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    Murder mystery: Could a pair of Dunlop Volleys lead to killer of cold case victims Margaret and Seana Tapp?

    August 10, 2014


    THIRTY years after Margaret Tapp and her daughter Seana were found dead in their suburban Melbourne home, the identity of the killer is still a mystery. But could a pair of Dunlop volleys be the key to cracking this case? And could a suspect appear out of the blue?

    THE deviant who murdered Margaret Tapp then raped and killed her little girl 30 years ago this week is probably reading this, hoping no one notices his fascination. What he won’t know is that he has claimed another victim: Margaret’s only son, Justin.


    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/...t-and-seana-tapp/story-fnihslxi-1227019420544
     
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    A lengthy report about the case....

    August 09, 2014

    After 30 years, the killer might expect to take his secret to the grave. But how has he got away with it this long? Is it luck — or did the investigation veer off course in the first days, the “golden hours” when most murders are solved? That’s the question that torments the dwindling group of family and friends who wonder how a vile crime fell between the cracks.

    POLICE aren’t the only ones who sometimes get it wrong. Reporters do, too. When the Tapps were killed in their house in Kelvin Drive, Ferntree Gully, on the night of August 7, 1984, this reporter was one of those working the crime beat at the old Russell Street police headquarters.

    We wondered why the double killing didn’t become one of Victoria’s biggest murder mysteries but, after a few brief stories, we let it fade away — unlike the Easey Street murders and the disappearance of Eloise Worledge or the Mr Cruel abductions. And unlike the murder of Nanette Ellis in nearby Boronia the same year which preoccupied the same homicide crew — and the media — far more.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/la...018985280?nk=1bf22ab87f1d02e6aa101540d7baf478
     
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    A mother, her daughter and a murder case that got away from all

    June 19, 2010

    REPORTERS and police sometimes get it wrong.

    When a woman and her little girl were strangled in their beds on a winter night in 1984, your correspondents both worked the police beat at Russell Street headquarters. It should have become one of Victoria's biggest unsolved murder stories, but never did. Somehow, a vile crime fell through the cracks.

    Margaret and Seana Tapp and their shrinking circle of loved ones deserve more than an unsolved file and pitifully few faded newspaper clippings.

    The famous cases stick in our memories. We know them by shorthand labels: the Beaumont children. Easey Street. Walsh Street. Mr Cruel. Thurgood-Dove. We know them because they attracted media attention - either because the police of the day needed public assistance or had no reason to block publicity.

    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/a...ase-that-got-away-from-all-20100618-ymx2.html
     
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    From ABC Stateline....

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    DNA-based court cases thrown into doubt by mistaken murder charge

    Broadcast: 08/08/2008

    KATHY BOWLEN, PRESENTER: Today's (08/08/'08) the 24th anniversary of the tragic murders of Melbourne mother and daughter Margaret and Seana Tapp. It's a case Victoria police thought they'd finally solved after over more than two decades. But the crucial DNA evidence that led to charges being laid and then withdrawn has revealed serious issues in the use of DNA as an investigative tool.

    Cheryl Hall reports.

    JACK JACOBS, FORMER DETECTIVE: Walking into the house, it appeared normal from the front door, but then walking into the bedrooms and seeing the two deceased in their separate rooms as if they were asleep in bed, but realising that they weren't asleep. It was devastating.

    CHERYL HALL, REPORTER: The murders of Margaret Tapp and her daughter Seana shocked Victoria in 1984. Even the most hardened homicide detectives we effected.

    http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/vic/content/2006/s2329349.htm
     
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    they'll get you CHRIS. P. BACON

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    Grisly find in England echoes horrific Ferntree Gully murders
    AN INQUEST in England into the death of a man whose mother and sister were murdered 30 years ago in Ferntree Gully has *delivered an open verdict.

    Justin Tapp, who was 14 when his mother Margaret Tapp and nine-year-old *sister Seana Tapp were killed on August 7, 1984, died earlier this year.

    Mr Tapp was not at his family’s Kelvin Drive home on the night of the still-unsolved murders and moved to England in 2001 where he lived until his death.

    He was found dead in his Wycombe bedsit on June 3 by ex-girlfriend Wendy O’Donovan, with whom he had remained friends in the years since their separation.

    Ms O’Donovan told the Buckinghamshire Coroners’ Court on September 23 that Mr Tapp had problems with alcohol and had tried several times to commit *suicide.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/...ee-gully-murders/story-fngnvlxu-1227082301276
     
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    Semen was found on Seana's nightdress... which means, either she was raped or the killer ejaculated over her corpse.
     
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    thinking of Margaret and Seana.... someone has to.
     

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