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Community Safety Conviction: How police caught Jill Meagher's killer The Age SEPTEMBER 16 2016 "Many on #socialmedia were quick to blame Tom, for if it was him then it was not the type of random crime that left other women at risk." #cyberbullying Rumour Spread HyperVigilantism Fear of Crime Due Process Histrionic Personality



"Many on #socialmedia were quick to blame Tom, 

for if it was him then it was not the type of random crime that left other women at risk." 

#cyberbullying



girls/ women who bully Cyberbullying has become the latest negative tool in the bully’s toolbox. Here, the bully can attack, create cliques, gossip, spread rumors, 
and character-assassinate their target, anonymously. As a result of the anonymity of the Internet, this relational aggression is particularly toxic. Girls are so dependent on relationships that some have been known to go to sleep with their cell phones. So you can imagine how girls feel when they view Facebook pictures of groups they are not included in, parties they have been left out of, and relationships they don’t have... never mind being defriended. This kind of trauma can lead to jealousy, feelings of rejection, sadness, depression, and even suicide. When women bully, and they do, it is often related to both competition and judgment. Judgment offers control and it has the capacity to lead to cruelty. However, this need for control can be a compensation in women for both self-scrutiny and the fear of being seen. The insecurity of believing that our personal flaws may become visible and therefore attacked, creates the all too familiar internal dialogue of criticism, that inner voice from early childhood that answers to our own feelings of unworthiness and low self-esteem. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-gail-gross/girls-who-bully-and-the-women-they-learn-from_b_4034100.html


What does cyberbullying look like?
·         Being sent mean or hurtful text messages from someone you know or even someone you don’t know
·         Getting nasty, threatening or hurtful messages through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, or through sites where people can ask / answer questions like Formspring or Internet forums
·         People sending photos and videos of you to others to try and embarrass or hurt you
·         People spreading rumours about you via emails or social networking sites or text messages
·         People trying to stop you from communicating with others
·         People stealing your passwords or getting into your accounts and changing the information there
·         People setting up fake profiles pretending to be you, or posting messages or status updates from your accounts
Australian Human Rights Commission and Reach Out 2011




Cyberbullying Law
 "Under Australian Commonwealth law it is an offence to “use a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence, or for the purposes of a threat”. It is also an offence to “knowingly or recklessly use a telecommunications service in such a way as would be regarded by reasonable persons being, in all the circumstances, offensive”
Maximum Penalty 3 years Imprisonment

"A #victoriapolice spokesman said a person found guilty of revenge-porn type posts faced up to
10 years in jail."
Sydney Morning Herald 

April 19th 2016






Conviction: How police caught Jill Meagher's killer

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You know them by sight but not necessarily by name – the grim-faced homicide detectives you see on the evening news brushing past the crime tape as they enter a murder scene.
They wear dark suits and carry bound folders they use to record observations, and if they talk to the waiting media the remarks will be well-practised cliches designed to provide a reassuring sound bite without hinting at the likely direction of the investigation.




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Inevitably they will talk of the "brutal" murder, the "devastated" family, the need to keep an open mind and how they are waiting on forensic tests.
If in the weeks that follow they provide a greater insight, it will be to flush out witnesses in what will be a protracted investigation. If they silently bunker down, it is a fair bet they are expecting an early arrest. For the rule is, the more homicide detectives says publicly the less they know privately.
When they have success in a tough one there will be a post-conviction celebration, usually an investigators' lunch at an inner-suburban pub. Which means the inner workings of a homicide investigation remain secret detectives' business.
And so when award-winning documentary producer Terry Carlyon approached police more than 20 months ago to delve inside the investigation into the 2012 murder of ABC staffer Jill Meagher by serial rapist Adrian Bayley as she walked home from a Brunswick pub, there were concerns.
Eventually police agreed to co-operate with Carlyon on his latest project, Conviction, but it was by no means a unanimous decision. Some felt telling the story might give away investigative secrets that would assist future suspects but the majority view was, as Jill's case created such angst in the community, the full story should be told.
Terry enlisted me as the interviewer and narrator, and what became clear to us very quickly was that the police involved wanted to tell their story.




