Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Azaria Chamberlain: A Cry In The Night Part 1 Of 3

On August 17, 1980, Lindy and Michael Chamberlain took their infant daughter, Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain, only 10 weeks old, camping at Ayers Rock. During the night the child disappeared; her body was never found. The Chamberlains believed that a wild dingo had taken their baby, but police would not accept their story, and had them arrested. It would take more than three decades for the truth to completely emerge.

Southern Australia Man Drove Someone Else’s Car Home — Oops

A man on the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia in the small town Stansbury, population 543, reported his car stolen after he left it on July 18, 2013, parked outside a shop, with doors unlocked, keys in the ignition and the engine running.

Today in Crime History: Australia’s Dr. Death Jayant Patel Sentenced

On June 29, 2010, Jayant Patel, implicated in as many as 17 patient deaths, was found guilty in four and sentenced to a mere 7 years in prison.

Australian Man Sentenced for Stomping Girlfriend to Death

Sean Lee King, 27, of Sydney, Australia, was convicted on drug and firearms offenses in April 2011, but immediately granted parole for time served while he awaited trial on separate assault charges. During that time he brutally beat his girlfriend Jazmin-Jean Ajbschitz, 18, to death in her apartment.

Man’s ‘Ghost Cam’ Revealed Girlfriend was Sexing up his Son, 16

An amateur ghost chaser in Tasmania, Australia, decided to set up a video camera in his kitchen to catch evidence of ghosts on film. Thanks to his live-in girlfriend and baby momma, 28, whose name is being withheld, he will never know if his house is haunted.

Serial Killer Won’t Stop Cross-Dressing Despite Prison Orders

The family of 17-year-old murder victim Natalie Russell are outraged that her killer continues to dress as a woman in prison. Paul Denyer, who now goes by Paula, is serving three consecutive life sentences in Australian prison for the murders of three young women.

Australia’s ‘Dr. Death’ Out on Bail

Dr. Jayant Patel’s medical competence has been a subject of debate both in the U.S. and Australia for the last 25 years. Convicted in 2010 on three counts of manslaughter for three patient deaths, Patel surprised the world by winning a retrial and being exonerated on one of the manslaughter charges.

Could a Serial Killer’s Great-Nephew be Responsible for Unsolved Murder?

Police in Australia have not ruled out the possibility that an unidentified woman nicknamed “Angel,” whose remains were found in Belanglo State Forest two years ago, was the victim of Matthew Milat. Milat, 17, is the great-nephew of Ivan Milat, a convicted serial killer who killed seven young hikers in Belanglo forest in the 1990s. The younger Milat is himself a convicted killer — earlier this year he was sentenced to 43 years for murdering his friend David Auchterlonie with an axe in the same forest.

Missing Child Matthew Allen Found in Bad Shape

Matthew Allen, 18, of Westleigh, Australia, who was reported missing by his mother on November 27, 2012, has been found. Lucky to be alive after two months of extreme heat in the bushland, the teen was emaciated, dehydrated, blinded, gangrenous, covered in leeches and would likely not have survived much longer.

Update: Serial Killer Peter Dupas’ Appeal Dismissed

The judges ruled on December 22, 2012, that the trial judge made no errors allowing witness testimony in the murder trial of Mersina Halvagis. The Halvagis family breathed a sigh of relief as the decision was read.

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