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On 13 December 1994 Fred West was charged with 12 murders; his wife, Rose West, would later be found guilty of 10 murders and sentenced to 10 life sentences. The Wests lived at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, which had literally, over a period of many years, become a house of horrors. Fred’s murderous tendencies pre-dated even meeting Rose. The Wests lived a bizarre life of extreme sex, prostitution, rape, imprisonment and murder. Their cellar was a torture chamber, where Rose would entertain clients and Fred would murder women. A succession of young women and unfortunate family members were raped, strangled, suffocated and then buried within the grounds of the house; several unwanted children were also dispatched. It was only the tenacity of Detective Constable Hazel Savage, who was investigating the rape of a young girl, that linked the Wests with a series of disappearances. When the police finally searched the house, on 24 February 1994, no fewer than nine different sets of bones were found in the cellar alone. The forensic evidence was overwhelming and, rather than face trial, Fred West committed suicide at Winston Green Prison, Birmingham on New Year’s Day 1995.
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Category: Serial killing
Location: Houston, Texas
Date: 1970 - 1973
Crime: Nicknamed ‘The Candy Man’ in the media after being accused of killing 27 young boys between the ages of 13 to 20, was eventually shot and killed by one of his two teenage accomplices. Most of the victims were either shot or strangled and in their confessions, the accomplices claimed that there are many more victims yet to be found.
Biography: Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dean Corll ended up moving to Texas with his mother after his parents marriage broke up. In the 1950’s, his mother opened up a small candy company which had young Corll working day and night while still attending school. At age nineteen, his mother moved them to Houston where he was eventually named Vice President of the company.
Corll was drafted in 1964, but received a discharge after only 10 months and returned to run his mothers candy business. Rumors soon started to swirl around him because he spent so much time in the company of young boys. It was at this time, that Corll began using two teenage boys as his accomplices. He would pay them up to $200 to ‘recruit’ victims for Corll to rape and murder. One night, after one of his accomplices brought a victim to the house accompanied by a young female companion, Corll tried to force the accomplice to murder the girl. A fight ensued and Corll was shot dead.
Patrick Henry Sherrill
Category: Spree Killing
Location: Edmond, Oklahoma
Date: August 20, 1986
Crime: After being reprimanded the previous day by two supervisors, walked into the U.S. Post Office where he worked armed with two .45 caliber handguns and opened fire. Before turning the guns on himself, he killed fourteen Postal Service employees and wounded six others. This killing event inspired the popular phrase ‘going postal’.
Biography: Patrick Henry Sherrill was a 44-year old, ex-Marine sharpshooter who was described as being very quiet, and very much a loner. He lived with his mother, until her death in 1978 and up until the killings, still lived in that same house. Never married and with no known friends, Sherrill had difficulty keeping jobs and was tagged with the nickname, ‘Crazy Pat’ by neighborhood kids. His neighbors hated him and accused him of being a Peeping Tom. He spent sixteen months, prior to the event, working as a temporary letter carrier. He was constantly being reprimanded for mis-delivering mail and taking too long to complete his route. The day before the killings, he asked a fellow worker if she was scheduled to work the next day. When she replied in the affirmative, Sherrill told her, ‘You should probably call in sick’. At 7 a.m. the following day, he walked into the post office, wearing his blue uniform and carrying his weapons in his postal bag. Without uttering a word, he commenced the assault, first killing one of the supervisors who reprimanded him, then, began chasing the fleeing workers around and shooting them in the back and head. After 20 minutes, with police surrounding the building, he pumped a shot into his own head and died.
Category: Serial killing
Date: 1992 - 1999
Crime: Once described as Australia’s worst serial killer, he is serving life in prison for his role in coordinating the murders of eleven people.
Biography: Little information is available about the back-story of John Justin Bunting, born in September 1966 in Adelaide, South Australia. However, after his arrest for the murders of eleven, it is known that Bunting is a master manipulator and hater of pedophiles and homosexuals. Under his direction, his small group of accomplices terrorized anyone they suspected of being a homosexual. They also engaged in criminally seizing welfare payments from the weak and elderly, over a period of seven years. Bunting first murdered in August 1992, when he invited a man into his home and began accusing him of being a pedophile. He bashed in the man’s skull with a shovel and buried him in a shallow grave in his backyard. Then in 1995, Bunting and an accomplice murdered a mentally disabled man who was accused of pedophilia by a local woman saying he made sexual advances toward her grandchildren. The man was never reported missing, and Bunting began claiming the man’s welfare payments. This routine was repeated over the next several years with many of the victims. Police finally connected the murders to Bunting after a year long missing persons investigation led them to an abandoned bank in Snowtown, Australia. Inside they found six vats of acid which contained human remains. They soon searched former properties rented by Bunting and discovered the remains of several more victims. During the trial, Bunting’s accomplices said that they had recently begun to experiment with cannibalism before disposing of the bodies. After an 11 month trial, Bunting was convicted of eleven counts of murder and sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences with no opportunity for parole.