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11 Most Evil People to Ever Walk the Earth



Ever since the beginning of time, evil has existed. History is full with tales of wicked people who’ve committed unspeakable crimes, even children. They’ve lived among us, and some still do — continuing to lure in their victims with charming and deceptive tactics.

Their crimes are beyond comprehension.

But for some strange reason, society has forever been fascinated with the lives of these sadistic individuals. What motivates someone to slaughter millions of people, or consume a person’s rotting corpse?

“We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow,” said serial killer Ted Bundy.

There have seriously been so many cases that we can’t mention them all in one article. So, we were forced to narrow it down to just 10. But after hearing the atrocious crimes these people committed, we think 10 is far more than enough. We’ve included infamous dictators who had absolutely zero regard for others’ safety or welfare, including their own citizens, as well as the most prolific serial killers of the 19th and 20th century.

Jim Jones
Leader of the Peoples Temple, Jim Jones is responsible for the Jonestown Massacre, which had a death toll of approximately 918 people.

John Wayne Gacy
He murdered 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, Illinois.

Pol Pot
He is responsible for killing over two million of his own people (nearly 25 percent) as leader of the Cambodian Communist Movement.

According to most estimates, Stalin is responsible for at least 20 million deaths. Whether from executions, deliberate famine, or gulags (Soviet concentration camps), this ruler had no regard for others’ safety or welfare.

Ted Bundy
It is estimated that he killed anywhere from 40 to 100 women. He would would stun them with a blunt object, drag them to a discrete location, strangle them and then rape their corpses.

Adolf Hitler
Hitler is the most-widely known mass murderer and dictator to ever live. If you aren’t aware of the crimes against humanity he committed, you probably need to open up a history book.

Mathieu Ngirumpatse
Ngirumpatse was president of the Hutu extremist National Revolutionary Movement for Democracy and Development. He is one of the individuals responsible for the slaughter of some 800,000 people during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Dr. Harold Fredrick Shipman
As a trusted doctor, this guy purposely injected his patients with fatal doses of diamorphine (an opiate), causing their deaths. He then proceeded to forge their wills and inherit all of their money. In addition, he also completed cremation requests to hide the evidence.

Dr. Josef Mengele
Called the “Angel of Death,” Mengele is infamous for using young children and pregnant women for cruel medical experiments in Auschwitz during Hitler’s reign.

Jeffrey Dahmer
This American serial killer and sex offender raped, murdered and dismembered 17 boys and men between 1978 and 1991. His later murders involved cannibalism and necrophilia.

Mao Zedong
This Chinese Communist revolutionary’s faulty economics created a horrific famine, which killed about 30 million people during 1959-1962.


Albert Fish: The Terrifying Real-Life Boogeyman

You’ve Never Heard Of (He Ate Children)

If anyone’s ever told you that the boogeyman wasn’t real, they were lying. The boogeyman isn’t just an urban legend, or that “thing” your mother warned you about as a child to deter you from coming home after the street lights went on, he was a very real man, and his name was Hamilton Howard “Albert” Fish.

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When you envision the boogeyman, you probably think of someone sinister-looking roaming the streets late at night, or even during broad daylight, snatching up children and doing the unthinkable to them. Well, that’s exactly what Fish, who was also nicknamed the Brooklyn Vampire, the Gray Man, the Moon Manic and the Werewolf of Wysteria, did. The only difference here is that his appearance was unassuming, like that of a sweet, harmless grandfather whose lap you’d sit on for story time. It’s how he was able to escape detection for so long.

This assumption couldn’t have been further from the truth.

To say Fish was one of the most monstrous people who ever walked the earth would be an understatement. He committed murders so horrific that police initially couldn’t believe the details of his confessions.

Fish was born in 1870 in Washington, D.C., to a family who had a long history of serious mental illness. To put it lightly, their disorders could have filled an entire medical textbook. Fish himself was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, which is a chronic condition requiring lifelong treatment for the delusions, disordered thinking and behavior, and abnormal interpretations of reality that accompany it. Needless to say, Fish never received any treatment.

But the real story began when Fish’s father, who was a Potomac River boat captain, died in 1875. At that time, he was only five-years-old, far from capable of grappling with the effects of losing a parent. Sadly, that same year, his mother abandoned him, dropping him off to live in St. John’s Orphanage, located in D.C.’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood.

This is where psychologists believe the demons inside Fish began to awaken. At the orphanage, he was beaten and whipped daily; to the point that after suffering from the abuse for four straight years, he actually began to enjoy it. When he was nine-years-old, his distraught mother showed up and brought him back into her custody. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done and could not be reversed.

His time spent at the orphanage was a defining moment in his life, especially considering the appalling torture he experienced as a child is the common factor in the backgrounds of the majority of serial killers.

“While there, he was subjected to all manners of physical and sexual abuse and humiliation and torture, which completely warped his personality out of shape. It turned him into the kind of monstrous being that he was,” says Harold Schechter, a professor of American Literature at Queens College, City University of New York and author of Deranged: The Shocking True Story of America’s Most Fiendish Killer.

