John Martin Scripps (1959–1996) was a British spree killer who
murdered three tourists—Gerard Lowe in Singapore, and Sheila and Darin
Damude in Thailand—with another three unconfirmed victims. He posed as
a tourist himself when committing the murders, for which British
tabloids nickname him "the tourist from Hell". He would stay in the same
hotels as his victims in a room near theirs. Once he had an excuse to be
in their rooms, he would use an electroshock weapon to immobilise them
before killing them. Martin was arrested in Singapore when he returned
there after murdering the Damudes. Photographs of decomposed body parts
were shown as evidence during his trial, making it "one of the most
grisly" ever heard in Singapore. He defended himself by saying that
Lowe's death had been an accident and that a friend of his had killed
the Damudes. The judge did not believe Martin's account of events and
sentenced him to death by hanging, making him the first Briton in
Singapore since Singapore's independence to be given the death penalty.
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