Through the eyes of the people placed right at the heart of the tragedies, the six compelling episodes uncover the biggest crimes to hit our country.
Through gripping interviews, drama reconstructions and archival footage, piece together the murders that shocked our nation. The detailed events leading up to the crime, the crime itself and the aftermath will be revealed.
The Snowtown murders were so barbaric and shocking the Australian community still struggle to come to terms with what happened. But the trial that led to the horrific outcome began years earlier, when Police began a routine re-investigation of a missing person’s case in Adelaide.
In 1997, Leslie Camilleri and Lindsay Becket abducted two teenagers: 14-year-old Lauren Barry and 16-year-old Nichole Collins. The girls were camping with friends only a few kilometres from home when they decided to leave the camp to visit friends. As they emerged from the bush they were picked up by Camilleri and Beckett. They were driven across the state of Victoria and subjected to 9 hours of rape and torture. After the harrowing ordeal, the two friends were stabbed to death and buried in scrubland near Fiddlers Green Creek.
The Queen Street massacre was a spree-killing that occurred on the 8th of December 1987 at the Australia Post offices in Melbourne, Victoria. The attack resulted in nine fatalities, including the perpetrator, and many more injuries.
In the 1990s, the bodies of seven young backpackers were discovered in Belanglo State Forest, a 9,400-acre wood in New South Wales, Australia. The bodies, each riddled with stab wounds, had been posed face-down with loose hut-like structures of sticks constructed over them. The killings, which became known as the Backpacker Murders, were discovered to be the work of Ivan Milat, an Australian man with a prior history of abduction and rape. He was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 18 years. In June 2012, Milat’s great nephew, Matthew Milat, 18, was convicted of murdering one of his friends with an axe in Belanglo State Forest.
In October 1997, Law student Anu Singh held two dinner parties to say goodbye to her friends after she had allegedly divulged to them that she and her boyfriend Joe Cinque were to die in a suicide pact. The dark plot would result in only Joe’s death. The twisted crime became notorious for its chilling cruelty and bizarre plot which led to Singh being found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. She was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, but was released early in 2001.
Jill Meagher was a 29 year old Irish woman living in Australia who was raped and murdered while walking home from a pub in Brunswick, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, in the early hours of 22 September 2012. Meagher’s case was initially classified that of a missing person, as she had failed to return home to her husband, Tom Meagher. But it soon became a homicide investigation. Her disappearance attracted widespread media attention and a review of closed-circuit television images from the area of her disappearance. Her body was discovered six days later near Gisborne South, about 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Brunswick.
The Town of Albury on March 16, 1985 – A shop worker in a store saw a man exposing himself in a car outside. Her boss called the cops. The Police arrived and arrested the man, as was routine even flashers were fingerprinted. Five days later, the flasher’s prints arrived at the central fingerprint bureau in Sydney. The detective noticed a scar on the little finger and it rang alarm bells. So began the unravelling on one of Australia’s most shocking crimes. A trail that led to double murderer and multiple rapist Raymund Edmunds – a trail that spanned 2 states and almost 20 years.
Dubbed the Black Widow, she murdered one partner and tried to kill another by shooting him in the head while he was sleeping. In both instances she had forged documents to transfer property and assets into her name. The body of her first victim, Carl Gottgens, has never been located and now Byers is using a loophole in the law to get out of jail, 17 years after she was convicted of his brutal murder.
Police on duty are always at risk but the ambush of two constables in Walsh Street, South Yarra, 25 years ago was as random as it was barbaric. The plan that morning was to kill police – any police – as a payback for the death of a gunman shot by armed robbery squad detectives 13 hours earlier. To older officers this was an event frozen in time, to younger ones it is a couple of names on an honour board at the academy and to Victorians it is an event that shaped the community.
In the weeks after Morgan Huxley was found dead in his Neutral Bay flat, police were interviewing everyone who knew the popular 31-year-old businessman. A young man seen on CCTV footage running after Mr Huxley as he left The Oaks Hotel early on September 8th, 2013, was identified as Daniel Jack Kelsall, a kitchen hand and cleaner from the local Sydney Cooking School. The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Dukes, said that when Kelsall was first voluntarily interviewed by police he was not considered to be Mr Huxley’s murderer.