In 1978 in the small town of Jerilderie in country New South Wales, Mick Lewis and his wife Sue were found dead, with their two small children left to starve in their isolated homestead. Was this another tragic case of domestic violence taken to it’s deadly conclusion? Or was there an even more sinister force at play here? After weeks of painstaking and meticulous detective work, a bevvy of red herrings, some funky 1970’s forensic work and a massive search for a rare rifle, the stranger, and balder than fiction truth eventually revealed itself.
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Sources: Dangerous To Know: An Australasian Crime Compendium By James Morton, Morton and Lobez, Susanna Lobez, The Canberra Times, Tue 28 Nov 1978, Man remanded on murder counts. Horrorfuel.com, Anniversary Of The Homestead Murders In Jerilderie, Australia, by Grimm Deathwish on September 22, 2017. The Sydney Morning Herald, For Trial, 03 Mar 1979. Crime Scene Investigation: The Homestead Mystery 3.10. The Age, Two life terms for farm killer. 29 Jun 1979, The Sydney Morning Herald, Borrowed rifle to shoot couple, police allege, 27 Feb 1979, Man on Jerilderie murder charges, 25 Nov 1978. The Age, Man charged over killing at Jerilderie, 25 Nov 1978. Insurance man on kill counts, 27 Nov 1978, Man admitted shooting: police, 27 Feb 1979.
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