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Name: GARY MURPHY (Gary Murphy)

Age: 53yrs old (2011)

State: NSW

Sentence: Sentenced in 1987 to life in jail/ parole is possible in future.

Offence/Other: Gary Murphy - Murphy along with co-offenders - Leslie, Michael Murphy, John Travers and Michael Murdoch abducted/ raped and murdered Sydney nurse, Anita Cobby.. ..Ms Cobby's rape and murder, sparked calls for the reintroduction of the "death penalty". When they were sentenced in 1987, the judge recommended their files be marked "never to be released".

See also - Crime Investigation Australia - The Anita Cobby Murder

See also - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Anita_Cobby

See also - http://www.eterna-link.com/tributes/anita-cobby/
Gary Murphy


Quiet strength nursed reform for victims

Julia Sheppard recalls the calm resolve and life's work of Anita Cobby's mother

The death of Grace Lynch last Monday unexpectedly didn't bring the sadness I expected. Grace, who celebrated her 88th birthday just three weeks before she died, was a very ordinary Australian who did some extraordinary things that left her mark in the community where she lived.
The things that define Grace Lynch, known as Peg to her family, were achieved in the last third of her life, at a time when most people retire to a quieter existence.
They don't have to answer to me ... they have to answer to God for what they have done.
I first met Grace on a sunny March day in 1986. The sunshine seemed so out of place when I climbed the cement stairs to the Lynch home in Blacktown. The modest weatherboard house up a steep driveway built by the Lynches in 1958, was a house full of sorrow and I really didn't want to be there.
Just three weeks earlier, Grace and her husband Garry, then in their 60s, had faced the most devastating news: their 26-year-old daughter Anita Cobby was missing after getting off a train at night at Blacktown station to walk to their home.
She had been staying with them for six weeks after her marriage to John Cobby broke down. For two days Garry, Grace and 20-year-old Kathryn called friends and relatives looking for Anita after she failed to turn up for work as a nurse at Sydney Hospital. When police confirmed they had found her naked body a few kilometres away in Prospect, her injuries were so severe they hesitated to reveal their extent to the family.
This tragic event catapulted the quiet couple and their remaining daughter into the national media spotlight as police, scrambling for clues, asked for their assistance to make an appeal through the media to find the killer or killers.
Amid intense media scrutiny, the state's biggest manhunt was conducted, and a $100,000 reward offered. Five men were arrested and charged with the killing.
I was at the end of my first month with the Sun newspaper. A clearly drained Garry Lynch opened the door, thanking me for coming. Grace was behind him in the doorway smiling as I walked through into their lounge room. We shared cups of tea and Garry went from being upbeat when talking about Anita's life to falling to great depths of despair, weeping openly and bowing his head unable to speak. Grace quietly finished his sentences.
When Garry broke down for the umpteenth time, I rummaged through my bag to prevent them from seeing my emotion at this grown man so heartbroken and his wife, so incredibly sad. My licence fell on the floor and Garry picked it up and sobbed again as he looked at it. ''Oh,'' he gasped. ''You were born in the same month and the same year as my daughter.''
As I left, Garry embraced me and Grace wished me a safe journey, as I clutched two new photographs of Anita that hadn't been published and some information about their daughter, not the murder victim.
The next week when I returned the photographs Garry said: ''Look, if we are going to be friends you will have to call me Garry.'' His wife smiled but didn't say anything so I called him Garry and her Mrs Lynch. It was a respect she commanded without saying anything at all.
During the committal hearing five months later, from the press gallery I glanced regularly at Garry and Grace as they heard about the last hours of their daughter's life for the first time. Their loyal friend Anne Farmer, the mother of Anita's first boyfriend Michael, was always with them and it was an ordeal for them.
On one occasion, Grace and Anne walked out of the ladies' toilet as I went in. Grace looked startled and I asked if everything was OK. Taking a moment to compose herself she said quietly: ''One of the mothers just spoke to me and offered her condolences. She said she was sorry for what happened to Anita.'' She was genuinely taken aback. I asked what she said. ''I really didn't want to say anything, but I thanked her.''
At the end of that day, Grace said: ''My friends and family call me Peg but my name is Grace you can call me Peg.'' Finally she trusted me, but I came to realise this trust was a burden at times. I often asked them not to tell me things they didn't want me to share, as I was a working journalist and didn't want the lines to be blurred.
