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(generated from captions) Well done. The rabbit was well cooked,
braised for hours. The pappardelle were fantastic. The sauce was reduced
and well seasoned, and it was just a yummy dish,
full stop. And for that reason...

..I'm scoring you a 10. (LAUGHS) Thank you, Manu. Thank you. It's for my dad.

It swells my heart to think
that my dad's rabbit gets a 10. It's a 10, Mum. Just like you.

She got a 10! Yeah, Anna! I just seen the tears
rolling down her face and I just wanted to give her
the biggest hug. They've done a fantastic job.

Anna and Jordan, for dessert, imqaret
with orange blossom ice-cream. Beautiful flavour in those pastries,
the imqaret. Cooked to absolute perfection. Thank you. The orange blossom ice-cream,
so close to being perfect. Beautifully perfumed,
not overpowering, but enough there
to balance out with those dates. That will stay with me
for a long time, that dish. Thank you, Pete. An amazing way to finish. A bit of hot, a bit of cold, a bit
of sweetness but not too sweet. Ice-cream, a little mistake there.

It would have been perfect
with the perfect ice-cream.

The score I'm giving you
for your dessert... a 9.

(LAUGHS) Well done, Mama. Oh, my God. (SNIFFLES) I'm scoring you a 9. Oh, wow.
(LAUGHS) Thank you. Wow.
Yeah. I'm happy.

So, Anna and Jordan, that gives you
a grand total score this evening...

..of a well-deserved... ..94. (OTHERS GASP)

Well done, Mum.

Which places you
on top of the leaderboard. MATT: Whoo-hoo! Go, WA! (LAUGHS) Oh, my goodness! I can't believe it. We're on top of the leaderboard. 94!

that Mama knows best, Anna and Jordan have knocked Laura and Mitch out of top spot, leaving Gianni and Zana with one very impressive score to beat.

Gianni and Zana,
we'll see you in Victoria. Thanks, Anna.
Thank you. The top score's 94. There's still room, babe. I think we can do it.
Yeah. We've gotta clean up,
so you better go.

ZANA: Cheryl and Matt
are going home. I think even if our arms
were chopped off, we wouldn't get below
a score of 31. Bye. Give me a hug. Ciao. Thanks for coming. Look, it isn't over yet,
and if something happens, we'll be the first ones
to go 'yee-ha!' Oh, I am so full. (LAUGHS) I'm hoping that Zana and Gianni
crash and burn so that we can come up
and get back in the game.

The food's been consistently...bad.

VOICEOVER: Zana said it all. Disgusting. I'd rather save the calories.
(LAUGHS) WOMAN: Judgement Day is here.

We can do better than that. It's not hard.

Let's see if she can walk the walk. the night
Australia's been waiting for. No pressure. I'm really hoping that they
run out of gas or something. (ENGINE RATTLES)

What did you do? Take a deep breath...
OK. ..'cause this is it. (DOORBELL RINGS) Failure is not an option.
We're here to win.

I'm freaking out.
What the hell have I done?

Just tastes like a bar of soap. Oh, gosh. (GASPS) The whole room fills with
black smoke.

I just wanted to collapse. The tables have turned.

The lowest scoring team... ..will be eliminated. MAN: They deserve what they get.

You've been around this table,
really confident. Now you're standing here,
shaking like a leaf. The first elimination
will have you holding your breath. You need to lock me up in a cave
and I'm never coming out.

Proud of you, Mama. After an emotional night
in the kitchen, MKR's Anna and Jordan chat live
with Sunrise tomorrow.

MAN: Yeah, I'm pretty frightened
about it all. Very nervous.

I've never been in front
of a camera before. And it's a pretty heavy
conversation to have. Very personal.

It affected a lot of Australia.

My name is John Cobby... WOMAN: He was such
a handsome, handsome boy. She was so stunningly beautiful. ..the husband of Anita Cobby.

MAN: She was
the picture of innocence. Such a beautiful creature. They grabbed her and threw her
in the back of the car. That scream is her fighting. Could have been anyone. Visually looking at me. Anita's missing. "She's seen our faces.
She's got to go." It's pure evil. Dog-eat-dog. I can never forget that. And I was the prime suspect
in her murder. REPORTER: She was 25-year-old
Anita Cobby. "We know that you killed Anita." And they tried to get it out of him. Pushed up against a wall.
"You've killed Anita." I don't remember any of that. For 30 years, I've been in hiding. You don't want to live
another second. That has destroyed his life. They wired her up. The key to the murder on tape. The breakthrough in the case. "It's him. It's him.
I can't believe it's him." We kicked the door in and I was
first in the door with a shotgun. A lynch mob. I was quite happy
to escalate that hatred. (ANGRY SHOUTING) Absolute vengeance. It's affected everyone. WOMAN: It's a powerful case. It was incredible. Blaming myself for her death. I feel responsible. I'm sorry I let her down. He pleaded guilty. MAN: The court erupted. There was a conclusion
that was absolutely just. The whole country applauded. But there's a lot you don't know. I don't know if I should say this. She was pregnant. The public should know. I think the police
forced him to sign it. MAN: It's beyond comprehension. I need to tell it.
It's the monkey on my back.

Pretty powerful stuff.

Now is the time to tell the real
story about my beautiful wife.


INTERVIEWER: How would you describe
Anita? What sort of person was she? Well, she was beautiful.
Beautiful. Beautiful in spirit, in body...
In mind and body and in spirit. Totally beautiful.

SONG: # Oh, don't be scared about it # Don't forget it was real # Do you remember
the way it made you feel?

