Million Dollar Cold Case

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Looks like Rebecca Gibney is hosting the program judging by the promos

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I saw that last night. But why?

Because she stars in Winter and Wanted?

Aren’t they fictional?

Maybe this show will be too. :stuck_out_tongue:

Love anything Rebecca Gibney does. Classy.

Turns out she is the narrator, with no on-screen role.

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I remember Rebecca hosting another crime show called ‘Sensing Murder’ a few years back where psychics would try to solve cold cases plus she’s been in a million crime based shows throughout her career.

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A lot of actors narrate factuals and documentaries but this must be the first time one appeared in a promo, unless Andrew G did so for Bondi Rescue once

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Encores in some markets late Friday night, check local guides for start times.

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Wednesday 22 March at 9pm

RICKY BALCOMBE

On May 5 1995, 16-year-old schoolboy Ricky Balcombe was stabbed to death in a busy local shopping
centre. His mum had dropped him in town to meet friends – It was the last time she would see her
son alive. As Ricky and a friend walked down a corridor of the shopping centre they were confronted
by a male. Ricky was then stabbed. Homicide detectives described the attack as brazen. Despite a
local cone of silence around the attack, police soon found a motive and prime suspect. The suspect
was eventually charged, but the charges were dropped just days before the trial was due to begin.
The Homicide Cold Case team is determined to help ease Ricky’s family’s pain and catch his killer.

RENITA BRUNTON

On November 5 1993, mother of one Renita Brunton was fatally stabbed in a frenzied attack in the
back room of her second hand clothing store. Police believe Renita knew her killer. Renita had a
passion for helping others with their problems and police investigated whether this had put her in
danger. In an investigation that had many twists and turns – new evidence came to light 18 months
after the murder. In the late 1990s Renita’s murder was connected with the name of one of
Australia’s most evil men – serial killer Peter Dupas. Was he responsible for this innocent woman’s
murder?

The Ricky Balcombe and Renita Brunton murders need the public’s help – which is why police are
offering one- million-dollar rewards in each of these cases for information that leads to a
conviction.

Anyone with information about any of the cases featured throughout this series should contact Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make contact through their website.

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Wednesday 29 March at 9pm

INA-DORIS WARRICK

Ina-Doris Warrick was found deceased at her home on 25 March 1986. The 25-year-old nurse had been stabbed a number of times. There are no witnesses, so the only person who knows what happened is the murderer. The unusual crime scene showed no signs of a struggle, leading detectives to believe Ina-Doris knew her killer. Although police have two strong suspects, without new evidence or a murder weapon linking them directly to the crime, Ina-Doris’ killer has never been brought to justice.

LARRY WEBER

The body of 33-year-old Larry Weber was discovered lying on the road outside his home at 10.45pm on 29 May 2002. Larry was an IT consultant who wanted nothing more than to find a wife and have a family. He was an organized person, a creature of habit. When his body was discovered, police initially believed they were looking at a hit-run collision, but the evidence painted a more disturbing picture. Larry had been stabbed multiple times and had been run over by his own car. Police have a strong suspect, but no physical evidence to link the suspect to the murder.

FIONA BURNS AND JOHN LEE

Fiona Burns and John Lee were only 15 and 14 years old when they were murdered. The young and rebellious teenagers were on a hitch-hiking adventure from Adelaide to Melbourne. Their bodies were found at a truck stop off the Western Highway near the South Australian / Victoria border on 18 October 1990. Their deaths led to a crime scene stretching 300kms and potentially thousands of witnesses along the highway. The person responsible for the brutal deaths of these two young kids is still out there, somewhere.

These three murders need the public’s help – which is why police are offering one-million-dollar rewards in each of these cases for information that leads to a conviction.

Anyone with information about any of the cases featured throughout this series should contact Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make contact through their website.

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Tonight’s ep ran until almost 11pm.

Wednesday 5 April at 9pm

DAVID BEER

In February 1994 David Beer was shot dead on his tractor as he slashed grass outside his country property. His body was found 12 hours later by a passing motorist. A farmer and real estate agent, David had been feuding with a neighbour for years. The murder weapon was a high-powered military style rifle – common among farmers. As part of the original investigation police examined more than 750 rifles in the vicinity. The murder weapon is yet to be found. Was David’s death an accident – or murder?

BERNARD WILLIAMS

Divorcee Bernard Williams was a popular young footballer and local tradie who had everything to live for. In March 1984 when the reliable father of one didn’t turn up for work, his family reported him missing. Later that morning his much-loved car was discovered abandoned at the local shops. His disappearance was a true mystery, heightened when a man claiming to be Bernard rang local police to say he was safe. But no one was prepared for what was to come…

ROSAMARIA LAURIA

Rosamaria Lauria, 68, spent most of her life in Australia caring for her elderly mother until her mother’s death. On the afternoon of 9 October 2006 Rosie left home to do some shopping, but never returned. That evening firemen responded to a triple zero call at a suburban beach 70km from Rosamaria’s home. What they saw led to a hunt for those responsible for one of the country’s most barbaric and sadistic murders. A week later DNA tests confirmed the body was Rosie. She had been burned alive. Why was Rosie in Frankston, how did she get there, and who and why did someone set her alight?

These three murders need the public’s help – which is why police are offering one-million-dollar rewards in each of these cases for information that leads to a conviction.

Anyone with information about any of the cases featured throughout this series should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make contact through their website.

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It’s the final episode this Wednesday

MILLION DOLLAR COLD CASE - Police urge caller to contact them

Last week’s investigation into the murder of nurse Ina-Doris Warrick has had a dramatic development. A person contacted police during the program with information that a known suspect for the murder had confessed to killing Ina-Doris. Police need that person to contact them again to speak directly to a Cold Case investigator.

In the Margaret and Seana Tapp case, police have a strong lead regarding a suspect and a motive for the murders, as well as information about the red ute seen outside their home. But they need the person who contacted them last Thursday, to make contact again to speak to an investigator.

The cold case of teenage boy Ricky Balcombe, stabbed to death in Geelong’s Market Square 22 years ago, featured on Million Dollar Cold Case around this time last year.

Today, dominating news in Melbourne, his killer was brought to justice. Footage from MDCC was used on Seven News tonight (a reenactment) and reporter Sharnelle Vella also mentioned how “Channel Seven’s MDCC brought forward 4 witnesses who can now claim a piece of the $1 million”.

64-year-old Colin Earl Graham was charged in November last year with the 1986 murder of young nurse Ina-Doris Warrick. He unsuccessfully applied for bail in the Victorian Supreme Court and would face a committal hearing this month. The breakthrough in the investigation came after four new witnesses, including two prisoners who claim they solicited confessions from him, contacted police when the Warrick murder featured on Million Dollar Cold Case in March 2018.
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/colin-earl-graham-charged-with-1986-murder-of-nurse-inadoris-warrick/news-story/1a5a2ee8ceed3655e23815c52dc169f4

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This show was being repeated on Sunday nights recently.

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I liked it, Rebecca Gibney narrated well. This was sadly not renewed along with the even better Murder Uncovered, both shows rated strong, due to budget cuts.

Wonder if Seven are regretting it now given their string of flops and underperformes recently?

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