Category: Serial killing
Date: 1992 - 1999
Crime: Once described as Australia's worst serial killer, he is serving life in prison for his role in coordinating the murders of eleven people.
Biography: Little information is available about the back-story of John Justin Bunting, born in September 1966 in Adelaide, South Australia. However, after his arrest for the murders of eleven, it is known that Bunting is a master manipulator and hater of pedophiles and homosexuals. Under his direction, his small group of accomplices terrorized anyone they suspected of being a homosexual. They also engaged in criminally seizing welfare payments from the weak and elderly, over a period of seven years. Bunting first murdered in August 1992, when he invited a man into his home and began accusing him of being a pedophile. He bashed in the man's skull with a shovel and buried him in a shallow grave in his backyard. Then in 1995, Bunting and an accomplice murdered a mentally disabled man who was accused of pedophilia by a local woman saying he made sexual advances toward her grandchildren. The man was never reported missing, and Bunting began claiming the man's welfare payments. This routine was repeated over the next several years with many of the victims. Police finally connected the murders to Bunting after a year long missing persons investigation led them to an abandoned bank in Snowtown, Australia. Inside they found six vats of acid which contained human remains. They soon searched former properties rented by Bunting and discovered the remains of several more victims. During the trial, Bunting's accomplices said that they had recently begun to experiment with cannibalism before disposing of the bodies. After an 11 month trial, Bunting was convicted of eleven counts of murder and sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences with no opportunity for parole.