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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,...

Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald was born in New Orleans on 18 October 1939, two months after the death of his father. His mother, Marguerite Claverie Oswald, had two older children. Oswald enlisted in the US Marine Corps...

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 below right) instilled fear in women throughout the city...

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)...

Unabomber

The Unabomber - so named because his case was given the acronym UNABOM which stood for the places he targeted; UNiversity and Airline BOMbings - killed three men and injured 23 others in his 16 terrorist attacks between...

Ted Bundy

American serial killer Theodore Robert Bundy was born on 24 November 1946 at the Elizabeth Lund Home for Unwed Mothers in Burlington, Vermont, and his grandparents tried to hide his illegitimacy by pretending that his...

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...

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...

Baader-Meinhof (Red Army Faction)

"Baader-Meinhof" became the popular name for the West German left-wing guerrilla group the Rote Armee Fraktion (Red Army Faction), who were active from 1968 against what it perceived as US imperialism. The three main founding members were Andreas...

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 in 1989 and 1990. Each time the calculating serial killer struck he...

Carlos the Jackal

"Carlos the Jackal" was, in fact, Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez. He was nicknamed 'The Jackal' after the character in Frederick Forsyth's novel Day of The Jackal. He had converted to Islam, joined the Popular Front for the...

Boston Strangler

It was 14 June 1962 when The Boston Strangler first struck. Over the next 18 months, Boston was gripped by fear. Eleven women were strangled - and some sexually assaulted - by a killer who usually...

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...

Charles Manson

Charles Milles Manson was born in November 1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Kathleen Maddox, an unmarried 16-year-old girl, and an unnamed father. He would rapidly fall foul of the law, and by age 32...

Patty Hearst

Patricia Campbell Hearst and Steven Weed were home in their Berkeley apartment watching The Magician on TV at nine o'clock on the foggy night of 4 February 1974. The young couple were "living in sin" (as it used...

Richardsons, The

Charlie Richardson was born in Camberwell, south-east London in 1934. His brother Eddie was born in 1936, the youngest sibling Alan in 1940. Charlie and Eddie were brought up in a traditional south London working-class family,...

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...

Jack Ruby

Jack Ruby was born Jacob Leon Rubenstein on 25 March 1911 in the Maxwell Street area of Chicago. His parents were often violent towards each other and regularly separated, which resulted in juvenile delinquency with time...

Zodiac Killer

Cheri-Jo Bates walked from her campus library into the darkness towards her car. The battery was flat. A man appeared and offered to help her. He tinkered with the engine but having no luck he offered...

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