INVESTIGATE a score of crimes, cold cases and mysteries in our long-running CBD tour: murder, robbery, gambling, fraud, assault, abduction, conspiracy, terror, UFOs, ‘bilking’ , clairvoyance, cannibalism. From early Melbourne to 2018. Some are deadly. Others historic, confounding, bizarre, humorous, or even paranormal. We even commit a few ‘crimes’.
CAN you crack unsolved murders and mysteries? Collect millions of dollars of rewards?
EXPLORE the role of forensic science and evidence gathering in solving crimes.
OUR TOURS are highly interactive and include historic images, news articles, group readings, artifacts, paranormal, crime, chocolate and souvenirs and we award participants with ‘Investigator’s Licenses’.
WHERE: Public places, great lanes, back stairways, street art walls, heritage buildings, quirky venues – a great way to explore Melbourne!
WHEN : Tours can be any length but are normally 2.5 hours (schools two hours) day or evening by arrangement They usually starts at Federation Square and finish in Bourke Street. We go to the locations, consider the evidence and ask the questions.
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See also our ST KILDA Murder, Mystery and Crime Tour
‘Thank you for your tour last night. Everyone loved it, and really appreciated the souvenirs, especially the frogs! The range of stories and activities was great’. Staff outing, Haigs Chocolate, 2018.
‘I enjoyed the walk even though I had been on it twice. My friend raved about it to her friends in Perth. Thanks for engaging our teenagers as well, your walk came out on top.’ Win 2018.
“Fascinating variety of strange events, places and happenings. We had 15 secondary students engrossed by it all including activities and readings etc.” Lisa 2017.
Meyer was great and knowledgeable yet engaging. I have been living in the city for 3 years but didn’t know it had so many layers. It was well worth the time and one should do this walk at least once during their time in Melbourne.” Mia, event organiser 2017.
WHY? Crime reveals much about the history, values and justice system of our society. So many victims of crime and their families are yet to achieve justice. 200 rewards in Victoria since 1963 remain unclaimed. Melbourne’s oldest cold case reward ($50,000) goes back 125 years – the Parliamentary Speaker’s mace stolen on 9th October 1891. To provide information anonymously to Crime Stoppers, ring toll free number 1800 333 000.
CAN YOU SOLVE MELBOURNE COLD CASES AND MYSTERIES?
THREE MURDERS and three robberies totaling $6m and a search for missing gun in the Yarra River 2014. Police failure in 2017 court case. Find what links them all and earn $3m in rewards.
FOUR TERROR incidents using cars in Swanston Street in 2017. Are these copycat crimes? And who are the homeless heroes? Who is targeting Fed Square?
A CRIME WAVE of 33 jewelry heists from 2016 to 2017 including 130 Russell Street. Who is receiving the goods? Is there a connection to the Apex Gang? Why are police raiding bank vaults in Bourke Street?
HOW are Melbourne commuters protecting each other on public transport?
MISSING: 38,000 people go missing each year in Australia. In 2018 how are street artists helping to find missing persons? Such as Bung (2011)? $1m reward!
‘COWARDS PUNCH’ LAW: Two deaths in 2017 outside venues including ACDC lane. Who killed Shannon McCormack outside QBH nightclub in June 2007 ($100,000 reward)? Over 60 one-punch assaults remain unsolved. And has the ‘one-punch’ mandatory sentence never been applied?
MURDER AND SUICIDE: The Coroners Court 2017. St Patrick’s Cathedral 7 March 1997. Did guilt or blame kill Gordon Smith? Who murdered three women in 1991 and 1993? $1,000,000 reward.
WEEPING WOMAN 4 August 1986: Who stole Australia’s most valuable painting?
ST PATRICKS DAY MASSACRE 17 March 1978: Who executed three jewellers in Victoria’s most violent crime? What is the connection to H Division?
PAJAMA GIRL 1933: Did the murderer of the Pyjama Girl escape justice?
EXECUTIONS 15 May 2004: Did a corrupt detective meet a hitman in a Collins Street bar to arrange the 27th and 28th victims of Melbourne’s gangland war? Is Carl Willam’s death connected?
