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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a Kuwaiti who attended university in the United States, is the self-proclaimed architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks and a host of other anti-Western plots.

The Pentagon announced charges on Wednesday against Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 plotters, clearing the way for a high-profile trial long delayed by a debate in the United States over whether they should be prosecuted in a civilian or military court.

Known simply as KSM by US officials, the 46-year-old trained engineer was regarded as one of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s most trusted and intelligent lieutenants before his March 2003 capture in Pakistan.

Facing trial ... Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Facing trial … Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Photo: Reuters

In addition to felling the twin towers, Mohammed claims to have personally beheaded US journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002 with his “blessed right hand” and to have helped in the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing that killed six people.

Among several plots he admitted to interrogators that failed to materialise were assassinations of the late Pope John Paul II and former US presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Mohammed was born on April 24, 1965 to a Pakistani family living in the conservative Gulf sheikhdom of Kuwait but his roots lie in Baluchistan, a restive Pakistani region bordering Afghanistan.

He claims to have joined the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni Muslim militant group, when he was 16, beginning a life-long infatuation with violent jihad.

In 1983, Mohammed moved to the United States for his studies and graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a degree in mechanical engineering three years later.

The following year he travelled to Afghanistan and fought for the Islamic mujahideen against the Soviet invasion but it was not until a botched 1995 plot to blow up US airliners over the Pacific, known as Operation Bojinka, that he achieved notoriety.

Safely out of reach in Qatar by the time the Philippine authorities unravelled the plot, KSM was thought to have participated in the planning of an attack for the first time, having only contributed money to his nephew Ramzi Yousef’s 1993 car-bombing at the World Trade Centre.

Although he and bin Laden fought together in Afghanistan in the late 1980s, it was not until 10 years later that they forged a close relationship and Mohammed allegedly began plotting what would later become the September 11 attacks.

Most of what we know about Mohammed has come from interrogation transcripts released by the Pentagon and there are bound to be questions at his trial over the harsh procedures used to obtain that information.

He is known to have been “waterboarded” or subjected to simulated drowning 183 times during his years in US custody, a technique which rights groups have denounced as torture.

In reported confessions released previously, Mohammed was quoted as claiming to be the “military operational commander” for all al-Qaeda foreign operations.

“I’m not making myself a hero, when I said I was responsible for this or that,” he was quoted as saying in the transcript.

“I’m looking to be a martyr for long time,” he told a hearing at Guantanamo in June 2008, the first time he had been seen in public since his 2003 arrest in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

He was handed over almost immediately to US agents who held him in secret prisons for over three years before sending him to Guantanamo in September 2006.

Photos released by the US military at the time showed a wild-eyed, dishevelled man in a white T-shirt, but more recent pictures have shown him with a long black and grey beard and a white turban.

Police are increasingly focusing on corrupt business identities and public sector workers as they seek to turn up the pressure on organised crime networks.

The Serious Organised Crime Strategy 2011-2014, which is due to be publicly released soon, highlights identity theft, money laundering, technological crime, public sector corruption and weak legislation as the key facilitators of organised crime.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Anticich said police believed the weakest links in hardened organised crime circles were people who have legitimate jobs and businesses but were driven by greed to help criminals.

He said it was those people who police hoped to persuade to co-operate and collaborate in order to bring down organised crime operations in the state.

Police efforts will be helped by new co-operations between different police departments and outside agencies, which are outlined in the strategy.

Already a 12-month operation involving the Australian Taxation Office has targeted legitimate legal, financial and business professionals believed to be helping underworld figures launder money in WA.

The ongoing operation has identified up to $40 million in undeclared income, which police suspect is at the heart of mafia-style operations involving property deals, share trading and superannuation investments.

Aside from the ATO, WA police are now tapped into more national agencies’ networks than ever before, including that of the Australian Federal Police, Australian Securities and Investment Commission, AUSTRAC and eastern states police forces, Mr Anticich said.

He said the strategy was about getting specialists in each field to form “Strike Force” teams to target specific crimes.

This would see teams built to investigate crimes, compared to the previous approach when police would mostly operate on a lone basis and cases would be assigned to a single specialist squad.

Organised crime was considered responsible for the illicit drug trade, counterfeit goods, illegal firearms, extortion/kidnapping, child sex offences, sexual servitude and people trafficking, as well as insurance, welfare, investment and card fraud in WA.

“We want to cause people to think twice before engaging in that type of occupation,” Mr Anticich said.

He said in most cases legitimate operators displayed a “wilful blindness” or were simply driven by the desire for power in complying with such crimes.

However police would now utilise legislation and greater powers provided through the Corruption and Crime Commission to create a “hostile environment” for crime networks.

Already houses have been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act after they were found to be used for manufacturing drugs, particularly growing cannabis.

Mr Anticich said police were planning to take the approach a step further and were currently working with state prosecutors on legislation surrounding the issue of unexplained wealth.

He said although the legislation had been sparingly used in the past, they were now trying to formulate ways to better utilise it in order to get more convictions.

“You may get rich quickly (through organised crime) but there’s a greater risk of getting locked-up and more chance of losing everything you have,” he said.

The strategy launch coincides with the release of the Australian Crime Commission’s Organised Crime in Australia report in Melbourne today.

“If the North Atrium of Federation Square were filled with $100 notes it would amount to $15 billion – that’s what Australians are losing to organised crime every year. It’s an enormous sum,” Justice Minister Brendan O’Connor said.

“We know that money is the lifeblood of organised crime and if we can stop the money flow we can stop organised criminals in their tracks.

“Organised Crime in Australia covers many different types of offences committed by organised crime but there’s one common factor – greed.

“Whether it’s amphetamine production, money laundering, online scams, corruption, fraud, identity crime or people smuggling – it’s all about the money for these criminal syndicates. If there is an opportunity to make money, organised criminals will try to exploit it.

Organised Crime in Australia provides government, industry and the public with the information they need to better understand and respond to the threat of organised crime – now and into the future.”

The unclassified report is drawn from information gathered from the Australian Crime Commission’s Commonwealth, state and territory partner agencies.

The ACC has produced two other similar reports since 2008, but this edition is the most comprehensive profile of organised crime in Australia to date. It includes the characteristics of those involved, what drives them and the activities they are involved in.

“Revealing these details for the first time is about being open with the Australian people and sharing what we’ve learned about organised crime operations in Australia,” Mr O’Connor said.

Australian Crime Commission CEO John Lawler said it was “essential reading for Australian businesses and communities”.


AN INTERNET multimillionaire accused of online piracy who allegedly headed up the global file-sharing website from his luxury mansion north of Auckland faces extradition to the US after he was arrested yesterday by armed police at the request of US officials.

The FBI yesterday shut down, one of the world’s most popular file-sharing websites, after filing an indictment in a US court earlier this month alleging its founder, Kim Dotcom, 37, (also known as Kim Schmitz) and six others, dubbed the ”Mega Conspiracy”, engaged in racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering.

Schmitz, a former computer hacker, and six others were arrested on five charges laid in an indictment by a US grand jury in the state of Virginia.

The US Justice Department and the FBI who led the crackdown said and other related sites generated more than $US175 million ($A168 million) in criminal proceeds and caused copyright holders more than $US500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content.

Megaupload is based in Hong Kong, but some of the alleged pirated content was hosted in the US on leased servers in Ashburn, Virginia, which gave US authorities jurisdiction, the indictment said.

Megaupload has boasted of having more than 150 million registered users and 50 million daily visitors, according to the FBI indictment. At one point, it was estimated to be the 13th most frequently visited website on the internet.

Schmitz founded the Hong Kong-based Megaupload website in 2005, which distributed a myriad of copyrighted works including movies, television programs, music, software and books. Megaupload also offered financial incentives for users to upload popular content and drive web traffic to the site.

