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    Quote Originally Posted by symbah View Post
    Just looking back into the past re early anonymous calls to police as to where Quanne's remains could be found - how beyond cruel this has all been to Quanne and her beloved family. I'm praying that this isn't a repeat and Quanne can be returned to her family.

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    NSW: Police appeal to mystery caller about missing girl
    From: AAP General News (Australia) | Date: February 3, 1999 | More results for: Quanne Diec


    AAP General News (Australia)

    02-03-1999

    NSW: Police appeal to mystery caller about missing girl

    SYDNEY, Feb 3 AAP - A man who anonymously rang police twice with information about missing
    Sydney schoolgirl Quanne Diec could help solve the mystery of her disappearance six months
    ago, police said today.

    The caller, a man police believed to be aged in his early 20s, might have vital information
    about the 12-year-old's abduction and urged him to call again, Detective Inspector Stephen
    Mathews said today.

    Two calls, the first in November and the second last month, were to Crime Stoppers by the
    same person, the first leading to a fruitless search of a creek near where the girl
    disappeared on July 27.

    Insp Mathews said the person appeared to have some involvement in the abduction, but seemed
    willing to help.

    Insp Mathews and a member of Quanne's family held a media conference in Factory Street at
    7.45am today to correspond with the time of her abduction to again try to jog people's
    memories.

    Quanne vanished after leaving her Seventh Street home in Granville for school on July 27
    last year.

    It is believed she was picked up by the driver of a white van in nearby Factory Street
    around 7.45am.

    A 300-metre section of Duck River, a waterway near where Quanne was last seen, was drained
    on January 12 after the man called Crime Stoppers with information in November, but nothing
    was found.

    Insp Mathews said last night that the man called police again just after the dredging of
    the creek.

    "The information was that we've missed vital clues," he said.

    "The area where we've covered is apparently not the right area."

    Insp Mathews said the man was "quite probably" involved in Quanne's abduction.

    "We believe that the person contacting us has some knowledge of Quanne's disappearance," he
    said.

    "We just think this person has got so much more information that we really could use."

    Quanne's family, Vietnamese Buddhists who immigrated to Australia during the 1970s, have
    been praying twice daily for her safe return for the past six months.

    "In our hearts ... we believe that she is alive. There's still a strong sense (that she
    is)," her brother Sunny said last month.

    A month after Quanne's disappearance, NSW Police Minister Paul Whelan announced a $100,000
    reward for information leading to her recovery or the conviction of those responsible.

    Three days later Sydney's Chinese community boosted the pledge by $50,000.

    AAP jk/jo/tsm
    Could the anonymous caller have been Tarantino? The police believe the caller was a man in his early twenties, Tarantino would have been around 30. It would be difficult to judge the age of a caller by their voice, I've been terribly mistaken with voices and age.

    It's a bit worrisome that Tarantino blurted out his partner and brother were murdered in retaliation but are very much alive, the police will be treading carefully, I'm sure. If he lived nearby at the time of Quanne's disappearance, it's a big deal, it's something a person would never forget, so it could be playing on his mind and combined with a severe mental illness, he might actually believe he's a murderer and not be. JMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrimeSuspect View Post
    Could the anonymous caller have been Tarantino? The police believe the caller was a man in his early twenties, Tarantino would have been around 30. It would be difficult to judge the age of a caller by their voice, I've been terribly mistaken with voices and age.

    It's a bit worrisome that Tarantino blurted out his partner and brother were murdered in retaliation but are very much alive, the police will be treading carefully, I'm sure. If he lived nearby at the time of Quanne's disappearance, it's a big deal, it's something a person would never forget, so it could be playing on his mind and combined with a severe mental illness, he might actually believe he's a murderer and not be. JMO
    It is worry PS that Tarantino does not appear to be well and I do note that police have not ruled out that others may be involved.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-2...murder/8041432

    He said police had not ruled out further arrests.
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    Trying to understand the ransom angle. It doesn't seem as if her family were contacted. Such a short period of time.

