William MacDonald

The Sydney Mutilator

  Active for 2 years
(1961-1962) in Australia




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  2. Serial Killer Profile
  3. Serial Killer Type
  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 12 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 4 Books About William MacDonald
  14. 4 External References
  15. Internal References

William MacDonald (born Allan Ginsberg) an Australian serial killer known as the The Sydney Mutilator. MacDonald claims he was raped in an air-raid shelter by one of his corporals while enlisted in the Army. He was charged with indecent assault when he touched a detective on the penis in a public toilet in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. MacDonald murdered male derelicts in Sydney and Brisbane between 1961 and 1962. He would violently stab victims with a long bladed knife and sever their penis and testicles. He was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences in 1963. In 2015, William MacDonald died of natural causes while still in prison.

William MacDonald Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer William MacDonald (aka) The Sydney Mutilator, was active for 2 years between 1961-1962, known to have ( 5 confirmed / 5 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: Australia

William MacDonald was born on June 17th 1924 in Liverpool, city in Merseyside, England, United Kingdom. He was born 2nd of 3 children He was raised as a middle child and had two brothers or sisters. William MacDonald was sexually, and physically, and abused at some point of his life.

William MacDonald a heterosexual male citizen of Australia. He never married. He had no children.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes. He was known to abuse alcohol. He saw a psychologist and spent time in a Forensic Hospital.

In 1961 (Age 36/37) William MacDonald started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to strangle, mutilate, and murder his victims. He was known to kill at both his home and the home of the victim. He would keep parts of the victims body after the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone in East Sydney, Australia, where he was known to work as a serial killer.

William MacDonald died on May 12th 2015 (Age 90), cause of death: abdominal perforation at Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, New South Wales, Australia.

Profile Completeness: 88%
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William MacDonald has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 5 years ago.

William MacDonald a known:

William MacDonald
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-02-15 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: William MacDonald
Nickname: The Sydney Mutilator
Victims: 5 - 5
Years Active: 1961 - 1962
Ages Active: 36/37 - 37/38
Active Countries: Australia
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1924 - 2015
Gender: Male
Citizenship: Australia
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Gemini
May 21 - Jun 21
Birth Month: June
Marital Status: never married
Children: no children
Living With: himself, alone in East Sydney, Australia
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Jun 17, 1924
Given Name: William
Birth Location: Liverpool, city in Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
Birth Order: 2nd of 3
Siblings: two brothers or sisters
Raised By: N/A
Birth Category: middle child
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A

Cognitive Ability
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Arrested: N/A
Convicted: N/A
Sentence: N/A
Prison Location: N/A
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: FALSE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: May 12, 2015 (Age 90)
Cause of Death: abdominal perforation
Death Location: Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
Killed In Prison: FALSE
Suicide: FALSE
12 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
William MacDonald

The 12 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer William MacDonald. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Jun 17 1924William MacDonald was born in Liverpool, city in Merseyside, England, United Kingdom.  #19240617
Jun 17 1944
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Jun 17 1954
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
(Age 36/37)
William MacDonald started his serial killing spree. #1961
(Age 37/38)
William MacDonald ended his serial killing spree. #1962
Jun 17 1964
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Jun 17 1974
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Jun 17 1984
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
Jun 17 1994
(Age 70)
70th Birthday
Jun 17 2004
(Age 80)
80th Birthday
Jun 17 2014
(Age 90)
90th Birthday
May 12 2015
(Age 90)
William MacDonalddied.cause of death:abdominal perforationat Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, New South Wales, Australia. #20150512

Serial Killers By Active Year

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Serial Killer
Boolean Questions:
physically abused TRUE 231
sexually abused TRUE 226
alcohol abuse TRUE 226
psychologist TRUE 258
forensic hospital TRUE 257
previous crimes TRUE 367
kill at killers home TRUE 320
kill at victims home TRUE 323
used weapon TRUE 453
strangle TRUE 443
mutilated TRUE 447
totem body part TRUE 365
living with children FALSE 268
suicide FALSE 225
killed in prison FALSE 218
father drug abuse FALSE 192
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
problems in school FALSE 221
teased in school FALSE 218
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
head injury FALSE 299
psychologically abused FALSE 224
drug abuse FALSE 226
previous jail FALSE 352
previous prision FALSE 336
previous killed FALSE 208
used gun FALSE 451
rape FALSE 453
torture FALSE 426
stalk FALSE 418
blindfold FALSE 363
bound FALSE 406
sex with body FALSE 430
ate part of body FALSE 451
drank blood FALSE 442
posed body FALSE 365
totem personal item FALSE 354
robbed FALSE 418

Books that Mention William MacDonald

Book: Serial Killer Stranglers (mentions serial killer William MacDonald)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Stranglers
Book: Early Christian and Byzantine Archi... (mentions serial killer William MacDonald)
William L. MacDonald
Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture
Book: Believer's Bible Commentary, Ebook (mentions serial killer William MacDonald)
Thomas Nelson
Believer's Bible Commentary, Ebook
Book: Sir William C. Macdonald (mentions serial killer William MacDonald)
William Fong
Sir William C. Macdonald

4 Books that mention Serial Killer
William MacDonald

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630600 Serial Killer Stranglers 164
0807603384 Early Christian and Byzan... 1
0718091558 Believer's Bible Commenta... 1
0773560432 Sir William C. Macdonald 1
External References
  1. Q8014964 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Dec 24, 2018.
  2. William MacDonald (serial killer) on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 24, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, William MacDONALD on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 24, 2018.
  4. Mark Morri, The Mutilator dead at 90: William MacDonald on www.dailytelegraph.com.au, Retrieved on Jan 10, 2019.
Internal References

William MacDonald is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #8 of 21[ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in Australia
  2. #18 of 34[ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in June
  3. #23 of 40[ Page 2 ] of Gemini Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #157 of 651[ Page 11 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  5. #159 of 250[ Page 11 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #367 of 651[ Page 25 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  7. #394 of 651[ Page 27 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #478 of 651[ Page 32 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
Serial Killers Statistics, charts William MacDonald is included in: Active Serial Killers by Country, Serial Killers By Gender, Age of Serial Killer by Date, Killers By Astrological Sign, Killers By Birth Month, Sexual Preference, Birth Category, Active Serial Killers by Year and Statistical Boolean Questions.
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