Schmitz made $US42 million from Megaupload and other associated websites in 2010, according to the FBI’s indictment.

Despite opposition to the site’s operations from record labels and other copyright holders, many celebrities and artists backed its work – with chart-toppers Kanye West, and P. Diddy starring in a support video last year.

The US indictment paints a picture of a sprawling multinational operation, with more than 20 search warrants executed in nine countries, including New Zealand and the US.

When he appeared in Auckland’s North Shore District Court yesterday, Schmitz, a flamboyant German computer hacker who has past convictions from his home country, said he ”had nothing to hide” when appearing alongside three of his co-accused. ”We don’t mind if there’s press coverage if people want to photograph us, let them,” he said, overriding his lawyer, Auckland QC Paul Davison.

Detective Inspector Grant Wormald said it was ”likely” the men had also breached New Zealand copyright laws, although police had no intention of laying charges in the country.

The men face copyright infringement charges in the US which carry sentences of up to 20 years.

Schmitz is no stranger to being on the wrong side of the law, with a list of convictions including insider trading, credit card fraud, hacking and embezzlement. Schmitz also holds Finnish citizenship, and has Hong Kong and New Zealand residency.

Schmitz was granted New Zealand residency, reportedly after investing $NZ10 million ($A8 million) in government bonds and making a generous donation to the Christchurch earthquake fund.

Possessions taken from his $30 million mansion yesterday provided a hint of the extravagant lifestyles of the accused men.

More than 20 luxury cars worth a combined $6 million were taken from the site, including a 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, with the licence plate ”GOD”. Others including Mercedes Benzes, a Maserati and a Harley Davison motorbike.


Rodney Alcala is a convicted rapist, torturer and serial killer who evaded justice for 40 years.

Dubbed the “Dating Game Killer” Alcala was once a contestant on the show, “The Dating Game,” where he won a date with another contestant, however the date never happened because the woman found him to be too creepy.

Rodney Alcala was born on August 23, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas to Raoul Alcala Buquor and Anna Maria Gutierrez. His father left, leaving Anna Maria to raise Alcala and his sisters alone. At around the age of 12, Anna Maria moved the family to Los Angeles.

At the age of 17, Alcala joined the Army and remained there until 1964 when he received a medical discharge after being diagnosed with a severe anti-social personality.

Alcala, now out of the Army, enrolled in UCLA School of Fine Arts where is earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1968. This is the same year that he kidnapped, raped, beat and tried to kill his first known victim.

Tali Shapiro

Tali Shapiro was an 8-year-old on her way to school when she was lured into Alcala’s car, an act that did not go unnoticed by a nearby motorist who followed the two and contacted police.

Alcala took Tali into his apartment where he raped, beat and attempted to strangle her with a 10-pound metal bar. When police arrived, they kicked in the door and found Tali laying on the kitchen floor in a large puddle of blood and not breathing. Because of the brutality of the beating they thought she was dead and begin to search for Alcala in the apartment.

A police officer, returning to the kitchen, saw Tali struggling to breathe. All attention went to trying to keep her alive and at some point Alcala managed to slip out the backdoor.

When searching Alcala’s apartment the police found several pictures, many of young girls. They also found out his name and that he had attended UCLA. But it took several months before they would find Alcala.

On the Run but Not Hiding

Alcala, now using the name John Berger, fled to New York and enrolled in NYU film school. From 1968 to 1971, even though he was listed on the FBI’s most wanted list, he lived undetected and in full view. Playing the role of a “groovy” film student, amateur photographer, single hot shot, Alcala moved around New York’s single clubs.

During the summer months he worked at an all girl’s summer drama camp in New Hampshire.

In 1971, two girls attending the camp recognized Alcala on a wanted poster at the post office. The police were notified and Alcala was arrested.

Indeterminate Sentencing

In August, 1971, Alcala was returned to Los Angeles, but the prosecutor’s case had a major flaw – Tali Shapiro’s family had returned to Mexico soon after Tali recovered from the attack. Without their main witness, the decision was made to offer Alcala a plea deal.

Alcala, charged with rape, kidnapping, assault, and attempted murder, accepted a deal to plead guilty to child molestation. The other charges were dropped. He was sentenced to one year to life, and was paroled after 34 months under the “indeterminate sentencing” program. The program allowed a parole board, not a judge, to decide on when offenders could be released based on if they appeared rehabilitated. With Alcala’s ability to charm, he was back out on the streets in less than three years.

Within eight weeks he returned to prison for violating his parole for providing marijuana to a 13-year-old girl. She told police that Alcala kidnapped her, but he was not charged.

Alcala spent another two years behind bars and was released in 1977, again under the “indeterminate sentencing” program. He returned to Los Angeles and got a job as a typesetter for the Los Angeles Times.

More Victims

It did not take long for Alcala to get back into his murderous rampage.

  • The Murder of Jill Barcomb, Los Angeles CountyIn November 1977, Alcala raped, sodomized, and murdered 18-year-old Jill Barcomb, a New York native who had recently moved to California. Alcala used a large rock to smash in her face, and strangle her to death by tying her belt and pant leg around her neck.Alcala then left her body in a mountainous area in the foothills near Hollywood, where she was discovered Nov. 10, 1977, posed on her knees with her face in the dirt.
  • Murder of Georgia Wixted, Los Angeles CountyIn December 1977, Alcala raped, sodomized, and murdered 27-year-old nurse Georgia Wixted. Alcala used a hammer to sexually abuse Georgia, then used the claw end of the hammer to beat and smash in her head. He strangled her to death using a nylon stocking and left her body posed in her Malibu apartment. Her body was discovered Dec. 16, 1977.
  • Murder of Charlotte Lamb, Los Angeles CountyIn June 1979, Alcala raped, beat, and murdered 33-year-old legal secretary Charlotte Lamb. Alcala strangled Charlotte to death using a shoelace from her shoe and left her body posed in a laundry room of an El Segundo apartment complex where it was discovered on June 24, 1979.
  • Murder of Jill Parenteau, Los Angeles CountyIn June 1979, Alcala raped and murdered 21-year-old Jill Parenteau in her Burbank apartment. He strangled Jill to death using a cord or nylon. Alcala’s blood was collected from the scene after he cut himself crawling through a window. Based on a semi-rare blood match, Alcala was linked to the murder. He was charged for murdering Parenteau, but the case was later dismissed.
  • Murder of Robin Samsoe, Orange CountyOn June 20, 1979, Alcala approached 12-year-old Robin Samsoe and her friend Bridget Wilvert at Huntington Beach and asked them to pose for pictures. After posing for a series of photographs, a neighbor intervened and asked if everything was alright and Samsoe took off. Later Robin got on a bike and headed to an afternoon dance class.Alcala kidnapped and murdered Samsoe and dumped her body near Sierra Madre in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Her body was scavenged by animals and her skeletal remains were discovered July 2, 1979. Her front teeth had been knocked out by Alcala.


After the Samsoe murder, Alcala rented a storage locker in Seattle, where police found hundreds of photos of young women and girls and a bag of personal items that they suspected belonged to Alcala’s victims. A pair of earrings found in the bag were identified by Samsoe’s mother as being a pair she owned.

Alcala was also identified by several people as the photographer from the beach on the day Samsoe was kidnapped.

Following an investigation, Alcala was charged, tried, and convicted for Samsoe’s murder in 1980. He was sentenced to receive the death penalty. The conviction was later overturned by the California Supreme Court.

Alcala was again tried and convicted for the murder of Samsoe in 1986, and was again sentenced to the death penalty. The second conviction was overturned by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Three Times a Charm

While awaiting his third trial for the murder of Samsoe, DNA collected from the murder scenes of Barcomb, Wixted, and Lamb was linked to Alcala. He was charged for the four Los Angeles murders, including Parenteau.

