Case 109

Belanglo

(Part 2)

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Case 109

Belanglo

(Part 2)

[Part 2 of 5]

On September 20 1992, New South Wales police officers gathered under the eucalyptus trees in the rugged depths of Belanglo State Forest, establishing the crime scene in what appeared to be a double homicide. The grave site was located a significant distance from the Hume Highway, branching off from the motorway down a bumpy, red dust road – bordered by 30-metre-high pine trees.

Once the kilometres of pine plantations reached an end, the terrain transformed into dense bushland, intersected by a series of narrow fire trails. This area was only accessible on foot or via vehicles designed specifically to go off-road, meaning the killer had gone to great lengths to take his victims off track, and likely owned or had access to a four-wheel drive.

The crime scene was a considerable distance from the main road, leading investigators to believe the killer was local to the area and had familiarity of Belanglo’s layout, including the secluded areas less travelled.

No possibilities were ruled out, with police considering many scenarios – including the killer had an accomplice – and that there were more bodies hidden in the forest…

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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 by the Anonymous Host

Episode written by Elsha McGill 

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.comAll other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

Highway to Nowhere – Richard Shears

Fate – Neil Mercer

Belanglo: the next chapter – Roger Maynard

Sins of the brother – Mark Whittaker and Les Kennedy

Milat, Inside Australia’s biggest manhunt – Clive Small and Tom Gilling

R V Milat, a case study in cross-examination – Dan Howard

John Marsden, I am what I am – John Marsden

 

NEWSPAPERS ARCHIVES:

Extensive articles from ‘The Age’ and ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ newspapers published between 1989 and 1998 were utilised to compile these episodes. The articles were accessed via the website, www.newspapers.com.

 

VIDEOS:

Crimes that shook the world – The backpacker murderer

 

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[Part 2 of 5]

On September 20 1992, New South Wales police officers gathered under the eucalyptus trees in the rugged depths of Belanglo State Forest, establishing the crime scene in what appeared to be a double homicide. The grave site was located a significant distance from the Hume Highway, branching off from the motorway down a bumpy, red dust road – bordered by 30-metre-high pine trees.

Once the kilometres of pine plantations reached an end, the terrain transformed into dense bushland, intersected by a series of narrow fire trails. This area was only accessible on foot or via vehicles designed specifically to go off-road, meaning the killer had gone to great lengths to take his victims off track, and likely owned or had access to a four-wheel drive.

The crime scene was a considerable distance from the main road, leading investigators to believe the killer was local to the area and had familiarity of Belanglo’s layout, including the secluded areas less travelled.

No possibilities were ruled out, with police considering many scenarios—including the killer had an accomplice—and that there were more bodies hidden in the forest…

______

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 the Anonymous Host

Episode written by Elsha McGill 

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.comAll other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

Highway to Nowhere – Richard Shears

Fate – Neil Mercer

Belanglo: the next chapter – Roger Maynard

Sins of the brother – Mark Whittaker and Les Kennedy

Milat, Inside Australia’s biggest manhunt – Clive Small and Tom Gilling

R V Milat, a case study in cross-examination – Dan Howard

John Marsden, I am what I am – John Marsden

 

NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES:

Extensive articles from ‘The Age’ and ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ newspapers published between 1989 and 1998 were utilised to compile these episodes. The articles were accessed via the website, www.newspapers.com

 

VIDEOS:

‘Crimes that shook the world’ – The backpacker murderer

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

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

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

Care/of – Get 50% off your first month of personalised vitamins with promo code ‘casefile50’

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

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