Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by marlywings, Apr 23, 2014.
Did this inquest ever happen?
Inquest set for Vic mum's cold case death - Shepparton News
A fresh inquest into the unsolved murder of Melbourne mother Maria James will begin in September, more than four decades after her killing.
Three weeks of hearings are scheduled to begin on September 6.
Missing evidence from the murder scene of Maria James has been found, after being thought lost forever
Trace Podcast has another episode. The quilt from the murder scene has been found and they are examining it for DNA. Although missing the quilt was well preserved.
Sept 6, 2021
New inquest into mysterious murder of Melbourne mum four decades ago
''A new inquest into the violent murder of Melbourne mother Maria James has been launched, with the woman's killer still unknown after 41 years.
The coronial inquest, which began in Melbourne today, is hoped to establish who murdered Mrs James in 1980 and whether the initial police investigation into the killing was adequate.
Maria James' sons, Mark and Adam, have been calling for a second inquest for decades after the first found their mother was murdered by an unknown person.''
Maria James and one of her sons. (Nine)
''The brothers were only young boys in June 1980 when Mrs James was ambushed in the secondhand bookshop, where they also lived.
She was on the phone to her ex-husband when she was stabbed 68 times.''
Who killed Maria James? Victorian Coroners Court reopens 40-year-old Thornbury cold case, naming six murder suspects
Six “significant” persons of interest will be examined as part of a fresh inquest into the unsolved killing of mother Maria James, who was found stabbed to death at the rear of a Thornbury bookshop more than 40 years ago.
On Monday, counsel assisting the coroner Sharon Lacy named those men publicly for the first time, on day one of the Coroners Court of Victoria inquest into Ms James’ 1980 death.
They include Catholic priests Anthony Bongiorno and Thomas O’Keeffe, convicted killer Peter Keogh, retired barber Mario Falcucci and Ms James’ married lover Peco Macevski.
The inquest heard the sixth suspect – Lyle Perkins – was found with a knife and tape in the boot of his car after assaulting hitchhikers two months after Ms James’ death.
“Of them, only Peco Macevski remains alive,” Ms Lacy said.
Bloodied evidence vanished in bookshop murder
Son pays tribute to mother slain in 1980
The eldest son of a Melbourne woman brutally murdered four decades ago has paid a heartfelt tribute to his mother at an inquest into her death
Mystery over key evidence in bookshop murder
Blood seen on Maria James priest suspect
An electrician says he saw Father Anthony Bongiorno with his hands covered in fresh blood outside a presbytery near the Melbourne bookshop where Maria James was found stabbed to death.
Can anyone tell me why the (edit: ex-)husband isn't suspected? On his own account he was at the scene within fifteen minutes of the attack, immediately after a phone call. Is there independent evidence that the attack happened before he got there? Medical evidence isn't usually so precise as to time.
'No star suspect' in Vic woman's murder
No one stands out as a "star suspect" four decades after the unsolved brutal murder of Melbourne woman Maria James, a former police officer has told an inquest.
I have a feeling I asked this before and had an answer. Someone else heard screaming and was certain of the time? Perhaps it got deleted. Or I'm thinking of another case.
Unsolved murder of Maria James in 1980 under spotlight as fresh inquest begins in Melbourne
James’s former husband had phoned the shop shortly before she was killed and heard her speaking loudly and a scream before rushing over. He arrived 15 minutes later and discovered her body.
I haven't heard of anyone else hearing her scream.
Melbourne woman tells Maria James inquest of terrifying assault by key suspect
Peter Keogh kicked the woman’s door open and beat her ‘black and blue’ a decade before James’ murder, coroner’s court hears
Wife of murdered woman’s lover ‘never knew’
The wife of a man having an affair with murdered woman Maria James at the time of her death said she had no idea about her husband’s relationship with the bookshop owner.
Perhaps it was a matter of him not being covered in blood or having injuries suggesting a fight.
Cop destroyed crucial clue in Maria James murder: Court
A former homicide cop was grilled over a bombshell document with his name on it requesting that bloodstained evidence in an open murder investigation be destroyed as part of an office move.