100 years of crime in Australia


100 years of crime in Australia-ongoing project

( requires continuous updating, I am working on 2013 now, crimes added on request see contact form at bottom of post)

cases in ALL GREEN have pages on this site (as I link them)

1910s

  • 16 July 1911Scott Street Tragedy – Timothy Daly, 26, is gunned down on a street in Newcastle, New South Wales.
  • 16 November 1911George David Silva shot and bashed dead six members of the Ching family near Mackay, Queensland.
  • 8 June 1913 – 11-year-old Ivy Mitchell was raped and murdered on her way home from school near Samford, Queensland by Ernest Austin; he was the last person in Queensland to be hanged.
  • 1 January 1915 – Two men flying a Turkish flag attacked a picnic train near Broken Hill, in what is known as The Battle of Broken Hill. Both attackers were shot dead by police; four other people were killed and seven wounded.
  • 14 February 1916Liverpool riot — An initial mutiny/strike by 5000 AIF soldiers from Casula near Liverpool became a three-day riot and pub crawl ending at Central and East Sydney, involving commandeered trains, destruction of property, and confrontations with police and military guards. NSW Premier William Holman called a state of emergency and closed Sydney’s pubs. About 1000 soldiers were court-martialled and gaoled or discharged from the army. One consequence was the introduction of six o’clock closing, already present in South Australia, following a June 1916 referendum. The NSW “six o’clock swill” saw the rise of sly-grog shops, and lasted until 1955 when the closing time was changed to 10 pm following another referendum
  • December 1917 – early 1918Wonnangatta murders – in the remote Wonnangatta Valley in East Gippsland, Victoria; the badly decomposed body of Jim Barclay, the manager of Wonnangatta Station, was found near the station homestead on 23 February 1918. He had been shot from behind with a shotgun, and John Bamford, a cook and general hand was assumed to be the culprit. However, Bamford’s body was found late in 1918 on the Howitt Plains after a state wide search when the winter snows had melted. He had also been shot from close range. No arrests were ever made, despite the State Government offering a £200 reward.

1920s

  • On or around 21 February 1921Murder of Chrissie Venn – a 13-year-old girl who was found murdered outside the village of North Motton, near Ulverstone, Tasmania.
  • 21 December 1921The Gun Alley Murder – 12-year-old Alma Tirtschke was found raped and murdered in Gun Alley, Melbourne. 28-year-old Colin Ross was hanged for the crime, but in 1992 re-assessment stated Ross was probably innocent. After DNA testing cleared Ross he was pardoned posthumously on 27 May 2008.
  • May 1926Forrest River massacre – Western Australia – 11 people were murdered in a series of punitive raids after the murder of a pastoralist in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
  • 17 December 1926 – Adelaide: fired postal worker James Hannivan shot and wounded two employees at the Adelaide General Post Office, before committing suicide by shooting himself in the head.
  • April 1927Newcastle TragedyMary Buckley was slain by her husband at their Newcastle townhouse while she slept in the same bed as their 16-year-old daughter.
  • 27 October 1927Squizzy Taylor dies after a shootout with rival gangster Snowy Cutmore in Melbourne.
  • August 1928Coniston massacreNorthern Territory police constable William Murray leads a series of raids on Aboriginal tribes in response to the murder of a local dingo trapper. The official death toll was 31, but some experts believe it to be much higher.
  • 23 February 1929 – Constable John Holeman was shot in Grenfell St, Adelaide by John Stanley McGrath while taking McGrath’s motorcycle and sidecar to the City Watchhouse. Holeman died an hour and a half later; McGrath was sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment, and served 15 years.
  • 26 February 1929 – Father Andrew Thomas Edgar Archur, murders his five children and his wife and then sets fire to their house in Devonport, Tasmania. He killed himself after the attack.
  • December 1929 – May 1930The Murchison MurdersSnowy Rowles murdered three men in Outback Western Australia.

1930s

  • 21 August 1931 – Roderick A. Davies, a 36-year-old carpenter, shot dead his wife and five children before taking his own life in Perth
  • 1 September 1934Pyjama Girl murder – The body of a woman found beaten and half burnt in a culvert near Albury, New South Wales.
  • 1932–1934Caledon Bay crisis – A series of rapes, murders and retaliatory violence involving Japanese, Aboriginals and white Australians in the Northern Territory.
  • 1935The Shark Arm Case – The arm of murdered man James Smith is disgorged by a tiger shark being held in a public exhibit in Sydney (unsolved).

