Confirmed that tomorrow’s program is episode one of the new series.
Code 1: Minute by Minute breaks down the hours, minutes and seconds of the biggest and most tragic news events to ever impact Australians. People from all walks of life, forever joined by a single dreadful event. The program breaks down in forensic detail exactly how these people came to cross paths at that particular catastrophic moment in time. Some became survivors, some became victims, many were traumatised and others were accidental heroes.
So how did they all end up in harm’s way? It was a combination of many sliding door moments and fateful decisions that set them on a tragic path. Through meticulous research and in-depth interviews, we piece together the events of that fateful day.
As always, many of the true heroes were the first responders. The trained emergency services personnel including police, paramedics and firefighters. For the most part their stories have never been told…until now.
More on The Bourke Street Mall Tragedy
On January 20, 2017 James Gargasoulas committed one of Australia’s worst mass murders. The 26-year-old killed six people in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall while fleeing police including a 3-month-old baby. In 55 seconds, he seriously injured 27 people during his drug-induced psychosis. Minutes before the attack, 2 students tried to stop him with a baseball bat outside Flinders Street Station. It came after years of warnings. Gargasoulas was known to police for having a history of drug use, family violence and mental health problems.
This episode has multiple first responders from police to paramedics & witnesses. Ambulance Victoria treated over 30 people. Police sought statements from over 300 witnesses.
On January 20, 2017 James Gargasoulas was on bail. Two days before he murdered six pedestrians in Melbourne’s CBD he attacked his mother’s boyfriend and stole his maroon Holden Commodore. That evening he called triple zero warning police that a comet was in the sky and going to hit the earth. The following night Gargasoulas tried to murder his brother by repeatedly stabbing him in the head and chest. He fled before police could apprehend him.
While still searching for Gargasoulas, police received a triple zero call from a builder concerned about a man sitting in a maroon Commodore out front of his work site. The man was warning him about the impending end of the world.
Police would follow the maroon Commodore from the building site to the city centre were the mass murder would take place.
In a Code 1: Minute by Minute exclusive, Melinda Tan the wife of Matthew Si speaks out for the very first time about the tragedy that has torn her family’s life apart. Minutes before Matthew’s life was stolen by Gargasoulas, Melinda had enjoyed lunch with her husband of five years, the father of their 18 month old daughter. She kissed him goodbye in Bourke Street and returned to her office, believing her architect husband had done the same. Melinda graciously thanks the strangers who desperately tried to save her husband’s life.