On November 17 2011, police were called to the Quakers Hill Nursing Home in north-western Sydney to investigate the theft of some prescription medications. While they were there, a more urgent job came up and they were called away before much progress could be made.
A few hours later, the nursing home was engulfed with flames. Many of the 89 residents were high dependency, immobile patients who were unable to flee in time and many lost their lives or sustained serious injuries as a result.
Roger Dean, the registered nurse in charge, tried to take credit for his heroic efforts in minimizing the loss of life. But it soon became clear that Dean wasn’t a hero at all, but one of the worst mass murderers in Australian history.