He Bought Arrow on Amazon. It Was Key in Murder Conviction

Inside the strange case of Terence Whall, convicted of crossbow murder
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2020 6:46 PM CST
Updated Feb 29, 2020 10:30 AM CST

(Newser) – A Welsh man was on Monday found guilty of "a barbaric, medieval-style execution in one of the safest parts of the UK"—and a key Amazon purchase had a lot to do with his conviction, the Washington Post reports. Gerald Corrigan, 74, was shot with a crossbow as he tried to fix his satellite dish shortly after midnight on April 19, 2019; he died of sepsis three weeks later. Terence Whall, 39, was one of just two people in the UK who had purchased the exact type of arrow that killed Corrigan on Amazon.com during the year prior to the attack; the other was a hunter. More on the twisty case:

  • Another critical clue: "There was no forensic evidence, no direct eyewitness evidence to the shooting and in fact no-one saw him going to and from the scene," a detective on the case says, per the BBC. But in June, investigators found a burned-out SUV abandoned in a deserted quarry; Whall had borrowed it from his partner. The vehicle's GPS system had kept a record of everything, showing that Whall had scoped out Corrigan's house the night before the attack and had gone back at the time of the attack.

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