Colin Winchester was the Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police and the commander of the ACT police force. When he was assassinated in his driveway in the summer of 1989, the nation was sent into a state of shock. These feelings were taken over by anger as the investigation dragged on, until finally five years after the murder a lone crazed gunman named David Eastman was arrested. Did the police have the right man or was this killing, as speculated by the media, a professional hit by the the all powerful Calabrian mafia?
Sources: The Guardian: Colin Winchester’s murder and how the case against David Eastman collapsed. By Christopher Knaus. ABC News: David Eastman and Colin Winchester: Two ‘cracks’ in the night echoed across 30 years. By Elizabeth Byrne and Jordan Hayne. ABC News: Murdered AFP officer Colin Winchester ‘gave mafia informant a gun’, David Eastman trial hears. By Elizabeth Byrne. The Sydney Morning Herald: Winchester and the Mafia: The police sting that bit back. By John Silvester. The Canberra Times: If David Eastman didn’t murder Colin Winchester, then who did? By Peter Brewer. The Canberra Times: Colin Winchester murder unsolved 30 years on. Crime Investigation Australia: The Colin Winchester Assassination. The Monthly: The retrial of David Eastman. By Sam Vincent. News.com.au: David Eastman not guilty of Colin Winchester murder. Herald Sun: The case against the Calabrian mafia mobsters, suspected of murdering AFP’s Colin Winchester. By Keith Moor. Bega District News: Not guilty Eastman in line for huge compo. By Rebecca Gredley.WikiPedia: Colin Winchester.”Inquiry into the Conviction of David Harold Eastman for the Murder of Colin Stanley Winchester” REPORT OF THE BOARD OF INQUIRY. Supreme Court of Australia.
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