Case 105

Louise Bell

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Case 105

Louise Bell

During recess and lunchtime at Hackham West Primary School in 1982, teachers patrolled the schoolyard to oversee the young children as they ran around and played together between lessons. Yet, there was often one student separated from the others, preferring to stick by her teachers’ sides rather than go off and play with her peers – 10-year-old Louise Bell.

A shy and timid girl, Louise found comfort in the company of adults whom she knew and trusted. When her fifth-grade teacher Ms Grace asked if Louise would rather play with her classmates instead of accompanying her on yard duty, she responded, “I’m fine, I’m happy, I just want to stay and help you,” before linking hands with her teacher.

Louise’s introversion extended beyond school hours. When her friends were rushing out of the classroom to head home, Louise would often stay behind and help clean up before her parents arrived to pick her up. During a school camp, she sat by herself on the bus and didn’t interact with the other pupils, but the camp itself served to bring Louise out of her shell. When she joined in on a pillow fight that broke out amongst the children, the teachers were delighted to see Louise jump in on the fun.

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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

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

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 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

 

ARTICLES:

‘SA court hears Dieter Pfennig told prison inmate that Louise Bell’s body was in the same place as the body of Michael Black’ – The Advertiser

‘Louise Bell trial: Trial hears evidence to suggest 10yo girl was raped after being abducted’ABC News

‘Man charged over the 1983 murder of South Australian schoolgirl Louise Bell’The Advertiser

‘Louise Bell trial: Judge’s verdict long time coming in tragic mystery’ ABC News

SA Supreme Court tours key locations in second day of Dieter Pfennig’s trial for the 1983 murder of Louise Bell The Advertiser

Louise Bell trial: Dieter Pfennig sentenced to 35 years prison for the 1983 murder of Adelaide schoolgirlABC News

‘SA Supreme Court tours sites related to the 1983 disappearance of Louise Bell on second day of Dieter Pfennig’s trial for murder’ The Advertiser

‘Pfennig back in court’University of Melbourne Law School High Court Blog

‘SA Supreme Court to hear evidence from Petra Pfennig, daughter of alleged killer Dieter Pfennig, in Louise Bell murder trial’The Advertiser

‘Raymond John Bolte jailed for seven years after abusing sisters’The Daily Telegraph

‘The mystery of 10-year-old schoolgirl Louise Bell’s murder about to be solved’ News.com.au

‘SA Supreme Court to hear trial of Dieter Pfennig, accused of abducting and murdering Louise Bell in January 1983’ – The Advertiser

‘Louise Bell trial: Adelaide schoolgirl likely ‘enticed’ out of bedroom before her murder, prosecution says’ABC News

‘Ex-inmate claims Dieter Pfennig confessed to killing Louise Bell while ‘stoned and sobbing’ in jail’ The Advertiser

‘Family of murdered schoolgirl Louise Bell will not give victim impact statements, court told’ The Advertiser

‘Louise Bell trial: Dieter Pfennig found guilty of murder’ ABC News

‘Louise Bell murder accused in Port Lincoln court’Port Lincoln Times

‘Family’s plea to dying murderer’ The Advertiser

‘Piece of pyjama fluff not enough to convict man accused of murder of Louise Bell, Dieter Pfennig, court hears’The Advertiser

‘Murder accused in coma after heart attack’ Channel 9 News

 

NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES:

Trove 

‘Man jailed for life for murder’ – The Canberra Times

‘Geesing cleared, released’ – The Canberra Times

‘SA Reward offered for lost girl’– The Canberra Times

‘Teacher in court after boy vanishes’ – The Canberra Times

 

Newspapers.com

‘Young girl missing from bed, court told’ – Sydney Morning Herald

‘Schoolgirl murder conviction overturned’ –The Sydney Morning Herald

‘Adelaide: A city of missing children and lost innocence’– The Sydney Morning Herald

 

STATE LIBRARY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA MICROFILM ARCHIVES:

‘Missing girl left home voluntarily’ – The Advertiser

‘Disappearance declared a major crime’ – The Advertiser

‘TV video picture may help search’ – The Advertiser

‘Missing girl: plan for big campaign’ – The Advertiser

‘Doorknock ‘useful’ in hunt for Louise’ – The Advertiser

‘Big reward to be offered’ – The Advertiser

‘$10,000 extra reward to find Louise’ – The Advertiser

‘Louise likely victim of a sexual deviate, State Coroner finds’ – The Advertiser

‘Louise Bell – ‘police not looking for a suspect’ – The Advertiser

‘Louise Bell trial: Trial hears evidence to suggest 10 yo girl was raped after being abducted’ – ABC News

‘Families were terrified and lived in lockdown’ – The Advertiser

‘Family holiday snap days before Louise Bell vanished’ – The Advertiser

‘Schoolgirl Louise Bell ‘gone in 30 seconds’’ – The Advertiser

‘Community now safe from evil thanks to DNA advancements’ – The Advertiser

 

TRANSCRIPTS:

‘SA police scan backyard for girl’s body’ ABC Radio

‘Breakthrough in 30-year cold case’ – ABC Radio

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

Pfennig VS The Queen (Michael Black murder appeal)

 

VIDEOS:

‘City of Evil – Part 3’ – Channel 9 Documentary

‘Louise Bell Murder Trial’ – Channel 9 News

‘Bell’s 1983 abduction case re-opened’ – ABC News

‘Bell family statement after Pfennig murder conviction’ – The Weekly Times

‘Louise Bell Trial’ – Channel 9 News

‘Louise Bell Murder Trial: Petra Pfennig’ – Channel 9 News

 

 

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During recess and lunchtime at Hackham West Primary School in 1982, teachers patrolled the schoolyard to oversee the young children as they ran around and played together between lessons. Yet, there was often one student separated from the others, preferring to stick by her teachers’ sides rather than go off and play with her peers – 10-year-old Louise Bell.

