On the evening of Saturday 27 February 1982, Mark Langley, aged 18 years, attended an 18th birthday celebration at Windsor Gardens. At around 1.15 a.m. Mark left the party with two companions in a white Datsun 1600 and drove to the city where they parked on War Memorial Drive (alongside the River Torrens). A slight argument occurred between Mark and his friends which resulted in Mark getting out of the car and walking off on the northern side of the road.
The friends drove off before returning to War Memorial Drive a few minutes later to collect Mark, but he could not be found. He was never seen alive again.
Mark Was Killed
On 8 March 1982, Mark’s corpse was discovered dumped alongside Sprigg Road at Summertown. It was obvious that he had been killed at a different location and then dumped at Summertown.
Police think this murder is related to other high-profile murders commonly referred to in the media as the Family Murders.
The Family was the name given to a close-knit group of men thought to be involved in the abduction, sexual abuse, and, at times, torture of young men and teenage boys in and around Adelaide from the 1970s to the mid-1980s. The existence of the group came to the attention of the public and police after the killing of five teenagers between 1979 and 1983.
Mark is the fourth victim Of the gruesome killings.
His mutilated corpse was discovered in scrubland in the Adelaide foothills nine days after his disappearance.
Among the mutilations was a wound that seemed to have been cut with a surgical tool that went from his navel to the pubic region and part of his small bowel was missing.
The hair around the area had been trimmed as it would have been in an operation in a hospital.
The post-mortem disclosed that Langley had perished from a huge loss of blood from gross injuries to his anus, similar to the previous victims including Alan Barnes.
The sedative-hypnotic drug Mandrax, famous in the 1970s disco scene, was discovered in Langley’s blood. Mandrax was also found in the next victim, Richard Kelvin.
Just one suspect has been charged with these horrible crimes and is currently serving life in a South Australian prison.
Previous premier Mike Rann vowed Bevan Spencer Von Einem will never be released.
Unfortunately, police know he was not the only one involved in these crimes. Limited evidence makes it tough to prosecute those who were involved.
Apart from von Einem, three other core members are thought to be directly involved in the killings, although while DNA testing was re-commenced in 2008 no additional charges have been laid.
Suspect 1, an eastern suburbs businessman, is believed to have been with von Einem when Kelvin was kidnaped.
Suspect 2, well-known Adelaide physician Peter Leslie Millhouse, was initially charged with Muir’s killing but found not guilty at trial in 1980. Millhouse passed away in a nursing home at Cessnock in NSW on 30 June 2015, aged 80.
Suspect 3 was a former male prostitute and a close friend of von Einem and Suspect 1.
The remaining known associates were involved to a lesser degree; they were either indirectly involved or had information about the killings but continued to interact with the group. Another Adelaide doctor, Dr. Stephen George Woodards, was also alleged to have links to the ‘family’ and in 2011 stood trial on child sexual abuse charges. The statutory suppression order on his individuality lapsed during his trial and a petition for a new order was rejected. Other suspects include numerous members of the legal community, the brother of an Olympian, and members of the business community.
Two men who were living with suspects 1 and 2 respectively at the time of the killings were also “persons of interest”. Although many had previously been named, except Suspect 2 their individualities have since been suppressed by the courts.
If you have any data on Mark or the other members involved in the “Family” please come forward. You can stay anonymous.
Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.