John Justin Bunting

Snowtown murders, Bodies in the Barrels Murders

  Active for 8 years
(1992-1999) in Australia

11

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

11

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  7. Cognitive Ability
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  9. Death
  10. 9 Timeline Events
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  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 13 Books About John Justin Bunting
  14. 4 External References
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John Justin Bunting an Australian serial killer who was the ringleader in the Snowtown murders. The Snowtown murders were a series of murders committed by John Bunting, Robert Wagner, and James Vlassakis between August 1992 and May 1999, in South Australia. On May 20th 1999, the remains of eight victims were found by the South Australian Police in six plastic barrels in an unused bank vault. A piece of the flesh of the eleventh and final victim, David Johnson, was fried and eaten by Bunting and Wagner. Robert Joe Wagner and Bunting; sentenced to eleven consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.

John Justin Bunting Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer John Justin Bunting (aka) Snowtown murders, Bodies in the Barrels Murders, was active for 8 years between 1992-1999, known to have ( 11 confirmed / 11 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: Australia

John Justin Bunting was born on September 4th 1966 in Inala, Queensland, Australia. John Justin Bunting was sexually, and physically, and abused at some point of his life.

Bunting a heterosexual male citizen of Australia. Bunting married to Elizabeth Harvey, mother of co-offender James Vlassakis..

In 1992 (Age 25/26) John Justin Bunting started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to commit acts of cannibalism, torture, strangle, and murder his victims. John Justin Bunting used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with in Salisbury North, South Australia, where Bunting was known to work as a criminal, butcher.

He was arrested on May 19th 1999 (Age 32), convicted on September 8th 2003 (Age 37), sentenced to life imprisonment, eleven consecutive terms with out the possibility of parole at a prison in Australia. Bunting was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Profile Completeness: 67%
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John Justin Bunting has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 6 months ago.

John Justin Bunting a known:

John Justin Bunting
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-02-06 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: John Bunting
Nickname: Snowtown murders, Bodies in the Barrels Murders
Victims: 11 - 11
Years Active: 1992 - 1999
Ages Active: 25/26 - 32/33
Active Countries: Australia
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1966 -     
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: Australia
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Virgo
Aug 23 - Sep 23
Birth Month: September
Marital Status: married to Elizabeth Harvey, mother of co-offender James Vlassakis.
Children: N/A
Living With: in Salisbury North, South Australia
Occupation: criminal, butcher
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Sep 4, 1966
Native Name: John Justin Bunting
Family Name: Bunting
Given Name: John
Birth Location: Inala, Queensland, Australia
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Rasied By: N/A
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Incarceration
Arrested: May 19, 1999 (Age 32)
Convicted: Sep 8, 2003 (Age 37)
Sentence: life imprisonment, eleven consecutive terms with out the possibility of parole
Prison Location: a prison in Australia
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: FALSE
Previous Jail: FALSE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
9 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
John Justin Bunting

The 9 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer John Justin Bunting. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Sep 04 1966John Justin Bunting was born in Inala, Queensland, Australia.  #19660904
Sep 04 1986
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
1992
(Age 25/26)
John Justin Bunting started his serial killing spree. #1992
Sep 04 1996
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
1999
(Age 32/33)
John Justin Bunting ended his serial killing spree. #1999
May 19 1999
(Age 32)
John Justin Bunting arrested. #19990519
Sep 08 2003
(Age 37)
John Justin Bunting was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, eleven consecutive terms with out the possibility of parole at a prison in Australia.  #20030908
Sep 04 2006
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Sep 04 2016
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
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Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
physically abused TRUE 228
sexually abused TRUE 223
used weapon TRUE 448
used gun TRUE 447
torture TRUE 421
bound TRUE 401
strangle TRUE 437
ate part of body TRUE 445
previous crimes FALSE 363
previous jail FALSE 347
previous prision FALSE 332
rape FALSE 447
stalk FALSE 413
blindfold FALSE 359
sex with body FALSE 426
mutilated FALSE 440
drank blood FALSE 436
posed body FALSE 360
totem body part FALSE 361
totem personal item FALSE 350
robbed FALSE 414


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13 Books that mention Serial Killer
John Justin Bunting

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1733630600 Serial Killer Stranglers 164
1548119644 The Big Book of Serial Ki... 60
0753547228 The Serial Killers 7
0733627382 City of Evil 2
1845297520 The Giant Book of Bad Guy... 4
1412974429 Serial Murder 26
1987902211 Serial Homicide: Australi... 4
1876462760 Crime Time 2
0733314821 The Snowtown Murders 2
0752471287 Murderers' Row 7
0522869696 Dangerous to Know Updated... 7
0730450031 Snowtown: The Bodies in B... 3
1742744222 Killing For Pleasure 2
External References
  1. Snowtown murders, John Justin Bunting on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, John Justin BUNTING on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  3. Jessica Heckel, Tracy Drum, John Justin Bunting on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Sep 14, 2018.
  4. Q2069056 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 9, 2018.
Internal References

John Justin Bunting is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #1 of 21 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in Australia
  2. #9 of 39 [ Page 1 ] of Virgo Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #11 of 41 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in September
  4. #14 of 43 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killer Cannibals sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #26 of 88 [ Page 2 ] of Serial Killer Torturers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #64 of 649 [ Page 5 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  7. #66 of 249 [ Page 5 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #161 of 649 [ Page 11 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  9. #214 of 649 [ Page 15 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  10. #336 of 649 [ Page 23 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
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