Case 90

Hoddle Street

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.

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

EPISODE:

Research & writing – Elsha McGill

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

 

BOOKS:

Hoddle Street: The Ambush and the Tragedy – Peter Haddow

 

VIDEOS:

Hoddle Street – Documentary Australia

The Hoddle Street Massacre

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

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

Knight V Victoria [2017]

 

REPORTS:

Hazing in the ADF: A Culture of Denial?

 

ARTICLES:

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

 

ADDITIONAL SOURCES:

Royal Military College Duntroon

Hoddle Street Massacre – Victoria Police Radio

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