    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/police-sea...21-gstt0k.html

    According to court documents, Mr Tarantino "did entice away and detain Quanne Diec, with intent to hold her for ransom, and caused her a substantial injury".
    He murdered her between 6.30am and 7.30pm on July 27, 1998, the court documents say.

    And:

    Her disappearance was not reported to police for about 10 hours because the school believed she was probably sick at home, while her family thought she was at school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrimeSuspect View Post
    Could the anonymous caller have been Tarantino? The police believe the caller was a man in his early twenties, Tarantino would have been around 30. It would be difficult to judge the age of a caller by their voice, I've been terribly mistaken with voices and age.

    It's a bit worrisome that Tarantino blurted out his partner and brother were murdered in retaliation but are very much alive, the police will be treading carefully, I'm sure. If he lived nearby at the time of Quanne's disappearance, it's a big deal, it's something a person would never forget, so it could be playing on his mind and combined with a severe mental illness, he might actually believe he's a murderer and not be. JMO
    Perhaps he had another brother and a former partner? It's been said that the house that is being searched, three sons were brought up there, and now also that the house was Tarantino's family home.

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/new...09419956d61e79

    More about Tarantino being a protected witness . . . murders at bondage club . . . attempted suicide . . . claims of approaching gunman disrupted dinner party . . . .

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    Has Tarantino entered a plea? Has he actually confessed? If so, can't he remember what time he strangled Quanne better than between 6:30am and 7:30pm? "Murdered in retaliation for what I have done" might not even be referring to killing Quanne; perhaps he means his brother and partner were murdered as a result of his giving information against bikies.

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    Man accused of murdering missing school girl Quanne Diec leads police to location he allegedly buried her

    'The man accused of murdering missing Sydney schoolgirl Quanne Diec is leading detectives to where he allegedly buried her body.

    Key points:

    • Police are searching an area south of Wollongong for the body of Quanne Diec
    • Vinzent Tarantino, the man accused of murdering her, led them there
    • Diec has not been seen for 18 years

    Vinzent Tarantino, who is also known as Victor Gerada, has led detectives to an area of bushland south of Appin Road at Bulli Tops, south of Sydney.

    A storm has struck and heavy fog has shrouded the search area, which is in drinking water catchment land.'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemian View Post
    Man accused of murdering missing school girl Quanne Diec leads police to location he allegedly buried her

    'The man accused of murdering missing Sydney schoolgirl Quanne Diec is leading detectives to where he allegedly buried her body.

    Key points:

    • Police are searching an area south of Wollongong for the body of Quanne Diec
    • Vinzent Tarantino, the man accused of murdering her, led them there
    • Diec has not been seen for 18 years

    Vinzent Tarantino, who is also known as Victor Gerada, has led detectives to an area of bushland south of Appin Road at Bulli Tops, south of Sydney.

    A storm has struck and heavy fog has shrouded the search area, which is in drinking water catchment land.'
    Thank you. North of Wollongong, though, I think. About an hour and a half's drive from the Parramatta region, and reasonably direct.

    I thought the search of the Second Avenue house was for the body. Perhaps that was a reporter's inference and they were looking for something else. Otherwise Tarantino took his time nominating where he buried Quanne. And he's indicated several areas . . . all thick bushland.

    Quanne would have passed the end of his street each day on her way to the station so it's quite plausible he targeted her. Also, the Australia Post facility where she was apparently last seen/photographed is opposite the the intersection of Second Avenue and Factory Street. The lane between Second and Third Avenue would have been convenient too. But . . . I hope he isn't playing games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLZ View Post
    Thank you. North of Wollongong, though, I think. About an hour and a half's drive from the Parramatta region, and reasonably direct.

    I thought the search of the Second Avenue house was for the body. Perhaps that was a reporter's inference and they were looking for something else. Otherwise Tarantino took his time nominating where he buried Quanne. And he's indicated several areas . . . all thick bushland.

