Case 203

Bob Chappell

On January 26 2009, defacto couple Bob Chappell and Sue Neill-Fraser spent the public holiday working on their yacht, The Four Winds, in Tasmania’s Sandy Bay. After finding yet another issue, Bob decided to stay on board overnight to continue working on the repairs. The following morning, Sue received an alarming phone call from the police – The Four Winds was sinking and Bob was nowhere to be found.

As the investigation progresses, it becomes clear that Sue isn’t telling the full truth. But what exactly is she trying to hide, and how did DNA belonging to teenager Meaghan Vass end up on board? Is this an open and shut case, or a miscarriage of justice that will haunt Australia’s legal system forever?



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State of Tasmania Vs. Susan Blyth Neill-Fraser

Record of Investigation Into Death (Without Inquest): Robert Adrian Chappell 

Blow J Sentencing Remarks Susan Neill-Fraser

Neill-Fraser v Tasmania [2012] TASCCA 2 (6 March 2012)

Neill-Fraser v Tasmania [2019] TASSC 10 (21 March 2019)



Southern Justice – Colin McClaren

Murder by the prosecution – Andrew L. Urban



Undercurrent Season 1: Episodes 1-6 – Channel Seven

Witness to Bob Chappell murder breaks 10 year silence – 60 Minutes Australia



Twist in boat murder mystery of Hobart man Bob Chappell –

Talk all you like, but Susan’s lies clinch it – Sunday Herald Sun

Susan Neill-Fraser murder case subject of new play An Inconvenient Woman – ABC News 

Sue Neill-Fraser case: ‘Extremely strong’ new evidence for appeal bid, family of murderer says – ABC News 

$160m cocaine bust on Brisbane yacht – ABC News

Obituary – Robert Adrian Chappell – Australian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine

Meghan Vass tells court she was present on Bob Chappell’s yacht the night he disappeared – ABC News

Key witness in Susan Neill-Fraser murder appeal recants evidence – ABC News

Susan Neill-Fraser murder appeal moves to closing arguments after DNA expert witness dropped by prosecutor – ABC News

Sue Neill-Fraser’s fate still to be decided after appeal against murder conviction wraps early – ABC News

Susan Neill-Fraser loses appeal against murder conviction over 2009 Bob Chappell disappearance – ABC News

Meaghan Vass tells court what happened the night Bob Chappell disappeared from his yacht – The Advocate

Susan Neill-Fraser loses murder appeal – The Canberra Times



Shadow of Doubt

Save Sue

Networked Knowledge

Wrongful Convictions Report

Australian Missing Persons Register



Department of Police and Emergency Management Annual Report Tasmania 2008-2009 – Tasmania Police


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