Twenty five years ago, in late April 1994, my sister was murdered. She was 22. Her killer has never been found.
Happy birthhday Melissa, 49 today but always 22.
It was a quiet Sunday afternoon and I was searching for a screwdriver in my ancient toolbox to complete a minor household repair. An aged newspaper clipping that had found its way into the toolbox at some stage, kept getting in the way and I finally focused on it, deciding to straighten it out so … Continue reading When murder infiltrates your life
Today Melissa's photo and story again featured on the pages of The Newcastle Herald, linked by a tragic affinity to an ongoing toll of violent murders of women. This is because I agreed hurriedly to make a few comments on the issue of the long list of murders in the Hunter region. Our family has … Continue reading Tragic affinity with Hunter murder toll
She had a happy upbringing but at some point, life took a turn in the wrong direction. Drugs are likely to be involved but this is not the sum of her life - she was much, much more than this. Beautiful Danielle Easey in happier days. Aged in her 20s, her discarded body is found … Continue reading Another young woman murdered near Newcastle
On Sunday, July 7 2019 more than half a million people across Australia watched the story of the unsolved homicide of Melissa Hunt on Channel 10's The Project. This nine minute segment by Hamish Macdonald was like an exclamation mark on a frenzied two month chapter of media coverage and advocacy - 25 years after … Continue reading The end or just the beginning?
A spontaneous search for a hidden dam, driven by a quarter century desire to see the dark veil removed over Melissa Hunt's death, has led to a remarkable spotlight on our sister's life and tragic death. NBN News, The Newcastle Herald, ABC and tonight The Project. If you know anything, now is the time. https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1147797449253294080
Tonight The Project on Channel 10 will feature Melissa's story, bringing our call for justice to a national audience. Our only goal as this journey of media attention has unfolded has been to bring Melissa's story to as many people as possible, to challenge police to move ahead and for people to come forward and … Continue reading Melissa Hunt’s story reaches a national audience
Today on the front page of The Newcastle Herald I called for the reopening of the inquest into the violent 1994 murder of my sister, Melissa Hunt (Hallett). Our call for the inquest to re-open or for charges to be laid. How long is long enough? Inquests are suspended or closed when the Coroner believes … Continue reading Call to reopen inquest into murder of Melissa Hunt
Miraculous momentum in finding justice for Melissa.
It took me nearly 25 years to visit Burrenjim Dam where my younger sister's body was found after being brutally murdered, and now I have been there four times in six months. I had always wanted to go there, but initially grief and horror kept me away and later, living a long way from the … Continue reading Journey to a hidden dam to reclaim peace