Case 44

Peter Falconio

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.

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

EPISODE:

Research & writing – Anna Priestland

Narration – Anonymous Host

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro – www.dl-sounds.com

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska

RESOURCES

 

DOCUMENTS:

Education Journal
The Queen v Murdoch 2005 NTSC 80 (15 December 2005)
The Queen v Murdoch 2005 NTSC 79 (15 December 2005)
The Queen v Murdoch 2005 NTSC 78 (15 December 2005)
The Queen v Murdoch 2005 NTSC 77 (15 December 2005)

 

BOOKS:

“And then the Darkness” by Sue Williams – the disappearance of Peter Falconio and the trials of Joanne Lees
“The killer within: Inside the world of Bradley Murdoch” – by Paul Toohey
Catching Bradley Murdoch: tweezers, pitchforks and the use of DNA sampling – by Jeremy Gans (2007)

 

ARTICLES:

Joanne Lees regrets affair

 

VIDEOS:

Joanne Lees interview 2002

Whilst not a source for this episode, the Australian Film ‘Wolf Creek’ was loosely based around/inspired by this case. For those who are game to watch

‘Crimes that shook Australia’ documentary 

 

AUDIO:

Colleen Gwynne’s account of the case. Audio

Joanne Lees interview 2002

 

TIMELINES:

Timeline: Peter Falconio murder

Peter Falconio Disappearance

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