Snowtown murders
Snowtown murders
The Snowtown murders – also known as the Bodies-in-Barrels murders – were a series of homicides in South Australia between August 1992 and May 1999. The name "Snowtown murders" refers to the town where the bodies were found; only one of the eleven victims was killed there, and none of the victims or the perpetrators were from Snowtown.
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Since the early 2000s, the courts have been plagued by long delays caused by "mega-trials" like the Snowtown murders. The backlog of cases increased when the Rann Government ordered that child-sex cases be fast-tracked. Since December, robbery
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Director Justin Kurzel Talks About The Dark World Of 'Snowtown' & His Dark ... - Indie Wire (blog)
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Specifically, “Snowtown” dramatizes the events of Australia's notorious Snowtown murders (also called the “Bodies in Barrels murders”), perpetrated by John Justin Bunting and three accomplices, one of whom was teenager James Vlassakis
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Justin Kurzel's harrowing drama draws on courtroom evidence and eye witness accounts to bring one of Australia's most infamous crime cases to the big screen: the brutal killing of 11 civilians, known as The Snowtown Murders
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Snowtown comes to DVD and Blu-ray in September - Capsule Computers
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The film is based on the Snowtown murders, where eight bodies were found in acid barrels in a former bank building in Snowtown, SA. The number of people murdered eventually reached 11 over the course of a decade, and a man by the name of John Bunting
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He also used the Snowtown murders to bolster his case. Elite Sports Properties looks after some of the nation's biggest sporting names including Nathan Buckley, Alan Didak and Brendon Goddard. Player management division, general manager of AFL Dan
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  • 2011
    Snowtown, a feature film based upon the life of John Bunting, was released in Australia on 19 May 2011.
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    The notoriety of the murders led to a short-term economic boost from tourists visiting Snowtown, but created a lasting stigma. The Age reported in 2011 that the town of Snowtown would be "forever stigmatised" due to its relationship to the murders.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after the discovery of the bodies in Snowtown, the community discussed changing the town's name to "Rosetown", but no further actions were taken. As of 2012, one shop in Snowtown was selling souvenirs of the murders "cashing in on Snowtown's unfortunate notoriety". The house in Salisbury North where Bunting lived and buried two bodies was demolished by its owner, the South Australian Housing Trust. The bank, with a four-bedroom attached house, was placed on auction in February 2012 but only reached half its reserve price of $200,000. After holding an open house which raised $700 for charity through charging an entrance fee, the property sold later that year on 27 September for just over $185,000 with the new owners intending to live in the house while running a business from the bank. A plaque will be installed to commemorate the victims.
  • 2007
    The final count against Bunting and Wagner—that of murdering Suzanne Allen—was dropped on 7 May 2007, when a jury had been unable to reach a verdict.
    More Details Hide Details Justice Martin determined that Bunting was the ringleader, and sentenced him to 11 consecutive terms of life imprisonment without the possibility of release on parole. Wagner was sentenced to 10 consecutive terms under the same conditions, and at his sentencing, he stated from the dock: "Paedophiles were doing terrible things to children. The authorities didn't do anything about it. I decided to take action. I took that action. Thank you." Vlassakis was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences with a non-parole period of 26 years and Haydon was sentenced to 25 years with no possibility of parole for 18 years. More than 250 suppression orders prevented publication of the details of this case. In early 2011, a judge lifted the remaining orders in response to a request by the producers of the film Snowtown, a dramatisation depicting the murders and the events leading up to them.
  • 2004
    In 2004, Haydon was convicted on five counts of assisting with the murders (of which he admitted to two).
    More Details Hide Details The jury did not come to a decision on two murder charges against Haydon, and another charge of assisting murder, at which the senior prosecutor, Wendy Abraham, indicated that she would seek a retrial on those charges.
  • 2003
    The trial of Bunting and Wagner lasted almost twelve months, the longest in the history of South Australia. In December 2003, Bunting was convicted of committing eleven murders, and Wagner of ten murders, of which he had confessed to only three.
    More Details Hide Details Vlassakis pleaded guilty to four of the murders.
  • 1999
    Police later arrested and charged Bunting, Wagner, Vlassakis, and Elizabeth's husband, Mark Haydon on 21 May 1999 for the murders.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of the arrest, James Vlassakis lived in Bunting's home.
  • 1995
    Initially, the body of Clinton Trezise was found at Lower Light near Adelaide in 1995, although no connection to Bunting was made at this time. Similarly the death of Thomas Trevilyan in 1997 was initially treated as a suicide.
    More Details Hide Details It was police inquiries into Elizabeth Haydon's disappearance which eventually led them to Snowtown, and on 20 May 1999, the remains of eight victims were found by the South Australian Police in six plastic barrels in an unused bank vault. It is believed that the bodies had been held in several locations in South Australia before being moved to Snowtown in early 1999. Prosecutors believe that the killers moved the bodies after they became aware of the ongoing police investigation. Two more bodies were found buried in the backyard of Bunting's house in Adelaide.
  • 1991
    Robert Joe Wagner (born 28 November 1971 in Parramatta, New South Wales) was befriended by Bunting in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Bunting encouraged Wagner to assist in the various murders. James Spyridon Vlassakis, along with his mother and half-brother, lived with Bunting and was gradually drawn into helping with the murders and torture. Vlassakis, 23, helped torture and kill his own half-brother, Troy Youde, and his stepbrother David Johnson. Vlassakis, 23, confessed in 2001 to four murders including that of his stepbrother, David Johnson. Johnson came to Bunting's attention because his former stepmother, who was also the mother of Vlassakis, had moved in with Bunting. Vlassakis became a key witness for the Crown and the detail he provided, supported by other evidence, helped convict Bunting and Wagner. Vlassakis was sentenced in 2002 to a minimum of 26 years and is held in isolation in an unidentified SA prison. Mark Ray Haydon, an associate of Bunting, was initially the subject of "suppression orders or statutory provisions prohibiting publication" and could not therefore be identified as anything other than an alleged perpetrator. In January 1999, he reportedly rented the abandoned State Bank building at Snowtown. A jury deadlocked on charges that Haydon murdered his wife, Elizabeth Haydon, and the murder of Troy Youde. The murder charges were not retried when Haydon pleaded guilty to helping the serial killers dispose of the bodies of his wife Elizabeth and Youde.
    Bunting moved to a house in Salisbury North, South Australia in 1991, and there he befriended his neighbours Mark Haydon, Robert Wagner and his girlfriend Vanessa Laney.
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  • 1966
    Born in 1966.
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