Case 103

The Gonzales Family

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Case 103

The Gonzales Family

In mid-2004, Australian real estate group LJ Hooker posted a for sale sign on the front lawn of a vacant address in North Ryde, a cosmopolitan suburb in north-western Sydney.

The stately Collins Street property caught the eye of the Lin family who were looking to settle in the area.

The vacant property had been on the market for three years, the lack of interest leading the estate’s trustee to periodically lower the asking price in the hopes the declining offer would tempt a buyer. When the Lin family expressed interest in the Collins Street house in 2004, they offered $800,000 for the property, a significant bargain as many homes just like it in the area sold for over a million. Their real estate purchase contract was quickly drafted and signed, with the new homeowners handing over an $80,000 deposit, excited for their promising future in North Ryde.

A SOLD sticker was firmly planted on the sale sign out the front of the Collins Street property, prompting local news outlets to report on the controversial purchase. Upon reading a local newspaper, the Lin family were horrified to learn of the events that had once taken place in their new home…

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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)

 

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If you are hearing impaired or know someone who is and would like to get a transcript of the episode, please email us at contact@casefilepodcast.com

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Gemma Harris

Additional writing and editing by Milly Raso and Elsha McGill

 

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

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

Regina v Gonzales [2004]

 

BOOKS:

Unmasked: The Gonzales Family Killer – Lawrence, K.

 

ARTICLES:

Safe as houses: 6 Collins St, North Ryde – Finder

Mystery buyer pays $720,000 for Gonzales murder house – The Sydney Morning Herald

Agents in court over horror house – The Sydney Morning Herald

Estate agents fined over triple murder house – The Age

Gonzales house case prompts law review – The Sydney Morning Herald

We live in the Sef Gonzales murder house – Woman’s Day

Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society – NSW Branch Newsletter, Issue 30

Three corners of my world are gone: Sef farewells his dead family – The Sydney Morning Herald

Family killer Gonzales cries unfair treatment – Daily Telegraph

Family too scared to live in house of horror – The Sydney Morning Herald

Portrait of a once happy family: the triple murder haunting detectives – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales house fails to sell – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales pawned jewellery, court told – The Sydney Morning Herald

Sins of the son – The Sydney Morning Herald

Sef Gonzales loses appeal – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales granted appeal – The Sydney Morning Herald

My child, my killer – The Sydney Morning Herald

A life left incomplete: only son sings a tearful farewell to his family – The Sydney Morning Herald

Bloody race hate scrawl found in death house – The Sydney Morning Herald

Police saw Gonzales as a suspect – Daily Telegraph

Sef Gonzales found guilty of family murder – ABC.net.au

Killer Sef Gonzales loses bid for new trial over life sentence for murder of mum, dad and sister – Daily Telegraph

Gonzales loses appeal over triple murder – The Sydney Morning Herald

Houses of horror – can a murder house absorb evil? – News.com.au

Man guilty of killing parents, sister – The Age

Down to his last $400, Gonzales urgently needs money for triple murder defence – The Sydney Morning Herald

Estate agents fined over triple murder house – The Age

Evidence tests key Gonzales motive – The Sydney Morning Herald

Family killer will die in jail – The Sydney Morning Herald

Family murder trial told of death threat – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales admits lying to friends but says he did not kill – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales appeals on ‘poisoned’ evidence – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales guilty of killing family – The Age

Gonzales murder house drops $80,000 – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales on poison threat charge – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales tells court of his suffering – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales to die in jail – The Age

Gonzales to stand trial for murder – The Sydney Morning Herald

Guilty: the monster child Sef – The Sydney Morning Herald

It wasn’t me, insists Gonzales – The Sydney Morning Herald

Lies, lies, lies: Sef Gonzales admits telling 20 of them – The Sydney Morning Herald

Murdered Gonzales parents controlled their children’s lives, court told – The Sydney Morning Herald

Sef admits to regrets, but no guilt – The Sydney Morning Herald

Son may have written message left at murder scene, says expert – The Sydney Morning Herald

Student killed family to stop ‘life unravelling’ – The Sydney Morning Herald.

 

WEBSITES:

Philippines

Sef Gonzales

Philippines’ Poverty Rate Declines; More Well-Paying Jobs and Opportunities Needed

1990 Luzon Earthquake

 

OTHER RESOURCES:

‘Daisy’s Dedication page to Seffie’

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In mid-2004, Australian real estate group LJ Hooker posted a for sale sign on the front lawn of a vacant address in North Ryde, a cosmopolitan suburb in north-western Sydney.

