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US Making Movie About Female Australian Cannibal Killer

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John Price, left, with Katherine Knight in an undated photo.John Price, left, with Katherine Knight in an undated photo.

She's been called Australia's worst female killer, and when she killed and cooked her boyfriend, the crime was considered so gory and disturbing that newspapers in her home country elected not to report on the story.

But now Katherine Knight may become a household name as a Hollywood production company looks to turn her story into a true crime thriller.

Knight, who's now 60, became the first Australian woman sentenced to prison for life without the possibility of parole when she was convicted of murdering her then-boyfriend, John Price, according to the Daily Mail.

The couple had a long and tumultuous relationship that involved frequent fights, make-up sex, and violent outbursts -- including a stabbing -- that ultimately led Price to break up with Knight and get a restraining order, according to the New York Daily News.

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Price told authorities he was worried for the safety of his children, as well as his own safety. In a previous relationship with a man named Dave Saunders, Knight had displayed psychotic behavior -- she killed his puppy after a fight, and when he stayed out too late with friends one night, Knight hit him in the head with an iron and stabbed him in the chest with a pair of scissors, the Daily News reported. The stabbing left Saunders in the hospital for three days.

On Feb. 29, 2000, the day he threw Knight out of his house and obtained the restraining order, Price told colleagues at work that if he didn't show up the next day, it would be because Knight had killed him.

Price went drinking with a friend that night, then went home and fell asleep, reports the Daily Mail. He awoke to find Knight in black lingerie, and Knight tried to work her way back into Price's good graces, which eventually culminated in make-up sex, the newspaper said.

When Price fell asleep, Knight stabbed him with a boning knife. Wounded and bleeding profusely, Price stumbled out of the bedroom and tried to escape, according to a story in the Daily Telegraph. Knight followed him, stabbing him in the back as he tried to get away.

Police later found bloodstains on the handle of the home's front door and doorstep, showing that Price had almost made it out of the house, but he collapsed from a total of 37 stab wounds.

After taking her dead boyfriend's bank card and withdrawing $1,000 from his account, Knight returned to the home and mutilated her former lover's body. She skinned Price's corpse, according to the Telegraph, and hung the skinned flesh inside the front doorway of the house.

Knight then decapitated Price and placed his head into a pot, where she added vegetables and cooked it in a stew, the newspaper said. Other parts of Price's body were sliced off and baked in the oven along with peeled vegetables.

When Knight was done, she portioned out the "stew" and meat, carefully arranging dinner plates and leaving place cards with the names of Price's children next to each plate, the Telegraph reported.

Price didn't show up to work the next morning, worrying his co-workers who'd heard him say his ex-girlfriend would try to kill him. When a neighbor went to his home to check on him and found blood stains on the front steps, he called police.

Detective Sgt. Bob Wells, who was one of the first officers to the crime scene, told the Telegraph he couldn't shake the horror of what he saw when he walked into the house.

"It’s an image that I’m still trying to come to grips with today," Wells said.

Police found an incoherent and dazed Knight still in the home, and took her into custody. She was convicted of the murder in October of 2001, and remains in prison at Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre, a women's prison about 13 miles north of Sydney, Australia.

Shoreline Entertainment, an American production company that has produced films with titles like "Ninja Cheerleaders," "Dracula Reborn," and "The Signal," said it's developing the movie with Australian producer Dane Millerd and screenwriter Ross Murray, according to the Daily Mail.

"Some of Australia's most successful films have been gritty, true crime stories," the company wrote in a statement. "We believe in the international potential of this story."

Sources: The Telegraph via Canadian Children's Rights Council, Daily Mail, New York Daily News / Photo credit: Supplied/Daily Mail

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