Australia Australia - Denise McGregor, 12, abducted & murdered, Pascoe Vale, Vic, 20 March 1978

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  1. Bohemian

    Bohemian Well-Known Member

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    Denise McGregor disappeared in Melbourne’s north west after running errands at a nearby milk bar.

    ‘The killer of 12-year-old Denise McGregor used such extreme violence the schoolgirl’s head was smashed beyond recognition and her injuries likened by the coroner to those of a plane crash victim.

    Denise was abducted in Pascoe Vale on March 20, 1978, as she was on her way home from a nearby milk bar.

    The killer raped her, attempted to strangle her with shoelaces, bashed her to death, and dumped Denise’s half-naked body at Wallan East on the northeast fringe of Melbourne.

    In recent years police have been investigating new information about the case.’


    Unsolved Melbourne murders you may never have heard about
    Emily Webb, Leader
    October 29, 2015 12:00am
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  3. folieadeuxnola

    folieadeuxnola Lake Pontchartrain Jane Doe

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  4. My3LilKittens

    My3LilKittens Cat Whisperer

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    This case was apparently re-opened in March 2018. The odds are very likely that this girl knew her attacker in some way. This was opportunistic as the fact she went back to the milk bar was not planned or a regular occurrence. I would assume the attacker was driving by and stopped to say "hi" while perhaps offering her a ride back home. The brutality/anger involved in her death speaks to the fact that she knew her attacker.

    Let's hope new evidence leads to a conviction after 40 years!

    Someone ALWAYS knows .....
  5. albysavant

    albysavant New Member

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    Unfortunately member-only story but had some interesting information:

    THE milk bar owner, Samuel Reginald Sinnott, became an early suspect after giving conflicting accounts about whether Denise came into his shop that night.

    He told police she hadn’t, but told Sun reporter Tony Wilson “she came in alone and bought two bottles of soft drink and an Easter egg”.

    At Denise’s inquest in 1978, Sinnott stuck to his story that Denise had been in his shop shortly before she disappeared — but changed his story again by giving evidence that four or five “young men around the 20 age group” had been in the shop at the same time.

    That was despite the police officer who interviewed Sinnott telling the coroner Sinnott had told him he hadn’t seen Denise at all that night.

    The police brief of evidence given to the coroner in 1978 said inquiries had revealed Denise used to go to a pinball parlour in Broadmeadows that was “frequented by the youth of the area”.

    “Inquiries at her school showed she used to talk to a lot of boys and skite about having boyfriends around the age of 19 to 21 years,” it said.

    “This may have been just talk on her part as her last boyfriend, a Gary Campbell from Broadmeadows, was aged 14 years.

    “She was a typical schoolgirl who considered a friendship with a boy for a week meant that he was her boyfriend.

    “It was ascertained she used a CB radio at a friend’s place, but the identity of the girl is not known, that she met a youth by the name of Frank who used the call-sign Lightning One.

    “In spite of publicity, Frank has not come forward.

    “Also that she had asked a school friend to give her an alibi for the night of March 20 (the night she went missing), would indicate that she had made tentative arrangements to meet some person that evening.

    “That person has not come forward.”

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