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Queer True Crime: Cannibal Convicts of Van Diemen’s Land

QNews talks to Tasmanian activist and keen historian of the state’s colonial past Rodney Croome about the notorious cannibal convicts of Van Diemen’s Land. In 1822, eight convicts escaped from a penal settlement on an island in Van Diemen’s Land, now Tasmania. It was not the first escape for ringleaders Robert Greenhill and Matthew Travers. They …

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Queer True Crime: The gay Kray Twins

The gay Kray twins remain two of the most notorious gangsters in British history. Ronnie and Reggie Kray ran a criminal organisation known as the Firm in East London during the 1950s and 1960s. But their reign of terror ended with convictions for murder in 1968. Renowned for their ruthless tactics and violent behaviour, the …

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Sparkling cyanide: The Cocktail Killer & the perfect crime…

When William and Shirley Fraden died from drinking cyanide-laced champagne, authorities declared the deaths a suicide pact. Thus, the man who poisoned their drinks, the murderer later dubbed the Cocktail Killer, pulled off the perfect crime. But… On August 20, 1953, 22-year-old Harlow Fraden rang the New York police to report finding his parents dead. …