the run, both from the police and some unknown malevolent organisation which is out to get him, unless he gets them first...

Mausoleum for Hollywood royalty awaits its latest guest

When Michael Jackson is buried today, he will join the stars in a resting place fit for the King of Pop

Jackson's death ruled as homicide

Michael Jackson's death was a homicide, the Los Angeles coroner formally ruled yesterday, saying the pop star died from acute intoxication from the drug propofol and other conditions.

Coroner treating Michael Jackson's death as homicide

Physician likely to face criminal charges over singer's fatal cardiac arrest

Forgotten authors No.32: William Haggard

At the height of Bond mania in the mid-1960s, a number of other espionage writers emerged, some as good or better than 007's creator. One of these, described rather damningly by the Sunday Express as "the adult's Ian Fleming", was William Haggard, the pseudonym of Richard Clayton. He produced some 33 novels, 25 of which featured Col Charles Russell of the (fictional) British Security Executive.

Romantic fiction: We're all heroine addicts now...

When times are tough, what better solace than an uplifting tale where love conquers all? Cheryl Cole has been signed up to write steamy novels, and even 'literary' works are being pressed into service. Katy Guest reports on the boom in romantic fiction

Couple admit selling drugs to 'hit list' of celebrities

A couple were facing jail today after admitting supplying drugs to a "hit list" of celebrities including Amy Winehouse.

Useful free software to fire up your PC

If you own a PC, chances are high that you've already reached deeply into your pockets and parted with sizeable sums of cash for applications that can be downloaded for free.

Diazepam abuse on rise amid heroin shortage

The tranquilliser once known as "mother's little helper" is growing in popularity among drug addicts as an alternative to heroin, it was claimed today.

'Abuse was anything from rape to torture. It happened every night'

Victims call for house to be demolished as they reveal full scale of horror at Haut de la Garenne

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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