1940s

1950s

  • 12 October 1950 – 40-year-old father Raymond Armanasco killed his wife and five of his children in Collie near Perth. Armanasco was later sentenced to deathlater commuted to life imprisonment.
  • 19 September 1952Betty Shanks was murdered; she was found the following morning in the front yard of a house on the corner of Thomas and Carberry Streets The Grange. This is one of the classic unsolved Queensland cases
  • 11 May 1953 – Caroline Grills was arrested and charged with the attempted murder of her sister-in-law Mrs Eveline Lundberg and Lundberg’s daughter Mrs Christine Downey, both of Redfern; the attempt had been made with thallium, a poison commonly found in rat bait. The symptoms of thallium poisoning included loss of hair, nervous disorders, progressive blindness, loss of speech and eventual death. Both Downey and Lundberg suffered these symptoms for some time, recovering only when Mrs Grills did not visit.
  • Dec 1957Sundown Murders: Sally (Thyra) Bowman, her 14-year-old daughter Wendy Bowman and family friend Thomas Whelan were shot and bashed to death at Sundown Station in northern South Australia outback by Raymond John Bailey. Bailey had his wife and young son with him, and had told another traveller on the Alice Springs road that he was heading north looking for work. Bailey was subsequently arrested in Mount Isa in Queensland on 21 January 1958, extradited to South Australia, convicted of the killings and hanged at Adelaide Gaol on 24 June 1958.

1960s

  • 7 July 1960 – 8-year-old Graeme Thorne is kidnapped and murdered days after his parents win the Opera House Lottery.
  • 19 July 1960 – The First skyjacking/hijacking in the world occurred on Trans Australia Airlines Flight 408.
  • 5–6 May 1964 – An entire family is found gassed to death in their Warwick home. Among the dead are Herbert Darnley, his wife Joyce, and their five children, the youngest being only 3 years old. Prior to entering the gas-filled house, a friend of Darnley found a note on the door of the scene.
  • 1964The Nedlands Monster – Eric Edgar Cooke murdered eight people and assaulted 20 more during a crime spree in Perth.
  • 24 November 1964Glen Sabre Valance was the last person hanged in South Australia for the murder of Richard Strang at Bordertown.
  • 11 January 1965Wanda Beach Murders – Two teenage girls were murdered on a southern Sydney beach (unsolved).
  • 19 December 1965Pentridge Prison warder George Hodson was shot dead by Ronald Ryan while Ryan and Peter Walker were effecting an escape. Ryan was the last man to be hanged in Australia.
  • 26 January 1966Beaumont children disappearance – Three young children disappear from Glenelg Beach in Adelaide, South Australia (unsolved).
  • 1966 – Keith Ryrie murdered 18-year-old Maureen Ferrari and five-year-old Rhonda Irwin.
  • 8 May 1969 – 15-year-old Alfred James Jessop strangled eight-year-old Vicki Barton after she refused to have sex with him at a vacant block in Lawson, NSW. He then used his bicycle trailer to carry her body to bushland where he buried her; he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1978 and was paroled in 2003.

1970s

  • 1 July 1970 – Elmer Crawford electrocuted and bashed his pregnant wife, three children and unborn child to death at their home in Cardinal Rd, Glenroy, before putting the bodies in his car and pushing the car over a cliff at Loch Ard Gorge. He remains on the run as of December 2011.
  • 6 September 1971 – Clifford Cecil Bartholomew shot dead his wife Heather, their seven children, his sister-in-law and his nephew with a .22-caliber rifle at their dairy farm in Hope Forest, South Australia.
  • 6 October 1972Faraday School kidnapping – a teacher and her six female pupils were kidnapped for $1 million ransom in rural Victoria by unemployed friends Edwin John Eastwood and Robert Clyde Boland.
