THE MYSTERIOUS PHILLIP ISLAND MURDER: When 23-year-old Beth Barnard was discovered brutally murdered in a farmhouse in Phillip Island in 1986, her murder sparked an investigation that has haunted... More > locals ever since. Her throat was cut, and she had a huge letter A carved into her chest. On the same night that Beth died, another local woman, Vivienne Cameron, vanished off the face of the earth. A police investigation revealed that Beth had been having an affair with Vivienne’s husband. What really happened that night remains one of Victoria’s most baffling murder mysteries.< Less
In 1993, the unthinkable happened - a serial killer began killing young women on the streets around Frankston. Read the incredible story about the hunt and capture of Paul Denyer, the 21-year-old... More > responsible, and the lives that were ruined as a result of his crimes.< Less
THE CRIME SCENE EXAMINER: Forensic evidence is known as the 'silent witness'. Crime scene examiners make the silent witness speak.
Sergeant Trevor Evans has been a crime scene examiner for 17 years,... More > and worked the notorious case of murdered baby Jaidyn Leskie in Moe. He also examined the scene of the intriguing, still-unsolved murder of Jane Thurgood-Dove, a mother gunned down in the driveway of her home in Niddrie.
Evans also used his wealth of experience when he was called to join the international team shifting through the debris after the Bali bombings, in order to identify those who lost their lives.< Less
PANDORA'S BOX: In 1996 a neighbour spies three Asian men running out of a court in Glen Waverley. It looks like two chasing one. But when they head towards a nearby car with an open boot, and... More > suddenly the boot closes and there are only two men standing there, the chase takes on a more sinister aspect.
Young Steve Tragardh joined the police force when he was 18 and a half; he'd tried uni for a while, but it wasn't for him. He had come through the private school system and while his parents might have harboured secret hopes of a career in medicine, or law like his twin brother, they offered their full support when their son chose policing. The kidnapping of this young Asian boy would go onto be a defining moment in his career.< Less
REMEMBERING THINGS PAST: In the early 1950s, Rod Braybon's father died, leaving his mother with eight children she couldn't care for. As a ward of the state, Rod finally ended up at the notorious... More > Bayswater Boys' Home run by the Salvation Army.
Rod endured years of ill-treatment at the hands of the Salvation Army, then spent a life-time repressing the memories that haunted him.
Finally, after seeing a chance article in a newspaper, Rod decided to speak out. His story created a nation-wide sensation and won a prestigious award for the journalist who broke it.
That Rod was willing to speak out to try and ease the suffering of others like him, is incredible. That he survived at all, is nothing short of a miracle.
This short story is expanded in the full novel "SALVATION" in ebook and paperback)< Less
THE RUSSELL STREET BOMBING: In 1986 a bomb went off outside the main police headquarters in Russell Street Melbourne.
THE RUSSELL STREET BOMBING looks at the consequences of this shocking act of... More > violence from the point of view of an entire city, the police force that was targeted, and in particular one 19-year-old victim.< Less