Articles about Gillian Jamieson and Susan Balken

I found a whole bunch of articles about Gillian Janine Jamieson and Deborah Susan Balken, who disappeared together from Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia on July 12, 1980. They were both 20-year-old trainee nurses from Sydney. The women were declared legally dead in 2006, but their cases remain unsolved.

The serial killer Ivan Milat is a suspect in their disappearances. He was convicted of seven murders, but the cops are looking at him also for 16 more murders and 46 unsolved disappearances. In the unlikely event that he actually did all of those, it would make Milat a murderer of Bundy-like proportions.

Phil Denmeade, a former police officer who is now a charter boat captain, has gotten obsessed with cracking the case and convinced the authorities to let him meet with and interview Milat in prison a bunch of times. He’s quite sure Milat killed Gillian and Deborah, in large part because Milat was working less than two miles away from where the girls were last seen. But Denmeade’s prison interviews have thus far come to nothing and the prison has revoked his access now.

I will lament again that I wish I had time to cover international cases on Charley. All I can do is blog about them occasionally.

One man’s ‘weird’ but wonderful passion to solve cold case (with additional photo of Gillian)
The man who met Milat
One man’s mission to crack Milat
Milat hunter deceived witness (with additional photo of Deborah and Gillian and a friend)

5 thoughts on “Articles about Gillian Jamieson and Susan Balken

  1. Kat May 28, 2012 / 8:03 pm

    Unsolved that Meyahna runs used to do a lot of the international news but i do think now she profiles mostly US stuff….like with you lots of work to keep up with. Heard of this guy and the cases. I do wonder with press now and media being much more involved than it was in the past if the spotlight will lead to a conviction.

  2. Kim May 30, 2012 / 7:18 pm

    I saw a horror movie loosely based on these murders. For the life of me I cannot remember what is was called.

  3. emily June 1, 2012 / 11:28 pm

    Yes, Milat is certainly in the frame for the disappearance of these women. It’s probable that Milat MUST have committed more murders that the ones he has been convicted for.

    • Meaghan June 1, 2012 / 11:48 pm

      And his nephew committed murder back in 2010, I just found out the other day. All in the family.

  4. Mark Ryder July 30, 2013 / 3:50 pm

    The film LOOSELY based on the Ivan Milat case is called ‘Wolf Creek’. I’ve not seen it but I have seen a documentary about Ivan Milat. There are many clues that strongly indicate he had help with committing at least some of his crimes. Most likely from a very close relative (or relatives). The person or persons who may have helped Ivan have been widely named elsewhere, so I won’t name them here.

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