When the president of the Queensland Cat Protection Society, Kathleen Marshall, was murdered in a frenzied stabbing attack in 1998, everyone thought her arch rival and nemesis Virginia Houston was responsible.
But this proved to be a more complicated investigation, involving the two warring factions of the Cat Protection Society, who would stop at nothing to seize power. Forensic Science would eventually reveal the stranger than fiction truth of Australia’s answer to Tiger King.
TCNT: Tracey Stewart reviews the book “Working Stiff” by Tanya Eby.
Aussie As: A man smuggling drugs from South Australia to the Northern Territory puts himself on the police’s radar by speeding while filming himself masturbate.
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Sources: Times of Omen, Who killed the ‘cat woman’?, June 3, 2015. Forensic Investigators: Kathleen Marshall. Critical Errors in Murder Investigations by Ted Duhs. Five drops of blood, Murder in the Cat Protection Society by Paul Wilson and Dianne McInnes. R v Fitzherbert  QCA 255 (30 June 2000). Brisbane crime: First person in Australia convicted of crime solely on DNA evidence but did he do it? By Kate McKenna, CourierMail, April 9, 2015. Doubts raised on vet murder, by Mary Garden, CourierMail, August 4, 2007. ABC: DNA: not a magic bullet, Tuesday 19 August 2008. https://insolvencynotices.asic.gov.au/ browsesearch-notices/notice-details/ The-Cat-Protection-Society-of-Queensland-in-Liquidation-009767677/76a4957e-bbb9-464b-b92a-a419e8e9fb25. Just 5 drops of blood was enough to convict this brutal killer…by Angela Johnson, Life Death and Prizes, September 7, 2017. Sydney Morning Herald, The evidence doesn’t add up, Clear-cut findings are often anything but, according to this examination of flawed legal cases by Malcolm Brown, June 30, 2012.
Aussie As Sources: Drug-runner filmed masturbating at 150km/h after buying SA cannabis, Tara Ravens, Adelaide Now, January 6, 2009. Stiff sentence for man who filmed himself masturbating, Emily Watkins, NT News, October 21, 2009