David Smith had witnessed a murder. He told police how his sister in law, Myra Hindley, had invited him in the night before to watch while her boyfriend, Ian Brady, was openly murdering a man in the living room. After the murder the couple laughed about the look on the victim’s face, and chit-chatted over tea with Smith about other murders they had committed.
November 2000 saw the beginning of the trial for the largest serial killing case in Australian history. The victims, who were found dismembered in barrels of acid, were being killed for their “crimes,” alleged pedophiles, drug abusers, homosexuals, or for simple obesity. Evidence showed that they had been extensively tortured with everyday tools such as pincers, pliers and clamps, combined with genital electrocution.
On August 22, 1949, Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, the Lonely Hearts Killers, convicted in three murders, but suspected in as many as 20, were sentenced to death. The Lonely Hearts Murders, which seductively entwined voodoo magic, kinky sex and personal ads, became one of the most sensational cases of the 1940s, and the inspiration for several Hollywood movies.
On August 13, 1980, Bundy was arraigned for the murder of John Murray, and ordered held without bail. Bundy had shared her lover Doug Clark’s warped fantasies of torture, captivity, murder and necrophilia, but eventually reported him to police after he killed her stepsisters.
On Wednesday, May 21, 1924, fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks disappeared while walking home from school. His abduction and murder at the hands of two wealthy and intelligent teenagers became one of the talked-about crimes of the 20th century.