At the third trial, Alcala represented himself as his own defense attorney and argued that he was at Knott’s Berry Farm on the afternoon that Samsoe was murdered. Alcala did not contest the charges that he committed the murders of the four Los Angeles victims, but rather focused on the Samsoe charges.

At one point he took the stand and questioned himself in third-person, changing his tone depending on if he was acting as his lawyer or as himself.

On Feb. 25, 2010, the jury found Alcala guilty of all five counts of capital murder, one count of kidnapping and four counts of rape.

During the penalty phase, Alcala attempted to sway the jury away from the death penalty by playing the song “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie, which includes the lyrics, “I mean, I wanna, I wanna kill. Kill. I wanna, I wanna see, I wanna see blood and gore and guts and veins in my teeth. Eat dead burnt bodies. I mean kill, Kill, KILL, KILL.”

His strategy did not work and the jury quickly recommended the death penalty to which the judge agreed.

More Victims?

Immediately after Alcala’s conviction, the Huntington police released 120 of Alcala’s photos to the public. Suspecting that Alcala had more victims, the police asked for the public’s help in identifying the women and children in the photos. Since then several of the unknown faces have been identified.

New York Murders

Two murder cases in New York have also been linked through DNA to Alcala. TWA flight attendant Cornelia “Michael” Crilley, was murdered 1971 while Alcala was enrolled at NYU. Ciro’s Nightclub heiress Ellen Jane Hover was murdered in 1977 during the time that Alcala had received permission from his parole officer to go to New York to visit family.

Currently Alcala is on death row at San Quentin State Prison.

A 36-year-old man in custody accused of murdering two women and setting alight a car with their bodies inside allegedly confessed to the ease of the killings whilst in prison.

Brett Nicholas Kuzimski is on trial in the Supreme Court of Western Australia over the murders of Melanie Carle, 26, and the murder of , 32, on Friday, April 30, 2010.

The women’s bodies were discovered by firefighters the following day in a Toyota Landcruiser four-wheel-drive that was on fire in scrub on the edge of Tonkin Highway in Wattle Grove.

State Prosecutor Linda Petrusa told the jury that after Mr Kuzimski was arrested by police and taken into custody on Sunday, May 2, he allegedly told a prison nurse that “to kill is so easy. I killed the first one, looked at what I did and did it again”.

“He went on to say that he felt nothing and since he was going to be in prison a long time, he was thinking about doing it again and thought about doing it to others in prison,” Ms Petrusa said.

She said Mr Kuzimski had confided the information thinking it was confidential but the nurse was so disturbed that he told the prison gofficials.

State Prosecutor Linda Petrusa told a jury today that Brett Nicholas Kuzimski boasted of the ease of killing Melanie Carle, 26, and Kellie Maree Guyler, 32.

Mr Kuzimski’s defence lawyer John Rando said his client “will deny categorically” that the conversation involved him saying that he killed someone or that it was easy to kill.

Mr Rando told the members of the jury it would be up to them to decide who was lying and his client planned to give testimony during the court proceedings.

Mr Kuzimski admitted to police that he only met the young women that night while he was visiting their house in Carlisle to buy drugs from one of their tenants, Carol Ripper.

The women also bought drugs, valued at $300, from Ms Ripper and all four, including Mr Kuzimski, went for a drive to buy alcohol from a bottle shop before returning to the Mars Street residence.

At one point, around midnight, Mr Kuzimski and the women dwere nowhere to be found, Ms Petrusa said.

The women’s bodies were discovered around 5am in the front and rear passenger seat footwells in the 4WD, which belonged to another housemate who was a fly-in fly-out worker.

Ms Petrusa said experts would give evidence that the fire was deliberately lit and a set of bare-feet footprints leaving the vehicle would match a print belonging to Mr Kuzimski’s right foot.

Two syringes that had once held methylamphetamine were found near the car, and the DNA on the syringe matched the accused, Ms Petrusa said.

She said a post mortem examination found the women had died before the fire and had suffered numerous puncture wounds to the face, consistent with a needle.

One puncture wound was in Ms Guyler’s eye and penetrated her brain.

Both women died with high levels of methylamphetmine in their system, but not enough to kill them, Ms Petrusa argued.

There were other wounds to the bodies but the cause of death was unknown, she said.

She said Mr Kuzimski was seen in the area at the time by a couple, who lived not far from where the car was dumped.

They helped Mr Kuzimski get back to his father’s house in Thornlie that same morning and provided him a shirt because he was bare chested and bare foot, Ms Petrusa said.

She said Mr Kuzimski shaved his head at his father’s house and then took a plastic bag, containing a pair of bloodied jeans and the polo shirt given to him, to Kenwick station.

Ms Petrusa said the stain would match parts of the DNA profiles of Ms Carle and Ms Guyler.

She said a friend of Mr Kuzimski would also testify that he saw the accused with a black eye and scratches to his face that Saturday.

Mr Rando argued the wounds had been inflicted during a fight with occupants of another vehicle on Tonkin Highway that night.

“This is quite a bizarre world for things to be happening,” Mr Rando said.

“He was with the two girls, being driven home by them and a car approached them from behind. He got out of the vehicle and was assaulted and attacked.”

He said Mr Kuzimski ran off because he thought it would get worse or more out of hand if he stayed.

“He suspected the people who pulled the car over were involved in heavy criminal sactivity and didn’t want anyone to know,” Mr Rando said.

He said the goings-on of the drug world were not something the average person would ever want to experience.

Mr Rando told the jury that the reason Mr Kuzimski disposed of the clothes was because his father was a “neat freak” and would not like the mess in his house.

Police investigator outraged

by [never to be released]

murderer’s parole bid

Parole bid ... Kevin Crump.Murderer … Kevin Crump.

INVESTIGATORS were so disgusted by the admissions of murderers Kevin Crump and Allan Baker, who had ravaged and killed Collarenebri housewife Virginia Morse, that detective had to be restrained from shooting the culprits, a former senior investigator has said.

The former police assistant commissioner Ross Nixon, 84, told the Herald it was only the ”professionalism” of NSW and Queensland detectives that the two were not shot, but even after nearly 40 years his blood boils in his veins.

He has spoken up because Crump, who like Baker had his papers marked ”never to be released”, has applied for parole and his bid to have his application heard is to go before a High Court full bench.

Killed ... Virginia Morse.Murder victim … Virginia Morse.

Mr Nixon investigated the murders of an itinerant worker, Ian Lamb, and Mrs Morse by Crump and Baker in 1973. He said: ”Both were lucky to ever live to serve a life sentence, with the presiding judge Justice Taylor recommending they never be released. We, the investigating detectives, were forced to listen to their murderous sexual boasting.

”Baker was very lucky to ever serve a life sentence as a now-deceased detective pulled his gun out to shoot him and was talked out of it. They only lived because of the professionalism of the NSW and Queensland detectives investigating the murders. We would immediately have become the hunted if they had been killed, say, ‘trying to escape’.”

Crump and Baker killed Mr Lamb at Narrabri on November 4, 1973. They shot him at least four times in the head. It soon emerged the pair had killed Mr Lamb and that they had abducted Mrs Morse at her homestead, subjected her to atrocities and killed her in southern Queensland, throwing her body into a water hole.

a“My blood still boils” … the former deputy police commissioner Ross Nixon on the crimes of killer Kevin Crump. Photo: Danielle Smith

”They’re two murderers, with the full protection of hundreds of years of criminal law – innocent until proven guilty – [who] explained how they had carried out this barbaric murder [of Mrs Morse],” Mr Nixon said.

”It had a very deep effect on all of us and still has a negative effect on me over 30 years later.”

Mr Nixon was handcuffed to Baker during parts of the investigation, though when a rumour circulated that someone might try to shoot the two, he slipped off the handcuffs. ”There was no way I wanted to be shot by a stray bullet fired at either Crump or Baker,” he said.

