This terrible murder-suicide only gets more bizzare and disturbing, as police continue to investigate how it unfolded. It appears Volke killed and dismembered his shemale partner and was attempting to dispose of the remains by cooking the parts up. The apartment block had been reeking for days when police eventually were called to investigate.
Double life of a killer husband: ‘Chef’ who murdered transgender wife was really a male prostitute who hid job in brothel from family and worked under the name ‘Heath XL’
- Husband Marcus Volke was secretly working as a male prostitute
- He killed and then dismembered his transgender wife on Saturday night
- The remains of Mayang Prasetyo were found in a Brisbane apartment
- Volke is believed to have murdered then dismembered the 27-year-old
- Media have previously reported Volke was a chef who worked on cruises
- But a friend of the couple said the 28-year-old was a male prostitute
- Volke and Ms Prasetyo met in 2009 while working at a Melbourne brothel
- Ms Prasetyo is known as Febri Andriansyah, according to her Indonesia passport
The man who is believed to have killed then dismembered his transgender wife in an horrific murder-suicide in a Brisbane apartment was secretly working as a male prostitute, it has emerged.
Friends revealed the truth about Marcus Volke’s double life and also criticised a Brisbane newspaper for its portrayal of victim Mayang Prasetyo.
Interior designer Alex Devantier, who knew the couple well, told Daily Mail Australia Volke had never worked as a chef but used it as a cover story to avoid telling his family and close friends the truth about his life as Heath the male prostitute.
Friends have revealed Marcus Volke (pictured here with Mayang Prasetyo) was a male prostitute, not a chef as previously reported
Mayang Prasetyo was found dismembered in a Brisbane apartment she shared with her husband on Saturday
Parts of Ms Prasetyo’s body were found strewn across the couple’s new Teneriffe apartment
Ms Prasetyo, 27, was described as ‘happy, cheerful person’ and an ‘angel’ by friends.
Mr Devantier said that the front page headline featuring the term ‘shemale’ was extremely offensive to both her and the transgender community.
He asked The Courier Mail to donate profits from Tuesday’s edition to the Gender Centre – a not-for-profit which raises awareness of transgender issues – and Ms Prasetyo’s family.
Three days ago, parts of Ms Prasetyo’s body were found strewn across the couple’s Teneriffe apartment in Brisbane’s inner-city, with some cooking in chemicals on a stove.
Police arrived at the couple’s home after receiving reports from neighbours about a bad smell coming from the Commercial Road apartment on Saturday night, just weeks after they had moved to the Queensland capital.
Volke fled the scene and was later found in an industrial bin with his throat cut in nearby Dath Street.
It has also been revealed Ms Prasetyo travelled as a man named Febri Andriansyah on an Indonesian passport.
Marcus Peter Volke, 28, slit his own throat as he fled the Brisbane apartment where he is believed to have dismembered his Indonesian wife
The 27-year-old was known as Febri Andriansyah, according to her Indonesian passport
Interior designer Alex Devantier said Volke and Ms Prasetyo married in Europe in August 2013
Volke and Ms Prasetyo met in 2009 while working at Melbourne brothel Pleasure Dome
‘They were leading double lives because of the lives they were leading,’ Mr Devantier said.
‘Marcus wouldn’t even tell his closest friends of the life he was leading.
‘They lied to their families, so their families didn’t realise what they were actually doing.’
In an online advertisement under the name Heath XL, Volke describes himself as a ‘young sexy Australian boy, very friendly and easy going’.
The ad went onto to say: ‘I can be your companion for an hour or as long as u want, for a dinner, a hot session, holidays or more’.
But Mr Devantier – who was close to the couple – has revealed Volke was a male prostitute
He worked under the name Heath and was registered as a private escort in Melbourne
Mr Devantier met Volke and Ms Prasetyo – who were married in Europe in August 2013 – four years ago in Melbourne and introduced them.
He said the pair worked at Melbourne brothel Pleasure Dome in 2009 and were employed there as escorts for about two months.
‘Mayang left the agency because she was so popular that all the other transsexuals hated her and that’s why she asked me to build her own website to get away from those who were jealous of her achievements,’ Mr Devantier said.
‘They both went into private escorting. I actually helped Marcus register as a private escort in Melbourne and then with his advertising.’
Mr Devantier, from Townsville, said he was in shock over the tragedy.
‘I still don’t believe he [Volke] did it. I can’t believe he did it. If he did do it, sometimes you can’t judge it, you can’t pick it,’ Mr Devantier said.
‘They were a loving and beautiful couple, and never a bad word from either of them about each other.
‘I looked after Mayang’s escort website and I was in communication with her all the time.
‘There was never any hostility towards each other.’
Queensland Police removed a toxic-labelled container on Monday, following the discovery of Ms Prasetyo’s body parts found boiling in chemicals in a Brisbane apartment on Saturday night
Emergency services remove her body from the DoubleOne 3 Apartments in Commercial Road
Queensland Police made the grisly discovery of a woman’s body parts just after 9pm on Saturday night
Officers have spent Saturday night at the two crime scenes trying to find out what led to the tragedy
Mr Devantier and Ms Prasetyo’s other friends have called on The Courier Mail to donate its profits from Tuesday’s edition which labelled the transgender escort as a ‘shemale’.
