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Granny Killer

Infamous ‘Granny Killer’ John Wayne Glover began his reign of terror at Mosman in Sydney’s north, murdering six elderly women over a 13-month period.

Each time the calculating serial killer struck he would force his victim into a side street in broad daylight, bash their head in with a hammer and then wrap their pantyhose around their neck.

grannyThe middle-aged man started his killing spree on 1 March 1989 when he killed Gwendolin Mitchelhill.

Glover struck again 10 weeks later and during the next year he killed another four elderly women.

Working as a pie salesman, Glover also had access to nursing homes where he sexually assaulted women in their beds. It was after one woman cried out that Glover was reported to the police for the first time.

When police called to question him he attempted suicide and left a note saying “no more grannies”.

Incredibly, he was discharged from hospital and continued his murder spree – until he was finally arrested after killing lady friend Joan Sinclair in her home.

When he was charged, his wife and two daughters were stunned that the man they loved was the infamous ‘Granny Killer’.

At his trial in November 1991, Glover pleaded not guilty to six counts of murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

A jury rejected this and Glover was sentenced to life imprisonment.

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