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    Australia - Lorraine Wilson, 20, & Wendy Evans, 18, Oxley, QLD, 6 Oct 1974

    Inquest into cold case murder of Sydney nurses Wendy Evans, 18, and Lorraine Wilson, 20, begins

    April 08, 2013

    THREE men who have been identified by police as "persons of interest" in the brutal cold case murder of Sydney nurses Wendy Evans, 18, and Lorraine Wilson, 20, will give evidence when an inquest opens today.
    A police investigation into the case has spanned almost four decades since the women's disappearance in 1974 and the gruesome discovery of their bodies dumped in bushland at Murphys Creek, near Toowoomba, two years later.



    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/q...-1226614723186

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    Follow on twitter

    @brookebaskin: Packed in at Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning ahead of inquest into double murder of Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans @couriermail

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    @renaehenry10: 1974 nurse murder inquest hears police tape of witness who was told to clean blood from the back of vehicle @tennewsqld

    @renaehenry10: Snr policeman tells 1974 nurse inquiry if one of the POIs was still alive, he'd charge him over the murders @tennewsqld

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    "An inquest in 1985 ruled the women met with "foul play" after their bodies were found in bushland on June 26, 1976 with skull fractures and marks consistent with being bound with the cord of a venetian blind."
    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/q...-1226614723186

    BBM - this screams premeditation to me. Likely predators out scouting the streets for a victim.

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    A monstrous family

    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/quee...409-2hitz.html

    Clearly, many people knew something about what had happened to these two unfortunate women.

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    Is it ok to post this article from 2007 about the cold case investigation? It offers a little bit more information about the background of the suspects: http://www.news.com.au/news/hunt-for...-1111114007885

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    How many people had the opportunity to save two ladies lives? .
    Too many.If you ask me.
    How many have carried the secret of killing two beautiful ladies?.
    Too many.
    I understand it was the 70's but surely people had hearts in those days.

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    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/quee...ors_picks=true

    A mother's plea and a good outline of the main persons of interest.
    Last edited by SandyGG; 04-12-2013 at 08:55 AM. Reason: Added information about link.

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    This case reminds me of another case in nearby Gatton in the late 19th century in which two girls were repeatedly raped and along with their brother and horse killed. At the time, the town was bent on blaming an outsider but it would seem that just like Toowoomba in the 1970s there were a gang of related men and friends that would roam about at night on horseback and accost people just for fun and it is very likely that they committed the crime. The case was never solved at the time.
    There was also an Oxley link in that old case also. As a boy and his horse had been shot not far from the Oxley Hotel a few days prior to the multiple slaying at Gatton the police speculated that the same killer may have been responsible but it is unlikely when all the evidence is examined. The surname of the victims at Gatton were Murphy (Murphy's Creek!). It was a very shocking crime at the time and effected the community for many years and like this modern crime, many people would have a little knowledge or had their own ideas about who was responsible.

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    1970's - Toowomba

    Bashing women was routine, nurses' inquest told

    "They used to stop in the street in Toowoomba on any given night, pull girls into the car, violently bash them, brutalise them, punch them ... punch them in the stomach, even raping them. Apparently their reputation was very widely known, even so, police did never arrest them."

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-1...4/?site=sydney

    I wonder why if this was KNOWN, was it reported in MSM at the time? I am sure the community had the right to know that this was happenning in their community.

    I will see what I can find online in the online archives of The National Library of Australia.

    http://trove.nla.gov.au/
    Last edited by Flinders; 04-12-2013 at 09:54 PM. Reason: Typo


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    The echo of silent screams : the Gold Coast hitchhike murders /​ Eric Wilson.

    I can't seem to find anything today in the newspapers re. 1970's crime but I did find a book published in 2003 about the crime which is available from the public library. I'm not sure about Kindle.

    The echo of silent screams : the Gold Coast hitchhike murders /​ Eric Wilson.

    All this below is what I have to Cite. It looks like this article is available on Wiki. The echo of silent screams : the Gold Coast hitchhike murders /​ Eric Wilson.


    Work identifier
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/22344892
    Edition identifier
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/45724527
    http://nla.gov.au/anbd.bib-an24408937
    APA citation
    Wilson, Eric (2003). The echo of silent screams : the Gold Coast hitchhike murders. Pennon Publishing, Niddrie, Vic
    MLA citation
    Wilson, Eric The echo of silent screams : the Gold Coast hitchhike murders. Pennon Publishing, Niddrie, Vic, 2003.
    Harvard/Australian citation
    Wilson, Eric 2003, The echo of silent screams : the Gold Coast hitchhike murders, Pennon Publishing, Niddrie, Vic
    Wikipedia citation
    {{Citation | author1=Wilson, Eric | title=The echo of silent screams : the Gold Coast hitchhike murders | publication-date=2003 | publisher=Pennon Publishing | isbn=978-1-877029-27-1 }}
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    Murdered nurses: Inquest exposes city's dark underbelly

    Murdered nurses: Inquest exposes city's dark underbelly

    Comments (24) Peter Hardwick 13th Apr 2013 6:00 AM Updated: 7:33 AM

    This article is new.

    I still can't find anything YET in MSM archive re. early 1970's crime in Toowoomba.

    The book was written by a brother of one of the victims.

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    I Survived - True Stories of Brisbane's Underbelly

    I Survived - True Stories of Brisbane's Underbelly [Kindle Edition] $7.99
    John Wayne Ryan (Author)

    Summary at Amazon.

    This is the true story of a private detective / bodyguard operating in Brisbane, Australia during the 1970s .

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    Thanks for that link - I'd not mind reading this book!

    What I'm wondering is - how this pack of mongrels could run around attacking men, raping women like it was nothing, and everyone knew about them -- and no-one said anything, no-one was prosecuted?

    I get that locals might have (rightly) feared for their lives, but surely these men did not manage to live this way and fly completely under the police radar?

    As a formerly very stupid young woman who liked to hitchhike around Aus.. I feel lucky to still be here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SandyGG View Post
    This case reminds me of another case in nearby Gatton in the late 19th century in which two girls were repeatedly raped and along with their brother and horse killed. At the time, the town was bent on blaming an outsider but it would seem that just like Toowoomba in the 1970s there were a gang of related men and friends that would roam about at night on horseback and accost people just for fun and it is very likely that they committed the crime. The case was never solved at the time.
    There was also an Oxley link in that old case also. As a boy and his horse had been shot not far from the Oxley Hotel a few days prior to the multiple slaying at Gatton the police speculated that the same killer may have been responsible but it is unlikely when all the evidence is examined. The surname of the victims at Gatton were Murphy (Murphy's Creek!). It was a very shocking crime at the time and effected the community for many years and like this modern crime, many people would have a little knowledge or had their own ideas about who was responsible.
    Is there a thread for this murder on WS anywhere? I read about this quite a bit, a long time ago now. Such a brutal, horrific crime.. and I really do think the Oxley shooting was related - I'd be very interested in finding out why it's thought not to be so.

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