Not necessarily Shelly, I've been camping up there for 2 years now and never carried a firearm. There are a lot up there though, plenty of hunters around as well as the local farmers. I will always have some form of weapon with me while camping, usually a knife, as I use it a lot while camping anyway. It's also there for protection if need be, but hope to God I'd never have to use it. There is no information that Russell or Carol had a gun, but it would be very likely Russell would have had a knife of some variety on him.I imagine a lot of people wouldn't go camping in that region without a gun, is there any suggestion this couple had one?
Given the setup Russell had, I'd dare say he had a second battery with an inverter attached. An inverter allows you to run 240v (household power plug) items off of a 12v system. Most people who use drones, cameras, gopros etc in the touring/4wding circles use them.Do we know what were they using as a power source to charge the battery?
They said it .... 'serial killer'Andrew Rule has chimed in on MMM Melbourne this morning.
Yeah I wouldn't go camping through there without a swiss army and bowie knife and a hatchet probably. And sleep with it under my pillow, in my night vision goggles.Not necessarily Shelly, I've been camping up there for 2 years now and never carried a firearm. There are a lot up there though, plenty of hunters around as well as the local farmers. I will always have some form of weapon with me while camping, usually a knife, as I use it a lot while camping anyway. It's also there for protection if need be, but hope to God I'd never have to use it. There is no information that Russell or Carol had a gun, but it would be very likely Russell would have had a knife of some variety on him.
Pictures i've seen show a 12v car/deep cycle type battery within the burnt out area which had been extensively melted, it didn't look to have been contained in an Arkpak or Engel type battery case and appeared to have at least 1 wire coming from one of the terminals.Do we know what were they using as a power source to charge the battery?
Totally agree with you that they would not have eloped in this way, why would they? it doesn't make any sense. People have no need to elope and leave everything behind in this day and age. The sightings are more than likely just wishful thinking. IMO there is a third party involved, likely scenario is some one tried to steal his drone and things went terribly wrong.If the couple wished to elope, they chose the least inconspicuous way to do it. They would have known they’d become a headline to simply disappear, fire or not. So to elope and become national news whilst doing it? They would have to be incredibly stupid. Surely a phone call to the wife telling her that he’s found someone else would have been much easier.
I doubt the sightings are genuine, but it’s possible. There are unintelligent people around. But foul play is most likely, then the possibility of death by misadventure. There is also the possibility that the male is the offender but how did he get out of there if his vehicle remained? Foul play by a third party is still the most likely scenario in my opinion.
Ran off with no cash? Haven’t access accounts, no large withdrawals in weeks/days leading up to it..Just an older couple whove run off together IMHO.... long time friends who spent a lot of time together. Its not uncommon
I've read a few comments where people have said it's an old wives tale.That Button Man article has had me fascinated since Saturday. Gun journalist who is usually on the mark. The photographer story sounds like it has come from a horror film - just can’t believe it.
Would not be in the least bit be surprised if he is a wives tale, or partly wives tale! Or even just some of the crazy stories about him are wives tales!I've read a few comments where people have said it's an old wives tale.
Spoke to my old man on the weekend about this who works for DELWP in the high country. He told me he has seen The Button Man a few times but has never had any issues with him. He told me stories of a really strange guy that lives in Abbeyard near Mt Buffalo that he often drives past that has had a lot of run ins with people. This guy got a girlfriend a few years ago who eventually moved in with him up in his hut, she stayed there for a while but was actually found dead in the bush by some hunters last year, the old man tells me police are 100% sure this guy up there killed her but they can't pin it on him.
Body found in bushland in Victoria's northeast alpine region is believed to be that of a woman who had not been seen for months, but was never reported missing.www.theage.com.au
Dad told me a couple of stories about him including having to tell him to remove wires he had strung up across the river to try and stop canoes and kayaks and telling him off for trying to bleed deer that he has killed in the river. One that crept me out the most was that a colleague of his was camped in a hut up there a few weeks ago while baiting feral dogs which this guy has a problem with. Around 3am a truck pulls up out the front of his hut and just starts revving it's engine, so this guy walks out and taps on the window, he rolls it down and says "lovely evening isn't it" and drives off. The police later charged him with breaching covid restrictions for this funnily enough.
Anyway, the old man says Wonnangatta is part of what he considers his 'turf' and thinks that this guy is much more likely to have something to do with it than the button man.