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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...

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...

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...

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...

Unabomber

The Unabomber - so named because his case was given the acronym UNABOM which stood for the places he targeted; UNiversity and Airline BOMbings -...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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