Since 2005, South Australia has had on average about 22 murders a year, with a low of 12 in 2007 and as high as 29 in 2011. About 33% of murders are committed within the criminal community and are generally either linked to gangs or drug trafficking, and in most cases the victim and offender for all murders are known to each other.

Nationally about 47% of murders involve the use of knives, 24 % with firearms and the remainder through differing methods.

Most murders are solved, but unfortunately not all. Over the last 10 years about 10% remain unsolved on average each year, despite clearances of 100% in some years. The small number that remain unsolved annually build up over time and there are now over 113 cases in South Australia that remain unsolved dating back to the 1950s.

A comprehensive cold case campaign was recently launch to encourage people with information to break their silence and come forward. Over time, relationships and alliances between suspects, friends and witnesses can break down, and this can often remove the reluctance of people to provide incriminating evidence against the suspect. In the last couple of years we have had considerable success in getting people from bygone eras to provide critical information to police about old unsolved homicides.

It is never too late to assist in a murder investigation.

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Cases

Alan Arthur Barnes

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
17/06/79

Location
South Para Bridge, Williamstown

Andrew David Williamson

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
11/11/03

Location
Tupper Place, Coober Pedy

Andrew Mordowicz

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
29/09/96

Location
Fife Street, Klemzig

Anna Rosa Liva

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
28/11/91

Location
Hutchinson Street, Coober Pedy

Annabel Strzelecki

Case Type
Missing, Murder

Case Date
05/06/98

Location
Clare

Anne Roberts

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
16/09/79

Location
Emerson Road, Black Forest

ANTHEA BRADSHAW-HALL

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
21/07/94

Location
Brunei, South East Asia

Anthony Wesley Stone

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
12/10/89

Location
Yatala Prison, Northfield

Antonio Giorgi

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
02/05/70

Location
Woodville Gardens

Beaumont Children

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
26/01/66

Location
Glenelg Foreshore, Glenelg

Benjamin Young

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
26/08/08

Location
Luhrs Road, Payneham South

Bernadette Liston

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
25/10/02

Location
Ives Crescent, Victor Harbor

Beverley Hanley

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
06/10/10

Location
Homington Road, Elizabeth North

Bora Altintas

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
21/09/98

Location
Torrens Road, Brompton

Brett Winn

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
16/11/89

Location
Fairview Grove, Hackham West

Brian David Underwood

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
25/07/91

Location
Adelaide

Brian Edward Cairney

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
17/06/10

Location
Carey St., Salisbury

Carlene Ward

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
06/09/92

Location
Armstrong Avenue, Parafield Gardens

Clarence Greenwood

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
04/03/66

Location
Drayton Street, Bowden

Corinna Marr

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
04/07/97

Location
Howard Street, Collinswood

Craig Leonard

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
11/01/10

Location
Douglas Road, Salisbury East

Damian Cauchi

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
01/08/98

Location
Adelaide

Daniel Sheppard

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
01/01/95

Location
Port Adelaide

Darren Jason Shannon

Case Type
Missing, Murder

Case Date
09/06/73

Location
Elizabeth West (Davoren Park)

