John Lynch, also known by his pseudonym, John Dunleavy, was one of several well-known Australian serial killers. He went down in history as the Berrima Axe Murderer, due his weapon of choice - a tomahawk. Few serial killers are axe murderers, as it requires that they get very close to the victim to deliver the final blow. However, Lynch had the habit of sneaking up on his targets from behind, giving them little chance to fight back.
Lynch was born in Ireland in 1813. In the early 1830s, he was found guilty of a crime and sent to Australia as punishment. At the time, Australia was like a penal colony where convicts were sent to do hard labor. There, Lynch eventually joined the ranks of Bushrangers, who were the criminals and murderers prowling around Australia's outback. He was found guilty of serial murder in 1841 and was hung on April 22, 1842.
He Smashed An Aboriginal Boy's Head With A Tomahawk
He Killed A Father And Son In Order To Steal Their CattlePhoto: Unknown / Wikimedia Commons
He Murdered The Mulligan Family And Set Their Bodies On Fire
He Killed At Least Ten PeoplePhoto: Unknown / Wikimedia Commons