When he was 8 years old, Bunting was beaten and sexually assaulted by a friend’s older …  Shortly after the discovery of the bodies in Snowtown, the community discussed changing the name to "Rosetown", but no further actions were taken. Several individuals were involved in the murders: John Bunting, Robert Wagner and Mark Haydon were all charged with the killings; additionally, James Vlassakis pleaded guilty to four murders and provided testimony in exchange for a lesser sentence. Bianca Roberts told the latest … James Vlassakis Snowtown murderer and stepson of John Justin Bunting; sentenced to four consecutive life sentences with a non-parole period of 26 years. The authorities didn't do anything about it. In 1999, police in Snowtown, Australia, made the horrifying discovery of eight dismembered bodies in barrels. At the time of the arrest, Vlassakis lived in Bunting's home.
At age 22, Bunting worked at an abattoir and reportedly "bragged about slaughtering the animals, saying that's what he enjoyed the most".  Vlassakis pleaded guilty to four of the murders.
Bunting encouraged Wagner to assist in the various murders.
James Vlassakis is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database, Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database, an ongoing research project which aims to sort and classify serial killers based on documented references from books written about serial killers as well as other online resources listed at the bottom of each killers profile page. ", Originally published asWoman to marry Snowtown serial killer.
Similarly, the death of Thomas Trevilyan in 1997 was initially treated as a suicide. In December 2003, Bunting was convicted of committing eleven murders, and Wagner of ten murders, of which he had confessed to only three. "It might be an unconventional relationship, but James had always been the man for me and now he was going to become my husband," she said. ", Casefile True Crime Podcast - Case 19: Snowtown, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Snowtown_murders&oldid=978476230, Use Australian English from September 2013, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Articles containing potentially dated statements from 2012, All articles containing potentially dated statements, Articles lacking reliable references from June 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 15 September 2020, at 04:37.
Two more bodies were found buried in the backyard of Bunting's house in Adelaide.