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The Wanda Beach Murders

Discussion in 'Crime' started by shellyg, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. shellyg

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    On January 11, 1965, best friends and neighbours, Marianne Schmidt and Christine Sharrock, disappeared at Wanda Beach in Cronulla. They were just 15 years old.

    The next day their bruised, battered and slashed bodies were found on the beach, partially covered by sand. More than 50 years later, no one has been charged with their murders, and their untimely deaths still haunt the shire community.

    On the day of their disappearance the girls headed down to Wanda Beach, a small and isolated stretch in the Sydney suburb of Cronulla, with four of Marianne’s younger siblings in tow.

    At some point during the picnic, Christine wandered off. No one knows where she went or what she was doing during that time, but after her death it was discovered she had consumed some alcohol and eaten some different foods to the rest of the group.

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    Marianne's throat had been slashed. The murderer had attempted to rape both of the girls.
    Around this time, eight-year-old Wolfgang noticed a boy hunting crabs. He said he saw the boy two more times - once with the two girls and another time walking alone.


    However, Wolfgang has never been able to give an accurate description of the male, claiming at one time that he was carrying a homemade spear and at another time, a knife.

    Around 1pm the group decided to go for a walk into the sandhills behind Wanda Beach. About halfway through their walk, the girls told the younger kids to wait while they headed back to the rocks to collect their bags and belongings.

    That was the last time the four Schmidt siblings would see Marianne and Christine alive. They waited in the sandhills until 5pm, before collecting their belongings and heading home. At 8.30pm that night, the girls were reported missing.

    Tomorrow night on the Wanda Beach murders. I wonder who they're talking about.

    "Now, in a major investigation, Sunday Night will expose the killer.
    Reporter Michael Usher reveals Wanda was just the beginning.
    Police had the prime suspect, and the courts let him go.
    Let him go to become one of the most heinous serial killers in modern history."

    https://tvtonight.com.au/2018/06/sunday-night-june-10.html


    This is another Michael Usher investigation.
     
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    Doesn't induce confidence
     
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    Is this the Derek Percy re-hash?
     
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    Trying to work it out ... from this I don't think so.

     
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    Thanks. Yes it doesnt seem to be Percy.

    Maybe start a thread or find the old one and have these posts moved.

    :)
     
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    One of the most heinous serial killers in modern history
    Who?
    Don't tell me the kid spear fishing turned out to be Ivan Milat?
     
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    He did a bit of travelling I think, couple of the people speaking in the clip have American accents. I have NFI who it might be. Christopher Wilder ..?
     
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    He was the worst and he used electric shock, yep I think they might name him. A safe investigation for Michael Usher to name a dead man (again) but it might be interesting.
     
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    Or unless they mean this guy....

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Percy

     
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    Going back to this line -- one of the most heinous serial killers in modern history -- then you'd think it'd have to be Wilder.
     
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    You never know tho...reading up on Milat, he was definitely "around" back during the Wanda murders. Back in 71, as a 20-something year old, he was involved in abduction/rape charges, and other cases in Brisbane etc.
     
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    Yes it'll be Wilder.
     
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    Could it be the OP?
     
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    It's Wilder who they name tonight...died in 1984
     
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    AT 50 seconds of the clip they show a man finger aiming that looks a lot like Wilder did in 1984
     
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    After Usher's last investigative special on the Beaumont Children it will be interesting to see how Seven's ratings compare.
     
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    I don't think ch7 will name him as the murderer, they'll let the people they're interviewing break that news to us.
     
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    True Crime All The Time did a nearly two hour podcast on Wilder a year ago and linked him to the Wanda Beach murders.

    https://player.fm/series/true-crime...27-christopher-wilder-the-beauty-queen-killer

    He started out as a peeping panty bandit as well ... this could be a theme :eyes:
     
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    It will be interesting to see which disappearances/murders they try and link him to. Looking at the wiki page I can see escalation but only after 1980. (which is why the timeline will be interesting)

    His pre-1981 offences seem to be standard 'I'm a photographer now show me some skin' and then sexually assaults them. His Australian charges and 1982 bail non-passport loss is baffling. It seems these charges could have been the trigger that pushed him over the edge and into a 'nothing to lose' mentality.

    *given that 7 name him
     
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    Didn't realise this was on. Just flicked it over, a lot of cold cases getting resolved recently.
     
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    Didnt watch it. So someone dish the info.
     
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    As expected it was false advertising. They didn't name him as the murderer, just as a suspect and their only 'evidence' is that he was a blonde haired surfer and lived a few km away. Tell us something we don't know ch7.
     
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    Major letdown then. Typical free to air tv bs.
     
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    I'm just shocked at all those people saying how good looking he was ... he looks like the creepy uncle all the kids avoid at Christmas
     
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