Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974. Contributed
Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974. Contributed

McCulkin murders: Mother killed in front of daughters

CHILLING details have emerged of the alleged triple murder of a Brisbane woman and her two young daughters more than 40 years ago, as one of the two men accused makes a bid for freedom.

Vincent O'Dempsey and Garry Dubois were both charged in October with the murders of Barbara McCulkin, 34, and her daughters Vicki, 13, and Leanne, 11, following the re-opening of the investigation by the Queensland Police cold case unit on the 40th anniversary of their disappearance.

The trio sparked one of the state's most enduring mysteries when they vanished from their rented Highgate Hill home on the night of January 16, 1974.

Their bodies have never been found.

Both Mr O'Dempsey, 76, and Mr Dubois, 67, deny involvement in the killings.

Read more on the Brisbane Times.


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