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00:40: It was a windy Sunday night on October 6, 1974, as two Queensland police officers drove along
00:46: the forested roads to Yucanavale Youth Camp. They were greeted by the camp's caretakers,
00:53: who appeared flustered. For the past half hour, their remote and peaceful surroundings had been
00:59: intermittently disturbed by a frightening noise. The officers listened. A few minutes later,
01:07: they heard it for themselves. Blood-curdling screams. For the first time in officer Ian Hamilton's
01:14: career, the hairs on the back of his neck stood up. He had never heard such a horrendous and terrifying
01:21: sound. It didn't seem like the screams were coming from just one person either. The difference
01:29: in pitch indicated there were at least two women screaming for help.
01:35: Like the caretakers, the officers couldn't determine what direction the screams were coming
01:39: from. The Yuccanavale youth camp was situated on the uphill section of the Tuwumba range,
01:46: about halfway between the inland city of Tawumba and the rural town of Withkord.
01:52: This mountainous location, mixed with the blustery winds, meant the origin of the screams kept changing.
02:00: One minute it sounded like they were coming from the top of the range, the next it sounded
02:04: like they were coming from the east.
02:08: After 40 frustrating minutes helplessly listening to the distorted screams echo around them, went quiet.
02:17: The officers drove up and down the range on the lookout for anyone in trouble.
02:22: Every now and then they stopped and got out to see if the screams had started up again, they will met with silence.
02:58: For 20-year-old Lorraine Wilson, nursing had been an obvious career choice.
03:04: The youngest of four children in a close-knit family, she followed in the footsteps of
03:08: her mother who had served as a nursing Sydney during World War II.
03:13: The Wilson family lived on a farm 64 kilometres outside of Dubbo, a small city in central
03:19: New South Wales.
03:22: They predominantly lived off the land, with the children helping their parents take care
03:26: of the daily chores. It was a humble and enjoyable upbringing, which taught Lorraine the value
03:33: of hard work. An avid animal lover, she especially loved taking care of the domestic pets,
03:39: which included dogs, cats, chickens, lambs and birds. Lorraine's work ethic, combined
03:47: with her compassionate nature, inspired her to pursue nursing after finishing high school.
03:53: The last of her siblings to leave their nest, she moved to Sydney to begin her live-in training at St George Hospital.
04:01: It was there that she met fellow trainee, 18-year-old Wendy Evans.
04:08: Like Lorraine, Wendy shared the unique traits necessary to succeed as a nurse, strength, empathy and understanding.
04:16: She too had grown up in a close-knit family and was one of four children.
04:21: Leroyne and D had a more urban upbringing in Sydney's inner west, but that didn't prevent
04:26: her and Lorraine from becoming close friends.
04:29: They excelled at their training, topping their classes in such subjects as neurology.
04:36: By late August of 1974, Lorraine and D'Wendy had completed their first year of studies.
04:43: To celebrate, they embarked on an interstate bus tour together, visiting popular tourist
04:48: destinations like Townsville, Mount Isah, Catherine, Darwin and Dallas Springs.
04:55: The trip ended in Dubbo.
04:58: The two friends spent a few days on the Wilson's family farm before heading off in Lorraine's
05:03: Volkswagen Beetle for the final leg of their journey, an 800km road trip to Brisbane.
05:10: Halfway there, the car broke down and had to be towed to a mechanic, who calculated it
05:15: would take at least a week to fix.
05:19: This threw a major spanner in the works.
05:22: The friends were on a tight budget and didn't have extra money for alternative transport.
05:28: They were hesitant about hitchhiking, but after some deliberation, they decided to take the risk.
05:35: It paid off.
05:38: The men who picked them up was so friendly, he even stopped to buy them burgers before
05:42: For dropping them at the home of Wendy's sister Susan, who lived in the suburb of Camp Hill.
05:49: Lorraine and Wendy spent six days exploring and shopping in Brisbane while catching up with Susan and her family.
05:58: By Sunday, October 6, the pair were ready to head home to be back at work on Thursday.
06:04: They were running out of money, but Lorraine's Volkswagen still wasn't ready to be picked up.
06:10: They considered their options.
06:12: Given the positive experience they'd had hitchhiking to Brisbane, they decided to hitch
06:17: a ride back to the Wilson's Farm in Dubbo.
06:22: Susan urged them to reconsider.
06:25: They were welcome to stay until Lorraine's car was ready, or she could lend them money for a train or bus ticket.
06:33: Wendy considered her sisters' offer, but Lorraine was confident that everything would be okay.
06:40: The friends were sure their good luck would continue.
06:44: Wendy reassured her sister, saying,
06:46: I've got Lorraine to protect me.
06:54: When the young women failed to arrive in Dubbo,
06:56: Lorraine's mother Betty told herself that they must have made a last-minute plans.
07:01: But she could feel in her bones that something was wrong.
07:07: It was only after Lorraine and Wendy failed to appear for work on Thursday that the pair were realised as missing.
07:15: A police investigation was launched.
07:18: Lorraine and Wendy hadn't told anyone what route they intended to take from Brisbane,
07:23: or whether they intended to stop anywhere along the way.
07:27: With no concrete information to use as a starting point, it was like searching for a needle
07:32: in a near 900 kilometer long haystack.
07:37: Lorraine's parents hit the road,
07:39: retracing every step the friends had taken on their journey up to Brisbane.
07:44: They showed photos to everyone they crossed paths with
07:47: and spoke to the media along the way,
07:49: doing everything in their power to bring publicity to Lorraine and Wendy's disappearance.
07:56: Reported sightings of the young nurses
07:58: came in from all over the country, but none could be verified.
08:02: Neither Lorraine or Wendy had touched their bank accounts
08:05: since the day before they left Camp Hill.
08:09: As time wore on, the possibility grew
08:12: that they had met with foul play.
08:16: Taking the mentality that no news is good news, the Wilson family remained hopeful
08:22: that the young women would be found alive.
08:25: The Evans family were less optimistic.
08:29: By the time Wendy had been missing for four months, her sister Susan had given birth,
08:34: meaning Wendy had become an aunt again.
08:37: The fact she didn't reach out could only suggest that something terrible had happened.
08:43: Wendy's mother Alice told reporters,
08:47: I now feel the situation is hopeless for my daughter, and just want to know where she lies dead.