  • 15 November 1972Ansett Airlines Flight 232aircraft hijacking in Australia. Ansett Airlines flight 232 from Adelaide to Alice Springs with 28 passengers and a crew of 4, followed by a gun battle at Alice Springs Airport where the hijacker, Miloslav Hrabinec, shot himself. He died later that day.
  • 8 March 1973Whiskey Au Go Go fire: 15 people were killed in an arson attack on a Brisbane nightclub.
  • 1974 – Barbara McKulkin & her two daughters disappeared in Brisbane and were never seen again, presumed murdered; possible links to the Whiskey A Go Go nightclub bombing (unsolved).
  • 4 July 1975Juanita Nielsen DisappearanceKings Cross newspaper publisher Juanita Nielsen disappears after running a campaign against local development and investigating links between developers and criminal activity (unsolved).
  • 25 December 1975Savoy Hotel Fire: Reginald John Lyttle set fire to newspapers in a hotel in Kings Cross. 14 died from carbon monoxide poisoning and one from burns in the fire.
  • 21 April 1976Great Bookie Robbery – A gang of six men stole an undetermined sum (between $6 and $12 million) from the Victoria Club in Queen Street, Melbourne. One man, Norman Lee, is charged along with two others but all three were acquitted (technically unsolved).
  • 22 September 1976 – William Robert Wilson shot dead 17-year-old Monika Schleus and 18-year-old Marianne Kalatzis and wounded Donald William Hepburn Galloway, Mavis Ethel Sanders, Virginia Hollidge and Quinto Alberti on Boundary Street, Spring Hill, Brisbane. After arming himself with a .22 calibre rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition he arrived at Boundary Street around 12.30 pm and began shooting randomly in a milk bar and a neighbouring shop before being captured by heavily armed police around 4:15 pm at a suburban house where Wilson was holding a man and four young women hostage. Wilson served three years in a mental hospital and after being found fit for trial, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 1980 to two consecutive life sentences for the murders and concurrent 10 years sentences for the four attempted murders.
  • 16 December 1976 – Faraday kidnapper Edwin Eastwood escaped from Geelong Prison after stealing a car; on 15 February 1977, he kidnapped a teacher and nine pupils from the Wooreen State School in Gippsland, Victoria, before taking another six hostages in 20 minutes. He demanded a ransom of US$7 million, guns, 100 kilograms of heroin and cocaine, and the release of seventeen inmates from Pentridge Prison; However, one of the hostages escaped and notified police, Eastwood fled with the remaining hostages, and after the campervan was disabled by police gunfire at Woodside, Eastwood was shot below the right knee and re-captured by police.
  • 15 July 1977Donald Mackay disappearance – Anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay from Griffith, New South Wales disappeared, presumed murdered. James Frederick Bazley was sentenced to three consecutive terms of life imprisonment plus 12 years without the possibility of parole in 1986 for the murder of Mackay, the murders of Crown witnesses Douglas and Isabel Wilson on 13 April 1979, and the armed robbery of $260,000 from a security van in 1978; he died of cancer on 8 November 2001.
  • 13 February 1978Sydney Hilton bombing – Three men killed by a bomb blast outside Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting in Sydney. Ananda Marga members were imprisoned but later pardoned and released
  • 22 April 1978 – discovery of the Truro murders.
  • 11 August 1978John Ernest Cribb raped Valda Connell before stabbing her and two of her children, Sally and Damien Connell, at Swansea, NSW.
  • 22 November 1978 – The Magnetic drill gang stole $1.7 million from a Murwillumbah bank.
  • 1978–1979Paul Steven Haigh murders six victims to cover up armed robberies; he later hanged a cell-mate at Pentridge Prison in 1991.

