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John Justin Bunting Snowtown Murdered: Now, Crimes, Murders

John Justin Bunting was a brutal murderer. He was found to be the leader of the perpetrators, in the case Snowtown murders which happened between August 1992 and May 1999, in and around Adelaide, South Australia. A fourth person, Mark Haydon, was convicted for helping to dispose of the bodies. The trial was one of the longest and most publicised in Australian legal history.

Who Was John Justin Bunting?

When John Justin Bunting was 8 years old, Bunting was beaten and sexually assaulted by a friend’s older brother. He is reported to have “enjoyed weaponry, photography and anatomy,” and grew to develop a strong hatred of paedophiles and homosexuals.

At age 22, Bunting worked at an abattoir and reportedly “bragged about slaughtering the animals, saying that’s what he enjoyed the most”.

1  Bunting moved to a house in Salisbury North, South Australia in 1991 and befriended his neighbours Mark Haydon and Robert Wagner. Wagner’s romantic partner, Vanessa Lane (formerly Barry Lane), was a transgender woman with a history of paedophilia (their relationship began when Wagner was 14).

Where Is John Justin Bunting Now?

John Justin Bunting was convicted of committing eleven murders. The trial of Bunting and Wagner lasted almost twelve months, the longest in the history of South Australia.


In 2011, after a judge lifted all the suppression orders from the case, details of the story were finally allowed to be published to the public.

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John Justin Bunting Murders List

John Justin Bunting killed, Clinton Trezise, on 31 August 1992, body found 16 August 1994. Further, he killed Ray Davies, 26, on December 1995, body found 26 May 1999.

Suzanne Allen, Bunting’s ex-girlfriend, 47, died November 1996, body found 23 May 1999 (perpetrators were tried but not found guilty as a result of a hung jury; her case was never tried again, but it is believed she was likely a victim of Bunting).

Michelle Gardiner (Born Michael Gardiner), 19, killed September 1997, body found 20 May 1999. Then, Vanessa Lane (Born Barry Lane), Wagner’s ex-partner, 42, killed October 1997, body found 20 May 1999.

Thomas Trevilyan Vanessa Lane’s last partner, 18, killed 5 November 1997, body found 5 November 1997 in Kersbrook.

Gavin Porter, Vlassakis’s friend, 29, killed April 1998, body found 20 May 1999. Troy Youde, Vlassakis’s half-brother, 21, killed August 1998, body found 20 May 1999. Frederick Brooks, 18, killed September 1998, body found 20 May 1999. Gary O’Dwyer, 29, killed October 1998, body found 20 May 1999. Elizabeth Haydon, Mark Haydon’s wife and Frederick Brooks’s aunt, 37, killed 21 November 1998, body found 20 May 1999. David Johnson, Vlassakis’s stepbrother, 24, killed 9 May 1999, body found 20 May 1999.

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