Case 41

Mr Cruel

*** Warning: This case involves a child victim ***

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Melbourne was gripped by fear when a masked assailant began breaking into suburban family homes and abducting young children. The attacks were particularly callous, earning the assailant the title of Mr Cruel. 

10-year-old Sharon Wills, 13-year-old Nicola Lynas and an unnamed 11-year-old girl were amongst the survivors of Mr Cruel’s prolonged sexual assaults. Mr Cruel also became a prime suspect in the abduction and murder of 13-year-old Karmein Chan. But was he responsible? And who exactly was the man behind the mask?

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

EPISODE:

Research – Victoria Dieffenbacher

Writing – Anonymous Host and Victoria Dieffenbacher

Narration – Anonymous Host

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro – www.dl-sounds.com

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska

RESOURCES

 

Here are the links to the poster and sketches talked about during the show:

– Poster
– Bedroom
– Bathroom
– Mr Cruel

 

ARTICLES:

Mr Cruel was a meticulous, intelligent predator, say police – Herald Sun

Mr Cruel still on the most-wanted list, says The Investigator Charlie Bezzina – Herald Sun

Mr Cruel victim ‘wasn’t going willingly’ – SBS

 

FORUMS:

“Mr Cruel” Breakthrough over the murder of Karmein Chan – Aussie Criminals

 

ARCHIVES:

The Age Newspaper archives 1988 to 1997

The Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper archives 1988 to 1997

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