Arthur Stanley Brown was charged in 1998 for the August 26, 1970 rape and murder of Judith and Susan Mackay in Townsville, Queensland. The jury failed to reach a verdict and a new trial was blocked on the grounds that Brown was mentally incapable of understanding the charges against him.

Brown's arrest attracted wide publicity, leading to a witness to the abduction of Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon from the Adelaide Oval in 1973 identifying him as the man she had seen. Brown was subsequently linked the the Disappearance of the Beaumont Children, and other cold cases.

Join Shaun and Chloe as they discuss the sick and twisted life of a man who, in death, is just as much a phantom as he was in life. Nicknamed the Scarlet Pimpernel for his ability to show up anywhere, anytime, his history is largely unaccounted for, meaning we will likely never truly know just how evil he was...

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This episode was produced by True Blue Media using the open source materials referenced below: 

  1. 'Evil under the Sun' by Andrew Rule, The Age, 8 July 2001. Note: this episode closely follows the structure of this original work, which was later compiled into the novel Underbelly 3, chapter 'The Invisible Man', by Rule and Silvester.
  2. 'Unresolved murder case still haunts Townsville' by Kevin Meade, The Australian, 29 October 1999
  3. wikipedia.org, murderpedia.org (including original referenced sources) and beaumontchildren.com

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