THE NEON VANDALS: Who stole six tons of neon from the Herald Sun sky-sign 2001?
FIRST AND LAST MAN HANGED – 19 December 1965/66/ April 1960: Ronald Ryan was hanged for murder. But did he do it? Tunnerminerwait was the first man hanged 20 January 1842? Was he guilty?
BATMAN ‘TREATY’ 6 June 1835: Is Melbourne’s first piece of paper also its bloodiest? Is it a forgery?
GUN ALLEY MURDER 30 December 1921: Who murdered Alma Tirschke? Why does the ghost still walk? Can you solve a crime after ninety years?
HOSTAGE SIEGE, Meyers Place, Australia Day 1978. What ended the shotgun siege? What was Mark ‘Chopper’ Read’s connection?
THE NED KELLY CURSE 1889: Did a curse kill Redmond Barry?
BODY in the Sugar Bag 29 March 1937: Who owned the four severed body parts?
FITZROY VENDETTA: Who killed Squizzy Taylor and Snowy Cutmore 27 October 1927 ?
ARM in a Shark Case 17 April 1935: Who lost a tattooed arm in a shark?
CASE OF THE WALKING Corpse – How do you spoil the perfect crime?
PARLIAMENT SNIPERS 1860: Is the Parliament designed to shoot protesters?
THE MACE and the Madam: 9 October 1891: Where is the parliamentary mace? ($50,000 reward).
MISSING TEENAGER – 2 February 1992: Is missing Prue Bird linked to the Russell Street bombing? ($500,000 reward).
TIN FENCE Assassin 11 December 1979: Who assassinated Ray ‘Chuckles’ Bennet in the Magistrates Court?
GREAT BOOKIE Robbery 21 April 1976: Who committed Australia’s greatest armed robbery?
CHOCOLATE FROGS: What is the connection to social justice?
RMIT HANGINGS 20 January 1842: Were Tunnerminerwait and Maulboyheenner terrorists or freedom fighters?
The Burke and Wills ‘Tragedy’ 20 August 1860/ 21 April 1861: Was the choice of Burke as an expedition leader a tragedy or a conspiracy?
Where is Larry La Trobe 1992?: Who stole Pamela Irving’s dog?
The Great Continence Mystery 1904: How did the women of the 19th century hold on?
The Melbourne Club and John O’Hara Bourke 1860: Did seven men die because of a gentlemen’s agreement?
GRAFFITI Vandal 27 April 2010: Who destroyed Banksy’s Little Diver? What happened to the parachuting rats?
The ‘Brown Out’ Strangler May 1842: Did a woman die because of a cautious sergeant?
The Theatre Ghost Mystery 3 March 1888: Is there a Ghost at the Princess theatre? Do ghosts exist?
Lola Montez and John O’Hara Bourke 1860: Did seven men die because of the Spider Dance?
The Chinatown Riot 13 February 1904: What caused the riot?
The Apokolopti Bombing 1 December 1928: Were the wharfies framed?
Ten Years of Bombs 1960-1970: Who ran a terror campaign in Australia against Yugoslavia and were they protected by spooks?
The Sealed Room Case 1960: Who murdered Sam Borg and nailed the door shut – from the inside?
Haunting of the State Library 2005: Why is the State Library the most haunted building in Melbourne?
The Ned Kelly Curse 11 November/23 November 1880: Redmond Barry died 12 days after Kelly. Did Ned Kelly kill Redmond Barry with a curse?
$100,000 REWARD for information leading to arrest over the death of Shannon McCormack a victim of a coward-punch homicide at the Queensbridge Hotel 2007.
The Werribee Murders Case 1836: Who killed Franks and Hindes?
The Aboriginal Massacre 1836: Did Melbourne settlers massacre the Wathaurung tribe in revenge for Charles Frank’s murder?
The Children of the Dead 1854/5/9: Who left their dead children outside the Old Melbourne Cemetery (Queen Victoria Market) and why?
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