APN Newsdesk's RAE WILSON looks back on the crimes that shocked us all in New South Wales.
POLICE launched a massive manhunt after a man was beheaded on the NSW North Coast in June.
Jonathon Andrew Stenberg, 46, was tracked down more than 3500km away in Darwin before being extradited back to NSW to face a murder charge for decapitating Edward "Ned" Kelly, 54.
Stenberg allegedly walked into the Broadwater pub a few days before the killing and announced to a local he was "here to hunt Ned Kelly".
Murdered over bad references
A FORMER US marine was sentenced to life in jail for murdering his boss because he believed she gave him bad references, which made it hard for him to find work in Sydney and avoid deportation.
In one of the state's most bizarre murder cases, Walter Marsh meticulously planned the cold, merciless killing, which involved cutting Michelle Beets' neck all the way through and stabbing her chest multiple times on her doorstep.
Marsh had a serious brain injury from a traffic crash.
Fake collar bomb extortion attempt
THE extortion attempt using a fake collar bomb around a Sydney schoolgirl's neck earned Paul Douglas Peters more than 13 years in jail, with a 10-year non-parole period.
Peters, 50, entered the $12 million Mosman home and tied a black metal box around Madeleine Pulver, 18, with a bike chain.
He attached a note for her wealthy parents noting there would be an explosion unless they sent funds to him.
Tasered and then shot dead by police
THE son of former Balmain rugby player Neil Pringle was tasered and then shot dead when police ended nine hours of terror at a commune on a remote property south-east of Tenterfield near the NSW-Queensland border.
Ryan Pringle, 33, turned up at the Rainbow Family's remote campsite in April and reportedly appeared to have a psychotic episode.
He took 10 people hostage, assaulted them and threatened the group with a crossbow and knife.
Matthew Milat murdered his friend with an axe
A RELATIVE of convicted serial killer Ivan Milat murdered his friend with an axe in the same bushland his great uncle slaughtered seven backpackers in the 1990s.
Matthew Milat, 19, told his 17-year-old victim he was just "doing what my family does" before brutally beheading him in Belanglo Forest. He was sentenced to a maximum 43 years.
Police shoot two indigenous teenagers in Kings Cross
THE police shooting of two indigenous teenagers in Kings Cross in Sydney sparked protests outside the NSW Parliament.
Officers wounded the boys, aged 14 and 17, after the stolen car they were travelling in mounted the pavement and hit two women.
Officers were accused of brutality after video emerged showing an officer punching and dragging one of the teens while arresting him.
Sydney police also had to deal with more than 50 shootings across the city this year, mostly attributed to criminal organisations and gangs.