6 episodes

It was a real-life Wolf Creek. In 1978, three friends left Alice Springs on an adventure exploring the Australian outback. Weeks later, a man walking his dog stumbled across their bodies in a remote area of bushland in North Queensland. They’d been hunted down and shot, one of the victims dying as he clutched hold of a tree. Police brought in to investigate were badly injured in a helicopter crash and soon after, the investigation stalled. The Courier-Mail explores one of Australia’s most forgotten mysteries: The Spear Creek murders. The killer is still out there.

Spear Creek The Courier-Mail

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It was a real-life Wolf Creek. In 1978, three friends left Alice Springs on an adventure exploring the Australian outback. Weeks later, a man walking his dog stumbled across their bodies in a remote area of bushland in North Queensland. They’d been hunted down and shot, one of the victims dying as he clutched hold of a tree. Police brought in to investigate were badly injured in a helicopter crash and soon after, the investigation stalled. The Courier-Mail explores one of Australia’s most forgotten mysteries: The Spear Creek murders. The killer is still out there.

    Episode 5: The arrest

    Episode 5: The arrest

    A major breakthrough: A former unit commander from Australia’s hardest supermax prison is charged with three counts of murder in connection to the 1978 Spear Creek killings of Karen Edwards, Timothy Thomson and Gordon Twaddle

     
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    • 6 min
    Episode 4: Thieves and leads

    Episode 4: Thieves and leads

    Hear from the detective who recovered Tim Thomson's missing bike in the weeks following the discovery of the three friends' bodies. Who is Bruce John Preston and what significance did he have in the original investigation?

     
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    • 25 min
    Episode 3: Crash landing

    Episode 3: Crash landing

    The investigation into the Spear Creek triple murder takes a hit when several investigators are injured in a helicopter crash while surveying the crime scene. Hear the stories of two of the survivors.



     
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    • 23 min
    Episode 2: The Mystery Man

    Episode 2: The Mystery Man

    Karen Edwards, Tim Thomson and Gordon Twaddle set off on their motorbikes for their outback adventure, meeting other travellers along the way. But somewhere between Alice Springs and Mount Isa, they are befriended by a stranger. Hear from those who met the group on the road - including memories of the mystery man. A man who has never been identified.

     
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    • 22 min
    Episode 1: Outback Adventures

    Episode 1: Outback Adventures

    In 1978, a couple walking their greyhounds through bushland near Mount Isa discovered the body of a man in a dry creek bed. They alerted police, who found two more bodies nearby. Spear Creek is the real-life Wolf Creek, a story of three young friends lured into the outback and gunned down. Who were Karen Edwards, Timothy Thomson and Gordon Twaddle and what happened to them?

     
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    • 30 min
    Trailer: Spear Creek

    Trailer: Spear Creek

    In 1978, three friends set out on an Australian outback adventure. Weeks later, their bodies were found in a remote bushland after they’d been hunted down and shot. Spear Creek explores one of Australia’s most forgotten murder mysteries.

     
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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Rockyroo16 ,

My ears!!!

The story is excellent but the quality of the phone interviews is HORRID!! I can hardly listen to it.

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