October 08, 2003


Look at mass-murderer Julian Knight, still recognisable after 16 years in prison. Despite his whining about conditions inside -- he’s gone to court over “improper treatment” -- the fact he resembles the gutless kid who killed seven people in 1987 is testament to how well he’s doing (the murder scene, by the way, was opposite a flat I’d lived in a year or so earlier).

A friend told me once of a lawyer pal who visited a client inside Britain’s Broadmoor Prison. During their meeting a hideous, scar-faced ruin shambled past. “You know who that is?” the client asked. “That’s Peter Sutcliffe.” Constant beatings, knifings, kickings, and bitings from other inmates have destroyed the Yorkshire Ripper. As Moe Szyslak once observed: “He ain’t so pretty anymore.”

Posted by Tim Blair at October 8, 2003 03:45 AM

Knight, perhaps,should be indulged a trip away. A sunny vacation to,HM Prison Broadmoor .

Posted by: d at October 8, 2003 at 09:18 AM

It's great to know there are judges with common sense. We all need more judges like this one.

Posted by: Chris Josephson at October 8, 2003 at 09:32 AM

Serving a minimum 27 years for mass murder committed in 1987 means he could be out in eleven having created maximum trouble along the way. Scary. Anyone want to tell me he deserves to live?

Posted by: ilibcc at October 8, 2003 at 11:28 AM

Sure, I'll tell you he deserves to live.

He deserves to live in the odium that an amateur like Martin Bryant outscored a big bad soldier boy like himself in the whole killing-the-unarmed thing.

(Former Collingwood resident.)

Posted by: Pigfucka at October 8, 2003 at 05:51 PM

(Only semi-grammatical, but heartfelt.)

Posted by: Pigfucka at October 8, 2003 at 05:53 PM

the only reason he has both ears was that he fell under the care of an earless lag for some time in H Div in Pentridge; sort of fucks up Chopper Read's claim to be a public service criminal. This tool should have had his right whack some time ago.

Posted by: Habib at October 8, 2003 at 11:43 PM