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The serial killer you’ve never heard of

Written By kom limapulan on Sabtu, 19 April 2014 | 15.48

Explosive claims ... a cold case detective has written a book claiming JonBenet Ramsey was killed by Edward Wayne Edwards. Source: News Limited

JONBENET Ramsey and Jimmy Hoffa were killed by one of the world's most prolific serial killers, an explosive new book claims.

In a new book written by former US cold case detective John Cameron, he claims convicted killer Edward Wayne Edwards was responsible for the murder of JonBenet, a child beauty queen from Colorado in 1996.

He also claims Edwards was the Zodiac killer in California in the 1960s and 70s; that he killed Chandra Levy in 2001 in Washington, D.C.; and was responsible for the murder of union boss Jimmy Hoffa who vanished in 1975.

He maintains Edwards was interviewed by the FBI in 1978 over Hoffa's murder and he fled a short time later.

Cameron said he knows some people will scoff at the claims in his book but defended it, saying this is where the evidence had led him.

"You know, there's a lot of people that look at me like, 'You're nuts, you're saying he did Jimmy Hoffa, you're saying he did Jon-Benet, you're saying he did this?' I can't help where the evidence took me, but that's just what happened."

"A lot of people are going to be skeptics, but I can't really help that. This is what he did."

The book, It's Me: Edward Wayne Edwards, the Serial Killer You Never Heard Of, sees Cameron contest that Edwards was responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people, the Great Falls Tribune reports.

Confessed killer ... Edward Wayne Edwards was sentenced to death after confessing to the murders of five people. Source: AP

Edwards died on death row in 2011 at age 77, one month before he was meant to be executed. He had confessed to killing five people in Wisconsin and Ohio including his foster son, who he murdered to claim $25,000 in life insurance.

Cameron was working for the Montana parole board when Edwards confessed to these murders.

At the time, he realised that two of the killings were similar to an unsolved case in Great Falls.

When he looked into it further, Cameron found that Edwards had arrived in the area at the time Patricia Kalitzke, 16, and Lloyd Bogle, 18 were murdered in 1956.

The manner of their deaths was also the same as that of a teen couple Edwards had confessed to killing.

"You have an admitted serial killer who was in town on the day that we have a double murder of a couple on lover's lane in 1956,' Cameron told the Great Falls Tribune .

"That's the evidence I have."

New book ... John Cameron spent four years researching killer Edward Wayne Edwards. Picture: KRTV Source: Supplied

That cold case kicked off Cameron's four-year investigation into Edwards and led him to conclude Edwards was "the worst serial killer that's ever been".

He said reading Edwards' book Metamorphosis of a Criminal meant he could place Edwards near the scene of several murders.

"The Great Falls murder was in there, and once I determined that, I decided to follow the whole book and see where else he killed, and it unravelled the worst serial killer that's ever been," he told KRTV.

Murdered by Edward Wayne Edwards ... John Cameron claims James 'Jimmy' Riddle Hoffa was one of his victims. Source: News Corp Australia

"It got to the point where it never stopped, and it just leading me and leading me."

"It (the book) basically details all the evidence of all the killings in the 66 years that he killed. There's at least nine people right now sitting in prison on his murders that are completely innocent, and they need to be released."


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15 famous predictions that were spectacularly wrong

Steve Jobs shows off the iconic gadget that would never take off, apparently. But the iPod wasn't the only invention or idea that was panned before changing the world. Source: AP

Readers ask Personal Tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler about how to make an iPhone show its exact percentage of battery life, and how to turn off of the automatic zoom of the image you choose for iPhone wallpaper. (Photo: Apple)

IT'S kind of scary when you think about it; no one can possibly know what the future holds. Not really.

We can make an educated prediction, yes, based upon facts. Like, for example, the way environmental experts say we will, one day, reach peak oil. Predictions like this usually hold some authority.

Sometimes, however, people — and usually some know-it-all trying to shoot down an idea — make predictions that couldn't be further from the truth. And sometimes they are proven wrong.

Here are some excellently satisfying examples of just that: 15 people making spectacular fools of themselves with famous predictions gone superbly wrong. Take note: the next time someone shoots down your idea they could be totally wrong!

1. The iPod

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Business mogul Lord Alan Sugar on the fate of Apple's iPod back in 2005.