All her life, Grace said she didn't believe in capital punishment because she wanted these men to serve their sentences. ''I can't forgive them for what they did,'' she said to me. ''I have forgiven their souls. They don't have to answer to me but they need to live with themselves and one day they have to answer to God for what they have done.''
Garry once told me that if he didn't use his anger at his daughter's death to contribute to some good in society, he feared it would eat up him and Grace. So in 1991 Garry accepted a position on the Serious Offenders Review Board, the first time a citizen had been part of the review process for prisoners being considered for parole.
The Lynches' willingness to assist police helped change several pieces of legislation, normalising large-scale police surveillance and the idea it is the duty of the public to help solve a crime.
Their biggest contribution came out of a request from the officers who told the Lynches they had found their daughter, then Senior Constable Garry Heskett and the joint head of the investigation, Detective Sergeant Ian Kennedy. Heskett asked the Lynches to speak with young detectives at the Goulburn Police Academy about their experiences as victims of crime.
It was here Kennedy heard Grace Lynch criticise police for not allowing her to accompany her husband to the morgue to see her daughter. It was something she regretted not doing. It was Kennedy who told her to stay behind and cherish the memories of her daughter. Later Grace told him he had mistakenly thought she wouldn't be able to handle the experience, but as Anita's mother she needed to do that and as a nurse she had seen many dead people before. Kennedy agreed and said it was a turning point for police.
''She was a remarkable and very strong woman, but because she was softly spoken I didn't think she would be able to cope,'' former Detective Inspector Kennedy said. ''When we suggested at the committal proceedings that she and Garry not be in court for some of the forensic evidence she said to me, 'She's already dead. They can't hurt me any more'. I underestimated her strength but it was something I came to admire in her.''
The most significant change the Lynches were involved in was in 1993 after Kennedy asked for their help to counsel the parents of nine-year-old Ebony Simpson, abducted and murdered the year before in Bargo.
''Ebony's parents Christine and Peter were struggling to deal with their daughter's death and an officer on the case thought the Lynches could share some of their experiences,'' Kennedy said. ''I picked them up and drove them to meet the Simpsons and they were wonderful. There was an instant rapport and it was particularly good for Peter who just couldn't move on with his life at that time.''
As the couples met regularly, they realised more needed to be done to support families of homicide victims. Soon after the Homicide Victims Support Group in NSW was formed. The group has an impressive history of instigating legislative change with Garry and Grace contributing their experiences for the Abolishment of Dock Statements for all accused in 1994 and the Mandatory Life Sentences Act in 1995, among 21 changes.
Garry Lynch died five years ago and Grace lived alone in the family home in Blacktown. Mentally alert and physically active, Grace's shock cancer diagnosis six months ago made me realise her life's work had been interrupted. Grace accepted the outcome but because she had not been unwell it was hard to take in. She adored her 13-year-old grandchildren, twins Olivia and Cameron, and she had a beautiful friendship with her daughter Kathryn and son-in-law Walter.
Grace and I had shared many family milestones together. The Lynches came to my wedding with their steadfast friend Anne Farmer. They arrived, with Anne, at the hospital when both my daughters were born, bringing hand-knitted clothes and booties which I treasure to this day.
They came to christenings and wrote to me when I lived in the north of England for two years and comforted me when my first marriage broke down. We have journeyed together sharing many good times with my partner, children and our friends. In the past few years, as Grace immersed herself in the lives of her grandchildren, I felt she was finally happy again.
I said to Grace last week that I enjoyed her company and I was pleased we were friends, but in all honesty I wish I had never met her and I was sure she felt the same. She looked at me and nodded. She would have swapped me in a microsecond to have both daughters by her bedside.
As I left last Friday, I waited for her usual farewell to me, something she said every time since the first meeting on the steps of her home in 1986. Instead of wishing me a ''safe journey'' she said ''goodbye''. As I stood there, waiting, I realised as I looked at her spectacularly blue eyes that she was taking charge and farewelling me for the last time.
Safe journey Grace Lynch. A life well lived.

www.smh.com.au (6-7-2013)
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/quiet-strength-nursed-reform-for-victims-20130705-2phcq.html#ixzz2iDqkMWAP


