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When 3 kids went missing within 5 months from the same street, police didn't spot a pattern. Learn more about the Bowraville serial killer

Over 30 years later, justice has yet to be served.

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16-year-old Clinton Speedy-Duroux went missing after a party. His remains were discovered in bushland near Congarinni Road 7 kilometres outside Bowraville Photo courtesy Dan Box

One By One

One by one they disappeared. Three aboriginal kids vanished from the same rural Australia street within a five-month period. They were all last seen at three separate parties. The same white man attended each of those parties. The remains of two of the victims were found in the bushland near the clothing of the third, who's body was never recovered. Over 30 years later, no conviction has taken place.

The Victims

  • 16-year-old Coleen Walker was last seen alive at a party on September 13, 1990. Her body was never recovered.
  • 4-year-old Evelyn Greenup disappeared after a party at her grandmother's house on October 4, 1990.
  • 16-year-old Clinton Speedy-Duroux went missing after a party on January 31, 1991.

When the families approached the local Australian police, they were largely dismissed. Police suggested that their missing loved ones may have simply gone walkabout, a rite of passage in Australian Aboriginal society, during which males undergo a journey during adolescence.

An obvious suspect was looked at by law enforcement. The man had been seen at all three parties on the nights of the murders. One of the victims had been sleeping in the suspect's own home. Despite solid evidence, the man was never convicted.

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Crime reporter Dan Box worked with the newspaper The Australian to produce Bowraville about the unsolved case of three aboriginal kids murdered in rural Australia. Photo courtesy of Dan Box


"Whoever killed them is a serial killer and that killer is walking free to this day."

Crime reporter Dan Box of the podcast Bowraville


Crime reporter turns podcast producer

Crime reporter Dan Box first heard about the Bowraville murders years ago when a homicide detective approached him and shared the story. Box became disturbed that nothing was being done about this case. "Whoever killed them is a serial killer and that killer is walking free to this day," Box said in an interview with Forum Communication's Dakota Spotlight Podcast,.

Partially inspired by the American podcast Serial, Box approached his colleagues at The Australian with an idea of covering the story as a podcast.

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Titled Bowraville , the podcast was an immediate success. The riveting series catapulted the story back into the front-page media in Australia. Dan Box even managed to get an unprecedented interview with the suspect in the case and ultimately new court trials were held.

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Listen to Dakota Spotlight's interview with with crime reporter Dan Box about his riveting podcast Bowraville.

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  • 1 murder + 1 suspect + 1 confession = 0 convictions: Listen to the story of missing Brandy Myers When an innocent teenager is murdered, family members are left devastated and heartbroken. The closest loved ones can get to some kind of closure is when perpetrators are apprehended and convicted. Sometimes that just never happens, even when we know who did it.

  • He traded his badge for a microphone: Listen how one ex-cop is seeking justice with a true crime podcast When the wheels of justice run too slowly, the public can become frustrated. Sometimes law enforcement lose patience with the system, too. When an Australian cop learned that a victim of domestic violence had died and nothing was being done about it, he turned in his badge to seek justice with a microphone.

  • The ethics of true crime content: Listen to Dakota Spotlight's interview with Eric Carter-Landin host of True Consequences podcast His baby brother was murdered and the man responsible walked away a free man. Years later, long after his family had stopped talking about the worst day of their lives, Eric Carter-Landin bought a microphone and set out to find justice for his brother.

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  • What happened to 15-year-old Barbara Louise Cotton, vanished from the streets of Williston 40 years ago? Barbara Louise Cotton disappeared from Williston, N.D., on April 11, 1981. She was reportedly last seen walking towards her home after having dinner with her boyfriend and another friend. Barbara never arrived at her destination and has never been seen or heard from again. Her case is considered open and unsolved. Dakota Spotlight's podcast series, "A better search for Barbara" explores and investigates this cryptic cold case from the north-west corner of North Dakota.

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RELATED Podcast homepage | Newsletter | Season 3 videos | Season 2: 1976 Zick murders | jwolner@forumcomm.com

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