Eric Edgar Cooke

The Night Caller

  Active for 5 years
(1959-1963) in Australia

8

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

8

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 8 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 11 Books About Eric Edgar Cooke
  14. 8 External References
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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.

Eric Edgar Cooke Serial Killer Profile

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,.

Profile Completeness: 99%
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Eric Edgar Cooke has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 1 year ago.

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Eric Edgar Cooke
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-02-15 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Eric Edgar Cooke
Nickname: The Night Caller
Victims: 8 - 8
Years Active: 1959 - 1963
Ages Active: 27/28 - 31/32
Active Countries: Australia
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1931 - 1964
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: Australia
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Pisces
Feb 18 - Mar 20
Birth Month: February
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
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Feb 25, 1931
Family Name: Cooke
Given Name: Eric
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

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: 9 years of school
Highest Degree: no degree received

Incarceration
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)
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: TRUE

Death Information
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
Suicide: FALSE
8 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Eric Edgar Cooke

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.

Date Event Description
Feb 25 1931Eric Edgar Cooke was born in Victoria Park, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.  #19310225
Feb 25 1951
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
1959
(Age 27/28)
Eric Edgar Cooke started his serial killing spree. #1959
Feb 25 1961
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
1963
(Age 31/32)
Eric Edgar Cooke ended his serial killing spree. #1963
Sep 01 1963
(Age 32)
Eric Edgar Cooke arrested. #19630901
Nov 28 1963
(Age 32)
Eric Edgar Cooke was convictedand sentenced to death by hanging at Fremantle Prison in Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia.  #19631128
Oct 26 1964
(Age 33)
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
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Killer
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living with children TRUE 268
father drug abuse TRUE 192
problems in school TRUE 221
teased in school TRUE 218
physically defect TRUE 300
head injury TRUE 299
physically abused TRUE 231
psychologically abused TRUE 224
psychologist TRUE 258
previous crimes TRUE 366
previous jail TRUE 351
previous prision TRUE 336
kill at victims home TRUE 322
used weapon TRUE 452
used gun TRUE 450
rape TRUE 452
strangle TRUE 442
sex with body TRUE 429
posed body TRUE 364
robbed TRUE 417
suicide FALSE 219
killed in prison FALSE 212
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
xyy FALSE 81
speach defect FALSE 300
sexually abused FALSE 226
drug abuse FALSE 226
alcohol abuse FALSE 226
forensic hospital FALSE 257
previous killed FALSE 208
kill at killers home FALSE 319
torture FALSE 425
stalk FALSE 417
blindfold FALSE 362
bound FALSE 405
mutilated FALSE 446
ate part of body FALSE 450
drank blood FALSE 441
totem body part FALSE 364
totem personal item FALSE 353


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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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External References
  1. Q656808 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Nov 6, 2018.
  2. Eric Edgar Cooke on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Nov 6, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Eric Edgar COOKE on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Nov 6, 2018.
  4. Estelle Blackburn, Eric Edgar Cooke on www.cla.asn.au, Retrieved on Nov 6, 2018.
  5. Paul Genoni, Eric Edgar Cooke on espace.curtin.edu.au, Retrieved on Nov 6, 2018.
  6. Graham Pidco, Who Killed Rosemary Anderson? on classic.austlii.edu.au, Retrieved on Nov 6, 2018.
  7. Eric Cooke on www.serienkillers.de, Retrieved on Feb 17, 2019.
  8. Eric Edgar Cooke on criminalia.es, Retrieved on May 22, 2019.
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Eric Edgar Cooke is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #3 of 21[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in Australia
  2. #12 of 651[ Page 1 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  3. #13 of 40[ Page 1 ] of Pisces Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #14 of 38[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in February
  5. #31 of 60[ Page 3 ] of Serial Killer Necrophiliacs sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #101 of 651[ Page 7 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  7. #103 of 250[ Page 7 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #121 of 307[ Page 9 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  9. #233 of 651[ Page 16 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  10. #287 of 651[ Page 20 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
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