Tagged With true crime

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The holiday season can be a saccharine overload - consider the case of heiress Sunny von Bulow, who fell into a comatose state from which she'd never wake following a 1982 Christmas celebration. Authorities accused her husband Claus of attempting to murder her by injecting her with insulin. Claus maintained that Sunny had, like so many of us during the holiday festivities, merely overindulged - in her case with an eggnog/barbiturate cocktail.

One jury found Claus guilty. Another found him innocent. Sunny died, still in a coma, in 2008. A very good movie, Reversal of Fortune, was made about the whole thing. It's a much better movie than Love Actually, Miracle on 34th Street, or any other Christmas movie I can think of except maybe Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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If the rise of true crime podcasts and TV over the past few years is any indication, we seem to have a macabre fascination with serial killers. There's something deeply unnerving but intriguing about the evil inside other human beings - like staring at a black mirror that reflects a different, disturbed version of ourselves. Australia has been home to some gruesome acts of violence over the past 50 years, but there are some things we can learn from these cases.

Here are five of Australia's worst murderers and some ideas we can learn from their MO's and arrests.