08:54: There is no doubt in my mind that the worst has happened.
09:04: The investigation continued but no promising leads emerged.
09:08: By Friday June 25, 1975, the two friends had been missing for almost 21 months.
09:17: That day an elderly couple went for a leisurely drive to Murphy's Creek, a small historic settlement approximately 30 kilometers north-east of Toowoomba.
09:28: The couple drove down Murphy's Creek Road, a rural thoroughfare surrounded by dense bushland and dry paddocks.
09:37: About 2.5 kilometers outside the township, they turned down an unsealed dirt road.
09:43: After 900 meters, they parked their car near a split rail fence.
09:49: It was a isolated area with residential homes few and far between.
09:54: The closest farmhouse was about 800 meters away, making it an ideal spot for a private picnic.
10:02: As they ate lunch in their car, a Wallaby hopped past the couple's vehicle.
10:07: They decided to get out and follow it.
10:12: The pair scaled a barbed wire fence that framed a private property before walking into a
10:16: a wooded paddock. After heading through a cluster of trees, they came across a small clearing.
10:24: It looked like some kind of rubbish dump. On the ground, all kinds of items were strewn about,
10:31: clothing, cosmetics, bags, and other personal belongings.
10:37: The men bent down to get a better look at a discarded camera when his companion noticed
10:42: something on the ground nearby. A human skull. This wasn't just a rubbish dump. It was
10:51: a burial site. The couple rushed back to their car and drove towards to Womba. By chance,
10:59: they passed the police car and stopped to inform the officer what they'd found.
11:05: The officer followed the couple back to the clearing where he identified two human skulls and other human bones.
11:12: Amongst the personal belongings dumped throughout the site was a transistor radio, and name was engraved on the back.
11:21: Lorraine Wilson
11:23: Within hours, the remote site was teaming with police.
11:28: They uncovered the mostly intact skeletons belonging to Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans.
11:35: Although wildlife had dispersed some of the bones, it was clear that the two bodies had initially been dumped side by side.
11:43: Their killer had made no attempt to hide the bodies.
11:47: They likely deemed it unnecessary given the remote spot was obstructed by trees and
11:52: at the rear of a 2000 acre plot of farmland.
11:58: Both women had sustained fatal head injuries, possibly inflicted by a large piece of timber
12:03: found nearby. Lorraine had been struck on the back of the head between one and three times,
12:09: whereas Wendy had injured multiple extensive injuries. A forensic examiner determined that
12:16: Wendy's face had been, quote, bashed to a pulp. Remnants of a thin, looped synthetic
12:25: cord indicated both women had been hogtied, but the state of the remains meant it couldn't
12:30: be ascertained whether either of them had been sexually assaulted.
12:35: Their genes and underwear were still in place, their bra straps were fastened, and the
12:40: cord had been tied over their genes.
12:44: Had they been raped, it likely happened sometime before they were killed.
12:50: All up, a total of 90 personal items belonging to Lorraine and Wendy were found at the
12:55: bush side, everything they'd been carrying on their journey from Brisbane.
13:01: Only a few items were missing, both of their wallets and two bank books.
13:07: However, it didn't necessarily seem that the killer was motivated by robbery.
13:12: Lorraine and Wendy still had their jewellery, including Appendant necklace, a gold bracelet, and Lorraine's prized antique ring.
13:22: Having a metal detector, an army officer scanned a dry mound of dirt nearby.
13:28: They located a men's silver signant ring with a large green stone.
13:34: This was the only item that couldn't be attributed to either Lorraine or Wendy.
13:39: While it was possible that the killer had accidentally lost the ring, another scenario had to be considered.
13:46: What if the killer, or someone who knew of the crime, had intentionally left it behind as a clue.
13:55: The crime scene was around a two hour drive west of Camp Hill where Lorraine and Wendy were last seen alive.
14:03: Investigators deemed it unlikely that the pair had been killed elsewhere before being dumped at Murphy's Creek.
14:09: It would have been too difficult to cut their bodies over the barbed wire fence and dense bush to the burial site.
14:17: It made much more sense that Lorraine and Wendy had met their fate in this isolated location
14:22: where no one would hear them scream.
14:26: Except someone did.
14:34: When police officer Ian Hamilton heard about the discovery of the remains, he immediately
14:39: thought back to the night of Sunday, October 6, 1974.
14:44: B Yinti's partner had been unable to locate the source of two women screaming in the
14:49: To Womba Ranges region.
14:52: He checked his records and confirmed that the incident had happened on the same day that
14:56: Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans went missing.
15:00: Based on this information, investigators concluded the screams had come from the two nurses,
15:06: and that they had likely been killed the same day they left Brisbane.
15:11: Lorraine and Wendy had briefly mentioned wanting to go sunbathing on the Gold Coast.
15:17: This became a significant detail.
15:20: In July 1972, 18-year-old Robin Hoinville-Bartram and her friend, 19-year-old Anita Cunningham,
15:28: had hitchhiked to Queensland and were last seen in the Gold Coast suburb of Kool-Lingada.
15:35: Four months later, Robin's body was found under a bridge in the rural town of Charter's
15:40: hours. She had been shot twice with a rifle. A needy's body was never found, but police
15:48: was certain she'd met the same fate.
15:53: Then on October 6, 1973, one year to the day before Lorraine and Wendy went missing, best
16:00: Franz Michele Riley and Gabrielle Janky got out of a taxi in Brisbane's CBD. The 16
16:08: 19-year-old planned to hitchhike to the Gold Coast.
16:13: A week later, Gabrielle's decomposing body was found at the bottom of an embankment on the side of the Pacific Highway.
16:21: Eleven days on and 25 kilometres away, Michele's body was found in bushes off the Mount Tambourine
16:30: Both teens had been sexually assaulted and bludgeoned to death in what police described as a frenzied attack.
16:39: On May 5, a month and a half before Lorraine and Wendy's bodies were found, Gold Coast
16:45: teenager Margaret Roseworn attempted to hitchhike from surface paradise to a party in nearby burly heads.
16:53: Sixteen days later, her body was discovered amongst overgrown grass on a vacant block in West Burley.
17:01: We had been beaten so ferociously that dental records were needed to make a positive identification.
17:09: It appeared as though a struggle had taken place on a nearby road, leading investigators
17:13: to believe Margaret had tried to flee from someone's car.
