Lorraine Wilson (20) and Wendy Evans (18) were nurses from Sydney who in October of 1974 were taking time off together in Queensland. Nonetheless, the car they were driving broke down and they were forced to hitchhike. It proved to be a disastrous decision that led to a horrible ordeal.
It’s difficult to know everything that occurred to the two friends after they got in a car with two men on October 6. Their families and friends never heard from them again, until their skeletal remains were discovered among some bushes on June 29, 1976, near the city of Toowoomba.
The skulls were wrecked, and analysis of Wendy’s, in particular, revealed her face had been “beaten to a pulp”. There was also some wire around the legs, indicating they’d been bound.
This case stayed inexplicably cold for nearly 40 years, and even though now administrations have a somewhat obvious idea of what occurred to Lorraine and Wendy, and who did it to them, no one has been accused. Ever since July of 1976, police received reasonable tips about who the criminals might be, but according to the coroner that investigated the case in 2013, they failed to properly investigate. More tragically, numerous observers could have helped the women, and didn’t.
In the 2013 inquest, many people claimed they’d seen Lorraine and Wendy at the side of the road, shouting for help, while being manhandled by a couple of men. Some of them thought it was a domestic conflict, others were scared to get involved and just drove by. None of them reported what they’d noticed right away.
So what occurred to Lorraine and Wendy?
Seven persons of interest were nominated in this case: Allan John Laurie, Wayne “Boogie” Hilton, Donald Laurie, Larry Charles, Desmond Roy Hilton, Allan Neil Laurie, and Terrance James O’Neill. These men were scandalous at the time in Toowoomba, and they had a reputation for abduction and raping women, among other horrible things. Walter Laurie, the brother of Allan John Laurie who was just 10 in 1974, testified that he’d witnessed a “gang bang” between them and the two women, who had been whipped when they tried to resist. It’s also probable they were kept alive for at least a couple of days before they were murdered.
When the 2013 inquest became public, many women came forward as victims of the above-mentioned group. Nonetheless, it was too late for adequate justice. Of the seven, only Desmond Hilton, Allan Neil Laurie, and Terrance O’Neill were still alive. According to authorities, their actual suspect was Wayne “Boogie” Hilton, but he had perished in a car crash in 1986. But although they strongly believed that they were sinful too, they said they didn’t have sufficient evidence for an arrest, so they walked free.