# Do you remember the things
it let you feel? #

WOMAN: Very, very close.
Always, yeah. Very close bond, and...
It was just the two of us. She was my role model
all through my life.

You remember that?
I remember, yeah. Yeah, absolutely. # feel?

# Do you remember
the things it let you... # She'd always wrap
her protective arm around me and say, you know,
"This is my sis," and... It was just good to know that I had
her there as a protector. (LAUGHS)

What did you feel
when you first saw her?

I was...a bit gobsmacked.
She was so stunning. She was just dazzling. Just an amazingly,
stunningly beautiful woman, with these really long...
curly locks of hair. (GASPS) The most gorgeous hair
I've ever seen on anybody.

Probably the best times we had
would be shopping days. (LAUGHS) I think most girls
enjoy those days. And she used to love
going into the city. She had really expensive
taste, yeah. She was quite stylish?
Yes. Very stylish. Yeah.

Everyone says Anita was beautiful
inside and out. She wanted to help others,
just like her mum. INTERVIEWER: She followed you
into the nursing career? Is that...?
Yes. She didn't always
want to be a nurse, but, um...somehow, uh...

..she decided she wanted to do
something with her life and, um...and she became a nurse,
and she really enjoyed it. Yeah. It's got her name on it.
It has. "A. Cobby." "Sydney Hospital."
"Sydney Hospital." This is a little jacket
that she wore over her uniform. I think it was really in her nature,
that caring...kind, um... ..nature to know
that she could help someone. But it did surprise you
when she...chose that profession? Yeah. Yeah.
Why? Oh, just...

She wasn't one for blood and guts,
I think. (LAUGHS) You know? So...for her to say...
Yeah, that was just a surprise. SONG: # I am so into you... # In 1979, Anita began her nursing
training at Sydney Hospital. Also working there was a cheeky
23-year-old called John Cobby. Though three years her nursing
senior, he was immediately in awe. I thought she was just
completely out of my league. Um...
Why is that? Oh, she was just
amazingly beautiful. One day, they bumped into
each other in the corridor and Anita struck up a conversation. (WOMAN LAUGHS) Which surprised me, and sort of
gave me a bit of a...a thought that there was a chance I could ask
her out for a drink or something.

We went to the Prophet Restaurant
in Surry Hills. Um...we had dinner
and drank some wine, and... ..we kind of went back there again
there the next night. Yeah, and we were kind of together pretty much from
that first night on.

KATHRYN: She told me
she'd met a nurse. SONG: # I believe in miracles... # She was smitten. Totally. # Where you from, you sexy thing? # We just jelled. She was so easy to talk to. I felt so confident
and comfortable with her.

I could just see
she was radiating happiness, and I think both John and Anita
together were just having a... ..that young, you know,
passionate love, and it was pretty intense, and,
um...they were loving their life. Within six months,
they'd moved in together. John's sister, Gaynor,
quickly became one of Anita's closest friends. And I always remember her
leaning on the table like that, with her hand under her chin, and looking AT you
when you were speaking with her. Like, you WERE the one
that she was speaking with. Did she like music? She LOVED music.
Absolutely loved music. The Police. Uh, the Eurythmics. And Simply Red. Did hear a lot of Sade...
(CHUCKLES) the time, because she had a cassette at home
and she would play a lot of that. I have a song that I can't listen to
without thinking about her, so... Holding Back The Years, it's called,
and, uh... ..I can't listen to that
without, um...thinking about her. So... It was her song?
Yeah, for me. Her song for me, mmm. (WHISPERS) God, hang on. SIMPLY RED: # Holding,
holding, holding... # (SOFTLY) Sorry. # Holding on all my life... #

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WOMAN: (SHOUTS) You've got to
live with what you've done! JOHN: He's pure evil.

MAN: I've always had to fight.
You know, dog-eat-dog. WOMAN: I have heard that his father
would bash him mercilessly.

Travers had a very violent
childhood and... A horrible childhood. WOMAN: John had...

..a very bad problem
with alcohol and drugs.

He can be hard. Like, you know, particularly
since he was living at home and I was on my own
without my husband. Um...he'd certainly whip the boys...
into shape more... I don't mean... Pardon me. You know, make them do
as they were told or give them a biff on the ear
or something like that.

I have heard that his father
sexually assaulted him.

By 13, he was using marijuana. By 14, he was an alcoholic with a reputation
for violence and theft.

If I went to a house or something and I saw that the people were
living on bare necessities, I wouldn't take nothing.

I'd just walk straight out
the front door again. I don't do poor areas.
I go to a rich area. You know? So I know they've got
a bit of cash, they're all insured. It's not gonna hurt them anyway. They'll probably claim more
on insurance. Just taking off the richer
for the poorer. (CHUCKLES) Like Robin Hood.

Well, Mick was the leader.
Mmm. The eldest one. WOMAN: (SHOUTS) You animal!
WOMAN: Yeah, creep! Yeah, mongrel! You just wait! Reverend Nile, good evening. In the early '80s, Reverend
Fred Nile ran an outreach centre at this address
in inner-city Sydney. Nile was trying to turn
troubled youths away from crime.

Mick, Gary and Les Murphy
were regulars. I still remember
the mother would ring up and say, "This is an emergency." I think it was Mick Murphy.
"I want to talk to him." So I got him on the phone, and I said to him later,
"What was the message?" He said, "Mum just told me, "if I've got a stolen car,
not to go home in it tonight, "because the police
were watching the house." So he had a bit of a reputation
for stealing cars.