1980s

  • 26 April 1980Louise and Charmian Faulkner disappearance – A mother and her two and a half-year old daughter disappeared from outside their St Kilda, Victoria residence and are presumed murdered (unsolved).
  • 23 June 1980Family Court judge Justice David Opas was shot dead at his home by an unknown gunman.
  • 24 September 1981 – Campsie murders – Fouad Daoud killed his wife, four of his children, and then himself in Campsie, New South Wales.
  • 22 June 1982Perth Mint Swindle – Robbery of 49 gold bars valued at up to A$653,000(at the time) from the Perth Mint in Western Australia. Three brothers, Ray, Peter and Brian Mickelberg, were found guilty of the conspiracy and sentenced in 1983 to twenty, sixteen and twelve years imprisonment respectively; all three were later exonerated.
  • 23 June 1983Martin Leach bound, gagged and stabbed Charmaine Ariet and bound, gagged, stabbed, raped and slit the throat of her cousin Janice Carnegie before burying their bodies in a gully at Berry Springs.
  • 18 August 1983Douglas Crabbe rammed his 25 ton Mack truck into a motel bar at the base of Uluru, Northern Territory, killing 5 people and injuring 16.
  • 6 October 1983 – Mother-of-two Edwina Boyle disappeared from her Dandenong home; it was determined that her husband, Frederick Boyle, had shot her in the back of the head with a .22 calibre rifle to engage in an affair with a neighbour, and had concealed her remains in a barrel until they were found in 2006.
  • 31 January 1984Sydney’s 1984 ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ – 35-year-old Hakki Bahadir Atahan went on a bank robbery spree, taking 11 people hostage, and holding police at bay for several hours before being shot dead by a police sniper on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • 1 June 1984 – Wahroonga murders – A Wahroonga man, John Brandon, murdered his three children, his wife and his mother before killing himself.
  • 14 August 1984 Fine Cotton Affair – A syndicate of trainers and bookmakers substituted one horse for another at a Brisbane horse race.
  • 2 September 1984Milperra massacre – Two rival bikie gangs staged a shoot-out in a car park of a south-western Sydney hotel. 7 people were shot dead and 15 others injured.
  • 9 May 1985Christopher Flannery disappearance – Known as “Mr-Rent-A-Kill”, Melbourne hitman Christopher Dale Flannery disappears without trace, presumed murdered (unsolved).
  • 2 February 1986Anita Cobby murder – Sydney nurse Anita Cobby was abducted, robbed, raped, brutalised and murdered by career criminals John Travers, Michael Murdoch and brothers Michael, Gary and Leslie Murphy.
  • 6 February 1986Sallie-Anne Huckstepp murder – Sydney prostitute and police informant Sallie-Anne Huckstepp is found strangled and shot in Centennial Park. Convicted murderer Arthur “Neddy” Smith is charged with ordering the killing but was acquitted (unsolved).
  • 27 March 1986Russell Street bombing – Four men planted a car bomb outside Police Headquarters in Russell Street, Melbourne; a 22-year-old policewoman was killed in the explosion and 22 others injured.
  • 8 May 1986Sharron Phillips’ disappearance– 20-year-old Sharron Phillips went missing after her car ran out of petrol on Ipswich Road at Wacol, Queensland (unsolved).
  • 19 August 1986 – Samantha Knight disappearance – 9-year-old Samantha Knight disappeared from a Bondi street; it was eventually found that she had overdosed on sedatives given to her by convicted paedophile Michael Guider.
  • 6 October 1986Mary Nielson, first victim of David and Catherine Birnie, is killed. The Birnies murdered three more women before being captured, and are suspected of killing up to eight women.
  • 23 January 1987Richard Maddrell shot dead four teenage women with his shotgun in the Sydney suburb of Pymble.
  • 15 July 1987 – 21-year-old Rodney Thomas Clarke raped nine-year-old Deborah Keegan 3 times before suffocating her in her home in western Sydney, which she shared with her three sisters and mother.
  • 9 August 1987Hoddle Street massacre – 19-year-old Julian Knight killed 7 people and injured 19 at random in Hoddle Street, Melbourne before surrendering to police.
  • 19 June 1987Top End Kimberly shootings – German tourist Joseph Schwab shot dead 5 people in the Top End before being shot dead by police.
  • 10 October 1987 – Canley Vale shootings – John Tran shot dead 6 people in Canley Vale, New South Wales before being shot dead by police.
  • 27 November 1987 – 12-year-old Sian Kingi was abducted, raped, tortured, stabbed and strangled in Noosa, Queensland by married couple Barrie Watts and Valmae Beck.
  • 8 December 1987Queen Street massacreFrank Vitkovic shot dead 8 people and seriously injured 5 others in the Australia Post building in Queen Street, Melbourne before leaping to his death from an 11th floor window.
  • 7 September 1988 – 17-year-old Sandra Peresan and her 18-year-old boyfriend Shane Bentley were abducted by Van Hung Tran. While Bentley was left uninjured, Peresan was raped and stabbed to death.
  • 8 September 1988Janine Balding murder – 21-year-old Janine Balding was abducted, robbed, raped and murdered by five homeless youths in Sydney’s west. Stephen “Shorty” Jamieson, 16-year-old Matthew Elliott, and 14-year-old Bronson Blessington were convicted of Balding’s murder and sentenced to life imprisonment plus 25 years without the possibility of parole.
  • 25 September 1988Dennis Rostron shot dead his wife Cecily, his sons two-year-old Preston and one-year-old Zarack, and his in-laws Dick and Dolly Murrumurru at a remote Arnhem Land outstation in Oenpelli, Northern Territory
  • 12 October 1988Walsh Street police shootings – Two police officers were executed in Melbourne (unsolved).
  • 10 January 1989Colin Winchester murder – The Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police was shot dead outside his home in Canberra by a sniper, later identified as former public servant David Harold Eastman.
  • October 1989 Sylvia Jill Cave disappeared while on holidays in Melbourne. In June 1993, her body was discovered at a property in Mount Eliza; her American boyfriend Michael Jeffrey Rice was sentenced to ten years imprisonment with a non-parole period of six years for manslaughter.
  • November 1989 Leigh Leigh murderNewcastle teenager Leigh Leigh was raped and murdered on a Newcastle beach at a party.
  • 1989–1990 – Granny MurdersJohn Wayne Glover murdered six elderly women across Sydney’s north shore.

