In the late 1980s and early 1990s a series of violent murders took place near Sydneys famous Bondi Beach. Three innocent men were attacked and thrown to their deaths from a cliff top. The murders were part of a much wider wave of violent hate crimes as gangs of youths roamed Sydneys inner suburbs randomly bashing and killing gay men for sport.
Among the victims at Bondi was Wollongong television newsreader, Ross Warren, a gay man who disappeared while visiting friends in Sydney in 1989.
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In 1981, the headless and fingerless body of 19-year-old Kim Narelle Barry was found dumped in the bush at a mountain lookout near Wollongong, south of Sydney. Kim’s head and fingers were later found in bushland some distance from the lookout and damage to the skull showed she had been bludgeoned to death. Then, by chance, detectives discovered that on the night she died Kim had been in the company of a local miner, 24-year-old Graham Potter, who had then suddenly disappeared. A national manhunt led to his eventual surrender. Potter was convicted of Kim Barry’s murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. No motive was ever established for the killing and Potter, who was released in 1996 after serving 15 years, still declares he is innocent.
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Thought and Media: Ivan Milat: The Backpacker Killer
The Backpacker Murders
Ivan Robert Marko Milat
New South Wales, Australia 1989-92.
As Paul Kidd, a professor in criminology and dean of humanities from Bond University, states, if “pure evil had a face, surely it would be that of Australia’s worst individual serial killer of the…
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Photographic evidence of one of the sisters killed by Alan Thompson, which was staged as a car crash. Thompson was also convicted of murdering 5 others.
The photograph shows the clear bullet hole in the skull
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On the 31st of March 1984, the Milosevic family including Radmila ‘Rad’ and her husband Tony, as well as their young daughter and son were found dead in their home. They had received gunshot wounds and unsuccessful attempts were made to ignite the bodies and home.
Close family friend and boyfriend of Rad’s sister (who had died in a car accident with her other sister 2 years earlier) Alan ‘Tomo’ Thompson was seen near the crime scene. A 22 calibre rifle was found at his home and was identified as the one used in the crime. At trial he pleaded not guilty but was found guilty and charged with 4 concurrent life sentences.
Authorities were alerted to his involvement in the car crash of his girlfriend and her sister. As the driver, Thompson escaped with minor burns and claimed the car almost instantly ignited and killed the 2 sisters. Examination of photographic evidence of the car, a staged accident and replicate fire conducted by police, showed that the crash damage was insufficient to match Thompson’s story. Police also proved that at the car’s travelling speed, the fire would have had to be started by dousing the car in a significant amount of petrol.
Photographs of the bodies showed exit and entry wounds in the skull, consistent with being shot in the head. Police exhumed the bodies to find any remaining evidence, and it was found the girls were shot with a 22 calibre rifle. A lack of internal airway injuries proved that the sisters were dead prior to the vehicle fire. Thompson was consequently charged with the sister’s murders, and given a life sentence for each, to be served concurrently with the life sentences already given.
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John Wayne Glover was a British-born Australian serial killer convicted for the murders of six elderly women on Sydney’s North Shore. Over a fourteen month period in 1989/90, Glover killed six elderly women for which he became dubbed the “granny killer”. Following arrest in 1990, he admitted to the murders and was sentenced to consecutive terms of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Each time Glover committed serial murder, he ruthlessly bashed his victims to death with a hammer in public places in broad daylight and then throttled the last breath out of them with their own undergarments. The killings were unmistakably the work of the one person.
Glover was the only serial killer who specialised in bashing and murdering little old ladies.
A bully, John Glover forced his defenceless victims into alcoves and alleyways with his superior strength and then set upon them with his fists and his trademark hammer, repeatedly bashing them about the head until they fell to his feet, saturated in their own blood.
Not content with bashing alone, he would then subject them to the ultimate humiliation and gaze upon their most private parts while he removed their pantyhose and then throttle his victims with them. This final indignity would become his calling card and detectives knew that the killings were unmistakably the work of the one killer.
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A suicide note of John Wayne Glover (the granny killer)
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Victim of John Wayne Glover (the granny killer) after being strangled with her own pantyhose.
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Victim of John Wayne Glover (the granny killer) with a visible piece of pantyhose around her neck
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