Murderer Adrian Ernest Bayley's arrogance during the police interview turned to sobs at his bleak future.
Murderer Adrian Ernest Bayley's arrogance during the police interview turned to sobs at his bleak future.  Photo: Jason South

No longer did they speak in sound grabs and cliches. No longer were they just stern-faced men in dark suits. On camera we see their emotional and physical commitment and learn of the long-term personal consequences.
As veteran investigator Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles says, "Some people talk about that job as like throwing a hand grenade into the crew".




Jill Meagher was a "blameless" victim, grabbed randomly just walking down the street on September 22, 2012.
Jill Meagher was a "blameless" victim, grabbed randomly just walking down the street on September 22, 2012. 

We learnt that while homicide detectives are all different, they have one thing in common – a great sense of empathy.
They are the only ones who immerse themselves in the case from beginning to end – culminating, they hope, with a Supreme Court conviction. And they are the ones who bond with the victim's family, who see these detectives as their only hope for justice.




The case of the woman who disappeared on her way home from Friday drinks created great angst in the community.
The case of the woman who disappeared on her way home from Friday drinks created great angst in the community. Photo: Scott Barbour

Jill had been for Friday night drinks with friends and was walking the few hundred metres home when she was approached and followed along Sydney Road by Bayley, who then raped and murdered her in a nearby laneway.
Bayley should have been in jail, as his parole should have been revoked when he pleaded guilty to a serious assault in Geelong. Inexplicably he was freed when he appealed against the severity of sentence.




Veteran homicide investigator Ron Iddles talks about the Jill Meagher murder in the ABC documentary, Conviction.
Veteran homicide investigator Ron Iddles talks about the Jill Meagher murder in the ABC documentary, Conviction. Photo: Supplied

The Meagher murder shocked, fascinated and outraged a large section of the community as few other crimes have done. So why were so many strangers so moved by this particular murder?
First, while we would like to think all lives are equal in our eyes, they are not. Jill was young, pretty, smart, had a good job and a nice husband, and so many saw her life as more important and her death more tragic.




At first police attention fell on Jill Meagher's husband, Tom, but he was quickly eliminated as a suspect.
At first police attention fell on Jill Meagher's husband, Tom, but he was quickly eliminated as a suspect. Photo: Penny Stephens

Second, it was a mystery as initially she was a missing person with no one, other than Bayley, knowing what happened after she left the pub.
And finally she was a "blameless" victim, grabbed randomly as she was, just walking down the street. If it happened to her, then it could happen to us.




Meagher murder investigators Paul Rowe (left) and Dave Butler, from the ABC documentary Conviction.
Meagher murder investigators Paul Rowe (left) and Dave Butler, from the ABC documentary Conviction. Photo: Supplied

The initial suspected missing persons case quickly turned into a probable murder investigation under the command of Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Butler of Homicide Crew Four.
It took just six days from the time of Jill's disappearance to her killer being charged (by fluke the documentary airs on the fourth anniversary of Bayley's arrest), but the impact on police was profound with two members of the forensic team so affected by post-traumatic stress they have not returned to work.




Paul Rowe (left) interviewed the suspects while Dave Butler led the murder investigation, which took six days to solve.
Paul Rowe (left) interviewed the suspects while Dave Butler led the murder investigation, which took six days to solve.  Photo: Supplied

From the moment the case went public the interest was extraordinary, with widespread speculation via social media.
As the then head of the homicide squad, now retired inspector, John Potter, told Conviction: "There was no doubt that the teams were under pressure. This wasn't any other job."




