Morbidology the Podcast – 107: Darcey Freeman

Podcast released on: 5th July 2021

It was morning rush hour in Melbourne, Australia, on the 29th of January, 2009. Commuters were slowly moving in traffic along the West Gate Bridge when a white Toyota Land Cruiser heading towards the city slowed down in the left-hand land before finally coming to a halt. The driver exited his vehicle, opened the rear…


It was morning rush hour in Melbourne, Australia, on the 29th of January, 2009. Commuters were slowly moving in traffic along the West Gate Bridge when a white Toyota Land Cruiser heading towards the city slowed down in the left-hand land before finally coming to a halt. The driver exited his vehicle, opened the rear passenger door, and lifted out a small child. What happened next was so horrific that it still reverberates across the nation today.

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Audio Sources:

“Freeman Gets Life Sentence for Daughter’s Murder”

“Father’s Fate”

“Darcey Freeman’s Family Statement”

“Arthur Freeman Audio”

“Freeman Sentencing”

Sources:

Coroner Court of Victoria Inquest

The Brockville Recorder and Times, 29 January, 2009 – “Girl, 4, Dropped to her Death”

The Examiner, 29 January, 2009 – “Last Moments of Darcey Freeman”

The Courier Mail, 30 January, 2009 – “Experts Required to Avoid Tragedy”

MX, 30 January, 2009 – “Death Sparks Bridge Review”

Geelong Advertiser, 31 January, 2009 – “Darcey Spend Days on Coast Before Bridge Tragedy”

The Herald Sun, 31 January, 2009 – “Brothers Can Thank Stranger”

The Courier Mail, 1 February, 2009 – “Hundreds Weep for Darcey”

The Advertiser, 2 February, 2009 – “Flowers, Fairies a Mark of Love”

The Herald Sun, 3 February, 2009 – “Darcey’s Pals Remember a Lost Playmate”

The Examiner, 5 February, 2009 – “Family’s Tribute to Darcey Freeman”

Geelong Advertiser, 7 February, 2009 – “Judge Not Told About Concern with Darcey’s Safety”

Leader, 3 March, 2009 – “Stop the Bridge Toll Death”

The Herald Sun, 3 May, 2009 – “Court Ruling Right”

Sunday Mail, 17 May, 2009 – “Put Kids First in Custody Battle”

Geelong Advertiser, 22 May, 2009 – “Bridge Dad Faces Court”

The Herald Sun, 25 July, 2009 – “Darcey Tragedy to Help Violence Review”

The Herald Sun, 6 October, 2009 – “Celebrate All Kids for Darcey’s Sake”

MX, 7 October, 2009 – “Save Her, Dad”

The Advertiser, 8 October, 2009 – “At Odds”

The Australian, 8 October, 2009 – “I Saw Her Fall, Just Like a Rag Doll”

Geelong Advertiser, 8 October, 2009 – “His Face Showed a Man in Anguish”

The Age, 9 October, 2009 – “Grandfather Tried to Keep Darcey at Home”

The Australian, 9 October, 2009 – “Ex-Wife Told GP of Fears for her Children”

Geelong Advertiser, 6 November, 2009 – “Bridge Death Row”

The Advertiser, 29 January, 2010 – “How Family Law is Failing our Children”

The Australian, 29 January, 2010 – “Call to End Shared Custody”

The Age, 9 March, 2011 – “Mad, Not Bad”

The Advertiser, 10 March, 2011 – “Bridge Death”

The Canberra Times, 10 March, 2011 – “Dad Neutral After Girl Cast Off Bridge”

The Advertiser, 11 March, 2011 – “Jury Sees Footage of Freeman”

Geelong Advertiser, 11 March, 2011 – “Police Say Darcey was Floating in River”

The Australian, 17 March, 2011 – “Darcey’s Mother Told Say Goodbye”

The Canberra Times, 17 March, 2011 – “Ex Told Mum ‘Say Goodbye’”                         

Geelong Advertiser, 19 March, 2011 – “Court Told that West Gate Killer Knew What He Was Doing”

The Daily Telegraph, 22 March, 2011 – “Death Dad Was Aware”

Herald Sun, 18 March, 2011 – “Psychiatrist’s View on Darcey Death”

The Australian, 22 March, 2011 – “Arthur Freeman Jury Urged to Reject Evidence”

The Sunday Age, 29 March, 2011 – “This Little Girl Lost”

The Sunday Age, 29 March, 2011 – “Arthur Freeman Guilty of Daughter’s Murder”

The Age, 30 March, 2011 – “Darcey’s Murder Prompts Call for Child Safety Review”

The Age, 2 April, 2011 – “I Can Feel Her Hand Holding Mine”

The Sunday Age, 12 April, 2011 – “Ranting Freeman Gets Life for Horrible Killing”

The Australian, 12 April, 2011 – “Time Won’t Heal the Grief”

The Courier Mail, 2 June, 2012 – “Family Violence Law Changed to Protect Kids like Darcey”

The Age, 16 July, 2015 – “Death of Girl at Hands of Father Puts Mandatory Reporting by GPS in Spotlight”

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