2. The Beatles

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A Decca Records executive to the band's manager, Brian Epstein, following an audition in 1962. He continued: "We don't like your boys' sound. Groups are out. Four-piece groups with guitars, particularly, are finished."

3. The automobile

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The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford's lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903.

4. The train

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Dr. Dionysys Larder, science writer and academic, in 1828.

5. Rock 'n' Roll

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On rock 'n' roll, Variety magazine in 1955.

6. A female Prime Minister

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Margaret Thatcher, future Prime Minister, October 26th, 1969.

7. Online shopping

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Time magazine, 1966.

8. Harry Potter

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Anonymous publishing executive writing to J.K Rowling, 1996.

9. X-rays

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Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, 1883.

10. Machine guns

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Hiram Maxim, inventor of the machine gun, in response to the question "Will this gun not make war more terrible?" from Havelock Ellis, an English scientist, 1893.

11. The iPhone

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, 2007.

12. Rockets

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The New York Times, 1936.

13. Nuclear energy

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Albert Einstein, 1932.

14. Photocopiers

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IBM, to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying the photocopier had no market large enough to justify production, 1959.

15. The telephone

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William Orton, president of Western Union, in 1876, when Alexander Graham Bell tried to sell the company his invention.

This article originally appeared on AskMen. For more content like this click here.


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Fevola blasts Blues’ trades

Former Carlton forward Brendan Fevola has blasted the club's recruiting and questioned the decision to trade for Chris Judd.

Former Blues star Brendan Fevola says club might have won a premiership with Josh Kennedy. Picture: Getty Source: Getty Images

FORMER Carlton ace Brendan Fevola has taken aim at his old club, criticising the decision to recruit Dale Thomas.

Writing a column for Albury-Wodonga's The Border Mail, Fevola said Carlton's decision to part company with "fan favourite" Eddie Betts had cost the club on and off the field.

He also wrote that the Blues "might have won a flag" if West Coast Eagles full-forward Josh Kennedy was still at the club.

"Carlton wouldn't pay him (Betts) the money he wanted, so he went to Adelaide where he could get it," Fevola said.

Carlton midfielder Chris Judd says he is every chance of making his return from an Achilles injury against the Bulldogs on Sunday.

"If the Blues didn't have the money, then fair enough, let him go.

"But they went out and spent $700,000-a-year for four years on Dale Thomas.

"He may take the occasional specky and get his 15 touches but so what?

"He won't win you a game off his own boot."

DO YOU AGREE WITH FEV? HAVE YOUR SAY BELOW

Fevola suggests Carlton lost in the deal that brought Brownlow medallist and former captain Chris Judd to Visy Park.

The Blues parted with key Kennedy to snare the silky midfielder set to make his return from an Achilles complaint on Sunday.

Under-fire Blues coach Mick Malthouse has been grilled on Channel Nine's Footy Classified; the Carlton coach stoically defended his coaching style but was less enthusiastic about the playing group at his disposal.

"Juddy has been an absolute superstar but, looking back on it, who won that deal ... it's tough," Fevola said.

"Josh Kennedy is now a superstar of the competition at West Coast and right now probably more valuable than Juddy is.

"Who knows? The Blues might have won a flag if he was still there."

Fevola was sacked by Carlton after his drunken antics at the 2009 Brownlow gala, the final chapter in a series of off-field incidents.

Brisbane recruited the star full forward on a big-money deal only to let him go 17 games later following further off-field breaches.

Fevola said Carlton's winless start to its 150th anniversary was "embarrassing", while outgoing president Stephen Kernahan, probably the club's greatest player, was meant to be six-month appointment when Richard Pratt was sick.

"There were high hopes when Mick Malthouse came to the club and beat Richmond in the finals ... but now there's nothing for the fans to cheer about," Fevola said.

"Losing to Melbourne last Saturday might just be the darkest day Carlton has had in a decade."


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Brissie crowd goes wild for royals

Kate gets another gift for Prince George. Pic Darren England Source: News Corp Australia

A GROUP of protesters has failed to ruin the royal couple's Brisbane visit with thousands of people giving the couple an enthusiastic welcome.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew in to the Royal Australian Air Force base at Amberley, west of Brisbane, about 11am, where an honour guard greeted them and there was a flyover of fighter jets.

