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The Generation Why Podcast Blog — Australia

Priscilla Brooten Missing Woman Suspected Murdered

Australia cold case missing unsolved

 Priscilla Brooten was 40 years old when she decided to uproot her life in the U.S and move to Australia for a fresh start. “I don’t want to get tied down here” she told her friends and family before relocating to Queensland. She spent her early years in Redcliffe, a beautiful and picturesque residential suburb on the coast, before moving over to Brisbane to stay with a boyfriend. Brooten was a literature student and worked as a Zumba instructor and part time cleaner in Brisbane. The former American beauty queen had always been interested in dance and fitness and was...

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The unsolved case of a 1978 triple homicide in the Australian outback

australia cold case murder triple homicide

    In October of 1978 three friends planned the Australian road trip of their dreams that would eventually turn into a nightmare. Gordon Twaddle, Timothy Thomson, his girlfriend Karen Edwards and their dog, Tristie, planned to ride from Alice Springs to Melbourne through the Australian outback.  From the remote town of Alice Springs in the arid Northern territory the three friends and their animal companion, who was riding in a makeshift sidecar with Timothy and Karen on their pricy new red and gold BMW R100S, planned to ride to Cairns, a tropical city in Queensland, most often visited by...

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Matthew Leveson

Australia solved

On the 23rd of September 2007, 20-year-old Matthew Leveson was captured on CCTV leaving the ARQ nightclub in Darlinghurst, Australia, along with his older lover (then 45-year-old) Michael Atkins. (A still from the footage. Source) The surveillance footage would be the last time that anyone would see the 20-year-old alive again. Two days later, after failing to show up to work at the NRMA call center where he was employed, Mathew was officially reported missing. Suspicion naturally fell upon Michael Atkins, who was the last person to be seen in missing Matthew’s company. In later interviews, Leveson’s mother displayed disapproval...

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Marcus Volke

Australia murder solved

“I was cooking on my stove”  a calm and collected voice with an Australian accent explained. “It’s an electric stove and the stock pot boiled over, dripped down and got into the oven and basically made this big bang and then the power turned off.” “Does it sound like something you would be able to fix today?” He enquired. Sounds like a completely normal call to an electrician doesn’t it? Following the call, the electrician showed up to the apartment in Brisbane, Australia and was greeted by the resident; a man in his twenties named Marcus Volke, who said that...

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The Beaumont Children

Australia disappearance missing persons

Has the Beaumont children cold case been solved over five decades later? If you’re into unsolved cases you’ll be familiar with the case of 3 children who vanished without a trace from a beach in South Australia in 1966. The case came to be known as “The Beaumont children disappearance”. (Source) The three siblings (between 4 and 9 years old) excitedly set off for a fun filled day at Glenelg beach near the city of Adelaide at round 10AM on the 22nd of January 1966. It wasn’t unusual for the three to take the 5 minute bus journey to Glenelg...

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