“THE GREAT CRIMINAL”: Mr Cruel prime suspect wrote “sex-death” essay “to do evil” while committing rape attacks

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11 Comments

  1. I just got hold of the original book that published the Elkner article. Interestingly he drops a French chess term into it. I wonder if he plays chess. It has been speculated that Mr Cruel was a chess player. Maybe if you ever
    get to meet Elkner you could ask him.
    Kind regards, Christian Bennett

  2. Dear Serkan, thanks for acknowledging my letter and restoring my faith in the postal system. I have some more info if you’re interested. Can post it to you at the address you gave me previously or to one that is more current. Can hand over material to your Melbourne rep if required. Willing to meet your rep at my home district – I’m a bit frail these days – but willing to pay for rep’s meal and travel. I’m not wealthy but this is the standard offer that I make for anyone who is prepared to travel out to see me. Thanks for remaining interested in these cold cases as it appears only interstate journalists and publishing companies are these days.

    Kind regards
    Christian Bennett

    • I would like to revise part of my comment. I wish that he were in jail till his passing, the proceeds of house sale going to a children’s charity.

    • His legs look like the guy that hosts Grand designs Australia. Just saying.

      Also, bugger off elkner. I feel sick that you live freely in Melbourne.

  3. elkner was found to have hidden a balaclava and knife in the roof of his home. What was his explanation for this bizarre find? Also, it’s a little more than strange the rope he used on victims which could now be used to do a dna test, went “missing”. My god i have a problem with this.

  4. As someone who never watches shows like A Current Affair or commercial tv in general, I completely missed this. How sickening. Even if this guy isn’t Mr. Cruel, although it sounds like it may be, the fact that he spent ten years in prison for depraved and violent assaults and was then re-employed is very worrying. This is how these sick criminals end up remaining in society.

  5. I first knew of Brian Elkner in the 1960’s. He was my French teacher at Yallourn High School doing year 10 and 11. He was a fantastic teacher there but he also showed some affection to the senior female students. I might be wrong, but I believe he married another teacher who also taught ay Yallourn High School at the same time. His nickname at YHS was Littlepot as he was quite short and had a slightly protruding belly.

  6. Rereading this I notice there is one mistake. The Current Affair interview was not conducted outside Elkner’s home in Thornbury. His address is easily accessible online and the house he is confronted at in this piece is not the same.

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