17:19: Including Lorraine and Wendy, all seven women were of a similar age group and had gone missing
17:24: while hitchhiking in the Brisbane Gold Coast areas.
17:29: of them were bludgeoned to death and to likely sexually assaulted, their bodies disposed of relatively out in the open.
17:38: The similarities seemed too strong to be purely coincidental.
17:42: Was it possible that all seven of the young women had fallen victim to the same cold-blooded
17:48: killer, who the public had dubbed the Gold Coast Hitchhiker murderer.
18:00: A $100,000 reward for information pertaining to the Wilson and Evans case was offered,
18:05: the largest ever for a Queensland homicide.
18:09: A bus driver came forward to report that on Sunday, October 6, 1974, he'd been completing
18:15: his route on Ipswich Road in Western Brisbane.
18:19: As he passed the Oxley Police Academy, he saw two young women who matched the descriptions
18:25: of Lorraine and Wendy sitting on the side of the road.
18:29: A faded light green EK Holden pulled over, and the women got in.
18:35: Two men aged in their early 20s were sitting inside.
18:40: The driver had shoulder length fair hair and his passenger had an afro.
18:45: This sighting coincided with the time that Lorraine and Wendy left Camp Hill, prompting detectives to conclude it was genuine.
18:54: They appealed for anyone who had seen a similar vehicle in the area to come forward.
19:01: The appeal caught the attention of Brisbane resident Anthony Doherty.
19:06: On Sunday, October 6, 1974, he'd been parked in front of the Oxley Hotel when he overheard
19:12: two young women disagreeing about whether or not they should accept a ride.
19:18: The women matched the description of Lorraine and Wendy.
19:22: The shorter of the pair, presumably Wendy, was reluctant.
19:26: Her friend said,
19:28: I'm going whether you come or not.
19:33: She walked over to the car park to next to Anthony's, a green holding with a white top.
19:40: In the passenger seat was a young male around 20 years old with dark hair and around face.
19:47: He had a scruffy look and a quote, silly grin on his face.
19:53: Another male of similar age stood next to the Holden as though waiting for the girls to make up their minds.
20:00: He was tanned with dark medium-length hair and a tadoo on his upper arm.
20:07: Eventually, the shorter girl picked up her luggage and followed her friend into the back seat of the Holden.
20:14: Anthony watched as the tanned male got into the driver's seat.
20:18: vehicle then sped off towards Ipswich Road, kicking pebbles in its wake.
20:26: Anthony called the police to report this sighting, but the sergeant he spoke to thought he must have been mistaken.
20:33: Convinced Lorraine and Wendy had fallen victim to the Gold Coast hitchhiker murderer, they
20:38: believed the girls had actually been traveling in the opposite direction, down the Pacific
20:43: Highway towards Sydney.
20:46: Consequently, the sergeant wasn't interested in Anthony Siding and didn't take a statement.
20:54: This was despite the fact that the Holden had also been cited in the vicinity of where
20:59: Lorraine and Wendy's bodies were discovered.
21:02: A local musician drove down Murphy's Creek Road every Saturday night for several weeks during September and October 1974.
21:12: Each week, he noticed a car parked in the same spot, not far from where Lorraine and Wendy's bodies were eventually found.
21:21: It was a light-coloured 1964 E.H. Holden.
21:28: Officer Ian Hamilton knew the vehicle well.
21:31: Over his years working as a traffic cop, he'd pulled over a similar holden several times.
21:38: Although it was a common model, he remembered its distinct chrome wheels and the way it
21:42: sat low at the front and higher at the back. He'd issued defective tickets upon realizing
21:49: there were no interior door handles or windowwinders in the back seat. He told detectives working
21:57: the Wilson Evans case everything he knew about the vehicle and those associated with it.
22:03: Regardless, these leads went nowhere and the case eventually went cold.
22:12: Nine years passed with no further developments until an inquest was finally held in October 1985.
22:21: No witnesses were called and no suspects were named. Based on the known facts,
22:27: the coroner could only conclude that Lorraine and Wendy had been killed in Murphy's Creek by a person or person's unknown.
22:36: Lorraine's brother, Eric Wilson, had an overwhelming need to uncover the truth of what happened, explaining,
22:44: it's hard to accept that we might never ever find out.
22:48: The thing is, you compound it every day.
22:52: It makes it worse in your mind if that's possible, all those unanswered questions, they're not knowing.
22:59: You walk around every day with a mountain of fear sitting on your shoulder.
23:07: Three years after the inquest in October 1988, Detective Senior Constable Paul Rouge of
23:13: the Tuwumbu Criminal Investigation Branch received a word that an inmate in New South Wales had
23:19: implicated two men in the Wilson Evans homicide.
23:24: According to this witness, several years after Lorraine and Wendy were killed, he'd been
23:28: When drinking with two acquaintances, when the subject of the nurse's murders came up,
23:34: one of the men allegedly admitted that they'd picked the pair up to drink with them, to which the other allegedly responded.
23:43: Yeah, but more than that happened, didn't it?
23:47: We screwed them and killed them.
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24:29: The witness named the man as Tuwumba Locals, Donald Lorry and Trevor Hilton.
24:35: This confession turned out to be a bust.
24:38: Trevor Hilton had been incarcerated at the time Lorraine and Wendy were killed.
24:44: Still, Detective Rouge's interest was peaked.
24:48: He requested the Wilson and Evans case file to find or look contained was a few notes and newspaper clippings.
24:57: There were no witness statements, no running sheets, nothing.
25:03: Rouge was left to piece together the case using the skint paperwork and limited physical evidence.
25:10: The more he learned, the more shocked he became.
25:14: The inmates' confession wasn't the first time that the name's Hilton and Lorry had
25:19: been mentioned in relation to the murders.
25:24: The extended Lorry and Hilton families were interrelated by blood and marriage.
25:30: They had lived around to Womba for decades, where some members of the family so-durned
25:34: a fierce reputation for being violent and dangerous.
25:39: People police were very familiar with several members of the two families due to their history
25:44: of alcohol abuse, domestic violence and run-ins with the law.
25:51: Following the discovery of Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans' remains, three separate people
25:56: had suggested police look into the Hilton and Lorry crew.
26:01: It was well known that some of the young men associated with the group had a habit of picking
26:05: up teenage girls for sex, whether consensual or by force. They'd go as far as grabbing
26:12: them off the street and throwing them into the boots or backseat of their cars.
