Shocking Crimes That Have Shaken Singapore Since 1965

The Tontine killing (1974)

Police officers removing an earthernware jar containing a woman’s torso. It belonged to Madam Quek Lay Eng. PHOTO: ST FILE

Sim Joo Keow fought with her sister-in-law over money, strangled her, dismembered her body, then hid the pieces in different places.


Swimming trunk gang (1975)

ROBBERS: Khalil (left) and Suhaymi of the swimming trunk gang arriving for court before being sentenced to 64 years in jail and 144 strokes of the cane in total. PHOTO: ST FILE

Greed proved the downfall of these serial robbers, who struck in nothing more than underwear. They were believed to have been responsible for some 500 offences including housebreakings, thefts and armed robberies. Their total haul amounted to nearly $500,000 – an all-time record in local criminal history then.


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