1990s

  • 30 August 1990Paul Anthony Evers killed 5 people and injured 11 with a 12 gauge pump-action shotgun at a public housing precinct in Surry Hills, New South Wales before surrendering to police.
  • 10 October 1990Fiona Burns and John Lee were found stabbed to death at a truck parking bay near Kaniva. (unsolved)
  • 13 April 1991Karmein Chan kidnapping and murder (unsolved)
  • 25 May 1991 – 21-year-old English backpacker Fiona Carty was sexually assaulted and throttled to death by car thief and con-artist David Troy Masters.
  • 4 July 1991 – World famous heart surgeon Victor Chang was murdered in Sydney during an extortion attempt.
  • 29 July 1991 – Six-year-old Sheree Beasley was kidnapped and murdered by serial flasher and sex offender Robert Lowe at Rosebud.
  • 17 August 1991Strathfield massacreWade Frankum shot six people dead and stabbed to death another before killing himself in a Sydney shopping centre.
  • 27 July 1992Brian Corrigan shot dead his pregnant wife Kim and their unborn daughter at their Kiama home.
  • 16 August 1992 – 18-year-old Clinton Trezise was bashed to death with a hammer by John Justin Bunting at Bunting’s Salisbury North home in the first of the twelve Snowtown killings; Trezise’s remains were found in a shallow grave on a farm in Lower Light exactly two years later, but he is not identified until 1999 (see below).
  • 19 August 1992Andrew Garforth kidnapped, raped and drowned nine-year-old schoolgirl Ebony Simpson at Bargo, New South Wales.
  • 1988–1992 – The Backpacker murdersIvan Milat murdered seven tourists and buried their bodies in Belanglo State Forest.
  • 27 October 1992Central Coast MassacreMalcolm George Baker went on a spree killing shooting dead six people and injuring one with a 12 gauge pump-action shotgun in Central Coast, New South Wales. He surrendered to police and was later sentenced to six consecutive terms life imprisonment plus 25 years without the possibility of parole.
  • 17 January 1993Jason Paul Clarke murdered in Woonona NSW. Geoffrey Colin Moore sentenced to 17 years prison, 10 years non-parole.
  • 7 February 1993Greenough Family MassacreKaren McKenzie and her three children were murdered at their remote rural property in Western Australia by former farmhand William Patrick Mitchell.
  • 30 March 1993Cangai siege – Murderers Leonard Leabeater, Robert Steele and Raymond Bassett held hostages in a siege at Cangai, near Grafton, threatening to kill people indiscriminately. Leabeater killed himself the following day, while Steele and Bassett surrendered to police. Steele was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences plus 12 years without parole, while Bassett was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences with a non-parole period of 34 years; Steele hanged himself in prison on 23 December 1994.
  • June and July 1993 – The Frankston serial killer, Paul Denyer, murdered three women before being captured.
  • 5 August 1993 Gunn-Britt Ashfield and Austin Allan Hughes bashed Ashfield’s 6-year-old son John to death in their Nowra home.
  • 21 August 1993John Lascano shot dead three people at a gunshop at the Melbourne suburb of Springvale before stealing a large quantity of firearms and ammunition and setting the store alight.
  • 29 November 1993Edwin Street suffocated his wife Dawn in their Annandale home before dumping her body at a creek near Wollstonecraft; three months later, Street stabbed his girlfriend Linda Whitton, whose body was found inside a suitcase at Whitton’s home in Enmore on 23 February 1994 when the home was searched by police. Street was convicted of both murders, sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment without parole, and died of bowel cancer on 20 March 2007
