Two different continents shrouded in the same fear, only years apart.
There was the Golden State Killer in America’s California in the early 1980s. And, just years later, there was ‘Mr Cruel’ in Australia’s Victoria in the late 80’s and 90s.
Both states were terrorized by an evil, serial offender who liked to rape young women and girls before murdering them. And both offenders shared remarkable similarities in their style of attack, and their horrific penchant for violent, sexually-based crimes.
Neither man was ever caught and now people are wondering, could the cases be connected? According to an investigation by The Australian, the similarities between them are uncanny.
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On August 22, 1987, Mr Cruel – a name given to him by newspapers – removed a pane of glass from a lounge room window in a house in Melbourne’s Little Plenty around 4am.
Creeping into the master bedroom, he forced the parents of two children onto their stomachs and tied their hands and feet together, the ABC reports. He locked the adults into a wardrobe, tied their seven-year-old son to his bed, and raped their 11-year-old daughter. He left the house after chopping the phone lines.
His attacks escalated with each violation.
Just days after Christmas in 1988, the same offender broke into a Ringwood home, tied up the adults once more, and kidnapped 10-year-old Sharon Wills. He assaulted the girl and released her, dressed in rubbish bags, at a highschool 18 hours later.
He kept 13-year-old Nicola Lynas for 50 hours after abducting her from her home in Canterbury in July 1990. He was armed with a knife and gun. He taped over her eyes, and drove her to another home where he assaulted her.
Karmein Chan, 13, in Templestowe wasn’t released at all. Her body was found a year after she was abducted in 1991 – her younger sisters were tied up and shoved into a wardrobe during the kidnapping. She’d been shot three times in the head.
Mr Cruel, the ABC reports, is said to have raped up to 12 children in the decade between 1985 and 1985.