As a teenager, Fish started to display unusual and alarming behaviors, such as drinking urine and eating feces. In 1890, at the age of 20, he found pleasure in snatching young boys off the street in Manhattan, where he moved with his mother, and raping them. But this is just the beginning of a story most folks would just rather forget.

Two years later, after visiting a wax museum where he saw a penis divided into two equal parts, this “polymorphous pervert” became obsessed with sexual maiming. From that point, he began practicing even more deviations — from sadism to sodomy and even self-mutilation.

Surprisingly, in 1898, he was married and fathered six children. According to one of their testimonies during Fish’s trial, they lead average lives until their mother ran off with another man in 1917. That’s when Fish’s children recall his strange and unpredictable behavior surfacing — occasionally requesting them to join in on his sado-masochistic games, watching him eat large quantities of raw meat, proclaiming he was Christ, and collecting published material on cannibalism.

As time went on, the fantasies he performed on children grew more fiendish and horrifying, and often ended in murdering and cannibalizing his naive victims with his “instruments of hell.” These instruments were made up of a butcher knife, a meat cleaver and a hand saw. He was a real-life Hannibal Lecter as portrayed in Silence of the Lambs.

Fish’s first arrest was not for something you’d imagine from a wicked serial killer. In 1903, he was detained for theft, but released a short while later only to begin having hallucinations of the apostles commanding him.

For the next 27 years, he captured raped, murdered and ate countless innocent children. Although he only officially confessed to the murder of three people, he later claimed that during his 65 years as a free man to have hunted and killed more than a hundred “children in every state.” According to Fish, he preyed exclusively on children because they were “tasty.”

He was once quoted saying, “I never ate any roast turkey that tasted half as good.”

Fish flew under the radar for many years. It wasn’t until he murdered 10-year-old Grace Budd in 1928 that things started to take a turn. The investigation into this little girl’s disappearance went on for six years before detectives got a break into the puzzling case.

Then, on November, 11, 1934, Grace’s grieving mother received an anonymous letter detailing the horrors he committed.

“Grace sat in my lap and kissed me,” the letter said. “I made up my mind to eat her. I choked her to death, then cut her in small pieces so I could take my meat to my rooms. Cook and eat it.”

As if to offer some sort of consolation, Fish told her that Grace had not been sexually assaulted, just killed and eaten.

Police were able to trace the paper Fish wrote the letter on back to his residence, where he immediately began confessing to killing the young girl, as well as the others.

According to his captors, Fish probably started murdering people as far back as 1910.

He was eventually convicted and sentenced to death by electrocution, something he was rumored to be very excited about.

On January 16, 1936, he was executed, a death that came too late for his victims.

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To this day, Fish is considered one of the most deranged and wicked serial killers in American history.

Undoubtedly, he was the living manifestation of every parent and child in the world’s worst nightmare — worse than any boogeyman I’d ever heard of growing up. So, why haven’t more people heard about this evil soul?

“I think, partly, his crimes were so depraved and so hideous and so horrendous that the general public doesn’t want to really hear too many details about him,” says Schechter. “Obviously, the Boogeyman is a mythical figure, but if anybody, any real flesh and blood human comes close to actually embodying that myth, it’s Albert Fish.”

The papers from Fish’s psychiatrist, Fredric Wertham, are now available at the Library of Congress.


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According to The Economist, crime has been falling in most of Europe. But there is a counter-trend hidden in the numbers. Christian Pfeiffer, director of the Criminology Research Institute of Lower Saxony in Hannover, suggests that the eastward expansion of the European Union (eight countries joined in 2004, followed by Bulgaria and Romania in 2007), with full rights of free movement, has created more crime syndicates and gangs with training and scouting networks in Western Europe.

Gangs are typically associated with America. They are the combined symptom of the Second Amendment, a trigger-happy gun culture, poverty, racism, an ailing education system, disenfranchisement, and a host of other aggravating social conditions. However, flawed social conditions exist all over the world. Once people are granted free movement between nations, as is the case with members of the EU, the flawed social conditions not only become more visible, but thieves use the freedom of travel to engage in criminal activities, whether it is groups pickpocketing tourists on the streets of Paris or Roma gangs employing child burglars to plunder German homes. At the same time, there are European gangs that have nothing to do with the eastward expansion of the EU, but have been exerting power and expanding their sphere of influence since the 18th century. Here are 7 of Europe’s most dangerous gangs.

The 36 Boys, Germany

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It is estimated that there are over three million Turks in Germany. Multiculturalism and the integration of immigrants has been a vigorously contested issue in the country, with racist violence increasing dramatically during the economic crisis in the 1980s. Many of those attacks were against the Turkish community, which led teenagers of Turkish immigrants to form gangs in order to protect themselves.

Active from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, the 36 Boys were a group of primarily Turkish immigrants from the Berlin-Kreuzberg borough of Germany. At the height of its power, the gang is said to have had between 300-400 members. The 36 Boys took its moniker from the former Berlin postal code Sudost 36. The gang fought turf wars with Nazis, Skinheads, and the Warriors, a rival gang from the Schlesisches Tor borough. The 36 Boys disbanded in the mid-90s; while some of the members remained in the criminal milieu, others took an active role in helping prevent juvenile delinquency in Germany.