  • 29 November 1993Jolimont Centre siegeFelipe Ruizdiaz shot and wounded Geoff McGibbon at Dickson before crashing his vehicle rigged with petrol and gas canisters through the front glass walls of the Jolimont Centre in Canberra. During a two-hour siege at the Centre, Ruizdiaz shot at police and rescue workers using a 12-gauge shotgun before setting fire to the building and committing suicide. The fire and explosions hampered rescue and police efforts and caused several million dollars worth of damage to the centre.
  • 2 March 1994NCA Bombing – A parcel bomb explodes at the Adelaide office of the National Crime Authority, killing Detective Sergeant Geoffrey Bowen and injuring lawyer Peter Wallis. Dominic Perre was detained but released due to lack of evidence (unsolved).
  • 8 May 1994Fiona Harvey was found beaten to death on the stairs of a motel in Kings Cross.
  • 22 August 1994Kyle and Latisha O’Neill were shot dead as they slept by their father Norm in a double murder-suicide in Stirling, Western Australia.
  • 5 September 1994 – Sydney politician John Newman was assassinated outside his home on the orders of political rival Phuong Ngo.
  • 29 October 1995 – 10-year-old Leanne Oliver and nine-year-old Patricia Leedie were raped and beaten to death by local handyman, mechanic and convicted sex offender Paul Stephen Osbourne at Warana Beach, Queensland
  • 25 January 1996Peter May murdered his three children, his estranged wife and her parents in the Brisbane suburb of Hillcrest before killing himself.
  • January 1996 – March 1997 – The Claremont serial murders – unsolved murders of two young Australian women and the unresolved disappearance of a third in 1996 and 1997 in Claremont
  • 28 April 1996Port Arthur massacreMartin Bryant killed 35 at Port Arthur, Tasmania and injured 21 others in a shooting spree.
  • 7 September 1996 – British tourist Brian Hagland was murdered by Aaron Martin at Bondi Beach.
  • 14 September 1996Keli Lane was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the murder of her two-day old daughter, Tegan, who she had concealed.
  • 10 October 1996Tjandamurra O’Shane was set alight in a school playground in Cairns, Queensland by unemployed drifter Paul Wade Streeton.
  • 18 May 1997 – champion waterskier Jason Burton was stabbed to death by Emad Sleiman while trying to break up a fight at the General Bourke Hotel in Parramatta, New South Wales.
  • 15 June 1997Jaidyn Leskie was murdered and found dumped in a dam near Moe, Victoria (unsolved).
  • 6 October 1997Bega schoolgirl murders – 14-year-old Lauren Barry and 16-year-old Nichole Collins were kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered by New Zealand-born career criminal Lindsay Beckett and Victorian prison escapee Leslie Camilleri.
  • 16 January 1998 to 15 June 2009Melbourne gangland killingsA series of 35 murders of crime figures and their associates that began with the slaying of Alphonse Gangitano in his home, most likely by Jason Moran, the latest victim being Des Moran who was murdered in Ascot Vale on 15 June 2009.
  • 12 June 1998 and 19 June 1998Mark Valera tortured and murdered Albion Park shopkeeper David O’Hearn and former Wollongong Lord Mayor Frank Arkell. Mark’s sister Belinda van Krevel later ‘asked’ boyfriend Keith Schreiber to murder her father Jack van Krevel in retaliation for alleged sexual assault claims.
  • 16 August 1998 – Victorian police officers Gary Silk and Rodney Miller were shot dead in an ambush by Bendali Debs and Jason Joseph Roberts in the Moorabbin Police murders.
  • 3 February 1999Phillip John McCormack was bashed to death in the southern suburbs of Adelaide by Brett Stuart Williams and Lawrence Hersbach in the driveway of Williams’ home. Police found McCormack’s body in a grave at Owen on 27 May 1999. All three were small-time criminals involved in the drug trade.
  • 20 May 1999 – The Snowtown murders were uncovered when the remains of eight bodies were found in six acid-filled barrels in a disused bank vault in Snowtown, South Australia, and the remains of two more bodies were later discovered under a brick rainwater tank stand at a Salisbury North property, bringing the total number of victims to 12