26:19: Survivors described that handles and windowwenders had been removed from the back doors to prevent
26:24: their escape. The group were also known for throwing alcohol-fueled parties out in the
26:31: bush, including at Murphy's Creek. Despite this information, none of these men had been
26:38: questioned at any point, for reasons Detective Rouge could in ascertain.
26:46: Back when the bodies of Lorraine and Wendy were found, a local couple had reported a strange
26:51: encounter they'd had on the Toowoomba range in early October of 1974. Brian and Velma
26:59: had been driving home from visiting their sick infant daughter in hospital when they
27:03: noticed a vehicle parked in a small turn-off on the left hand side of the road.
27:09: It was a pale green EJ or EH Holden with a white top.
27:14: Judging by its angle, the Holden looked as though it had abruptly skidded to a stop.
27:20: Both passenger side doors were open.
27:25: Once the back of the car, a man was throttling a young woman while trying to force her inside.
27:31: About 20 metres away, another man was marching a second young woman towards the holden, pinning her arms behind her back.
27:40: The woman looked directly at Brian and Volma and screamed.
27:44: Help me.
27:46: Oh God.
27:46: Help me.
27:50: ordered her husband to stop and he slowed down a little further ahead.
27:55: Brian and Velma looked back.
27:58: In the front seat of the Holden, they could see two other men and a third woman.
28:04: Velma and Brian wanted to offer assistance, but they had their three-year-old daughter
28:09: in the back seat, and were scared they might put her or themselves in danger.
28:15: to come with fear, they decided to keep driving.
28:20: They soon passed a pay phone, but decided not to call the police in case the man drove
28:25: past and suspected what they were doing.
28:29: Instead, they went home.
28:33: The next morning, Velma reported the incident to a police officer whom they knew.
28:40: The officer wasn't too worried.
28:42: There hadn't been any news of any assaults the night prior, or missing person reports filed.
28:49: When the bodies of Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans were discovered not far from where
28:54: they witnessed the altercation, Brian and Velma were convinced they had seen something significant.
29:02: They reported their concerns to the same officer they'd initially spoken to, who looked into their claims.
29:09: Apparently, hospital admission records for Brian and Velma's sick daughter didn't match up
29:14: with the alleged timing of Lorraine and Wendy's murder. Their accounts were therefore eliminated
29:21: as a potential lead in the investigation. Detective Rouge wasn't so sure. He showed the
29:29: couple a photo line up of 16 man. Despite over a decade passing, Brian confidently pointed
29:37: to one photo. It was Wayne Hilton.
29:43: Better known by his nickname Boogie, Wayne was a prominent member of the Hilton Laurie
29:48: clan. 19 years old at the time Lorraine and Wendy were killed, he had a reputation for
29:54: a turning violent if he didn't get his way.
29:58: He reportedly had a tire lever stored under the front seat of his car that he wielded as a weapon.
30:06: Some of Wayne Hilton's close cohorts included friends and relatives, Alan Shorty-Lory,
30:12: Alan Ungy-Lory, Donald Lorry, Desmond Hilton, Larry Charles, and Jimmy O'Neill.
30:20: Due to their proclivity for heavy drinking and fighting, many of the men were banned from every pub into Womba.
30:28: Another member of their crew named Kingsley Hunt didn't drink.
30:32: He took on the role of designated driver and ferried the gang to parties and pubs out of town.
30:40: There were several vehicles that could be attributed to the crew.
30:45: was a pale green holding with a white top.
30:52: Detective Rouge turned his focus to one of the only pieces of physical evidence at the
30:56: crime scene, the court used to bind Lorraine and Wendy.
31:01: It was fairly commonplace, much like the kind used on Venetian blinds, but Rouge had
31:07: his suspicions about where it might have originated.
31:12: visited the Darling Downs Bacon Company into Womba. The pig processing plant was one of
31:18: the largest in the state and employed many of the town's locals.
31:23: Rouge presented the cord to an employee and asked if it looked familiar.
31:28: The employee said yes, a similar type of cord was used in the factory to hang bacon.
31:36: This was a significant revelation. Wayne Hilton had been employed at the Darling Downs Bacon
31:41: company around the time Lorraine and Wendy were killed.
31:47: Detective Rouge spoke with another man named Neil who had worked with Wayne Hilton on an off for several years.
31:55: According to Neil, one day Wayne suddenly announced that he'd soon have to quit his job.
32:01: When Neil asked why, Wayne allegedly said,
32:05: Did you see the picture of our cars in the paper?
32:08: They're right onto us.
32:10: He would have heard about the nurses being murdered a bit over the range.
32:15: Me and the brother had done that.
32:19: Neil assumed Wayne was talking about his brother's travel, but realized he'd been in jail at the time.
32:26: Instead, he figured Wayne was talking about one of his uncles, who were close in age to
32:31: Wayne and with whom he had a close relationship.
32:35: According to Neil, Wayne went on to explain that the nurses had gotten away from them and
32:40: gave them, quote, a bit of trouble. He said he was afraid of getting caught and asked
32:47: for advice. Neil asked why he did it, to which Wayne responded, full of piss and bad manners.
32:59: Although Neil found it odd, he didn't really believe what Wayne was saying,
33:04: even when he went through with quitting his job. Neil said Wayne mentioned his involvement
33:10: in the murders on several other occasions. But it was only years later that Neil suspected
33:17: he might actually be telling the truth.
33:23: Wayne Hilton's cohort, Alan Laurie, who went by the nickname Shorty, had also worked
33:28: at the Darling Downs Bacon Company. Shorty turned 22 the day Lorraine and Wendy were murdered.
33:37: the most violent of the group, he was feared by many and labelled by some as a psychopath.
33:44: Shorty's violence knew no boundaries. He once punched and stomped on his own mother
33:50: and had bid his father zero off over a fight about a sausage.
33:56: Detective Rouge visited Alan Shorty's lorry at home and asked if he could come by the station
34:01: to answer some questions. He made no mention of Lorraine and Wendy, simply saying he wanted to
34:07: to discuss a car that Shorty had previously owned.
34:11: Shorty became highly anxious,
34:13: but reluctantly agreed to come by later that day.
34:19: He arrived at the station, hand in hand with his wife.
34:23: Shorty was clearly agitated, almost to a point of panic.
