Case 41

Mr Cruel

*** Content Warning: child victims, child sexual assault, serial rapist ***

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?



Casefile Presents



Research – Victoria Dieffenbacher

Writing – Anonymous Host and Victoria Dieffenbacher

Narration – Anonymous Host



‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro –

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn



Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska



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

– Poster
– Bedroom
– Bathroom
– Mr Cruel



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



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



The Age Newspaper archives 1988 to 1997

The Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper archives 1988 to 1997

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