They were tried for the murder of Mr Lamb and conspiracy to murder Mrs Morse. They were not tried for her murder because a trial in Queensland would have been a waste of time and money. ”It would be a travesty of justice if they were ever able to persuade a weak parole board or government they are rehabilitated and could be released into the community,” he said.

Mr Nixon was deputy director-general of NSW Corrective Services in 1989-91 but delegated decisions on them to others.

”I plead guilty to being very biased against both of them,” Mr Nixon said.


Libyans are rejoicing at the news that once-feared dictator Muammar Gaddafi has been killed in his hometown of Sirte. Keep updated with the latest developments here. All times in AEDT.

11.41am: Australian Libyans have shared in the joy of their countrymen and women at news of Gaddafi’s death. NSW student Fouad Elgahwash told AAP he dreamt that Libya would become a new nation.

The 39-year-old Libyan national, who is studying at the University of Wollongong, said his brother was among the rebel fighters in the town of Sirte when Gaddafi was captured. “I called my brother maybe five o’clock this morning, he told me we have got Gaddafi at Sirte and they’ve killed him,” Elgahwash told AAP.

“I think Libyan people at the moment are so happy because Gaddafi can’t dictate anymore. “I’m very happy, you know, because I’m Libyan. Now we can renew and rebuild a new Libya.”

Elgahwash said his brother had since returned safely to his family in the northwestern city of Zawiya, west of Tripoli. “(They’re feeling) very, very, very happy because they don’t have to fight anymore,” Elgahwash said. “My dream is to make a new Libya. That there’s no jihad, there’s no killing, just open the doors … to make a new community in the world, a new country.”

11.18am: Prime Minister Julia Gillard has released a statement, hailing Gaddafi’s death as a “day of relief” for the country of Libya.

“Australia recognises today as a day of relief in Libya as the long war of liberation comes to an end. Australia also recognises today as a beginning as well as an end.

“The work to unite Libya and to repair its economy and its town and cities will take some time. We stand ready to continue this assistance.”

Her words were echoed by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

“He was one of the world’s worst dictators and I think the world is well rid of him,” Mr Abbott told the Nine Network. “The hope now must be that the people of Libya can now enjoy a relatively free and fair society.”

11.03am: Speculation continues to swirl about Gaddafi’s final moments. CBS news reports his final words were:

  • “Don’t kill me. Don’t kill my sons.”

Others reports quoted the dictator saying:

  • “Don’t shoot, don’t shoot,” and turning to a rebel soldier, asking
  • “What did I ever do to you?”

Interim Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told Reuters the dictator was shot in the arm as he was hauled from his drain pipe hiding spot and into a waiting truck. The truck was then “caught in crossfire” as it ferried the 69-year-old to hospital. “He was hit by a bullet in the head,” Jibril said, adding it was unclear which side had fired the fatal shot.

But a National Transitional Council source told Reuters he was attacked while being dragged away. “While he was being taken away, they beat him and then they killed him.”

In a telephone interview with NPR, Jibril went on to say: “Nobody can tell if the [fatal] shot was from the rebel fighters or from his own security guard.”

10.36am: Gaddafi’s death has had surprisingly little impact on the oil price, despite the development likely leading to a full restoration of Libya’s oil exports.

New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate crude for delivery in November, fell 81 US cents to $US85.30 a barrel. In London, Brent North Sea crude for December pushed $US1.38 higher to finish at $US109.76 on the Intercontinental Exchange.

Gaddafi’s death “actually means little for today’s oil price, but it does remove one of a series of risk factors to a sustained ramp-up in Libyan production,” JPMorgan analyst Lawrence Eagles said.

Libya produced about 1.4 million barrels per day of mostly high-value light sweet crude before the rebellion against Gaddafi broke out at the start of 2011. Around 85 per cent of Libyan output was exported to Europe, and its disappearance contributed to the surge in Brent crude from the North Sea, in comparison to New York-traded WTI.

OPEC sees member Libya restoring production to one million barrels per day within six months, then attaining pre-conflict levels by the end of 2012. But analysts at Barclays Bank warned that “serious security challenges persist in Libya that could hinder efforts to restore Libyan production fully”.

10.25am: Freelance Middle East reporter Holly Pickett was in Libya reporting on the downfall of Gaddafi and has described on Twitter the scene as an ambulance carrying the dictator went racing past.

  • I saw the body of Col. Muammar #Gaddafi. So weird. #Sirte #Libya.
  • We were in a residential area behind the field hospital. Suddenly an ambulance races by with the body of #Gaddafi. We chased. #Libya
  • The ambulance with #Gaddafi’s body stopped very briefly at the field hospital, then hit the highway for Misrata. #sirte #Libya
  • 10 Revolutionaries were packed inside. The doors were open, but it was difficult to see #Gaddafi. We drove close to
  • the open door. #Libya
  • From the side door, I could see a bare chest with bullet wound and a bloody hand. He was wearing gold-colored pants. #Gaddafi #Libya
  • We fell back behind the ambulance and they opened rear the door to reveal a partly bald, bloody head with frizzy black hair. #Gaddafi #Libya
  • There is no question it was #Gaddafi. Every time the ambulance stopped, it was mobbed by rebels. Everyone was going nuts. #Libya
  • At every checkpoint between #Sirte and #Misrata, crowds had gathered and wanted to know if we were the ambulance with #Gaddafi’s body in it.
  • Upon hearing the truth, that #Gaddafi was truly dead, revolutionaries at the checkpoints were beside themselves, shouting with joy. #Libya
  • Not sure where #Gaddafi’s body went. It must have been to a very secure location. I think Misratans may have torn him to shreds. #Libya
  • I meant Misratans would tear him to shreds if the body wasn’t closely guarded. #Libya. #Tweetingisnewtome

10.17am: Libyans have celebrated the death of Gaddafi by pouring out into the streets and firing guns into the air, as is customary in the Arab world. But just how dangerous is this? Very, as you’d expect, with numerous examples of people being accidentally shot while being caught up in the revelry. Here’s an interesting BBC feature that looks into the custom.

10am: Here’s an update of events as they have developed so far:

  • Muammar Gaddafi has been killed during a battle between rebel and loyalist forces in his hometown of Sirte on the Libyan coast.
  • Gaddafi was captured alive while hiding in a sewerage drain.
  • He was reportedly injured at the time of capture but succumbed to his wounds while being transported to the rebel stronghold city of Misrata. Some of Gaddafi’s wounds
  • were seemingly inflicted after his capture.
  • Graphic images and video of the fallen dictator have quickly flown around the world. A doctor who examined the fallen strongman in Misrata found he had been shot in the head and abdomen.
  • There are conflicting reports of the fate of Gaddafi’s sons. Officials said his son Mutasin, seen bleeding but alive in a video, had died. Another son, heir-apparent Seif al-Islam, was variously reported to be surrounded, captured or killed as conflicting accounts of the day’s events crackled around networks of NTC fighters rejoicing in Sirte.
  • His death comes two months after the fall of Libya’s capital, Tripoli.
  • World leaders have welcomed his death, with US President Barack Obama saying today is the day the Libyan people have won their freedom. British PM David Cameron urged people not to forget Gaddafi’s victims, including those who died in the Pan Am bombing over Lockerbie. Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the country stood ready to assist Libya in their transition to democracy.

9.48am: The Guardian reports that a British Sky News correspondent has translated the graffiti that now adorns the drain where Muammar Gaddafi was found hiding.

The drain where Gaddafi was found hiding. Photo: Reuters

It reads: “This is the place where the rat Gaddafi was hiding” and “Contemptible Gaddafi”

9.10am: Flying against popular opinion, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has called Gaddafi’s death an “outrage”. “We shall remember Gaddafi our whole lives as a great fighter, a revolutionary and a martyr,” he said.

Chavez has refused to recognise the new Libyan regime, and has ridiculed Libya’s new UN representative as a “puppet” and a “dummy”.

