Case 56

Anita Cobby

*** Content Warning: extreme sexual assault and torture ***

On the morning of February 4 1986, a dairy farmer in the outer Sydney suburb of Prospect noticed his cows had been behaving strangely. For hours, they had stood gathered at one particular spot in his paddock. The farmer went to see what they were doing and found the brutalised body of 26-year-old nurse Anita Cobby. 

As police began investigating Anita’s final hours, what they discovered would change Australia forever. 



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“Remembering Anita Cobby: The Case, The Husband, The Aftermath – 30 Years On” – Mark Morri



Grace’s Place Site Within Homicide Victims Support Group Site



Anita Cobby murder: ‘Everyone in the car that dreadful night had a passport to doom’ – The Guardian

Grace’s Place for homicide-affected families to become a reality at Doonside – Daily Telegraph

Anita Cobby: The savage murder that rocked Sydney – Daily Telegraph

Story Coverage With Quick Timeline – Courier Mail

Attempted jail breaks, prison-yard brawls, and a strict ban on talking to Ivan Milat: Life behind bars for Anita Cobby’s callous killers… 30 years after one of Australia’s most brutal crimes – Daily Mail

Never-before-seen photographs of Anita Cobby’s killers returning to the chilling scene of the rape and murder of the young nurse in a crime that shocked Australia – Daily Mail

Anita Cobby’s sister tells of ongoing grief and fear nearly 30 years after nurse’s murder – Daily Telegraph

Remembering Anita Cobby: 30 years since brutal murder of Sydney nurse – Yahoo News

Anita Cobby murder: Leigh Johnson quashes rumours she slept with killer Gary Murphy – Daily Telegraph

Secret recording that helped catch Anita Cobby’s killers 30 years ago aired for the first time – The Sydney Morning Herald

Anita Cobby memorial to help homicide victims 30 years after her death – Daily Telegraph

Anita Cobby: Letters of Love and Loss – Daily Telegraph

Anita Cobby Murder: The Day Blacktown Bayed for Blood – Daily Telegraph

Tragic murder of Anita Cobby continues to haunt the Blacktown community – Daily Telegraph

Anita Cobby murder: ‘We can’t forget it… but we want to bring some benefit out of it’ – Daily Telegraph

Anita Cobby charity dinner supports homicide victims 30 years after her death – Daily Telegraph

ROSEMARIE MILSOM: The violence continues – Newcastle Herald



Crime Investigation Australia: The Anita Cobby Murder

Anita Cobby: You Thought You Knew It All

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