Episode Twenty-One: The Murders at Wanda Beach

Episode Twenty-One: The Murders at Wanda Beach

On January 11 1965, fifteen-year-old schoolgirls, Marianne Schmidt and Christine Sharrock, were brutally murdered at Wanda Beach near Cronulla in Sydney. They had spent the morning at the beach with Marianne’s four younger siblings, and had then walked off into the sand dunes alone. The Schmidt children waited for four hours for the girls to return before going home to raise the alarm.

The following morning, a man saw what he believed to be a shop mannequin buried in the sand. He brushed sand away from the hand, and realized then that he had found a body. Police arrived at the scene to find the bodies of Marianne Schmidt and Christine Sharrock. Christine's skull had been fractured, Marianne's throat had been cut and both girls had been repeatedly stabbed.

Who is responsible for one of the most devastating murders in Australian history?

Some of our research

Overview

The book

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Episode Twenty-Two: Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose

Episode Twenty-Two: Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose

Episode Twenty: Serial Killer Myths

Episode Twenty: Serial Killer Myths