The Sandman Panel Van Murders with True Crime Island - Bloody Murder: A True Crime Podcast
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On July 5th, 2012, Cindy Masonwell and her husband Scott Maitland flew from Mt Isa to Cairns, in far north Queensland, to pick up their HJ Holden Sandman Panel Van. The couple loved their sweet ride and entrusted a mechanic named Brandon Peter Macgowen to restore it at a local workshop. They would never be seen alive again. This is the story of the Sandman Panel Van murders.

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Sandman Sources: Doctor details grisly injuries found on dead Cindy Masonwells and Scott Maitland to Cairns court, Caitlin Drysdale, The Cairns Post, August 21, 2014, Cairns double-murder: Brandon Peter MacGowan jailed for killing Scott Maitland, Cindy Masonwells, Kirsty Nancarrow,, Aug 29, 2014, Murder victim’s friends mourn, Shelley Strachan, The Gympie Times, July 17, 2012, Tragedy of a Holden van, Derek Barry, North West Star, July 26, 2017, 30 years jail for Qld double murderer, Cleo Fraser, the Sydney Morning Herald, August 29, 2014, Double-murder accused Brandon MacGowan ‘no killer’, court told, Cleo Fraser, Brisbane Times, August 29, 2014, Wayne Maitland fears sinister forces behind disappearance of Cairns couple Scott Maitland and Cindy Masonwells, Peter Michael, CourierMail, July 13, 2012, Court Documents, R v MacGowan, [2015] QCA 185, Residents open hearts – and wallets, Roz Fisher, Farm Online, 25 Jul 2012, Crown prosecutor: Execution ‘clean, clinical and efficient’ Cairns court told during murder trial over death of Cindy Masonwells and Scott Maitland, Caitlin Drysdale, The Cairns Post, August 28, 2014

Randy Handyman Sources: Tradie caught in sex act on job speaks out after being exposed, Lottie Tiplady-Bishop,, October 15, 2019. “I’m Not A Randy Handyman!”. Plumber caught having sex with man’s wife says he’s ‘not proud’ of romp, Lottie Tiplady-Bishop,, October 14, 2019

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