Criminal Law, Evidence, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering, True Crime

The New “Killing for Love” Documentary: Analysis of a Scene

Episodes 3 and 4 of the new 4-part documentary on the Jens Söring case have just been released for press preview, and I've had a quick look at them. There's not much new here -- this is basically little more than an expanded version of Killing for Love, with extended interviews with figures such as… Continue reading The New “Killing for Love” Documentary: Analysis of a Scene

Criminal Law, Police and Prosecutors, Policy, Public Law, Soering, True Crime

The Söring Parole Decision

Over at Soering Guilty as Charged, Holdsworth has an fine analysis of the decision to parole Soering and Haysom at the same time. As he points out, the decision makes zero sense from any perspective. The factors cited by the Parole Board in freeing Haysom and Soering apply to hundreds of prisoners who never get… Continue reading The Söring Parole Decision

Criminal Law, Mental State, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering, True Crime

The ‘Voodoo’ Story and Söring’s Confessions

Doing some research in the press archives, I ran across several stories in the British press mentioning the "voodoo" allegations. I'd never actually been all that clear on what these were, but they were lurid indeed: "Blood was smeared in a triangle on the living room floor, furniture was turned to face north, the figure… Continue reading The ‘Voodoo’ Story and Söring’s Confessions

Criminal Law, Evidence, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering, True Crime

Elizabeth Haysom’s Changing Stories, Part II

Elizabeth Haysom testified against Jens Söring on June 13th and June 14th, 1990. Her testimony started out with a direct examination from Jim Updike, the District Attorney. Haysom tells the jury a little about her background, about her mixed feelings concerning her parents, meeting Jens Söring, about trying to manipulate him into leaving college, and… Continue reading Elizabeth Haysom’s Changing Stories, Part II

Criminal Law, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering, Translation, True Crime

A Perceptive Comment from Rick Blaine on ‘Allmystery’

One amusing corner of the Internet for Söring fans is the site allmystery.de. Allmystery is a throwback to the Internet of the early 2000s: an Internet messaging board. Like fax machines, all sorts of antique technologies live on in Germany. There have been something like 28,000 posts about the Söring case, almost all in German,… Continue reading A Perceptive Comment from Rick Blaine on ‘Allmystery’