The princess wore a "snorkel blue" Lasa Poppy Print Dress by one of her favourite designers L.K. Bennett. The dress retails for £245 ($440 AUD), and yes, it has now sold out.

Kate's choice of dress was a nod to the importance of the poppy, as a symbol of remembrance in the military community.

Catherine's dress is a nod to the importance of the poppy, as a symbol of remembrance for the military community. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images Source: Getty Images

General David Hurley, Prince William, Princess Kate and Mrs Linda Hurley visit the RAAF Base Amberley. Pic Mark Cranitch. Source: News Corp Australia

Amberley Air Base is Australia's biggest operational military base and Defence Force chief David Hurley, and his wife Linda, greeted the couple on the tarmac.

A military band played God Save the Queen and the Australian national anthem.

The couple was also welcomed by Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley, Premier Campbell Newman and Defence Minister David Johnston.

Prince William inspected the members of the No1 Squadron. Source: News Corp Australia

The pair toured Squadron 1, which is the first Super Hornet squadron outside the United States.

Prince William spent seven and a half years in the RAF before retiring to take up official duties and happily stepped into the flight seat of one of the fighter aircraft.

The prince then stepped into the back seat - where the weapons are controlled, allowing Kate to take the pilot's seat. She spent some time in the cockpit, asking questions of her RAAF hosts.

Yes, it's hard to look ladylike climbing into the cockpit of a Super Hornet but Kate pulls it off. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Source: Supplied

Prince William and his wife then planted a tree in the memorial garden before meeting with four families who lost members during the military operation in Afghanistan.

The base's memorial garden honours the service and sacrifice of members of the Royal Australian Air Force and the tree planted was a Queensland native - the Plunkett mallee tree - and is the official floral emblem of Ipswich.

More: Kate in Aussie fashion faux-pas

Duchess loves her wedges

An Airforce band plays as Prince Will Kate touch down at the Amberley RAAF Base in Queensland.

Wing Commander Paul Rickert, who is deputy honour guard commander, said some of the family members the royals met had not been back to Amberley since the ramp ceremony, the memorial service held for fallen soldiers at the airport.

"It's quite significant for those family members ... to have that closure and have this visit back to Amberley as a positive experience," he told ABC radio.

Widow Nicole Pearce said she was very honoured to meet the couple and that Kate was "absolutely beautiful, very easy to talk to".

"She asked how long David had been in the military for and how long he'd been overseas when he was killed," Ms Pearce told Nine News.

"She was sincerely quite sad for us to think David was only over there for two weeks when he was killed.

"She seemed very very genuine and she was very sweet."

Ms Pearce described it as a "bitter sweet" occasion.

"I'd rather have Dave here, and the reason we're here is because he's not.

"But I think he would be really proud, really honoured to think we had an opportunity like this. "It's not every day you get to meet royalty."

Prince William and Kate bow their heads in prayer after planting a tree. Photo by Dan Peled - Pool/Getty Images. Source: Getty Images

Afterwards the couple attended a civic reception in Brisbane and took a brief public walk.

About 10,000 people went wild for the couple at Brisbane's parkland precinct, cheering and chanting "Kate, Kate, Kate".

The adoring crowd, up to 20 people deep in some places, showered the couple with flowers and with gifts for Prince George.

Kate got a lot of love from the crowd at South Bank. Picture: Darren England Source: News Corp Australia

Cheers and shrieks followed the couple as they made their way along the route, under a clear blue sky and in 28C heat. The royals took their time the greeting thousands of well wishers.

The Duchess needed an army of helpers to pass on the gifts handed over security barricades - everything from modest posies of carnations, to stuffed kangaroos, chocolate bunnies, and a soccer ball bearing a map of Australia.

A very enthusiastic reception for William and Kate at South Bank. Picture: Annette Dew Source: News Corp Australia

It was a much more enthusiastic reception than a group of about 30 protesters hoped to give the couple just an hour before.

The Aboriginal land rights activists protested outside the Brisbane Convention Centre ahead of the couple's arrival. They held up signs, one of them read "give back what you stole", they called the royals dole bludgers and chanted "thieves".

About 50 police officers moved on the group of about 30 protesters, pushing them out of sight, ahead of the royal arrival.