Michael Murdoch was another
young crim known to the Murphys and a friend of Travers. What did they grow up in?

Abject poverty. Uh, a lot of violence.
Violence in the home. Alcoholism. I mean, that doesn't mean... You can grow up in
a disadvantaged, poor background, but it doesn't make you
unintelligent, and they're ALL unintelligent.

But for John and Anita, the early
'80s brought only happiness.

JOHN: I realised,
"I can't be away from her. "I need to be with her forever." THE POLICE: # I'll be wrapped
around your finger... # Yeah. It just felt right. # I'll be wrapped around... # Anita chose that. Yeah. It was pink gold,
white gold and yellow gold. Looked beautiful on her hand.

And there was more good news. GAYNOR: We were
sitting down together and they'd said that they were
going to have a baby. Mmm. And I was going to be an aunty. Oh! It's the meaning of life.
It's a great feeling.

But, sadly, that wasn't to be. Mmm. What happened? And she miscarried. Mmm.

We always...thought that... ..later on, she would...
eventually fall pregnant again and have a baby. So, we just tried
to move on from that. EURYTHMICS: # The miracle of love

# Will take away your pain

# When the miracle of love... #

The sun was shining. And Anita looked
absolutely beautiful in... off-the-shoulder
white brod anglaise dress. # Tender is the one
that wipes away your tears... # She could have been wearing a sack,
she was so beautiful.

JOHN: Oh, she was stunning. She was absolutely...the most
beautiful woman in the whole world. And you still think,
"This girl's out of my league," and here she is standing
in a wedding dress... You're right.
That's exactly what I thought, yeah.

I was proud
that he looked so handsome. And he loved that girl. They had smiles on their faces
the whole day. # A miracle # Comes your way again. #

After their wedding, they moved
north to live in Coffs Harbour.

They continued nursing, and John successfully tried his hand
training horses.

And their good fortune didn't stop.

Had a really big win on the horses, um...decided to go around the world. EURYTHMICS: # Sweet dreams
are made of these # Who am I to disagree? # I travel the world
and the seven seas # Everybody's looking for something # Sweet dreams
are made of these... # Anita loved Rome, yeah. She told me it was
the most romantic city in the world.

Came back to Sydney,
and I felt it was time to, um... ..maybe have a family. And she was restless at this stage? Very, yeah. KATHRYN: I'm not sure
where Anita saw her future when she came back from travelling. I'm not She seemed to...maybe be looking
at...doing something different. GAYNOR: I think they both felt that they wanted to
just have a break and see where life led. (DOG YIPS)

You separated?
We did, yes. Anita cancelled the lease and moved back to Blacktown
with her parents. Yeah, she moved back home. Mum and Dad, of course, were more
than happy to have her at home. It was like a glitch. It was more a hiccup than
an actual complete separation. The break was fairly brief.
I'm thinking maybe six weeks.

The week before Anita died, we'd spent the weekend
on the Central Coast. SADE: # If you want it
to get stronger # You'd better not let go... # That was amazing. It was great. It was almost like a honeymoon
that we didn't really have. Mmm. Told me she loved me a lot.

Mmm. And I'm pretty sure
I told her a lot as well. # In heaven's name,
why are you walking away? # What happened - they were at
my mum's place on the Saturday and we were all talking, and...they had made plans for
the Monday to go house-hunting, to start their new life
together again. So...

Which...didn't eventuate,
of course. Mmm.

On that weekend, she went missing? On the Sunday.

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I think it was a horror story.

A bunch of pretty much... ..loser criminal thugs off their heads on drugs and alcohol tried to grab a girl's handbag
because they wanted the money. She fought. And they ended up
just dragging her into the car, and I think
it just went from bad to worse.

On Sunday, 2nd of February, 1986,
Anita Cobby, aged 26, worked the 7am to 3:30pm shift as a
nursing sister at Sydney Hospital.

This photograph of Anita
was taken a few weeks earlier by a commercial photographer
in Australia Square one lunchtime. He took the photograph
because of her radiant smile
and all-round beauty. She stood out in the crowd.

REPORTER: Detectives say Anita,
a nurse, finished work at Sydney Hospital
at 3:30pm on Sunday, and waited for two colleagues before
going to a Surry Hills restaurant. Her friends drove her
to Central Station at 9pm where she caught a train home.

Police enquiries
subsequently revealed that a number of occupants of
a house in Newton Road, Blacktown, between the railway station
and her dad's home, heard a woman screaming
at 9:50pm the Sunday night.

I said, "Mum, what was that?" And then the scream continued,
and that continued for 30 seconds. That scream is her fighting...
to not being dragged in that car. It wasn't "Help me!" It wasn't
"Help me!" It was a scream.

NARRATOR: Steven Hodson was 16 and
watching television with his mum.

This is the first interview
Steven has given about what happened
that night in Newton Road. (SCREAMING)

When he heard Anita's screams,
he raced outside. (SCREAMING) Opened the door, sort of got down
because you could hear the screams, so the screams sensed me
to go this way, look this way. Got to the front of the driveway
where the gates were to the house and there I saw a car
with its lights turned off with this girl still screaming. (SCREAMING) As it come towards me, it went under the street lights
with the car lights out. I could see the driver and I could
also see the guy in the back seat.

He seemed to be very high
in the back seat as if he was sitting on somebody
at the time, yeah. He was visually looking at me from the time he left there
to here to that light there. I reckon, yeah,
they were keeping her down and John Travers was sitting on her. That's why his head
was touching the... Yeah, he was actually bending over
like that, looking at me. With those eyes. Travers?