Garry Lynch, father of murder victim Anita Cobby, dies

The father of raped and murdered New South Wales woman Anita Cobby has died after years of helping the families of other homicide victims.
Anita Cobby
Garry Lynch died yesterday at a nursing home in Sydney's west after a long battle with dementia.
His friend Peter Rolfe said Mr Lynch, 90, had his family at his side at the time of his passing.
Mr Lynch started the Homicide Victims Support Group in 1993 - seven years after the horrific death of his 26-year-old daughter Anita.
Ms Cobby, a nurse and beauty pageant winner, was abducted by a group of five men while walking home from Blacktown train station on the evening of February 2, 1986.
Her body was found two days later in a paddock and her father had the task of identifying her.
Witnesses who saw the men drag Ms Cobby into a stolen car and a later tip-off led police to making arrests 22 days after her murder.
Leslie Murphy, then aged 22, his two brothers Gary and Michael, then 28 and 33, Michael Murdoch, then 19, and John Travers, then 18, were found guilty of murdering Ms Cobby.
A media frenzy and public outcry led to calls for the re-introduction of the death penalty but the men were jailed for life.
Mr Lynch and the rest of the family endured the public spotlight, which intensified when reports came that Ms Cobby's killers might apply for reduction in their sentence.
Mr Lynch and his wife Grace were already counselling family members of homicide victims before they started their support organisation.
In 1992, they met Peter and Christine Simpson, following the murder of the Simpsons' daughter Ebony .
The Simpsons complained that there was no organisation to help the victim's families, prompting the Lynches to start the Homicide Victims Support Group.
Peter Rolfe met Mr Lynch in 1995 after his best friend and business partner was murdered in Sydney.
"We became very close friends over the next four or five years,'' Mr Rolfe said.
He attended support group meetings which, Mr Rolfe said, catered to more than 300 families in the early years.
"We were able to commiserate with each other with what we were going through,'' Mr Rolfe said.
Mr Lynch was also a member of the Serious Offenders Review Council, which advises the Parole Authority and the NSW Supreme Court about the parole of serious offenders.
"He was just out there to help people,'' Mr Rolfe said.
"Basically, that's all he wanted to do. Just to get out and help people who had been through what he and Grace had been through.
"He was such a lovely, basic, down-to-earth sort of guy. You could ring him at any time of the day or night.''

news.com.au (15-9-2008)
http://www.news.com.au/national/father-in-nations-worst-murder-case-dies/story-e6frfkwi-1111117484975#ixzz1PIWWPOiS


Michael Murphy - jailed for life for Ms Cobby's savage rape and murder
Michael Murphy
Leslie Murphy - jailed for life for Ms Cobby's savage rape and murder
Leslie Murphy
John Travers - jailed for life for Ms Cobby's savage rape and murder
John Travers
Michael Murdoch - jailed for life for Ms Cobby's savage rape and murder
Michael Murdoch
Gary Murphy - jailed for life for Ms Cobby's savage rape and murder
Gary Murphy

Cobby Killers Apply For Prison Release Date

TWO of NSW's most notorious killers will seek a release date for the life sentences they received for the rape and murder of Sydney nurse Anita Cobby.
Brothers Gary and Leslie Murphy were among five men jailed for life for Ms Cobby's rape and murder, which sparked calls for the reintroduction of the death penalty.
When they were sentenced in 1987, the judge recommended their files be marked "never to be released".
The NSW Supreme Court was told today that they intended to apply for a release date.
Ms Cobby, 26, was abducted on her way home in February 1986.
She was bashed and repeatedly raped before her throat was slit in a paddock at Prospect in Sydney's west.
The Murphys' case was briefly mentioned in the Supreme Court today, when their lawyer Will Hutchins indicated they would apply for a redetermined sentence.
Mr Hutchins told the court that one of Janine Balding's killers was also seeking a redetermination.
Janine Balding, a 20-year-old bank clerk, was abducted from a railway car park at Sutherland in 1988 by a gang of street kids and sexually assaulted, gagged, bound and forced over a barbed wire fence before being drowned.
The prisoner who wants a redetermination of his life sentence - one of three serving life for Ms Balding's rape and murder - cannot be named because he was aged 14 at the time of the offence.
Mr Hutchins said progress in each of the three prisoners' cases was being impeded by the same legislation.
Under truth in sentencing laws passed in 1989, prisoners jailed for life can apply to the Supreme Court to have a parole date set.
However, the Government has since introduced legislation to prevent the state's worst criminals - including the Cobby and Balding killers - from ever qualifying for release.
Prisoners who were the subject of a non-release recommendation must now wait 30 years before applying for a redetermined sentence.
Ms Balding's killer is seeking special leave to challenge the legislation in the High Court, and Mr Hutchins said the Murphys' application depended on the outcome of that case.
Justice Peter Hall adjourned the matters to a date to be fixed next year.
Michael Murdoch, John Travers and another Murphy brother, Michael Murphy, are also serving life sentences for Ms Cobby's murder.

AAP (7-12-2006)


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