Morbidology the Podcast – 124: The Lin Family Murders

Podcast released on: 1st November 2021

North Epping is a quiet, family-oriented and leafy suburb located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It’s the kind of area that’s perfect for blossoming families who want to be a bit further away from city life. In 2009, however, residents awoke to the grim news that an extremely brutal crime had taken place overnight…

North Epping is a quiet, family-oriented and leafy suburb located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It’s the kind of area that’s perfect for blossoming families who want to be a bit further away from city life. In 2009, however, residents awoke to the grim news that an extremely brutal crime had taken place overnight in their tight-knit community, a crime so heinous that the responding officers would need counselling in the aftermath.


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Audio Sources:

“Sole survivor: Brenda Lin’s harrowing story of betrayal and murder | 7NEWS Spotlight”


“Brenda Lin 60 Minutes”

“Brenda message to family”


The Sunday Herald, 19 June, 2009 – “Five Die in Family Horror”

The Sunday Telegraph, 19 July, 2009 – “Five Dead in Horror House”

The Advertiser, 20 July, 2009 – “Family Tragedy as Five Bludgeoned to Death”

The Age, 20 July, 2009 – “Murder Family Were ‘Targeted’”

Agence France-Presse, 20 July, 2009 – “Australian Police Seek Motive for Mass Family Murder”

The Sunday Telegraph, 20 July, 2009 – “Evil Destroys Happy Family”

The Daily Telegraph, 20 July, 2009 – “Killer Walked in Front Door”

The Australian, 21 July, 2009 – “Fears for Daughter in Family Kill Case”

The Courier Mail, 21 July, 2009 – “Rage of Family Killer Points to Close Links”

The Australian, 22 July, 2009 – “Work History Emerges in Family Murder Hunt”

The Daily Telegraph, 22 July, 2009 – “No Detail too Small as Police Seek Help”

MX, 22 July, 2009 – “Police Widen Net”

Northern District Times, 22 July, 2009 – “Customers Pay Tribute”

Northern District Times, 22 July, 2009 – “Mystery Motive in Lin Family Horror”

The Daily Telegraph, 23 July, 2009 – “Murder Hunt Widens”

NT News, 23 July, 2009 – “Police Seeking Aunt’s Friends”

The Australian, 24 July, 2009 – “New Focus in Murder Probe”

The Daily Telegraph, 24 July, 2009 – “Fence Stain Focus for Murder Inquiry”

The Daily Telegraph, 25 July, 2009 – “Awful Silence of an Unspeakable Crime”

The Daily Telegraph, 25 July, 2009 – “Spiritual Farewell”

Sunday Mail, 26 July, 2009 – “Grandparents’ Plea on Brutal Murders”

The Daily Telegraph, 26 June, 2009 – “Tragedy Ended an Immigrant Success Story”

The Australian, 28 July, 2009 – “DNA Tests in Family Murder Probe”

Northern District Times, 29 July, 2009 – “Looking for Practical Ways to Help Orphaned Brenda”

The Australian, 30 July, 2009 – “Lins’ Relatives Appeal for Public’s Help on Murder”

The Australian, 31 July, 2009 – “Help for Girl Left Orphaned by Killings”

The Daily Telegraph, 1 August, 2009 – “Truth Drowned in Blood”

The Sun Herald, 2 August, 2009 – “Henry and Terry to be Buried with their Treasures”

The Daily Telegraph, 2 August, 2009 – “I Miss Them so Much”

The Daily Telegraph, 3 August, 2009 – “Family Members Cleared in Lin Murder Investigation”

Northern District Times, 5 August, 2009 – “Hold Up Link the Only Explanation”

The Daily Telegraph, 8 August, 2009 – “Six Strangers Rally to Aid of Family in Pain”

The Sun Herald, 9 August, 2009 – “Tearful Farewell as Family Left Asking: Why?”

Sunday Mail, 9 August, 2009 – “Why Did You Leave Me?”

