TV & Movies

Everything You Need To Know About Australia’s Most Controversial True Crime Doco

By Morgan Reardon
23rd Jun 2020

an eerie scene as light seeps through a cluster of trees.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that the following article contains the names of people who have passed away.

In the early 90s, a rural NSW town called Bowraville become infamous for all the wrong reasons. Three local, Aboriginal children—Evelyn Greenup, four, Clinton Speedy-Duroux and Colleen Walker, both 16—were murdered by a suspected serial killer over a five-month period.

The shocking crime shook the tight-knit community and while police eventually closed in on a suspect, the events that followed the discovery of both Evelyn and Clinton’s bodies (Colleen has never been found) was one of the worst cases of criminal injustice Australia has ever seen. 

In the three decades since the murders, no one has been found guilty and the victim’s families have spent every day battling for justice. 

The chilling crime was featured in a podcast back in 2016 which you can listen to here, but what we’re really pumped to tell you about is the long-awaited feature documentary coming to SBS in 2021.

The Bowraville Murders (working title), was selected by SBS as part of its Australia Uncovered partnership with the Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF), awarding a full commissioning budget to Mint Pictures and Jumping Dog Productions who will produce the doco.

The doco will deep dive into the case, talking to the families and former detectives who worked the case. And hopefully, by educating more Australians about this truly awful crime, it will get the public outcry it deserves, spurring the legal system to finally give the families some justice and closure. 

The Bowraville Murders is in extremely safe hands, directed by award-winning journalist and Gomeroi man Allan Clarke (Cold Justice, ABC’s Unravel True Crime podcast), while the project will be written by the incredible Stan Grant, a Wiradjuri man and author of Talking To My Country and Australia Day. 

Check out the chilling trailer below. Heads up, there is explicit language. 

In the meantime, check out these eight true crime podcasts.

Image Credit: Chloe Ridgway

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