Paul Rowe (left) and Dave Butler typify the public's idea of homicide squad detectives, carrying bound folders and ...
Paul Rowe (left) and Dave Butler typify the public's idea of homicide squad detectives, carrying bound folders and wearing darks suits. Photo: Supplied

Butler looked at the circumstances and quickly concluded the chances of finding Jill alive were slim and immediately (and logically) concentrated on her husband, Tom.
Many on social media were quick to blame Tom, for if it was him then it was not the type of random crime that left other women at risk.
It is a brutal business treating a distressed and confused man, who is coming to the awful realisation he has lost his wife, as a possible murderer.
Butler recalls: "When she didn't appear on the Monday, it really crystallised for me and I formed the strong view that she was probably dead.
"We were able to eliminate Tom reasonably quickly in this case. And the important thing with that was, let's say we never solved the case, the important thing with that is we can say 'Listen, it's not him, we've proven beyond any doubt that it's not him'."
Tom understood the reasoning and was full of praise for the work of the homicide squad, but in some ways Butler remains more bruised by the questioning.
"It was necessary to do but when you think about it down the track, you're left thinking 'Jeez, we were pretty awful, for the way we've treated this poor guy. Not only has he lost his wife but now he's been treated pretty badly by us in some respects'," he says.
We are taken step by step on how Bayley, a convicted violent sex offender, moved from a name in a file, to a person of interest, to the main suspect, and finally the convicted offender.
With no body, no murder weapon and no witnesses the interview with Bayley would be crucial, and while detectives would have liked more time to plan the questioning they were forced to move because of concerns he could destroy evidence or strike again.
The homicide interview has moved a long way from third-degree intimidation and good cop/bad cop tactics. Now it is a conversation based on persuasion where the suspect is led to the conclusion that telling the truth is the only option.
In this case, the quietly spoken and deep-thinking Acting Detective Sergeant Paul Rowe was chosen to question Bayley, a hard, arrogant veteran of police interviews who would not give ground easily.
Crowded in the adjoining monitoring room were senior police desperate for a breakthrough, with everyone knowing this would be a long night.
Sitting in a caravan more than 100 kilometres away connected by phone was the head of crew, Ron Iddles, who was on several days' leave. He was confident Rowe was the man for the job.
Rowe says of Bayley, "He's a very confident person, to the extent that he was quite relaxed initially. I think he was fairly comfortable in the fact that he thought he had gotten away with it and that he would get away with it".
Bayley gave a fabricated version of his movements that night, then slowly Rowe introduced evidence that dismantled, brick by brick, Bayley's house of lies.
"Once he realised that well, perhaps there was some evidence that we had that he wasn't giving me, he certainly became uncomfortable. He became rattled; at one point in time he became angry to the point that they sent another police member to stand outside the door."
While the interview continued, police were searching Bayley's home where they found a damaged phone SIM card. Butler says when Rowe was told of the potentially incriminating evidence he said, "If there's a God, please let it be Jill's".
After a tactical intelligence officer had a Vodafone technician check the serial number, Butler says she "burst in through the [monitoring room] door, and screamed out; 'It's Jill's!' "
Acting Senior Sergeant Sharon Darcy remembers the breakthrough moment: "The elation in the room, just everyone was so pleased that we've got this bastard. That was the point where we knew that, yep 100 per cent, he's our man."
Eventually the arrogant Bayley cracked and sobbed, not for his murderous past but his bleak future. He gave a self-serving confession, then took police to Gisborne where they recovered the body. Faced with the overwhelming evidence he pleaded guilty, saving her relatives the trauma of a trial.
Butler says, "We were able to reunite Gillian with the family to give them some closure and allow them to bury her".
And Butler has no doubt what would have happened if they had not found the killer. "In my view had we not caught Adrian Bayley, he wouldn't have stopped and we would be dealing with a serial killer."
Conviction: ABC TV, 8.30pm, Tuesday September 27.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/convicted-how-police-caught-jill-meaghers-killer-20160914-grg666.html

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