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Casefile True Crime

Case 70: The Kimberley Killer

Casefile True Crime
Released on Dec 9, 2017

The Kimberley is one of the most remote areas in Australia. Tourists are advised not to leave the main roads and to avoid driving at dawn or during the night – mainly because of the dangers of wildlife and the road trains which dominate the night hours. You must ensure you are adequately prepared with several days of water, food and fuel. Off-road travel is only recommended with an experienced guide – and there is no mobile phone reception, only satellite.

Across the Top End and the Kimberley Regions, outside the comfort of the cities and main towns, tourists and locals search for the undiscovered – the secret spot where they can be alone with their thoughts.

Light filtering through the trees. The only sounds – the crunching of leaves and rocks underfoot, or the trickling of water as it flows by.

But whether deep in the bush, on a desert plain or alone on the banks of a remote river – it’s easy to leave yourself vulnerable.

Vulnerable to hazards you may not even realise.



Researched and written by Gemma Harris



Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host



1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn



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Warning – Contains spoilers



Australia’s Serial Killers – by Paul B. Kidd (pp.231–235)



‘Fear in the bush after 5 killings’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (17 June 1987)

‘Bolted doors in the town of fear’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (18 June 1987)

‘Outback tourists flee the shooting gallery’ – The Age (18 June 1987)

‘A lonely wait for the Northern killer’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (19 June 1987)

‘Outback manhunt for thrill murderer ends in gunfire’
United Press International

‘Policeman gets his man when all seemed lost’ – The Age. Melbourne (20 June 1987)

‘Gunman Killed’ – The West Australian (20 June 1987)

‘Shootout ends hunt’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (20 June 1987)

‘Last breath of Top End Killer’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (21 June 1987)

‘Outback terror ends in morgue’ – The Age. Melbourne (22 June 1987)

‘Police have positively identified a West German man killed...’
United Press International

‘Not our son, say parents of Top-End gunman’ – The Sydney Morning Herald (18 Dec 1987)

‘Weak gun law under attack’ – The Age (26 Dec 1987)

‘Josef Schwab’s killing spree, 30 years on: how the TRG stopped a madman in the Kimberley’ – The West Australian

‘On the Trail of a Madman’ – The West Australian



Kennedy Royal Commission – (2004, pp.117–118)

Management of Misconduct by Western Australia Police – (2011)



Kimberley Killer - Joseph Schwab – by John Horswell, Australian Police Journal



The Kimberley Killer – Crime Investigation Australia (2007)



Victoria River murder – Rae Allen

Guide to the Kimberley –

‘A Forensic Collector’ – NT Police Museum & Historical Society Inc.

Home Valley Station

Home Valley Station – Wikipedia

Joseph Schwab – Wikipedia

Kennedy Royal Commission – Wikipedia

Klaus Kilian

Joseph Schwab – Murderpedia

Pentecost River – Wikipedia

Police Tactical Group – Wikipedia

Victoria River (Northern Territory) – Wikipedia

Western Australian Police – Wikipedia

Timber Creek – Northern Territory Police

Timber Creek – NT Police Museum & Historical Society Inc.

Crocodile safety: Be Crocwise – NT.GOV.AU 

Population of Northern Territory – Population Australia



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