Case 90

Hoddle Street

*** Content Warning: gun violence ***

19-year-old Julian Knight was obsessed with war and combat from a young age. He enrolled in the Royal Military Academy of Duntroon with dreams of one day defending his country, but there was one problem – he didn’t like authority. 

After being discharged from the military, Knight spent the afternoon of Sunday, August 9, 1987, drinking away his disappointment at the local pubs around Melbourne’s inner-city suburb of Clifton Hill. He then returned to his family home, loaded three guns over his shoulder and ran towards the busy thoroughfare of Hoddle Street.



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Hoddle Street: The Ambush and the Tragedy – Peter Haddow



Hoddle Street – Documentary Australia

The Hoddle Street Massacre

Police re-enactment with Hoddle St killer Julian Knight – ABC News



Knight V Victoria [2017]



Hazing in the ADF: A Culture of Denial?



The list of Hoddle Street victims shot dead by Julian Knight in 1987 killing spree – Herald Sun

Dark trail of brutality that led to Hoddle St – Herald Sun

Inside the mind of Hoddle Street killer Julian Knight – The Age

Confrontation with a killer – The Sydney Morning Herald

Memories of Hoddle St: 30 years on – Victoria Police Journal

Hoddle Street killer won’t be forgotten – ABC News

Steve Wight recalls the Hoddle Street slaughter and how Julian Knight fired shots at him – Herald Sun

Hoddle Street Massacre: 30 years on, victims still haunted by ‘horrific’ attack – ABC News

Mass murderer Julian Knight pens open letter from prison demanding parole – Herald Sun

Mass murderer outrages victims with ranting letter in prison – 9 News

Victims reject Julian Knight’s apology as self-serving – Herald Sun

Hoddle Street killer Julian Knight’s school cartoons show his deadly fantasies – The Sydney Morning Herald

Meet the vexatious litigants – The Sydney Morning Herald

Hoddle Street killer Julian Knight declared vexatious litigant for life – ABC News

Nurse says she watched military abandon Hoddle Street killer before massacre – The Canberra Times

Hoddle Street killer to sue Duntroon over military abuse – The Canberra Times

Paying the Piper: the ADF must finally face its culture of abuse – The Conversation

The ADF and Julian Knight: a lesson on defence’s culture reform – The Conversation

Hoddle Street killer loses bid to pursue case against Commonwealth over alleged Duntroon abuse – ABC News

‘AMBUSH NOW!’: Inside Hoddle St killer’s chilling handwritten murder manifesto – 7 News



Royal Military College Duntroon

Hoddle Street Massacre – Victoria Police Radio

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