Case 174

Vicki Arnold & Julie-Anne Leahy

*** Content Warning: grooming, child sexual abuse, suicide ***

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

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Music – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn



Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska

With special thanks to Vanessa Stewart and Robert Reid



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