One activist was ushered away after going behind barricades but police said no arrests had been made.

Security was tight around South Bank ahead of the couple's arrival, with snipers spotted on nearby roofs.

Snipers on the roof watching the 10,000 people in South Bank waiting for the arrival of Prince William and wife Kate. Photo: Supplied. Source: Supplied

The couple will return to Sydney tonight. Tomorrow they will attend a Easter Sunday church service and will visit Taronga Zoo.

Yesterday the couple spent the day at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and in Manly, visiting sick children at Bear Cottage before watching a lifesaving demonstration.

Radiant in a white lace dress by Australian designer Zimmermann, Catherine notably did not remove her Stuart Weitzman wedge heels for a stroll on Manly Beach.

She's a princess, of course she kept her heels on. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Her previous day's outfit, a patterned dress by Diane von Furstenberg sold out within hours, but the Zimmermann's Roamer Day Dress will not be in stores until June

Catherine delivered her first speech in Australia after speaking with the young residents of Bear Cottage and said the haven for dying children was an inspiration.

"First-class delivery of children's palliative care is life-changing,'' she said, as the Prime Minister looked on with the new NSW Premier, Mike Baird.

Catherine's sure touch and gentle humour is the talk of the tour. While her husband spoke privately to the families, she spent time with the ill children, speaking quietly to them.

At the Royal Easter Show, the Duke and Duchess got a taste of regional Australia.

Checking out alpaca wool from the northern region, Catherine commented the fleece could make a good toupe for her husband.

A sellout, Catherine's Diane von Furstenberg dress was snapped up. Photo: AP Photo/Rob Griffith Source: AP


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Has Shane Warne absolutely lost it?

Written By kom limapulan on Jumat, 18 April 2014 | 15.48

Here he is with a Prince William lookalike. Think of this as the calm before a storm of lions. Source: Instagram

SHANE Warne has developed a disturbing obsession with cute animals. Particularly lions.

I know that's a strange thing to blurt out so suddenly, but there's just no other way to say it.

Warnie, who many of us prefer to remember as the ruthless spinner who terrorised batsmen with an unrivalled killer instinct, has taken to posting cute animal photos on Instagram. All the freaking time.

They invariably come with nauseating captions, most of which include the word "Awwwww", accompanied by far too many exclamation marks.

The only redeeming feature of these photos is the cheeky comment that gets posted underneath every single one: "Bowling Shane."

Don't just take our word for all of this. We've collected Warnie's 13 most recent cute animal posts for you to peruse as evidence. Think of them as his greatest hits. Please note the captions for each, which we've included in quotation marks.

1. "Wow, what a magnificent white lion!!!"

2. "Awwwwwww!"

3. "Leave you with this cute pic of a baby kangaroo!!!"

4. "Awwww how cute, love this ...... <3"

5. "Awwwwwww!!!! This brought a smile to my face, adorable :)"

6. "Awwwwwwww, so cute! Morning ...."

7. "Morning. Head on the chest, awwwwww"

8. "Even if you're the king of the jungle, everyone loves a cuddle!"

9. "Morning!!!! Awwwwww ....."

10. "Just a magnificent beast #king #Lion <3"

11. "Awwwwww, morning!"

12. "Lion or Koalas. What pic do you prefer?? Awwwww!!!"

13. "Are you?"


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The world’s most haunted island up for sale

Poveglia, the most haunted island on Earth. Source: Twitter

ONCE a dumping ground for victims of the plague and the former site of a mental hospital, this Italian island is said to be haunted by tens of thousands of tormented spirits.

And now it could be yours.

Room with a view ... a haunted room, that is. Source: Facebook

Remnants of the former hospital and quarantine. Source: Facebook

Poveglia is a seven hectare uninhabited island off the coast of Italy and it's being put up for sale by the Italian government to help reduce national debt.

But with a chilling and disturbing history they could be hard pressed to find a buyer.

Overrun with weeds ... and spectres. Source: Facebook

The mental hospital was the site of lobotomies. Source: Facebook

Located on the Venice Lagoon, the island swirls with horrific tales including rumours that people were burned and buried there during the plague, that the soil is 50 per cent human ash and that the psychiatrist who ran the mental hospital was a butcher and torturer.

