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Former Bosnian Croat general shocks UN tribunal seconds after his sentence is upheld

A former Bosnian Croat general has died after drinking a phial of poison at a UN tribunal in The Hague. Seconds after his sentence of 20 years was upheld at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, former commander Slobodan Praljak shouted angrily: “Praljak is not a criminal. I reject your verdict.” The 72-year-old then raised a small brown bottle to his lips, and drank it in full view of the cameras filming the hearing. “I just drank poison,” he said. “I am not a war criminal. I oppose this conviction.” The Croatian prime minister, Andrej Plenković, said: “His act, which we regrettably saw today, mostly speaks about a deep moral injustice towards six Croats from Bosnia and the Croatian people … We voice dissatisfaction and regret about the verdict.”

Dutch police have turned the courtroom into a crime scene while they investigate the death, who supplied him with the poison and how he could have smuggled the bottle into court. The unprecedented scenes came as judges were handing down judgment in the appeals case of six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders. They are the court’s final verdict on war crimes committed during the bloody 1990s break-up of Yugoslavia. Praljak was charged with ordering the destruction of Mostar’s 16th-century bridge in November 1993, which judges in the first trial had said “caused disproportionate damage to the Muslim civilian population”. Praljak had already completed a significant proportion of his sentence and before the Bosnian conflict had been a writer and film director.

Michelle Carter arrives at court in Taunton, MA on June 16, 2017 to hear the verdict in her trial.MURDER BY TEXT CASE.

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A Massachusetts judge has found 20-year-old Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 suicide of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, who Carter repeatedly encouraged to commit suicide via text message. The American Civil Liberties Union has condemned the ruling, arguing it “imperils free speech” and could set a new precedent that chills people’s First Amendment rights when communicating via tech tools like text and social media.

But legal experts say Carter’s crime isn’t altogether new, and that it has little to do with texts. It’s based on a long history of legal precedent laying out when speech can be considered a crime and what role the law believes one individual can play in causing another’s suicide. Given that history, the fact that Carter’s communication with her boyfriend happened to play out over hundreds of text messages is almost irrelevant, and shouldn’t have much bearing on what people can and can’t say via smartphone.

“This story is news because it involves technology, but people have been using words to commit crimes as long as there have been crimes,” says Neil Richards, a professor at Washington University Law School, who specializes in speech and constitutional law. “People commit crimes with words, and now people use tech to communicate words, so now people are using tech to commit crimes with words.”

Joseph Cataldo, an attorney for Carter, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Carter’s messages are protected speech. “These text messages Michelle Carter sent to Conrad Roy are speech. There’s no action,” Cataldo said. “He took his own life. He took all the actions necessary to cause his own death.”

And yet, according to Danielle Citron, author of the book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, there are 21 crimes that have to do explicitly with speech—things like threats, extortion, aiding and abetting, and conspiracy. None of these types of speech are protected by the First Amendment. “If the First Amendment’s a house, where inside speech is protected, threats can’t walk in the door. Neither can extortion. Neither can solicitation of a crime,” Citron says. In other words, not all speech is covered by the First Amendment’s proverbial roof.

The details of Carter’s case, of course, have as much to do with criminal law as they do First Amendment law. On July 12, 2014, Roy affixed a water pump to his truck in a Kmart parking lot in an attempt to poison himself with carbon monoxide. He and Carter had already exchanged hundreds of texts in which she aggressively encouraged him to kill himself and even suggested the means by which he should do it. But those texts alone aren’t what landed Carter a guilty verdict. Instead, the prosecution argued that when Roy began to feel the effects of the carbon monoxide poisoning and stepped out of his car, Carter was the one who instructed him, via phone call, to “get back in.” And that, Judge Lawrence Moniz said in his decision Friday, was the moment Carter assumed responsibility for Roy’s life and engaged in “wanton and reckless behavior,” knowing it could cause Roy “substantial harm.”

“He breaks that chain of self-causation by exiting the vehicle,” Judge Moniz said. “He takes himself out of that toxic environment that it has become.”

The concept of the causal chain in suicide cases is one that courts have grappled with for decades, says David Gray, who teaches criminal law at University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law. The most famous defendant in such a case was, perhaps, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who was tried for murder for allowing terminally ill patients to use his “suicide machine” to kill themselves. Kevorkian was ultimately acquitted because the judge ruled that, although Kevorkian provided his patients with the means to kill themselves, he didn’t actively participate in the “final overt act that causes death.”

