Case 70

The Kimberley Killer

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Case 70

The Kimberley Killer

The Kimberley is one of the most remote areas in Australia. Tourists are advised not to leave the main roads and to avoid driving at dawn or during the night – mainly because of the dangers of wildlife and the road trains which dominate the night hours. You must ensure you are adequately prepared with several days of water, food and fuel. Off-road travel is only recommended with an experienced guide – and there is no mobile phone reception, only satellite.

Across the Top End and the Kimberley Regions, outside the comfort of the cities and main towns, tourists and locals search for the undiscovered – the secret spot where they can be alone with their thoughts.

Light filtering through the trees. The only sounds – the crunching of leaves and rocks underfoot, or the trickling of water as it flows by.

But whether deep in the bush, on a desert plain or alone on the banks of a remote river – it’s easy to leave yourself vulnerable.

Vulnerable to hazards you may not even realise.

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

 

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If you are hearing impaired or know someone who is and would like to get a transcript of the episode, please email us at contact@casefilepodcast.com

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Gemma Harris

 

MUSIC:

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

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

Australia’s Serial Killers – by Paul B. Kidd (pp.231–235)

 

ARTICLES:

‘Fear in the bush after 5 killings’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (17 June 1987)

‘Bolted doors in the town of fear’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (18 June 1987)

‘Outback tourists flee the shooting gallery’ – The Age (18 June 1987)

‘A lonely wait for the Northern killer’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (19 June 1987)

‘Outback manhunt for thrill murderer ends in gunfire’ – United Press International

‘Policeman gets his man when all seemed lost’ – The Age. Melbourne (20 June 1987)

‘Gunman Killed’ – The West Australian (20 June 1987)

‘Shootout ends hunt’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (20 June 1987)

‘Last breath of Top End Killer’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (21 June 1987)

‘Outback terror ends in morgue’ – The Age. Melbourne (22 June 1987)

‘Police have positively identified a West German man killed…’ – United Press International

‘Not our son, say parents of Top-End gunman’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (18 Dec 1987)

‘Weak gun law under attack’ – The Age (26 Dec 1987)

‘Josef Schwab’s killing spree, 30 years on: how the TRG stopped a madman in the Kimberley’ – The West Australian

‘On the Trail of a Madman’ – The West Australian

 

ARCHIVES:

Kimberley Killer – Joseph Schwab – by John Horswell, Australian Police Journal

 

REPORTS:

Kennedy Royal Commission – (2004, pp.117–118)

Management of Misconduct by Western Australia Police – (2011)

 

VIDEOS:

The Kimberley Killer – Crime Investigation Australia (2007)

 

OTHER:

Victoria River murder – Rae Allen

Guide to the Kimberley – Australia.com

‘A Forensic Collector’ – NT Police Museum & Historical Society Inc.

Home Valley Station

Home Valley Station – Wikipedia

Joseph Schwab – Wikipedia

Kennedy Royal Commission – Wikipedia

Klaus Kilian

Joseph Schwab – Murderpedia

Pentecost River – Wikipedia

Police Tactical Group – Wikipedia

Victoria River (Northern Territory) – Wikipedia

Western Australian Police – Wikipedia

Timber Creek – Northern Territory Police

Timber Creek – NT Police Museum & Historical Society Inc.

Crocodile safety: Be Crocwise – NT.GOV.AU 

Population of Northern Territory – Population Australia

 

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The Kimberley is one of the most remote areas in Australia. Tourists are advised not to leave the main roads and to avoid driving at dawn or during the night – mainly because of the dangers of wildlife and the road trains which dominate the night hours. You must ensure you are adequately prepared with several days of water, food and fuel. Off-road travel is only recommended with an experienced guide – and there is no mobile phone reception, only satellite.

Across the Top End and the Kimberley Regions, outside the comfort of the cities and main towns, tourists and locals search for the undiscovered – the secret spot where they can be alone with their thoughts.

Light filtering through the trees. The only sounds – the crunching of leaves and rocks underfoot, or the trickling of water as it flows by.

But whether deep in the bush, on a desert plain or alone on the banks of a remote river – it’s easy to leave yourself vulnerable.

Vulnerable to hazards you may not even realise.

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

 

______

If you are hearing impaired or know someone who is and would like to get a transcript of the episode, please email us at contact@casefilepodcast.com

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Gemma Harris

 

MUSIC:

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

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

Australia’s Serial Killers – by Paul B. Kidd (pp.231–235)

 

ARTICLES:

‘Fear in the bush after 5 killings’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (17 June 1987)

‘Bolted doors in the town of fear’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (18 June 1987)

‘Outback tourists flee the shooting gallery’ – The Age (18 June 1987)

‘A lonely wait for the Northern killer’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (19 June 1987)

‘Outback manhunt for thrill murderer ends in gunfire’ – United Press International

‘Policeman gets his man when all seemed lost’ – The Age. Melbourne (20 June 1987)

‘Gunman Killed’ – The West Australian (20 June 1987)

‘Shootout ends hunt’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (20 June 1987)

‘Last breath of Top End Killer’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (21 June 1987)

‘Outback terror ends in morgue’ – The Age. Melbourne (22 June 1987)

‘Police have positively identified a West German man killed…’ – United Press International

‘Not our son, say parents of Top-End gunman’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (18 Dec 1987)

‘Weak gun law under attack’ – The Age (26 Dec 1987)

‘Josef Schwab’s killing spree, 30 years on: how the TRG stopped a madman in the Kimberley’ – The West Australian

‘On the Trail of a Madman’ – The West Australian

 

ARCHIVES:

Kimberley Killer – Joseph Schwab – by John Horswell, Australian Police Journal

 

REPORTS:

Kennedy Royal Commission – (2004, pp.117–118)

Management of Misconduct by Western Australia Police – (2011)

 

VIDEOS:

The Kimberley Killer – Crime Investigation Australia (2007)

 

OTHER:

Victoria River murder – Rae Allen

Guide to the Kimberley – Australia.com

‘A Forensic Collector’ – NT Police Museum & Historical Society Inc.

Home Valley Station

Home Valley Station – Wikipedia

Joseph Schwab – Wikipedia

Kennedy Royal Commission – Wikipedia

Klaus Kilian

Joseph Schwab – Murderpedia

Pentecost River – Wikipedia

Police Tactical Group – Wikipedia

Victoria River (Northern Territory) – Wikipedia

Western Australian Police – Wikipedia

Timber Creek – Northern Territory Police

Timber Creek – NT Police Museum & Historical Society Inc.

Crocodile safety: Be Crocwise – NT.GOV.AU 

Population of Northern Territory – Population Australia

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

MVMT Watches Join the movement

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