The abandoned chapel. Source: Facebook

Now littered with abandoned buildings and overrun with weeds, the island has always been the site of controversy.

The Genoese and Venetians fought over it in the 14th century and victims of the plague were sent there to die. It was used as a quarantine station in the 18th century and was most recently the site of a sinister mental hospital.

Tormented spirits are said to haunt its walls. Source: Facebook

It is said about 160,000 bodies were dumped on the island when the Bubonic plague hit Italy and that thousands of tortured spirits haunt its shores.

The crumbling chapel. Source: Facebook

Work crews even uncovered a grave pit filled with the remains of more than 1,500 plague victims.

Thousands of skeletons were uncovered in mass graves. Source: Facebook

Skeletons of the plague. Source: Facebook

In 1922 the island became home to a mental hospital with reports that the deranged doctor experimented on patients with lobotomies using hand drills, chisels and hammers. He later threw himself off the bell tower claiming to be driven mad by ghosts of his victims.

The psychiatrist threw himself off this bell tower. Source: Facebook

With a past so sinister, no tourist has been allowed to step foot on the island. But the Italian government is now hoping the site can be taken over by a luxury hotel and are offering a 99 year lease for its redevelopment.

The old hospital has a sinister past. Source: Facebook


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The lawyers inside murder trial of the century

Oscar Pistorius has finished his gruelling five day testimony on the witness stand, reading a poem from a Valentines Day card his former girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp had prepared for him the day she was killed.

BOOM. Welcome to Nel town. Source: Getty Images

IT'S the legal equivalent of a bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Two talented, brutal attorneys at the peak of their powers, fighting each other for the heavyweight title before an audience of millions.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel and defence lawyer Barry Roux are the men driving Oscar Pistorius's murder trial. They're two of the most feared lawyers in South Africa, having built successful careers in parallel over the past three decades.

MORE: Reeva's Valentine's Day card to Oscar

Nel has been prosecuting alleged criminals for more than 30 years. Roux has been defending them for 31. Both men have drawn upon that experience to eviscerate witnesses in the Pistorius case.

MORE: Pistorius accused of faking tears

So, how do South Africa's heavyweight lawyers stack up against each other? Are they really so evenly matched?

That's Nel on the left, and Roux on the right. Source: AP

GERRIE NEL

History

The biggest triumph of Nel's career was his successful prosecution of former police chief and Interpol president Jackie Selebi.

It was a confronting case for South Africans, who were forced to admit the man leading their nation's fight against crime was a criminal himself. Selebi was convicted of corruption (he overlooked drug trafficking in return for bribes), and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The Selebi case was a trial in more ways than one for Nel. In January of 2008, 20 police officers stormed into the lawyer's home and arrested him, in front of his wife and children, for "fraud". The charge turned out to be nonsense. It was an intimidation tactic, meant to disrupt his investigation into Selebi.

Nel refused to back down. That sums up the man pretty well.

He also served as the head of an official crime-fighting agency whose operatives were called "The Scorpions". They investigated organised crime and corruption between 2001 and 2008.

Within three years of being founded, The Scorpions had prosecuted 380 cases with a conviction rate of 93 per cent, the Mirror reports. They even raided the home of South Africa's then-Deputy President Jacob Zuma.

You get the idea. Nel has been a determined, wildly successful prosecutor for years.

He cross-examines like a street-fighter. Source: Getty Images

Style

Within the legal community, Nel is known as "the pit bull". That's because he cross-examines witnesses with unrivalled aggression.

"He likes to rattle witnesses. To emotionally rattle them to see if he can get them to give him contradicting versions. That is his style," says South African defence attorney Ulrich Roux.

"He's definitely the best prosecutor in South Africa. He's proved that, and I think he will continue to prove that."

Nel's relentless and confrontational style was best demonstrated in the Selebi trial. He called the former Interpol president an "arrogant liar", and kept him on the stand for two weeks.

He's not scared of controversy either. A week ago, he shocked onlookers in court by displaying a graphic image of Reeva Steenkamp's fatal head wound and comparing it to a watermelon, with Oscar Pistorius on the stand.

It was a ruthless tactic, but according to Nel, it was absolutely necessary.

