Paul Denyer

Paul Denyer

Paul Denyer
Background information
Birth name: Paul Charles Denyer
Born: April 14, 1972 (1972-04-14) (age 37)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Number of victims: 3
Span of killings: June 11, 1993–July 30, 1993
Country: Australia
State(s): Victoria
Date apprehended: July 31, 1993

Paul Charles Denyer (born April 14, 1972) is an Australian serial killer, currently serving 3 consecutive sentences of life imprisonment with a non-parole period 30 years at HM Prison Barwon for the murders of Elizabeth Stevens, 18, Debbie Fream, 22, and Natalie Russell, 17, in Frankston, Victoria in 1993.[1]

Denyer is known as the “Frankston Serial Killer” due to his crimes occurring within the Frankston, Victoria area. The Frankston Serial Killer was featured in the pilot episode of the Seven Network show Forensic Investigators.


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During a seven week period in 1993, Denyer stalked and murdered three women in the Melbourne suburb of Frankston.[1] Denyer was 21 at the time of his crimes. During a police interview, Denyer’s motivation for his crimes became apparent when he replied to police questions stating he hated women in general:[2]

POLICE: Can you explain why we have women victims?
DENYER: I just hate them.
POLICE: I beg your pardon.
DENYER: I hate them.
POLICE: Those particular girls or women in general?
DENYER: General.


The first victim was 18 year old Elizabeth Stevens. She had just alighted from a bus to Langwarrin when she was dragged to nearby Lloyd Park. Her throat was slashed and a criss-cross pattern was carved into her chest.

A month later, the second victim, Deborah Fream, was abducted in the early evening. She had left her car unlocked to run into a store to buy milk. Denyer climbed into back seat, and highjacked the car after Fream drove from the store. She was taken to Taylor’s Road, like Stevens, her throat was slashed savagely. She had left her 12 day old baby at home with a friend when she left to buy the milk.

The third and final victim, 17 year old Natalie Russell, was attacked while walking home early from school. She had taken a bike track through a park which was a short cut to her home. She dragged through a large hole in a wire fence, but put up a huge fight. This made Denyer angry, and he slashed at her head and neck. Russell’s death was the most brutal.

Rosza Toth was walking home from Seaford railway station one evening when she was dragged towards the toilet block. She managed to break free of Denyer’s grasp and notified police.

Connections with the 1990 disappearance of Sarah MacDiarmid were made. MacDiarmid’s body has never been found. The only evidence suggesting a crime was a pool of blood next to her car, parked at Kananook railway station. Denyer had denied involvement in MacDiarmid’s disappearance.

Similar connections to the murder of Michelle Brown have also been discussed.[who?] She was found naked, and her body was too decomposed to examine the injuries.

Sex reassignment requests

Denyer began dressing as a female while imprisoned.

Whilst imprisoned, Denyer requested to be allowed to purchase and wear women’s cosmetics, which was denied.

Denyer also filed freedom of information requests to learn of the Victorian government’s policy on gender reassignment surgery for prisoners and has sought evaluation to determine his suitability for such surgery, which was also rejected by medical specialists [2]


Further reading

  • The Frankston Murders: The True Story of Serial Killer Paul Denyer [ISBN 1-877006-00-9], by Vikki Petraitis.

External links

NAME Denyer, Paul
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Denyer, Paul Charles
DATE OF BIRTH April 14, 1972
PLACE OF BIRTH Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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