Author(s): Debi Marshall
4 murders, 5 bombings and the perpetrator remains at large. At last, this is the definitive story of the Family Court Murders. An initiative of the Whitlam government and the Attorney-General, Lional Murphy, the "helping court" opened its doors on January 5, 1976. But the high idealism of the court's creators failed to adequately factor in one simple, important truth: that in a marital tug-of-war, one side would always feel more embittered than the other. Despite the brazen enormity of the shootings and bombings - attacks that had hit at the very heart of the judicial system - and a prime suspect, who was publically named by the coroner, the police investigation had stalled to a benign "review" status. After an email from a witness to one of the murders, the Channel 7 Sunday Night program determined to have this cold case re-opened. Thirty-three years on, the horror of these crimes still haunted everyone involved. Witnesses were too frightened to speak and family members lived in the dark shadows of grief and fear, silence their uneasy companion for all these years. Widows and children live without the resolution of their family members' death being resolved. What Debi Marshall has uncovered will shock and appal you and may lead to some resolution.
Debi Marshall is a journalist, producer for television and author who lives in Hobart. She has written a number of biographies and true crime titles, including The House of Hancock: The Rise and Rise of Gina Rinehart, Justice In Jeopardy: The unsolved murder of baby Deidre Kennedy, The Devil's Garden, Lambs to the Slaughter and Killing For Pleasure: the definitive story of the Snowtown serial killings.