|Posted: May 17, 2015, 7:38 am - IP Logged|
Bradley drove home into his garage and opened the boot.
But Graeme was dead - or close to it.
The panicked kidnapper then strangled and bashed the boy before putting him back into the boot.
Bradley tied the child’s hands and feet, and wrapped his body in a checked rug.
He put the body back in the boot and drove to a vacant block of land he’d once thought of buying, and hid the body under a ledge of rock.
That weekend, police, the army, helicopters and dogs searched the Frenchs Forest bushland, finding Graeme’s school cap, raincoat, lunch box and books.
Meanwhile, an electrician told police he’d seen a boy fitting Graeme’s description getting into a blue Ford the morning of the abduction.
Police began checking records of blue Fords: one belonged to Bradley.
They questioned Bradley at the poker machine factory; he claimed he was moving house on the day and not in Bondi.
In mid-August, about a month after the abduction, boys playing on the vacant land found Graeme’s body.
On hearing the news Bradley booked tickets for himself and his family on a ship, the Himalaya, to London, and set sail on September 23.
An examination of the rug found dog hairs and bleached human hairs.
There were also traces of pink mortar and cypress tree twigs: both clues could be connected back to the house Bradley had lived in before fleeing.
At the house, they found a roll of undeveloped film.
One photo showed a family picnic. There was a pekinese dog and it showed Mrs Bradley with dyed blonde hair, sitting on a rug that looked the same as the one used to wrap Graeme’s body.
Detectives flew to Sri Lanka, and were waiting to arrest Bradley when the Himalaya stopped on its way to London.
After five weeks of extradition hearings, he was sent back to Sydney.
The trial began on March 20, 1961.
There were so many spectators that people were willing to camp outside the court to secure a spot in the public gallery.
Bradley pleaded not guilty, but the evidence gathered through the use of early forensic techniques built a strong case against him.
He gave evidence in his own defence and denied kidnapping Graeme.
But the jury found him guilty, and on March 29 he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
When he was sentenced, the court erupted in cheers, and the cry: ‘Feed him to the sharks!”
He died in Goulburn jail on October 6, 1968.
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