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JAMES WILLIAM MILLER (Deceased)
Age: 68 yrs old (2008)
Sentenced in 1980 to life in jail /not eligible for parole until 2015...
Convicted of 6 murders.
Abducted, raped and murdered young women in South Australia in
1978/79, with his accomplice Christopher Worrell (who died in a car accident
before his guilt was discovered).These murders became known as the "Truro murders".
A book called "Murder In Tandem" (by Paul Wilson/ James Wulf Simmonds) was released in 2000.
Explores up to 11 cases where killers have worked in tandem.
Truro Killer James Miller Dies of Cancer
Notorious Truro killer James Miller has died. The daughter of one of his six victims described the death as a "massive relief."
Miller, 68, who had terminal cancer, was transferred to Mary Potter Hospice from Yatala Labour Prison this week.
Niki Lamb, the daughter of victim Deborah Lamb, said she was advised within minutes of Miller's death last night, around 10pm.
His death was a "massive relief", she said.
"There will never be an end because I don't have my mother," she said.
"But it is an end to a dark chapter and the beginning of a new one."
Miller was jailed for life in 1980 for the murder of six women who disappeared over the summer of 1976-77. He spent most
of the past 28 years at Yatala.
Miller, who was not due for release before 2015, was one of the state's longest-serving prisoners.
He had always maintained he only helped bury the victims near Truro and that the murderer was his younger friend, Christopher
The short-lived killing spree ended when Worrell, 23, died in a car crash - which Miller, now 68, survived - a week after the
murder of a seventh woman.
Miller was acquitted of the murder of the first victim, Veronica Knight.
Worrell raped and killed the women while Miller - who said at trial his job was to be "chauffeur and mug" - waited nearby.
Miller was convicted of six murders as part of a joint criminal enterprise with Worrell.
A Correctional Services spokesman would not confirm or deny Miller's death, because members
of his family and his victims' families would have to be notified first.
TRURO Killer James Miller is on His Death-bed in Yatala Labour Prison
TRURO killer James Miller is on his death-bed in Yatala Labour Prison, with relatives of his victims
told he is not expected to survive the week.
Miller, who has terminal cancer, was recently moved under police escort from Mobilong Prison to Yatala's
infirmary, where he is expected to die.
He was jailed for life in 1980 for the murder of six women who disappeared over the summer of 1976 and 1977.
Miller has spent most of the past 28 years at Yatala but had been moved to Mobilong for "operational reasons".
A Correctional Services spokesman said Miller had very recently been transferred back to Yatala and admitted
to its hospital.
"He is very ill," the spokeman said.
Miller, who was not due for release before 2015, is one of the state's longest-serving prisoners.
He has always maintained he only helped bury the victims near Truro and that the murderer was his younger
friend Christopher Robin Worrell.
The short-lived killing spree only ended when Worrell and another potential
victim died in a car crash - which Miller survived - a week after the murder of a seventh woman.
Niki Lamb, the daughter of victim Deborah Lamb, who was a new mother aged 20
when she was killed - said Miller's death behind bars was "karma".
"Murder, in my eyes, is a life sentence for the families of the victims," she told Channel 10.
"You do something like that and you pay for it with your life."
Mid Murray Mayor Ian Mann, whose Council covers much of Truro, 80km north-east of
Adelaide, said "nobody's going to shed a tear" over the killer's death.
He said the town had largely overcome its notoriety in the three decades since five of the young women's bodies
were found buried in scrub nearby.
"It still might be (associated) in some people's minds from way back but I think Snowtown would well and truly
have taken over as the country town that would be known for the wrong reasons," Mr Mann said.
"Time certainly heals and while the town did suffer a bit of a bad name for some years, I don't think too many
people would associate it (with the killing spree) now."
Worrell had been on parole for sexually assaulting a young female hitchhiker when he and Miller picked up
Veronica Knight, 18, Tania Kenny, 15, Julie Mykyta, 15, Sylvia Pittmann, 16, Vicki Howell, 26, Connie Iordanides, 16, and Deborah Lamb, 20.
Worrell raped and killed the women while Miller, whose job was to drive, waited nearby. Miller was convicted
of murder, as part of a joint criminal enterprise.
The clumsy yet tragic resting place of one victim was discovered in 1978 by a man mushrooming near Truro,
who found what he at first thought was the leg of a cow, but which on closer inspection belonged to a woman.
Another body was discovered nearby by bushwalkers.
Another body was buried at Wingfield and one at Port Gawler.
