Case 131

Mr Stinky

*** Content Warning: serial rapist, sexual assault ***

During the 1970s and 80s, a series of terrifying sexual assaults occurred inside homes throughout the Victorian suburb of Donvale. The unidentified perpetrator was initially referred to as The Donvale Rapist, but after several survivors described him as having a distinctly offensive odour, he was given a new nickname – ‘Mr Stinky.’ 

As Victorian Police worked to identify the rapist, one officer noticed something of interest. Mr Stinky’s fingerprints bore similarities to prints taken from an unrelated, unsolved crime scene 16 years earlier. Was it possible that Mr Stinky was more prolific than authorities initially thought?



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Research & writing – Milly Raso and Erin Munro

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host



A special thank you to Louise Raso and Andrew Rule for their assistance in the creation of this episode.



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Sex, Death and Betrayal – Andrew Rule

Cuckoo – Andrew Rule



Our Family – Potts, Gregg, Starritt, Madill, Campbell, Strachan, Stewart Abina Margaret “Bina” Madill Age: 16 1949-1966.



Crimes That Shook Australia: Raymond Edmunds



New clue to missing teenagers – The Canberra Times: February 18 1966

Missing teenagers were murdered – The Age” February 28 1966

Wall of silence worries police – The Canberra Times: March 4 1966

Clue in earlier murder – The Canberra Times: April 23 1966

Murder gun identified – The Canberra Times: May 16 1966

Extra men for murder inquiry – The Canberra Times: June 7 1966

4 years old murder unsolved – The Canberra Times: June 10 1970

Murdered teenage pair “were drinking” – The Age: June 10 1970

New leads in 1966 double murder – The Canberra Times: October 29 1976

Sculpture links Shepparton murders, Melbourne rapes – The Age: November 17 1982

66 murder suspect held – The Canberra Times: March 23 1985

Man alleged to have confessed – The Canberra Times: October 22 1985

Husband could have killed more people, ex-wife tells court – The Age: October 23 1985

Man charged with two Shepparton murders to be tried there – The Age: October 29 1985

The labor and luck of the fingerprint game – The Age: August 5 1986



Revenge is sweet, but rarely worth it – The Herald Sun

Mr Stinky’ still a suspect, 35 years later, in murder of Elaine Jones at Murray River camping spot – The Age

He helped to catch Mr Stinky – Shepparton News

Mr Stinky – The making of a secret monster – The Herald Sun

Cold case detectives launch a fresh hunt for serial killer – The Age

How police finally caught up with notorious rapist and killer Mr Stinky – The West

Notorious killer, “Mr Stinky”, charged with 31 historical offences – Shepparton News

Historical charges for ‘Mr Stinky’ – Shepparton Advertiser

Mr Stinky’ admits to more Victorian rapes – The Age

Double murderer known as ‘Mr Stinky’ to plead guilty to historical rape charges – ABC News

Mr Stinky’ Raymond Edmunds sentenced for decades-old rapes across Melbourne – 7News

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