"OK, yeah, someone's seen us."

She was forced into the car and whilst the car
was driving along the roads, she was stripped naked
and a knife held at her face.

You tried to chase the car? Yes, so what we did then,
I got here, Dale had come into his driveway. The next-door neighbour, Dale,
was with his girlfriend. Dale whipped his girlfriend out. I hopped in the front seat, Dale then done a 3-point turn
out of his driveway and then we shot up to Newton Road. By the time
we got through the roundabout, they'd already gone over the top
of the hill and we lost them, but we continued to drive around
for 10 or 15 minutes. We couldn't find them and then we proceeded to come
back home and then call the police which my mother had already done. And, yeah, two hours later,
an hour and a half later, the police turn up,
a big burly sergeant at the time. (KNOCKING ON DOOR)
That was the last I heard of it
for about two or three days. KENNEDY: She was sexually assaulted
by Michael Murphy and John Travers whilst in the back seat. They stole her purse and, whilst
she was still in the back naked, they went to an all-night service
station on the Great Western Highway and bought some petrol
using her money. They then decided to drive
to the Reen Road area where she was taken to the paddock and further sexually assaulted
by them all.

So the screams woke you up?
Oh, they did, yeah. Yeah. They were that loud?
Yeah. NARRATOR: But John Reen, the owner
of the paddock, thought the screams were just teenagers fooling around
down the road from his farmhouse.

I didn't for one minute imagine that there was somebody
being tortured and murdered that close to the house.

MAN: When was the last time
you heard from Anita?

It was on the Sunday morning,
I think, when she went... I didn't see...
She left the house very early, and, Peg,
I think she spoke to you... Yeah.
..just briefly. I'd spoken to her the night before when she said she'd be coming home
on the Sunday night. We were frantic, actually,
trying to think where she could be and how we could
go about finding her. And Dad did report her. We went down to the police station
and reported her as missing. I got a phone call
to ring the Lynches. And what did they tell you? "Anita's missing.
Have you seen her?"

Uh... "Maybe you better come out." He came straight over
to Mum and Dad's. I'm panicking,
completely panicking. I knew something...
something had happened. I didn't know what,
but something had happened. Mmm.

I knew there was something awry
in the paddock. There was something there that
the cows used to mill around it. They'd go away and graze and they'd
come back and mill around it again. But I never got to it
till the Tuesday, and then I went and hopped on a
motorbike and went over and found... know,
found...found Anita's body.

And the first thing I thought of
when I looked at the body was...

.."Ah, gee, she's been tortured,
this...this girl or woman, "and she would be glad
she was dead."

There was nothing there -
no clothes, no nothing, not a single thing - only the body there and they never left
one bit of evidence in the paddock. Yeah.

I just went immediately back
to the house and rang the police.

It was a hot day and we got called out to a paddock
out at back of Blacktown.

You don't ever want to see what
we saw in that paddock that day.

I saw the body of Anita Cobby
laying face down. She was completely naked. And I could see
some severe lacerations to the right side
of her throat. And her eyes were still open.

I reckon this is pretty close to it. If not the exact area,
then pretty close. I am looking at a few trees that
I've identified from the photographs and about the same distance
from the road - I'd say this is it. MAN: What sort of
injuries did she suffer? She suffered a number
of severe throat lacerations caused by a very heavy bladed knife. There's no doubt she fought. The injuries later on are consistent
with what the doctor says is self-defence wounds and she's
grabbed the knife at some stage - it's nearly cut
three of her fingers off. Now, whether she grabbed the knife
or her hand was up at her throat at the time the knife
was sawing through her neck - that's very difficult to say. I looked very closely
at the scratch marks on her body. We then realised that there's
the barbed wire fence over there - she must have been dragged through
that or she was pushed through it. The fear and the terror
that she was going through wouldn't have lasted
just five minutes, it's been probably an hour,
a couple of hours. There was absolute agony
in her eyes in death. Yes.

It's a look that... I can't
describe it any clearer than that. It's one that just stays. It makes you extremely determined that you are going to find out
who did it.

I removed a wedding ring
that was on her hand. It was a Russian band, interlocking
wedding ring. Little bit unusual. I thought that might give us
some means of identification. GARRY HESKETT: Constable Murphy,
he'd taken a missing person's report from Anita's father
and he'd had a photograph there. We were pretty satisfied
from looking at the photograph that it was Anita, and we then left the scene with
the ring and headed off to the house where the missing person
had been reported from. I just said, "I'm Detective Sergeant
Kennedy from the Homicide Squad. "There's been the body
of a young female found not far away "and we suspect that it may be your
daughter who you reported missing. "I'm gonna show you a wedding ring
that I took off the finger "and if you can tell me that
that's hers, "well, then, that will assist us. "If not, I'm gonna need
to take you down to the morgue "to see if you can
identify the body." KATHRYN: I looked at it
and it looked like the ring but I said,
" looks rusty or dirty," and he said, um...he said to me
that that is actually blood, it's dried blood. So that was very...that was probably
the first moment that I thought not only is she dead
but she's met some awful fate. Devastated.
Really devastated. We've been through so much
since yesterday at 3:30, when we first heard the news,
that they had found her body. And it just comes up in waves.
It goes away and comes up again. Yeah, we do feel totally devastated.
Devastated. Yeah. Mmm. She was just
such a beautiful creature that's been, you know,
foully brutalised. You get to Anita's parents' place.
What do you see? What do you find?

