Hunting down the cold cases

johnboy 26 December 2010 49

The Canberra Times reports that Canberra now has a cold case unit headed by Brett McCann.

The team of six will be looking for the as yet unknown killers of Frank Campbell, Susan Winburn, Kathryn Grosvenor, Irma Palasics, Keren Rowland and Allen Redston.

If nothing else hopefully some loathsome bastards will lose a bit of sleep over this news.


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Not Not 12:53 pm 05 Mar 11

cleo said :

Why wouldn’t the families want to find their loved ones, and what happened to them, at least the families can put their loved ones to rest, and rest themselves, as they would always be thinking where are they and what happened to them. It would be a nightmare for them.

The family obviously want to know what happened, why it happened and see justice served. But for .
some of the family members it will not reverse the fact that they lost a loved one to a murder. Seeing a conviction changes nothing of the crime, the way it was investigated, the despair and the isolation that comes with such an experience. Crimes of this type mostly become a source of intrigue and entertainment for the public. And that is fine. If they knew what a murder investigation really brings, they would never buy another newspaper or watch any more television. But behind all the articles, the news clips, the rumors and innuendo, there is a lasting anguish for the family that will forever change their human experience. Solved, not solved, for some of the family members it makes no difference. There will never be a shortage of crime and criminally minded behavior in the world. And even less of a shortage of people to gossip about it. Sad but true.

creative_canberran creative_canberran 1:22 am 05 Mar 11

vg said :

“Roderick Campbell the CT long term legal reporter thought the case against Eastman was very fishy”

Apologies for the formatting below.

I think a lot of people think Eastman has just been following one line of legal challenges, going from one court to the next. In reality, he has lodged literally dozens of actions against a multitude of parties making many different arguments in the years following his failed 1997 appeal. They’re listed below:

