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Post by Guest on Thu May 19, 2011 5:27 pm

A male nurse has been found guilty of murdering his first wife and attempting to kill his second as part of a plot to pocket almost £1m in insurance payouts.

The jury concluded that Malcolm Webster's "insatiable appetite for wealth" drove him to the crimes. He was labelled "one of the most notorious criminals of modern times" by the prosecution at the High Court in Glasgow.


The nurse killed his first wife and tried to murder his second too

The 52-year-old from Guildford, Surrey, killed his first wife, Claire Morris, 15 years ago after staging a car crash on a rural road in Aberdeenshire. Webster drugged her before driving their Jeep down an embankment and, while she lay unconscious in the passenger, he set fire to the vehicle. He pocketed more than £200,000 in a life insurance pay-out and, within weeks of his wife's death, splashed out on a new yacht and 4x4 vehicle. Five years later, he staged a repeat performance on the other side of the world with wife number two, Felicity Drumm, a New Zealand resident.


Malcolm Webster's second wife Felicity Drumm (left) and Simone Bannerjee (right)

In Auckland, he packed a petrol can and lighter into their car and deliberately crashed into a tree. He stood to gain more than £750,000 from her estate and life insurance had she died - but the plot failed when 50-year-old Miss Drumm survived. Like his first wife, she experienced episodes of fatigue and suspected that Webster had been spiking her food and drink. By 2008, Webster had returned to the UK and was back on the money trail. He struck up a relationship with 41-year-old nursing manager Simone Bannerjee in Oban, Argyll.

He lied to her, claiming that he was suffering from leukaemia and even shaved his hair and eyebrows to maintain the charade. The pair became engaged and, in her will, she signed over her estate to him. What he did not tell her was that he had not divorced his second wife or that he was juggling relationships with at least three other women at the time. The blossoming romance was only brought to an abrupt halt by Grampian Police, who wrote to his new partner in order to detail Webster's past. He duly ended up before the court, convicted of murder, attempted murder and of attempting to marry Ms Bannerjee bigamously to gain access to her estate.


Malcolm Webster was interested in serial killer Harold Shipman

Peter Morris, the brother of Ms Morris, told Sky News: "He not only killed my sister, but he violated her memory by taking future girlfriends to her graveside and trying to attract their sympathy for what supposedly happened to him. I don't think it gets any more vile than that."

Detectives found reports on Webster's computer relating to serial killer GP Harold Shipman. The family of his first wife believe Webster would have killed again had he not been caught. Mr Morris added: "There was a compulsion to do it again and that would lead you to a logical conclusion that there would be a further compulsion, even now, to do it to someone else and to fraudulently get more insurance."

Lindsey Miller, head of the serious and organised crime division at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), said: "Webster was a calculating criminal who wove a web of lies and deceit around people who entered his life in good faith." He added: "He took careful steps to cover up his crimes, including using specialist medical knowledge gained through his career as a nurse."

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Malcolm-Webster-Male-Nurse-Guilty-Of-Murdering-First-Wife-Claire-Morris-In-Staged-Car-Crash/Article/201105315995244?lpos=UK_News_Carousel_Region_2&lid=ARTICLE_15995244_Malcolm_Webster%3A_Male_Nurse_Guilty_Of_Murdering_First_Wife_Claire_Morris_In_Staged_Car_Crash


A nurse? Surely he should have been saving lives not taking them? How many more women would he have killed had he not been caught? Evil or Very Mad

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Post by Guest on Thu May 19, 2011 5:46 pm

Well done to the Grampian Police there in writing to her

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Post by Guest on Thu May 19, 2011 7:01 pm

Thank you Seren. Yes I know that sounds stupid, but you pointed out these stories because of the seriousness of the crimes, not because of their skin colour or where they came from. I was beginning to think that was the only type of crime reporting on here!

Its truly sickening that someone trained to save lives, who people trust, could do those things.

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Post by Guest on Thu May 19, 2011 7:39 pm

sassy1261 wrote:Thank you Seren. Yes I know that sounds stupid, but you pointed out these stories because of the seriousness of the crimes, not because of their skin colour or where they came from. I was beginning to think that was the only type of crime reporting on here!

Its truly sickening that someone trained to save lives, who people trust, could do those things.

Indeed. What I hate is hypocrisy and here we have the police actually doing their job. Too many times I read about the police considering the rights of the perpetrators above those of the victims. Whatever their race or religion, it's wrong to not show consistency in policing and providing justice for all members in society regardless.

There are evil predators like this out there and its good this one has been caught.

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Post by Guest on Thu May 19, 2011 7:52 pm

Seren wrote:

Indeed. What I hate is hypocrisy and here we have the police actually doing their job. Too many times I read about the police considering the rights of the perpetrators above those of the victims. Whatever their race or religion, it's wrong to not show consistency in policing and providing justice for all members in society regardless.

There are evil predators like this out there and its good this one has been caught.

Agreed, once they have been proved guilty, as far as I am concerned perpetrators have no rights, who or whatever they are!!!!

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Post by Guest on Thu May 19, 2011 8:01 pm

sassy1261 wrote:Thank you Seren. Yes I know that sounds stupid, but you pointed out these stories because of the seriousness of the crimes, not because of their skin colour or where they came from. I was beginning to think that was the only type of crime reporting on here!

Its truly sickening that someone trained to save lives, who people trust, could do those things.

Hey Sassy I love you x

Hope you're ok, noticed you've been a bit p'd off xxxx

To be honest I never think about "skin colour or where they came from". I posted this topic as with all threads I post because the stories have touched me in some way. In a good way, a bad way, because I would like to learn more about the subject or I just wanted to share it with other posters.

I don't think about if my opinion is left or right, it's just how I feel. I've never met people in my offline life who use someone's political beliefs as an insult Sad

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