News

Cold case suspect is ‘not going anywhere’

COLD CASE: Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne disappeared from their Brisbane home on January 16, 1974.
COLD CASE: Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne disappeared from their Brisbane home on January 16, 1974. News

RETIRED Torbanlea gangster Gary "Shorty" Dubois, a known associate of Vincent O'Dempsey, says if police want to re-arrest him over the murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters, they know where to find him.

Speaking from his Stafford Estate home yesterday, Mr Dubois rejected media claims he and his wife Jan had been "hiding out" since fresh evidence in the cold case triple murder was allegedly uncovered in recent weeks.

Mr Dubois and his former underworld associate Vincent O'Dempsey were arrested following an inquest into the murders in the '80s.

Charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence. It had been more than two decades since Mr and Mrs Dubois, who retired to Torbanlea with family six years ago, had felt the gaze of police but the past came knocking in May when a senior homicide detective went to their home and told them he had some questions.

There had been reports Mr Dubois and Mr O'Dempsey had both "gone to ground" following raids of a property with links to the murder investigation near Warwick last week.

While he would not speak about 40-year-old case on the advice of his lawyer, Mr Dubois said yesterday he and his wife had been home "the whole time".

"I am not running away or anything," Mr Dubois said

"Everyone's saying I'm ducking and diving but I'm not - we have already seen them (the police), they have been here, we have been down there(to Brisbane) and that's it.

"I didn't answer any questions … but we have done what they asked of us."

Police have always suspected Ms McCulkin was targeted because she knew too much of the inner-workings of the Clockwork Orange crime gang and the notorious fire at the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub, which claimed the lives of 15 people in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley in 1973.

Ms McCulkin was due to be placed in witness protection in NSW the day she and her two girls disappeared from their Highgate Hill home.

Jan Dubois admitted that up until May, she had believed police interest in her husband "was well and truly over with" but should he be tried over the murders, she hoped he would be treated "fairly".

She went further to express sorrow for the McCulkin family but continued to defend Mr Dubois.

"Look … this is really awful for their families … but he is innocent … I have been with him long enough to know," Ms Dubois said

"You can only imagine the grief that family must be going through … it's awful for everyone."

A $250,000 reward remains on offer for information leading to a conviction.

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Timeline

AUGUST 5: Police raid two Warwick properties linked to the 1974 disappearance of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters.

AUGUST 6: Police charge a 66-year-old Warwick man - a long-term associate of Vincent O'Dempsey - with drug trafficking after finding $300,000 in cash and 30kg marijuana.

AUGUST 9: Vincent O'Dempsey and two associates are interviewed by police and released without charge after a raid on a Yangan property .

AUGUST 10: Police search a fifth property near Emu Vale.

Topics:  barbara mcculkin cold case vincent odempsey



Science Festival seriously awesome

CALLING everyone who wants to see, hear and be a part of something totally cool: this is where you need to be this March.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

BREAKING: Two firecrews rush to The Bacon Factory

The alarm was triggered shortly before 3.30pm

An alarm was sounded about 12pm today.

Want some business ideas? Head to town hall tomorrow

Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan (left) with Hugh McCluggage late last year, the number 3 draft pick for the Brisbane Lions.

Spots still available for business session with Brisbane Lions

Berlin Wall fragment lands in Warwick

COLD WAR COLLECTABLE: Dell Maxwell, with the Berlin Wall fragment, is helping to organise the annual book store in Warwick.

A token of the Cold War has turned up in Warwick

Local Partners

Berlin Wall fragment lands in Warwick

A token marking the end of the Cold War has turned up in the most unlikely spot; an old box of books donated to a fundraising event in Warwick.


Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

Fun for all at Killarney Show

IN FORM: Mitchell Muller from Tannymorel won class four of the led steer judging at the Killarney Show in 2016.

Check out what's on over three big days in Killarney

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

MACKAY will play host to one of the world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John later this year.

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

Robert Irwin introduces Jimmy Fallon to wild guests

Robert Irwin introduces Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a cuddly sloth.

ROBERT Irwin continues Steve's legacy.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trespass Against Us a 'tender' crime film

Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson in a scene from the movie Trespass Against Us.

Tough British film about criminal clan proves touching

Crocodile, hippo fears as I'm A Celeb filming hit by flooding

Flooding hits the set of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Fears crocodiles and hippos could infiltrate I'm A Celeb camp

Small screen users make switch to smaller screens

In this photo taken Oct. 16, 2013, a girl plays Supercelll's Hay Day game on an iPad. The Finnish 'Clash of Clans' mobile game maker Supercell said Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, it plans to launch its third game next month on a tide of soaring revenues and profits. The new game, 'Boom Beach,' will be launched in March. It's been tested in Canada and Australia, ranking fifth in both countries' iPhone app store lists, according to the company. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Milla Takala)  FINLAND OUT

The digital age generation makes the switch

Nadia visits Coast to escape Married At First Sight drama

Married At First Sight's Nadia Stamp takes a breather from the show's drama at Mooloolaba.

MAFS bride unwinds on the Coast ahead of commitment ceremony

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

50 more high rise buildings planned for Brisbane CBD

Height limits have been scrapped for Brisbane CBD

800,000 more people expected to work in city over next 20 years

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!