Later Proceedings of [Eastman v The Queen, 76 FCR 9]
Affirmed by – Eastman v The Queen (2000) 172 ALR 39, 203 CLR 1[PDF], 74 ALJR 915, [2000] HCA 29
Later Proceedings – Director of Public Prosecutions (ACT) v Eastman (2002) 130 A Crim R 588[PDF], [2002] ACTSC 35[DOC], [2003] ALMD 2366
Reversed in part by – Director of Public Prosecutions (ACT) v Eastman (2002) 118 FCR 360[PDF], 131 A Crim R 488[PDF], 192 ALR 353, [2002] FCAFC 209[DOC]
Related Proceedings – Attorney-General (ACT) v Eastman (2008) 163 ACTR 46, 2 ACTLR 163[PDF], 227 FLR 247[PDF], [2008] ACTCA 6[RTF], [2010] ALMD 3739
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Miles (2004) 181 FLR 418[PDF], [2004] ACTSC 32[DOC], [2005] ALMD 169
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Director of Public Prosecutions (ACT) (2003) 140 A Crim R 472[PDF], 198 ALR 1, 214 CLR 318[PDF], 77 ALJR 1122[PDF], [2003] HCA 28[RTF], [2003] ALMD 4150
Related Proceedings – Eastman v The Hon Justice Besanko [2010] ACTSC 15[DOC]
Related Proceedings – Eastman v The Queen (2008) 166 FCR 579[PDF], 184 A Crim R 1[PDF], 248 ALR 149, [2008] FCAFC 62[DOC], [2010] ALMD 5660
Related Proceedings – Attorney-General (ACT) v Eastman (2008) 163 ACTR 46, 2 ACTLR 163[PDF], 227 FLR 247[PDF], [2008] ACTCA 6[RTF], [2010] ALMD 3739
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Attorney-General (ACT) (2007) 210 FLR 440[PDF], [2007] ACTSC 28[DOC], [2009] ALMD 1737
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Minister for Corrective Services (2004) 181 FLR 447[PDF], [2004] ACTSC 33[DOC], [2005] ALMD 171
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Miles (2004) 181 FLR 418[PDF], [2004] ACTSC 32[DOC], [2005] ALMD 169
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Director of Public Prosecutions (ACT) (2003) 140 A Crim R 472[PDF], 198 ALR 1, 214 CLR 318[PDF], 77 ALJR 1122[PDF], [2003] HCA 28[RTF], [2003] ALMD 4150
Related Proceedings – Director of Public Prosecutions (ACT) v Eastman (2002) 118 FCR 360[PDF], 131 A Crim R 488[PDF], 192 ALR 353, [2002] FCAFC 209[DOC]
Related Proceedings – Eastman v The Queen (2008) 166 FCR 579[PDF], 184 A Crim R 1[PDF], 248 ALR 149, [2008] FCAFC 62[DOC], [2010] ALMD 5660
Special leave to appeal refused by – Eastman v The Queen [2008] HCASL 550
Related Proceedings – Attorney-General (ACT) v Eastman (2008) 163 ACTR 46, 2 ACTLR 163[PDF], 227 FLR 247[PDF], [2008] ACTCA 6[RTF], [2010] ALMD 3739
Special leave to appeal refused by – Eastman v Australian Capital Territory [2008] HCASL 553
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Attorney-General (ACT) (2007) 210 FLR 440[PDF], [2007] ACTSC 28[DOC], [2009] ALMD 1737
Related Proceedings – Attorney-General (ACT) v Eastman (2008) 163 ACTR 46, 2 ACTLR 163[PDF], 227 FLR 247[PDF], [2008] ACTCA 6[RTF], [2010] ALMD 3739
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Miles (2007) 210 FLR 417[PDF], [2007] ACTSC 27[DOC], [2009] ALMD 648
Affirmed by – Eastman v Australian Capital Territory (2008) 163 ACTR 14, 2 ACTLR 199[PDF], 227 FLR 279[PDF], [2008] ACTCA 8[RTF], [2009] ALMD 1735
Special leave to appeal refused by – Eastman v The Australian Capital Territory [2008] HCATrans 339
Related Proceedings – Attorney-General (ACT) v Eastman (2008) 163 ACTR 46, 2 ACTLR 163[PDF], 227 FLR 247[PDF], [2008] ACTCA 6[RTF], [2010] ALMD 3739
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Higgins (2007) 210 FLR 464[PDF], [2007] ACTSC 29[DOC], [2009] ALMD 2178
Related Proceedings – Attorney-General (ACT) v Eastman (2008) 163 ACTR 46, 2 ACTLR 163[PDF], 227 FLR 247[PDF], [2008] ACTCA 6[RTF], [2010] ALMD 3739
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Minister for Corrective Services (2004) 181 FLR 447[PDF], [2004] ACTSC 33[DOC], [2005] ALMD 171
Related Proceedings – Attorney-General (ACT) v Eastman (2008) 163 ACTR 46, 2 ACTLR 163[PDF], 227 FLR 247[PDF], [2008] ACTCA 6[RTF], [2010] ALMD 3739
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Miles (2004) 181 FLR 418[PDF], [2004] ACTSC 32[DOC], [2005] ALMD 169
Leave to appeal refused by – Attorney-General (ACT) v Eastman (2008) 163 ACTR 46, 2 ACTLR 163[PDF], 227 FLR 247[PDF], [2008] ACTCA 6[RTF], [2010] ALMD 3739
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Director of Public Prosecutions (ACT) (2003) 140 A Crim R 472[PDF], 198 ALR 1, 214 CLR 318[PDF], 77 ALJR 1122[PDF], [2003] HCA 28[RTF], [2003] ALMD 4150
Related Proceedings – Eastman v The Hon Justice Besanko [2010] ACTSC 15[DOC]
Related Proceedings – Eastman v The Hon Justice Besanko [2010] ACTSC 16[DOC]
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Besanko (2010) 244 FLR 262[PDF], [2010] ACTCA 15[DOCX]
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Besanko (2010) 244 FLR 262[PDF], [2010] ACTCA 15[DOCX]
Related Proceedings – Attorney-General (ACT) v Eastman (2008) 163 ACTR 46, 2 ACTLR 163[PDF], 227 FLR 247[PDF], [2008] ACTCA 6[RTF], [2010] ALMD 3739
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Australian Capital Territory (2008) 163 ACTR 14, 2 ACTLR 199[PDF], 227 FLR 279[PDF], [2008] ACTCA 8[RTF], [2009] ALMD 1735
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Miles (2004) 181 FLR 418[PDF], [2004] ACTSC 32[DOC], [2005] ALMD 169
Related Proceedings – Director of Public Prosecutions (ACT) v Eastman (2002) 118 FCR 360[PDF], 131 A Crim R 488[PDF], 192 ALR 353, [2002] FCAFC 209[DOC]
Reversed by – Eastman v Director of Public Prosecutions (ACT) (2003) 140 A Crim R 472[PDF], 198 ALR 1, 214 CLR 318[PDF], 77 ALJR 1122[PDF], [2003] HCA 28[RTF], [2003] ALMD 4150
Special leave to appeal granted by – Eastman v Director of Public Prosecutions (ACT) (2002) HCATrans C10/2002
Related Proceedings – Attorney-General (ACT) v Eastman (2008) 163 ACTR 46, 2 ACTLR 163[PDF], 227 FLR 247[PDF], [2008] ACTCA 6[RTF], [2010] ALMD 3739
Related Proceedings – Eastman v Miles (2004) 181 FLR 418[PDF], [2004] ACTSC 32[DOC], [2005] ALMD 169

