By Lee Butcher
I didn't kill them for any delight. It used to be distasteful. It used to be dreadful. in fact, i used to be in a position to do it due to my normal rage opposed to society.
Meredith Emerson was once a up to date collage 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 was once a nurse whose physique was once present in Florida's Apalachicola nationwide wooded area after she didn't appear to coach her usual Sunday institution type in December 2007. brilliant, appealing, being concerned ladies, enjoyed via their associates and households, with every little thing to reside for. . .until they fell into the seize of Gary Michael Hilton, a former eco-friendly Beret paratrooper and professional outdoorsman with a twisted lust for violence. What they suffered at his fingers used to be unspeakable. Even after convictions, the query remains--how many blameless sufferers have been prey to his evil designs?
Includes killer's surprising confession and sixteen pages of dramatic photos.
Case visible on 48 Hours
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The young family lived in a cottage on John’s family’s tobacco farm in Cheshunt, about 60 kilometres south of Wangaratta. John was a born farmer, having been raised on the property and taking over the operation from his parents in the late eighties, later expanding into grape growing. Kath helped out on the farm and looked after the children but according to her brother, Roger Russell, ‘she was never suited to being a farm wife’, and ‘got married a bit young because she was pregnant’. Kath adored the kids and made them her number-one priority but as time went by, she grew increasingly unhappy.
Justine Ford July 2012 Chapter 1 Who killed Kath? The murder of missing mum Kath Bergamin ‘She was honest, friendly, hard working and an extremely devoted mum. But I have no doubt she’s met with foul play …’ Detective Sergeant Damian Jackson, Victoria Police Homicide Squad Kath Bergamin shot herself in the head, but she didn’t want to die. The bullet from the twenty-two-calibre rifle penetrated her soft pallet but missed her brain, miraculously allowing doctors to treat her without surgery. The depressed but loving mum eventually recovered and, for the first time in years, began to look forward to the future.
Much of what happened next isn’t known because three days later, Kath went missing. ••• On the afternoon of Sunday 18 August 2002, after a night out socialising, Kath’s housemate Sandie drove her to a baseball game, which Kath watched while Sandie visited her mum. When Sandie came back half an hour later to pick Kath up, they did some grocery shopping then returned home. Into the evening there was a lot of phone activity…and then nothing. 38pm, John Bergamin’s mobile phone received a call from a phone box about 300 metres from Kath’s place.