Helen Thomas has been a journalist for more than forty years. In 2005, Thomas spent months researching the Easey Street murders for Radio National’s Background Briefing, shedding new light on the investigation. She is the manager of ABC News Radio and author of five books, including Moods: The Peter Moody Saga (2016).
Why did you want to write a book on the Easey Street case, specifically?
It has always been a compelling case and when the million-dollar reward was posted in 2017, it seemed to warrant new focus.
Where do you begin when researching a 40 year old cold case?
I started with the original news reports and other public records, and then went to Easey Street to talk to the locals and get first-hand accounts of the feeling in the community at the time.
What was your experience of getting information from the Victoria Police?
The true-crime genre is having a ‘moment’ right now with television, book and podcast documentaries becoming hugely popular. Why do you think people are so interested in these kinds of cases?
I think we all try to make sense of the unfathomable, and genuinely want to find a way to justice; as well, advances in forensic science often provide fresh direction in cases that are decades old, so being able to revisit crimes and potentially find answers is always going to be of interest.
How mindful were you during the writing process that family and friends of the victims might read the book?
Very aware. I’ve been mindful throughout the entire process of researching, writing, and now promoting the book, that the family and friends of Sue and Susan are still looking for answers.
Do you think the Easey Street murders will ever be solved?
I truly hope so.