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Killer strangled girlfriend before texting sisters pretending to be her

A killer who strangled his girlfriend has complained about being jailed with other murderers – and blamed the victim for her own death.

Adam Margolis, 41, attacked Mai Yia Vang, 26, at his home in Bendigo, Australia, in February 2018.

The pair had met on online chatroom Omegle just a month before he carried out the murder, the Australian Associated Press reports.

Margolis left Ms Vang’s body at the property for more than a day and sent an email to three church acquaintances.

He told them he had killed her and planned to take his own life, before asking if someone could look after his cats.

Part of the email read: “The title is NOT a joke and I programmed this email to send in outlook after everything (to ensure my successful death).”

Margolis also responded to messages from Ms Vang’s sisters, but insisted he wasn’t “taking any delight in it”.

He claimed that his victim had triggered a post-traumatic flashback before he murdered her.

The killer told Victoria's Supreme Court: “I’ve found this situation absolutely humiliating, beyond depressing.

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“I want to say that living around murderers has been staggeringly difficult for me.”

Margolis said he was “completely lost” in flashbacks of his abusive childhood, and alleged that Ms Vang had encouraged him to take his own life.

He claimed: "She drew me into a flashback intentionally, knowing full well what would happen."

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Ms Vang was described by her family as a kind and giving young woman, who studied chemical engineering.

Her dad told the court: “Not having her there saddens us to the point our tears cannot be stopped.”

Ms Vang’s sister added: “Her death has made me realise how precious one's life is when it's taken.”

Margolis will be sentenced on June 15.

Earlier this month, a suspectedserial killerconfessed one of his horrific allegedcrimesin a rambling letter to his ex-wife.

It is believed Harold David Haulman, who is suspected of killing four, was trying to save his marriage to his estranged wife when he admitted to killing a former lover.

The 43-year-old has been in jail in the US state of Pennsylvania since last December charged with the murder of Erica Shultz, 26.

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He was also charged on Friday with the murder of his former girlfriend Tianna Phillips.

Haulman is already a convicted killer and spent time in a German prison for murdering an American military doctor in 1999.

During the current investigation, Haulman's estranged wife Anne showed the authorities a letter where he confessed to killing Miss Phillips.

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