In 1977, In Melbourne, one of Australia’s most horrific crimes occurred. Two young women, Suzanne Armstrong and Susan Bartlett, were viciously stabbed to death in their home while Suzanne’s infant son was in a nearby room. He stayed there for two days until the dead were discovered.
In this book, Helen Thomas undertakes a thorough re-examination of the crime, looking again at every shred of evidence, every rumour and innuendo, every theory of the crime and its perpetrator.
She interviews several people who gave statements to police at the time of the crime, surviving relatives, including Suzanne’s son and some of the investigators. A significant achievement is bringing out the victims’ characters and personalities through interviews with people who knew them well.
There’s an obsessive air about Thomas’s efforts, indeed the book is a cry from the author’s heart that the publication will prompt someone with new evidence to come forward so that the murdered women’s killer will face justice.
The book throws light on the state of murder investigations in Australia 40 years ago including an intriguing study of the role of the newspapers’ police roundsmen who worked very closely with the homicide detectives of the day.
Other intriguing chapters deal with the views of experts on what type of man could have committed such an atrocity and what approach should now be taken to further the investigation.
I recommend this book to all serious students of true crime.
‘An overdue examination of the Easey Street murders that adds tantalising new information to known and forgotten facts.’ Author: Andrew Rule, journalist and co-author of Underbelly
1977, Collingwood. Two young women are brutally murdered. The killer has never been found. What happened in the house on Easey Street?