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John Martin Scripps
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    (December 9, 1959-April 19, 1996)
    Born in Letchworth, England, United Kingdom
    Legally changed his name to John Martin
    Killed tourists Gerald Lowe in Singapore and Shelia and Darin Damude in Thailand
    Suspected in three additional murders in Belize, Mexico and the United States
    Nicknamed 'the tourist from Hell'
    Became the first Briton executed in Singapore since independence
    He was repeatedly arrested for burglary and drug trafficking.
    While in prison, he worked as a butcher, training he later put to use in disposing of his victims.
    He escaped while on home leave (October 31, 1994), which had been granted even though his mother had written to the prison warning that he had sold his belongings to fellow prisoners, a clear sign that he was not planning to return.
    He would immobilize victims with an electroshock device, then bludgeon them to death with a hammer.
    During police interrogation after his arrest, he broke a glass panel and tried to slash his wrists.
    At his trial in Singapore, he claimed to have killed Lowe in self-defense after Lowe tried to have sex with him.
    That alibi didn't explain why he spent the days after Lowe's death on a shoping spree with Lowe's credit cards.
    His trial was 'one of the most grisly' in Singapore history since photos of dismembered body parts were shown as evidence.
    When he was nine, his father committed suicide.
    His mother said about the warning she had provided, 'The Home Office have buried their head in the sand over this. They know full well that if they had done what I told them, none of this would have ever happened. I begged them not to let him go.'
    He dropped an appeal of his sentence and turned down a chance to petition the president of Singapore for clemency, saying he was impatient to be executed.

Credit: C. Fishel

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