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Murder on Easey Street: Melbourne's Most Notorious Cold Case

Murder on Easey Street: Melbourne's Most Notorious Cold Case


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1977, Collingwood. Two young women are brutally murdered. The killer has never been found. What happened in the house on Easey Street?



On a warm night in January, Suzanne Armstrong and Susan Bartlett were savagely murdered in their house on Easey Street, Collingwood – stabbed multiple times while Suzanne’s sixteen-month-old baby slept in his cot. Although police established a list of more than 100 ‘persons of interest’, the case became one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in Melbourne.

Journalist Helen Thomas was a cub reporter at The Age when the murders were committed and saw how deeply they affected the city. Now, forty-two years on, she has re-examined the cold case – chasing down new leads and talking to members of the Armstrong and Bartlett families, the women’s neighbours on Easey Street, detectives and journalists. What emerges is a portrait of a crime rife with ambiguities and contradictions, which took place at a fascinating time in the city’s history – when the countercultural bohemia of Helen Garner’s Monkey Grip brushed up against the grit of the underworld in one of Melbourne’s most notorious suburbs.

  • Published:

    01.03.2019

  • Publisher:

    Black Inc.

  • ISBN:

    9781760640040

  • Number of Pages:

    272

  • Brand Name:

    Black Inc.

  • Article Number:

    844558

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