“Kevorkian gave them the tools. He may well have wanted it, and believed it was the best thing for them,” says Gray. “But ultimately, they made the final choice. That act broke the causal chain.”

It wasn’t until Kevorkian was actually filmed injecting a patient that he was finally found guilty and sentenced to jail time. At face value, that looks like an argument in Carter’s favor. She was, after all, miles from the scene of Roy’s death when it happened. But Gray says that there are exceptions when the court decides that the person who commits suicide is compromised and not acting as “a free-willed agent.”

“That’s where this case seems to lie,” Gray says. “This young man was very troubled, very vulnerable, and the defendant exploited that vulnerability, expanded that vulnerability, and substituted her agency for his agency by constantly encouraging him to commit suicide.”

Carter also texted a friend following the suicide, saying, “I helped ease him into it and told him it was okay, I was talking to him on the phone when he did it … I could have easily stopped him or called the police but I didn’t.” That, Gray says, establishes “consciousness of guilt.”

“She knew he wasn’t in a position to make free choices for himself,” Gray explains.

But while the case may not set new precedents around digital speech, the fact that it was brought as an involuntary manslaughter case is noteworthy, says Richards. In the past, courts have often tried to apply tech-specific law to such cases. In 2006, for instance, a woman named Lori Drew created a fake Myspace account to communicate with a teenage girl named Megan Meier, who Drew believed was spreading rumors about her daughter online. Drew posed as a 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans and used it to encourage Meier to kill herself, which she eventually did. But instead of being charged with involuntary manslaughter, Drew was charged with (and later acquitted of) violating Myspace’s terms of service, in violation of the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

“The knee-jerk reaction has always been: Something bad is happening using technology. We ought to pass a law about that use of technology,” Richards says. But the Carter case suggests that courts are beginning to look past the use of technology and see the crime for what it is.

And that means those digital crimes come with severe real life consequences. Carter, who will be sentenced on August 3, faces up to 20 years in prison.

Live Ansbach bombing: attacker was rejected Syrian asylum seeker, say officials – latest

A 27-year-old man who had been denied asylum dies after explosion in southern German town

policeman stands near the scene after a man was killed and 11 others were injured in an explosion in Franconia Ansbach image

A policeman stands near the scene after a man was killed and 11 others were injured in an explosion in Franconia Ansbach. Photograph: Daniel Karmann/EPA

A Syrian man killed himself and injured 12 people after a “deliberate explosion” outside a music festival in the German town of Ansbach.

Authorities said the 27-year-old had been denied asylum a year ago and had a history of making attempts on his own life.

It is believed a device he was carrying exploded although it is not clear whether it was a suicide bombing or whether the man intended to plant it and harm others.

At a media conference in the early hours of Monda,y the Bavarian interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, said the man had attempted to gain entrance to the Ansbach open music festival.

More than 2,000 people had been in the crowd in the small town of 40,000 people south-west of Nuremberg that is also home to a US army base.

Herrmann said the man was carrying a backpack at the time of the blast, at about 10pm on Sunday, but was turned away at the entrance to the festival, where the performers were to have included Ian Anderson, frontman of defunct prog-rock band Jethro Tull.

The backpack contained metal items used in “wood manufacturing” and could have killed many more people, he said.

Hermann did not specify whether these items were nails or screws but he said that because of the contents a terrorist motivation for the incident could not be ruled out.

However, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Ansbach said the attacker’s motive was unclear. “If there is an Islamist link or not is purely speculation at this point,” said the spokesman, Michael Schrotberger.

Hermann said the man’s request for asylum was rejected a year ago, but he was allowed to remain in Germany on account of the situation in Syria. “It’s terrible … that someone who came into our country to seek shelter has now committed such a heinous act and injured a large number of people who are at home here, some seriously,” he said.

“It’s a further, horrific attack that will increase the already growing security concerns of our citizens. We must do everything possible to prevent the spread of such violence in our country by people who came here to ask for asylum.”

Herrmann added it was unclear if the man had planned to kill only himself or “take others with him into death”.

At least 12 people are reported to have been injured in the blast – three are believed to be in a serious condition.

Emergency workers and vehicles in Ansbach town centre after the explosion image

Emergency workers and vehicles in Ansbach town centre after the explosion.
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Shortly after the explosion, the mayor of Ansbach said the blast had been caused deliberately.

A police spokesman said: “An explosion went off in the city centre and a man, which the latest inquiries show caused it, was killed in the event.” After the explosion the area was evacuated and the music festival cancelled.

Thomas Debinski, who was interviewed by Sky News, described a “disturbing” scene as people in the small city realised a violent act had taken place.