Raise your hand if you're a tough prosecutor. Source: Getty Images

Best moment so far

Nel's five-day cross-examination of Pistorius could end up being decisive. He forced the athlete to contradict his own testimony several times (Pistorius claimed those "mistakes" were due to tiredness), and more than once reduced him to an emotional wreck.

The most telling moment came when Nel pointed out Steenkamp's position behind the toilet door. She was standing up against the door, facing it, when Pistorius shot her. Nel used that evidence to suggest the pair were talking to each other before Pistorius pulled the trigger.

Best parody

Brad O'Regan, a producer for the South African radio station Highveld 94.7, put together this rap tribute to Nel.

"They call me Gerrie Nel, and I am mad as hell, and when I get you on the stand I will make you tell. I don't have no feelings, new lies I'm revealing, I get emotions in the court to hit the ceiling."

It's undeniably catchy.

BARRY ROUX

History

Roux does not focus solely on criminal law. His practice also deals with "insurance, delictual, aviation, matrimonial, medical negligence, general contractual and liquidation work". But he has still featured in some of South Africa's biggest criminal trials, with great success.

Roux represented Scottish businessman Dave King, who was facing a long stint in jail for avoiding a tax bill of 2.3 billion rand. After a marathon 13-year run through the courts, Roux managed to reduce his punishment to a fine of just 700 million rand. King avoided jail altogether.

Another of Roux's high profile tax evasion cases involved a mining magnate called Roger Kebble. The charges in that case were withdrawn altogether.

He never ran a group called The Scorpions, but Roux's career has been just as successful as Nel's. His rumoured salary of up to $A10,000 per day for defending Pistorius is proof enough of that.

Give 'em both barrels, Barry. Source: Getty Images

Style

Roux can be a patronising, exasperated presence in the courtroom. He picks away at witnesses, asking them the same questions repeatedly until they slip up. His style often switches in an instant, from charming and absent-minded to biting and sarcastic.

Daily Mirror writer Lucy Thornton has described Roux as a lawyer who "goes from bumbling poodle to snarling rottweiler in seconds, terrifying witnesses."

His tactics can be devastatingly effective. Roux lulls witnesses into a false sense of security before unleashing direct, piercing questions that prey upon their emotions and reduce them to a state of utter confusion.

Barry gives Oscar some firm legal advice. Source: Getty Images

Best moment so far

Roux's biggest courtroom masterclass actually came during Pistorius's bail hearing, just six days after Steenkamp's death. He completely destroyed the credibility of police detective Hilton Botha, an officer with 24 years of experience.

Botha started the day firmly in the prosecution's corner. By the time Roux was through with him, the detective had conceded that he found nothing at the scene which contradicted Pistorius's version of events.

"I don't have any facts," he admitted at one point.

Nel didn't dare call Botha to the stand during the actual trial. Roux had turned him into a liability, if not a running joke. How's that for a knockout punch?

Best parody

This one comes courtesy of Roger Goode, who hosts a radio show on 5FM. It's a parody of Pharrell's hit Happy. The chorus will be stuck in your head for days.

HEAD TO HEAD

Nel and Roux have clashed in a high profile murder case before. The defendants in that trial were two men called Casper Greeff and Christopher Njeje.

Greeff was accused of hiring Njeje to kill his wife, Estelle, in 1999. Njeje proceeded to cut her throat with a blunt knife.

Nel won the case. Both Greeff and Njeje were found guilty of murder with direct intent and sentenced to life in prison.


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Kate puts wrong foot forward in fashion fail

AN excited crowd has greeted the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Sydney's Royal Easter Show.

Duchess Kate preparing to board a helicopter with Prince William to visit the 2013 bushfire affected residents in the town of Winmalee in the Blue Mountains. Source: AFP

THE Duchess of Cambridge was so dazzling in a simple dress by Aussie label Zimermann today that we can probably overlook a minor wardrobe fail this afternoon.

We know there are few opportunities to go to the beach back home, but what were you thinking, Duchess?

Please remove shoes from feet, then walk on the beach. So awkward.

Someone get the lady a pair of pluggers, would you? Source: AFP

The well-heeled Duchess Kate and Prince William were at Manly Beach in Sydney this afternoon for a demonstration by the local surf club.

And there was a bit of a fuss on social media about the un-Australian choice of footwear.

