Local police and a young woman who survived a rape at the hands of a serial killer are among the first people to hear the shocking details of the man’s life.
The man who has been dubbed “The Beast” by the media, has spent the last 30 years on the run, but police say he has not been seen since his arrest in 2011.
They said the new details will help investigators crack the case, and will shed light on why the man escaped from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Policing (RANZCP).
Police say they believe the man was “involved in at least seven rapes” between 1974 and 1995.
His victims included children, women and women’s groups.
“The Beast was a serial rapist who preyed on vulnerable young women and young men, often sexually abusing them,” Detective Superintendent Chris Kelly said.
During his 30 years behind bars, he killed a number of people, including three women, but he has never been caught.
He has a number, including two women, that he killed, he said.
The RANZcp is investigating what role the serial rapist played in the deaths of three women and two men, and how the victims were killed.
“These men were sexually abused by him and there are a number who were killed by him,” Detective Inspector Andy Haldane said.
“This is not a person who is out of the community.
These are the people he targeted.”
Detective Superintendent Kelly said detectives had been following the case since it was first brought to the police.
“We have not seen any new developments in the case,” he said, “so we are really interested to hear what other information people have about the man.”
The case is not the first involving a serial attacker in Australia, Detective Inspector Haldana said.
More than 100 women have been raped or sexually assaulted by serial killers, but most of those cases were never reported.
Police believe that number is higher.
In 2012, a man was sentenced to life for killing four people, and another man was given life for the rape and murder of five people.
A man who killed his parents in 1996 was later found guilty of murdering two more people and has been in jail since 2003.
It was the second time the man had escaped from prison.
This week, police revealed the identity of a man who they believe raped a woman at a Sydney hotel and then drove to another city, where he attacked her before shooting her in the head.
Detective Inspector Kelly said that was a case that police were investigating.
“The victim was a young, vulnerable, white woman,” Detective Constable Kelly said, adding the attack had left her with “deep scars”.
“She has been described as having lost her voice and having difficulty communicating.
She had multiple injuries to her body including a broken rib and injuries to the back of her head.”
“She was so badly injured she had to have surgery.”
She is understood to have died on the way to hospital.
RANP is assisting detectives with their investigation.
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