    Quanne would have passed the end of his street each day on her way to the station so it's quite plausible he targeted her. Also, the Australia Post facility where she was apparently last seen/photographed is opposite the the intersection of Second Avenue and Factory Street. The lane between Second and Third Avenue would have been convenient too. But . . . I hope he isn't playing games.
    Spot on JLZ:

    'For much of the day on Wednesday, Mr Tarantino, dressed in prison greens and handcuffs, walked through bushland in Bulli Tops, near Wollongong, with police officers.'

    'Rosehill police commander, Superintendent Scott Whyte, said nothing was found on Wednesday but Mr Tarantino had showed officers several locations in the bushland area off Appin Road that may be relevant to the search.

    However, he said it would be "very difficult" to find Quanne's remains.

    It's understood Mr Tarantino's memory is very patchy and the bushland area has changed over time.

    "[The bushland] is extremely dense and obviously, in 18 years, you can imagine there's been significant environmental factors that have impacted on growth ... that's going to make it a very difficult task," he told reporters at the scene on Wednesday afternoon.

    He said the search concluded on Wednesday and police will use "high-level images" taken of the site and other information given by Mr Tarantino to assess the best course of action.'

    'Quanne left her home on Seventh Street, Granville, about 7.30am on July 27, 1998, to go to Strathfield Girls High School.

    She was intending to catch a train from Clyde to Strathfield but was never seen again.

    Police believe she was enticed into a van on Factory Street, Granville, about 400 metres away from both the Diecs' home and the home of Mr Tarantino.'

    'Police have spent the past three days searching the Geradas' home in Granville for Quanne's remains.

    A mattress and other items were taken away for examination and parts of the back yard have been dug up.
    '


    Man accused of murdering schoolgirl Quanne Diec leads police on bush search
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    Police have called off the bushland search for the remains of schoolgirl Quanne Diec south of Sydney.
    Murder-accused Vinzent Tarantino led police to an area of dense bush in Bulli Tops, near Wollongong, yesterday, where the 12-year-old's body is believed to be buried.
    Tarantino was charged with murder after walking into Surry Hills police station on Sunday and remains in custody.
    A police spokesman said investigators are "consolidating a plan" in the search for the girl's remains.

    Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/201...g0GpWmHlDEU.99
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    Symbah's link says the search at the Gerada home has also been concluded. I wonder if the search was concluded before Tarantino brought up the Bulli location. Just thinking he might have been trying to lead away from the house for one reason or other.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JLZ View Post
    Symbah's link says the search at the Gerada home has also been concluded. I wonder if the search was concluded before Tarantino brought up the Bulli location. Just thinking he might have been trying to lead away from the house for one reason or other.
    Yes JLZ. Methinks we'll be reading in MSM any day now that the excavators have turned up in the driveway:

    'A police spokesman said investigators are "consolidating a plan" in the search for the girl's remains.

    After yesterday's trek through bushland with a handcuffed Tarantino, investigators would discuss the most likely burial sites, police said.'


    Search for Quanne Diec's body called off while police 'consolidate a plan'
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    I'm curious as to why suppression orders have not been carried out in regards Vincent since he had been in witness protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLZ View Post
    Has Tarantino entered a plea? Has he actually confessed? If so, can't he remember what time he strangled Quanne better than between 6:30am and 7:30pm? "Murdered in retaliation for what I have done" might not even be referring to killing Quanne; perhaps he means his brother and partner were murdered as a result of his giving information against bikies.
    Not AFAIK JLZ but if he's confessed to murdering Quanne during his interview with police on Sunday it may be in his best interests to so enter an early guilty plea. All that been reported in MSM is:

    'The 49-year-old man attended Surry Hills police station on Sunday afternoon to speak to detectives.

    He was later charged with murder and refused bail. He is due to appear in court on Monday.'


    Man charged with the murder of missing Sydney schoolgirl Quanne Diec

    and:

    'According to court documents, Mr Tarantino "did entice away and detain Quanne Diec, with intent to hold her for ransom, and caused her a substantial injury".'

    Police search for body of missing schoolgirl Quanne Diac 700 metres from family home

    Regarding the time of Quanne's murder, MSM reports are contradictory:

    'Superintendent Whyte said on Monday that police will allege Quanne was killed a short time after she disappeared.'

