Case 63

Catherine Holmes and Georgina Watmore

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Cowra is a town in the central west region of New South Wales, located about 300 kilometres west of Sydney and 189 kilometres north of Australia’s capital, Canberra.

With less than ten thousand residents, it was a town where everyone knew everyone and things that happened took no time to be whispered across the bar at the pub or in the yard after church.

Cowra wasn’t a place where the locals thought much about violence or violent crime. It wasn’t something that was of great concern within the community. Of course, there was trouble, every community had its fair share of that, but it was very much a normal country town. It wasn’t unusual for many houses in the 80’s to leave their doors unlocked. It was just the way it was – safe; people looked out for one another.

But in the early hours of Wednesday, April 15th, 1987, the simple, peaceful country town of Cowra was faced with a crime so violent and so shocking, it would be forever changed…

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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/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by the Anonymous Host

 

MUSIC:

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

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

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

One piece of the puzzle – by Justine Ford

 

ARTICLES:

Canberra Times newspaper archives

Cowra Guardian newspaper archives

The following articles from the Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper archives:

  • April 16th 1987
  • April 17th 1987
  • April 18th 1987
  • April 19th 1987
  • April 21st 1987
  • April 22nd 1987
  • April 23rd 1987
  • April 24th 1987
  • May 2nd 1987
  • May 10th 1987
  • June 1st 1987
  • June 26th 1987
  • July 31st 1987
  • August 1st 1987
  • December 31st 1987
  • January 27th 1991

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

This Darkness Mine – New book by Mindy McGinnis

Audible – Free 30-day trial & free audiobook

Suburbicon – New film starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac

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Cowra is a town in the central west region of New South Wales, located about 300 kilometres west of Sydney and 189 kilometres north of Australia’s capital, Canberra.

With less than ten thousand residents, it was a town where everyone knew everyone and things that happened took no time to be whispered across the bar at the pub or in the yard after church.

Cowra wasn’t a place where the locals thought much about violence or violent crime. It wasn’t something that was of great concern within the community. Of course, there was trouble, every community had its fair share of that, but it was very much a normal country town. It wasn’t unusual for many houses in the 80’s to leave their doors unlocked. It was just the way it was – safe; people looked out for one another.

But in the early hours of Wednesday, April 15th, 1987, the simple, peaceful country town of Cowra was faced with a crime so violent and so shocking, it would be forever changed…

______

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

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by the Anonymous Host

 

MUSIC:

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

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

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

BOOKS:

One piece of the puzzle – by Justine Ford

 

ARTICLES:

Canberra Times newspaper archives

Cowra Guardian newspaper archives

The following articles from the Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper archives:

  • April 16th 1987
  • April 17th 1987
  • April 18th 1987
  • April 19th 1987
  • April 21st 1987
  • April 22nd 1987
  • April 23rd 1987
  • April 24th 1987
  • May 2nd 1987
  • May 10th 1987
  • June 1st 1987
  • June 26th 1987
  • July 31st 1987
  • August 1st 1987
  • December 31st 1987
  • January 27th 1991

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

This Darkness Mine – New book by Mindy McGinnis

Audible – Free 30-day trial & free audiobook

Suburbicon – New film starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac

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