Killer Left Step-by-Step Murder Plans on Computer

Australian man followed 13 of 18 steps in slaying, is convicted

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 30, 2014 4:11 PM CDT
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(Newser) – An Australian man laid out detailed plans on how to kill somebody and get away with it, but he overlooked one key step after the murder—deleting said plans from his computer. Gareth Giles, 26, has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for breaking into his victim's home, strangling him, and burying the body—steps that were spelled out in what the judge called a "chilling" file on his computer, reports ABC Australia. "Chilling" because 13 of the 18 steps meshed in a "breathtaking way" with how the murder actually took place, she said, as per the Age.

The list begins with "Catch bus to vic's home" and includes items such as "tie vic up with rope and duct tape" and "throw vic in back of Vic's car." Giles wrote the list months ahead of the killing. ‘‘The crime was entirely motiveless, except for your expressions to your friend about your curiosity and desire to see what it felt like to kill, all of which makes you a person that may be considered very dangerous to our community," said the judge. An accomplice in the killing was previously sentenced to 25 years.

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