The aftermath of the Whiskey Au Go Go fire in Fortitude Valley in 1973.
The aftermath of the Whiskey Au Go Go fire in Fortitude Valley in 1973. Contributed

Police link McCulkin killing to Whiskey Au Go Go fire

POLICE do not believe claims Barbara McCulkin's husband Billy confessed on his deathbed to killing her and their daughters.

Instead police claim the girls and their mother were killed because Mrs McCulkin knew too much about the Whiskey Au Go Go and Torino nightclub fire bombings.

The fire in Whiskey Au Go Go in Brisbane killed 15 people in 1973 in one of Australia's worst mass killings.

READ MORE: Decades old McCulkin evidence "unsearchable"

Mr McCulkin's second wife, Fe McCulkin, has claimed Mr McCulkin admitted on his deathbed to killing the three women over being unable to see his daughters, then buried and cemented them into an open grave in the Toowong Cemetery.

But arresting police officer Detective Sergeant Virginia Grey said investigations had ruled out the claim's veracity as the Toowong Cemetery was full in 1974.

Rather, police believe Barbara McCulkin knew information about the Whiskey Au Go Go arson and the earlier Torino club arson and was killed because of that knowledge.

- APN NEWSDESK


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