34:28: Everything about his demeanor
34:30: was in complete contrast to the menacing character
34:33: that Detective Rouge had been led to expect.
34:37: When placed in an interview room away from his wife, Shorty entered a full-blown state of panic.
34:43: He started breathing heavily and frothing at the mouth.
34:49: When told, we need to ask you some questions about your involvement in the nurse's murders.
34:55: Alan Shorty Laurie leapt to his feet and started bellowing like a bull.
35:01: It was so loud that other officers rushed to the interview room to see what was going on.
35:07: He repeatedly cried out, I didn't do it, I didn't do it.
35:13: His distress was so extreme that Detective Rouge couldn't continue with his questioning.
35:19: He requested that Shorty return to the station later on for a formal interview.
35:25: Instead, Shorty hired a lawyer who advised that his client wouldn't be answering any further questions.
35:34: Detective Rouge was eventually transferred to another district which meant he could no
35:38: longer have any involvement with the Wilson and Evans case.
35:43: He collated all the information and witness statements he'd obtained and sent them to
35:47: the homicide squad, hoping someone would pick up where he left off.
35:53: Although tips continued to come through over the years, things soon came to a standstill.
36:00: arrests were made. In fact, none of the remaining persons of interest were even questioned.
36:14: Lorraine's brother Eric spent his adult life tormented by the murders. In 2003, he wrote
36:20: a book about the case titled The Echo of Silent Screams. It sparked renewed interest in
36:27: a case, putting pressure on the Queensland Police Commissioner to reopen the investigation.
36:33: The job went to Detective Inspector Kerry Johnson, a former member of the Homicide Squad
36:39: known for his success rate at solving cold cases.
36:43: For the first time, all the case material was reviewed in thorough detail.
36:50: It was abundantly clear that poor policing, lack of investigative resources and conflicting
36:55: witness statements had contributed to Lorraine and Wendy's killers going unpunished.
37:02: Motivated to finally find closure for the Wilson and Evans families, Detective Johnson
37:07: said about re-interviewing all of the key witnesses and persons of interest, piecing together
37:12: the known information and trying to fill in any gaps.
37:18: It appeared that the circumstances surrounding Lorraine and Wendy's murders were an open
37:23: secret amongst many people into Womba. Over the years, others had reported worthwhile
37:29: information that implicated the same group of men.
37:34: The morning after the murders, Wayne Hilton's neighbor claimed to have seen him ripping
37:38: the carpet out of the backseat of a green holding. When she asked what he was doing, Wayne
37:44: told her to mind her own business. The neighbor left but couldn't ignore what she saw
37:51: on the carpet. A large, reddish brown stain that looked like blood.
37:59: Another associate of the group, Desmond Hilton, recalled that one morning in October 1974,
38:05: Wayne Hilton and Donald Lorry were drinking at his house when a light green EH olden pulled
38:11: up. Inside were Alan Shorty Laurie, Jimmy O'Neill,
38:16: Larry Charles and Alan Ungy Laurie.
38:20: They revealed that they'd quote, given two girls are hiding down the bottom of the range.
38:27: According to Desmond, Shorty bragged and demonstrated how they kicked and stomped on the girls.
38:34: Desmond claimed that the men offered him beer in exchange for cleaning their car.
38:40: He agreed to scare to say no.
38:44: the back seat was a light smear of blood as though an injured person had been dragged
38:49: across it. According to Desmond, Wayne Hilton and Donald
38:54: Lorry then went back to the range to check on the girls. When they returned, they had
39:00: blood on their hands. It was only years later when Desmond found out about the murders
39:07: of Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans that he realized the group had been talking about
39:12: the nurses. Donald Lorry had seemed to terrified ever since and it now made sense why. He
39:21: admitted to Desmond that he'd taken a ring from one of the girls that he'd delayed
39:25: a sold-for-beer money at the local pub. While sick in hospital years later, Donald
39:33: Lorry allegedly told a friend, we killed the nurses, I was there, I didn't do it.
39:42: According to this witness, Donald directly implicated Wayne Hilton,
39:47: Unny Laurie and Shorty Laurie, but also said that three or four carloads of people were involved.
39:54: When asked why he hadn't gone to police, Donald apparently replied that the others would have killed him if he had spoken up.
40:03: Another associate had once seen gang member Larry Charles crying, which was completely out of character.
40:11: When asked what was wrong, Larry allegedly responded.
40:15: It was two years today that them girls got killed at Murphy's Creek.
40:22: Larry then apparently confessed to having picked up Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans with
40:26: Wayne Hilton, Shorty Laurie, Donald Laurie and Jimmy O'Neill.
40:32: They took the women into the bush at which point, Agni Laurie, Desmond Hilton and a few
40:37: of their friends arrived. The whole group, excluding Larry, then took turns raping and bashing
40:44: the women. The next morning, Wayne Hilton and Shorty Laurie had a whispered conversation,
40:52: then quote, they both walked towards the girls, picked up a big stick each, and just wailed
40:59: and wailed into them. Fear of retaliation had kept some silence, but the poor police leasing couldn't be ignored.
41:11: Back in 1974, a 19-year-old woman had accepted a lift home from Shorty Laurie and one of his friends.
41:19: Instead of taking her home, she claimed they pulled over and took turns raping her in the back seat.
41:27: She reported the incident and was examined by a medical officer, but never heard another
41:31: word about it and was too scared to follow it up with the police.
41:38: This was just one in a long series of similar allegations.
41:44: Detective Inspector Kerry Johnson was deeply troubled by this information and the fact
41:49: that nothing had been done to reprimand those involved.
41:54: But perhaps most concerning was there were other innocent bystanders that had witnessed
41:59: the attack against Lorraine and Wendy as it unfolded.
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42:43: On Sunday, October 6, 1974, married couple Neil and Jocelyn had been driving down the
42:48: To Womba Range when one of their children fell car sick.
42:53: They pulled into a turn-off, only to find two cars already parked there.
42:58: Clothing was strewn on the side of the road, leading Neil and Jocelyn to believe the
43:03: two cars had been involved in an accident.
43:07: Two men were escorting a young woman into a black-forward Falcon, as though offering her assistance.
43:14: One of the men was scrawny and ill-looking and dressed all in white.
43:20: This fit the description of the designated driver of the Hilton and Laurie crew, Kingsley
43:27: His job at a pest control company required him to wear a white uniform.
