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unexplained to this day

DISSECT
SCENES &
EVIDENCE

tupac shakur

madeleine mccann

jill dando

the black dahlia

jonben…t
ramsey

NE
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inside the investigations that remain

colonial parkwa
y killer

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naked body in a shallow grave, partially hidden by

scrubland in McClelland Drive, Frankston.

Mrs Rooke’s son Ivan was, at the time of her

disappearance and murder, a young policeman in South

Australia. After his mum’s body was discovered, Mr

Rooke, then 24, was quoted in The Age newspaper as

saying, “when I heard the news that she was missing I

had the feeling I wouldn’t be seeing her again.”

On 9 October 1981, 55-year-old Joy Summers was

waiting for a bus on Frankston-Dandenong Road when

she too vanished. It was the same stretch of road on

which Allison Rooke had met her fate, presumably

accepting a lift from her killer. Having suffered from

ill-health, Ms Summers had left a note for her partner

to say where she’d gone. It was the first time she’d been

out alone since having a stroke, and when she hadn’t

returned by early evening her partner contacted police to

report her disappearance.

Ms Summers’s naked body was found six weeks later

in scrubland not far away.

ABOVE The victims may have been offered lifts, the last they would ever take ABOVE Joy Summers was last seen walking toward a bus stop

A SEARCH OF THE AREA UNEARTHED THE
BONES FROM A BADLY DECOMPOSED BODY

KILLER INSTINCT
Around two years later, on 3 February 1983, more human

remains were found in the Tynong North scrubland, around

two kilometres from where the three women had been

discovered in 1980. A punctured trailer tyre led two men

to pull into an area opposite a truck stop on the Princes

Highway, Tynong North.

One of the men, a well-known former Victorian League

Football player and coach, Barry Davis, got out to stretch his

legs. He spotted a bone sticking out of the scrubland, around

50 metres from the busy road and instinctively decided to

take it to the nearest police station in the town of Warrugul.

The bone was sent to the Melbourne Coroners’ court, where

it was confirmed to be human.

A search of the area unearthed bones from a body that

belonged to 34-year-old mother of two Narumol Stephenson,

who had vanished on 30 November 1980 from the inner city

Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.

On the night she had disappeared, Mrs Stephenson, a Thai

national who’d moved to Australia in the late 1970s, had been

waiting impatiently in the car while her husband socialised.

She had not wanted to join in. Her husband checked on her a

few times, but when he went to leave at 6am she was gone.

Public transport links would have been non-existent

during those early hours, meaning she had been offered a lift

by her killer or forcibly taken. The distance between where

she disappeared and where she was dumped was over 50

miles. Due to the decomposition of Narumol Stephenson’s

body, forensic testing couldn’t determine how she was killed.

It was then the murders of women seemed to halt. After

1981, police could tie no more murders to an apparently

unstoppable serial killer.

ABOVE Catherine Headland’s

remains were identifi ed

by three teeth discovered

alongside her body

UNSOLVED CRIMES

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A DISTURBING TWIST CAME IN 1989 WHEN A TAUNTING LETTER

WAS SENT TO POLICE AND A CARD SENT TO THE GRIEVING FAMILY

These were some of the chilling words of a letter sent to police in 1989, claiming

intimate knowledge of the unsolved killings of women.

The typed letter, postmarked 1 May, was full of errors and odd punctuation, and

addressed to the then chief commissioner of Victoria Police, Kel Glare. The letter

immediately piqued the interest of police with tantalising information that had

never been released to the general public: “Did you find, the brooch that Miller was

wearing on the day of her murder. Or the pair of sterling silver, blue birds, earrings.

Belonging to Catherine.”

The accuracy of these words led police to believe the letter was not sent merely as

a sick hoax because such details had not been publicised.

The writer taunted police with questions like “have you ran into a dead end?”

and “need help?” Excerpts from the letter in question were reported by newspapers,

including The Herald and Sun-News Pictorial.

Chillingly, months before the letter had been received by police, in December

1988, someone sent a Christmas card to Catherine Headland’s mother boasting that

the killer’s body tally would make Adelaide’s Truro murders “look like kid stuff”.

The Truro Murders were a series of killings in 1976-1977 by lovers Christopher

Worrell and James Miller. The bodies of seven women were found buried in

bushland of the South Australian town of Truro and its surrounds. Worrell died in a

car accident in 1977 at age 23 and the murders stopped. A charismatic sociopath, the

killings had been at his urging, with the besotted Miller along for the ride.

The letter read (typos and all):

The letter was traced to a typewriter within the confines of Melbourne’s

maximum security Pentridge Prison, an infamous gaol that has housed the likes of

Mark ‘Chopper’ Read and the remains of Ned Kelly. Police didn’t think the letter-

writer was the killer, but that the writer may have known who was.

Maybe he was paid or menaced into writing the taunting notes?

DEAD LETTERS

THE TYNONG NORTH KILLER

ABOVE The drainage tube, protuding from Ann-Marie Sargent’s skull

“Is the Tynong fi le gathering dust?
Did you know you are dealing with mass

murder, in a scale never seen in this
country…”

“I hope in writting to you, I do not
cause you or your family any stress.

I can comprehend the pain the agony
you have endured to lose a loved one

Catherine, not knowing when or if the
perpetratorssingular or plural? will ever
be caught? Well, the new year may be a
good year for you! Things may unfold,

the name of the perpetrator! Who’s deeds
make truro! Look like kid stuff! P.S. I’ll

keep in touch, some time in the new year!
Anon friend!”

A bizarre letter received by
police in 1989 was traced
back to Pentridge Prison

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THE HIGHWAY OF TEARS / TYLENOL POISONINGS
MADELEINE MCCANN / TUPAC SHAKUR / JACK THE RIPPER

JONBENÉT RAMSEY / THE ZODIAC KILLER
ALEXANDER LITVINENKO / THE BLACK DAHLIA / DAISY ZICK

MICHAEL ROCKEFELLER / D.B. COOPER
JILL DANDO / GARDNER MUSEUM HEIST / TAMAN SHUD
LONG ISLAND SERIAL KILLER / BEAUMONT CHILDREN

uncover the grim details
of an assassination that

appalled the world

inside mour
ning Commun

ities

calling for
a killer t

o

be brought
to justice

unearth barbaric crimes
unsolved for decades

investigate evidence that

fails to identify a culprit

filled with
illustration

s

and maps sh
owing the

scale of th
e crimes

examine the taunting notes

left by a serial killer

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inside the investigations that remain

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