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On this day……….18th of May 1942

Gladys Hosking, 40, was the third and final victim, murdered by Edward Joseph Leonski an United States Army soldier stationed in Melbourne. Hoskings while walking home from work at the Chemistry Library at Melbourne University. A witness said that, on the night of the killing, a disheveled American man had approached her asking for directions, seemingly out of breath and covered with mud. This description matched the individual Pauline Thompson was seen with on the night of her murder, as well as the descriptions given by several women who had survived recent attacks.

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 26, 1984

MOUNT MARTHA

Michael Spereirani was murdered at Mt Martha on this day in 1984, by Serial killer John Leslie Coombes. Speirani’s remains are never found. Murder was believed to have been driving over him in a motorboat, Stabbing with knife and Strangulation. Coombes was sentenced to life with no chance of parole on the 26th of August 2011.

 

On this day……….18th of May 1942

Gladys Hosking, 40, was the third and final victim, murdered by Edward Joseph Leonski an United States Army soldier stationed in Melbourne. Hoskings while walking home from work at the Chemistry Library at Melbourne University. A witness said that, on the night of the killing, a disheveled American man had approached her asking for directions, seemingly out of breath and covered with mud. This description matched the individual Pauline Thompson was seen with on the night of her murder, as well as the descriptions given by several women who had survived recent attacks.

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 29, 1976

A notorious thug, now dead, is believed by Victorian police to be responsible for the disappearance of Australia’s first television celebrity chef. (who appeared on Channel Seven’s The Chef Presents) But detectives believe that there are still people alive that can provide them with information. Willi Koeppen, father of three, then 46, disappeared without trace from Olinda on February 29, 1976, and since then there has been plenty of speculation about who was responsible for the disappearance of the Cuckoo Restaurant co-owner. Alex Tsakmakis, a suspected serial killer who was convicted of two murders, was believed to have been involved in the disappearance. He was murdered in Pentridge in 1988. Russell Street bomber Craig Minogue battered Tsakmakis to death with a bagful of prison weights. There are many unanswered questions and the Homicide Squad Missing Persons Unit has appealed for anybody with any information to contact Crime Stoppers. “Ever after all these years we believe that somebody maybe could come forward with some information that could prove vital information,” Detective Inspector John Potter said. “He disappeared off the face of the earth and has never been seen since.”

 

 

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 26, 1984

MOUNT MARTHA

Michael Spereirani was murdered at Mt Martha on this day in 1984, by Serial killer John Leslie Coombes. Speirani’s remains are never found. Murder was believed to have been driving over him in a motorboat, Stabbing with knife and Strangulation. Coombes was sentenced to life with no chance of parole on the 26th of August 2011.