In 2001, the bodies of six women were found brutally raped and murdered.
No one has stood trial for these crimes and an Australian serial killer remains on the loose.
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“It’s just a matter of time when the killings will continue. A member of the public will know him.”
Operation Kurdaitcha (Op-Kurd) is the investigatory body looking into these vicious Queensland murders to try and establish a pattern. Apart from the weather event during each of the murders and the processes of the crime itself, few lines of investigation have turned up anything.
The murderer didn’t use a weapon and rain has washed all evidence of them away.
Alan Sweetman who led this special crime unit said, “We know the killer is unextraordinary by day. He is an anybody. Just as it [Op-Kurd] was forming, the murders stopped. We thought the bikeway rapist may have been our perpetrator but this wasn’t the case, besides, he was in custody when Ms DeJong’s body was found. DNA results confirmed what we already knew. He wasn’t our guy. We’d taken a serial rapist off the streets but not a serial killer. So far, why these six were chosen is beyond our current understandings. All we know is it’ll happen again or is still happening.”
The case was scaled down at the end of 2002 but remains open.
“He could’ve moved interstate or left the country. I suspect he’s still doing it, somewhere. Until we receive new information, we’re unable to proceed.”
Kurdaitcha led his victims into bushland, raping and choking them until they died. Police suspect that all six women knew their killer. They appeared to be having secret online affairs, keeping their activities hidden from family and friends.
‘Australian Serial Killer Using Dating Sites.’
“The problem we have with online dating is that it can be hard to track down users. If someone doesn’t want to be found, they can hide in any number of ways. It appears our serial killer knows his way around computers. He also seems to have found a way to identify vulnerable women through such sites and take advantage of both.”
“The most disturbing thing we’ve discovered is his use of the microphones inside the victim’s computers. He accesses them remotely and then chooses to spend hours listening to his victims before making any kind of contact. We know he’s accessed their cameras too but he likes to listen.”
‘Kurdaitcha‘ is indigenous to Australia. At the height of the investigation, Operation-Kurdaitcha involved more than thirty officers utilising the resources of five specialist crime departments across two cities. The last known victim was Nina DeJong. Her body was body found outside her Forest Lake home after a thunderstorm storm in December 2001 .
(Article inspired by the Novel SEETHINGS)