Now in legal theory, their is a concept… due process. I think we can all agree that Eastman has been given that and then some.

Roderick Campbell was not a lawyer. He had no legal training or any tertiary education nor any skills in theory and analysis. He later earned qualifications from UC in writing after a decade on the Public Service Board, in Defence and working part time as a taxi driver. He was said to be very good at remembering facts, an almost encyclopaedic memory. But facts and statistics rely on proper interpretation and his conclusions belong in the same arena as Pentagon Missile and Grassy Knol.

cleo cleo 1:09 am 05 Mar 11

Why wouldn’t the families want to find their loved ones, and what happened to them, at least the families can put their loved ones to rest, and rest themselves, as they would always be thinking where are they and what happened to them. It would be a nightmare for them.

Not Not 7:11 pm 04 Mar 11

Katsfriend said :

Today is the ninth anniversary of Kathryn Grosvenor’s death. We remember and miss her every day. I personally am grateful that her murder has not been forgotten and the effort to find the person responsible has not been abandoned. I wish the cold case unit every success in all of their cases and offer my thanks for all that they have given of themselves.[/quote

That murder will come and go for years to come. Though it won’t make a difference for myself now if it is solve, I would like to know what happened. Not a single day has she missed here with me. I will never ever forget that year. RIP KAG

Katsfriend Katsfriend 11:51 am 03 Mar 11

Today is the ninth anniversary of Kathryn Grosvenor’s death. We remember and miss her every day. I personally am grateful that her murder has not been forgotten and the effort to find the person responsible has not been abandoned. I wish the cold case unit every success in all of their cases and offer my thanks for all that they have given of themselves.

Tooks Tooks 9:17 am 13 Jan 11

Serenace1 said :

I hope they get the truth of these. One in particular. I Don t have much confidence in Mcann and he is a grumpy old man.

Why don’t you have confidence in him? Genuine question.

Serenace1 Serenace1 5:06 am 13 Jan 11

Roderick Campbell was a reporter who never reported in context. The man worked for the CT, what can you expect.

Serenace1 Serenace1 5:03 am 13 Jan 11

I hope they get the truth of these. One in particular. I Don t have much confidence in Mcann and he is a grumpy old man.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:33 pm 05 Jan 11

Welease Wodewick!

vg vg 11:03 pm 05 Jan 11

“Roderick Campbell the CT long term legal reporter thought the case against Eastman was very fishy”

Well there you go. Unequivocal evidence. A number of judges, courts, tribunals and Detectives who actually investigated the case think otherwise, but Roderick’s hunch should top it all.