“People were definitely panicking, the rumour we were hearing immediately was that there had been a gas explosion,” he said. “But then people came past and said it was a rucksack that had exploded. Someone blew themselves up. After what just happened in Munich it’s very disturbing to think what can happen so close to you in such a small town.”

Police sealed off the town centre and emergency services attended the scene. Bomb experts were sent to determine the cause of the explosion.

policeman stands near the scene after a man was killed and 11 others were injured in an explosion in Franconia Ansbach photo image

The explosion, which followed the killing on Friday of nine people by an 18-year-old gunman in Munich, occurred at a wine bar called Eugene’s, the Nürnberger Nachrichten newspaper reported.

Police had said earlier the explosion might have been caused by a gas leak. But a spokesman for the Bavarian interior ministry later said the blast was not an accident and appeared to have been intentional. “The explosion was set off deliberately,” said Michael Siefener, a spokesman for the regional interior ministry.

Germany, and Bavaria in particular, has been on edge after a deadly rampage at a Munich shopping mall on Friday in which nine people were killed, and an axe attack on a train near Würzburg last Monday in which five people were wounded.

Both came shortly after a Tunisian man in a truck killed 84 people when he ploughed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, on the French Riviera.

Bavarian public broadcaster Bayerische Rundfunk reported that about 200 police officers and 350 rescue personnel were brought in following the explosion in Ansbach.

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Lake Traunsee in front of Traunstein mountain in Gmunden, Austria image

Lake Traunsee in front of Traunstein mountain in Gmunden, Austria. Photo: AP

A man strangled and dismembered his wife, entombed her head in concrete and then used the concrete block as a weight to drown himself in a lake, Austrian authorities say.

Police official Gottfried Mitterlehner said on Tuesday the couple were a 72-year-old man and his 71-year-old wife from Germany but did not identify them further.

Officials told reporters the head was found in a block of concrete in a bag attached to the man’s hand.

The man, whose body showed no signs of a struggle, was also weighed down with rocks and personal belongings.

“This makes us primarily think of an ‘extended suicide’,” Birgit Ahamer, a prosecutor for the nearby town of Wels, told a news conference.

The corpse and the bag were recovered by police divers from the waters of Traunsee in central Austria on Monday.

A day earlier, two suitcases containing the woman’s remains were found floating close to the lake’s shore near the town of Gmunden, about 80 kilometres east of Salzburg.

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

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

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

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

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

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Mayang Prasetyo

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Marcus Peter Volke, 28

INSIDE THE BUILDING: The scene of a suburban horror story

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mayang Prasetyo.

Mayang Prasetyo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He answered before fleeing through a window.

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

Police at the Dath St crime scene on Saturday night.image

Police at the Dath St crime scene on Saturday night.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



A court was told how a woman was repeatedly stabbed by her ex in a joint suicide claim

A woman has told a court how her ex-boyfriend, a former contestant on Australian Survivor, tried to kill her and himself, telling her he “wanted to die together so we could be together for eternity”.

Samantha Holland jumped off the balcony of the third floor apartment she shared with Joel Betts in a desperate attempt to save her life after he stabbed her repeatedly in the back and neck on April 17, 2010.

Betts, 32, a socialite, who became a Foxtel presenter after appearing on Channel Nine’s Australian Survivor, pleaded guilty in February to wounding with intent to murder Ms Holland

Broadcaster Alan Jones will support the accused whilst he is in jail awaiting sentence

During a sentencing hearing at the Sydney District Court on Friday, Ms Holland was shaking but composed as she described how Betts tried to stop her from leaving their Chippendale unit.

“I’m still haunted by the look in his eyes as he towered over me and stabbed me in the neck,” she said.

Betts told the court he endured a traumatic childhood at the hands of his violent stepfather and was in financial difficulty in the lead-up to the attack.

He and Ms Holland, then 23, had broken up, and she had gone to the apartment to collect her belongings when he confronted her, asking her to stay.

When she refused, he stabbed her up to eight times before turning the knife on himself, inflicting serious wounds to his stomach. He then stabbed her a further 20 times.

Betts said during the 1½-hour attack, Ms Holland agreed with him that they should die together, but he now realised she said it only in an attempt to escape.

He said a note found in the apartment that read, “you know that I love you but I hate you because I know I can never replace you”, was in fact lyrics from a Bon Jovi song he was learning on the guitar a week earlier, and not an indication that the attack was premeditated.

“It was very spontaneous,” he said of picking up the knife and stabbing her.