That hair though. Flawless as always. Source: Getty Images

Could the formal footwear look any more out-of-place? Source: Getty Images

We can assume these youngsters were more polite than us and didn't say a word about the shoes. Source: Getty Images

Earlier, the Royals continued their royal Aussie tour with a visit to the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the showground in Homebush, and social media quickly went into overdrive at the sight of Kate's dress choice for the outing.

The stylish royal opted for a cream lace dress by Australian fashion label Zimmermann and teamed it with a pair of tan wedges and a simple clutch.

It is the first Aussie designer she has worn since arriving Down Under.

Kate Middleton arrives at the Sydney Easter Show wearing a dress by Aussie label Zimmermann. Source: INF

The Roamer Day Dress is from the upcoming Summer Swim 2014 range and retails for $495.

ROYAL WATCH: Kate wows in wattle-coloured frock

It was due to arrive in stores worldwide this June but the release date has been moved forward in response to overwhelming demand.

Within minutes the Zimmermann website was struggling as online buyers rushed to snap up the garment. No doubt Sydney sisters Nicole and Simone Zimmermann will be thrilled.

Actress Naomi Watts modelled the sleeved dress in Zimmermann's upcoming campaign.

Naomi Watts wearing the Zimmermann Roamer Day Dress. Source: Supplied

Kate Middleton arrives at the Royal Easter Show. Source: News Corp Australia

The royal pair took in the sheep shearing and wool handling, met the 2013 Wool4Skool program winner — who designed a dress for the Duchess of Cambridge — and signed the visitors book.

It's unclear whether they had time to sample a Dagwood Dog before departing.

Wills and Kate visit Fred, a super fine wool Merino from Wellington. Source: News Corp Australia

Kate meets a young fan on her visit to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Source: News Corp Australia

Prince William and Kate watch a shearing demonstration at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Source: Getty Images

This afternoon they traded the show bags and rides for a visit to Manly's Bear Cottage palliative care hospice, where they met young patients, families, volunteers and staff.

The Duchess sings with the children. Source: Getty Images

Speaking with a patient. Source: Getty Images

Prince William at Manly's Bear Cottage. Source: Getty Images

Sydneysiders were able to catch a glimpse of the royals when they visited Manly beach and watched Surf Lifesaving activities on the sand.

Prince George was left behind at Admiralty House with his nanny while his mum and dad tour around Sydney. Our next scheduled sighting of the royal bub won't be until his visits Taronga Zoo on Sunday.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrive at Sydney Airport on April 16, 2014. Source: Getty Images

Over 200,000 excited fans arrived at the showground to catch a glimpse of the couple who spent the day yesterday talking with fire fighters and local residents of the Blue Mountains.


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McKinnon showing improvement

Written By kom limapulan on Kamis, 17 April 2014 | 15.48

Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnon has been transferred out of intensive care. Source: Facebook

NEWCASTLE Knights player Alex McKinnon has been transferred out of intensive care and into a spinal rehabilitation unit as he continues his recovery from a broken neck.

McKinnon has movement in his right arm, which is improving, and he has started to get movement in his left arm.

McKinnon with his fiancee, Teigan Power. Source: Facebook

The club released a statement saying he is able to control an electronic wheelchair and further regeneration may occur over a two-year time frame.

"While there is a long road ahead for Alex, these small improvements continue to lift his spirits, as does the overwhelming amount of support he is receiving," the club said in a statement.

McKinnon had been in the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne since fracturing his C4 and C5 vertebrae in a tackle against the Melbourne Storm three weeks ago.

Seriously injured Newcastle Knights back rower Alex McKinnon announces he is engaged to his girlfriend. Source: Supplied

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What’s open this long weekend?

Have you stocked up for the long weekend? Source: Supplied

THAT four-day long weekend sounds pretty good right about now right?

Loads of gorging and drinking between the relaxing and family obligations. But have you stocked up on rations?

If you're expecting to rock up to your local supermarket to pick up dinner, or the bottle shop for a six-pack, you might be met with a closed sign. So to avoid scrounging for food at your local petrol station, be prepared.

Officially, Good Friday, Easter Saturday (except Tasmania and WA) and Easter Monday are public holidays. In NSW, Easter Sunday is also a public holiday.

