Australia Australia - Peter Falconio, 28, Barrow Creek, NT, 14 Jul 2001

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  1. trendsetter

    trendsetter Well-Known Member

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    Atkins' Statutory Declaration

    It reads as though the events are still fresh in Atkins' mind but the Statutory Declaration was made some nine years after the events it purports to depict. There is nothing in the declaration to indicate that he is using records made earlier although that is possible. Unless that is the case or Atkins has recall very much better than average it is hard to explain the detail present in the statement.

    If we accept that the events depicted in the Statutory Declaration are broadly true then we need to ask: what were Lees' motives? Was it really that she had fallen out with Falconio? Couldn't she have just dumped him? If every time a woman had a row with her boyfriend she had him murdered, there wouldn't be many men left on the planet. Are we to believe that she would pay in excess of $2,600 to get rid of him when she could have dumped him for free? Maybe there was some pecuniary advantage for her resulting from his death but what would that be to justify an outlay of $2,600?

    I don't know how you'd hire a hitman - but I wouldn't think of asking the first dodgy-looking guy who I met and who owned a gun to do the deed. The casual nature of the contract depicted by Atkins doesn't only border on the implausible but strays a long way into the realm of total implausibility. (Atkins hints that the $2,600 was a just down-payment and that more would be forthcoming after the deed was done. But how would this additional payment have been made? And did Lees have any more cash?) How did Lees know that the gunman wouldn't just ambush them on the road and steal the money at gunpoint? He could have taken the money and let them both go free or he could have killed them both - either way he gets the money; there seems to be little point in killing Falconio and stealing his body when it would have been easier to kill them both.

    If the events described by Atkins are broadly correct and Lees had hired Murdoch, then it was risky of her to then identify Murdoch as the killer. She had no way of knowing that, when it became clear that he would be going down for the murder, he wouldn't say something like: "yeah - it was me but it was Lees who hired me". Atkins' declaration could then be used as support. If she had hired Murdoch then he would be the last person she would have implicated.
     
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    Atkins didn't know Brad Murdoch, someone could have easily used his name - Hepi for example.
     
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    Interesting!


    Stepdad of Peter Falconio's girlfriend 'convinced' that man behind bars is innocent



    Stepdad of Peter Falconio's girlfriend thinks convicted killer is innocent

    "Joanne's stepfather, Vincent James, has now revealed that his opinion has changed after watching Channel 4's documentary series Murder in the Outback, which aired last month."

    ""I watched the program and [from] all the forensic evidence it would appear that he's not guilty."

    "Andrew Fraser said that despite the court’s findings there is “hole after hole” in the evidence – enough to indicate Murdoch could be innocent."

    MOO JMO
     
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    Fresh appeal to find body of British backpacker murdered in Australian outback

    Police have appealed for information to locate the body of a British backpacker murdered in Australia on the 20th anniversary of his disappearance.

    Bradley Murdoch was convicted in 2005 of murdering Peter Falconio, 28, and assaulting his girlfriend Joanne Lees at gunpoint on a remote stretch of highway near Barrow Creek, about 200 miles north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, on July 14 2001.

    Murdoch is believed to have hidden Mr Falconio’s body, which has never been found despite extensive searches.
     
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    they'll get you CHRIS. P. BACON

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    I doubt his body will ever be found now.
     
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    I don't believe there is a body to be found
     
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    they'll get you CHRIS. P. BACON

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    If Peter is still alive where do you think he would be?
     
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    Today, I have no idea.
    At the time he disappeared, my best guess would be Papua New Guinea.
     
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    Do you think she knows where he is @Alyce ?

    I didn't know about the statue. If that's true, she has kept kept donations, that's really shocking. Maybe the statue didn't go ahead because Australia doesn't want a memorial like that, hardly good for the tourist industry.
     
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    I agree. I think they colluded to fake his death and he could be in somewhere big like the US. She may not even know where he is now.
     
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    they'll get you CHRIS. P. BACON

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    I am absolutely fascinated by this case , I have read every book on the subject, IMO JL is definitely hiding something, I did for a while think she and Peter planned it between themselves to come up with a cover story so he could start a new life..
     
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    He was very interested in life insurances before he left for the trip according to friends, but then how does that work if he started a new life how does he get any money unless JL in it with him ? I would love to know for sure if it was indeed Peter the couple at the truck stop saw that day which was after his disappearance
     
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