Sajjad Hussain was an Indian film score composer. He was an accomplished mandolinist, playing the mandolin as a "Top Grade" player for the Indian film industry in Mumbai for more than five decades, reputed to have played more than 22,000 songs, including title-songs and background music. Besides the music for movies, he was known to play Indian classical music, as well as Arabic music and Sufi music. Sajjad Hussain was born in 1917 in Sitamau, at that time, a village in the Central India Agency, now called Madhya Pradesh, India; as a child, he was taught sitar by his father Mohammed Amir Khan. He learned veena, violin and piano during his teenager years, he was an accomplished mandolin player, could play Indian classical music on the instrument. In 1937, Sajjad Hussain decided to try his luck as a film score composer, came to Bombay with his elder brother Nisar Hussain, his first job was at Sohrab Modi's Minerva Movietone at Rs. 30 a month. He moved to the Wadia Movietone, working at Rs. 60 a month.
During the next few years, he worked as an assistant to music composer Meer Saheb and Rafiq Ghaznavi, as a contract instrument player for Shaukat Hussain Rizvi. In 1940, Sajjad was introduced to the composer Mir Allah Baksh by a friend. Impressed with Sajjad's mandolin skills, Ali employed him as an assistant. Sometime Sajjad became an assistant to the music director Hanuman Prasad. In this capacity, he composed two songs for the film Gaali: Aag Lage Saavan Mein and Ab Aaja Dil Na Lage; the songs of Dost, his first film as an independent music director, were big hits. These songs included the three songs sung by Noor Jehan: Koi Prem Ka Deke Sandesa, Alam Par Alam Aur Sitam Par Sitam and Badnaam Mohabbat Kaun Kare, but when the film producer Shaukat Hussain Rizvi gave the entire credit to his wife Noor Jehan for the success of the songs, Sajjad Hussain vowed never to work with Noor Jehan again. Sajjad went on to work with many notable singers, including Suraiyya, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.
He was regarded by his contemporaries, including Anil Biswas. One of the best scores that Sajjad Hussain created was in the film Rustam Sohrab in which Suraiyya sang'Ye kaisi ajab dastan ho gayi hai'. Lata Mangeshkar's one of the most favourite songs'Ae dilruba' and'Phir tumhari yaad aayi ae sanam' by Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mahmood and Manna Dey were appreciated. In a 2012 interview, Lata Mangeshkar named him as her favourite composer, his music compositions rank among the most complex scores of Hindi film songs. Sajjad Hussain was known for his contentious personality, he landed in controversies due to his short temper, moody behaviour and perfectionist nature. When Shaukat Hussain Rizvi gave the credit for the musical success of Dost to his wife and singer Noor Jehan, Sajjad vowed never to compose a song for Noor Jehan, he had conflicts with the lyricist D. N. Madhok during recording of film Saiyyan, with actor Dilip Kumar during the recording of film Sangdil, he made disapproving remarks on Lata Mangeshkar's singing, leading to differences between the two for a short period.
He called Talat Mahmood "Galat Mehmood" and Kishore Kumar "Shor Kumar", criticised Naushad's music. He rejected an offer by Shashadhar Mukherjee of Filmistan, lost the opportunity to compose music for film Mughal-e-Azam due to differences with film producer-director K. Asif. Once impressed by Sajjad Hussain's Yeh hawa yeh raat yeh chandni, the composer Madan Mohan created Tujhe kya sunaun mein dilruba, tere saamne mera haal hai on the same metre. At a concert when Madan Mohan walked past Sajjad, the hot-tempered Sajjad taunted "Aaj kal toh parchaiyyan bhi ghoomne phirne lagi hai". Madan Mohan replied; this reply made. Hindi film expert Rajesh Subramanian explains that such comments made him an avoidable character and people from the industry started ignoring him; as a result of his controversial behaviour, Sajjad got less than 20 film score assignments in his 34-year-long music career. However, one notable milestone in his career as music director is the songs he composed for Sri Lankan Sinhala film "Daiwa yogaya-1959".
Daiwa Yogaya was filmed in Prasad Studios in Pune and was a box office hit in Sri Lanka owing to the songs he composed. The songs "Hada Gile Ama Mihire" and "Doi Doiya putha" sung by Rukmani Devi, the most popular Actress/Singer of Ceylon in that era are still popular, his last film as a composer was Aakhri Sajda. Lata Mangeshkar was once asked in an interview about music directors that she had found difficult to please, she replied that in the beginning of her career, there were difficulties with everyone because she was still learning and was new in the field. But she was always apprehensive with Sajjad Hussain. Sajjad Hussain never liked loud singing, he always insisted that all the musical instruments were tuned. He never compromised on that, she added that many years after the first recording, Sajjad Hussain's songs sound effortless and are not painful to hear. Sajjad Hussain lived in the Natalwala Building at Mahim, India in the last years of his life, he had one daughter. All five of his sons went on to become musicians.
