Case 56

Anita Cobby

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Blacktown is a suburb located in Western Sydney, 37 kilometres away from Sydney’s Central Business District. In the mid-1980’s, drugs, crime and high levels of unemployment were rife in the streets of Blacktown. But it was one particular night that changed everything.

On Tuesday, February 4th, 1986, a dairy farmer in Prospect, a neighbouring suburb of Blacktown, noticed something strange. All morning his cows had been gathered in the same spot at a place he called “The Boiler Paddock.” He first noticed it at 9.30 am, when he was leaving the house to go to a cattle sale. When he returned home two hours later, the cows were still standing in the same spot. It was something he hadn’t seen before, so he decided to check it out.

What the farmer found, caused him to run to his motorcycle as fast as he could, and speed off to his house to call the police.

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

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Blacktown is a suburb located in Western Sydney, 37 kilometres away from Sydney’s Central Business District. In the mid-1980’s, drugs, crime and high levels of unemployment were rife in the streets of Blacktown. But it was one particular night that changed everything.

On Tuesday, February 4th, 1986, a dairy farmer in Prospect, a neighbouring suburb of Blacktown, noticed something strange. All morning his cows had been gathered in the same spot at a place he called “The Boiler Paddock.” He first noticed it at 9.30 am, when he was leaving the house to go to a cattle sale. When he returned home two hours later, the cows were still standing in the same spot. It was something he hadn’t seen before, so he decided to check it out.

What the farmer found, caused him to run to his motorcycle as fast as he could, and speed off to his house to call the police.

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

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RESOURCES

BOOKS:

“Remembering Anita Cobby: The Case, The Husband, The Aftermath – 30 Years On” – Mark Morri

WEBSITES:

Grace’s Place Site Within Homicide Victims Support Group Site

ARTICLES:

Anita Cobby murder: ‘Everyone in the car that dreadful night had a passport to doom’ – The Guardian

Grace’s Place for homicide-affected families to become a reality at Doonside – Daily Telegraph

Anita Cobby: The savage murder that rocked Sydney – Daily Telegraph

Story Coverage With Quick Timeline – Courier Mail

Attempted jail breaks, prison-yard brawls, and a strict ban on talking to Ivan Milat: Life behind bars for Anita Cobby’s callous killers… 30 years after one of Australia’s most brutal crimes – Daily Mail

Never-before-seen photographs of Anita Cobby’s killers returning to the chilling scene of the rape and murder of the young nurse in a crime that shocked Australia – Daily Mail

Anita Cobby’s sister tells of ongoing grief and fear nearly 30 years after nurse’s murder – Daily Telegraph

Remembering Anita Cobby: 30 years since brutal murder of Sydney nurse – Yahoo News

Anita Cobby murder: Leigh Johnson quashes rumours she slept with killer Gary Murphy – Daily Telegraph

Secret recording that helped catch Anita Cobby’s killers 30 years ago aired for the first time – The Sydney Morning Herald

Anita Cobby memorial to help homicide victims 30 years after her death – Daily Telegraph

Anita Cobby: Letters of Love and Loss – Daily Telegraph

Anita Cobby Murder: The Day Blacktown Bayed for Blood – Daily Telegraph

Tragic murder of Anita Cobby continues to haunt the Blacktown community – Daily Telegraph

Anita Cobby murder: ‘We can’t forget it… but we want to bring some benefit out of it’ – Daily Telegraph

Anita Cobby charity dinner supports homicide victims 30 years after her deathDaily Telegraph

ROSEMARIE MILSOM: The violence continues – Newcastle Herald

DOCUMENTARIES:

Crime Investigation Australia: The Anita Cobby Murder

Anita Cobby: You Thought You Knew It All

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

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Researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher.

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska.

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