THE five men who orchestrated the Rape and Horror Mutilation Murder of Anita Cobby in Feb 1986 probably rubbed shoulders with me while a customer at the Sportsman Hotel( formerly the 'Comb and Cutter' ) at Blacktown , NSW.
Anita Cobby, the daughter of Grace and Garry Lynch, was a former Miss N S W and a nurse who worked in Sydney, was abducted from off the street while walking to her home in Sullivan Street, she had no option as it was late and there were no cabs available after she left the train and the public phones were out of order, also it was a Sunday. Her body was discovered two days later.
The intense hatred portrayed by the public towards the perpetrators of this meaningless atrocity, was something I had never seen before, ever.
John Travers, Michael Murdock and brothers Michael, Gary and Leslie Murphy, the gang of five were eventually convicted, and have been imprisoned for life(Never to be released)
In stark contrast to his siblings, I met by arrangement the younger brother of the three convicted Murphy men, a polite pleasant youngster who; though not a member was eligible at age 18 to enter the B RSL club on the proviso he was signed in by a member, in this case myself. This was at the request of his father(now deceased) who worked as a cellerman at the club and was busy at the time. The father Leslie Murphy was totally unlike his three eldest sons; a modest pleasant caring man, revered by those who knew him, in fact a person you would describe as having a similar attitude as the murdered girls parents.
Watching the real life footage on Fox tel and an aged Grace and Garry Lynch, brought back memories of No 10, Sullivan Street, where my family lived from Jan 1984 until July 1992, three doors down from the Lynch family.
Vest Daily Gaggle.
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