However, he said he pleaded guilty as he accepted that for a “fleeting moment” he intended to murder her.

Her clothing soaked in blood, she fled to the third-floor balcony, slipping and falling on to the balcony of the unit below before finally escaping to safety.

Broadcaster Alan Jones said he had known Betts for 10 years and had met Betts in the week of the attack to give advice on a business he was developing that linked charities and the corporate sector.

Jones said he would continue to support Betts while he was in jail.

“I have seen these things in Shakespearean plays. It just happens. I know he is unbelievably emotional and regretful when he talks about it.”

Betts will be sentenced at a later date.


Nicknamed “The Vampire of Sacramento,” Richard Trenton Chase was most famous for drinking the blood of his victims and eating parts of their bodies. He killed six people over the course of one month in northern California in 1977. Chase spent time in a mental hospital after being caught capturing small animals and devouring them raw, sometimes blending the corpses with Coca Cola in a blender to make a milkshake. After being treated with anti-psychotic medications he was released, and that’s when he started killing humans.

Chase murdered six people, including two children, and engaged in sex with their bodies after he murdered them. He would also drink and bathe in their blood and eat their internal organs. Chase was finally caught in 1979 after murdering an entire family. His defense tried to get him a lesser charge due to his history of insanity, but a jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to death by the gas chamber. Chase then killed himself in jail in 1980 by saving up his prescription antidepressent medicine and taking a lethal overdose in his cell.


Being  uncommon, faking one’s death is not new to the world. We’ve seen it in the play  Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, on TV with shows like 24 and in the news This short list looks at ten men who committed pseudocide, pulled a Reggie Perrin, or, in other words, faked their death for one reason or another. This list is in no particular order.


John Darwin


John and Anne Darwin, a couple who lived beyond their means, had acquired debt of tens of thousands of pounds. They decided to escape their debt by faking John’s death and collecting the insurance money. On March 12, 2002, John left in his canoe and disappeared. A large search ensued and, on March 22, 2002, John’s wrecked canoe was found. In February, 2003, he was declared legally dead, allowing his wife to cash in on the insurance policy and pay off their debt. This left enough money to start a new life that, eventually, took them to Panama.

On December 1, 2007, John turned himself in to the police, claiming to have no memory of what happened and believing he was a missing person. The police had started looking into his disappearance three months before he turned himself in, and the ruse was uncovered when it was proven he had been with Anne the whole time.


Ken Kesey


Ken Kesey was an American author best known for his book, “One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” He joined the CIA’s experimental program on the effects of LSD. After publishing his book, he continued using drugs, eventually getting involved with Timothy Leary. In 1965, Ken was arrested for possession of marijuana. This led to the idea of escaping jail time by faking his death.

Ken, with the help of his merry pranksters left his truck on a cliff near Eureka with an elaborate suicide note. His friends then smuggled him to Mexico where he remained for eight months. On his return to the United States, he was arrested and sent to jail for five months.


Lord Timothy Dexter


Timothy Dexter was a self-proclaimed Lord, born in Massachusetts in 1748. He was a prime example of a self-made man, having little to no education and accomplishing so much. He became an author, publishing his book with no punctuation and horrible spelling. Originally, he had to give it away, but it immediately became popular and went to the eighth edition printing. His second book included an extra thirteen pages of punctuation, with a note saying, “place it as you please.”

Timothy decided he wanted to know what people would say about him if he were dead, so he faked his own death and made plans for a funeral. Three thousand people attended the wake and, because his own wife didn’t cry for him, he decided not to reveal himself. Later, he caned his wife for not showing sympathy and crying. He officially died on October 26, 1806.


Bennie Wint


Bennie Wint led a troubled life, deeply into drugs and involved with a South Carolina drug ring. He decided he needed to start a new and better life. He felt the only way he could do this was if everyone thought he was dead. While on vacation with his fiancée, in September, 1989, he swam out past the breakers at Daytona Beach and disappeared.

He left behind his fiancée and a four-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.  Bennie made a new life in North Carolina, under the name of Bill Sweet. He acquired a common-law wife and had a son. Neither knew anything about his identity until he was stopped for a traffic violation, in January, 2009. His fingerprints came back as belonging to a dead man, so he came clean and told his story.


John Stonehouse


John Stonehouse was a British politician who got in over his head during his business affairs. He started cooking the books and got wind that the Department of Trade and Industry was looking into his affairs. He started moving money and set up a new identity as Joseph Markham. On November 20, 1974, he faked his own suicide by leaving a pile of clothes on a beach, making it appear that he drowned. He was, instead, on his way to Australia to make a new life with his mistress.