The British Yardies

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A “Yardie” is a slang term originally given to occupants of government yard housing projects in Trenchtown, a neighborhood in West Kingston, Jamaica. When many in the Caribbean community came to England to work in the 1950s, the phrase was used to describe immigrants with lower financial status. However, the term was eventually applied to the gang violence that took place in London’s black community. Yardie culture consists primarily of gun crimes and drug trafficking, particularly marijuana and crack cocaine. The gang has no real structure or central leadership. In 1993, Yardies were blamed for the death of police Constable Patrick Dunne, and in the early 2000s the gang fought a bloody turf war in Bristol with the native Aggi Crew.

Solntsevskaya Bratva (Brotherhood), Russia

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Founded by Sergei Mikhailov, the Solntsevskaya Bratva began operating out of the Solntsevo District of Moscow in the 1980s. The Solntsevo District is located near the M-KAT highway, a major thoroughfare leading to both the Ukraine and the Domodedovo International Airport. By controlling these two strategic transportation hubs, the gang established a name for itself in the car import business. Over the years, Solntsevskaya Bratva has been linked to criminal mastermind Semion Mogilevich as well as esteemed thief Dzhemal Khachidze, which enhanced its reputation amongst established criminals throughout Europe.

Sergei Mikhailov, who fancied himself as more of a businessman than a Don Corleone Mafioso, changed tactics in the ‘90s and moved the gang into the banking sector. This move not only allowed the Bratva to launder their money, but get closer to powerful Russian oligarchs. Today, Solntsevskaya Bratva is involved in nearly every aspect of the Russian underworld, including racketeering, money laundering, prostitution, credit card fraud, arms dealing, human trafficking, and hacking. The organization is also believed to play an integral role in the international cocaine trade, with links to Columbian drug cartels.

The French Connection: Marseille, France

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Marseille has long been dubbed “the Chicago of the South.” It has a murderous history of organized crime and violent gangs, the most legendary being the “French Connection,” a group that ran laboratories processing heroin coming in from Turkey after World War II. By the late 1960s, 80 percent of heroin in the U.S. was coming from Marseille, and in 1971 Hollywood immortalized the city of Marseille in the film The French Connection, which featured Gene Hackman.

While Marseille is no longer the heroin processing capital of the world, the city is at the center of the cannabis trade and a key point in the cocaine smuggling route from South America. According to The Guardian, in 2013 the French government led crisis talks over a spate of gangland murders in Marseille that left 15 dead, including a football boss’s son. Marseille may no longer have the notorious French Connection or Capone-like mobsters with names like The Belgian, The Blond or The Tomcat, but ongoing gang problems have made it impossible for the Mediterranean city to shed its violent image.

The Camorra, Italy

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The Camorra is a crime syndicate that originated in the Campania region of Italy in the 18th century. Unlike the Sicilian mafia, the Camorra doesn’t have centralized leadership; the organization is said to have somewhere around 111 different clans, and each clan, like a gang, works independently of each other. According to investigative journalist Roberto Saviano, the Camorra is the most influential and violent faction of the Italian mafia. The organization’s influence extends to Lombardy, Piedmont, Tuscany, and Emilia-Romagna, and over the years the group has also gained a foothold in the United Kingdom and the U.S.

Roma Gangs

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The Roma, otherwise known as Gypsies, have been part of the Eastern European landscape for centuries. However, as more eastern European countries have joined the EU, cities like Paris, London, and Dublin are having a difficult time with the large influx of Roma, many of whom don’t have jobs and are living in large tent camps on the outskirts of towns. While there is no doubt that the Roma have suffered from discrimination and prejudice over the years, the professional gangs of Roma thieves who are working the streets and tourist attractions of popular European cities are only exacerbating these prejudices, leading to further stigmatization.

The Daily Mail has featured numerous stories on sophisticated gangs of Roma thieves targeting cashpoint customers in Paris. “There are so many Roma working on scams that it is almost impossible for us to do anything about it,” said a Paris police source. “They have look-outs everywhere, and use minors to do the stealing.” In 2011, a network of 27 Roma were accused of committing more than 100 crimes across France, Belgium and Germany, using children as young as 10 as part of a “criminal army.”

The Pink Panthers

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According to American television news magazine 60 Minutes, the Pink Panthers are “the largest, most successful gang of diamond thieves in the word, credited with 370 heists worth over $500 million.” The gang is composed of networks of teams, many of who are ex-Yugoslavs with military training who fought in the Bosnian wars. The loose group of thieves is known to combine expert planning and military discipline, but it is their daring heists that set them apart from other thieves and which earned them the nickname “the Pink Panthers,” a moniker taken from the popular Peter Sellers movies of the 70s and 80s.

Over the past 20 years Interpol has identified 800 core Pink Panthers, but caught only a few. Unlike the Mafia, there is no kingpin or chain of command. The Pink Panthers are responsible for heists in 35 countries, with specialists in everything from alarms to safecracking to stealing cars. While precise timing and well-planned getaways is the Pink Panthers’ trademark, their brazen exploits are the stuff of legend, inspiring legions of copycats throughout Europe.