Predatory Killers Who Hunt In Pairs
James Miller and Christopher Worrell were
among Australia's first
"tandem" killers — two
men who sought out and
killed seven women.
The Truro murders of the
late 1970s ended when
Worrell was killed in a
A new book, co-authored
by a leading criminologist, explores up to 11
cases where killers have
worked in tandem, and
he asserts if Worrell had
not died he and Miller
may have gone on to become Australia's worst
THE death of Christopher Worrell in a car
smash in 1977 in all
likelihood saved Australia
from a rampage that may
have become the country's
worst serial killing spree.
Worrell already had murdered seven young women
and buried them near Truro,
north of Adelaide.
But one of Australia's
most famous criminologists
suggests Worrell and his accomplice, lover James Miller
were entering a period of
Intensity. The lag time between the murders was getting shorter and Worrell was
now following the "established behavior of some
Worrell and Miller are
unique, according to criminologists. They formed a
partnership in murder, they
shared the intimacy of
death — there is no more
intimate relationship — and
usually they existed in a
dominance/ submissive relationship.
The Truro killings is a case
history in serial murders
that has been examined
down to the minutiae — it
was the classic horror story
of missing young women,
the lethal persona of a
young, hedonistic killer, and
a gutless eyewitness who
stood and watched rape and
This was the story of
Worell and Miller, killers in
Professor Paul Wilson in
his latest book with co-
author James Wulf
Simmonds has examined 11
Australian and international murder cases
where murder was a
"shared" experience, and
taken the issue a step
further — what is the bond
It was Anzac Day 1978
that William Thomas went
mushrooming in desolate
bushland off Swamp Rd
Truro. He found what he
thought was the bone from
the leg of a cow.
But the bone had a shoe
attached, and on closer
examination inside the shoe
he discovered skin and
neatly painted toenails.
Clothes and more bones and
blood nearby resulted in a
routine police investigation.
The dead woman was Veronica Knight, who was 18
when she vanished from an
Adelaide street. Nothing
happened for another year,
the trail was cold.
Bushwalkers later discovered the skeleton of
16-year-old Sylvia Pittman a
kilometre from where Veronica had been buried.
Connecting serial killings
is notoriously difficult, and
in the late 1970s "serial" had
still not become a crime
buzz word. But to Major
Crime investigator Sergeant
Bob "Hugger" Giles there
was the strong suggestion of
a link between two dead
women, other young women
reported missing and a
In fact, there were two
men abducting and killing.
Christopher Worrell, young,
charismatic and psychosociopathic, and James
Miller, a drifter, homosexual
and totally dependent on
his friend for sex and support.
Miller went into depression and became homeless after Worrell's car rolled
and he was killed in the
South-East on February, 19,
1977. But the older man's
state of mind gave police a
breakthrough when he inadvertently told a woman
about his dead mate who
That woman, known only
as Angela, collected a
$40,000 reward when she
eventually told police of
Miller's possible involvement in the murder of seven
women, Angela told police
— and confirmed a profile
they had already built up
about Worrell — of her conversation, which gave a
chilling insight into the
mind of the dominant "tandem" murderer.
"He (Miller) couldn't stop
Chris from doing this. He
would just pick them up,
rape and strangle them. He
said he just drove the vehicle for
Chris... one of the victims
had been strangled with a guitar string.
Jamie (Miller) said he couldn't stop Chris from raping and killing these girls."
Miller also said Worrell became worse before he died,
and, in fact, the time lag
between the murders had
been getting shorter.
In the new book, Paul
Wilson says of Worrell: "Despite popular belief to the
contrary, he did not always
kill by the same method,
preferring to experiment
with different ways of dealing out death. His confidence was building with
each murder, increasing his
boldness and his sadistic
Prof Wilson suggests
Worrell was going to go on,
far beyond seven murders,
and Miller would have gone
along as the "driver".
"Had Worrell lived, even
more victims may have died
and the perpetrators may
never had become known,"
Prof Wilson says,
Miller, who this year was
still seeking to be released
from his life sentence, was
the passive follower of the
pair, and he continued to
follow Worrell's bidding because he feared losing the
sexual and emotional bond
between the two men.
But did Miller go along for
other reasons? Prof Wilson
says: "At worst, Miller's
voyeuristic participation in
the murders — even in some
instances, a physical distance — ignited dark and
pathological emotions of
"By helping his lover
rejoice in whatever forms of
Worrell got from his passion
for thrill-killing, Miller was,
even if indirectly, revelling in
the spectre of the sexual
violence that was the basis
for the Truro murders."
Sunday Mail (10-9-2000)
The Model Parolee Who Was Really A Killer
CHARLES Cornwall's conscience is finally clear.