John was caught in Australia by an astute banker who caught on to the fact that he was moving money under more than one name. Police first thought he was the fugitive, Lord Lucan, who, two weeks before Stonehouse, was believed to have faked his own death as well. John was identified by a photo of himself on a list of the recently deceased and was arrested on December 24, 1974.

Alexander “Ace” Baker


Ace Baker is an American composer and keyboardist. He played with the Supremes, Iron Butterfly and Reo Speedwagon. Ace is also a 9/11 conspiracy theorist. His theory is based on the Hutchison effect, and claims that the planes in the video were faked.  Ace was doing a radio program, The Real Deal, with host Jim Feltzer, with other members of the 9/11 truth movement when Ace felt that he was receiving unfair treatment. He then made references to his deceased parents and asked for forgiveness from his wife and children. Shortly after, he left the phone line and gun shots were heard. Ace later called it performance art.


Friedrich Gulda


Friedrich Gulda was an Austrian pianist in both classical and jazz fields. Gulda is most famous for his Beethoven interpretations, though Mozart was his idol. Gulda had a strong dislike of authorities, and declined the honor of receiving the Beethoven Ring for his performance.

Gulda is perceived as one of the twentieth century’s outstanding pianists. His unorthodox styles of mixing jazz and classical earned him the nickname of “terrorist pianist”. Cementing his nickname, Gulda faked his death in 1999, and reigned as enfant terrible among pianists. Gulda also expressed a wish to die on his hero, Mozart’s, birthday. On January 27, 2000, he did just that


Philip Sessarago


Philip Sessarago was a military man in The Royal Artillery with aspirations of joining the SAS. He failed to be accepted twice by the SAS. He saw himself as a James Bond type and was disappointed not to be a part of the SAS. In 1993, he faked his death by claiming to detonate a landmine in Bosnia. He changed his name to Tom Carew and a penned the book, Jihad!

The book was on its way to being a best seller after being serialized in the New York Times. Jihad! was released in paperback the day before the 9/11 attacks. The book’s timing was perfect as he claimed to be an expert on the tactics used by the terrorists, which led to many interviews. In a 2001 interview his deception came to light when he was recognized by his children.


Arthur Bennett


Arthur Bennett was a Marine Staff Sergeant. He was accused of sexual assault charges in 1994, and allowed to go free. On February 3, 1994, the trailer he was living in was found burned to the ground with a badly charred body inside. The body was believed to be Arthur’s and was cremated and buried with full military honors.

Arthur assumed the name of Joe Benson and, with the help of his family, moved to Hurricane, Utah. To cover his identity he dyed his hair red and wore blue contacts over his brown eyes. Arthur was found out when he was accused of molesting his daughters and a neighborhood child. Fingerprints proved he was really Arthur Bennett. He was arrested October 31, 1997, and pled guilty in 1998. He still had a court martial to deal with when he hung himself in his cell, on July 12, 1999.  The body found in his trailer has never been identified, and there is no way to identify it as it was cremated.


Jenaro Jimenez Hernandez


Jenaro Hernandez went out spear fishing early on April 13, 2008. When he didn’t return home, his wife reported him missing. The Civil Guard found his car and belongings, but his scuba gear and fishing stuff was missing. The only thing they found was his flipper.  Jenaro was heavily in debt, which led police to suspect he had faked his death. The family didn’t believe he would do that, as he had a young child at home and another that was due soon. He was found in South America and was extradited back to Spain and arrested.


Lord Lucan


Richard Bingham, the seventh Earl of Lucan, on the night of November 7, 1974, killed the family nanny, Sandra Rivett, and tried to kill his wife. She fled for safety and Lord Lucan fled to several friends before arriving at a friend’s house, 42 miles away. Friends and relatives believed he was innocent and jumped to help him, while police were being slow on the uptake. The car he was driving was found on the coast of Newhaven and there was no sign of Lord Lucan. Some friends believe he committed suicide due to his grief over murdering the nanny, by mistake, instead of his wife. Others believe he disappeared and is innocent and alive to this day. Sightings have been reported in South Africa and New Zealand.






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.

Harold Shipman of the United Kingdom (between 215 and 457)

Doctor Death

Harold Shipman is also known as Dr Death. He remains one of the most popular serial killers of all time. He was arrested & charged in 1998 and convicted for killing  of 15 patients in 2000. Hundreds more persons were said to have been assisted to die by Dr Death. He hanged himself in his prison cell in the year 2004.

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