Case 109

Belanglo

(Part 3)

Case 109

Belanglo

(Part 3)

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[Part 3 of 5]

23-year-old Paul Onions arrived in Australia from his hometown of Birmingham, England on December 22 1989. He spent the first six weeks of his trip staying at a hostel in Sydney where he visited the sites of the city and hung out with fellow travellers before deciding to head south to Victoria to see if he could find a job fruit picking. Paul considered catching a bus for the near 1000 kilometre journey, but several other backpackers advised him that hitchhiking was easier and a great way to save money. They recommended he take the tried and tested route – catch a train to Liverpool in Sydney’s south-west, walk to the Hume Highway, then hitch a ride south to Melbourne.   

Following this advice, on January 25, 1990, Paul Onions boarded the train to Liverpool, arriving at approximately 1:00 pm. He set off for the Hume Highway on foot, carrying all of his possessions in an old green coloured army rucksack. Although traffic was busy, Paul wasn’t having any luck hailing a ride and after an hour of wandering along in the oppressive afternoon sun, he veered off the highway at the town of Casula to refresh with a drink and a chocolate bar.

Whilst resting at Lombardo’s Newsagency, Paul was approached by a stocky, tanned-skin man with dark hair and light eyes. He had a bushy horseshoe-shaped moustache that Paul likened to famous Aussie cricket player Merv Hughes. The man introduced himself as Bill and asked the British backpacker if he needed a lift, offering to drive him as far as Canberra, 280-kilometre drive south.

Paul gratefully accepted the ride….

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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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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.com

All 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 3 of 5]

23-year-old Paul Onions arrived in Australia from his hometown of Birmingham, England on December 22 1989. He spent the first six weeks of his trip staying at a hostel in Sydney where he visited the sites of the city and hung out with fellow travellers before deciding to head south to Victoria to see if he could find a job fruit picking. Paul considered catching a bus for the near 1000 kilometre journey, but several other backpackers advised him that hitchhiking was easier and a great way to save money. They recommended he take the tried and tested route – catch a train to Liverpool in Sydney’s south-west, walk to the Hume Highway, then hitch a ride south to Melbourne.   

Following this advice, on January 25, 1990, Paul Onions boarded the train to Liverpool, arriving at approximately 1:00 pm. He set off for the Hume Highway on foot, carrying all of his possessions in an old green coloured army rucksack. Although traffic was busy, Paul wasn’t having any luck hailing a ride and after an hour of wandering along in the oppressive afternoon sun, he veered off the highway at the town of Casula to refresh with a drink and a chocolate bar.

Whilst resting at Lombardo’s Newsagency, Paul was approached by a stocky, tanned-skin man with dark hair and light eyes. He had a bushy horseshoe-shaped moustache that Paul likened to famous Aussie cricket player Merv Hughes. The man introduced himself as Bill and asked the British backpacker if he needed a lift, offering to drive him as far as Canberra, 280-kilometre drive south.

Paul gratefully accepted the ride….

______

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 the Anonymous Host

Episode 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

 

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

Noom – Lose weight for good. Start your trial today.

SimpliSafe – Protect your home and your family today. Try SimpliSafe with free shipping, free returns and 60-day risk-free trial.

hers – Get your first-month of anti-ageing formula for $10 off 

ZipRecruiter – Post your jobs for FREE

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