Northern District Times, 12 August, 2009 – “Lin Newsagency Opens its Doors”

Newcastle Herald, 19 August, 2009 – “Two People in Frame”

Northern District Times, 19 August, 2009 – “Brenda Has no Clues to Killer’s Identity”

The Daily Telegraph, 20 August, 2009 – “Murder he Wrote”

The Australian, 21 August, 2009 – “Letter Naming Lin Killers Written by a Psycho”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 November, 2009 – “Police Investigate Smuggling Link in Lin Murders”

The Daily Telegraph, 14 March, 2010 – “Police Know Killer”

The Daily Telegraph, 13 June, 2010 – “Five Day Search of In-Laws’ House”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 July, 2010 – “Uncle Did Not Kill my Family”

The Daily Telegraph, 5 September, 2010 – “Murder Victims Conned in Scam”

Agence France-Presses, 5 May, 2011 – “Man Charged with Killing Chinese-Australian Family”

The Daily Telegraph, 6 May, 2011 – “Brothers Woken by Slayings”

The Daily Telegraph, 8 May, 2011 – “Police Feared for Lin Teen”

The Australian, 23 December, 2011 – “Motive Lacking for Lin Murders”

The Daily Telegraph, 23 December, 2011 – “Lin Family Fought Back”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 December, 2011 – “Intensive Investigation Led Detectives to Suspect in Lin Case”

Northern District Times, 1 February, 2012 – “Emergency Calls Reveal Reaction”

The Australian, 30 March, 2012 – “No DNA Linking Man to Family Massacre Site”

The Daily Telegraph, 11 July, 2012 – “Accused Line Family Killer’s Wife Considered an Accessory”

Northern Daily Leader, 22 August, 2012 – “The Wife of Man Accused of Killing Five”

Parramatta Sun, 27 August, 2012 – “Lin Killings”

The Courier Mail, 29 August, 2012 – “Accused killer Fell Out With In-Laws”

The Australian, 10 May, 2012 – “Man Used Hammer to Kill Family”

The Canberra Times, 10 May, 2014 – “Bitterness Motivated Murders”

The Canberra Times, 14 May, 2014 – “Witnesses Recall Couple Outside Family Murder Scene”

Illawarra Mercury, 14 May, 2014 – “Boy’s Last Hours Revealed”

The Advocate, 15 May, 2014 – “Family Tension Over Business”

The Canberra Times, 15 May, 2014 – “Accused Lin Family Murderer Robert Xie Mentored his Slain Nephew”

The Courier Mail, 16 May, 2014 – “Police Describe Horrific State of Murdered Lins”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 May, 2014 – “Police Tell of Finding Lin Family”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 May, 2014 – “Lin Killings”

The Daily Telegraph, 21 May, 2014 – “Just Hours Before Family Butchered, In-Laws Insulted Accused Killer”

Northern District Times, 21 May, 2014 – “Fatal Beating Annihilated Victim’s Face”

Northern District Times, 21 May, 2014 – “Witness A Tells of Affair”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 May, 2014 – “Patriarch Tells of Heartbreak at Losing Five of his Family”

The Daily Telegraph, 22 May, 2014 – “Diary Held Affair Clue”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 May, 2014 – “Court Told Accused Fought Victim’s Father”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 May, 2014 – “Daughter in Law Having Affair”

The Australian, 7 August, 2014 – “Loss of Face, Sex Abuse”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 September, 2014 – “Accused Lin Family Killer Abused Relative”

The Canberra Times, 21 July, 2014 – “Inmate Tells of Xie Confessions”  

The Australian, 9 December, 2015 – “Xie Freed After Three Trials”

The Age, 13 January, 2017 – “Xie Guilty of Slaughtering Five”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 February, 2017 – “Xie Must Get Five Life Sentences”

Northern District Times, 15 February, 2017 – “Haunted by Nightmares”

The Daily Telegraph, 19 February, 2017 – “Tiny Camera That Caught a Predator”

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