Henry Sapiecha


A MYSTERY man involved in a chilling double murder that rocked the city five years ago ended up shot and his body charred in a campsite fire pit.

For the first time, police can reveal the full extent of the brutal killing spree that left three people dead in 2009 and the massive investigation over three states to solve the crimes.

Until now, it was believed two men killed Burleigh Waters security firm owner Sandy Davie and wife Sue.

However, police say a third man was involved in the bloody executions and later murdered.

Mr Davie, 60, was stabbed 10 times at a property he was patrolling and his body left in the toilet with the word “dog” scrawled in blood on the door.

Sue Davie, 50, was killed at her home in Robina the same night, bashed with a claw hammer and stabbed three times through the chest.

Bones belonging to Victorian man Anthony Ward were found in a fire pit at a remote campsite near Tenterfield, NSW, just weeks after the double murder.

His few remains were discovered after police tracked the mobile phones of murder suspects Cameron Stewart and Vladimir Garcia as they fled the Gold Coast.

The exclusive insight into the Davie murders, which stunned the city, come after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal over the conviction and 25-year jail sentences of Stewart and Garcia.

The court suppressed Ward’s involvement and his brutal murder so the pair could have a fair trial.

NSW police have issued arrest warrants to Stewart, 38, and Garcia, 36, for Ward’s murder.

Police believe Ward, a computer company owner, travelled from Melbourne with the pair for a high stakes robbery.

However, Stewart and Garcia, both ex-employees of Mr Davie, cited bitterness over being accused of theft three years earlier and wanted to “settle old scores” with their old boss.

Legal reasons prevent the Bulletin Newspaper revealing Ward’s connection to Stewart and Garcia.

However, police say Ward, 40, had never met the Davies.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Mick Bolin said it was a joint operation between Queensland, NSW and Victorian police.

Cameron Stewart, who with Vladamir Garcia is serving a 25-year-sentence for the murder of Alexander Sandy Davie and wife Sue Davie, is alleged to have also murdered accomplice Anthony Ward. image

Cameron Stewart, who with Vladamir Garcia is serving a 25-year-sentence for the murder of Alexander “Sandy” Davie and wife Sue Davie, is alleged to have also murdered accomplice Anthony Ward.

The enormity of the local investigation involved weeks of ground work in Victoria.

Police investigations traced mobile phones from interstate to the streets surrounding Mr Davie’s home in the days before the double murder as his killers studied his routine. He was ambushed as he patrolled a recycling business over a long weekend on May 3, 2009.

Because of the long weekend, Mr Davie was not discovered for nearly two days after the murder, his body lying in a pool of blood, face down in a toilet and his hands bound with zip ties. The security guard had been stabbed four times in the back, four times in the left bicep and once each in the neck and ear.

Forensic officers did not find a single defensive wound.

Vladamir Garcia, who with Cameron Stewart is serving a 25-year-sentence for the murder of Alexander Sandy Davie and wife Sue Davie, is alleged to have also murdered accomplice Anthony Ward.image

Vladamir Garcia, who with Cameron Stewart is serving a 25-year-sentence for the murder of Alexander “Sandy” Davie and wife Sue Davie, is alleged to have also murdered accomplice Anthony Ward.

Almost two hours later, police went to Mr Davie’s home to break the news to his wife, Sue, only to find the home locked. After forced entry, police found the home ransacked and Mrs Davie’s lifeless body in the bed.

She had been clubbed with a hammer and stabbed three times in the chest with such ferocity that the weapon passed through her body and punctured the mattress.

She also had no defensive wounds.

Detectives honed in on Garcia and Stewart as suspects, with leads the pair repeatedly claimed they were “going to get Davie”.

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Gold Coast murders (supplied photos of victims) Sue Davie and husband Sandy Davie.


It was the back of the restaurant – beyond the fry stand, the grease-slicked counter, the droves of gawking patrons — where the murder happened. The restaurant was a McDonald’s. It was a Wednesday evening. The murderers, who bludgeoned the woman to death with chairs and a mop, belonged to a cult described as China’s “most radical”. Called the Church of the Almighty God, it claims to have a million followers, aggressively promotes doomsday scenarios, wants to destroy the Chinese Communist Party and believes Jesus Christ has returned — as a Chinese woman.

But it was the McDonald’s murder that has consumed a Chinese court’s attention over the last two months. Days ago, two church members were convicted and sentenced to death for a killing that, even by the standards of the Church of the Almighty God, was peculiar and brutal.

According to prosecutors, five members tried to recruit a woman patronising the McDonald’s in question, and asked for her phone number. When she refused, they beat her to death. Zhang Lidong, who arrived that night riding a luxury Porsch Cayenne car, never offered much explanation. “You could just tell she was not a good person,” he said in a state television interview, describing the 35-year-old mother. “She was a demon, the evil spirit. We had to beat her to death.”

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Security camera footage shows suspects attacking a woman (identified by red circle) at the McDonald’s. Photo: Reuters/CCTV

The trial, which brought greater attention to the Christian cult without elucidating its murkier aspects, marked another clash in a decades-long feud between the Chinese authorities and the church. The Chinese have long been suspicious of religious organisations, and have been known to crack down, imprison or even execute dissidents with little provocation.