43:32: The young woman turned to face Neil and Jocelyn.
43:37: That's when they realized the men weren't helping her at all.
43:40: They were forcing her into the car.
43:43: The young woman screamed, please help me.
43:48: The young woman was in the backseat of the other car, a light-coloured Holden.
43:53: She was wrestling with a dark-haired man aged in his early to mid-20s.
43:58: He attempted to restrain her as she lent forward and yelled for help.
44:04: Another man was pacing around nervously outside the vehicle with his hands on his head.
44:10: Too scared to stop, Neil and Jocelyn continued down the range.
44:15: They considered reporting the incident to the police, but instead they drove onwards,
44:20: convincing themselves that it was just a lover's tip of some kind.
44:25: They decided to let it go, unless they heard anything in the news over the next few days, which they never did.
44:34: Another married couple Vivian and Rose were driving down the range at dusk when they saw
44:39: a car pulled over on the left-hand side of the road.
44:43: A man and young woman were lying across the front bonnet in what appeared to be a lover's embrace.
44:49: Thinking it was a strange place to stop for a cuddle, they soon realized it wasn't a romantic moment at all.
44:57: The man was restraining the woman who was trying to break free.
45:02: At that moment, another young woman raced out onto the road screaming for help.
45:08: A dark-haired man of average height and build was chasing close behind her, undeterred by
45:13: the fact that Vivian and Rose had seen what was going on.
45:19: Vivian applied the brakes, but the couple had their three young children in the back seat,
45:23: so Rose urged him to keep driving.
45:28: They drove to the nearest police station, where the officer on duty said they'd contact
45:32: that to Womber Police to send a patrol car down the range to check it out.
45:38: Vivian and Rose never heard another word about it.
45:42: When the bodies of Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans were found, Rose contacted police again.
45:49: She did so again when the case was featured on Australia's most wanted in 1989.
45:56: No one ever so much as asked for her contact to details, let alone took a statement.
46:05: Norma was preparing dinner alone at her home in the Toowoomba Rangers in early October 1974
46:12: when she heard a panicked woman's voice. It was coming from her back door.
46:19: Norma found a young woman with light-brown hair standing there. She begged for Norma's help,
46:25: saying she had just been at a party with a group of people whom she now wanted to get away from.
46:31: She had escaped from their vehicle and needed somewhere safe to stay for a while.
46:38: Norma didn't know what to do. Her husband was due to arrive home, so she told the young woman
46:44: she could wait inside until he returned. They'd figure things out from there.
46:49: there. But the woman became increasingly frantic. She said she couldn't wait around because
46:56: the group had her friend, and they were going to kill her if she didn't go back. Norma
47:02: told the woman she could sneak out the back way, who in turn responded, they would probably
47:08: find me anyway. Norma offered to call the police, but the woman declined, saying, I better
47:16: go. Norma returned to her kitchen only to hear a loud scream. She rushed to a front window
47:26: where she saw a car idling outside. The woman who had just been in her house was struggling
47:33: with a young man who had a long, wavy dark hair. He struck the woman across the face as
47:39: he tried to force her into the backseat of the car. Norma could see a second young woman
47:45: in the back of the vehicle. She too was in the throes of a struggle with another man.
47:52: It looked as though she was trying to get out, but the man wouldn't let her leave.
47:58: At that moment, Norma's husband pulled into the driveway. He had also witnessed the struggle
48:05: and headed inside to ask Norma what was going on. She filled him in, but he responded,
48:13: It was probably just a domestic.
48:17: The couple returned to the front window.
48:20: By then, the men, the women, and the car were gone.
48:27: Two weeks later, Norma was reading the newspaper when she came across a photo of Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans.
48:35: Norma immediately recognized Lorraine as the young woman who had knocked on her door,
48:40: Wendy as the woman in the backseat of the car. She wanted to contact the police, but her husband
48:47: warned her not to get involved. When Lorraine and Wendy's bodies were discovered, Norma informed
48:55: her parents what she had witnessed two years earlier. They agreed that she should obey her
49:02: husband's wishes and not get involved. Memories of the women's cries for help haunted Norma for
49:09: years. By the time a segment about the case appeared on Australia's most
49:15: wanted in 1989, Norma and her family had relocated into state. Unable to keep it
49:22: to herself any longer, she finally contacted the police. They had her identify
49:28: Lorraine and Wendy from a photo, but whether anything else was done beyond that is unknown.
49:38: When Lorraine's brother Eric heard about this, he was crushed.
49:42: He remarked,
49:44: My sister was standing in front of a woman who was the same age as her mother.
49:49: She was looking for a mother's protection, a mother's advice on what she should do.
49:55: She got nothing.
49:56: She was on her own.
49:59: There is a famous saying.
50:02: exists when good men or women do nothing. How true a statement that is.
50:15: For almost 40 years, Lorraine Wilson's family had tried to move on with their lives, but
50:21: the lack of closure made it impossible. By 2012, Lorraine's father was suffering from
50:27: Dematua. Her brother Eric wanted answers not only for himself, but for his elderly parents.
50:35: With all the new information that had come to light since the initial inquest in 1985,
50:41: the Wilson family felt that Lorraine and Wendy at the very least deserved another inquest.
50:47: Lorraine's mother Betty wrote to the coroner, quote,
50:52: To this day, no one has been held accountable for the murder of Lorraine, my daughter, and her friend Wendy.
50:59: It is important to me, my family, and to the public at large to have these suspects fully
51:05: accountable and have them named in the public domain.
51:09: For the sake of justice and history, I feel it is important that with all the new evidence
51:14: in this investigation to be laid out in clear view for all to see.
51:20: I wish to rest in peace and I urge for the sake of the girls who do not have a voice, as
51:26: well as my own, for you to convene a coronial inquest to wear these findings.
51:35: Three days after writing the letter, Betty was working alone in the garden when she slipped and severed an artery.
51:42: She tried to make it back to the house, but the blood loss was too severe.
51:48: passed away without ever seeing Justice served for her daughter.
51:57: Betty's request for accountability was denied, much to the outrage of the public.
52:04: Media rallied around Eric Wilson, propelling the murders back in the headlines.
52:09: The coroner succumbed to the public pressure, and it was announced that a new inquest would
52:14: be held with the aim of determining whether there was enough evidence to warrant a trial.
