By Neil Root
The final time that any one heard from 35-year-old Claudia Lawrence, a chef on the college of York, was once whilst she despatched a textual content message to a pal on 18 March 2009 at 8.23 p.m. She hasn't ever been heard from or visible back, and her disappearance is a secret that endures to this day. What occurred to Claudia that early spring evening—or used to be it early the next morning on her approach to paintings? There were not anything irregular approximately her habit earlier than she vanished, and there have been no indicators of a fight at her domestic. A Crimewatch reconstruction has been broadcast, and the police research into the case has fee greater than £750,000. Dozens of interviews have thrown up a variety of leads, yet there aren't any concrete clues. With broad entry to her friends and family, in long gone, Neil Root assesses the evidence and theories and asks: the place is Claudia?
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Certainly, sometimes covering what happens inside courts can be hard—particularly watching youngsters start on a life of crime or sitting next to the grieving parents of a murder victim as they stoically listen to horrendous details of their loved one’s last moments—but mostly it’s intriguing. A trial, particularly a murder or manslaughter trial, is a good place to study character because people under stress and in unfamiliar surroundings tend to drop their masks. The reason for the trial—someone’s death—is stressful enough, but the pressure-cooker atmosphere created by a high-stakes adversarial contest often heats up emotions to boiling point.
Now, we just want to recover our privacy and get over this ordeal. Finally, it was Judge Crossley’s turn to give his opinion, his judgement. He told those in the dock that their ‘bizarre and quite extraordinary’ bid to exorcise demons from Mrs Vollmer had put her through a ‘cruel, painful and quite horrifying’ ordeal. He said Mrs Vollmer had been subjected to ‘considerable pain and very great indignity’. ‘All this occurred while your captive violently resisted and fought for her freedom,’ the judge said.
First, she pressed her hand against Joan’s womb. ’—she moved up her abdomen and pressed again. Next, she pushed against Joan’s left breast and then massaged her throat. All the time Mrs Vollmer was struggling—kicking at her tormentors, pulling their hair. Finally, after Klingner forced Mrs Vollmer’s mouth open, Reichenbach put her fingers inside and pressed a finger against her tongue. As she was doing this, according to Reichenbach, Joan let out a ‘growl’ and stopped breathing. Ralph Vollmer described the dying moments of his wife of three years.