In late 2012, the state arrested more than 1,300 members after the church fretted over an impending doomsday following the release of the disaster film, 2012. Then this year, following the McDonald’s murder, state media reported that Chinese authorities had arrested 1,000 more cult members.

“The suspects, all seized since June, are allegedly involved in more than 500 cases,” Xinhua said in a brief report. “Among them are nearly a hundred ‘high-level organisers and backbone members.'”

Defendants during their trial for the murder of a woman. Photo Reuters CCTV image

Defendants during their trial for the murder of a woman. Photo: Reuters/CCTV

Adding more confusion is the cult’s convoluted website. It speaks of life’s three stages — ploughing, sowing and harvesting — and offers a series of books, including one depicting a viola floating over a lake amid a flurry of doves. “Follow the lamb,” says the church, which also goes by the name Eastern Lightning. “And sing new songs.” Its Facebook page describes the group thusly: “The Lord Jesus has already Come. God’s sheep hear the voice of God.”

Much of the church’s teaching hinges on Jesus, who to them is now a woman named Yang Xiangbin. Little is known of the woman beyond this: she reportedly suffered some sort of mental breakdown after failing a national exam and “has a history of mental illness,” according to China’s People’s Daily. In the early 1990s, the 30-year-old woman came into the orbit of a square-jawed man named Zhao Weishan in Zhengzhou, Henan province, according to the Christian Research Institute. Weishan claimed God had told him that she was the “female Christ,” and he began attracting followers to her.

The ethos of the group, however, is as much about dissent as it is religion. On its website, it castigates the ruling politburo for its “evil deeds,” labelling it the “Great Red Dragon”. It produces movies telling members what to do if the government captures them: “Even if they beat me to death, my soul is still in God’s hands.”

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A defendant cries during the trial. Photo: Reuters/CCTV

“It’s about as illegal and politically sensitive as religion gets in China,” Emily Dunn, of the University of Melbourne, told CNN. “As the government has cracked down more, Eastern Lightning’s rhetoric has escalated against the government.”

As is the nature of many churches accused of being a cult, the only members who comment on it are those who have extricated themselves under acrimonious conditions. “The strategy is to slowly draw you in,” one 31-year-old former member told the Telegraph. “It is like taking classes in school. They told us there are three steps to believing in God. First you believe in Joseph, then in Christ, then in the female reincarnation of Christ. They asked us to convert more people or God would be upset … At night I would always feel scared when I was alone.”

One man, a prominent American pastor named Dennis Balcombe, was detained by the Chinese government and questioned about the church. “They’re extremely violent and use sex to try to convert people,” he told Vice Magazine. “I’ve heard stories of Christians being burned, beaten, and told to kill their children. When they kidnap you, you usually don’t get out for six months, and that whole time they’re trying to brainwash you.”

Which is exactly what prosecutors say the church had in mind in May what members approached its victim in the McDonald’s. And when she denied their attempts at recruitment?

“I beat her with all my might and stamped on her too,” Zhang Lidong told state television, the BBC reports. “She was a demon. We had to destroy her.”


Chef Marcus Peter Volke killed, dismembered and cooked girlfriend in Teneriffe apartment

DETAILS have emerged about the victim of a brutal murder-suicide in a Brisbane unit.Qld Australia

Mayang Prasetyo, believed to be a transgender prostitute, is believed to have been killed, dismembered and “cooked” by her chef boyfriend Marcus Peter Volke, 28, in their Teneriffe unit.

Police discovered a body part in a pot on the stove of his Commercial Rd apartment on Saturday night.

Police had been called to Teneriffe after concerns were raised over the occupants and an “eye-watering” smell in the unit block.

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Mayang Prasetyo

Marcus Peter Volke cut his own throat while fleeing police who had been called to his high-end Teneriffe apartment building to investigate a putrid smell

Channel 10 reported on Monday that a tradie had been called to the unit days before the grisly discovery, after a power outtage, and said the carpet “squelched” beneath his feet as he walked through the apartment.

It is believed human remains were found in a large pot on the stove and in garbage bags.

Officers were seen carrying shovels into the apartment on Monday. Large barrels were wheeled into the unit on Sunday.


A CHEF who was discovered cooking parts of his girlfriend’s dismembered body seemed “happy” and “normal” days before the killing.

Marcus Peter Volke, 28, cut his own throat while fleeing police who had been called to his high-end Teneriffe apartment building to investigate a putrid smell.

Marcus Peter Volke cut his own throat while fleeing police who had been called to his high-end Teneriffe apartment building to investigate a putrid smell image

Marcus Peter Volke, 28

INSIDE THE BUILDING: The scene of a suburban horror story

Officers discovered a body part — believed to belong to his Indonesian girlfriend — in a pot on the stove as well as other parts of her mutilated body in the ground-floor apartment.

Volke fled his unit on foot and his body was later found in a nearby street with a fatal self-inflicted throat wound.


Firefighters took large barrels into the unit after human remains were found. Photo Adam Armstrong.

His mother Dorothy Volke on Sunday said from her home in Victoria that she had spoken to her son a week ago and he seemed happy.