I saw sadness. As I walked through the door,
all heads are pointed down, no eye contact with me. No-one looked me in the eye,
no-one could look me in the eye... ..and that could have been
for multiple reasons. What reasons? Well, the main reason is because I gathered that they knew
that it was Anita that was found... ..and that I had done it.

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REPORTER: And police have tonight
released the name of a woman whose body was found in bushland
at Prospect today. She was 25-year-old Anita Cobby,
a nursing sister from Blacktown.

At this stage, did you know
you were the prime suspect? No. No, I didn't.

GARRY HESKETT: John made comment
to me back at the police station in the Detectives Office, he said, "Am I a suspect?"
and I said, "Yes." He was the estranged husband - it wasn't idle thinking
at that time, it was the normal way to think,

90% of murders are committed
by family or close friends or business contacts so I have to eliminate
people who are close and find out exactly
where they were at the time. So it was just standard procedure. Um, he didn't take too kindly
to that. I was quite adamant
about the fact that I hadn't. You weren't just asked,
I think they almost insisted. No, they told me that I did.
Yeah, without a doubt. They said, "You killed your wife.
We believe you killed your wife. "Admit it."
That's right. That's right. He was a bit upset
that I'd accuse him... Well, not accuse him, but ask him
if he was involved in it. So I think he didn't want to
talk to me too much after that.

JOHN: "Where were you?
Can you confirm it for us? "Where were you after the time
of her disappearance? "You haven't got an alibi.
We believe that you've done it. "It must have been you.
We know that you killed Anita."

I mean, I'm not happy and smiling when I'm talking to someone about
whether or not they killed someone. I think I may have been grabbed
and maybe pushed up against a wall. I do remember being on the floor. He told me that at one point
he remembers being on the floor and one point up against a wall. Certainly not under my pressure. Whether he... Oh, look, I don't remember
any of that. I deny that. He said it got to the point where he
actually said, "I did it. I did it." And he said
he walked out of that room believing he had some involvement
in his wife's murder. He might have said that to himself but I certainly don't recall him
saying any of that. 'Cause I'm just wondering
what happens in a room to make a man walk out
believing they killed their wife.

Um, you'd have to ask him
those questions, I'm sorry. "I must have done it. You've told me
I've done it. I must have done it." You confessed? I did. I confessed to something
that I didn't do. Why does someone do that? The fact that she was gone
and I would never have her anymore was almost like,
"Yeah, I did it. Kill me too." Just take me out the back
and shoot me in the head because there's no use
living anymore. And you felt that?
Yeah. I was happy to die right then. I believe he was treated badly
because at - please forgive me, Ian - at, um, Anita's mum's funeral... ..John was with me and...Ian came up to me and I kissed him hello
and he said, "How's John?" I said, "He's here,"
and he said, "I can't go over," he said, "but I hope he forgives me
for what I did."

So... NARRATOR: Unable to cope
with the death of his wife, John's life spiralled.

When was the first time
you took heroin?

Possibly, uh, I would think
three days after her death. Mmm. Why?

Wanted to die.

But didn't have the guts
to kill myself. Just hoped that I didn't wake up
one day, that's all.

You wanted to OD?

Didn't want to be without her.

More or less wanted to be with her.

And this was the way? It was the way I rationalised it,
I think. Mmm. You got into drugs quite quickly.
Yeah, I did. But you also pulled yourself
back out. I did. # I've got no wings to fly

# Clipped them and caged me high

# So now your bird's not singing # Singing again... #

It just... (SIGHS)

I can honestly say I felt everything
she went through. I lived it. And... took me a long time to... I had to slowly release
those thoughts from my mind. Um...

I remember having very long showers because I felt like
I needed to cleanse. It was a cleansing for her. I had to cleanse for her
for everything she'd been through. Um... It was too much for me to take in.
It really was. But somehow...
we get through. And we did.

JOHN: There was a lot of people
there. There were all her friends, all her
nursing friends, all my friends. Um...very overwhelming. I know
he was very distraught that day. But I certainly remember
my father and my mother's friend carrying him out of the church, him screaming,
"Don't take her away from me. "Please don't take her."

I think that will be etched
in my mind for the rest of my life. Those two men carrying him, dragging him out of the church,
and him screaming. That...that will stay
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MAN: Where's all the B group?

LIPSON: The four-hour search
of the bush and undergrowth
covered two square kilometres, and failed to turn up any clues
to the brutal slaying. I remember...a few days
after Anita's body was found, Garry told me
that he'd asked the police - I think it was Ian Kennedy - to take him to the crime scene. He wanted to feel
a spiritual connection to the last place
his daughter has been. Just the two of you came here?
Just the two of us, yes. Yeah. We had a talk about grief,
how to handle grief. I'd lost a young boy
at four years of age. Um... Uh...ran across the road
and got knocked over. So I knew what he was going through. And I said, "You OK?" And he just said,
"I feel so much better." Yeah.

And he looked at the grass and he saw what he thought
might have been a bloodstain - Anita's blood.

And he thought to himself, "I could wish
this was someone else's daughter, "but I couldn't, really, could I, "because then they'd be going
through what I'm going through." And that was a...
Wow. Pretty powerful stuff.

Do you feel that the killer
or killers of Anita Cobby
could strike again? Sure. That's... The urgency
of the situation requires that it doesn't happen again. We'll try and prevent this
from happening again, and this is the reason
why we're asking people... ..we're appealing to
the public to, us with anything at all that may lead
to the solving of this murder.