8.59am: Muammar Gaddafi was well known to have what has been described as an “eerie obsession” with former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.

“Obviously, the first visit by a US secretary of state since 1953 would be a major milestone on the country’s path to international acceptability,” Rice wrote of her 2008 meeting with Gaddafi in her book, No Higher Honor, published online by The Daily Beast. “But Gaddafi also had a slightly eerie fascination with me personally, asking visitors why his ‘African princess’ wouldn’t visit him.”

Uneasy … Condoleezza Rice poses with Muammar Gaddafi before a meeting in Tripoli in September 2008. Photo: AFP

Rice, who served under president George W Bush, said she had been warned ahead of the meeting to ignore the Libyan leader’s “crazy” behaviour as he would eventually “get back on track”. But her suspicions were soon confirmed.

“He suddenly stopped speaking and began rolling his head back and forth. ‘Tell President Bush to stop talking about a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine!’ he barked. ‘It should be one state! Israeltine!'” Rice recalled. “Perhaps he didn’t like what I said next. In a sudden fit, he fired two translators in the room. ‘Okay.’ I thought, ‘this is Gaddafi.'”

The Libyan leader later insisted Rice join him for dinner in his private kitchen, where he presented her with a collection of photos of the US diplomat’s meetings with world leaders – set to the music of a song called Black Flower in the White House, written for Rice by a Libyan composer. “It was weird, but at least it wasn’t raunchy,” Rice said of the episode.

Rice also said Gaddafi failed to anticipate the repercussions that the Arab Spring uprising would have on his regime.

“I came away from the visit realising how much Gaddafi lives inside his own head,” Rice wrote. “I wondered if he even fully understood fully what was going on around him. And I was very, very glad that we had disarmed him of his most dangerous weapons of mass destruction. There in his bunker, making his last stand, I have no doubt he would have used them.”

8.41am: British Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed Gaddafi’s death, urging people not to forget his scores of victims, who reached as far as Scotland and the notorious Lockerbie bombing.

“I think today is a day to remember all of Colonel Gaddafi’s victims, from those who died in connection with the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, to Yvonne Fletcher in a London street, and obviously all the victims of IRA terrorism who died through their use of Libyan semtex.

“We should also remember the many, many Libyans who died at the hands of this brutal dictator and his regime.

“People in Libya today have an even greater chance after this news of building themselves a strong and democratic future. I am proud of the role that Britain has played in helping them to bring that about and I pay tribute to the bravery of the Libyans who helped to liberate their country. We will help them, we will work with them and that is what I want to say today. Thank you.”

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd was also quick to hail Gaddafi’s death as a historic moment not just for the Libyan people, but for the wider Arab world and for people generally searching for political freedom.

“We now stand ready to assist Libya in new ways, including the building of its new democratic institutions and electoral processes.

“Those still fighting for Gaddafi must put their weapons down immediately. Those fighting for the National Transitional Council [NTC] must establish basic law and order as a matter of urgency.

“Furthermore, the NTC must establish a process for reconciliation and national unity and finally, the NTC must begin planning for early democratic elections to establish a long-term government in Tripoli.”

8.33am: Today may be a day of celebration for Libya, but big challenges await. Con Coughlin from London’s Daily Telegraph reminds us that in Iraq, the worst sectarian violence took place after Saddam Hussein’s caputure – not before.

  • “While these tribal divisions have become blurred during the Gaddafi era, the strong passions they inspire can still be detected within the NTC [National Transitional Council], where some opposition groups have objected to the dominant influence of Benghazi-based tribes over those from other parts of the country. The other challenge that the NTC must contend with is the growing influence of Islamist groups throughout Libya.”

8.24am: Gaddafi’s final moments were marked by the same brutality that came to symbolise his regime.

Television footage shows a clearly alive Gaddafi being taken from Sirte after being discovered hiding in a sewerage pipe during a final battle between loyalist and rebel fighters.

Muammar Gaddafi moments after his capture in Sirte. Photo: Reuters

However subsequent photos, which Fairfax has chosen not to publish due to their graphic content, show the dictator’s blood-soaked body collapsed on the ground.

A sense of the passion surrounding this event can be felt in the words of one rebel fighter, Mohammed Shaban, who told AFP he had taken part in Gaddafi’s capture.

  • “His blood is on my shirt. I’ll never wash it.”

8.14am: Amazing footage of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reacting to news of Gaddafi’s death.

  • “Unconfirmed reports about Gaddafi being captured. Unconfirmed. Yeah, we’ve had a bunch of those before. We’ve had him ‘captured’ a couple of times.”

Famous last words?

8.05am: News of the dictator’s death has already been welcomed worldwide. Bulgarian nurses imprisoned in Libya for eight years over an HIV scandal have welcomed news, saying the deposed Libyan strongman had “got what he deserved”.

“The news made me very happy. It’s a punishment. A dog like him deserved to die like a dog,” Valya Chervenyashka said. She, along with four other Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian-born doctor, was jailed in 1999, tortured and twice sentenced to death under Gaddafi’s regime.

Five nurses and the Palestinian doctor became known as the “Benghazi six” after they were jailed in Libya in 1999 for allegedly infecting 438 children with HIV-tainted blood at a paediatric hospital in Benghazi. Experts, including Luc Montagnier, the French virologist credited with co-discovering the HIV virus, testified however that the epidemic was due to poor hygiene.

8.01am: There have been several reports that Gaddafi was brandishing a golden gun at the time of his capture. Images have just surfaced of rebel soldiers brandishing the firearm, an elaborate pistol with a wooden handle.

Rebel fighters brandish the golden gun seized from Muammar Gaddafi. Photo: AFP

7.54am: Fairfax Middle East correspondent Ruth Pollard, who has been reporting from the ground in Libya during the height of the unrest, says the death of Gaddafi will touch all Libyans.

“What we’re seeing now in Sirte is rebel forces going street by street by street to make sure that there are no pockets of Gaddafi loyalists left in that town.

“People in Libya have been waiting for this moment for so long. Until Gaddafi was captured or killed there was still a lot of fear among the locals that he could somehow stage a comeback or commit an act of terror that Would result in the deaths of many Libyans.

“And even if he didn’t do that, his ongoing presence in the country and the rebel forces’ inability to capture him could have hung over the heads of the national transitional council and made everything a lot more unstable than it really needed to be.

“So this should provide a big boost to the NTC and hopefully allow it to get on with the really complicated process of moving Libya towards becoming a democracy.”

7.35am: US president Barack Obama is one of the first world leaders to welcome the death of Gaddafi.

“Today we can definitively say that the Gaddafi regime has come to an end,” Obama said in remarks in the White House Rose Garden. Speaking to the Libyan people, Obama said, “You have won your revolution.” Libya now must travel “a long and winding road to full democracy,” he said, adding “there will be difficult days ahead.”

Obama committed the US to a NATO-led campaign in Libya in March, a move that at the time drew criticism from some members of Congress. He said today the demise of Gaddafi’s regime vindicated his strategy of bringing together allies to meet the objective of supporting the Libyan rebels without putting US troops on the ground.

It also follows other US successes overseas, he said. “This comes at a time when we see the strength of American leadership across the world,”Obama said. “We’ve taken out al-Qaeda leaders, and we’ve put them on the path to defeat. We’re winding down the war in Iraq, and have begun a transition in Afghanistan.

“And now, working in Libya with friends and allies, we’ve demonstrated what collective action can achieve in the 21st century,” he said.

7.20am: More details are already emerging of Gaddafi’s violent end, with Libya’s rebel leaders rejoicing in the fact that their former president was found cowering in a sewerage drain.

“Gaddafi was in a jeep when rebels opened fire on it,” National Transitional Council (NTC) field commander Mohammed Leith said.

“He got out and tried to flee, taking shelter in a sewage pipe.” NTC fighters “opened fire again and he came out carrying a Kalashnikov (assault rifle) in one hand and a pistol in the other,” he said.

