Crime

Anita Cobby

It was the crime that shocked Australia - pretty 26-year-old nursing sister Anita Lorraine Cobby was found brutally murdered in a field at Prospect, in Sydney's Western suburbs on 4 February 1986. Anita had been dragged through a barbed wire fence and bashed, raped and then slashed twice across her throat so deeply she was(...)

Graeme Thorne Kidnapping (1960)

Sydney (Australia) father Basil Thorne and his wife Freda won £100,000 in one of the first Opera House lotteries on 1 June 1960, and they were ecstatic. The Bondi family with two children, Graeme (8) and Belinda (3) were set for life. But five weeks later their lives were shattered when Graeme (pictured at right)(...)

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(...)

Moors Murderers

Between 1963 and 1965, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were responsible for the abduction, sexual abuse, and murder of two children and a 17-year-old youth. The couple were known as ''the Moors Murderers'' because they buried most of their victims on Saddleworth Moor in the Pennines, England. In a case that horrified the British public,(...)

O.J. Simpson Trial (1995)

In his sporting prime, Orenthal James Simpson - a.k.a. The Juice - was an American institution. Born in San Francisco in 1947, he played American Football for the University of Southern California, winning the 1968 Heisman Trophy for the most outstanding player of the major college conferences. The following year he turned professional with the(...)

Son Of Sam

The murder of Donna Lauria on 29 July 1976 was one of around 20,000 murders in the US that year and did not merit a great deal of attention in New York, especially as it happened in an area of the Bronx in which the Mafia held power. The city's cynical journalists paid little heed(...)

Ted Bundy

American serial killer Theodore Robert Bundy was born illegitimately, and his grandparents tried to hide the fact by pretending that his mother was his sister. The young Ted was known to torture animals, was obsessed with knives, and engaged in voyeurism. Evidence suggests that Bundy began by killing a nine-year-old schoolmate, who disappeared when Bundy(...)

Unabomber

The Unabomber, so named because he originally targeted universities and airlines in his terrorist campaign, killed three men and injured 23 others in 16 attacks between 1978 and 1995. On 19 September 1995 the Washington Post and the New York Times published a 35,000-word manifesto by the Unabomber. His manifesto explained in coherent terms that he was against technological progress,(...)

Wollongong Mutilation Slaying (1966)

On 29 January 1966, a  57-year-old cleaner was brutally slain as she worked alone in the Piccadilly Arcade in Wollongong, NSW (Australia). The mutilation of Wilhelmina Kruger (pictured at right) instilled fear in women throughout the city of Wollongong. Mrs Kruger, who had been employed at the arcade for three years, had been working for 2(...)

Yorkshire Ripper

The 'Yorkshire Ripper' killings started in July 1975 and continued until November 1980, during which time 13 women were murdered in the north of England by a Jack The Ripper-style killer. The killer struck by night, smashing his victims' heads with a hammer and usually mutilating the bodies. The women ranged in age from 16(...)