Case 112

Rachel Barber

*** Content Warning: child victim ***

15-year-old Rachel Barber was thrilled to make the move from conventional high school to a special performing arts school in Melbourne’s inner-city suburb of Richmond. On the evening of March 1 1999, she waved goodbye to her classmates after making plans to meet them for breakfast the following morning. Little did they know, it was the last they’d ever see of her.

After Rachel vanishes without a trace, police find a list in her room that says: “Station, go to Manni, $50-$80, 3 special things.” They consider all possibilities, from suicide to sex work, but nothing could prepare them for what really happened. 



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The Queen v. Caroline Reed Robertson



Caroline Reed Robertson’s deadly obsession with beautiful dancer Rachel Barber led to murder – Herald Sun

When the drama spills offscreen – The Weekend Australian

A deadly fantasy – The Age

Family friend plotted to kill teen, court told – The Age

Woman to face trial for teens murder – The Age

Caroline Reed Robertson, who strangled dancer Rachel Barber in 1999, freed on parole – Herald Sun

Woman to face court on murder – The Age

Dance student murdered – The Sydney Morning Herald

Plea from mum to close Facebook page bearing daughter Rachel Barber’s name – Herald Sun

Plea to Parole Board as Caroline Reed Robertson who killed teenager Rachel Barber may get out early – Herald Sun

Rachel Barber’s parents shocked over killer Caroline Reed Robertson’s chilling transformation – Herald Sun

Killer’s father fears for others – The Age

20 years’ jail for envious killer – The Age

Former babysitter pleads guilty to murder of teen dancer – The Age

Killer jealous of girl’s ‘perfect life’ – The Age

Tears flow in memory of their beautiful Rachel – The Age

Dancer’s fixated killer ‘a real danger’: parole rejection bid – The Age

Story of obsession and Rachel’s murder airs at last – The Sydney Morning Herald

Fatal attraction – The Age

Elizabeth Barber fears daughter’s killer will strike again –

Teen killer who strangled dancer with a phone cord and plotted to steal her identity walks free from jail after 16 years… as it’s revealed she has ‘reinvented’ her image and become a lesbian behind bars – Daily Mail

Friends and family remember their beautiful butterfly – The Age



Perfect victim – Elizabeth Southall and Megan Norris



Identity Killer Caroline Reed Robertson

I Am You The Movie – Rachel Barber

Rachel Barber. Her sister, Heather, sings Sarah McLachlan’s ‘Angel’

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