Gaddafi “looked left and right and asked what was happening. Rebels opened fire again, wounding his leg and shoulder. He died after that,” according to Leith.

7.08am: Libyans are celebrating in the streets as news spreads of Muammar Gaddafi’s death after a firefight in his hometown of Sirte overnight.

In a symbolic final revolt against the man who ruled over the country with an iron fist, Gaddafi was overrun by rebels following a sustained assault on Sirte.

Interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril confirmed news of the death this morning, saying Gaddafi’s body would be delivered, a prize of war, to Misrata, the city whose siege and suffering at the hands of Gaddafi’s forces made it a symbol of the rebel cause.

The head of Libya’s National Transitional Council Mohammed Leith this morning confirmed the ousted tyrant was finally captured in a sewage pipe waving a golden gun.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

Profile of wife killer & murderer

Malcolm Webster

The man described as a ‘murderer, fraudster, philanderer and criminal mastermind’ has been found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow.

By Shiona McCallum

19 May 2011 15:10 GMT

Malcolm Webster: Found guilty of murder at the High Court in Glasgow. Pic: © STV

It became the longest murder trial against a single accused in Scottish legal history.

For four months, Malcolm Webster arrived at the High Court in Glasgow accused of murdering his first wife in a deliberate pre planned car crash, and attempting to murder his second by the same method five years later.

On Thursday May 19, he was found guilty.

Dressed in an array of woolly jumpers and chino trousers, portly, chubby-cheeked Webster certainly did not fit the stereotype of a cold-blooded killer.

He looked nothing short of cuddly as he shuffled to court every day and sat quietly reading newspapers as he waited for his case to be called. But inside Lord Bannatyne’s courtroom, his mask was stripped away as prosecutor Derek Ogg QC forensically presented a damning body of evidence against the former nurse.

When Webster finally spoke to the court he insisted “it was not a murder, it was a tragic accident”.

But he has been revealed as a “cold-blooded” and “sadistic” killer, a serial womaniser and a fraudster, who spun a web of lies to his victims.

Perhaps above all else though, Webster was a supremely talented actor. At his wife’s funeral he played the part of a bereaved husband to perfection.

Detectives believe Webster started planning Claire Morris’ murder before their wedding in Aberdeen 18 years ago.

Webster came from a comfortable background in Surrey – the son of a former chief superintendent with, of all things, the Fraud Squad at the Metropolitan Police.

Dorothy Allan, who worked with Webster, spent time with him following Ms Morris’ death.

The mother-of-three spent a weekend on Webster’s yacht “weeks” after Claire Morris died. Webster bought the yacht shortly after he received the insurance money from his wife’s death.

After committing a near-perfect murder in 1994 and getting away with it for 17 years, he embarked on another plot of lies and deceit and began to plan the murder of his second wife.

Felicity Drumm, 50, was travelling in a car with Webster when he claimed there was something wrong with the steering.

He suddenly swerved across two lanes and then drove the car off the road, ending up in a ditch beside some trees. Webster then clutched his chest and said he was having a heart attack in an “Oscar-winning performance”.

He then planned to bigamously marry Simone Banarjee, from Oban, Argyll, to gain access to her estate.

In a web of lies he told her that he was terminally ill with leukaemia when he was actually in good health.

He pretended to be undergoing treatment for leukaemia in London, when he was in fact having a long-distance relationship with American Brenda Grant.


Webster might still be free today but for the most astonishing twist of this entire tale.

In 2006, while he was faking leukaemia, Felicity Drumm’s Jane was attending a conference in London.

She had a chance conversation with a senior officer from the Metropolitan Police and told him everything. He informed Grampian Police, who flew officers to London to question her.

It was that meeting that led to Webster’s downfall as Grampian Police started a fresh search for evidence.

In Aberdeen, pathologist James Grieve and toxicologist Duncan Stephen examined a tissue sample taken from Claire Morris at her post mortem 14 years earlier.

They devised a new technique, never tried before anywhere in the world – and found possible samples of Temazepam in her liver.

During the course of the investigation into Malcolm Webster a total of 1200 statements were taken. Every person who had a significant role in Malcolm Webster’s life over the past 20 years was tracked down and interviewed.

Witness statements were taken from New Zealand, Australia, Sierra Leone, America, France and Spain. The FBI was drafted in to take statements in the US.

Witnesses were eventually brought from Peru, Yemen, the US, New Zealand, Australia, England and Scotland to the High Court in Glasgow. Four witnesses also gave evidence via video link from New Zealand.

At one point in their preparation for the trial, prosecutor Derek Ogg and his team prepared a whiteboard of ‘Webster’s Women’ the eight women that had been taken in by him at various stages. At some points, the former nurse was seeing three women at once.

Malcolm Webster was granted bail for the duration of the trial because the murder he was alleged to have committed happened 17 years ago but he was subject to very strict bail conditions and was required to check in with police every day. He complied fully with those restrictions.

Sourced from news of Scottland by Henry Sapiecha

Wife Killer Malcolm Webster

murder trial:

How a chance meeting led to

wife-killer’s downfall


At least the next investigation about UK killer Malcolm Webster is covered by Ross Coulthart. I realise the making of any current affairs show is its ability to break news but I’m tiring a bit of killers, kidnappers, missing persons and voices from behind bars at 6:30 on a Sunday. Sure they have their place, but I’m in a much lighter mood at that hour….

Wife Killer
A Sunday Night worldwide investigation into the life, and loves, of convicted wife killer Malcolm Webster. A cunning and charismatic serial psychopath, whose father was a senior Scotland Yard police officer, Webster had an insatiable appetite for money and possessions. He would seduce, date, marry and insure his lovers…. before carefully plotting to kill them. Reporter Ross Coulthart follows the trail of Webster, who has just been convicted of murdering his Australian wife Claire, attempting to murder his second wife, as well as planning the death of his new fiancé. A trained nurse, Webster spent three periods living in Australia, and the hunt is on to find his victims here.

May 20 2011 By Charlie Gall

AN incredible chance meeting re-ignited the inquiry into Malcolm Webster and finally brought the killer to justice.

Jane Drumm – sister of Webster’s second wife Felicity – shared her concerns about him during a social chat with a police officer.

Jane Drumm's chance meeting with a police officer led to Webster's downfall

She told him she feared Webster had tried to kill her sister – and had successfully murdered his first wife in Scotland.

Jane, right, was director of a domestic violence prevention organisation in New Zealand and was in the UK on a fact-finding mission in June 2006.

There, she discussed Webster with an English police officer.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Chapman, who led the new investigation in Grampian, said: “The cop was a senior officer with a north of England force.

“In a private conversation she raised her concerns with this officer, who clearly felt there was a need to pass that information us. We went and interviewed Jane before she went back to New Zealand.

“Jane was aware that Malcolm was in the UK. She didn’t demand an investigation. She just spoke about her concerns.

“She just related exactly the circumstances of the two separate incidents and said, in essence, her family were concerned Malcolm had murdered his first wife and attempted to murder Felicity.

“Anybody who listened couldn’t help but be moved by the striking similarity between the two events. It was like lightning striking twice. It certainly raised enough of a degree of suspicion in us.”

The crash which killed Webster’s first wife Claire was recorded as a death by dangerous driving because the motorcyclist Webster claimed he’d swerved to avoid was never traced.

DCI Chapman said: “For us to go back and review that, we had to come up with fresh evidence and fresh information which would allow us to go to the fiscal service.

“As the senior investigating officer I had to establish whether a crime had been committed.”

DCI Chapman’s team of 25 detectives went back and looked at the original crash “afresh” to satisfy themselves there was sufficient evidence to reopen the case.

He said: “In essence it was an open crime file. There were witnesses but never to the aspect of there having been a bike.

