Truro Serial Killers

Truro Serial Killers. In bushland near Truro, South Australia, on 25 April 1978 Bill and Valda Thomas

Truro Serial Killer James Miller

James Miller

were out picking mushrooms when they discovered a large bone that they at first thought to be the leg of a cow.

Valda couldn’t get thoughts of the bone out of her head and two days later convinced her husband to have another look.

Upon closer inspection, they noticed that the bone had a shoe attached. The couple immediately contacted police and it wasn’t long before more scattered remains of a young woman were found close by.

The woman was identified by police as teenager Veronica Knight,  who had vanished from an Adelaide street around Christmas two years earlier

No other clues were found with the body to suggest a suspect at the time so the case remained open.

On 15 April 1979, Easter Sunday, another body was discovered,

The skeletal remains of 16-year-old Sylvia Pittman were found about 1km from where Veronica’s remains had been located.

Sylvia had disappeared around the same time as Veronica.

A full-scale search of the area was launched and it wasn’t long before searchers two more skeletons, the remains of Vicki Howell and Connie Lordanies

Police gathered a list of missing women from around the same time.

Christopher worrell

Truro serial killer Christopher Worrell

The media soon got wind of the case and the story was splashed across the country.

Newspapers offered rewards of $10,000 to catch the killer, and the Government increased the reward to $30,000.

Soon a man informed police that a female friend, Angela, had an unusual conversation with a man by the name of James Miller.

James and Angela had been at the funeral of a man named Christopher Worrel, who was killed in a car accident in February 1977 a few days prior to when the conversation took place

Christopher, his ex-girlfriend, Deborah Skuse and James were driving in a Valiant station-wagon, returning from a short trip to Mt Gambier

Killer a serial killer

This car killed a serial killer

The car blew a tire and rolled, Christopher and Deborah were both killed but James survived.

Police interviewed Angela and she informed them that James had told her at the funeral that he and Chris would pick girls up and kill them.

She questioned Miller further.

He said that Christopher was responsible for the actual murders, but he felt he was to blame because he couldn’t stop him.

Christopher would rape the women they had picked up and strangle them. Miller claimed he only drove the vehicle and helped in the disposal of the bodies.

Christopher’s fitted the police’s profile perfectly.

He had been jailed for rape and was released from Yatala Prison in Adelaide in October 1976 just before the murders started. And the car accident accounted for the murders stopping.

Police started looking for James and eventually found him in the Adelaide City Centre.

They took him in for questioning and James originally denied everything.

Eventually, James caved in and admitted to police that he was involved but only as a driver and disposing of the bodies.

He agreed to show police where the remaining bodies were.

Police acted immediately in fear that James would change his mind.

They set out for Truro and somehow two reporters beat them to the location.

James first took the police to the place where the first four bodies had been found.

As they walked further into the bush, Miller stopped at a large shrub and told police that they would find another body there.

Curled up under the tree was the skeleton of Julie Mykyta.

They then continued to Port Gawler Beach.

Eventually, after extensive searching police discovered the body of Deborah Lamb.

Her body had been buried in a hole which was covered with wood.

The final victim, according to James was buried at Gillman, an isolated area on the outskirts of Adelaide.

Police were unable to locate any remains there for quite some time.

They did, in the end, find the skeletal corpse of Tania Kenny.

The Police had located every girl on their missing persons’ list.

James was charged with four counts of murder, then the other three were added at a later date.

On March 12, 1980, after a six-week trial, Miller was found guilty of six counts of murder.

He was jailed for life.

James Miller, however, claims he is innocent of murder.

He said that his love for Worrell had made him keep quiet about the killings.

He was transferred to Mary Potter Hospice from Yatala Labour Prison where he died of Liver Cancer on October 21, 2008

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