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$2 million to hunt the cold case murders

By johnboy - 7 September 2012 14

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Simon Corbell has announced a big new push to crack outstanding murder cases in Canberra:

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has today announced the ACT Government would provide $2 million in rewards to help ACT Policing secure a conviction in four of Canberra’s unsolved murder cases.

The four unsolved murder cases will now each attract up to a $500,000 reward that would be paid for information that leads to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of the person or people responsible for the respective murders.

The following unsolved homicides are now the subject of new reward offers:

1. Mr Francis (Frank) John Campbell: murdered in his Mawson unit between 11.30pm on Sunday May 1, 2005 and 3am on Monday May 2, 2005. Mr Campbell died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head;

2. Ms Susan Elizabeth Winburn: found dead inside her Gordon premises at 81 Knoke Avenue, Gordon, about 12.40pm, on Tuesday January 13, 2004. Ms Winburn was last seen alive at the Erindale Shopping Centre, Wanniassa. She died as a result of neck compression (strangulation);

3. Mrs Irma Palasics: found dead in her McKellar premises on Saturday November 6, 1999 following a home invasion. She died as the result of a serious assault; and,

4. Ms Kathryn Anne Grosvenor: found dead, weighted down by a concrete bollard in Lake Burley Griffin on March 9, 2002. There was an unconfirmed sighting of Ms Grosvenor at the George Harcourt Inn, Nicholls, ACT on 3 March 2002. She died of numerous stab wounds.

ACT Policing has released four videos to go with this:


UPDATE 07/09/12 13:49: There are four releases now online:

$500 000 reward posted in Frank Campbell murder investigation

Half-million dollar reward posted as police seek Susan Winburn’s killer

Reward increases to $500 000 as police hunt Irma Palasics’ killer

Who killed Kathryn Grosvenor? Reward rises to $500 000

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14 Responses to
$2 million to hunt the cold case murders
Treacle 12:04 am 31 Mar 13

Lookout Smithers said :

Treacle said :

The Canberra Times has an article, today, about the overhaul of the forensic lab http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/forensic-makeover-a-top-lab-for-all-police-20130222-2ex8o.html

How does it relate to this thread ? These are cold cases.

Read the whole of johnboy’s item then read the posts, again.

Lookout Smithers 4:19 pm 23 Feb 13

Treacle said :

The Canberra Times has an article, today, about the overhaul of the forensic lab http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/forensic-makeover-a-top-lab-for-all-police-20130222-2ex8o.html

How does it relate to this thread ? These are cold cases.

Treacle 10:54 am 23 Feb 13

The Canberra Times has an article, today, about the overhaul of the forensic lab http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/forensic-makeover-a-top-lab-for-all-police-20130222-2ex8o.html

Hacketthead 6:49 pm 09 Oct 12

I hope this gets somewhere. They are all deserving of justice.

cranky 7:40 pm 10 Sep 12

According to tonights WIN News, a number of people have come forward to potentially identify the 4 Pitch and Putt perps, related to the Palasics murder.

$500K well spent.

Sweat you bastards.

toriness 3:10 am 10 Sep 12

deeply saddening. i can’t imagine being the family or friends of one of the victims and not having any semblance of closure on my loss.

Spiral 3:08 pm 09 Sep 12

Knowing is one thing.

Proving in a court of law is another thing.

Proving in an ACT court appears to be yet another thing.

Mr Evil 2:32 pm 09 Sep 12

But I thought the Police already knew who killed Susan???

unclebill 1:56 pm 09 Sep 12

This will keep that pesky Eastman inquiry off the front page….

Treacle 10:13 pm 07 Sep 12

The information from relatives or associates of the guilty ones that lead to conviction will be well worth the money on offer. There will not be any higher offer coming.

bundah 7:06 pm 07 Sep 12

I cannot begin to imagine how soul destroying it would be for the next of kin of the above victims.It sickens me that the low-life slime are still walking the streets while the families of the victims suffer.If doubling or tripling resources would result in an arrest and conviction then that’s money well spent.

Spykler 6:51 pm 07 Sep 12

Well done Minister…This is well overdue.

cranky 4:16 pm 07 Sep 12

Mr Corbell,

This is probably the most positive contribution to ACT society you will ever make.

Thank you.

jessieduck 3:51 pm 07 Sep 12

My heart goes out to the four families of the victims. It’s the sh-ttiest club to belong to at the best of times but to not know who did it, or know, but not be able to get any traction on the case to charge anyone with murder is the sh-ttiest.

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