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THE TYRANT GADDAFI HAS BEEN KILLED BY REBELS

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

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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.

Twist

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

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Wife Killer Malcolm Webster

murder trial:

How a chance meeting led to

wife-killer’s downfall

SUNDAY NIGHT TV COMMENTS PREAMBLE ON THE CASE BELOW

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.”

WEBSTER’S OTHER WOMEN

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

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SERIAL KILLER PROFILES ON TEN OF THE TOP FEMALE EVIL DOERS THROUGHOUT HISTORY.Women of death.

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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Charles Manson .Slaughterer of innocents
Charles Manson organized a group and supervised the killings of several people. Interestingly, he never killed anybody but was still arrested on account of being associated with the crime. His group entered a well known actor’s home, killed his pregnant wife, cut open her stomach and stabbed the foetus to death as well

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The Greatest/Biggest/Most Notorious

Underworld/Mafia Dons/Bosses

Crime figures – Worldwide

Dawood Ibrahim Indian Don

Dawood-Ibrahim

Dawood Ibrahim founder of Indian’s most notorious gang D-Company is No.4 in the world’s most wanted criminals by forbes 2008. According to USA intelligence  he maintains close links with Al-Qaida’s terrorist leaders.

Dawood was born in a poor family and his father Ibrahim Kaska was a police constable. Haji Mastan was a famous Smuggler in India those days and Dawood like other poor young men was inspired by him.Soon he joined his gang and started smuggling electronic items for him. Dawood was an extremely intelligent criminal and soon he became front line man for Haji Mastan. Batla a local hoodlum working for Haji had a clash with Dawood ,Mastan slapped Batla but Dawood wasn’t pleased so he parted company with Haji and started operating as an independant.

Later on he killed Batla ,this incident catapulted him to the upper echelons of the underworld.Within years Ibrahim established vast empire of many illegal business including smuggling , killing ,blackmailing ,liquor selling etc.

Dawood is believed to be involved in 1993 Bombay bombings and also the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Currently he is one of the most powerful international mafia dons of the world. Many believe that he has close links with governments of many countries and is currently staying in Dubai.

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Semion Yudkovich Mogilevich Russian Don

semion-mogilevich-

Known as Boss of Bosses, he is most well known figure in Russian mafia history.Born in a middle class family ,started his criminal career from Lyuberetskaya crime group he led the most colourful and picturesque criminal career of modern times – involving money-laundering, trading in drugs, prostitution, smuggling uranium and stolen icons, and international banking fraud.

In the 1980′s Mogilevich allegedly bought up the properties of Russian Jews emigrating to Israel, promising to send on the funds. The money, however, was never sent. He lived and worked in Britain, the US and Canada. In the 1990′s he apparently transferred the base of his criminal operations to Hungary. Here, Mogilevich was allegedly involved in a network of prostitution and smuggling, living in a fortified villa outside Budapest.

His syndicate was also allegedly involved in trading art and antiques taken from museums and churches across the former Soviet bloc. He apparently even bought a factory producing anti-aircraft guns. Much of his money was allegedly laundered via London. In 1995 the British authorities closed down his UK operation – describing him in one classified report as “one of the world’s top criminals”, with an estimated £50m fortune. Mogilevich’s most sophisticated alleged fraud took place in Russia in 1994 when he took control of Inkombank, one of Russia’s largest private banks. It collapsed in 1998 under suspicions of money-laundering. The FBI put him on its most-wanted list in 2003. The US charges stem from a 2003 indictment in Philadelphia in which he is accused of manipulating the stock of a Pennsylvania-based company, YBM Magnex Inc. Source(www.guardian.co.uk) .

Finally he was arrested, brought to trial & jailed in Moscow in January 2008.

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Al Capone American Don

Capone Chicago

Born on January 17, 1899 Al Capone was greatest and most notorious American mafia don.”Capones” dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor and other illegal activities, was the group he founded and led from the early 20′s to 1931. He was born to an ordinary family, his father was a barber in Italy and mother was a seamstress.

At the age of 14 he dropped out of school and started working at a candy store.Capone was influenced by gangster Johnny Torriom, whom he came to regard as a mentor. Capone started his criminal career with smaller gangs like “The Junior Forty Theives” , “Brooklyn Rippers” and then joined the notorious “Five Points Gang”.

He was nicknamed “Scarface” and “Snorky” by his close friends. Capone’s way to criminal glory started when Torrio his Five Points Gang mentor got seriously injured in an assassination attempt by a rival gang. Shaken by the incident Torrio turned over his business to Capone. Under Capone the gang made a lot of money ,estimated $100 million per year through all the illegal activities including gambling and prostitution and illegal liquor sales.With this money Capone’s grip on the political and law-enforcement establishments in Chicago grew stronger. He soon established a headquarters at Chicago’s Lexington Hotel. This was soon nicknamed “Capone’s Castle”.

