Morbidology the Podcast – 93: Leigh Matthews

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29th March 2021  •  3 min read

It was July of 2004 when 21-year-old student, Leigh Matthews, vanished while walking to the parking lot at Bond South Africa University. Before it was even noticed that she was missing, her parents received a very disturbing phone call from somebody claiming that they were holding Leigh hostage and that they had one demand: money.


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It was July of 2004 when 21-year-old student, Leigh Matthews, vanished while walking to the parking lot at Bond South Africa University. Before it was even noticed that she was missing, her parents received a very disturbing phone call from somebody claiming that they were holding Leigh hostage and that they had one demand: money.

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Audio Sources:

“Finding Leigh / A Tangled Web”

“Donovan Moodley loses retrial bid”

“Judgment reserved in Moodley’s retrial application”

“Moodley-verhoor – aansoek misluk”

Sources:

Sunday Times, 11 July, 2004 – “MD’s Daughter in Kidnap Drama”

Sunday Times, 18 July, 2004 – “Hope to Leigh Refuses to Die”

Sunday Times, 18 July, 2004 – “Kidnap Family Calls in Top British Expert”

Sunday Times, 18 July, 2004 – “Rich Parents go for Anti-Kidnap Training”

The Herald, 22 July, 2004 – “Family’s Anguish Over Leigh”

Sunday Times, 25 July, 2004 – “Touched by an Angel”

Sunday Times, 25 July, 2004 – “Police Accused of Being Heavy-Handed”

Sunday Times, 25 July, 2004 – “Walkerville Seethes with Anger”

The Herald, 26 July, 2004 – “Leigh Matthews Murder Probe Takes Course”

The Herald, 2 August, 2004 – “Leigh Died Because of Ransom”

Sunday Times, 15 August, 2004 – “R250,000 Reward for Leigh’s Killers”

Sunday Times, 22 August, 2004 – “Killers Froze Body of Leigh Matthews”

Sunday Times, 10 October, 2004 – “Ransom Bust was Aborted”

Sunday Times, 17 October, 2004 – “Leigh Matthews’ Mother Slams Editor”

The Herald, 27 July, 2005 – “A Callous Disregard for Life”

The Herald, 29 July, 2005 – “Tears in Matthews Trial”

Weekend Post, 30 July, 2005 – “Will the Tragic Truth Ever be Revealed?”

Sunday Times, 31 July, 2005 – “Moodley’s Big Mistake”

Sunday Times, 31 July, 2005 – “Killer’s Uncle was Implicated in Murder of Family Member”

Sunday Times, 31 July, 2005 – “Meltdown of a Murderer”

Business Day, 5 August, 2005 – “More to Probe”

The Times, 5 August, 2005 – “Churchgoing Killer Shocks a Nation Brutalised by Violence”

The Times, 27 October, 2009 – “Judge was Biased, Says Leigh’s Killer”

Sowetan, 19 November, 2009 – “Killer’s Leave to Appeal Absurd”

The Times, 19 November, 2009 – “Moodley Forced to Murder Matthews”

Daily Sun, 26 November, 2009 – “Killer to Stay in Jail”

The Witness, 5 August, 2010 – “Moodley Loses Last Chance to Appeal”

The Witness, 23 July, 2011 – “Drug Dealers Did It”

The Herald, 11 August, 2011 – “Murderer Sings a Different Tune”

The Herald, 26 January, 2012 – “Moodley Retrial Bid”

The Witness, 26 January 2012 – “Drug Dealers Made Me Do It”

Mail & Guardian, 1 February, 2012 – “Moodley’s Retrial Bid Fails”

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