Easey Street murders

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A 2013 photo of the house at 147 Easey Street.

The Easey Street murders refer to the killing of Suzanne Armstrong and Susan Bartlett, who were stabbed to death on 10 January 1977 in their home at 147 Easey Street in the inner Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. The crime remains unsolved as of 2012. The women were stabbed multiple times. Armstrong’s 16-month-old son, Gregory, was unharmed. The women’s bodies were discovered three days after they were killed. Neighbours had heard the baby whimpering.

The murders were later linked to the disappearance and probable murder of Julie Garciacelay, a librarian originally from Stockton, California. Garciacelay had disappeared from her North Melbourne, Victoria apartment on 1 July 1975.[1]

Since this time there have been a number of high-profile murders in Melbourne, including the Hoddle Street Massacre, Queen Street Massacre, Walsh street shootings of two policemen, to the murders of high-profile society and gangland figures (See "List of Specific Crimes in Melbourne").

In the intervening years, Collingwood in general, and Easey Street, has attracted artists, musicians and students, to become a popular arts and music destination. Easey Street is now most famous for being home to independent radio station PBS 106.7FM, and galleries including Easey Street Artists Studio and Gallery; Melbourne Fringe Gallery; and MJ Wilson Photography. Rock 'n Roll High School, which closed in 2002, was on Easey Street.[2] Australian artist Steve Cox lived in Easey Street, diagonally opposite to the murder house, between 1978 and 1979: he made a number of artworks based on this case.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murphy, Padraic (15 October 2003). "Police reopen case, 28 years on". The Age. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Buchanan, Rachel (23 February 2005). "Life rocks on Easey St". The Age. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Tom Prior, They trusted men: The untold story of the Easey Street murders, Melbourne, Wilkinson, 1996. ISBN 1-86350-232-7

Coordinates: 37°47′53.35″S 144°59′19.64″E / 37.7981528°S 144.9887889°E / -37.7981528; 144.9887889