Case 186

The Bowraville Murders

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this episode features the names of people who have passed away.

When 16-year-old Colleen Walker suddenly vanished from the New South Wales town of Bowraville in September 1990, her family and friends knew something was terribly wrong. But local police dismissed their concerns, suggesting that the Indigenous teenager had simply “gone walkabout”. 

In the weeks that followed, more young people went missing from the small community – first four-year-old Evelyn Greenup, then 16-year-old Clinton Speedy-Duroux. It seemed as though the mysterious disappearances were being completely ignored by law enforcement… until human remains were discovered in nearby bushland. All of a sudden, it became clear that a serial killer was operating in the region.

And some people in the community were certain they knew who was responsible…



Casefile Presents


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 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn


Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska




The Family Response to the murders in Bowraville – A NSW Government Standing Committee on Law and Justice (2014)

Attorney General for New South Wales vs XX [2018]



Beware the gumburr – Dan Box book excerpt

Fear splits a small town – The Age

Still no trace of four-year-old Evelyn despite weekend search – The Sydney Morning Herald

Bowraville murders: Police say one word blocking any retrial – The Sydney Morning Herald

The Mission: The Bowraville Murders – The Monthly

Bowraville murders: victims’ families refuse to give up fight for justice – The Guardian

Accused spoke of killing girl, court told – The Sydney Morning Herald

Truth be Told transcript – ABC Australian Story

Australia’s Serial: Dan Box on the making of true crime podcast Bowraville – The Guardian

Bowraville murders: NSW police chief says victims’ families were let down – ABC News

Bowraville murders: New evidence to be used in application to retry suspect – ABC News

Bowraville murder case set back as NSW Government loses bid to have man face trial – ABC News



Innocence Betrayed

The Bowraville Murders – 60 Minutes

The Bowraville Murders – Allan Clarke



Bowraville community website

Gumbaynggirr Tales

Bowraville – Wikipedia

Bowraville murders – Wikipedia





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