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  1. #1
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    Tampa, FL

    Australia - Lyndsay van Blanken, 18, Sydney, 24 Nov 2003

  2. #2
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    Penn's woods

    NSW: Matheson's mum testifies at murder trial

    By Kim Arlington

    SYDNEY, Nov 30 AAP - The mother of a man accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend today
    told a Sydney court she noticed nothing unusual about him on the day the woman disappeared.

    William Harold Matheson, 23, has pleaded not guilty in the NSW Supreme Court to murdering
    his former sweetheart, 18-year-old Lyndsay van Blanken.

    When she went missing on November 24, 2003, Ms van Blanken was engaged to Brandon Leonard,
    an American she met over the internet.

    Seven weeks later, her decomposed body was found in a cricket bag, hidden in the storeroom
    of a unit block at Queens Park in Sydney's ... "

    Matheson was convicted of her murder.
    "Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." ~ Henry James

  3. #3
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    Aug 2008
    up north

    Van Blanken murder accused found guilty

    Bump. Rest in Peace Lyndsay.


    16:29 AEST Fri Dec 9 2005

    A young Sydney man has been found guilty of strangling his ex-girlfriend and stuffing the teenager's body in a cricket bag.

    William Harold Matheson, 23, was tried in the NSW Supreme Court over the murder of his former sweetheart, 18-year-old Lyndsay van Blanken.

  4. #4
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    Jul 2014
    Lyndsay's backpack recently found near unidentified remains at a building site.


    As Lyndsay's body was recovered in 2004, whose bones are these? What are the chances that William Matheson disposed of Lyndsay's backpack in the same place another perp has left a body? Weird. I hope they'll be able to identify the remains...I'll check if a thread has been started...

    ETA: Thread for unidentified remains:
    Last edited by eucalyptuz; 09-04-2016 at 12:26 AM.

  5. #5
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    Sep 2015
    Bones found near murdered woman's backpack 'may have been part of killer's collection'
    ABC News
    UPDATED ABOUT 4 HOURS AGO [as at 18:17 AEDT 19 January 2018]

    ‘Today, Glebe Coroner's Court in Sydney heard Matheson collected bones and may have discarded several of them when he dumped her backpack in Randwick.

    More bone fragments were found after a crime scene was established and the site was excavated - including part of a skull with a nail in it.

    Forensic pathologists determined that of the 40 bones and bone fragments recovered, 12 were human and the rest were from animals.

    Bones were from at least two women

    The officer in charge of the case, Detective Sergeant Matt Fulham, said he agreed with expert opinion that the human bones were from medical cadavers.

    Ms Van Blanken was working as an apprentice Disney animator when she was murdered.

    Detective Sergeant Fulham said he thought the bones may have been "scavenged" by Matheson for Ms Van Blanken, to help with her work, and drawings.

    Detective Sergeant Fulham said it was likely that Matheson did not know he had human bones in his collection.

    He believed Matheson had disposed of the bones at the same time as he buried Ms Van Blanken's backpack, because they would have appeared unusual to police investigating Ms Van Blanken's murder.

    He said there was also a chance it was "simply coincidental" that the bones had been found near the backpack.

    DNA was only able to be extracted from two of the bones.

    It confirmed those bones belonged to two females and could be used to identify the women in the future.

    Deputy State Coroner Derek Lee found the bones belonged to a minimum of two females and a maximum of 11 people, and that three of the bones were anatomy specimens.

    He found the evidence did not allow for the owners to be identified and that it could not be determined how, when or where those people died.’

    Read more at:


    Inquest into the discovery of unidentified human remains located at Randwick

    Last edited by Bohemian; 01-19-2018 at 03:24 AM.
    There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.’

  6. #6
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    Oct 2016
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    The body in the sports bag
    Crime investigation Australia

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