2000s

  • 29 February 2000Katherine Knight stabbed, skinned, partially cooked and cannibalised her de facto husband John Price in Aberdeen, New South Wales.
  • 13 March 2000Millewa State Forest MurdersBarbara and Stephen Brooks and Stacie Willoughby were found dead, all three having been shot execution style and left in the forest.
  • 28 May 2000Keith William Allan was murdered in a contract killing in Melbourne.
  • Winter 2000Sydney gang rapes – A series of ethnically motivated gang rapes swept Sydney’s west.
  • 23 June 2000Childers Palace FireRobert Paul Long set fire to a backpacker’s hostel in Childers, Queensland; 15 people were killed.
  • 15 September 2000 – The activities of serial paedophile Geoffrey Robert Dobbs were exposed after he brought a VCR with a jammed cassette into a Melbourne electronics store for repair; police later determined that Dobbs molested at least 63 girls, including five family members, aged between one month and 15 years in Queensland between 1972 and 2000 while acting as a teacher and youth leader. Dobbs was sentenced in July 2003 to two consecutive terms of indefinite imprisonment with a nominal sentence of 30 years.
  • 10 July 2001Sef Gonzales bashed, stabbed and strangled his sister Clodine, mother Mary and father Teddy within two and a half hours in their North Ryde home in Sydney, NSW.
  • 12 July 2001Carolyn Matthews was repeatedly stabbed on the front lawn of her West Lakes home by David William Key on the orders of her husband, Kevin, and his lover, Michelle Burgess, to maintain their affair
  • 14 July 2001 – British tourists Joanne Lees and Peter Falconio are assaulted near Barrow Creek, Northern Territory by Bradley John Murdoch; Falconio is never found and Murdoch is subsequently found guilty of his murder.
  • 1 September 2001Former CIB chief Don Hancock and his friend Lou Lewis were killed in a car bombing in Perth, Western Australia.
  • 4 April 2002Society Murders: Matthew Wales drugged and bashed his mother Margaret Wales-King and stepfather Paul King to death before burying them in a shallow grave at Marysville, Victoria.
  • 14 October 2002Dr. Margret Tobin, the South Australian head of Mental Health Services, was shot dead by Jean Eric Gassy as she walked out of a lift in her office building.
  • 21 October 2002Monash University shootingHuan Xiang opened fire in a tutorial room, killing two and injuring five.
  • April 2003Pong Su incident: A North Korean freighter was boarded after four-day chase and taken into custody in connection with a worldwide heroin smuggling operation.
  • 30 November 2003Cyclist Ian Humphery was stuck and killed by Eugene McGee along the Kapunda Road, South Australia. Due to the controversy over McGee’s later conviction and the public protests it ignited, the South Australian Government ordered a Royal Commission into the incident and the trail.
  • 7 December 2003Daniel Morcombe is abducted from under an overpass on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland while waiting for a bus; his remains were not found until 2012.
  • 31 December 2003 – convicted paedophile Jeffrey John Hillsley bashed former co-worker Michael Davies to death with a hammer at Campsie, NSW and kidnapped and raped his 10-year-old stepdaughter before being captured by special operations police after a 14-hour siege.
  • 14 February 20042004 Redfern riotsAboriginal youths rioted against police in response to the death of 17-year-old TJ Hickey, who accidentally impaled himself on a fence while fleeing police he mistakenly believed to be pursuing him.
  • March 2004 – Darwin sex workers Phuangsri Kroksamrang and Somjai Insamnan were bound with cable ties and thrown alive into the Adelaide River by Ben William McLean and Phu Ngoc Trinh
  • 23 March 2004John Sharpe murdered his pregnant wife, two-year-old daughter and unborn son with a spear-gun at Mornington, Victoria.
  • 26 July 2004 – Security guard Karen Brown shot dead armed robber William Aquilina in a Sydney carpark after he violently bashed her and stole the hotel’s takings. Brown was charged with murder but acquitted on the grounds of self-defence.
  • 11 February 2005Melbourne woman Maria Korp was found in a coma in the boot of her car. Her husband Joe and his lover, Tania Herman, were subsequently charged with her murder after Mrs Korp’s life-support was switched off. Joe Korp subsequently hanged himself in the garage of his home.
  • 26 February – 1 March 2005Macquarie Fields riots – residents of the south western Sydney suburb rioted in response to the deaths of two youths, who were passengers in a stolen car being driven by a known criminal, during a police pursuit. Residents believed police were unfairly persecuting local youths.
  • 1 June 2005Indonesian embassy bio-terrorism hoax
  • 5 November 2005 – Sydney teenager Lauren Huxley was severely bashed and doused with petrol in her home by Robert Black Farmer.
  • December 20052005 Cronulla riots rioting by European Australians and Arab Australians directed against each other were sparked by the reported bashing of Surf Life Savers the previous week by several individuals of “middle-eastern appearance”; retaliatory and counter-retaliatory violence continued for two weeks.
  • 18 February 2006Cardross Hit and RunThomas Graham Towle crashed his car at high speed into a group of 13 teenagers killing six and injuring seven near the town of Cardross, Victoria
  • 20 February 2006 Errol Graham Hayes set fire to a house at Annerley, Queensland after an argument; his former girlfriend, Theresa Marchetti, her new partner, Mark Christensen, and his own 18-month-old son, Joshua Hayes, were killed in the fire.
  • 26 June 2006 – Canning Vale murder – 8-year-old Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu was raped and murdered in a suburban Perth shopping mall by Dante Wyndham Arthurs.
  • 5 June 2007Tony Mokbel arrested – Convicted drug trafficker Tony Mokbel was arrested in Athens, Greece after fleeing Australia in March 2006 during his trial for the importation of cocaine.
  • 18 June 2007Melbourne CBD shootingChristopher Wayne Hudson opened fire on three people, killing one and seriously wounding two others who intervened when Hudson was assaulting his girlfriend at a busy Melbourne intersection during the morning peak. He gave himself up to police in Wallan, Victoria on 20 June.
  • 3 December 2008 – 83-year-old pensioner Vonne McGlynn was murdered and dismembered by Angelika Gavare at her home in Reynella, South Australia as part of Gavare’s plan to steal McGlynn’s identity to take her house and money; McGlynn’s remains were found at Christie’s Creek on 23 February 2009
  • 7 February 20092009 Victorian bush-fires – Arsonists lit several fires contributing to the deaths of 173 people.
  • 2 June 2009Violence against Indians stirs up international controversy.
  • 18 July 2009Lin family murders – Five members of the Lin family were found dead in their home in Epping, New South Wales.

