Case 143

Leigh Leigh

*** Warning: This case involves a child victim ***

Teenagers in the New South Wales town of Stockton Beach were excited as they gathered at the North Stockton Surf Club to celebrate the sixteenth birthday of a schoolmate. 14-year-old  Leigh Leigh promised her parents she’d be waiting at their designated meeting spot in four hours time. When she didn’t arrive, they immediately knew something was wrong. 

The following morning, Leigh Leigh’s beaten and abused body was found lying on the beach. It soon emerged that the party had zero adult supervision and that alcohol and cannabis had been in steady supply. As investigators dig to uncover the truth about what happened to Leigh Leigh, a disturbing story of toxic masculinity, peer pressure and victim-blaming at its utmost degree begin to emerge.

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EPISODE:

Research & writing – Eileen Ormsby

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Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

Who killed Leigh Leigh? A story of shame and mateship in an Australian town – by Kerry Carrington

 

NSW CRIME COMMISSION REPORT:

Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the murder of Leigh Leigh on 3 November 1989 and other offences by the New South Wales Crime Commission (SL)

 

POLICE INTEGRITY COMMISSION REPORT:

Police Integrity Commission Report to Parliament

 

ACADEMIC PAPERS:

In Her Death She Remains as the Limit of the System – by Morrow & San Roque, (1996) 18 Sydney Law Review 474 (SL)

 

MINISTERIAL STATEMENT:

Death Of Leigh Leigh

 

RADIO COVERAGE:

‘Sticks and Stones: The Killing of Leigh Leigh’ – ABC Radio National – Background Briefing: 29 September 1996

 

ARCHIVE ARTICLES:

A death in the sand – Sydney Morning Herald, June 13, 2004

In Cold Blood – Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday, November 24, 1990

 

 

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