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Bradley Murdoch styled himself as the king of the outback. One who demanded total obedience. Evil Up Close s2e4: Killer in the Outback, CI 2012
In the darkness of the desert Bradley Murdoch cold-bloodedly kills one and then targets the other. ibid.
Those around him described him as permanently ready for a fight. ibid.
From 1990 to 1998 Bradley Murdoch successfully ferried drugs throughout those towns and cities of Australia which ringed the outback without once being arrested. ibid.
Two British tourists are attacked by a stranger in the Australian outback. The incident triggers one of the biggest investigations in Australian criminal history. But there’s no trace of the attacker, no murder weapon, and no body. Killer Trials s1e25, Investigation 2013
She never sees Peter Falconio again. ibid.
The DNA of an unknown man has been detected in a spot of blood on the T-shirt Joanna was wearing. ibid.
Murdoch has already been found not guilty in the unrelated rape and abduction in south Australia. ibid.
The most intimate details of her private life. ibid.
The prosecution rests its case. ibid.
Murdoch continues to protest his innocence. And Peter Falconio’s body has never been found. ibid.
It was here in 2001 that two English backpackers travelling in their VW Kombi van met their fate and sparked the biggest manhunt in Northern Territory history. Crimes that Shook Australia s2e1: Peter Falconio, CI 2014
When they pulled over to the side of the road, Peter got out to talk to the man. That moment would be the last time anyone ever saw Peter Falconio alive again. ibid.
In 2001 Joanne Lees was abducted at gunpoint in a remote stretch of highway in southern Australia. She was kidnapped by an unknown assailant and her boyfriend Peter was missing. Joanne managed to escape into the bushland. ibid.
The DNA evidence was pivotal … 43 year old Bradley Murdoch. ibid.
Police in Australia say they fear the worst for a British tourist who disappeared … Peter Falconio was shot by a gunman who attempted to abduct his girlfriend Joanne Lees … Bradley Murdoch will spend at least twenty-eight years in prison. Murder in the Outback: The Falconio & Lees Mystery I, news clips, Channel 4 2020
We found blood, we found the Kombi kind of hidden, and a drop of blood was found on the T-shirt Joanne was wearing. ibid. rozzer
Joanne was calling the shots and refusing to do interviews. ibid. journalist
The CCTV had a man arriving [garage] in a 4-wheel-drive … to some degree a person that Joanne had described. ibid.
They found Murdoch’s DNA matched on Joanne Lees’ T-Shirt. ibid.
Joanne Lees positively identified Murdoch; we found that he had a similar car and we had the DNA. ibid. rozzer
There was no body, there was no gunshot residue found … Was Murdoch really guilty? ibid. journalist
Where’s Peter Falconio’s footprints? Where’s the offender’s footprints? Where’s the offender’s dog? ibid. defence dude
In my opinion, based on the DNA and blood evidence, I would not expect today to have a guilty verdict recorded against anybody. ibid. legal dude
Who were the blokes in the red car? Who was ‘jelly man’? And what were they doing there? ibid.
This was a real Agatha Christie thriller. No-one really knew quite what had happened. Murder in the Outback: The Falconio & Lees Mystery II, reporter
This is a one-witness case. It revolves around Joanne Lees’ version of events. ibid. defence dude
Joanne Lees spoke to an Alice Springs’ journalist 72 hours after the attack. It would be 8 months until her next one-on-one media interview. ibid. caption
What she says doesn’t stack up with what was found at the crime scene. ibid. defence dude
A murder hearing has ended with a sensational admission: she is on her way home to England after revealing she cheated on her boyfriend shortly before he disappeared. ibid. television news
I said, I don’t think you realise how big this is going to be: I said, If you’re missing a boyfriend and a car, it’s going to be huge. Murder in the Outback: The Falconio & Lees Mystery III, bloke who picked up Joanne on highway
No gunshot residue. And there was no obvious motive, and that sounded alarm bells. ibid. journalist/author
The more you looked at the case afterwards, the more you realise the evidence didn’t quite add up. ibid.
She [Lees] identified Murdoch as the man who attacked her. ibid.
So, there was a bloke in the area on the night; he fits the description of the attacker, and there’s a witness who claims this bloke spoke to a girl who could be Joanne Lees. ibid. defence dude
One such theory that came to our attention is that Peter Falconio may have faked his own disappearance. ibid.
It’s unlikely that that [figure in video of garage shop] is Murdoch. ibid. body expert
DNA found on the T-shirt of British tourist Joanne Lees was 150 quadrillion times more likely to have come from Bradley John Murdoch that any other Northern Territory citizen. Murder in the Outback: The Falconio & Lees Mystery IV, newspaper article
The DNA testing in the Kombi and on the Manacles was the ‘low copy number method’ DNA … This controversial method has been called into question with critics saying it is ‘not reliable’ evidence. ibid. caption
The DNA from the manacles had been contaminated. ibid. professor
Their DNA can be transferred without them actually being involved. ibid. DNA expert
Why is there so little of Brad Murdoch’s DNA on Joanne Lees? ibid. defence dude
There was very little clear evidence at all … The chance of identifying someone clearly is very small. ibid. DNA expert
This case is riddled with doubt. ibid. defence dude
The so-called crime scene: there is no shell casing, no blood spatter, no brain matter, drag marks: absolutely no evidence of a murder. More importantly there is no body. And there are other holes: the analysis of the CCTV footage taken at the truck stop that is said to be Murdoch may not today stand up to scrutiny. And the account given by the truck driver who picked up Joanne Lees could put a number of other people in the frame. ibid.
He’s [Murdoch] not stupid. If you’ve got a load of drugs on, you don’t go mucking around up the highway shooting people and kidnapping women. It just doesn’t fit. ibid. truck driver
I do not believe that Bradley Murdoch should have been convicted. ibid. Professor Barry Boettcher, blood specialist