“He was happy and he was coming home for Christmas, everything was normal,’’ she said.

She said her son had only recently returned to Australia from working internationally aboard boats.

The couple had met on international cruise ships when they both worked as chefs.

“He’d been on a ship, going from one country to another,” Mrs Volke said. “They hadn’t been in Brisbane for very long, only a few months. They were starting to get settled. I don’t know what was going on — we hadn’t seen him for a year-and-a-half.”

She said she was in shock about what had happened to her third child with husband Peter.

“It still doesn’t feel real,” she said. “He was one of these kids that would do anything for you, he had a feel for nature.”

Mrs Volke said the police told her on Sunday they still had to formally identify the body with dental records and an autopsy.

Today, drums used for medical waste have been rolled out of the apartment.

Forensic officers remained at the scene and a medical waste truck removed large plastic bins of material with the help of uniformed officers.

Police remove hazardous material from an apartment at Commercial Rd Teneriffe, where police are investigating a murder-suicide. Pic Jono Searle image

Police remove hazardous material from an apartment at Commercial Rd Teneriffe, where police are investigating a murder-suicide.

Police ruled out providing any further details after an initial briefing to reporters at the weekend.

“It’s just an ongoing methodical investigation at this stage,” a police spokesman said.

Mayang Prasetyo.

Mayang Prasetyo.

Police have not confirmed reports body parts were found cooking on the stove.

A resident of the Teneriffe complex, Courtney Reichart, said an increasingly foul smell had been coming from the unit since Wednesday and by the weekend it made her eyes water.

“It was like as if somebody had put out some dog food or some red meat out in the sun and left it for a few days,” she told reporters outside the building on Monday.

Ms Reichart said she and her husband, along with others in the complex, were stunned by what had gone on.

“That poor girl has sat there for however many days and we’ve just been walking past, living our lives, and thinking ‘what’s that smell?’

Courtney Reichart lived in the apartment block where the woman’s body was being cooked on a stove. Pic Jono Searle image

Courtney Reichart lived in the apartment block where the woman’s body was being cooked on a stove. Pic Jono Searle

Ms Reichart said she had met the couple briefly, but the building had only been open for eight weeks and residents were still moving in.

“They seemed quite friendly, they didn’t seem like they had any issues, but it was a quick meet and greet,” she said.

Another resident, who didn’t want to be named, told reporters she’d seen the woman who lived in the apartment and had noticed how “stunning” she was.

Police arrived at newly-opened apartment building DoubleOne 3 on Commercial Rd on Saturday night after the on-site manager called to report a strange smell.

Residents said the stench was first noticed on Thursday and had gradually become worse. It is understood officers knocked on the door of one ground floor apartment where Volke had been living with his girlfriend.

He answered before fleeing through a window.

Blood could be seen on a handrail where he leapt into an alleyway before taking off down the street. He ran for a block and turned on to nearby Dath St, where he hid in an industrial bin.

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Police at the Dath St crime scene on Saturday night.

It is understood he managed to evade police but was soon found after officers set up a perimeter.

“We were sitting on the couch watching a movie and heard what we thought was a fight going on,” Dath St resident Ryan Lane said.

“I came outside and there were probably about 10 or so cop cars out here and they wheeled one of the wheelie bins outside. I saw them, there were probably about 15 cops with their guns drawn and then they tipped the bin over and the guy came rolling out covered in blood.”

Resident Teagan Downey, 22, described the smell as eye-watering.

“(On Saturday) about lunchtime, it got so bad in the foyer, it was so strong it would make your eyes water,” she said. “That’s when the on-site manager alerted police. It was a really distinct smell.”

Some thought the smell was a fault with the sewerage. DoubleOne 3 had only been open a matter of weeks. Others thought young professionals with their apartment-confined dogs might have been the cause.

Residents looked on in alarm on Sunday as officers in forensic suits carried heavy plastic tubs into the building. Forensic officers were hosed off by firefighters after spending time in the apartment. An RSPCA officer was called to collect several pug dogs, believed to be the couple’s pets.

Detective Inspector Tom Armitt said police went to the apartment complex because they were “concerned about the welfare of some occupants” who had “not been seen for some time”.

“Upon attendance there, we’ve had cause to commence an investigation in relation to a murder suicide,” he said. “Any persons who were at the units or around the area that noticed anything suspicious, please contact police.”

The apartment block on Commercial Road, Teneriffe, where the gruesome crime happened image

The apartment block on Commercial Road, Teneriffe, where the gruesome crime happened. Photo Adam Armstrong.

Police wearing splash suits were hosed down after they left the apartment image

Police wearing splash suits were hosed down after they left the apartment.



Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man dubbed the ‘Canadian Psycho’, denies murder charge by reason of insanity

Confessed killer  Luka Rocco Magnotta in a handout picture released on June 5, 2012 image

Confessed killer … Luka Rocco Magnotta in a handout picture released on June 5, 2012. Picture: AFP/Service de Police de La Ville de Montreal Source: AFP

A FORMER Canadian porn actor has admitted at the start of his trial to killing and dismembering a Chinese student, but his lawyer blames the gruesome crime on mental illness.