Raymond Martinez Fernandez and Martha Jule Beck were an American serial killer couple. They were convicted of one murder, are known to have committed two more, were suspected of having killed up to 20 victims during a spree between 1947 and 1949. After their arrest and trial for serial murder in 1949, they became known as "The Lonely Hearts Killers" for meeting their unsuspecting victims through lonely hearts ads. A number of films and television shows are based on this case. Raymond Martinez Fernandez was born on December 1914 in Hawaii to Spanish parents. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Connecticut; as an adult, he moved to Spain and had four children, all of whom he abandoned in life. After serving in Spain's Merchant Marine and British Intelligence during World War II, Fernandez decided to seek work. Shortly after boarding a ship bound for the United States, a steel hatch fell on him, fracturing his skull and injuring his frontal lobe; the damage caused by this injury may well have affected his sexual behavior.
Upon his release from a hospital, Fernandez stole some clothing and was subsequently imprisoned for a year, during which time his cellmate converted him to a belief in voodoo and black magic. He claimed black magic gave him irresistible power and charm over women. Martha Beck was born Martha Jule Seabrook on May 6, 1920 in Florida. Due to a glandular problem, she was overweight and underwent puberty prematurely. At her trial, she claimed to have been raped by her brother, she went on to claim that, when she had told her mother what happened, her mother had beaten her, claiming that Martha was responsible. As a teen, Beck ran away from home. In 1978 writer Truman Capote said that he had joined her for a short time when he was 10. After Martha finished school, she had trouble finding a job due to her weight, she became an undertaker's assistant and prepared female bodies for burial. She quit that job and moved to California, where she worked in an Army hospital as a nurse, she engaged in sexually promiscuous behavior and became pregnant.
She tried to convince the father to marry her. Single and pregnant, she returned to Florida. Martha told people the father was a serviceman she had married claiming he had been killed in the Pacific Campaign; the town mourned her loss, the story was published in the local newspaper. Shortly after her daughter was born, she became pregnant again by a Pensacola bus driver named Alfred Beck, they married and divorced six months thereafter, she gave birth to a son. Unemployed and the single mother of two young children, Beck escaped into a fantasy world, buying romance magazines and novels, watching romantic movies. In 1946, she found employment at the Pensacola Hospital for Children, she placed a lonely hearts ad in 1947. Fernandez stayed for a short time, he returned to New York City while she made preparations in Milton, where she lived. When she was abruptly fired from her job, she arrived on his doorstep in New York. Fernandez enjoyed the way she catered to his every whim, when he learned she had left her children for him, he thought it was a sign of an unconditional love.
He confessed his criminal enterprises to Beck, who sent her children to the Salvation Army in order to assist Fernandez without hindrances. She posed as Fernandez's sister, their victims, feeling more secure knowing there was another woman in the house agreed to stay with the pair. Beck convinced some victims that she lived alone and that her "brother" was only a guest. Beck was jealous and went to great lengths to make sure Fernandez and his "intended" never consummated their relationship; when he did have sex with a woman, Beck subjected both to her violent temper. In 1949, the pair committed the three murders for which they were convicted. Janet Fay, 66, went to stay at his Long Island apartment; when Beck caught her in bed with Fernandez, she brutally attacked Fay's head with a hammer in a murderous rage. Fernandez strangled Fay. Fay's family became suspicious when she disappeared, Fernandez and Beck fled. Beck and Fernandez traveled to Byron Center Road in Wyoming Township, Michigan, a suburb of Grand Rapids, where they met and stayed with Delphine Downing, a young widow with a two-year-old daughter.
On February 28, Downing became agitated, Fernandez gave her sleeping pills to calm her. The daughter began to cry, which enraged Beck. Panicked, Beck didn't kill her. Fernandez thought Downing would become suspicious if she saw her bruised daughter, so he shot the unconscious woman; the couple stayed for several days in Downing's house. Again enraged by the daughter's crying, Beck drowned her in a basin of water, they buried the bodies in the basement, but suspicious neighbors reported the Downings' disappearances, leading the police to arrive at the door on March 1, 1949 and arrest Beck and Fernandez. Fernandez confessed; the pair vehemently denied committing 17 murders that were attributed to them, Fernandez tried to retract his confession, saying he made it only to protect Beck. Their trial was sensationalized, with lurid tales of sexual perversity. Newspaper reporters described Beck's appearance with derision, she wrote protesting letters to the editors. Fernandez and Beck were convicted of Janet Fay's murder—the only one for which they were tried—and sentenced to death.
On March 8, 1951, bot