Killer's Jarring Google Searches Did Her In

One example in Australian case: 'Killing someone with axe what part of body to go for'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2022 9:40 AM CDT
Killer's Jarring Google Searches Did Her In

A 34-year-old Australian woman is going to prison for 27 years for murdering her partner with an axe. As the Australian Associated Press and ABC Australia report, the unidentified woman told police she acted in self-defense in the moment, but a sampling of her Google searches in the weeks leading up to the slaying cast some serious doubt on that:

  • “Killing someone with axe what part of body to go for”
  • “Can you kill someone with hot boiling water”
  • “Is it really easy to murder somebody with a knife”
  • “What is the fastest part of body to kill someone with the axe”
  • "How to poison someone"
  • "The five top poisons"

Police say the couple had a history of violence toward each other—the victim had three convictions for domestic violence, and the woman was under the equivalent of a restraining order at the time of the murder after her partner reported being attacked with a meat cleaver. Detectives say the woman plotted his death because she discovered an affair, took a taxi to his Sydney residence, and struck him with an axe multiple times as he looked down at his iPad in 2020, per 9News. She later smoked a cigarette while waiting for a taxi to take her to the police station, where detectives say she lied about the attack. She was not identified in court because it would reveal the identities of her children. (More Australia stories.)

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