David “John” Saint

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
16/04/91

Location
South Terrace, Adelaide

David Fletcher

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
06/11/04

Location
Poona Copper Mine, Moonta

David McWilliams

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
29/07/98

Location
Brighton

David Whiteford

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
09/05/89

Location
South Road, Edwardstown

Davor & Ante Unkovich

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
22/10/72

Location
Maslin Beach

Deborah Westmacott

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
24/01/91

Location
Gouger Street, Adelaide

Dr George Duncan

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
10/05/72

Location
River Torrens, Adelaide

Dylan Robert James Lindsay

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
28/03/04

Location
Port Lincoln

Emily Wanganeen

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
27/02/10

Location
Black Top Road, Hillbank

Emma Jade Pawelski

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
26/11/05

Location
Chalks Road, Mt Crawford

Eric Lynch

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
10/02/04

Location
Port Lincoln

Franco Murat

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
18/08/99

Location
Prospect Rd, Blair Athol

Gail Leandra King

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
07/07/97

Location
Minlaton

Garry Hawkins

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
19/01/04

Location
Denton Street, Hendon

Geoffrey Bowen

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
02/03/94

Location
Waymouth Street, Adelaide

Giovanni Focarelli

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
29/01/12

Location
Flame Avenue, Dry Creek

Giuseppe “Joe” Iannella

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
01/02/75

Location
Lake Plains Road, Milang

Glen Andrew Keith (Hugh) Stewart

Case Type
Missing, Murder

Case Date
18/02/77

Location
Henley Beach

Gordon Rogers

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
02/08/70

Location
Second Street, Beachport

Heather Fleming

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
15/02/92

Location
Neldner Road, Marananga

Heather Turner

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
16/01/98

Location
Port Gawler

Heironim Mydlak

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
20/09/75

Location
Mansfield Park

Helen COURTNEY

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
20/09/91

Location
Mandy Court, Ingle Farm

Henry ‘Harry’ Houston

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
30/10/09

Location
Harvey Street, Whyalla

James Tun Tin

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
20/04/11

Location
Gerrard Avenue, Paralowie

Jason Andrew Plews

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
23/11/01

Location
Para Hills

Jason De Ieso

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
21/11/12

Location
Langford Street, Pooraka

Jeffrey John May

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
29/12/82

Location
Sturt Creek, Glengowrie

Joanne Ratcliffe

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
25/08/73

Location
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Josef Dressler

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
03/03/66

Location
Tapleys Hill Road, Hendon

Juan Morgan

Case Type
Missing

Case Date
31/12/81

Location

Julian Rapadas

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
18/11/08

Location
Royal Park

Karen Anne Morton

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
09/02/02

Location
Harrison Road, Pennington

Karen Michelle Williams

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
04/08/90

Location
Coober Pedy

Kathleen Durdin

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
25/07/00

Location
Gilbert Street, Hamley Bridge

Kenneth Camplin

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
27/12/13

Location
Elder Court, Paralowie

Kenneth Hearn

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
19/05/56

Location
Golden Grove Road, Salisbury

Kirste Gordon

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
25/08/73

Location
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Lancelot ‘Buddy’ Newchurch

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
10/11/82

Location
Westlands Hotel, McDouall Stuart Avenue,, Whyalla

Laula York (nee Ko-Ko)

Case Type
Missing, Murder

Case Date
13/11/74

Location
Ceduna

Leo DALY

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
05/04/98

Location
Mitchell Park

Liet Van Duong

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
26/10/84

Location
Whyalla

Lilly Jean Schettini

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
01/06/10

Location
Smithfiled Plains

Lina Marciano

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
01/03/78

Location
Main North Road, Nailsworth

Lu Linh Le

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
03/12/84

Location
North Terrace, Adelaide

Marilyn Qualmann

Case Type
Missing

Case Date
21/09/75

Location
Moorook

Mark Andrew Langley

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
27/02/82

Location
War Memorial Drive, Adelaide

Mark Charles Coonie

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
05/05/02

Location
Adelaide

Mark Williams

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
28/07/02

Location
Moorhouse Avenue, Myrtle Bank

Melissa Brown

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
13/05/00

Location
Port River, Garden Island

Michael John Modesti

Case Type
Missing, Murder

Case Date
09/05/16

Location
Beverly

Michaela Godau

Case Type
Missing

Case Date
19/12/82

Location
Davoren Park

Neil Fredrick Muir

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
28/08/79

Location
Port River, Mutton Cove, Osborne

Newton Eugene Silva

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
03/08/88

Location
Dowlingville

NEWTON Stephen Hugh

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
04/11/11

Location
Mount Gambier

Patricia DAWSON

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
11/04/72

Location
Ingle Farm

Patricia Schmidt

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
18/12/71

Location
Hallett Cove

Pearce Family

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
06/01/91

Location
Jackson Street, Parafield Gardens

Pellegrino Villani

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
17/11/90

Location
Jervois Avenue, Magill

Peter Collins

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
23/05/84

Location
Pinks Lane, Adelaide

Peter Fazzari

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
29/12/91

Location
Cadell Training Centre, Cadell

Peter Livingstone

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
05/03/93

Location
Westcliff Court, Hallet Cove Estate

Peter Marshall

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
02/02/92

Location
Northcote Street, Kilburn

Peter Seaford

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
12/03/89

Location
Essington Lewis Avenue, Whyalla

Peter Stogneff

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
27/08/91

Location
Middle Beach Rd, Two Wells

Peter Tilbrook

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
24/05/78

Location
Grantham Road, Port Noarlunga

Peteris Timmermanis

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
18/07/91

Location
Yorketown

Phyllis Harrison

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
03/03/98

Location
Harvey Road, Elizabeth South

Quyen Tu Au

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
15/08/00

Location
Port Adelaide

Renata Wolanin

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
02/08/89

Location
Verdale Avenue, Linden Park

Rhianna Barreau

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
07/10/92

Location
Wakefield Avenue, Morphett Vale

Richard Kelvin

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
05/06/83

Location
Airstrip, Kersbrook

Robert Pendergast

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
06/02/99

Location
Adelaide

Robert Woodland

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
05/12/04

Location
Sir Lewis Cohen Drive, Adelaide

Rodney Larcombe

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
27/11/13

Location
Kildonan Road, Warradale

Roy Frederick Naylor

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
01/06/84

Location
Anzac Highway, Glenelg

Russell Bradshaw

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
30/01/92

Location
Asaph Court, Salisbury Heights

Samuel Hayward

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
20/11/88

Location
Cygnet Terrace, Kingston Park

Shiree Ann Turner

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
06/06/93

Location
Minchenbury Terrace, Marion

Sonya Marie Naylor

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
01/06/84

Location
Anzac Highway, Glenelg

Stella Farrugia

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
18/10/84

Location
Seaview Road, Henley Beach

Steven Armstrong

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
16/12/02

Location
Henry Street, Plympton

Steven Hydon

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
30/05/04

Location
John Terrace, Wallaroo

Steven Williams

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
14/06/05

Location
Grand Junction Road, Gepps Cross

Susan Goodwin

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
19/07/02

Location
Moonta Crescent, Port Lincoln

Susana Margaret Bobridge

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
10/01/97

Location
Tennyson

Tadeusz (‘Ted’) Ligas

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
30/08/12

Location
East Avenue, Black Forest

Vasilios Antonoglou

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
06/03/87

Location
Brown Hill Creek Reserve, Brown Hill Creek

Wright St. Shooting

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
08/10/99

Location
Wright Street, Adelaide

Yasmina Sinodinos

Case Type
Murder

Case Date
15/12/91

Location
Anstey Hill