Debi Marshall was warned towards investigating the Household Court docket murders. Years later, she’s nonetheless chasing solutions

Do not prod that snake

That was the warning given to me by the late New South Wales coroner, Kevin Waller, in 2013 after I informed him I used to be writing a e book on the Household Court docket murders. “Make no mistake,” he warned me. “The prime suspect remains to be a free man. This story might get you killed.” 

I knew from my analysis that this was not an idle warning.

The story of the Household Court docket bombings and murders — an unrelenting crime spree in Sydney within the early Nineteen Eighties which hit on the coronary heart of our judicial system and left three lifeless, dozens severely wounded, and nonetheless extra who miraculously escaped demise — was not one I might ignore. 

Much more unimaginable was that, greater than three many years on, these had been the coldest of unsolved instances — regardless of overwhelming circumstantial proof and a blood group that matched the prime suspect, fireman Leonard Warwick.

A vengeful litigant within the revolutionary new Household Court docket fashioned underneath the Whitlam authorities, Warwick had engaged in a bitter battle together with his former spouse, Andrea, for custody of their younger daughter Trudi. 

Debi Marshall was warned towards investigating the Household Court docket murders. Years later, she’s nonetheless chasing solutions
The Household Court docket constructing in Parramatta was one among Leonard Warwick’s targets.(Equipped: NSW Police)

I could not flip away

I began researching the instances in 2012 at Channel 7’s Sunday Evening program. My first strategy was to Warwick at his house outdoors Sydney. I used to be alone and, in no unsure phrases, he ordered me off his rural property. That stroll again down his driveway, throughout which I prayed he wouldn’t shoot me within the again, was the longest of my life. In hindsight, this was the day Warwick went on excessive alert that his days of freedom had been numbered.