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20050910: Crucial leads die with evil serial killer Sydney Serial Killer News

POLICE have all but lost hope that five long-ago murders will be solved, after so-called Granny Killer John Wayne Glover killed himself in jail yesterday.

While police strongly suspect Glover killed five other women on top of the six murders on Sydney's North Shore for which he was convicted, Glover always denied it.

It appears that no suicide note, or confession, was found with Glover's body when prison officers found him hanged in his jail cell at Lithgow yesterday.

Glover was almost charged with three more NSW murders, but for lack of enough evidence to connect him to the crimes.

Two were on the NSW Central Coast and the third in Sydney.

Wanda Amundsen was found dead at Umina and Josephine McDonnell at Ettalong in 1984. The third was the murder of socialite Florence Broadhurst at Paddington in 1977.

Glover was also a suspect in two murders in Victoria those of Irene Kiddle in 1963 at St Kilda and Christina Yankos in 1968 in Melbourne.

His body was found in his cell at 1.25pm, hanging from a shower curtain.

Glover, 72, was last seen alive by prison officers at midday, when he was given his meal.

He was never to be released from prison, having been sentenced in 1991 to serve six life sentences.

His sadistic murders of six elderly women on Sydney's North Shore in 1989 and 1990 made him one of Australia's most notorious serial killers.

Glover was put on suicide watch in May and had recently suffered ill health, losing 60kg half his body weight.

He is reported to have undergone surgery for cancer last year.

Dennis "Miles" O'Toole, the former police detective who arrested Glover, had been visiting Glover regularly, hoping he would confess to five unsolved murders.

While Mr O'Toole did not wish to discuss the individual cases, he told yesterday how Glover was in "very good spirits" during his last visit two months ago.

He said in that visit Glover refused to look him in the eye and deny outright that he had committed the unsolved crimes.

Mr O'Toole said he told Glover that because he was so ill he should clear his conscience "before he meets his maker".

"He'd just look away and shrug his shoulders and change the subject," said Mr O'Toole.

He said Glover enjoyed playing mind games and was pleased when he saw Mr O'Toole's shock at his massive weight loss.

"He shaped up to me and danced around a bit," said Mr O'Toole.

Mr O'Toole said he felt for the families of the unsolved murder victims who would never now know if Glover was responsible.

"I think he may have taken this to his grave," he said.

 

20050909: Granny killer found dead in cell Queensland Serial Killer News

One of Sydney's most notorious serial killers  is believed to have hanged himself  in his maximum security prison cell today.

John Wayne Glover, 72 - known as the Granny Killer -  was found in his Lithgow jail cell and pronounced dead at 1.25pm (AEST), a NSW Corrective Services spokesman said.

He had been serving life without parole for the murder of six elderly women on Sydney's north shore between 1989 and 1990.

In May he collapsed in his cell and was  placed on suicide watch after telling prison officers: "I've had enough - I want to kill myself."

At that time he was assessed by a mental health review team and monitored by closed circuit television, receiving a complete medical check-up, having undergone two operations in previous years for cancer.

The former Mosman pie salesman, who was born in the Midlands of England in 1932, was caught after being found close to death in the bath of his sixth victim,  Joan Violet Sinclair, 60,  a friend of Glover's.

 His oldest victim was 93, although police believe he was responsible for four other murders.

Sentencing him to a true life sentence in 1991, Justice James Wood said: This is a case where the prisoner will never be released."

Corrective Services say a report will now be prepared for the coroner.

"We are confirming that he was found dead in his cell believed to have hung himself," the spokesman said.

During  the  trial, a detective told the court that after his arrest, Glover admitted: ``I can't help myself.''

Years after his conviction, in an interview with Lindsay Simpson and Sandra Harvey for their book, The Killer Next Door, Glover said: ``It never occurred to me to worry about who they were, or why I killed them ... if I saw their photos in the paper they meant nothing to me.''

``I wanted to stop killing, but couldn't, no matter what,'' Glover said.

``As the killing was over, I returned to a normal life and I didn't think about them,'' he said.

Other serial killers who have got true life sentences:

*  Ivan Milat serving life for killing seven backpackers between 1989-92..

* James Miller serving life for killing six young women abducted, raped, strangled and buried in bushland near Truro, SA in 1976-77.

