Anita Cobby Murderer – Michael Murphy Bio, Wiki, Age, Co-Accomplices, Cancer, Death and Cause,
Feb. 2019 - One of Anita Cobby Murderer, Michael Murphy dies in Long Bail Jail
Michael Murphy Age: He is currently 65 years old as at the time of his death
Michael Murphy Died: He died on February 22nd, 2019
Michael Murphy Known for: Convicted murderer involved in the 1986 murder of Anita Cobby
Michael Murphy Bio, Wiki, Cancer, Death and Cause
Michael Murphy (died on February 22nd, 2019) was a 65 old man convicted murderer known for one of Sydney’s most notorious murders. He was serving a life sentence after he and four others killed Anita Cobby, a nurse and beauty pageant winner, in 1986.
A New South Wales (NSW) Corrective Services spokesperson confirmed on Friday morning February 22nd, 2019 that Murphy died due to natural causes about 11.55pm on Thursday.
“The Corrective Services Investigation Unit, which is part of the NSW Police Force, is investigating and will prepare a report on the death,” the spokesperson said.
“All deaths in custody are subject to a coronial inquest, including deaths resulting from natural causes.”
— The Daily Telegraph (@dailytelegraph) February 21, 2019
Murphy was moved into palliative care at the hospital in September 2018, suffering from advanced cancer.
A year before Cobby’s murder, Michael Murphy was sentenced to nine months in jail for unlawfully escaping from Silverwater prison.
Cobby’s widower, John, was reported by AAP to have said he hoped Murphy’s death “was painful for him. One down, four to go.”
Corrective Services said the other prisoners were still alive but would not disclose their location.
Murder of Anita Cobby
On the night of her death – February 2nd, 1986 – Anita Cobby was abducted by a group of five men while she was walking home from Blacktown train station.
She was pulled into a stolen Holden Kingswood and was sexually assaulted. Later she was dragged from the car, through a barbed wire fence and left in a paddock in Prospect, in Sydney’s west. Her throat had been cut.
Cobby’s body was found in the paddock two days later and her father had the task of identifying her.
Witnesses who saw the men drag Cobby into the car and a later tip-off led police to make arrests 22 days after her murder.
Leslie Murphy, then aged 22, his brothers Gary and Michael, then 28 and 33, Michael Murdoch, then 19, and John Travers, then 18, were found guilty of murdering Cobby.
In 1986, Detective Sergeant Anthony Waters told a court he and three other detectives took Gary Murphy to the scene of the crime the morning after his arrest on February 26.
Sergeant Waters told the court that, when another detective told Gary, “This is where the body was found,” Gary replied, “Is that all her blood? Shit, she must have bled.”
A media frenzy and public outcry led to calls for the reintroduction of the death penalty but the men were jailed for life.
When the five men were sentenced to life imprisonment in 1987, cheers and applause erupted from the public gallery of Sydney’s Central Criminal Court.
In his closing address, Justice Alan Maxwell said: “There is no doubt that, apart from the humiliation, degradation, and terror inflicted upon this young woman, she was the victim of a prolonged and sadistic physical and sexual assault.
“This was a calculated killing – done in cold blood.”
Justice Maxwell asked that the file of each man be marked “Never to be released”.
John Travers 2016 Audio Recordings
In 2016, audio of Travers was aired publicly on Channel Seven, in which he confessed that he, and the other men, had killed Cobby. The audio was captured by a Miss X, a woman who remains in witness protection, who wore the recording device when she visited Travers in jail.
Asked why he killed Cobby, Travers is heard saying: “We were all drunk and she’d f—ing seen all of us.”
He went on to say: “I said she’s got to be done … And they said go on Johnny do your bit, so I just cut her.”
Travers is then heard laughing before Miss X says: “Don’t laugh, it’s not funny.”