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Morbidology the Podcast – 21: Janine Balding

In the grim lifestyles of homeless youths, instant and transitionary friendships are as routine as day and night. In the late 1980s in Sydney, New South Wales, a group of transient youngsters drifted in and out of each other’s lives just as easily as they drifted around Sydney’s streets and the city’s rail system.  Studies have indicated that a common characteristic of young violent offenders is the alienation from families and often from the community as a whole.

The displaced youngsters were all well-known to police but in 1988, they became well-known to the world after committing one of the most vicious crimes in Australian history.


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Sources:

The Sun Herald, 11 September, 1988 – “Hunt for Killer Gang”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 September, 1988 – “Police Slow Over Earlier Incident, Says Woman”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 September, 1988 – “Police Deny Delay Cost Woman’s Life”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 September, 1988 – “Charged Over Hammer Attack”

The Sun Herald, 18 September, 1988 – “Tough New Moves to Deal With Teenage Violence”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 September, 1988 – “Sex Murder Was Planned, Court Told”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 September, 1988 – “Govt to Target Young Offenders”

San Francisco Chronicle, 2 October, 1988 – “Australia’s Graffiti Mafia”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 November, 1988 – “Two Cuddles As Woman Was Raped, Court Told”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 November, 1988 – “Murder Trial Told of Gift”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 November, 1988 – “Boy Tried to Sell Dead Girl’s Rings”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 November, 1988 – “Five for Trial Over Balding Murder”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 September, 1989 – “DNA Test Linked Youth to Killing, Jury Told”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 September, 1989 – “Girl Bailed in Balding Murder”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 September, 1989 – “Kidnapper Bough Knife, Court Told”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 September, 1989 – “Street Kids Confessed to Killing, Says Woman”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 September, 1989 – “Court Told of Plan to Rape a Sheila”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 October, 1989 – “Youth Tells of ‘Nice Night for a Murder’”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 October, 1989 – “Balding Trial Told of Man’s ‘I Did It’ Boast”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 October, 1989 – “Accused Not at Murder Scene, Boy Tells Court”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 October, 1989 – “Murder Accused Read Porn, Court Told”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 October, 1989 – “Accused: I Was at the Pub”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October, 1989 – “Discovery of Second Shorty Stops Trial”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 December, 1989 – “Balding Killing: Girl Gets a Bond”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 February, 1990 – “Boy Admits Guilt in Balding Case”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 March, 1990 – “Turbulent Past of Balding Case Boy”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 May, 1990 – “Jury Told of Janine Balding’s Last Hours”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 June, 1990 – “I Felt Sorry for Sex Victim, Claims Teenager”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 June, 1990 – “Murder Mystery of the Two Shortys”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 June, 1990 – “Man Tells of Devil Worship”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 June, 1990 – “How About We Go and Get a Sheila and Rape Her”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 June, 1990 – “Mrs Balding Weeps for Janine”

The Sun Herald, 24 June, 1990 – “Call to Bring Back Hanging”

The Sydney morning Herald, 4 September, 1990 – “Murderer PLayed Dumb For Trial”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 September, 1990 – “Killers to Face Sentence Today”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 September, 1990 – “Janine’s Killer Never to Be Freed”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 December, 1991 – “Balding Appeal Awaits Decision”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 July, 1997 – “I Was Framed By Police, Claims Balding Killer”

The Australian Weekend, 14 June, 2002 – “They’ve Got The Wrong Shorty, Says MP”

Audio Sources:

“The Janine Balding Murder | Crime Investigation Australia | Full Documentary | True Crime”

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