John Wayne Glover: The Granny Killer

Trial & Sentencing

When he was charged with murdering six elderly women, his wife Gay and their two daughters, both in their late teens, were stunned. There had never been the slightest inclination that the man they loved as husband and father was the Granny Killer.

At his trial in November 1991, John Wayne Glover pleaded not guilty to six counts of murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility; in other words Glover claimed that he was temporarily insane when he carried out the murders. The jury did not agree and it took them just two and a half hours to find that Glover was both guilty and sane.

Justice Wood sentenced Glover to six life terms of imprisonment and said in part:

"The period since January 1989 has been one of intense and serious crime involving extreme violence inflicted on elderly women, accompanied by the theft or robbery of their property. On any view, the prisoner has shown himself to be an exceedingly dangerous person and that view was mirrored by the opinions of the psychiatrists who have given evidence at his trial.

"I have no alternative other than to impose the maximum available sentence, which means that the prisoner will be required to spend the remainder of his natural life in jail. "It is inappropriate to express any date as to release on parole. Having regard to those life sentences, this is not a case where the prisoner may ever be released pursuant to order of this court."

John Wayne Glover, the Granny Killer, is never to be released.

John Wayne Glover being led from court
John Wayne Glover being led from court

In September 2005, John Wayne Glover hanged himself in his cell.

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