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Jack Unterweger's serial killer MO is recognised on new body

A stock photo of Australian crime scene police tape


The illegitimate son of an Austrian prostitute, the ‘Poet of Death’, had two separate killing sprees of prostitutes. The first occurred in 1974 and it was during his time in prison for these crimes that he attracted a criminal celebrity status through his writing.

On release he was championed by the literati as the archetypal proof of reform. He was everything but.

He’d been killing for two years when a now retired detective from the first spree recognised the modus operandi and linked them to the latest...