 

20050910: Crucial leads die with evil serial killer Sydney Serial Killer News

POLICE have all but lost hope that five long-ago murders will be solved, after so-called Granny Killer John Wayne Glover killed himself in jail yesterday.

While police strongly suspect Glover killed five other women on top of the six murders on Sydney's North Shore for which he was convicted, Glover always denied it.

It appears that no suicide note, or confession, was found with Glover's body when prison officers found him hanged in his jail cell at Lithgow yesterday.

Glover was almost charged with three more NSW murders, but for lack of enough evidence to connect him to the crimes.

Two were on the NSW Central Coast and the third in Sydney.

Wanda Amundsen was found dead at Umina and Josephine McDonnell at Ettalong in 1984. The third was the murder of socialite Florence Broadhurst at Paddington in 1977.

Glover was also a suspect in two murders in Victoria those of Irene Kiddle in 1963 at St Kilda and Christina Yankos in 1968 in Melbourne.

His body was found in his cell at 1.25pm, hanging from a shower curtain.

Glover, 72, was last seen alive by prison officers at midday, when he was given his meal.

He was never to be released from prison, having been sentenced in 1991 to serve six life sentences.

His sadistic murders of six elderly women on Sydney's North Shore in 1989 and 1990 made him one of Australia's most notorious serial killers.

Glover was put on suicide watch in May and had recently suffered ill health, losing 60kg half his body weight.

He is reported to have undergone surgery for cancer last year.

Dennis "Miles" O'Toole, the former police detective who arrested Glover, had been visiting Glover regularly, hoping he would confess to five unsolved murders.

While Mr O'Toole did not wish to discuss the individual cases, he told yesterday how Glover was in "very good spirits" during his last visit two months ago.

He said in that visit Glover refused to look him in the eye and deny outright that he had committed the unsolved crimes.

Mr O'Toole said he told Glover that because he was so ill he should clear his conscience "before he meets his maker".

"He'd just look away and shrug his shoulders and change the subject," said Mr O'Toole.

He said Glover enjoyed playing mind games and was pleased when he saw Mr O'Toole's shock at his massive weight loss.

"He shaped up to me and danced around a bit," said Mr O'Toole.

Mr O'Toole said he felt for the families of the unsolved murder victims who would never now know if Glover was responsible.

"I think he may have taken this to his grave," he said.

 

20050909: Granny killer found dead in cell Queensland Serial Killer News

One of Sydney's most notorious serial killers  is believed to have hanged himself  in his maximum security prison cell today.

John Wayne Glover, 72 - known as the Granny Killer -  was found in his Lithgow jail cell and pronounced dead at 1.25pm (AEST), a NSW Corrective Services spokesman said.

He had been serving life without parole for the murder of six elderly women on Sydney's north shore between 1989 and 1990.

In May he collapsed in his cell and was  placed on suicide watch after telling prison officers: "I've had enough - I want to kill myself."

At that time he was assessed by a mental health review team and monitored by closed circuit television, receiving a complete medical check-up, having undergone two operations in previous years for cancer.

The former Mosman pie salesman, who was born in the Midlands of England in 1932, was caught after being found close to death in the bath of his sixth victim,  Joan Violet Sinclair, 60,  a friend of Glover's.

 His oldest victim was 93, although police believe he was responsible for four other murders.

Sentencing him to a true life sentence in 1991, Justice James Wood said: This is a case where the prisoner will never be released."

Corrective Services say a report will now be prepared for the coroner.

"We are confirming that he was found dead in his cell believed to have hung himself," the spokesman said.

During  the  trial, a detective told the court that after his arrest, Glover admitted: ``I can't help myself.''

Years after his conviction, in an interview with Lindsay Simpson and Sandra Harvey for their book, The Killer Next Door, Glover said: ``It never occurred to me to worry about who they were, or why I killed them ... if I saw their photos in the paper they meant nothing to me.''

``I wanted to stop killing, but couldn't, no matter what,'' Glover said.

``As the killing was over, I returned to a normal life and I didn't think about them,'' he said.

Other serial killers who have got true life sentences:

*  Ivan Milat serving life for killing seven backpackers between 1989-92..

* James Miller serving life for killing six young women abducted, raped, strangled and buried in bushland near Truro, SA in 1976-77.

 


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