Second wife Felicity Drumm survived a murder attempt by Malcolm Webster

“Post-incident there were plenty of witnesses, pre-incident there were no witnesses. That crime, as many crimes do, remained undetected.”

The DCI travelled to New Zealand with four of his team to interview Felicity Drumm, right, and speak to detectives there.

Now they had an actual witness who was claiming Webster had tried to kill her.

DCI Chapman said: “We looked specifically at the toxicology, given the evidence from New Zealand with regards to the drugging of Felicity.”

A postmortem had been carried out on Claire Webster’s body after the crash and her liver was tested for alcohol – but not drugs.

Now, 13 years on, a slide held in a lab containing a sliver of Claire’s liver was about to give detectives the major breakthrough they desperately sought.

DCI Chapman said: “Because it was a section one road traffic accident they had kept this tissue sample.

“That’s retained as a matter of record from the autopsy involving any fatal accident or sudden death reported to the fiscal.

“We had to work up the experimental process with the toxicologists around the examination of Claire’s liver tissue.”

The ground-breaking tests were led by Dr Duncan Stephen, a toxicology expert based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

DCI Chapman said: “There had never been a requirement to do that before – to analyse a historical piece of tissue to find if drugs are in it 13 years after the event.

“We were breaking new ground.”

The piece of tissue had been set in wax to preserve it. The experts had to dissolve the wax to analyse it and there was a risk that any material within it could be washed away.

It took some time to come up with a process that worked.

DCI Chapman said: “They came back and told us they had found trace evidence of benzodiazepam with the 92.4 per cent probability that it was temazepam.”

The presence of temazepam in Claire’s liver was reported back to the Crown Office, who gave the go-ahead for a review of the whole circumstances of her death.

DCI Chapman said: “The two incidents in isolation are pretty remarkable incidents but taken together, the similarities are striking.

“He married both women under the auspices of using them as a vehicle to obtain finance and wealth.

“That’s not rational behaviour. It shows his contempt for human life, and particularly the fact the people involved were his wife and his second wife – the second being the mother of his child.

“Indeed, he was drugging Felicity while she was actually pregnant.”

As the police closed in on Webster, more than 1000 witness statements were taken as the investigation stretched from Scotland to New Zealand, America, Sierra Leone, Australia and France.

DCI Chapman said: “Three quarters of the inquiries were outwith the Grampian area.

“It was reasonable to suggest that he’d murdered Claire – now we needed to establish a connection with New Zealand. We had the added element of Webster becoming aware due to press coverage that this was happening.”

But Grampian Police were not yet ready to arrest him.

They knew exactly where he was. Despite still being married to Felicity, he had become engaged to Simone Banerjee, 41, a health service worker in Oban.

When police warned her about Webster, she called off the engagement and he returned to the London area – and the investigation continued.

DCI Chapman said: “We knew that with Felicity there were insurance policies and financial motive. But only in Claire’s case did Malcolm receive any money. It was a very challenging thing to do.”

Some 80 search warrants were executed across financial institutions throughout the UK to find application forms for insurance policies and termination documents.

Pay slips as well as bank and credit card statements were sourced.

And they found Claire had signed a last will and testament bequeathing her entire estate to Webster in the event of her death.

DCI Chapman said: “Ultimately, the picture we developed was that Webster had a motive and his motive was his insatiable appetite for money and wealth.

“His means of obtaining wealth was through insurance policies which were guaranteed to pay out in the event of the death of someone he had placed an insurance policy for – and allegedly loved.

“That was the most callous part of it. From Claire’s family’s view, she was madly in love with this guy. Felicity felt the same way.”

Within the year, detectives believed they had a compelling case against Webster.

But DCI Chapman added: “We had to look at what else he had done – could there be other victims?

“We had, on a week to week basis, detectives going all over the UK looking at his friends, his family, his associates, his work colleagues, his bank and insurance details.

“We had been liaising with the New Zealand police right from the start and they were first class.

“They showed us all their files but we had to go through the case from a Scottish perspective to make sure the evidence would stand scrutiny under Scots law.

“Ultimately when all the reports and evidence we needed were available to go and arrest him, we did.”


He murdered one wife, tried to kill another and conned a third lover, but Webster had an eye for ladies

Brenda Grant

Webster spent a week in Paris with Brenda, from Missouri, US, just weeks after he moved in with Simone Banerjee.

He told the divorced mum-of-three, who once worked with him at a US healthcare firm, he was divorced. She insisted the trip was strictly platonic.

Caroline Mcintosh

Webster took secret lover Caroline McIntosh for a trip on his yacht just months after he killed his wife.

Caroline, 45, met Webster in August 1994 at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where they both worked. The couple stayed at a hotel in Inverness.

Geraldine Oakley

Former colleague Geraldine Oakley, 50, told the jury she slept with the killer on his first wedding anniversary.

She said Webster called her that night and told her he did not want to be alone. She first met the killer in 1993 when she was a computer manager at Grampian NHS and he was a nurse.

Catherine Brown

Webster took nurse Catherine Brown to visit his first wife’s grave after they spent the weekend in a hotel together.

The killer met the theatre nurse in June 2005 when she started her job at Lorn & Islands hospital. He lied to her that he had leukaemia.

Ann Hancock

The physiotherapist, 50, revealed Webster was nicknamed Dr Death as he was studying for a degree in euthanasia.

They met in Glasgow in 2004 but did not begin a relationship until late 2007.

Police finally warned her about his past.

Christina Wills

She fell in love with Webster after they met at Lorn & Islands hospital in Oban in 2002.

The 61-year-old was duped by Webster into believing he had leukaemia for more than two years. He shaved off his hair and eyebrows and pretended to have chemotherapy. He dumped her in 2005.

Sourced from Scottish news by Henry Sapiecha




There is a tendency for us to delegate evil deeds to the male of the species and forget that females have played & do also play their part as evil doers.Perhaps here we can see some of these wicked women over the years who have been serial killers and caused grief, injury,tragedy and death to many persons in various communities, towns and countries throughout history

1. Elizabeth Bathory

Born: 1560; Died: 1614

Elizabeth Bathory was one of the most evil women in human history. She slaughtered & butchered at least 80 young women (though some witnesses claimed the number was closer to 650) and has the rather unfortunate reputation as being the world’s first known female serial killer. Because of her gruesome crimes many misconceptions have arisen about her – here we look at the most prominent.

The myth: Elizabeth Bathory bathed in the blood of her victims

They tied the hands and arms very tightly with Viennese cord, they were beaten to death until the whole body was black as charcoal and their skin was rent and torn. One girl suffered more than two hundred blows before dying. Dorko [another accomplice and procurer] cut their fingers one by one with shears and then slit the veins with scissors. — Ficzko (Servant of Bathory)

Elizabeth Bathory (7 August 1560 – 21 August 1614) certainly was one of the most prolific and heinous murderers in history, but because of the scarcity of such horrific crimes during the Middle Ages, her infamy was so great the rumors, misconceptions, and myths grew to surround her. Aside from the misconception that she killed 650 young women when in reality it was between 80 – 300, the most well known is that she bathed in the blood of her victims to give & maintain her youthful appearance.

This is completely untrue; it is a myth that arose due to embellishments of her actions by story-tellers who came after her death. Nevertheless, Bathory committed some of the most shocking and vile acts against her victims. The list of her crimes is quite extensive (and well documented through the trial of her helpers) and it includes such depraved excesses as: burning or freezing to death, mutilation, attempted surgeries, sexual abuse, and starvation.

Amazingly Bathory was never tried for her crimes though she was compelled to remain walled up in her castle. She remained there until she died four years later. The reason for her evading prosecution was that it would cause scandal to the ruling family of Hungary and the crown would be compelled to seize all of Bathory’s land and belongings – leaving her children peniless. Furthermore, the King (King Matthias) owed her a great deal of money and the debt was written off as “punishment”. Three of the servants who helped her with her killing spree were given a trial and found guilty. They were executed by having their fingers ripped off before being burnt to death at the stake.