52:21: By this point there was no shortage of witnesses.
52:25: Some had seen Lorraine and Wendy accepting a ride, others had seen them trying to escape their attackers.
52:32: Others had received confessions or incriminating statements from the suspected perpetrators.
52:39: The problem was inconsistencies were rife.
52:44: One had described the perpetrator's car as an EJ Holden, others said an E. H. Holden, both remarkably similar models.
52:53: The physical description of the men involved also varied, making it difficult to pinpoint
52:58: which individuals were responsible for which acts.
53:03: A full forensic review was ordered on all available evidence, but there was even less to go by than originally thought.
53:11: There were hopes that the cord used to hogtile rain and wendy would reveal traces of the
53:16: perpetrators' DNA, but the tests proved negative.
53:21: Some of the evidence had been disposed of in 2010, while other items had been lost altogether.
53:28: Amongst the missing items was the silver man's signant ring that was found at the crime scene.
53:35: Wayne Boogie Hilton was known to wear a similar ring.
53:40: When the ring had been misplaced, images of it couldn't be circulated to facilitate the identification of its owner.
53:49: In the 1970s, the Laurie family had owned a pale green EH-olden with a white roof.
53:56: The shell of this vehicle was tracked down and examined.
54:00: Traces of blood were detected inside, but too much time had passed for it to be of any use.
54:07: There was one notable discovery. There were no interior handles or windowwinders on the back doors.
54:17: The Inquest commenced into Womba in April 2013. For the first time, the seven primary
54:24: suspects were publicly named. They included Wayne Boogie-Hilton, Donald Lorry, Alan
54:32: Shorty Laurie, Alan Ungy Laurie, Desmond Hilton, Jimmy O'Neill and Larry Charles.
54:40: Kingsley Hunt, the gang's designated driver, was noted as a person of interest, but not nominated as a primary suspect.
54:50: Over several days, evidence was heard from the various witnesses who claimed to have seen
54:55: Lorraine and Wendy with a group of men on the day they went missing.
54:59: were individuals who provided testimony ranged from the reliable to the questionable, with
55:05: one member of the Laurie family claiming to have witnessed the murders himself when he was 10 years old.
55:13: Many witnesses connected to the persons of interest gave vague non-committed answers.
55:19: Some backtracked from damning claims they'd made in the past, while several retracted their statements pertaining to alleged confessions.
55:28: implicated, flat out denied any involvement in the crime.
55:34: Yet there was an air of anticipation when one particular person finally took the stand.
55:45: 1984 marked a decade after Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans were killed.
55:50: Towards the middle of that year, Kim Sandocock had been having a tough time at home.
55:55: She headed to Womba's Crown Hotel for a breather.
56:00: Kim sat nursing a drink when a woman whom she'd never met approached her table.
56:06: The stranger took a seat and introduced herself as Ellen.
56:11: The two women engaged in small talk for a while before Ellen, who was clearly intoxicated, asked,
56:18: have you ever had to carry around a secret that you couldn't tell anybody?
56:25: It was clear to Kim that Ellen had something she wanted to get off her chest, so she let her talk.
56:32: But Kim wasn't prepared for what came next.
56:37: Ellen revealed that she'd been present when Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans were murdered,
56:42: and she was sick of covering up for those responsible.
56:46: Ellen claimed that she had been driving around in a 1963 Holden with two men when they decided
56:52: to pick up the two nurses in the hopes of getting sex.
56:57: But the nurses refused the man's advances and were labeled as, quote, prick teases.
57:04: The man wanted to teach the nurses a lesson.
57:08: The plan was to take them to an isolated area and rape them.
57:13: But during the drive, things went haywire.
57:16: The nurses became terrified and tried to escape.
57:20: One of them had been sitting in the front seat, and the driver began hitting her over the head and pulling her hair.
57:28: The other men who were sitting in the back seat grabbed a bar of some kind.
57:33: He reached over and bashed the woman across the head.
57:37: She flung forward, blood flying everywhere, and it was obvious that she was dead.
57:43: The other nurse was hysterical.
57:46: She began screaming.
57:48: The men panicked and decided they'd have to kill her too.
57:53: They pulled up to a remote side in Murphy's Creek and dumped the first body.
57:58: The remaining nurse saw this as her chance to escape.
58:02: She got out and ran, but the man chased her down.
58:06: They launched a frenzied attack, bashing her multiple times in the head until she was no longer moving.
58:12: They then dragged her body alongside her friend.
58:18: When Ellen finally stopped talking about the murders, Kim was shaking as she got up to leave.
58:25: Ellen grabbed her firmly by the shoulder and warned,
58:29: If you ever tell anyone what I just told you, you'll end up the same way as the nurses.
58:37: Kim was terrified.
58:39: She kept this information to herself for five years before finally going to the police.
58:45: By then, she couldn't remember much about Ellen herself, but could remember every detail
58:51: about the story Ellen had told her, including the names of the men involved.
58:57: Shorty Laurie and one of the Hilton boys.
59:02: By the time Kim Sandocock appeared at the Inquest in 2013, she was in a wheelchair and
59:08: talked up to a morphine drip as the result of a spinal injury.
59:13: She relied heavily on strong pain medication, which severely hindered her memory.
59:19: Consequently, Kim claimed she had absolutely no recollection of Ellen and the conversation they shared in 1984.
59:29: The court wasn't buying it.
59:32: They believed it was more likely that the encounter with Ellen was a fabrication to cover
59:37: for the fact that Kim knew more than she was willing to admit.
59:41: After all, what were the chances that an individual would approach a complete stranger
59:46: in a pub to confess to witnessing a murder?
59:50: Furthermore, the level of detail she'd managed to retain in her statement was outstanding.
59:57: A more plausible explanation was that Kim herself had witnessed the crime and wanted to unburden
01:00:03: herself without fear of retaliation or punishment.
01:00:08: This fit with the witness statement from Brian and Velma, who claimed to have seen a third
01:00:13: woman in the car with Lorraine and Wendy.
01:00:16: Alternatively, someone close to Kim might have been involved and had told her the story
01:00:21: enough times for her to retain such an accurate level of detail.
01:00:27: These possibilities were put forward to Kim's Santa Cocking Court.
01:00:32: She flat out denied being present when Lorraine and Wendy were attacked, or having any first and knowledge of what happened.
