Case 271

Bonnie Clarke

*** Content warning: Child victim, child sexual assault, sexual assault/rape ***

When six-year-old Bonnie Clarke is murdered in her bed in the middle of the night just four nights before Christmas in 1982, Melbourne detectives are certain they know who’s responsible: Bonnie’s mother, Marion.

Yet Marion insists an intruder must have broken into their home while she was sleeping. It would take 20 years, two other crimes, and an undercover investigation for the truth to unravel…



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



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Bonnie Mellisa Clarke: Inquest

Theresa Verity Crowe: Inquest



Lives of Crime – Gary Tippet & Ian Munro



Murderpedia – Malcolm Joseph Thomas Clarke



Girl, 6, was stripped and killed – The Age

When a child dies – The Age

Crimes that harden the police – The Age

Man charged over 1980 death – The Age

Man sent for trial over 1980 death – The Age

Man gets 15 years’ jail for killing in Prahran loft – The Age

Crown wins appeal: court increases non-parole period of rapist’s sentence – The Sydney Morning Herald

Solving murder from the archives – The Sunday Age

A killer trapped – The Sunday Age

Covert police methods revealed – The Sunday Age

True Lies – The Sunday Age

How the monster had his evil way – The Herald Sun



Our sweet Bonnie stabbed in her bed: Why it took 22 years for justice – That’s Life

Man found guilty of 20-year-old murder – ABC News

Justice for Bonnie, 22 years on – The Age

Solving murder from the archives – The Age

Bonnie’s killer finally convicted – The Age

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