THE MURDER OF ANITA COBBY
As seen in the soon to be released Loss of Innocence: A Nation's Deadly History by Amanda Howard
The events of Anita Cobby's murder were the basis for the Australian Film The Boys, however the crime could never be dramatised on television. The murder may not be the most internationally well-known case but it is, by many standards, the worst in Australia's criminal history.
Since Anita's murder, we have suffered the terror of the massacre at Port Arthur by Martin Bryant in 1996, where the single lone gunman killed 35 people, injuring many others, and even shot at ambulance and police who attempted to help the dying and injured. Many of us sat and watched most of the ensuing standoff live on television as our American counterparts would do for the OJ slow-motion car chase.
We also kept watching as each of the hitch-hikers' bodies were found in Belanglo State Forest in 1994. When they arrested Ivan Milat, I was shocked to learn that his house is in my own suburb. So close yet so far. I probably bumped into him at the local supermarket and didn't know it.
Yet if you asked anyone on the street what was the most heinous crime in Australia's recent history, many would say the gang rape, torture and murder of Anita Cobby.
Cobby (nee Lynch)