50 Years On From the ‘One-Armed Bandit’ Murder

50 Years On From the ‘One-Armed Bandit’ Murder

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As we all know, the film ‘Get Carter’ was based on Ted Lewis’s eponymous novel ‘Jack’s Return Home’. But did you know that the novel itself is loosely connected to a similar, real-life story that happened in the North-East only a few years before?

Angus Sibbet was a money collector for a well known local villain, Vince Landa, who controlled the majority of the one-armed bandit machines in the North-East. Well, on the 5th January 1967 the body of Sibbet was found dead in his car in South Hetton. Landa’s brother,┬áMichael Luvaglio and Sibbet’s colleague, Dennis Stafford, were arrested and found guilty of his murder – both sentenced to life imprisonment but released in 1979.

Numerous similarities to the Get Carter movie are obvious, there can be no doubt about that – hence why it is such an intriguing case for many fans of the film.

Both men have vehemently protested their innocence since being released from prison and this week marks a major milestone in the crime, a full 50 years since it took place. Luckily, there are a number of good online articles that have outlined the case and are well worth checking out.

Firstly though, it may be useful to get a good background from the Wikipedia page of the murders.



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