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. Julie-Anne had been beaten, cut and shot. Vicki died of a gunshot wound to the head and was found with her hand on the murder weapon: a sawn-off .22 Ruger rifle.

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.

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

EPISODE:

Research & writing – Erin Munro

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro – www.dl-sounds.com

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Music – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska

With special thanks to Vanessa Stewart and Robert Reid

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS

Third Party to Murder: The Search – Robert Reid

 

VIDEOS

Double murder cold case re-opened

60 Minutes: Murder at Cherry Tree Creek

 

COURT DOCUMENTS

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

 

WEBSITES

Reddit post

 

PODCASTS

Australian True Crime – A Convenient Murder Suicide

 

ARTICLES

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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