Case 174

Vicki Arnold & Julie-Anne Leahy

One cold winter night in 1991, best friends Vicki Arnold and Julie-Anne Leahy vanished from their town of Atherton, Queensland. The two women had left for a late-night fishing trip but never came home. Two weeks later, their bodies were found in Julie-Anne’s car on a remote bushland track, in the opposite direction from where they’d been headed. 

Within an hour of arriving on the scene, police determined the case was a straightforward murder-suicide, and Vicky was the culprit. But the strangeness of the scene left many unanswered questions. Some went as far as saying it had been staged, and that there was another person investigators should be looking at more closely: Julie-Anne’s husband, Alan Leahy.



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Research & writing – Erin Munro

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host



‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro –

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Music – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn



Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska

With special thanks to Vanessa Stewart and Robert Reid




Third Party to Murder: The Search – Robert Reid



Double murder cold case re-opened

60 Minutes: Murder at Cherry Tree Creek



Third inquest into the deaths of Vicki Arnold and Julie-Anne Leahy



Reddit post



Australian True Crime – A Convenient Murder Suicide



Husband cleared over pair’s death – The Age

Alan Leahy denies double murder – AAP

Murder inquest hears love affair claims – ABC News

Leahy-Arnold double murder: Alan Leahy wins further court order over paying Attorney-General costs – ABC News

No charges for husband of FNQ woman murdered with friend in 1991 – Cairns Post





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