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'Beheading' horror in street
By Richard Edwards and Chris Millar, Evening Standard 14 March 2005
A man was beheaded in a frenzied and prolonged axe attack in a London street today
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The axeman, smartly-dressed and in his thirties, felled his victim with one blow and then struck repeatedly "as if he was chopping wood".
The assault lasted several minutes near the Hampstead Theatre in Belsize Park. The attacker ignored his victim's screams and the pleas of two women passers-by and workmen. He stopped when police arrived. He then put down the axe near the body. He was described as looking "emotionless and cool" throughout.
When asked why he had done it, he told officers: "It's complicated. It's private."
Eton Avenue is known as one the most exclusive streets in north London with a host of multi-million-pound properties. Belsize Park is also the home to a host of celebrities,
Man cooked friend's brains
By Paul Cheston, Courts Correspondent, Evening Standard 15 March 2005
Lapses in mental health care allowed a convicted killer to butcher and eat a man in a London flat.
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Today the Old Bailey was told of repeated failings by key professionals after Peter Bryan pleaded guilty to two killings.
A major row erupted over how he was ever considered to be safe enough to be discharged. Bryan, now 36, was convicted of killing a 20-year-old girl with a hammer in 1993 and sent to Rampton. In 2002 he was freed.
In February 2004, within hours of his release by the East London and City Mental Health Trust, he had killed and dismembered a friend at a Walthamstow flat. He cooked his brain in a frying pan with butter before eating it. The trust today promised a full independent inquiry. Following the Walthamstow killing Bryan was sent to Broadmoor mental hospital where he killed a fellow inmate in a "medium risk room" nine weeks later.
Originally posted by Britguy
That's us Brits for ya. Sitting quietly having Tea and Scones one minute and hacking off heads and eating our victims the next
But we're generally polite about it