Eastman may well have a difficult personality. Many murderers do

cleo cleo 10:36 pm 05 Jan 11

Miss Moniker # 33

Why? The Rebels bikie gang are usually behind most criminal activities in Canberra, and through Australia, I’m sure you would remember threats that were made in a certain industry, I know it was a flip remark but their is no love lost between me and this so called stand over tactics from this gang of bikies.

JustThinking JustThinking 6:27 pm 02 Jan 11

I think it is great!!
Sooo many people know something but never say anything…fear I guess
The internet has brought about this “idiot says all” and they seem to think noone will know.
People talk about everything online and think noone will know it is them.
Let alone mobile phones nowadays.

For all those families who thought everyone had forgotten..To now know special teams have been organised to start reinvestigating…I think just the knowledge that people have NOT forgotten will be enough…

Kuku Kuku 5:54 pm 02 Jan 11

Mr Evil said

“Its a bit of a worry that these Murders are still free amongst us.”

Rawhide, that certainly bothers me too, but the thing I find absolutely appalling is that there must be people who know what happened in many of these cases, but won’t come forward to give information to the Police. To me, they are as bad as the murderers.”

The worst part is walking down the street, or standing in line at the supermarket or even looking at your next door neighbour and wondering if that was the murderer. Knowing they are walking among us with impunity should worry most people. And +1 Mr Evil, people who have information and won’t pass it on to Police are just as bad as the murderers.

Affirmative Action Man Affirmative Action Man 4:13 pm 02 Jan 11

Roderick Campbell the CT long term legal reporter thought the case against Eastman was very fishy.

Anyone who followed the case closely would have seen a lot of things that were disturbing.

Coppers are just glorified public servants some good some bad some hopeless. The Chamberlain case & the recent various reviews of cases in WA show that there are plenty of instances of coppers being selective with the truth & with evidence in order to get a conviction.

If Eastman looked like Shapelle Corby he would not be in jail. Unfortunately for him he is an unlikeable pain in the arse & a fruitcake to boot.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 3:58 pm 02 Jan 11

“I always though George Bush and John Howard did it.

Well, they ordered the aircraft to crash into the twin towers didn’t they?

I don’t know anything about that, Thumper, but I do know they are both implicated in the latest Ashes fiasco.

You have to ask yourself this – how could England ever beat Australia in cricket?

“Its a bit of a worry that these Murders are still free amongst us.”

Rawhide, that certainly bothers me too, but the thing I find absolutely appalling is that there must be people who know what happened in many of these cases, but won’t come forward to give information to the Police. To me, they are as bad as the murderers.

Thumper Thumper 11:39 am 02 Jan 11

I always though George Bush and John Howard did it.

Well, they ordered the aircraft to crash into the twin towers didn’t they?

MissMoniker MissMoniker 6:45 am 02 Jan 11

Oh Cleo, you really are as silly as a wheel.

cleo cleo 8:50 pm 01 Jan 11

Maybe it was the Rebels bikie gang!

Tainted Tainted 5:00 pm 01 Jan 11

I think it was actually the Italians that were suspected of offing Winchester .. not the Asians.

guinness guinness 11:32 am 01 Jan 11

Affirmative Action man – ‘Well I clearly recall that straight after Winchester was shot all the speculation was about Asian drug syndicates seeking revenge because he had pulled the plug on some dope growing scam. Suddenly Eastman appeared out of nowhere as the patsy.

Eastman is well & truly barking mad & easy to fit up.

And if he did do it he should be in the nuthouse not in jail.’

So after trials, re-trials and reviews and all our justice system could offer Eastman remains in gaol, but because you ‘recall’ ‘speculation’ about other things you think he is a ‘patsy’ and should be somewhere else, even if guilty.

Good news everyone, we don’t need a cold case team anymore.

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