A shy and timid girl, Louise found comfort in the company of adults whom she knew and trusted. When her fifth-grade teacher Ms Grace asked if Louise would rather play with her classmates instead of accompanying her on yard duty, she responded, “I’m fine, I’m happy, I just want to stay and help you,” before linking hands with her teacher.

Louise’s introversion extended beyond school hours. When her friends were rushing out of the classroom to head home, Louise would often stay behind and help clean up before her parents arrived to pick her up. During a school camp, she sat by herself on the bus and didn’t interact with the other pupils, but the camp itself served to bring Louise out of her shell. When she joined in on a pillow fight that broke out amongst the children, the teachers were delighted to see Louise jump in on the fun.

______

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 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

 

ARTICLES:

‘SA court hears Dieter Pfennig told prison inmate that Louise Bell’s body was in the same place as the body of Michael Black’ – The Advertiser

‘Louise Bell trial: Trial hears evidence to suggest 10yo girl was raped after being abducted’ABC News

‘Man charged over the 1983 murder of South Australian schoolgirl Louise Bell’The Advertiser

‘Louise Bell trial: Judge’s verdict long time coming in tragic mystery’ ABC News

SA Supreme Court tours key locations in second day of Dieter Pfennig’s trial for the 1983 murder of Louise Bell The Advertiser

Louise Bell trial: Dieter Pfennig sentenced to 35 years prison for the 1983 murder of Adelaide schoolgirlABC News

‘SA Supreme Court tours sites related to the 1983 disappearance of Louise Bell on second day of Dieter Pfennig’s trial for murder’ The Advertiser

‘Pfennig back in court’University of Melbourne Law School High Court Blog

‘SA Supreme Court to hear evidence from Petra Pfennig, daughter of alleged killer Dieter Pfennig, in Louise Bell murder trial’The Advertiser

‘Raymond John Bolte jailed for seven years after abusing sisters’The Daily Telegraph

‘The mystery of 10-year-old schoolgirl Louise Bell’s murder about to be solved’ News.com.au

‘SA Supreme Court to hear trial of Dieter Pfennig, accused of abducting and murdering Louise Bell in January 1983’ – The Advertiser

‘Louise Bell trial: Adelaide schoolgirl likely ‘enticed’ out of bedroom before her murder, prosecution says’ABC News

‘Ex-inmate claims Dieter Pfennig confessed to killing Louise Bell while ‘stoned and sobbing’ in jail’ The Advertiser

‘Family of murdered schoolgirl Louise Bell will not give victim impact statements, court told’ The Advertiser

‘Louise Bell trial: Dieter Pfennig found guilty of murder’ ABC News

‘Louise Bell murder accused in Port Lincoln court’Port Lincoln Times

‘Family’s plea to dying murderer’ The Advertiser

‘Piece of pyjama fluff not enough to convict man accused of murder of Louise Bell, Dieter Pfennig, court hears’The Advertiser

‘Murder accused in coma after heart attack’ Channel 9 News

 

NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES:

Trove 

‘Man jailed for life for murder’ – The Canberra Times

‘Geesing cleared, released’ – The Canberra Times

‘SA Reward offered for lost girl’– The Canberra Times

‘Teacher in court after boy vanishes’ – The Canberra Times

 

Newspapers.com

‘Young girl missing from bed, court told’ – Sydney Morning Herald

‘Schoolgirl murder conviction overturned’ –The Sydney Morning Herald

‘Adelaide: A city of missing children and lost innocence’– The Sydney Morning Herald

 

STATE LIBRARY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA MICROFILM ARCHIVES:

‘Missing girl left home voluntarily’ – The Advertiser

‘Disappearance declared a major crime’ – The Advertiser

‘TV video picture may help search’ – The Advertiser

‘Missing girl: plan for big campaign’ – The Advertiser

‘Doorknock ‘useful’ in hunt for Louise’ – The Advertiser

‘Big reward to be offered’ – The Advertiser

‘$10,000 extra reward to find Louise’ – The Advertiser

‘Louise likely victim of a sexual deviate, State Coroner finds’ – The Advertiser

‘Louise Bell – ‘police not looking for a suspect’ – The Advertiser

‘Louise Bell trial: Trial hears evidence to suggest 10 yo girl was raped after being abducted’ – ABC News

‘Families were terrified and lived in lockdown’ – The Advertiser

‘Family holiday snap days before Louise Bell vanished’ – The Advertiser

‘Schoolgirl Louise Bell ‘gone in 30 seconds’’ – The Advertiser

‘Community now safe from evil thanks to DNA advancements’ – The Advertiser

 

TRANSCRIPTS:

‘SA police scan backyard for girl’s body’ ABC Radio

‘Breakthrough in 30-year cold case’ – ABC Radio

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

Pfennig VS The Queen (Michael Black murder appeal)

 

VIDEOS:

‘City of Evil – Part 3’ – Channel 9 Documentary

‘Louise Bell Murder Trial’ – Channel 9 News

‘Bell’s 1983 abduction case re-opened’ – ABC News

‘Bell family statement after Pfennig murder conviction’ – The Weekly Times

‘Louise Bell Trial’ – Channel 9 News

‘Louise Bell Murder Trial: Petra Pfennig’ – Channel 9 News

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Article – Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more

Calm – Get 25% off Calm Premium subscription

Squarespace – Free trial and 10% off your first order when you use the offer code ‘casefile’

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