According to statistics, during the last decades Malta matched Britain regarding homicides per capita. The vast mojority of homicides were committed on the spur of the moment, unplanned acts of passion, in which the possible penalties were rarely considered by the perpetrator. Pre-meditated homicides were rare. The runaway success of Edward Atard’s latest book Delitti f’ Malta – Mitejn Sena ta’ Omiċidji – provides ample proof of the fascination of the most despicable of crimes. this rcord with the most decent and peace-loving of the population with the most despicable of crimes. This record of all homicides that took place in the Maltese Islands between 1800 and 1999 is the result of many years of research in the archives of the court at Mdina, the criminal processes in the National Library, and especially the newspapers of the period.