When he saw the front page of the News Corp newspaper, Mr Devantier said he was disgusted.
He has asked for the donation to be made to the Gender Centre, which helps raise awareness of transgender, issues and Ms Prasetyo’s family back in Indonesia for her funeral costs.
‘We need to make the community aware of the difference between a post-op and pre-op transgender person, a transvestite, a cross dresser, et cetera,’ he said.
‘[Ms Prasetyo's] family have just lost their sole source of income and money for putting the family’s second eldest and third eldest child – both girls – through high school and that was who she was to them, the breadwinner.’
Mr Devantier also urged people to a sign a change.org petition asking for The Courier Mail to ‘publicly apologise for articles relating to Mayang Prasetyo’.
At the time of publication, the petition had amassed more than 15,000 signatures.
Mr Devantier said Ms Prasetyo – who was a pre-operation transsexual – was months away from becoming a woman anatomically.
‘She said she knew from 10 years old that she believed she was a woman and I believe she was not far from her goal – it would have been months,’ he said.
The grisly death is being treated as a murder-suicide after Volke fled the scene and was later found in an industrial bin with his throat cut
Ms Prasetyo’s remains were found at an apartment on Commercial Road and Volke’s body was found on Dath Street
Police believe the Indonesian woman, Mayang Prasetyo, was killed and dismembered by her 27-year-old partner and chef Marcus Volke some time last week in the apartment in Commercial Road, Teneriffe.
Neighbours complained of a foul smell at the weekend and police were called.
When officers arrived at the apartment Volke fled through a rear glass door and leapt over a balcony, leaving a smear of blood on a fence.
Volke’s body was later found in an industrial bin where it is believed he took his own life.
When police returned to the couple’s apartment they found his partner’s remains.
Police would not confirm reports that Volke had been cooking a part of his girlfriend on a stove top when they arrived at the scene.
Investigators are also looking at security camera vision taken near the apartment complex to help shed light on the events of Saturday night.
Authorities were still trying to contact her next of kin and would not confirm her name.
It is believed Volke met Ms Prasetyo while working on international cruise ships.
‘No indication anything wrong’
On Monday the man’s mother, Dorothy Volke, said she had not met her son’s girlfriend.
Ms Volke said she had no indication anything was wrong with her son.
“I’m not sure what he was doing – last we knew he was working on boats,” she said.
She said she did not know what company he was working for.
“I don’t know, he jumped around,” she said.
Volke was originally from the regional Victorian city of Ballarat, where his funeral will be held.
Just a normal couple, neighbour says
Courtney Reichart first noticed the smell on Wednesday when she returned home from work.
She said it had got worse each day and still remained.
“On Saturday when I came out for a walk, it made your eyes water, it made you want to be sick,” she said.
“The smell it was like as if somebody had put out some dog food or red meat and left it out for a few days.
“It makes you feel sick that that poor girl sat there for however many days and we’ve been walking past, living our lives and thinking ‘hmmm what’s that smell’, but you don’t put two and two together.
“You don’t think that a bad smell equals a murder.”
The apartment complex opened about two months ago, during which time Ms Reichart met the couple a number of times.
She said she had never heard arguments and the couple owned dogs.
“Just a normal couple,” she said, adding that the girlfriend was “gorgeous”.
“They seemed quite friendly.”
Volke critical of violence against women
Volke’s Facebook page revealed he was a vocal critic against those who committed violence against women and animals.
Less than a month ago he posted a link to a news article about a man who was bashed for standing up for a group of women who were being threatened.
He commended the man for being a “champion mate”.
In June he wanted offenders castrated when two Indian girls were hanged after being gang-raped.
Police have urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Brisbane deaths: Man found dead in bin after woman’s remains discovered at Teneriffe unit
A man was found dead in a bin a short time after fleeing from a unit where a woman’s remains were discovered, police said.
Detectives said the two deaths in the affluent Brisbane suburb of Teneriffe were being treated as a murder-suicide.
Officers went to the apartment building on Commercial Road at about 9:00pm on Saturday after neighbours reported a bad smell coming from a unit in the complex.
Police said when they knocked on the apartment door a man fled through a rear glass door and leapt over a balcony.
Blood stains were left on a fence where he jumped down to a laneway.
Officers later found his body inside a green commercial rubbish bin in Dath Street.
Meanwhile a woman’s body parts were found inside the apartment.
“Police attended to the units at 113 Commercial Road, Teneriffe, conducting a welfare check because management were concerned about the welfare of some occupants,” Detective Senior Sergeant Tom Armitt said.
“On attendance we’ve had cause to commence an investigation in relation to a murder-suicide.”
Nearby residents described a huge commotion as a large number of officers and dog squad units scoured the area.
Forensic experts have been carrying out examinations at both crime scenes.
Teneriffe has undergone major residential development in the past decade and attracts a large number of young professionals.
Neighbour heard ‘a commotion’
ABC journalist Dean Bilton, who lives nearby, said: “We told police we heard a commotion on Monday night.