The stately Collins Street property caught the eye of the Lin family who were looking to settle in the area.

The vacant property had been on the market for three years, the lack of interest leading the estate’s trustee to periodically lower the asking price in the hopes the declining offer would tempt a buyer. When the Lin family expressed interest in the Collins Street house in 2004, they offered $800,000 for the property, a significant bargain as many homes just like it in the area sold for over a million. Their real estate purchase contract was quickly drafted and signed, with the new homeowners handing over an $80,000 deposit, excited for their promising future in North Ryde.

A SOLD sticker was firmly planted on the sale sign out the front of the Collins Street property, prompting local news outlets to report on the controversial purchase. Upon reading a local newspaper, the Lin family were horrified to learn of the events that had once taken place in their new home…

______

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)

 

______

If you are hearing impaired or know someone who is and would like to get a transcript of the episode, please email us at contact@casefilepodcast.com

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Gemma Harris

Additional writing and editing by Milly Raso and Elsha McGill

 

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

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

Regina v Gonzales [2004]

 

BOOKS:

Unmasked: The Gonzales Family Killer – Lawrence, K.

 

ARTICLES:

Safe as houses: 6 Collins St, North Ryde – Finder

Mystery buyer pays $720,000 for Gonzales murder house – The Sydney Morning Herald

Agents in court over horror house – The Sydney Morning Herald

Estate agents fined over triple murder house – The Age

Gonzales house case prompts law review – The Sydney Morning Herald

We live in the Sef Gonzales murder house – Woman’s Day

Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society – NSW Branch Newsletter, Issue 30

Three corners of my world are gone: Sef farewells his dead family – The Sydney Morning Herald

Family killer Gonzales cries unfair treatment – Daily Telegraph

Family too scared to live in house of horror – The Sydney Morning Herald

Portrait of a once happy family: the triple murder haunting detectives – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales house fails to sell – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales pawned jewellery, court told – The Sydney Morning Herald

Sins of the son – The Sydney Morning Herald

Sef Gonzales loses appeal – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales granted appeal – The Sydney Morning Herald

My child, my killer – The Sydney Morning Herald

A life left incomplete: only son sings a tearful farewell to his family – The Sydney Morning Herald

Bloody race hate scrawl found in death house – The Sydney Morning Herald

Police saw Gonzales as a suspect – Daily Telegraph

Sef Gonzales found guilty of family murder – ABC.net.au

Killer Sef Gonzales loses bid for new trial over life sentence for murder of mum, dad and sister – Daily Telegraph

Gonzales loses appeal over triple murder – The Sydney Morning Herald

Houses of horror – can a murder house absorb evil? – News.com.au

Man guilty of killing parents, sister – The Age

Down to his last $400, Gonzales urgently needs money for triple murder defence – The Sydney Morning Herald

Estate agents fined over triple murder house – The Age

Evidence tests key Gonzales motive – The Sydney Morning Herald

Family killer will die in jail – The Sydney Morning Herald

Family murder trial told of death threat – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales admits lying to friends but says he did not kill – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales appeals on ‘poisoned’ evidence – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales guilty of killing family – The Age

Gonzales murder house drops $80,000 – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales on poison threat charge – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales tells court of his suffering – The Sydney Morning Herald

Gonzales to die in jail – The Age

Gonzales to stand trial for murder – The Sydney Morning Herald

Guilty: the monster child Sef – The Sydney Morning Herald

It wasn’t me, insists Gonzales – The Sydney Morning Herald

Lies, lies, lies: Sef Gonzales admits telling 20 of them – The Sydney Morning Herald

Murdered Gonzales parents controlled their children’s lives, court told – The Sydney Morning Herald

Sef admits to regrets, but no guilt – The Sydney Morning Herald

Son may have written message left at murder scene, says expert – The Sydney Morning Herald

Student killed family to stop ‘life unravelling’ – The Sydney Morning Herald.

 

WEBSITES:

Philippines

Sef Gonzales

Philippines’ Poverty Rate Declines; More Well-Paying Jobs and Opportunities Needed

1990 Luzon Earthquake

 

OTHER RESOURCES:

‘Daisy’s Dedication page to Seffie’

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Audible – Listen to a new book about the East Area Rapist – ‘Evil Has a Name’, available only on Audible. Follow the link or text ‘EVILCASEFILE’ to 500500

MVMT Watches – Get 15% off your order with FREE shipping and FREE returns

Quip – Get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush

ShipStation – Try ShipStation FREE for 30 days plus get an additional month FREE when you use promo code ‘casefile’

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