So if you're working any of those days (particularly Easter Saturday which a surprising number of people don't realise is a pub hol; again, not Tassie or WA), make sure you get those amazing penalty rates.

But what does it mean for your shopping and your drinking?

Here's a rundown of the trading hours over the next four days:

NEW SOUTH WALES

Good Friday and Easter Sunday are restricted trading days in Australia's first state. So all the shops, including supermarkets, are pretty much closed, except for outside of Sydney. Smaller stores like your local corner shop are allowed to open but it's at their discretion.

If you're in the mood for some epic cocktails with your friends, grab your supplies now because come Good Friday, you won't be able to. Source: Supplied

As for libations, there are to be no takeaway sales on Good Friday anywhere so bottle-os are shut. Pubs, hotels, bars and clubs (not small bars) can trade as normal but they can't sell takeaway alcohol nor can they serve you alcohol between midnight and 5am on Easter Saturday (cinemas and theatres are exempt from this particular restriction). Restaurants and venues with an 'on-premise' licence can only serve you alcohol with food.

VICTORIA

Good Friday is a restricted trading day in Victoria so expect most things to be shut. Shops exempt from the restrictions include services such as chemists, petrol stations and video stores (remember them?). All but the smallest supermarkets are closed on Friday but should be open on Sunday.

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation told news.com.au that normal trading conditions for licensed venues don't apply on Good Friday, although exemptions exist for restaurants and cafes. Best to check with your watering hole first before you make the trek.

ACT

While not legally required to, most supermarkets and stores in Canberra will be closed on Good Friday but should open their doors on Sunday.

There's no retail therapy on Good Friday with most stores closing their doors. Source: News Limited

The ACT is known for being lenient towards what other states frown on so it's only fitting that the territory will go where the states won't. According to ACT liquor legislation, there are no restrictions on liquor sales or trading hours during the holy days, which actually makes it more lenient than certain parts of Sydney (ahem) on a normal day.

QUEENSLAND

Statewide, stores are closed on Good Friday while some regions are allowed to trade on Easter Sunday (mostly outside of Brisbane and the Gold Coast). Some places are also closed on Monday so check before you head in.

For your drinking pleasure, alcohol can be served in venues which also have food. You will also have to order and pay for food to go along with that tipple. Otherwise, it's a teetotal day for you.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Store shutters will be well rolled down across Friday, Sunday and Monday, lending window shopping a whole new meaning. But stores in the CBD tourist district will happily take your money on Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday while some stores in SA will also open on Saturday. But as always, smaller stores are exempt from the restrictions.

Locked out of the stores? Try an Easter egg hunt instead. Source: News Corp Australia

Good Friday looks to be pretty dry day for anyone looking to buy drinks without food — there are to be no 'bar' alcohol sales between midnight Thursday and 5am on Easter Saturday, unless you're an overnight guest at a hotel or motel. Falling asleep at the table does not make you a guest. Some exemptions do exist for special events that have applied for temporary licences.

TASMANIA

There are no restrictions on stores opening in Tasmania except on Good Friday. So after a rest day, Tasmanians can shop away as per normal throughout the rest of the long weekend.

And rejoice! There are no Easter long weekend alcohol restrictions in Tassie. So you can partake in good spirits (both varieties) with ease and convenience over the next four days.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

While there are no government restrictions on shops, most stores will be closed on Good Friday. Shopaholics will be happy over the weekend with retailers open on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. Monday is more touch and go. Main shopping centre Casuarina is closed on Monday but some other stores will open its doors for it.

There won't be many open waterholes in Northern Territory on Good Friday so hopefully your liquor cabinet is already stocked up. Source: Supplied

For those looking to imbibe, bottle shops and most venues will be closed on Good Friday, so you're pretty much out of luck. However, a few select bars will be open on Good Friday but you'll have to order food to get your hands on the sweet nectar.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Stores in Perth are required to remain shut on Good Friday so even shop assistants can get a break. Outside of Perth, retailers are closed Friday, Sunday and Monday. Unless, of course, it's in the exempt category which include small businesses, petrol station and the like.

Bottle shops are closed, closed, closed, with all takeaway alcohol strictly forbidden. You can still get a drink at restaurant, pub or bar, as long as it's served with food. Yum.


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