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The Maria James murder - The Trace

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  1. Flash of power

    Flash of power Club Legend

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    Have recently been listening to the podcast from the ABC about the murder of Maria James in Melbourne in the early 80's, stabbed 68 times in her own home.

    Catholic church seems to be involved in this case up to their eyeballs, pedaphilia likely the root cause and dna samples mixed up at the time. Intriguing to say the least.

    It has been a fascinating listen, and hopefully some new dna will lead to something more concrete about the killer, potentially a catholic priest, or even two were involved.

    Was there much hype about this murder at the time?

    I have never heard of it, but not being from Melbourne maybe it didn't get much interstate coverage.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-21/trace-the-unsolved-murder-of-maria-james/8612964
     
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    I read about the case a while ago stating that the key piece of evidence was a bloodied pillowcase. I thought it was strange that they were using a pillowcase to rule out suspects but no mention of a pillowcase was mentioned in crime scene descriptions in the news but I also thought "well I can't assume anything, I don't know the case nor all the available evidence".

    It does raise questions and implications though. If it was evidence from another crime scene, what case was that? Has that case been solved? Could this piece of evidence been instrumental in that case? Has there been other evidence mix ups? Could anyone have been wrongly convicted because of this?

    Apparently it occured prior to 2001. I assume procedures have changed even in the last 5-10 years.
     
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    It raises a LOT of questions as you suggest. This was early 80's so DNA not a big factor back then, I agree with you though, surely the cops that were on the scene, collected evidence, witness statements etc would have known that the pillow case was not from the scene.

    Is it possible that there was a cop covering up for the priests that could have been involved?

    Or is it simply a mix up and with fresh eyes looking at this case, new ways of thinking, and dna testing is challenging the work of past cops.

    I think more will come out in the near future in relation to this case.
     
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    its a very good podcast
     
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    Great work by Rachel Clarke. Sure, was a vintage year for journos at RMIT that year, her, Nick McKenzie, me.
     
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    What are the odds for MaddAdam?

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    I was being slightly self deprecating you know. And for the record, if it was in third person I would have said:

    "Great work by Rachel Clarke. Sure, was a vintage year for journos at RMIT that year, her, Nick McKenzie, MaddAdam".

    Or maybe even tagged in Bunk Moreland so he could use my real name.
     
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    lol

    I'll leave it to you to publish your name if and when you'd like to
     
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    Come now, why so coy, you've used it - well, my first name - heaps of times here.
     
  11. Duritz

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    Are you Adam Gilchrist?
     
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    Err, yep.

    More a pedant than a self congratulator was my guess
     
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