Case 80

Beth Barnard

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Case 80

Beth Barnard

The sun rose over Phillip Island at 6:09 am on the morning of September 23rd, 1986, a perfect spring day. By all accounts, as Fergus Cameron lay on his sister Marnie’s sofa, he didn’t stir when she got up for work at 7 am OR when Ian—Marnie’s husband—got up to start his day.

The trio all had little sleep the night before, and Fergus hadn’t arrived at their house until 2 am that morning.

It wasn’t normal for him to end up on Marnie’s sofa in the middle of the night, but on that occasion, the argument he’d had with his wife Vivienne couldn’t have been much worse. He’d ended up in the hospital, and afterwards, he and Vivienne had separated once and for all. It was final, and it was the outcome Fergus had always wanted. He had talked about leaving Vivienne for a long time – he just couldn’t bring himself to do it. Until now.

As Ian was getting ready to leave for work, Fergus woke to the possibility of a fresh start on the Island, a new life with the woman he had been promising to leave Vivienne for – a life with Beth.

And then the phone rang.

[BONUS INTERVIEW]

Interview with Vikki Petraitis – author of the book “The Phillip Island Murder”

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)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

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:

The Phillip Island Murder – by Vikki Petraitis (Published by Clandestine Press 1993)

The Phillip Island Murder: The True account of a brutal killing – by Vikki Petraitis and Paul Daley (New addition published in 2004; Published by Pennon Publishing)

 

ARTICLES:

Collection of original archived newspapers – The South Gippsland Sentinel Times 1987–1988; The Phillip Island Sun 1986

The Brutal Slaying of Beth Barnard of Phillip Island Remains a Mystery – The Herald Sun

Case Not Closed – Bass Coast Post

 

OTHER:

Phillip Island History

Phillip Island Indigenous History 

Motor racing on Phillip Island by Fergus Cameron

The two Phillip Island bridges by Marcia Tanswell

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

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The sun rose over Phillip Island at 6:09 am on the morning of September 23rd, 1986, a perfect spring day. By all accounts, as Fergus Cameron lay on his sister Marnie’s sofa, he didn’t stir when she got up for work at 7 am OR when Ian—Marnie’s husband—got up to start his day.

The trio all had little sleep the night before, and Fergus hadn’t arrived at their house until 2 am that morning.

It wasn’t normal for him to end up on Marnie’s sofa in the middle of the night, but on that occasion, the argument he’d had with his wife Vivienne couldn’t have been much worse. He’d ended up in the hospital, and afterwards, he and Vivienne had separated once and for all. It was final, and it was the outcome Fergus had always wanted. He had talked about leaving Vivienne for a long time – he just couldn’t bring himself to do it. Until now.

As Ian was getting ready to leave for work, Fergus woke to the possibility of a fresh start on the Island, a new life with the woman he had been promising to leave Vivienne for – a life with Beth.

And then the phone rang.

Bonus Interview

[BONUS INTERVIEW]

Interview with Vikki Petraitis – author of the book “The Phillip Island Murder”

______

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 Anna Priestland

 

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:

The Phillip Island Murder – by Vikki Petraitis (Published by Clandestine Press 1993)

The Phillip Island Murder: The True account of a brutal killing – by Vikki Petraitis and Paul Daley (New addition published in 2004; Published by Pennon Publishing)

 

ARTICLES:

Collection of original archived newspapers – The South Gippsland Sentinel Times 1987–1988; The Phillip Island Sun 1986

The Brutal Slaying of Beth Barnard of Phillip Island Remains a Mystery – The Herald Sun

Case Not Closed – Bass Coast Post

 

OTHER:

Phillip Island History

Phillip Island Indigenous History 

Motor racing on Phillip Island by Fergus Cameron

The two Phillip Island bridges by Marcia Tanswell

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Female Criminals – Podcast that examines the psychology, motivations, and atrocities of female felons; brought to you by Parcast Network

Quip – Get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush

The Economist – Get your free copy of The Economist delivered directly to your door

ZipRecruiter – Post your jobs for FREE

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