TRAILER | MURDER IN THE OUTBACK: THE FALCONIO AND LEES MYSTERY coming to Seven in July

The UK’s top-rating documentary series of the year that’s making worldwide headlines … Now, 7NEWS Presents – Murder In The Outback: The Falconio & Lees Mystery

From the heart of the Australian outback, the inside story of the terrifying murder that shocked the world.

This blockbuster four-part true crime series investigates the 2001 disappearance of British backpacker Peter Falconio in outback Australia.

Every detail and the dramas that have surrounded this extraordinary case from day one are examined in this comprehensive re-investigation, featuring powerful first-hand accounts of those closest to the case.

With exclusive access to the never-before-seen original defence case documents, the documentary will re-examine the evidence put forward at the trial of the man convicted of Falconio’s murder – Bradley John Murdoch.

Some of the evidence doesn’t add up and debate remains about whether Murdoch was correctly identified. What really happened on that night in the outback? Is there more to this story?

7NEWS Presents – Murder In The Outback: The Falconio & Lees Mystery | this July on 7

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  1. Dripping with misogyny, this one. This poor woman was nearly raped and murdered, yet a mostly male press pack couldn’t understand why she wouldn’t come out and talk to them? They couldn’t understand that that might be a little bit traumatic of an experience for a woman to go through and that she might not feel up to speaking to them? The press who were interviewed came across as a bunch of insensitive jerks who couldn’t understand that some people prefer to grieve and deal with trauma in private. The whole episode came across as a bunch of men trying to discredit and blame a victim, and was disappointing in a post me-too era. These men clearly just believe the man and don’t believe the woman and want to twist evidence to fit their own beliefs. The lack of footprints in the dirt for instance. Australia has been ravaged by droughts in the years since 2001, plus the attack took place in winter. If you look at the crime scene photos compared to when the documentary team went out there to inspect the area, you can see that there’s more grass and greenery back then than now. There’s not going to be footprints in the dirt if there isn’t much dirt to leave the footprints in. Then there’s their lack of acceptance of the explanation of how rape & trauma victims often speak in the present tense because they’re re-living the experience. They didn’t want to hear that, because that didn’t fit their narrative on what happened. This documentary hasn’t approached the case with an open mind. It’s gone in knowing what verdict they want and trying to fit evidence to that.

  2. I think perhaps that you are only wanting to hear the facts that suit here Melissa, particularly in light of the fact that we have only seen half of the program. I agree that the ‘not talking to the press’ thing was fair enough and that Joanne had every right not to talk to the press but what about the revelation that she was emailing her lover in secret multiple times only 2 nights after her boyfriend disappeared, never to be seen again, The fact that she tried to keep these emails secret and never revealed that she was in phone contact with him constantly, and multiple times every day, after leaving Sydney. No-one says that she was nearly raped – including Lees and the lack of footprints might not be surprising if there isn’t much dirt to leave footprints in yet her footprints are everywhere. None though of the man imprisoned for 16 years (so far), none of her boyfriend, and none of the dog. No gun. No evidence of any gunshots. And the missing two pages of witness statement from the truck driver who rescued her meant we never got to hear about the small red car and the three men – one of whom could easily be Peter Falconio. These few details I have selected from many should have been enough for a jury to have doubt.

  3. And most chilling of all Melissa, is the body language (and dialogue) when being interviewed by police detectives 4 weeks post incident. Joanne was shown to be brimming with resentment at the detectives’ interest in the details – details which might have helped them locate her “boyfriend”, whose status was not known at the time (nor now). Instead of feet in the air, leaning back in the chair and making for the door in protest, a victim wanting more than anything else to have the police efficiently go about their work would lean in and agonise over her memory for any skerrick of detail that might help the professionals do their job. Yet Joanne presumes to tell them how to do their job. This is a situation where pedantic attention to detail is the victim’s friend, and the victim welcomes this.

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