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Mr. Cruel
Sex Male
Race White
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Active August 1987 - July 1990
Unidentified for 34 years
Age approximation Unknown
Height approximation Unknown
Weight approximation Unknown
Offense Murder, sexual assault

Mr. Cruel is the press given nickname of a serial pedophile rapist and suspected murderer active in the late 1980s and early 1990s suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.

Police describe him as a highly intelligent and meticulous planner who conducted surveillance of his intended victims, made sure not to leave forensic traces at the crime scene, and to keep his identity concealed by means of covering his face.

His modus operandi consisted of burglarizing a victim's home, incapacitating them and threatening their life with a hunting knife or a handgun. He would also take steps to confuse and divert future investigations of his crimes.


Cruel's first attack was carried out on 22 August 1987 in Lower Plenty. Utilizing his signature modus operandi, he broke into a family home at 4 a.m, cut the phone lines, and tied the parents and their son before proceeding to rape the daughter.

His second attack was carried out 27 December 1988 in Ringwood in a similar fashion. This time he also demanded money from the parents and kidnapped their daughter. The daughter was released eighteen hours later on the grounds of a high school.

Cruel's last confirmed attack was carried out on 3 July 1990 in Canterbury much like the previous attack. This time, the kidnapped victim was molested in another house for fifty hours before being released at a power sub-station in Kew, another suburb of Melbourne.

Cruel is also suspected in the 1991 murder of teenage girl Karmein Chain, who went to the same school as one of the previous victims. She was kidnapped by a male assailant armed with a knife, her body being found a year later. Some detectives, however, have doubts whether the murder cases can be linked to the other cases.

Potential identities

As many as 27,000 suspects have been interviewed by the police, but a dossier prepared with the assistance of the FBI contained information on seven possible suspects. Police heavily believe that Cruel has videotapes and photographs of his attacks, and most likely a collection of child pornography.