2010s

  • 4 December 2012 – Quorn murders – Jose Omonte Extrada murdered his girlfriend Rebecca Wild by stabbing her 29 times and striking her over the head with an axe 9 times, and murdered Jasinta Leigh Fullerton by repeatedly striking her over the head with the axe after she intervened to try and help his girlfriend who she saw being attacked by him in Quorn, South Australia.
  • 15 December 2012 – Aaron Carlino murdered drug dealer Stephen Cookson in his East Perth home by shooting him twice in the head and then he cut up and dismembered his body. He buried his arms legs and torso in the backyard of his house and he wrapped his head in a plastic bag and dumped it on Rottnest Island. The head of Cookson was later found washed up on Rottnest Island by an 11-year-old girl. Carlino was convicted of the murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
  • 8 March 2013 – Queen Street mall siege – Lee Matthew Hiller entered the shopping mall on Queen Street Brisbane Queensland armed with a revolver and threatened shoppers and staff with the revolver, causing a 90-minute siege which ended when Hiller was shot and wounded in the arm by a police officer from the elite Specialist Emergency Response Team. Hiller was then later taken to hospital and was treated for his injury; he pleaded gulity to 20 charges and was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail with a non-parole period of two years and three months.
  • 29 July 2013 – Two bikie gang associates, Vasko Boskovski and Bassil Hijazi were shot dead in two separate shooting incidents minutes apart in South West Sydney. The previous week Bassil Hijazi had survived a previous attempt against his life after he was shot inside his car.
  • 29 December 2013Lesley John Cameron raped and murdered Tamara Horstman by bashing her over the head with a hammer and stabbing her 11 times with a pair of scissors, 6 times in the heart and 5 times in the neck and murdered her mother Maureen Horstman by bashing her over the head with a hammer and stabbing her once in the heart with a pair of scissors in their Warwick home in Western Australia.
  • 12 February 2014 – 11-year-old Grade 6 school boy Luke Batty was bashed with a cricket bat and stabbed to death at his local cricket practice in Tyabb on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. He was murdered by his father Greg Anderson, who was later shot dead by Victoria Police. Anderson apparently committed the crime as retribution against ex-wife Rosie Batty.
  • 19 February 2014Thomas Hemming murdered Robert and Cheryl Adamson by stabbing them to death in their Murrumbeena, Victoria home.
  • 27 March 2014 – 21-year-old French student Sophie Collombet was raped and brutally murdered from being bludgeoned to death in a park in Brisbane. Benjamin James Milward is later arrested and is charged with her murder.
  • 4 September 2014 – A fire that was deliberately lit killed three people and seriously wounded three other people in Sydney. Two of the victims killed were a young mother Bianka O Brien and her baby son Jude. Adeel Khan a shop owner was arrested and charged.
  • 9 September 2014Lockhart massacreGeoff Hunt shot and killed his wife, Kim, his 10-year-old son Fletcher, and his daughters Mia, eight and Phoebe, six before killing himself on a farm in Lockhart in the Riverina district near Wagga Wagga New South Wales. The body of Geoff Hunt and a firearm are later found in a dam on the farm by police divers and a suicide note written by Geoff Hunt is also found inside the house on the farm.
  • 23 September − 2014 Endeavour Hills stabbingsTwo Police officers, one Victorian, one Australian Federal Police (AFP) are stabbed and wounded outside Endeavour Hills Police station in Melbourne by 18-year-old Numan Haider. After stabbing the officers Haider was shot dead by the wounded Victorian officer.
  • 5 October 2014Marcus Peter Volke murdered his transgender partner Mayang Prasetyo, then dismembered the body and boiled the body parts in the kitchen of the house where he and his partner lived in the suburb of Teneriffe, Queensland. Volke later committed suicide by cutting his throat.
  • 22 October 2014Wedderburn shootingsIan Jamieson shot dead Peter Lockhart, Peter’s wife Mary and Mary’s son Greg Holmes on two farm properties in Wedderburn, Victoria over a property dispute. Jamieson surrendered to police after a three-and-a-half hour siege
  • 7 November 2014Jordy Brook carjacked a Channel 7 news cameraman at gun point during a crime spree on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. He was later captured and arrested by police after luring police on a high speed chase and crashing the car.
  • 8 November 2014Brendan John Lindsay, a drug addict with a history of mental illness, took lunch bar worker Sheila Tran hostage at knife point in Carlisle, Western Australia. While taking the woman hostage he made threats to kill her, and entered a siege with police which ended with Lindsay being shot dead after he stabbed the hostage, Sheila Tran. Sheila Tran was also caught in the crossfire and was later taken to Royal Perth Hospital and underwent surgery.
  • 12 November 2014Jamie Edwards and Joelene Joyce a married couple who were drug dealers are found shot dead in a car on a highway in the town of Moama, New South Wales
  • 15 December 20142014 Sydney hostage crisis – Seventeen people were taken hostage in a cafe in Martin Place, Sydney by Man Haron Monis. The hostage crisis was resolved in the early hours of 16 December, sixteen hours after it commenced, when armed police stormed the premises. Monis and two hostages were killed in the course of the crisis.
  • 19 December 2014Cairns child killings – The bodies of eight children aged between 18 months to 15 years were found stabbed to death in a home in Cairns Queensland.
  • 3 March 2015 Biddeston murdersDerek Sharpely shot and killed his pregnant 27-year-old daughter and 7-year-old Grandson before killing himself in Biddeston Queensland.
  • 17 March 2015 – 17-year-old schoolgirl Masa Vukotic was stabbed to death in a random attack while she walked through a park in Doncaster, Victoria. Sean Christian Price is later arrested and charged with her murder.
  • 8 April 2015 – 26-year-old schoolteacher Stephanie Scott is reported missing after last being seen at Leeton High School in Leeton, New South Wales. School cleaner Vincent Stanford is arrested several days later and initially charged with her murder, and later charged with aggravated sexual assault. Scott’s burned body was later found by police in Cocoparra National Park. Stanford remains in police custody awaiting trial

This page is not to detail every crime every committed nor every murder as such.It is my attempt to cover the most searched for crimes and those that gained national attention.

I have included a contact form for anyone who would like to see a crime featured here. Please include as much detail as possible,many of the crimes above have their own threads here on the website, with others pending. The more information I have the more I can include in a page that may eventuate.

Regards, Robbo

One thought on “100 years of crime in Australia

  1. Maybe start a section pf attack against woman in Australia by middle eastern men. I have only found 129 pages since 1990,I am sure there would be more.

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