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Are serial killers dying out?



Netflix series ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’, shares a glimpse into one of the world’s worst serial killers

The Milwaukee cannibal, Jeffrey Dahmer, killed 17 men and boys over a 13 year period.

His violent crimes involved drugging his victims, eating them, and acts of necrophilia.

He pleaded insanity in court but was later found guilty on 15 counts of murder.

Dahmer received 15 life terms for his gruesome crimes but was killed at the Columbia Correctional Institution by his fellow inmates. 

Sue Firth is a UK-based psychologist, who said these behaviours are thankfully quite rare.

“If you ever get the chance to listen to a proper interview with him, it’s quite interesting. He sounds very sensible.”

“He was actually a very repressed individual, couldn’t make a fundamental connection, didn’t have very many friends, and therefore didn’t learn social skills.”

“I think the saddest thing is that he then became so repressed, and started to experiment with the thought of dead people, because of course, they’re inanimate, they can’t answer back.”


According to FBI documents, Dahmer told investigators he tried to create “love slaves”.

Dahmer’s father claimed things changed after his son had hernia surgery at four-years-old.

After that surgery, he stopped speaking and became withdrawn. Some believe this contributed to the violence he later inflicted on others.

Firth said Dahmer’s history of trauma could explain part of his actions, although it is not an excuse.

“He certainly sounded to me as if he knew what he was doing.”

“I think the sad reality is, once you’ve got somebody who’s dead, he’s now following up with the kind of behaviour that he did as a child, which is looking at how the skull is formed, how the brain is formed,” she said.

Are we getting better at catching these killers?

From Jeffrey Dahmer, to the deadly crimes of Ted Bundy, and Joseph James DeAngelo—technology and psychological assessment is helping authorities to put these notorious criminals behind bars.

“Forensic scientists are even getting better in understanding their own psychology and their approach to crime scenes,” said Associate Professor Xavier Conlan from Deakin University.

“As forensic scientists, we’d like to say with the development of new technologies, there’s no crime that can’t be solved, it’s just that we sometimes don’t have the technology yet to solve it.”

The introduction of DNA sampling helped to catch Joseph James DeAngelo, who comitted his last murder in 1986 before being caught in 2018.

“Testing people based off DNA when they do their own family testing actually brought down the Golden State killer.”


“Technology really has advanced and helps solve cold cases,” Dr Conlan said.

Joseph James DeAngelo, also known as the Golden State killer.

Forensic scientists believe there may even be some parallels between Dahmer and their own work.

“He would do things like put hydrochloric acid and inject it into the skulls of some of these later victims to try and improve his own approaches to being able to retain the bones that he’d like to keep.”

“Certainly forensic scientists and scientists look to improving their approach to being able to look after their samples,” Dr Conlan said.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase



Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death

Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.

The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.

The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.

“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.

Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.

Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.

Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.

Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.

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Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help



Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology

‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.

Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.

He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.

Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”

The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.

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Prince William begins planning coronation



Prince William wants his coronation service to “look and feel different” to that of King Charles III

Just days after his father’s coronation, Prince William is already thinking about how he will shake up his own crowning ceremony.

William says he wants it to “look and feel different”, so it is more“modern”and“relevant”.

Unlike the King, William will not include a“homage of the people”in his coronation.

At the recent service, the Archbishop of Canterbury invited the congregation at Westminster Abbey and people right around the world, to swear their allegiance to the King, his“heirs and successors”.

This decision was met with widespread controversy.

A source close to William says:“There is no way he will go down that route or anything like it.”

William has reportedly been“reflecting”on the events of last week with his closest friends and advisers.

He is mindful that in 20 years’ time, the service will need to be different to unify the nation and the Commonwealth. #trending #featured

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