Case 39: Janelle Patton

Norfolk Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean, situated between Australia and New Zealand. A place of spectacular scenery and peaceful beauty. The total area of the Island is 34 kilometers squared. Or 13 miles squared. With a population of around 2000 people, Norfolk Island is a tight-knit community with a unique and complex web of friendships and relationships. It was discovered by Captain James Cook in 1774, and it was first used as a jail for the worst convicts from the Australian colony. The Island is a self-governing territory of Australia with its own laws, including strict customs and immigration regulations. Tourists from all over the world flock to Norfolk Island for its unique history and its reputation for being a paradise.  It was considered a safe and friendly place. Somebody was always willing to give you a helping hand, and doors and windows were left unlocked at night. Violent crime almost didn’t exist. There hadn’t been a murder on Norfolk Island since 1893…   ____  Victoria Dieffenbacher researched and co-wrote this episode.   MUSIC 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    RESOURCES (Warning: Contains spoilers) “The Fatal Flaw” by Roger Maynard Crime Investigation Australia: “A Killer Amongst Us – The Norfolk Island Murder” Accused’s wife killed Norfolk Island woman: witness Cracked: The Case of Janelle Patton New information in Norfolk Island murder case Police check new evidence in murder The conviction of Glenn McNeill for murder of Janelle Patton is still controversial Janelle Patton killer Glenn McNeill is innocent, says juror. ‘We decided to slot him’ Networked Knowledge – Media Report Man guilty of Norfolk Island murder A Pacific murder mystery that won’t go away

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