At this point,
have you got any suspects? No, not at all.

Was quite a tough time. Um...long hours involved, you know? We were all working
some 18, 19 hours a day. At that stage,
information wasn't flowing freely. I thought, "We can't...we can't
let this go on." And the only way to get
an impression is by way of shock.

February 6, 1986. ANNOUNCER: You're listening to the
John Laws Show on 2GB News Talk 87! Let's cross again to
Detective Sergeant Ian Kennedy, who is responsible for the leading
of the Cobby investigations. And John Laws, the most powerful man
in Australian radio, reads a leaked copy of
Anita Cobby's autopsy live on air. I thought, "Well,
the general public ought to know "just how bad these monsters are "and what this girl...the
indignities the girl had to suffer." I recall John Laws
reading out the autopsy report and all the gruesome details. What do you think of that? Well...look,
I thought it was uncalled for. This is what you read on-air.

Is this what I said?
Yeah. Part of what you said, yeah.

(EXHALES) Yeah. Why do I
want to read this again?

I really don't wanna read it again.

It's a terrible thing, and when I look at it again,
it's just a terrible thing...

..what they did to the girl. The family
did not need to hear that. Oh, I'm sure it upset the family. In fact, I know it upset her father. But then, her father came to me, not really all that long ago
in years, and said how grateful he was
that I had done it - that it made all the difference, because it incited anger
in the public that murders like this
were happening and we weren't being given
the full details. It really heightened things. I mean, to know exactly
what happened to her...

What was the public mood
at the time?

Very, very...very angry. You bloody mongrels! And I felt they had good reason to
hate whoever committed this crime. Yeah, kill 'em. Kill 'em! And I was quite happy
to escalate that hatred in people
who could commit a crime like that. I didn't have any qualms about that.

They deserved to be hated. Who gave it to you?
I'm not gonna tell you.

MAN: Platform 21
goes to the City Circle.

First stop, Museum. Last night,
detectives organised a re-enactment of the former beauty queen's
last train ride home on Sunday February 2.

What's expected of you? Basically, we're just doing
what we can. As close to a re-enactment
as possible - the time she was dropped off, the basic route we think she took, and just working it from there, hoping people will see
and recognise - maybe jog their memories
if they didn't already know.

Yeah, Deb Wallace, well,
she was a constable at the time, and police stopped at nothing
to solve this case - at absolutely nothing. And you're dressed identically
to Anita Cobby? Well, as closely as we could get. Of course
we can't get exactly the same, but as close as the description
we were given by her friends, so...

I was under the impression at the
time it was to get some timings - as in, there were...some witnesses
had come forward, and by me doing
a re-enactment from City Central, that would allow the timings
of witnesses to be verified.

KENNEDY: One of the problems
we faced at the time was the fact that Anita's friends said they dropped her off
at Central at 9:00pm.

This meant she missed a train
that arrived at Blacktown at 9:30pm, and she would not have been
the female allegedly abducted in Newton Road at 9:50pm. Because of the time, police doubt very much
that that woman was Anita Cobby.

So when we discovered
that Anita actually caught
the earlier train that night, this was a huge breakthrough
in the case, because this meant she was almost certainly the girl
taken from Newton Road that night. That was really the beginning
of the investigation proper, and it gave us our first start, yes. You had the starting point
of the abduction itself. Yes. (ENGINE RUMBLES) There were witnesses, yeah. They described the car in detail? They described the car in detail,

It was a HJ Holden, which...

It's funny, you know, because
I ended up getting hypnotised... Uh-huh?
Yeah. actually memorise
or remember the numberplate.

Through various means, we received information about the
theft of a similar type of vehicle.

And who had committed
the theft of the vehicle. That information,
that gave you names. What names did it give you?

Um...Travers and Murdoch.

Obviously from
an investigation point of view, we're already linking them back
to the abduction and the murder, but there was no evidence
to link it, so the task force made the decision
to arrest Travers and Murdoch and charge them
with stealing a vehicle. It was early in the morning. Travers and Murdoch
were still in bed at that stage. They were in a bed together? Yeah, they were in bed together.
Yeah. It's a good result, fellas.

LIPSON: Alright. Alright?
MAN: Yep. You right? Sergeant, what can you
tell us about the arrests? All I can say
is from the volumes of information we obtained from the community
since the murder of Mrs Cobby, last Friday police raided
three homes in the Blacktown area, where they arrested three men.

Les Murphy
had also been arrested and
implicated in the theft of that car, and the body language...
Their actions, you know? ..the sweat that came out,
their nervousness, we knew that we were
looking at the people. We just didn't have
any proof at that stage. Back at the station,
you spoke to Travers. ROSETTA: I told him we were
investigating Anita's death - one of his initial comments to me
was, uh... ..something I'll never forget - was,
"I didn't slit that slut's throat."

John Travers got bail refused. We charged him with stealing
the car. He got bail refused because
he was wanted in Western Australia for, for a, um...a fairly savage
rape of a young boy in a paddock, where, I might add, at that stage we found out
that he'd held a knife to his throat while he was having sex with him
and said, "Buck, you bastard, buck,
or I'll slit your throat." The other two were allowed bail
and placed under surveillance. It turned out... Things moved pretty quickly with the introduction of Miss X
on the Saturday.

RAUE: There'd been a request
from Travers in the cells to, a woman to arrange for some personal items
to be brought to him. He asked that the police
could contact his aunty so that she could bring
some clothing in for him, etc.

