At the Hands of a Stranger by Lee Butcher

By Lee Butcher

I didn't kill them for any delight. It was once distasteful. It was once dreadful. in fact, i used to be in a position to do it due to my normal rage opposed to society.

Meredith Emerson used to be a contemporary university graduate who disappeared whereas taking her liked puppy, Ella, for a hike on Georgia's Blood Mountain on New Year's Day, 2008. Cheryl Dunlap used to be a nurse whose physique was once present in Florida's Apalachicola nationwide woodland after she didn't appear to coach her normal Sunday university type in December 2007. vivid, attractive, being concerned girls, enjoyed by means of their buddies and households, with every little thing to dwell for. . .until they fell into the catch of Gary Michael Hilton, a former eco-friendly Beret paratrooper and specialist outdoorsman with a twisted lust for violence. What they suffered at his fingers was once unspeakable. Even after convictions, the query remains--how many blameless sufferers have been prey to his evil designs?

Includes killer's stunning confession and sixteen pages of dramatic photos.

Case noticeable on 48 Hours

"Chilling real crime through a grasp storyteller." --Don Lasseter

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She said. ‘All I want to know is the truth,’ he replied. ‘Well, all right, I did it. ’ Thatcher turned the car around and returned to Bendigo. In a short interview Heather said: ‘We – I suppose you’d call the word “murdered” – him, isn’t it? ’ The detective asked when she first started to contemplate killing Frank. ‘Just virtually the day before. We always wished he was gone, wished someone would kill him. He was a – just a menace …’ Others would later claim it went beyond wishing. Paul, who had spent two years in a South Australian jail, told the court that she had asked if he knew anybody who could get rid of Frank, or if he could do it himself.

She would go back because she didn’t know any other sort of life, because she was totally subjected and subjugated to him,’ said Ms Hampel. Heather Osland, she said, had been diagnosed as suffering from battered-woman syndrome. It was on this rarely used defence that her plea of not guilty hung: despite the lack of any immediate threat but ‘goaded beyond endurance by a life of hell’, she believed she had no option but to kill Frank in self-defence. What exactly is a battered woman? Forensic psychologist Dr Kenneth Byrne told the court it was ‘a woman who has been forced, usually by a man, to comply with his wishes without regard to her rights by physical abuse and sometimes by psychological abuse’.

Things had gone fairly well from the accused’s point of view,’ said Mr Morgan-Payler later. But not so well for David Albion. A few months after the killing, he had confessed to his brother. They were at Paul’s house in Nolan Street, Bendigo. ‘We were just drinking and having a bit of a laugh and that’s when he came out and said: “Paul, I’ve done something silly. I’ve helped Mum knock off me stepfather”,’ Paul told the court. He blurted out the details of the pills, how they ‘smashed’ Frank over the skull and how they had to put a plastic bag over his head because there was so much blood.

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