In 2002 Bernadette Liston (46), resided with her same-sex partner Francis “Frankie” Marshall in Victor harbor, with Bernadette’s 12-year-old daughter, Jennifer, and a 4-year-old half-sibling Rebekah.
Frankie’s Brother, Daryl Purcell had fathered a kid “Rebekah” with Bernadette, with the strategy that Frankie and Bernadette would put forward together as a couple.
At about 3.30 p.m. on Friday 25 October 2002, Bernadette was discovered killed in her Ives Crescent, Victor Harbor house by her 12-year-old daughter who had reached home from the nearby school.
Ms. Liston had been attacked, stabbed, and shot 6 times. The assault was so vicious, there was still a knife stuck in her skull. There was no indication of forced entry to the home. Several things were missing including her mobile phone and bath towels.
Ms Liston Knew Her Killer
Ms. Liston was last beheld alive by her partner Frankie and 4-year-old daughter Rebekah when they left the Victor Harbor house at about 9.30 a.m. Police think that Ms. Liston was killed on the morning of October 25. Police suspect that Ms. Liston knew her murderer.
Information from Bernadette’s 12-year-old daughter Jennifer claims She was scheming on leaving Frankie, for Mr. Purcell, Rebekah’s biological father, and they had schemed to move in with him.
Bernadette’s sister Christine had stated Frankie was cruel and had previously owned a gun and hid it in the home.
Caught In Liston Case
In August 2008 Francis “Frankie” marshall was caught for Ms. Liston’s killing but was subsequently acquitted in the Supreme Court.
Police are still looking into who the probable murderer is but the case is still unsolved.
Victor Harbor is a little town and police are hoping someone out there knows something or probably heard rumors over the years as to who committed it that could assist with their inquiry.
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