Morbidology the Podcast – 03: Seana & Margaret Tapp

Podcast released on: 1st July 2019

On the 8th of August, 1984, terror struck in Ferntree Gully, Melbourne, Australia, when a young girl and her mother were found murdered in their home. Over three decades have passed and still the killer remains unidentified.

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Seana Tapp was a 9-year-old student at Ferntree Gully’s Wattleview Primary School. She lived in 13 Kelvin Drive, Ferntree Gully, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, with mother Margaret Tapp. Margaret and Seana’s father, Don Tapp, had divorced in 1979. Margaret was very protective of her young daughter and typically wouldn’t let her go to her friends’ houses after school. Seana was a bright and beautiful little girl; those who knew her, said she had a wonderful sense of humour. Margaret was a young and attractive woman with firey red hair and an enchanting smile. She easily made a wide circle of friends at Box Hill and Ferntree Gully hospitals where she worked as a nurse. Then in 1981, Margaret became a law student at Monash University which widened her friend circle even further.

On the 8th of August, 1984, Margaret and Seana were found dead in their home. Margaret had been strangled and Seana had been raped and strangled.


Leader – Free Press, 8 October, 2014 – “Grisly Death in UK Flat”

Herald Sun, 10 August, 2014 – “If the Shoe Fits”

Herald Sun, 22 July, 2008 – “Cold Case Coup”

The Age, 7 August, 2008 – “DNA Blunder Sinks Kill Trial”

Herald Sun, 12 November, 2011 – “Man Sues over DNA Bungle”

Herald Sun, 19 August, 2018 – “I Think My Dad’s a Killer”

The Age, 19 June, 2010 – “A Mother, Her Daughter and a Murder Case that Got Away From All”

Herald Sun, 10 November, 2018 – “Pedo Link to Murders”

Audio Credit:

Ever Mindful – Kevin MacLeod

Dark Tranquillity – Anno Domini Beats

“The Murders of Margaret and Seana Tapp”

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