Eric Edgar Cooke an Australian serial killer known as the Night Caller. Cooke terrorized the city of Perth assaulting twenty-two people at random with various means, killing eight of them. His behavior was inconsistent and bizarre, Cooke was known to shoot, stab or strangle his victims. Cooke was arrested after authorities waited for him to return and retrieve a rifle he hid in a bush. In 1963, Eric Edgar Cooke was sentenced to death by hanging which was carried out in 1964 at Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Serial Killer Eric Edgar Cooke (aka) The Night Caller, was active for 5 years between 1959-1963, known to have ( 8 confirmed / 8 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: Australia
Eric Edgar Cooke was born on February 25th 1931 in Victoria Park, Perth, Western Australia, Australia. He was born 1st of 3 children and raised by both parents. Cooke was raised as a oldest child and had two brothers or sisters. His father, Vivian Thomas Cooke, a native of Australia who worked as a shop-assistant. His mother, Christian Edgar, a native of Scotland. His father abused alcohol and/or drugs. He had a head injury as well as a physically defect. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems, including being teased or picked on. Eric Edgar Cooke was physically psychologically abused at some point of his life.
Cooke a heterosexual male citizen of Australia. Cooke completed 9 years of school, no degree received. Cooke married, Sarah (Sally) Lavin on October 14th 1953 at the Methodist Church in Cannington, Perth, Western Australia, Eric (Age 22). He had three daughters and four sons.
Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison. He saw a psychologist.
In 1959 (Age 27/28) Eric Edgar Cooke started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, commit acts of necrophilia, strangle, rape, and murder his victims. Eric Edgar Cooke used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. He was known to kill at the home of the victim. He positioned or posed at least one body after death. At the time of his crimes he was living with his wife and seven children, where Cooke was known to work as a serial killer.
He was arrested on September 1st 1963 (Age 32), convicted on November 28th 1963 (Age 32), sentenced to death by hanging at Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia. Cooke was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime. Eric Edgar Cooke was executed on October 26th 1964 (Age 33).
Eric Edgar Cooke died on October 26th 1964 (Age 33), cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging at Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia. He is buried at Fremantle Cemetery,.
Eric Edgar Cooke has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 years ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Necrophilia, also called thanatophilia, is a sexual attraction or sexual act involving corpses. Serial Killer Necrophiliacs have been known to have sex with the body of their victim(s).
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|Name:||Eric Edgar Cooke|
|Nickname:||The Night Caller|
|Victims:||8 - 8|
|Years Active:||1959 - 1963|
|Ages Active:||27/28 - 31/32|
|Life Span:||1931 - 1964|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♓ Pisces |
Feb 18 - Mar 20
|Marital Status:||married, Sarah (Sally) Lavin on October 14th 1953 at the Methodist Church in Cannington, Perth, Western Australia, Eric (Age 22)|
|Children:||three daughters and four sons|
|Living With:||his wife and seven children|
|D.O.B.:||Feb 25, 1931|
|Birth Location:||Victoria Park, Perth, Western Australia, Australia|
|Birth Order:||1st of 3|
|Siblings:||two brothers or sisters|
|Raised By:||both parents|
|Birth Category:||oldest child|
|Mother:||Christian Edgar, a native of Scotland|
|Father:||Vivian Thomas Cooke, a native of Australia who worked as a shop-assistant|
|Highest School:||9 years of school|
|Highest Degree:||no degree received|
|Arrested:||Sep 1, 1963 (Age 32)|
|Convicted:||Nov 28, 1963 (Age 32)|
|Sentence:||death by hanging|
|Prison Location:||Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia|
|Executed:||Oct 26, 1964 (Age 33)|
|Death Date:||Oct 26, 1964 (Age 33)|
|Manner of Death:||capital punishment|
|Cause of Death:||executed by hanging|
|Death Location:||Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia|
|Burial Location:||Fremantle Cemetery,|
|Killed In Prison:||FALSE|
The 8 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Feb 25 1931||Eric Edgar Cooke was born in Victoria Park, Perth, Western Australia, Australia. #19310225|
|Feb 25 1951|
|Eric Edgar Cooke started his serial killing spree. #1959|
|Feb 25 1961|
|Eric Edgar Cooke ended his serial killing spree. #1963|
|Sep 01 1963|
|Eric Edgar Cooke arrested. #19630901|
|Nov 28 1963|
|Eric Edgar Cooke was convictedand sentenced to death by hanging at Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia. #19631128|
|Oct 26 1964|
|Eric Edgar Cookewas executed.cause of death:capital punishment,executed by hangingat Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia.He is buried at Fremantle Cemetery, . #19641026|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Eric Edgar Cooke (1959-1963).
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|living with children||TRUE||268|
|father drug abuse||TRUE||192|
|problems in school||TRUE||221|
|teased in school||TRUE||218|
|kill at victims home||TRUE||323|
|sex with body||TRUE||430|
|killed in prison||FALSE||218|
|mother drug abuse||FALSE||195|
|kill at killers home||FALSE||320|
|ate part of body||FALSE||451|
|totem body part||FALSE||365|
|totem personal item||FALSE||354|
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|1987902211||Serial Homicide: Australi...||RJ Parker Ph.D.|| 4 Total Including |
Robert Joe Wagner
|1863950699||The Best Australian Essay...||Peter Craven||Eric Edgar Cooke||1|
|1742734626||Broken Lives||Catherine Saxelby||Eric Edgar Cooke||1|
|0522869696||Dangerous to Know Updated...||James Morton|| 7 Total Including |
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Eric Edgar Cooke (25 February 1931 – 26 October 1964), nicknamed the "Night Caller", was an Australian serial killer. From 1959 to 1963, he terrorised the city of Perth, Western Australia, by committing 22 violent crimes, eight of which resulted in deaths.
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