Gregory Brazel is a convicted Australian serial killer, arsonist, and armed robber. As of 2022, he is currently serving three consecutive life sentences for the murders of sex workers Sharon Taylor and Roslyn Hayward in 1990, and the murder of Mordialloc hardware store owner Mildred Hanmer during an armed robbery in 1982 to which he confessed some eighteen years later. He is 67 years old, as of 2022. Gregory Brazel Murders, Prison, Crimes & more.
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Gregory Brazel Now
Brazel was convicted of 37 offences from 15 court appearances between March 1983 and August 2000. The offences Brazel committed after 1992 happened while he was in prison, except for the murder conviction from 1982.
Gregory Brazel Murders
On 28 May 1990, while on early release from prison, Brazel murdered sex worker Sharon Taylor. Her body was found in a shallow grave at Barongarook, Victoria, south of Colac on 23 September 1990. On 13 September 1990, Brazel murdered sex worker Roslyn Hayward at Sorrento. Her body was not discovered until 1 October 1990.
Mildred Teresa Hanmer was shot in the chest on September 20, 1982, during an armed robbery at her hardware and gift store. She later died from her injuries in Alfred Hospital. Her murder remained unsolved until August 2000.
Brazel voluntarily confessed to the murder of a person in 1982. He agreed to make a statement to the police in exchange for not receiving a life sentence.
Gregory Brazel Prison & Crimes
Brazel has continued to offend while incarcerated, and he’s been labeled as devious and violent. When Brazel learned of his transfer to HM Prison Pentridge in November 1991, he took a member of staff hostage at the HM Melbourne Assessment Prison.
In 2003, Brazel tricked an elderly woman into giving him more than A$30,000 that was meant for telephone betting. In 2006, he received A$12,000 in damages after being attacked with a broken bottle while imprisoned at Melbourne’s privately operated Port Phillip Correctional Centre in May 2001.
In October 2006, Brazel was caught collecting personal information about senior prison staff. While incarcerated in a high-security prison at HM Prison Barwon, Brazel was assaulted by fellow detainees. He then appealed to the County Court for access to documents including a prison map and an incident report, in order to sue the Victorian government for not taking sufficient precautions to keep him safe.