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his life around, when he mar­ried Glo­ria, and had his chil­dren.

Daisie bought a house for the young fam­ily and stayed with them for a while when they had their sec­ond child.

Far from mend­ing their re­la­tion­ship, Jack be­came frus­trated by Daisie’s in­ter­fer­ence, and they ar­gued con­stantly.

It seemed Jack wanted his mother out of his life – for good.

Po­lice learned that an air­line in­sur­ance pol­icy taken out on Daisie listed her son as the sole ben­e­fi­ciary.

Plus other poli­cies were taken out on her – in to­tal around $40,000 (nearly £26,000), a huge sum in those days.

Glo­ria and the neigh­bours re­called Jack talk­ing of want­ing to get a Christ­mas gift for his mother to put into her case be­fore she left.

At the time, Jack was work­ing in an elec­tron­ics shop, and learned all he needed to build some­thing very dan­ger­ous…

What he’d put in­side Daisie’s lug­gage was a home­made bomb of 25 sticks of dy­na­mite, a six-volt bat­tery, two elec­tric primer caps – in case one failed – and a timer.

It’s thought Jack set the timer on the bomb, then Daisie’s lug­gage was put on the plane.

Be­fore his trial, in April 1956, Jack pleaded not guilty of mur­der by rea­son of insanity. Yet four psy­chi­a­trists found him sane. ‘I watched her go off for the last time. I felt hap­pier than I ever felt be­fore in my life,’ he told one psy­chi­a­trist, of his mother. ‘He never thought about the other 43 peo­ple on the plane,’ an­other ther­a­pist said. On 5 May 1956, af­ter just 69 min­utes, ju­rors found Gra­ham guilty of first-de­gree mur­der and rec­om­mended the death penalty. The fol­low­ing Jan­uary, Gra­ham had a black mask placed over his eyes as he was strapped to a chair. ‘As far as feel­ing re­morse for these peo­ple, I don’t,’ he said. ‘I can’t help it. Every­body pays their way and takes their chances. That’s just the way it goes.’ The doors of the cham­ber were sealed and lethal cyanide gas was re­leased. Gra­ham, then 24, gasped for air and screamed. He was pro­nounced dead af­ter 11 min­utes – the same length of time for which fa­tal Flight 629 was air­borne.

The bomb blew shortly af­ter take off

Jack Gra­ham

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