In short Capone was the most powerful Mafia don having penetrated government circles including judges, police officers and varoius individuals in other law enforcement agencies.His reign was to end & he was sentenced to federal prison, including a stay at the infamous Alcatraz federal prison, for tax evasion. After his release in 1939 he suffered cardiac problems and died in 1947 from heart failure.

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The ‘Butcher of Brooklyn’ who has been charged with the killing and dismembering of Leiby Kletzky, 8, says it ‘hurts too much’ to think about the slaughter.

Levi Aron, who has been found fit to stand trial on murder charges referred to the death of the Brooklyn schoolboy as ‘the incident’.

In his first media interview, the 35-year-old told the Daily News: ‘I don’t know what happened, I just panicked.’

Leiby Kletzky, 8,
Levi Aron is arraigned in Brooklyn ol)

Levi Aron, 35, was charged with killing and dismembering Leiby Kletzky, 8. A leaked court-ordered psychiatric evaluation claims Aron suffers from a host of personality issues

When asked if he wanted to apologise, Aron looked away and remained silent. Moments later he nodded his head, but did not say he was sorry.

During the hour-long interview at Rikers Island infirmary, where Aron is being held on 24-hour suicide watch, he never once referred to Leiby by name and repeatedly answered ‘I don’t know’ to questions about what he did – and why.

The interview comes as a leaked court-ordered psychiatric evaluation revealed Aron is confused and apathetic, a ‘practically blank’ personality whose younger sister died while institutionalized with schizophrenia.

Details in the report from a psychiatrist and psychologist at Kings County Hospital show the suspect is deeply troubled, and has given authorities conflicting accounts of his life and his mental and physical history.

A psychologist diagnosed him with an adjustment disorder and a personality disorder with schizoid features.

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by disintegration of thought processes and diminished emotional responsiveness.

A person is more likely to have it if a close family member, such as his sister who died, has it.

Aron is reportedly being kept on suicide watch and the psychiatric evaluation recommends he remain hospitalizedAron is reportedly being kept on suicide watch and the psychiatric evaluation recommends he remain hospitalized

‘His mood is neutral, practically blank,’ the psychologist wrote in the report.

‘The only time he seems to show any emotional response is when he is asked difficult questions about the reason for his incarceration.’

The evaluation offers little details on a possible motive.

Aron admitted knowing the charges against him are serious, and acknowledged that people are angry with him.

‘He states he did not wish the boy harm but that he “panicked”,’ the psychologist wrote.

Aron, 35, has pleaded not guilty to murder and kidnapping in the death of Leiby, who got lost walking home from a Brooklyn religious day camp on July 11.

The boy’s severed feet were found in Aron’s refrigerator, the rest of the body was discovered in pieces in a suitcase elsewhere in Brooklyn.

During the evaluation, Aron, dressed in regulation pajamas and ‘well-groomed,’ gave conflicting accounts of most details of his life, including how many siblings he has and whether he sought mental health care previously.

He said he suffered a head injury as a child, though it wasn’t clear exactly when.

‘Mr. Aron is unable (unwilling?) to state categorically whether or not he was in prior psychiatric treatment,’ the psychologist wrote.

Aron also was unclear about the voices he says he heard during and after the boy’s death. He said he doesn’t remember anything stressful happening when he began to hear the voice.

‘He admitted to us that he began to hear a voice talking to him approximately one year ago, but cannot make out what it says,’ according to the psychiatrist, who had recommended Aron remain at Bellevue Hospital.

A judge disagreed and Aron is now being held without bail at a medical wing at Riker’s Island in solitary confinement.

‘He says he was too embarrassed to mention it to anyone,’ the report said.

Aron told the psychologist the voice does not command him to do anything, but he told doctors after his arrest that the voice commanded him to hurt himself and others, according to the records.

The psychiatric evaluation was ordered specifically to determine whether Aron would be fit for trial. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office had no comment.

Aron’s lawyer, Pierre Bazile, said the records obtained were accurate.

‘The evaluators agreed with us that Mr. Aron suffers from some psychiatric disorders and right now we are investigating whether or not his disorders are sufficient to meet the not guilty by reason of mental disease or mental defect threshold,’ he said.

The records filled in a few blanks about Aron’s life, which was lived mostly alone except for a few impulsive decisions, such as moving to Memphis to get married to a woman he met online and had met in person only twice.