Prime example for the return of capital punishment one could argue for other hideous crimes in the 21st century

Interesting Fact: Historian László Nagy has argued that Elizabeth Báthory was a victim of a conspiracy. Nagy argued that the proceedings were largely politically motivated. The conspiracy theory is consistent with Hungarian history at that time. There was great conflict between religions, including Protestant ones, and this was related to the extension of Habsburg power over Hungary. As a Transylvanian Protestant aristocrat, Elizabeth belonged to a group generally opposed to the Habsburgs.

2. Queen Mary I

Born: 1516; Died: 1558

Mary was the only child of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, plus the only one to live past infancy. Crowned after the death of Edward VI and the removal of The Nine Days Queen-Lady Jane Grey, Mary is chiefly remembered for temporarily and violently returning England to Catholicism. Many prominent Protestants were executed for their beliefs leading to the ‘ nickname’ moniker “Bloody Mary”. Fearing the gallows many Protestants left the country, unwilling to return until her death or removal. It should be noted that Elizabeth Ist  also shares a position on this list for her equally bad reputation.

3. Isabella of Castile

Born: 1451; Died: 1504

Isabella I of Spain, well remembered & known as the patron of Christopher Columbus, with her husband Ferdinand II of Aragon, together are responsible for making possible the unification of Spanish interests under their grandson Carlos I. As part of the drive for unification, Isabella appointed Tomás de Torquemada as the first Inquisitor General of the inquisition. March 31, 1492 marks the implementation of the Alhambra Decree; expulsion edicts forcing the removal or conversion of Jews and Muslims. Roughly 200,000 people left Spain; those remaining who chose conversion were subsequently persecuted by the inquisition investigating Judaizing conversos. In 1974, Pope Paul VI opened her cause for beatification. This places her on the path toward possible sainthood. In the Catholic Church, she is thus titled Servant of God.

4. Katherine Knight

Born: 1956

The first ever Australian woman to be sentenced to a natural life term imprisonment  without parole, Katherine Knight had a history of extreme violence in relationships. She smashed the dentures of one of her ex-husbands and slashed the throat of another husband’s eight-week-old puppy before his eyes. A heated relationship she was in with John Charles Thomas Price became public knowledge with an Apprehended Violence Order that Price had filed against Knight and ended with Knight stabbing Price to death with a large  butcher’s knife. He had been stabbed at least 37 times, both front and back, with many of the wounds penetrating vital organs. She then skinned him and hung his “suit” from the door frame in the living room, cut off his head and put it in the soup pot, baked his buttocks, and prepared gravy and vegetables to accompany the ‘roast’. The meal and a sarcastic note were set out for the children, luckily discovered by police before they arrived home.

5. Irma Grese

Born: 1923; Died: 1945

Another product of the Nazi’s final solution, Irma Grese or the “Bitch of Belsen” was a guard at concentration camps Ravensbrück, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Transferred to Auschwitz in 1943, (she must have shown particular enthusiasm and dedication to the job), she was promoted to Senior Supervisor, the 2nd highest ranking female in camp, by the end of the year. In charge of over 30,000 Jewish female prisoners, she reveled in her work. Her work included; savaging of prisoners by her trained and half starved dogs, sexual excesses, arbitrary shootings, sadistic beatings with a plaited whip, and selecting prisoners for the gas chamber. She enjoyed both physical and emotional torture and habitually wore heavy boots and carried a pistol to facilitate both.

6. Ilse Koch

Born: 1906; Died: 1967

This female war criminal of concentration camp attrocites “Die Hexe von Buchenwald” the Witch of Buchenwald, or “Buchenwälder Schlampe” the Bitch of Buchenwald was the wife of Karl Koch, commandant of the concentration camps Buchenwald from 1937 to 1941, and Majdanek from 1941 to 1943. Intoxicated on the absolute power rendered by her husband, she reveled in torture and obscenity of the worst kind. Infamous for her souvenirs; tattoos taken from the murdered inmates, her reputation for debauchery was well earned. After building an indoor sports arena in 1940, with 250,000 marks stolen from inmates, Ilsa was promoted to Oberaufseherin or “chief overseer” of the few female guards at Buchenwald. She committed suicide by hanging herself at Aichach women’s prison on September 1, 1967. A deranged and sickly woman.

7. Mary Ann Cotton

Born: 1832; Died: 1873

This poisoning Englishwoman Mary Ann Cotton is another for-profit serial killer, predating Belle Gunnes by thirty years. Married at age twenty to William Mowbray, the newlyweds settled in Plymouth, Devon, to start their family. The couple had five children, four of whom died of ‘gastric fever and stomach pains’. Moving back to the north-east, tragedy seemed to pursue them; three more children born, & yes three more children died. Husband William soon followed his offspring, dying of an ‘intestinal disorder’ in January 1865. British Prudential promptly paid a 35 pound insurance payout dividend, and a pattern was established. Her second husband, George Ward, died of intestinal problems as well as one of her two remaining children. The power of the press, always a force to be reckoned with, caught up with Mary Ann. The local newspapers discovered that as Mary Ann moved around northern England, she lost three husbands, a lover, a friend, her mother and a dozen children, all dying of stomach fever. She was hanged at Durham County Gaol, March 24, 1873, for murder by arsenic poisoning. She died slowly, the hangman using too short a drop for a ‘clean’ execution.Too bad, soo… sad!!

8. Belle Gunness

Born: 1859; Died: 1931

Belle Gunness was one of America’s most degenerate and productive female serial killers. Standing 6 ft (1.83 m) tall and weighing in at over 200 lbs (91 kg), she was an imposing and powerful woman of Norwegian descent. It is likely that she killed both her husbands and all of her children at different times, but it is certain that she murdered most of her suitors, boyfriends, and her two daughters, Myrtle and Lucy. The motive was greed-pure and simple; life insurance policies and assets stolen or swindled from her suitors became her source of income. Most reports put her death toll at more than twenty victims over several decades, with some claiming in excess of one hundred. Inconsistencies during her post mortem examination; the corpse was reported to be two inches shorter than Belle’s six feet, paved the way for Belle Gunnes to enter American criminal folklore, a female Bluebeard.

9. Beverly Allitt

Born: 1968

The nurse “Angel of Death, Beverley Gail Allit, is one of Britain’s most well known serial killers. Working as a pediatric nurse, she is responsible for the murder of 4 children and the serious injury of 5 others in her care. When available, insulin or potassium injections were used to precipitate cardiac arrest; smothering sufficed when they were not. Although convicted with death or injury in nine cases, Allit attacked thirteen children over a fifty-eight day period before being caught red-handed. Allit has never spoken of the motive for her crimes, but Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy explains her actions. This debatable personality disorder involves a pattern of abuse or harm to someone in your care in order to garner attention (Alitt was known as a child to wear bandages and casts over wounds, but would not allow them to be examined). Notice me , I have injuries and need attention.

10. Myra Hindley

Born: 1942; Died: 2002

The Moors Murders couple Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were responsible for the “Moors murders” happening in the Manchester area of Britain in the mid 1960’s. Together these two monsters were responsible for the kidnapping, sexual abuse, torture and murder of three children under the age of twelve and two teenagers, aged 16 and 17. A key for a lock found in Myra’s possession led to incriminating evidence stored at a left-luggage depot at Manchester Central Station. The evidence included a tape recording of one of the murder victims screaming as Hindley and Brady raped and tortured her. In the final days before incarceration, she developed a swagger and arrogant attitude that became her trademark. Police secretary Sandra Wilkinson has never forgotten seeing Hindley and her mother Nellie, leaning against the courthouse eating sweets. While the mother was obviously and understandably upset, Hindley seemed indifferent and uncaring of her situation.

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