An impressive series from Eaglemoss, rising to the challenge of Murder Casebook from Marshall Cavendish and 'Unsolved' from Orbis. This formula, though mostly involving murders, allowed the publishers to go beyond a single crime. Hence, the Great Train Robbery, in which no one died, gets good coverage. It also enabled them to include fascinating sections on police forensic and other detection methods. We currently have many loose issues of the first (1993) release which we call Real Life Crimes 1 and most of the second (2003) release which we call Real Life Crimes 2.
How could the publishers have known in 1993 that the country would be rocked the following year by discovery in Gloucester of the most horrific murder scene in over a century? Or that attention would soon turn to Britiain's worst serial killer, Dr Harold Shipman? Or that the inexplicable murder of popular TV presenter Jill Dando would mystify millions of her admirers? The opportunity - and challenge - led them to re-launch the RLC series with a new numbering system and all the most sensational crimes near the beginning of the new release. The format was updated and even the binders changed slightly. Therefore, it's important, when seeking individual issues from this series, to know which release you need.
We started by listing the second (2003) release and tried showing first release issues alongside, but it became confusing so we then created a new section and called this one Real Life Crimes 1. The first release issues are in a red cover, the second are in red or blue. Very occasionally, the numbering of issues overlaps between releases. If you are still unsure which you need, please use 'Contact' and we'll try to help.
Updated September 2013