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 2015.[1] 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.[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.

On January 15, 2017, Victorian police offered a reward of up to $1 million for information to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of the person or persons responsible for the Easey Street murders.[3]


  1. ^ Foster, Rowan (28 July 2015). "It remains one of our most baffling unsolved cases". The Herald Sun. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Murphy, Padraic (15 October 2003). "Police reopen case, 28 years on". The Age. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  3. ^ https://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/news/1-million-reward-for-easey-street-murders

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