"We met this woman
in the dark of the night. "She confessed she was married
to John Travers' uncle. "She was a former heroin user
and knew Travers well. "When asked why she would give up
a relative, she said, 'No woman should go through
what that lady did.'" Next morning, I rang her... I think it was almost first thing
in the morning. ..and asked her to
come to the police station to meet with John Travers
as he had requested.

Travers was in the cells. He was in the corridor and it was arranged for her
to have a conversation with him. Not recorded - just a conversation.

She was scared.
She was nervous.

She moved from foot to foot
continually. Then when she came out, she
basically collapsed into our arms. She was absolutely shaking.

She said,
"It's him. It's him. He's told me." And she said that he'd done it.
"He told me he did it." At that stage,
I had his word against hers. Or her word against his.

I then asked her if she was prepared
to go back and see him again if we put a listening device on her.

They wired her up
and sent her back in.

And the rest is history.
It's on tape. And this is it - the Miss X tape. The original recording. A chilling confession, and you'll hear it
for the first time after the break.

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21 days after abducting Anita Cobby, John Travers secretly tells his aunt how and why
she was killed in this paddock.

KENNEDY: "She's seen our faces and
heard our names, so she's gotta go." So he was the one
that cut her throat. And they all took off
and got in the car and drove away.

They then went back to his place, where they lit a fire, drank beer
and burnt Anita's clothes.

With the evidence torched, police
would struggle to build a case. But his aunt was about to provide
the proof they needed.

A microphone was put
in the top of her bra and covered up and it just recorded the sound
and it went on the tap on her back.

And they just said,
"Look, your aunty's here. "If you wanna have a talk to her,
you can have a another talk to her. "She's already been in once,
but she's worried about you."

We've got no idea.
We're sitting waiting outside. It was tense.

Phone call for Detective Raymond.

When she came out,
she was a nervous wreck. She was absolutely shattered, I think probably
because she realised exactly... She had the key to the murder
in the middle of her back. He named three Murphy brothers
and Murdoch.

But the young mother
did not stop there.

Miss X then tracked down
Michael Murdoch.

The recording you're about to hear
was never played in court, and has never been heard before.

It's incredibly brave of her. Absolutely it was very brave, and she ended up
getting death threats and I believe to this day
she's still in witness protection.

So she gets the confessions
and she gets the names.
Yes. Our first steps were then, "Let's go
and get these blokes," you know?

The first raids netted Murdoch
and one of the Murphys. WOMAN: Bastards! Murderers! Murderer bastards! RAUE: One day rolled into the next. The hunt was on for Gary Murphy
and Michael Murphy. REPORTER: Michael Murphy
and his brother Gary are tonight
the most wanted men in the state. It was a man hunt.

LIPSON: Police were tipped off
that the Murphys were hiding out
in a home unit at Glenfield.

Then just after 10:00pm, under helicopter spotlights, police moved in. KENNEDY: We kicked the door in. I was first in the door
with a shotgun. Then I walked into a lounge room, and there was Michael Murphy
sitting on the lounge with a little baby in his lap. He's a previous armed robber
and escapee from jail. And I told him to put the baby down
and lay on the floor. And I stood on his head
while I held my shotgun in one hand and patted him down
looking for a gun. And heard some noise -
running through the house. It was Gary Murphy
running out the backyard. He was absolutely frightened scared,
'cause he wet his pants. Now, there was a struggle...

..and Gary Murphy's face
was scratched up a bit.

When he appeared in court, Gary Murphy's defence counsel had started to grill Ian Kennedy
in the witness stand. Said, "How did my client
get those marks on his face? "Did you beat him up?" Ian Kennedy, just matter-of-fact, "Must have happened when I stepped
on his head when I arrested him." Well, everyone in the court who
heard that just went, "You beauty."

We were there
when they brought them in. We were there when they'd taken
Murdoch and Murphy
to the crime scene - what they call a run-around... We took them
to the scene of the abduction, we took 'em to the scene where
they dragged her through the fence.

And then we took them
to where the body was located. ..that's a re-enactment
of the crime. They get them...they get them
to explain what had happened. (ANGRY SHOUTING) By the time
we got back to the station... I've never seen anything like it. This truly was a lynch mob. CROWD: Kill! Kill! Kill! HESKETT: It was a hairy moment.
It was a big crowd. Kill 'em! Settle down. They were venting their range. Kill the bastards! LIPSON: And these were people... These weren't feral people. These were mums and dads
and grandpas. I remember a woman's arm
coming over the top of me,

she was a woman of good values
and good morals, and it just...uh...upset the nation.

Why don't we take a knife
and cut THEM up? Oh, that one's got his head down,
doesn't he? MAN: You must be about the only one
that's ashamed of it. Only one ashamed of it!

MAN: Here he comes.

"They should have been
drowned at birth," is my thoughts,
my own private thoughts. I mean, she was... She'd just finished her shift
at Sydney Hospital, for God's sake.

And so here she is looking after
other people's lives whilst these mongrels
go round taking hers. wonder why a bloke gets
all worked up about these things. GARRY LYNCH: People have... We've been listening to them on
the radio, on different talkbacks, saying, "I'll press the button.
I'll pull the lever." This is the emotions of people who are a sense, devastated as much as we are.

I felt a lot of anger, sure. We all did. Because you feel like if only
you could get your hands on these...

You know, there were five of them.

Um... What would you have done? (SIGHS)

I don't know.

Felt like I could rip them apart,
quite honestly. That's how I felt. The anger inside of me...
That's what I wanted to do. Every time I'd think about it, I'd get depressed
and angry at the same time. Um...revenge was high
on what I thought. was crippling. It's such a negative thought.