Police have been removing items from Levi Aron's home as they look into Leiby's death
Leiby's mother Esther joined family members for a walk to 'escort his soul to its final resting place'

Ordeal: Police have been removing item’s from Aron’s home as they look for evidence. Leiby’s mother Esther joined family members for a walk to ‘escort his soul to its final resting place’

They divorced after a few years. Aron was employed as a hardware clerk, and earlier as a supermarket worker and a caterer.

Aron spent much of his time online, and made a lot of audio and video recordings of himself doing karaoke.

He lived alone in a home owned by his father and step mother, his brother lived in a separate apartment. His mother died about seven years ago.

Both the psychiatrist and psychologist described Aron as reserved, apathetic, sad and cooperative.

‘He did report having nightmares since the incident which led to his arrest and having difficulty “realizing what happened”,’ the psychologist wrote.

Leiby, lost walking home from camp, met Aron on the street and asked for help, prosecutors said. It was the first time the little boy was allowed to walk alone, and he was supposed to travel about seven blocks to meet his mother but missed a turn.

The boy first asked for a ride to a bookstore. But ‘on the way, he changed his mind and wasn’t sure he wanted to go,’ Aron wrote in his confession, according court papers.

Aron decided to take the boy to a wedding upstate but the boy refused to come in, so Aron left him in the car with the windows down.

The incident raises questions about whether Leiby’s life could have been saved had he gone into the wedding and been noticed by other guests.

When they returned, they watched television before the boy fell asleep, police said. He remained there the next day while Aron went to work, authorities said.

By that time, the disappearance had sparked a major search effort in his insular community in Borough Park. The boy’s picture was plastered on light posts around the area. Aron panicked, according to court documents, and smothered the boy.

The detectives’ notes also outline alleged statement by Aron about how he carved up the body with knives and disposed of body parts, including the severed feet found wrapped in plastic his freezer.

A cutting board and three bloody carving knives were found in the refrigerator.

The medical examiner’s office said the boy was given a cocktail of prescription drugs. But Aron’s confession didn’t mention that, and he denied ever tying up the boy, though marks were found on his body.

A pretrial hearing is set for October 14

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Former Kings Cross underworld figure and convicted drug dealer Bill Bayeh is to be released on parole.


The NSW State Parole Authority today ruled the 55-year-old, who was jailed for cocaine and heroin trafficking, be released on parole next month.

Bayeh was in custody from 1996, but was sentenced in 1999. He was given 15 years in prison, backdated to 1996.

He will be eligible for release on July 17, the day his minimum sentence ends.

At a parole board hearing at Parramatta today, Judge Terence Christie said the authority had taken into account submissions by counsel for the police commissioner, who opposed parole on the grounds the release was not in the public interest.

But Judge Terence Christie said Bayeh had served a lengthy prison sentence compared to other sentences for crimes of a similar nature.

Bayeh, who appeared via videolink from Cooma Correctional Centre said, “thank you sir, God bless you”, when the decision was announced.

Judge Christie imposed several parole conditions on Bayeh, who he said would be closely supervised by Corrective Services NSW after his release.

A key condition is that he must not enter the Kings Cross area or gamble.

The authority also ordered Bayeh to undertake regular drug and alcohol testing and to undergo psychological assessment and testing at the direction of his parole officer.

Bayeh was arrested during the 1996 Wood Royal Commission into police corruption and pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply commercial quantities of cocaine and heroin between December 1, 1995 and July 24, 1996.

The charges followed extensive police investigations, including video and audio surveillance, into the activities of Bayeh and others centred on the Cosmopolitan coffee lounge on Darlinghurst Road in Kings Cross.

Sydney solicitor Stephen Alexander, who represents Kings Cross nightclub entrepreneur John Ibrahim, declined to comment on Bayeh’s impending release.

‘‘I think it’s inappropriate to say anything at this stage,’’ he said.

Mr Ibrahim was a frequent visitor to the Cross during the 1980s, when Bayeh and his brother Louis Bayeh were operating various businesses.

At the parole hearing today, counsel for Corrective Services, opposed Bayeh’s parole on the grounds of public safety.

In giving the parole authority’s decision, Judge Christie noted both the Probation and Parole Service and the Serious Offenders Review Council (SORC) supported Bayeh’s release.

He also said it was clear from a number of the sentencing judge’s remarks in 1999 that the sentence was ‘‘intended to be more punitive than rehabilitative’’.

Judge Christie referred to a report by the SORC that found Bayeh had a strong support network in the community.

The parole authority had also been informed that Bayeh had been offered a job, he added.S

everal members of Bayeh’s family were at the hearing.

Speaking briefly outside court, his brother Said Bayeh said he was pleased with the result.

Bayeh would be working for a ‘‘fruit man’’, he said.

AAP and Paul Bibby

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