Case 44

Peter Falconio

*** Content Warning: gun violence ***

The desert roads of the Northern Territory are as long as they are desolate. If you stand still, the loudest sound you’ll hear is your own heartbeat. For British tourists Peter Falconio and Joanne Lees, the prospect of driving from Adelaide to Darwin along the expansive, open road was the thrill of a lifetime and unlike anything, they’d ever experienced before. 

On Saturday, July 14 2001, the couple set out on the Sturt Highway in their orange Volkswagen Kombi, bound for the Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve. Little did Peter and Joanne know, their once-in-a-lifetime journey would soon turn into a nightmare.



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“The killer within: Inside the world of Bradley Murdoch” – by Paul Toohey
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Joanne Lees interview 2002

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Colleen Gwynne’s account of the case. Audio

Joanne Lees interview 2002



Timeline: Peter Falconio murder

Peter Falconio Disappearance

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