And I lived with that
for years and years and years.

Do you still live with that? Oh, God - I'd love to kill 'em.

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PRODUCER: OK. Segment seven.

I'm good. Go.

Do you remember her voice? Oh, yeah. Yeah. What was it like? It was kind, it was quite soft, and then she'd get a giggle and her giggle and her laugh
were so infectious that everyone would laugh. There's a plaque
at the Sydney Hospital. Yeah, there is. That's where you feel
closest to her. Yes, it is.

When you go there,
do you talk to her? Oh, I sit in the back pew and the plaque's one pew forward
on the left-hand side...

..and I talk to her, yeah. Sometimes sit there and cry. Because I miss her. Do you talk to her? Yeah, I do. I think... Not aloud, but in my mind, I do. Yeah, I just...

I don't know. It makes me feel... ..better, stronger,
thinking that she is there. I ask her about things
that are happening today.

Things are about my relationships,
my friendships, family, my children.


I don't often get an answer.

The answers come in dreams,
I think. Mmm. What do you dream about? A lot of the time is me
saving her from whatever. It's like I've missed
my opportunity in life, but in my dreams I'm sort of
still able to rescue her. Sometimes I do like to think of
what she'd be like now because she'd be...55 now. So, yeah, I wonder,
would she have grey hair and, you know,
what would she look like? Um... Where would we be in our lives? What would we be doing together? Yeah, I do.
I sort of do...think about it. Sure.

..exist their new existence.

NORM LIPSON: I never at any stage
in the committal hearings or in the trial, ever did I see any sign of remorse. It's in fact quite the opposite.

We just hope that these people
are put away so that they can't do it
to anyone else. We wouldn't like anyone else to go
through what we've been through.

LEIGH JOHNSON: I had no idea of how
horrendous that court case would be.

It was a packed courtroom, Darlinghurst courtroom number 5, chock-a-block,
people spilling out the door and Justice Alan Maxwell, 62 years of age, he pointed out that these people
killed for morbid thrills, that it was pure evil.

And he gave them all life and said he was stamping
their papers "never to be released". The roof blew off the court. The crowd just cheered like...
like we'd won the America's Cup. Just gonna do a quick live cross,
boys, when you're right. MAN: Excuse me, sir... Just hang on.
We're coming back in a second.

(SOBS) It was completely wrong. We listened to every word of this
case, right from its inception, and as the evidence unfolded, we felt that there was a conclusion that was absolutely just
to our mind.

You're pricks, all of youse!

GARRY HESKETT: They just said,
"Justice has been done," because it was
'never to be released'. That was a big thing. And they fought the fight
all the way through.

Cheers, Garry.
Cheers. Great work.

REPORTER: What thoughts have you got
for Anita's parents?

Well, I don't think there's a day
that's gone by that I haven't felt
for those people.

To say sorry to them.

I mean... There's nothing more you CAN say
than sorry. It's not adequate. It's not enough. But what CAN you say? I mean...

That's it.

I don't think there was one person who thought the penalty
was too tough.

If they had have executed them, that would have made me angry, because the bastards
would have got an easy out. The longer they're in there
and the longer they're hated, the better,
for what they did to that girl. PENNELLS: Did you follow
the trial at all? No.

I have no idea
of the details of her murder. Do you know the names of the men? Some. I feel sick when I say their names.

There was talk of a death penalty,
calls for the death penalty.

Is that something you would support? Oh... Yes.

There's also talk now
of a remote possibility that these men may sometime walk. Yep. I've heard that.

Do you think about that? A lot.

Makes me feel concerned for... Not concerned for my safety.

I'm concerned for my family's future and the repercussions of what
might happen if they are released.

Are you concerned what you might do?

I KNOW what I'll do.


I'll do what should have been done
30 years ago.

And what's that? And kill them all. Without hesitation.

These men should've been executed.

It's the greatest sin I can imagine.

Yet we all pay every single day
for these bastards to be alive. To be fed, to be clothed,
to be housed.

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GARRY LYNCH: There is pain,
there is, well, hurt. At times, there's even agony. It's only brief, but it hits you
and, oh, boy.

It's like a rapier going through
your heart, you know, and, uh...

But you know it's gonna come.
You can't avoid it. And you've got to just
brace yourself and, voom! - there it goes. It's a long, jagged, searing hurt.

But it doesn't kill you. (CHUCKLES) Doesn't kill you.

PENNELLS: Tell me about
John Francis. Oh, he was the guy that took over
from John Cobby for 30 years. So, where was John Cobby? I think he was always there,
cowering away in the corner. So you became John Francis? I did. But now you've changed
your name back. I have. It's time?

Your son went with you
when you changed your name back. Yeah, Daniel did.
Daniel did. And he wrote something on Facebook, which I don't know
if you've even seen. No. "Most of you know me as Dan Francis. "I wanted to let you know
that tomorrow my father and I..." DAN COBBY: "..are changing our names
back to Cobby, "our original family name. "Nothing can change what happened
to Anita almost 30 years ago, "but tomorrow we are taking
a big step in the right direction "to having a life
with a touch of relief. "This is a huge step individually
and as a family. "I couldn't be prouder of my dad
and what he's achieved. "Tough times don't last,
but tough people do." "Tough times don't last, "but tough people do."

They're great words. He's a great guy.

He was by your side
when you reclaimed your name. He was. That must have been important.


He's my best friend.

He still feels people blame him
for what happened.