More than 25 years after seven
young women were abducted,
raped and murdered in the infamous Truro case, the retired probation and parole officer has
finally shaken off his feelings of
anguish and despair.
Mr Cornwall, 66, was Christopher Worrell's parole officer
while Worrell and convicted killer,
James William Miller went on
their Killing spree between 1976
With the stroke of his pen Mr
Cornwall could have put Worrell
back behind bars and saved the
lives of the seven victims.
But, as Mr Cornwall now reveals in a book he has written.
The Punishment, Fit The Crime.
Worrell was a model parolee and
did nothing which warranted
having it revoked. Nor did he do
anything to arouse suspicion
about his serial killing spree.
Some people at the time said
there should have been some sign
or something but there never
was," Mr Cornwall said.
"When I found out what he had
been doing I was just flabbergasted, it was hard to believe."
Between December, 1976, and
February, 1977. Worrell and
Miller abducted and murdered
the seven women.
Their reign of terror ended
when Worrell was killed in a car
accident in late February, 1977.
Miller was arrested in May,
1979, and is serving a 35-year non parole period after being found
guilty of six of the seven murders.
A probation and parole officer
for 25 years, Mr Cornwall first met
Worrell in 1974 when he was given
a bond for armed robbery.
"The one thing that was remarkable about my initial interview with him was the number of
questions he asked me about the
conditions of the bond and what
his responsibilities were," Mr
Ironically, he said that encounter left him with the impression
he was not going to be a problem.
"How wrong can you be?" It was
only a couple of months later he
abducted and sexually assaulted
a young woman hitchhiker," Mr
Worrell was sentenced to four
years' Jail for the attack and had
his bond revoked for the armed
robbery. He was paroled in October, 1976, after two years in jail.
It was while he was in jail he
formed his close relationship
"Worrell was required to report
to me weekly, which he did," Mr
"There was never any inkling
that anything was going on."
Mr Cornwall said while he did
not feel guilt, he had often asked
himself: "Was there something
that I could have done? Was
there something I should have
picked up? The answer to both
questions is 'no'."
He said if Worrell had not been
paroled, his killing spree would
simply have been delayed.
"I don't think keeping people
in prison longer reforms them,"
Mr Cornwall said.
"It might have saved the girls
who died then but there would
still have been others if he was
released after six years instead of
two. I have no doubt about that."
Adelaide Advertiser (23-11-2002)
City Of Churches And Murder
The discovery of bodies in a northern South Australian town has rekindled
memories of some of the state's grislier murder cases.
While SA jealously guards its reputation for sporting prowess, fine wine and a capital known
more for its churches than its nightlife, it also has a rpeutation as home
to some of the country's worst multiple killers.
Adelaide's placid image as the city of churches was shattered in the late 1970's and early 1980's
by the horrific killings that came to be known as The Family murders.
According to SA police, The Family a gang of up to nine homosexual men, was resposible for
the abduction and rape of up to 200 boys and the murder of five people during
a 10-year reign of terror between 1973 and '83.
The first person killed was Alan Barnes, 17, who disappeared on June 17, 1979, while hitchiking
in Adelaide. His body, which had been washed and redressed, was found a week later on the banks
of a resevoir. An autopsy revealed he died of blood loss associated with severe
internal wounds caused by a blunt object thrust into his anus.
The death disgusted Adelaide but there was worse to come. The body of Neil Frederick Muir, 25,
was skilfully dismembered into 43 pieces and found lying in a plastic bag in
Adelaide's Port river on August 28, 1979.
The final death was that of Richard Kelvin, 15, the son of a prominent Adelaide newsreader.
A court heard evidence Bevan Spencer Von Einem had kept the schoolboy captive in a drugged
state for up to five weeks before killing him.
von Einem, who maintained his innocence and refused to nominate anyone else involved in the death,
was sentenced to a then SA record 36-year non parole period.
The Family murders came just two years after a gruesome discovery of a body of a woman at Truro,
100km north of Adelaide.
In what became known simply as the Truro murders, seven women aged between 15 and 26 were raped
and killed. Five of the bodies were dumped near Truro; the two others were also found in bush.
The serial killings were uncovered the week after the last murder when one of the killers,
Christopher Worrell, 23, died in a car accident.
His lover, James William Miller, was convicted in 1980 over six of the deaths and
sentenced to life in jail. He said Worrell killed the women and he helped bury them.
The one crime that still haunts Adelaide is the still unexplained disappearance of the Beaumont
children on Australia Day, 1966.