The court heard Luka Rocco Magnotta, 32, has admitted to the underlying facts in the case, including killing 33-year-old Jun Lin.

But he formally pleaded not guilty to first degree murder, committing indignities to a body, harassing Canada’s prime minister and other charges that could see him jailed for life, if he is convicted.

The jury must now consider his state of mind at the time of the offences, and whether he is criminally responsible.

The victim  Chinese student Jun Lin in an undated photo image

The victim … Chinese student Jun Lin in an undated photo. Source: Supplied

The defence said it would present medical files and expert witnesses to demonstrate the accused’s long history of mental illness, while the prosecution said it would show the crime was premeditated and not the act of a lunatic.

“Whether Mr Magnotta is exempt from criminal responsibility will be the matter for your deliberations,” defence lawyer Luc Leclair said in opening remarks to the jury.

Magnotta is accused of using an ice pick to fatally stab Lin in May 2012, before sexually abusing and dismembering the man’s corpse, and then posting a video of the heinous act online.

Porn star Luka Rocco Magnotta as he appears in a video uploaded on YouTube. YouTube image

Porn star … Luka Rocco Magnotta as he appears in a video uploaded on YouTube. Picture: AFP/YouTube Source: AFP

Days after the killing, Montreal police discovered the victim’s torso in a suitcase by the rubbish outside an apartment building along a busy highway.

Lin’s severed hands and feet were sent in the mail to federal political parties in Ottawa — one of the packages was addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper — and to two schools in Vancouver.

The head was found in a Montreal park months later.

Luka Rocco Magnotta centre escorted by police upon arrival from Germany at Mirabel Airport outside Montreal in Mirabe Quebec Canada on June 18  2012  Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal image

Caught out … Luka Rocco Magnotta (centre) escorted by police upon arrival from Germany at Mirabel Airport outside Montreal in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada on June 18, 2012. Picture: Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal. Source: AFP

Magnotta fled Canada, but was arrested in Germany in June 2012, following an international manhunt, and extradited.

He was arrested in a Berlin internet cafe, after stops in France and elsewhere in Germany.

As the trial got under way, Magnotta sat behind a glass enclosure in the cramped Montreal courtroom as Lin’s father looked on from one of only 13 seats in the gallery.

Prosecutor Louis Bouthillier called on the jury not to be swayed into believing that Magnotta must be insane in order to have committed such horrific crimes.

Seeking justice  Diran Lin father of Jun Lin walks to the courtroom for the murder trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta in Montreal. The Canadian Press Ryan Remiorz  image

Seeking justice … Diran Lin, father of Jun Lin, walks to the courtroom for the murder trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta in Montreal. Picture: AP/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz Source: AP

Bouthillier said this was a “planned and deliberate” murder, pointing to a December 2011 email to a British journalist investigating cat mutilations, in which Magnotta purportedly said he wanted to videotape the slaughter of a human.

The defence said it would urge the jury to order in-hospital psychiatric treatment for Magnotta rather than life in prison.

If he is found not guilty by reason of insanity, he would land in a psychiatric ward until doctors deemed him fit for release.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, in an undated image provided by Interpol.image

Different look … Luka Rocco Magnotta, in an undated image provided by Interpol. Picture: AP/Interpol Source: AP

At a preliminary hearing last year, questions arose about Magnotta’s mental health, but he was found fit to stand trial in two psychiatric assessments.

One month before Lin’s death, Magnotta was also diagnosed at a Montreal hospital with borderline personality disorder, said Leclair.

The media dubbed him the “Canadian Psycho” after it was discovered the soundtrack from the movie American Psycho was playing in the background of the video posted online.

Lin’s father Diran says he intends to sit through the trial.

Defining moment  CCTV video shows Luka Rocco Magnotta entering an internet cafe in the district of Neukoelln in Berlin, Germany, on June 4 2012 where he was arrested after a worker recognised him. image

Defining moment … CCTV video shows Luka Rocco Magnotta entering an internet cafe in the district of Neukoelln in Berlin, Germany, on June 4, 2012 where he was arrested after a worker recognised him. Source: AP




Seeking safe haven: A Syrian Kurdish man stands next to other refugees taking cover from the rain. 

The eyes of this man say it all. Bring him & his kind to the western countries for resettlement & let the scum that is IS devour itself.

Isis is eating itself to stay alive. So let them do it & there is only one outcome. Their own destruction. Get the innocents out of harms way.

Urfa, Turkey: Dozens of men have been swept up in a campaign of retribution by Islamic State militants, who appeared determined to make the local population of eastern Syria pay the price for United States-led airstrikes against the Sunni insurgents.

At least 150 people – fighters and civilians – have been arrested over the last three days in the city of Deir al-Zor and there are fears they will not make it out alive, warned Abu Ziad, an activist from the Ahl al-Athar Brigade, a group of mostly tribal fighters dedicated to the overthrow of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“The last group who were arrested yesterday will surely be killed by Da’esh tomorrow,” Abu Ziad, 28, said late on Thursday, using the Arabic name for the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIL or ISIS.

