Tracey Marceau had just woken up on the 7th of November, 2011, when she heard a knock at the front door of her home in Hillcrest, Auckland, New Zealand. When she opened up the front door, she saw a man standing there before her. She recognised him immediately. Before she even had time to react, he reached into his bag and pulled out a large knife.
It was around dusk on the 24th of May, 2014, in Birkdale, Auckland, New Zealand. Blessie Gotingco had just finished up her shift at a local insurance company, and had planned on getting the bus home. The walk from the bus stop to Blessie’s home was something that she feared; the streets were not well lit and walking alone could be quite daunting. As it transpired, Blessie had every reason to fear. She never made it home that night, and an interview with a neighbour would uncover that they had heard something very ominous…
In 2007, a young woman vanished in Christchurch, New Zealand, after arranging to meet somebody who was interested in buying her car. When she didn’t return home, her family reported her missing. The young woman was deaf and her disappearance would bring the hearing and deaf communities closer than ever before as they both worked together to try and bring her home safely.
In New Zealand in 2008, a murder trial would cause moral outrage when a shameless killer would desperately attempt to besmirch his victim’s name with the provocation defence. The killer’s actions in the aftermath of the murder would eventually lead to the demise of the archaic defence.