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  1. Cooke's final walk still echoes

    Cooke's final walk still echoes

    Fifty years ago tomorrow, Eric Edgar Cooke, 33, sat on a stool next to a bucket in a tiny white cell and prepared for the gallows.

  2. Family's life of mixed emotions

    Family's life of mixed emotions

    On the same day every year, she walks down death row, flowers in hand, to a cell where the condemned once waited for the noose and a long drop. Within the walls of the old Fremantle prison, she lays the stems and petals down in memory of the last man to hang in WA.

  3. 'Angels' return a  childhood taken by violence

    'Angels' return a childhood taken by violence

    When Eric Edgar Cooke committed his first murder 54 years ago this week, he left an eight-year-old boy without a mother and without any memory of her.

  4. How the cops caught a killer

    How the cops caught a killer

    It was dark as hell on Rookwood Street, midnight had been and gone like a faithless lover, and the two lawmen waited silently for a killer to come calling.

  5. No escaping unharmed for Cooke victims

    No escaping unharmed for Cooke victims

    There is a horseshoe-shaped scar on the inside of Rowena Driscoll's left wrist, where the murderer they called a monster left his mark.

  6. Police pictures revealed

    Police pictures revealed

    Chilling crime scene photographs and evidence gathered by police in their hunt for notorious serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke can be shown today for the first time — 50 years after the last man to hang in WA went on a murderous rampage which shattered Perth’s innocence for ever.

  7. Police pictures emerge after 50 years

    Police pictures emerge after 50 years

    Chilling crime scene photographs and evidence gathered by police in their hunt for notorious serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke can be shown today for the first time - 50 years after the last man to hang in WA went on a murderous rampage which shattered Perth's innocence for ever.

  8. Chilling murders shocked us all

    Chilling murders shocked us all

    Can it really be 50 years ago that The West Australian’s front page jumped out and walloped me? The memory is so sharp that it seems barely months ago that I read that my friend John Sturkey had been murdered in his bed.

  9. The making of a serial killer

    The making of a serial killer

    Eric Edgar Cooke was a perfect fit for the serial killer type identified by criminal profilers.

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