01:00:41: The coroner made it clear that Kim could be given immunity if she was willing to share what she knew.
01:00:47: Kim replied,
01:00:50: I can't remember.
01:00:52: I just can't.
01:00:59: The coroner presented his findings in June 2013.
01:01:04: He concluded that the witness statement that held the most veracity was the one given by Kim Sandakok.
01:01:11: The details she provided aligned with the crime scene.
01:01:15: Lorraine had been killed by a single blow to the head before the perpetrators carried out
01:01:20: a rage-fueled frenzy on Wendy as she tried to escape.
01:01:25: The coroner concluded that Kim had to likely either been present when the crimes were committed,
01:01:30: had a close connection to someone who was.
01:01:35: The coroner viewed the alleged confession that Wayne Hilton had made to his former colleague as a valid.
01:01:42: As for the number of witnesses who ignored Lorraine and Wendy's screams for help, he put this down to the bystanders effect.
01:01:51: This sociosacological phenomenon dictates that the more witnesses there are to an event,
01:01:56: the less likely any one of them will offer help.
01:02:00: The coroner remarked, with the failure of any of those people to even attempt to intervene,
01:02:07: went the girl's last chance of survival.
01:02:11: He went on.
01:02:14: The lives of these two fine young women and the happiness of their families were shattered
01:02:18: by an unprovoked violent vicious attack, mounted to satiate the perverse sexual dysfunction of a despicable gang of thugs.
01:02:28: family suffering was made worse still by a long period of not knowing.
01:02:36: Speaking about the seven persons of interest, the coroner stated that they'd gotten away
01:02:40: with committing their habitual sexual assaults in the 70s because of the victim blaming
01:02:45: mentality of the time, and the fact that survivors were too scared to come forward.
01:02:52: He concluded,
01:02:55: It is more likely than not Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans tragically stumbled into this
01:03:00: putrid pool of miscreants and were killed by them.
01:03:04: Undoubtedly, they were abducted and killed by more than one person, but the identity
01:03:09: of those responsible cannot now be established with sufficient certainty, with one exception, namely Wayne Hilton.
01:03:19: I am satisfied the evidence implicating him in the death of the two women reaches the
01:03:24: required standard for a coroner's finding to that effect.
01:03:31: By the time he was implicated in the double homicide, Wayne Hilton had been dead for 27 years.
01:03:38: He was killed in a car accident in 1986.
01:03:43: As such, he would not face any justice for his involvement.
01:03:48: As for his associates, the coroner conceded that there was insufficient evidence to have any of them stand trial.
01:03:57: With that, the Inquest was closed.
01:04:04: Three other members of the Hilton-Lorrie gang were deceased by the time the 2013 Inquest was underway.
01:04:12: A car accident had claimed Alan Shorty-Lorrie's life in 2001.
01:04:17: Charles took his own life in 1993. Donald Lorry had died in 1994 from a long-standing illness.
01:04:27: According to one friend, Donald had made a deathbed confession, saying,
01:04:33: we killed the nurses. I was there. I didn't do it.
01:04:39: The friend claimed to have reported this to police, who took no significant action.
01:04:47: Those who were still alive were Desmond Hilton, Jimmy O'Neill and Alan Ungy-Lory, all of
01:04:53: whom were aged in their early 60s, when appearing at the inquest or when notably Kaji.
01:05:01: Desmond, who had been warned he could be charged with being an accessory after the fact
01:05:06: for cleaning the car after the others allegedly spoke of giving two girls a hiding, claimed
01:05:11: he had no memory of ever making such a statement to the police.
01:05:17: On the stand, each of the three men attempted to distance themselves from the others,
01:05:22: but denying they were ever friends or spent time together back in the 70s.
01:05:29: Back in 1976, Officer Ian Hamilton of the Toowoomba Police had met with detectives working
01:05:35: the Wilson Evans case to divulge everything he knew about the Green Holden and the Hilton
01:05:40: and lorry men who were associated with it.
01:05:45: It was only through the inquest that he learned no record was ever made of this meeting.
01:05:51: Officer Hamilton told the courier mail.
01:05:55: There is no doubt in my mind that if those leads were followed up, the case would have been solved and solved quickly.
01:06:03: Because the suspects would have been shooting themselves and someone would have squealed.
01:06:09: they would have got them all, I don't know. But someone would have been brought to justice.
01:06:16: Although Lorraine and Wendy's loved ones were disappointed that no tangible justice had been served,
01:06:22: they were grateful that someone had finally been held accountable, and that those suspected
01:06:27: of being involved had been publicly named and changed. Outside court, Lorraine's cousin told reporters,
01:06:37: I don't think they'll be able to walk down the street now and feel comfortable.
01:06:41: I think naming them has probably been the best outcome that we could have here.
01:06:48: Lorraine's brother Eric found peace with the fact that the community was now aware of the criminals walking among them.
01:06:57: The mountain of fear that sat on my shoulders can sit on theirs now.
01:07:04: Eric sought permission from the Tuwumba Regional Council to install a memorial plaque in
01:07:09: a park garden in the name of his sister and Wendy Evans.
01:07:15: After some back and forth, Eric's request was denied.
01:07:20: Eric said of the decision,
01:07:23: It was an excellent opportunity to make a man's and acknowledge what happened, not only
01:07:28: to the girls, but the community who have been held hostage for 40 years.
01:07:35: Had it been installed, the plaque would have included the message.
01:07:40: Fear and intimidation must never again silence a community.
01:07:47: The so-called Gold Coast Hitchhiker murderer who is believed to be responsible for the deaths
01:07:53: of Michelle Riley, Gabrielle Janki, Robin Hwynnville Bartram, Anita Cunningham and Margaret
01:07:59: Roseworn, has never been brought to justice.
01:08:04: Investigators don't believe that the Hilton and Laurie gang were involved with these crimes.
01:08:10: Hopes remain that advances in genealogical DNA testing could soon lead to the killer or killers being identified.
01:08:20: A plaque in memory of Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans was installed on the grounds of St. George Hospital in Sydney, where the pair had worked as trainee nurses.
01:08:31: For Lorraine's mother, Betty, it was ironic that her daughter had a particular interest in psychiatric nursing.
01:08:39: Prior to Betty's death, she remarked,
01:08:43: It seems the kind of people Lorraine wanted to help most and ended up killing her.