    Man charged with the murder of missing Sydney schoolgirl Quanne Diec

    and:

    'He murdered her between 6.30am and 7.30pm on July 27, 1998, the court documents say.'

    Police search for body of missing schoolgirl Quanne Diac 700 metres from family home

    The fact that he can't recall the exact time of Quanne's death may be due to the length of time since her murder and his frequent bouts of psychosis since witnessing the Hellfire Club murders before allegedly murdering Quanne:

    'The man accused of killing schoolgirl Quanne Diec was put in witness protection and spiralled into mental illness after witnessing the aftermath of a triple-murder a year before he allegedly snatched the schoolgirl, Fairfax Media has learnt.'


    and presumably up to and including when he was interviewed and arrested on Sunday:

    'It's unknown what prompted Mr Tarantino to suddenly speak to police after 18 years. However he had allegedly been walking around Surry Hills with a 35-centimetre kitchen knife on Sunday in an episode that has mimicked other apparent breakdowns he has had in the past.'

    The strange past of schoolgirl Quanne Diec's alleged killer Vinzent Tarantino

    Of course, it may be due to police hedging their bets so they have all their bases covered in relation to a timeline of the alleged murder to guard against an unexpected alibi IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frogwell View Post
    I'm curious as to why suppression orders have not been carried out in regards Vincent since he had been in witness protection.
    Tarantino didn't give evidence during against the two perpetrators of the murders at the Hellfire Club because he tried to take his own life. Also, he may not have been subject to lifetime witness protection and/or suppression order(s) reading this:

    'Earlier, the Daily Telegraph revealed the accused killer was in witness protection at the same time that he was the prime suspect in the murder of Quanne.

    The bizarre mix-up happened because murder suspect Tarantino was in fear for his life from bikies after giving police information about the killings of three Bandidos at the Hellfire nightclub where he was working as a security guard.

    Detectives investigating the disappearance of 12-year-old Quanne on July 27, 1998, were never told that the man they believed had abducted her was on the *witness protection program, sources said.

    Tarantino, 49, who changed his name from Victor David Gerada, eventually did not give evidence at the trial of the two Rebels *bikies convicted of the Hellfire murders because he tried to commit suicide.

    The murders at the bondage club took place just eight months before Quanne was grabbed on the way from her home in Seventh St, Granville, to catch the train to Strathfield Girls High.'

    'The secrecy surrounding witness protection is believed to have played a part in why detectives were never told of Tarantino’s involvement in the program.'

    'He had discovered the bodies of Bandidos president Michael Alexander Kulakowski, inner-city president Sasha Milenkovic and club member Rick De Stoop who had all been shot in the head in the basement of the Hellfire club, then in Chippendale, in November 1997.

    He spent a period in witness protection and living an itinerant life, moving on whenever his true identity was discovered, according to District Court documents.

    His secret life emerged at a boozy dinner party in 2005 after a row broke out following Tarantino’s belief he had seen two men in a laneway outside the house and one of them mentioned a gunman would be arriving soon.'


    Accused Granville Strangler* in police protection at the time he was suspected of killing schoolgirl

    * btw check out the title of the MSM article. Nothing like the Tele to put sensationalist spin on a story's headline - except maybe the Dsily Mail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemian View Post
    AFAIK the case against the alleged perpetrators of the murders of the three bikies in the Hellfire Club didn't make it to trial. Also, Tarantino may not have been subject to lifetime witness protection and/or suppression order(s)?
    "Tarantino, 49, who changed his name from Victor David Gerada, eventually did not give evidence at the trial of the two Rebels *bikies convicted of the Hellfire murders because he tried to commit suicide."

    (BBM) From the article I linked above, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/new...09419956d61e79

    I don't know whether it would make a difference to his eligibility for ongoing witness protection that he didn't end up giving evidence? Perhaps no suppression order has been made because nobody has applied for it. Trying to suicide to avoid giving evidence would presumably go some way towards making peace with the crooks one has offended. And, poor guy, to have found the bodies.

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