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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Devious Malcolm Webster, murdered first wife then tried to kill his second five years later in staged car crashes for £1m insurance money - 19th May

A 'womanising' qualified male nurse staged car crashes to murder his first wife and try to kill his second -as part of a plot to pocket £1 million in insurance payouts.

Devious Malcolm Webster, 52, murdered Claire Morris, 32, in a car crash in 1994 and then fraudulently claimed more than £200,000 from policies following her death.

He then tried to kill his second wife Felicity Drumm, 50, in New Zealand in February 1999 in a bid to claim more than £750,000.

He also tried to fleece several women out of their estates.

Webster, from Guildford in Surrey, killed his first wife when he drugged her, staged a car crash and then torched the car she was in.

At the crash scene, in Aberdeenshire in May 1994, Webster coldly told people who stopped to help that no one was inside the burning Daihatsu 4x4 vehicle.

He cashed in the insurance policy and splashed out on a Range Rover and yacht following her death.

Webster, who went on trial on February 1, initially told police in 1994 that he swerved to avoid a motorcyclist and crashed.

But after the investigation into Ms Morris's death was re-opened in 2008, forensic tests on a tissue sample from her liver revealed she had been given a sedative.

Experts also said the crash would have been at low speed as Ms Morris's body had not moved in her seat.

Five years later Webster tried to kill his second wife, Felicity Drumm, in New Zealand. He thought it would lead to a £750,000 insurance payout. Read More