Syrian Kurds take cover from the rain after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey image

Misery: Syrian Kurds take cover from the rain after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey.

The eastern Syrian province – an IS stronghold and the target of many international air strikes over thepast10 days – is reeling from the impact and citizens say they are now dreading the onset of winter.

The US airstrikes, far from driving Islamic State militants out of the towns and cities they control, have instead pushed them further into civilian areas, he said.

“This makes them less vulnerable to US attacks but it means they have moved from checkpoints outside towns to inside the centre, even inside houses.”

Syrian Kurds takeSyrian refugees arrive at the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc image

Sanctuary: Syrian refugees arrive at the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc. 

And while many of the air strikes have targeted oil wells controlled by the Islamic State – a key source of wealth for the insurgents that some analysts say earns them up to $US3 million per day – they have also destroyed much of the civilian oil reserves as well.

“In many towns there is no fuel at all for cooking or for cars, in other places prices are so high it is almost unaffordable,” Abu Ziad said.

“Winter is coming and we are not sure how people will survive

Border watch: A Turkish soldier stands guard near a vehicle on the border as smoke billows from the Syrian town of Kobane. Photo: Getty

Just under 300 kilometres to the south-east, Islamic State fighters tightened their hold on the Kurdish Syrian border town of Kobane, with local commanders warning it could be just a matter of hours before the insurgents entered the centre of town.

As terrified refugees continued to flee across the border into Turkey, it is clear two weeks into the campaign of air strikes that civilians were paying a high price for an international military intervention that was having little impact against the group it is trying to crush.

“There is no balance between us and IS,” Kurdish military commander in Kobane Ismet Sheikh Hassan said by phone, as the militants advanced on the eastern side of the town that is also known as Ayn al-Arab.

“They are hitting us with heavy weapons, all we have is Kalashnikovs … once they reach the centre we will be fighting them street by street.”

It was, he said, a desperate situation – one that was likely to end in a massacre.

Across the border in Iraq, extremists had seized most of the town of Hit in Anbar province, where they also control many of the surrounding villages. They announced their assault with three car bombs that caused mass casualties.

The United States, along with its Arab allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, launched an air-campaign against Islamic State militants on September 22.


Other Western countries including Australia, Britain, Germany, France and Denmark have delivered weapons and provided training and other logistical support to Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting IS militants in Iraq.

And with Turkey’s parliament voting overnight on Thursday to both join the international coalition and allow its territory to be used for staging military operations across its borders into Iraq and Syria, the US-led campaign broadened again.

But many Syrians – both those aligned with the Free Syrian Army along with other rebel groups fighting against the Assad regime – say the intervention is too little, too late, and too narrow in its focus.

“How is it possible that the US watched for the last three-and-a-half years while more than 200,000 Syrians were murdered by Assad … and 5-6 million displaced and it is only now that they are acting, and not against Assad but against the Islamic State,” asked one senior tribal leader who asked not to be named.

“Assad used chemical weapons against his people, we were desperate for the West to help and they did nothing,” he told Fairfax Media, echoing the frustrations of many Syrians.

Describing the policies of the US and its allies – including Australia – as “misguided”, the tribal leader said the actions of the international community had resulted in only one change for Syrians: “now we are being bombed by both the Assad regime and the US.”

“We are not radical, we know and respect that people have different religious beliefs, we ourselves believe in democracy, in a civilian government and the power of the vote – why has this not been enough to gather the international support to force Assad to give Syria back to its people?”

And despite the brutality of the Islamic State and the violent campaign of terror it has been waging across much of Syria and Iraq, some Syrians warned the US-led airstrikes were pushing formerly moderate or less radical rebel fighters into the arms of IS.

“We are afraid people are looking at Da’esh with different eyes, wondering if they are less dangerous than the US air strikes,” said one FSA-aligned official.

“They know IS are killers but they have also seen civilian casualties from the US air strikes and they are wondering which is worse.”

Already 200 men from Raqqa City had left more moderate brigades to join IS, while in Aleppo, some fighters from groups such as Ahrar al-Sham have defected to Jabhat al-Nusra, said Abu Aws, an activist from the group, known as the al-Nusra Front in English.

“The US coalition made a big mistake when it attacked Jabhat al-Nusra, and later Ahrar al-Sham [another hard-line Islamist rebel group] in Idlib,” he said.

“We are fighting the Assad regime, we are not fighting against other Muslims, we are not fighting America and we are not aligned with ISIS.

“But what the Syrian people see is the planes of America and the planes of Assad attacking them – one bomb is the same as the next.”

Hassan Hassan, an analyst with the Delma Institute in Abu Dhabi, described the attacks on the Nusra Front as a “blunder”.

“There was an opportunity to draw a deeper wedge between [IS} and other jihadist groups,” he wrote in the Abu Dhabi-based National. “Weeks before the air strikes in Syria, it was clear that Jabhat al-Nusra tried to send signals that it was different from [IS], through the release of kidnapped peacekeepers and an American hostage.”

To many Syrians, Jabhat al-Nusra has been the most efficient force against the regime, he wrote, and to target it while sparing the regime invited people to conclude the air strikes were aiding President Assad.

Henry Sapiecha


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