Case 142

The Churchill Fire

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Case 142

The Churchill Fire

On Friday, February 6, State Premier John Brumby cautioned Victorians about the extreme weather conditions forecast for the next day, announcing that Saturday, February 7, 2009, would be “the worst day in the history of the state.”

Temperatures were once again set to soar above the mid-40s and a gale-force wind was predicted. A decade-long drought had left much of the Australian landscape incredibly dry and Victoria alone had missed the equivalent of two years’ worth of average rainfall.

Premier Brumby encouraged people to cancel plans, avoid travelling, and stay at home, warning: “It’s just as bad a day as you can imagine and on top of that, the state is just tinder-dry. People need to exercise real common sense tomorrow…”

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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

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched and written by Milly Raso

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

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

 

ROYAL COMMISSION DOCUMENTS:

The Churchill Fire – Chapter 9

The Churchill Fire – Chapter 17

 

BOOKS:

The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire – by Chloe Hopper

 

ARTICLES:

‘Worst day in history’: Brumby warns of fire danger – The Age

Flight from fire led to tragedy – The Sydney Morning Herald

Husband tells of death in a rain of ‘red bullets’ – The Sydney Morning Herald

Rudd angrily denounces ‘mass murder’ arsonists – ABC News

Australian web vigilantes call for alleged arsonist Brendan Sokaluk to be ‘burned at the stake’ – The Telegraph

Accused Black Saturday arsonist an ‘easy target’ – ABC

Father of accused arsonist describes son as ‘slow’ – ABC

Guilty verdict for Black Saturday arsonist Brendan Sokaluk – The Australian

Former CFA trainee guilty of Black Saturday arson deaths – Herald Sun

Black Saturday arsonist jailed for almost 18 years – ABC

Appeal against Black Saturday arsonist Brendan James Sokaluk’s sentence dismissed – Herald Sun

Gippsland remembers lives lost on Black Saturday – ABC

Gippsland marks fires anniversary – ABC News

Inside the mind of an arsonist – ABC

On the arsonist’s trail: inside Australia’s worst bushfire catastrophe – The Guardian

Chloe Hopper: Investigating the culpability and motive of an arsonist – The Sydney Morning Herald

Is Black Saturday arsonist Brendan Sokaluk a misfit or monster? – Herald Sun

Half a decade after Black Saturday, towns are still rebuilding – Herald Sun

Deadly arson attack: inside the Black Saturday fires – Who

Tribute vandalised – Latrobe Valley Express

Arson legacy: ‘I weep in the deepest places in my soul’ – The Age

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

R v Brendan James Sokaluk – Supreme Court of Victoria

DPP v Brendan James Sokaluk – Court of Appeal

 

DOCUMENTARIES:

The burning question – Australian Story

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

The Firesetting Intervention Programme for Mentally Disordered Offenders – University of Kent

2009 Churchill Fires – Community Bushfire Connection

 

 

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On Friday, February 6, State Premier John Brumby cautioned Victorians about the extreme weather conditions forecast for the next day, announcing that Saturday, February 7, 2009, would be “the worst day in the history of the state.”

Temperatures were once again set to soar above the mid-40s and a gale-force wind was predicted. A decade-long drought had left much of the Australian landscape incredibly dry and Victoria alone had missed the equivalent of two years’ worth of average rainfall.

Premier Brumby encouraged people to cancel plans, avoid travelling, and stay at home, warning: “It’s just as bad a day as you can imagine and on top of that, the state is just tinder-dry. People need to exercise real common sense tomorrow…”

______

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

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched and written by Milly Raso

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

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

 

ROYAL COMMISSION DOCUMENTS:

The Churchill Fire – Chapter 9

The Churchill Fire – Chapter 17

 

BOOKS:

The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire – by Chloe Hopper

 

ARTICLES:

‘Worst day in history’: Brumby warns of fire danger – The Age

Flight from fire led to tragedy – The Sydney Morning Herald

Husband tells of death in a rain of ‘red bullets’ – The Sydney Morning Herald

Rudd angrily denounces ‘mass murder’ arsonists – ABC News

Australian web vigilantes call for alleged arsonist Brendan Sokaluk to be ‘burned at the stake’ – The Telegraph

Accused Black Saturday arsonist an ‘easy target’ – ABC

Father of accused arsonist describes son as ‘slow’ – ABC

Guilty verdict for Black Saturday arsonist Brendan Sokaluk – The Australian

Former CFA trainee guilty of Black Saturday arson deaths – Herald Sun

Black Saturday arsonist jailed for almost 18 years – ABC

Appeal against Black Saturday arsonist Brendan James Sokaluk’s sentence dismissed – Herald Sun

Gippsland remembers lives lost on Black Saturday – ABC

Gippsland marks fires anniversary – ABC News

Inside the mind of an arsonist – ABC

On the arsonist’s trail: inside Australia’s worst bushfire catastrophe – The Guardian

Chloe Hopper: Investigating the culpability and motive of an arsonist – The Sydney Morning Herald

Is Black Saturday arsonist Brendan Sokaluk a misfit or monster? – Herald Sun

Half a decade after Black Saturday, towns are still rebuilding – Herald Sun

Deadly arson attack: inside the Black Saturday fires – Who

Tribute vandalised – Latrobe Valley Express

Arson legacy: ‘I weep in the deepest places in my soul’ – The Age

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

R v Brendan James Sokaluk – Supreme Court of Victoria

DPP v Brendan James Sokaluk – Court of Appeal

 

DOCUMENTARIES:

The burning question – Australian Story

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

The Firesetting Intervention Programme for Mentally Disordered Offenders – University of Kent

2009 Churchill Fires – Community Bushfire Connection

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

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

Best Fiends – Download Best Fiends for free

ThirdLove – Get 15% off your first order 

Noom – The last weight loss program you’ll need. Start your trial today

SimpliSafe – Protect your home and your family today. Free shipping and 60 days risk-free trial

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