“We think it was the apartment concerned. We weren’t sure whether it had been a party or an argument but it now seems like it might have been something more sinister.”
He said other people living in the building had noticed a bad smell for several weeks.
He also said he thought the man who lived in the apartment had two Bulldog puppies which had been heard barking loudly for much of the past week.
Courtney Reichart and her husband Alex, who also live in the building, said they noticed a smell in the basement last Sunday but that there had been an issue with sewerage pipes.
Ms Reichart said she had noticed a strong smell on the ground floor this morning.
“I’ve walked in and out of the building a couple of times this morning … and the smell is quite pungent, it smells like rotting meat,” she said.
“I think it’s just from when they [police] keep opening the door to have a look.
“It’s quite bad, I smelt it a couple of days ago but it just smelt like dog food – we’ve got animals in the building so you don’t really think of anything.
“And as Alex said we’ve had sewerage issues.”
Mr Reichart said they moved into the block about six weeks ago.
“It’s worrying, having seen that, especially with all the turnout of the police last night,” he said.
“When 10 police start heading into your building you think something’s happening here.”
Police scientific and forensic officers have been examining both the unit and the area where the man’s body was discovered.
Brisbane trans murder: Mayang Prasetyo killed and cooked by chef husband
October 07, 2014
A WOMAN brutally murdered and cooked by her husband in their Brisbane apartment has been identified as a transsexual “high-class” prostitute whose sex work paid for her family’s education in Indonesia.
Parts of Mayang Prasetyo’s body were found strewn around the inner-city apartment she shared with husband Marcus Peter Volke, 28, who was found boiling her body parts in chemicals on a stove and slit his own throat after fleeing from police on Sunday.
Ms Prasetyo, a 27-year-old sex worker, was charging up to $500 an hour for her services as a “top high-class Asian shemale” the Courier Mail reported, but dreamt of one day transitioning to “complete womanhood” and becoming a mother.
She had married chef Peter Volke in 2013 after the pair met on a cruise ship, according to friends, and had moved with her husband to Brisbane.
The pair appeared to live comfortably in the modern Ternerrife apartment they had shared for three months.
Friends and family back in Indonesia are mourning the loss of “Febri”, as Ms Prasetyo is also known.
Her mother, Nining Sukarni, told the Courier Mail her eldest child paid to “put the sisters through school”.
Ads reveal Ms Prasetyo charged from $200 to $500 for her services as an “international escort”.
“Better in real life. Pictures are always real. Real deal pre-op functional hot TS. With a great fit and hot body to enjoy,” one advertisement read.
Another advertisement posted by the transsexual while she was in London last year described her as ‘busty’ and ‘extra hot in bed’ with a ‘big banana’, the Daily Mail reports.
Friends of Ms Prasetyo have taken to Facebook to pay tribute to the “larger than life” woman, and have remembered her as a “beautiful angel”.
A former lover of Ms Prasetyo said she was “a true leader and a brave and courageous being”.
“I knew I had met an awesome person and made a new friend that I would never wish to lose …,” Brad Whitehouse wrote.
“It breaks my heart that so many of her friends, particularly in Indonesia will be devastated, and of course her family whom she had the spirit of utmost protection and betterment for.”
In the same post, Whitehouse wrote of his friend’s dream of one day becoming a mum.
“Mayang lived as a female and wished to make that big step one day and establish into complete womanhood, adopt, be a mother and a successful businesswoman,” he said.
Tributes have also been paid online to the pair by friends who remember them as a “happy married couple”, and family of the pair have said they showed no signs of problems in their relationship in the weeks that led to both their deaths.
Mr Volke was originally from Ballarat, and had met his wife while working on a cruise ship.
A school friend told his home town paper, the Courier, he was “a little different”.
“He was a good guy, he was a bit up and down, he could lose his temper like anyone can but for the most part he was just like anyone else. He was just one of the boys,” he said.
“He was always a little different. He wasn’t a happy-go-lucky guy like the rest of us — he was a bit dark.”
Volke’s mother, Dorothy, said she had spoken with her son just a week before and he seemed “normal”.
“He was happy and he was coming home for Christmas, everything was normal,” she told the Courier Mail.
“He’d been on a ship, going from one country to another. They hadn’t been in Brisbane for very long, only a few months. They were starting to get settled.”
Mrs Volke said that although her son seemed normal, she hadn’t seen him in around 18 months.
“We didn’t know what was going on,” she said.
Friends of Ms Prasetyo have since revealed they had concerns about her husband saying he came across “extremely cold”.
Neighbours have also reported fighting coming from the apartment and it has emerged Mr Volke attended a hospital late last week and told staff his partner cut him in a domestic incident, according to the Courier Mail.
It was reports of a sickening stench, which one neighbour likened to dog food, that led police to knock on the door of the pair’s apartment to find the grisly scene.
Police discovered Mr Volke in the filthy apartment, cooking body parts over the stove. When the man fled he inflicted a fatal knife wound to his throat, and detectives are treating the incident as a murder suicide.
Investigations are continuing into the horrific ordeal, and delving into the life of the chef who had no criminal history.