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Crime Investigation Australia


This television series focuses on some of Australia's most infamous real-life crimes including the backpacker murders, the mysterious disappearance of Donald Mackay, the Snowtown murders and the abduction of Queensland teenager, Daniel Morcombe. Let's discuss these crimes (if you want to).

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Can't say I know anything, but feel free to tell us about them.

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Yeah, I'm not clued up on these crimes. I echo Kaunisto.
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We'll start with the Backpacker Murders. When your parents tell you never to accept rides from strangers, it's a good idea to listen. Not everyone you meet in life can be trusted.


In the late 80s and early 90s, cheap airfares made Australia a popular destination for young people out to see the world. Hostels were popping up all over the country, offering no-frills accommodation for young travellers. Backpackers would meet at these hostels, share their experiences and plan new adventures together.


Two young British women, Joanne Walters and Caroline Clarke, were among the thousands who arrived in Australia in late 1991. They quickly became friends after meeting at a Sydney backpackers hostel and made plans to travel around the country together. They visited Tasmania then returned to Sydney for a few days before setting off to hitch a ride to Melbourne on April 18th, 1992. Then, they simply vanished.


Five month later, two men on an orienteering exercise in the Belanglo State Forest, two hours drive south of Sydney, found the decomposing body of a young woman. It was quickly identified as being that of Joanne Walters. The following day, Caroline Clarke's body was found. Based on police reports, it's believed Joanne and Caroline accepted a ride from a man in a 4-wheel drive. The man, who called himself "Bill" seemed, at first, to be helpful and friendly. Then his mood suddenly changed. He produced a gun and tied up his now terrified hostages, driving them to a remote part of the Belanglo State Forest. Caroline was shot 10 times in the head before the killer turned his attention to Joanne. She was raped and stabbed to death.


Just over a year later, in October 1993, the bodies of another two missing backpackers were found in the forest. James Gibson and Deborah Everist (both Australian) disappeared in December 1989. Police soon began to suspect a connection between all the murders and were combing the forest for clues when a fifth body was found, that of 20-year-old German backpacker Simone Schmidl, who'd been missing since January 1991. By now, the case was making news all over the country and the pressure for results was considerable. Police knew the public wanted the killer found before he struck again. They compiled a list of possible suspects and were going through every piece of evidence they had when their worst fears were realised: another two bodies, that of Gabor Neugebauer and his girlfriend Anja Habschied (both from Germany), were found less than 200 metres from the spot where Joanne and Caroline had been found the previous year.


During the investigation, there were numerous people of interest, but one local family's name kept popping up, the name of 'Milat'. There were 10 boys in the family and one brother, Ivan, was known to be a gun fanatic. He also owned a 4-wheel drive. When police raided Ivan's house, they found items belonging to the murdered backpackers. These items included Caroline Clarke's tent and Simone Schmidl's water bottle, along with the gun used to kill Gabor and Caroline. They also received a call from Paul Onions, a young British backpacker, who said he'd been abducted while visiting Australia in January 1990. He identified Ivan Milat as his abductor. In July 1996, Ivan Milat was found guilty of all seven murders as well as the abduction and attempted murder of Paul Onions, and was sentenced to life in prison.

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Sounds grim. Just read that his great-nephew did a copyat killing in 2010.
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Many of the crimes this show covers are simply awful, especially those where children are the victims. In May 2004, John Myles Sharpe made a televised appeal for information regarding the whereabouts of his pregnant wife, Anna, and their one-year-old daughter, Gracie, who'd both been missing since March that year. However, a number of observers, myself included, saw Sharpe's body language as a sign that he knew more than he was letting on.


After taking a detailed statement from him, police began watching Sharpe closely, and were soon convinced he had something to do with the sudden disappearance of his wife and daughter. He was arrested and interviewed for a second time, but he stuck to his story that Anna had run off with another man. Then, on June 22nd, he finally came clean and confessed to the murders of Anna and Gracie, going into graphic detail on how he slaughtered his wife, daughter and unborn son.


Sharpe had purchased a spear gun and a number of spears. On the evening of March 23rd, as Anna lay sleeping, Sharpe fired two spears into his wife's head. He did the same thing to little Gracie four days later before dumping the bodies, along with some of Gracie's toys and clothing, at the local rubbish tip.

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Saw one recently where some crazed guy threw his tiny daughter off a bridge, but can't recall the name of it. We get a series here called Crimes that Shook Australia and some of them are pretty brutal, but there are also a lot of repeats.


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On January 29th, 2009, Arthur Freeman was supposed to be taking his children, Ben and Darcey, to school, when he did the unthinkable. He stopped at the top of Melbourne's West Gate Bridge and, in front of dozens of horrified motorists, took 4-year-old Darcey from the car and dropped her over the side. He then calmly drove away. Despite desperate rescue efforts, Darcey sustained serious internal injuries and later died in hospital. Her father is now spending the rest of his life in prison.


It's 58 metres from the top of the bridge to the river below. I've been over that bridge many times since Darcey's death and there is now a permanent barrier running the full length of both sides of the bridge.

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It's possible that Australia's longest-running murder mystery may be close to being solved. On January 12th, 1965, Marianne Schmidt and Christine Sharrock, both aged 15, were found beaten and stabbed to death in the sand dunes at Sydney's Wanda Beach. An investigation has revealed the police had the killer, but they let him go.

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Is the killer still alive?
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