REVEALED: Outback killer Bradley Murdoch has cancer and is likely to die in prison – as the police offer him a deal when he finally confesses the execution-like murder of British backpacker Peter Falconio 18 years ago
- Outback assassin Bradley John Murdoch, 61, has been diagnosed with cancer
- He was sentenced to life behind bars in 2005 for the murder of Peter Falconio
- Mr. Falconio was never seen again after traveling on the Stuart Highway
- If he reveals the location of the body, the police will transfer him to a prison closer to his family
One of Australia's most notorious murderers has been diagnosed with cancer, resulting in a final police attempt to get a confession in exchange for a move to a prison closer to his family.
Backpacker assassin Bradley John Murdoch, 61, was convicted of the murder of execution in the style of British tourist Peter Falconio, 28, along a road along the Northern Territory in July 2001.
Mr. Falconio disappeared and was never seen again after a trip on the Stuart Highway near Barrow Creek inland with his girlfriend, Joanne Lees.
Murdoch pleaded not guilty of the murder and has since maintained his innocence.
The infamous & # 39; backpacker killer & # 39; Bradley John Murdoch, 61, is surrounded by police when he arrives at Darwin airport after his arrest in 2003
The killer is being held at the Darwin Correctional Center, where he spends his days as a pastry chef in the kitchen and has become known for his desserts.
He was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, according to the NT News.
Reportedly, the killer initially refused to undergo treatment for the disease, but has since changed his mind.
He has since been treated at the Royal Darwin Hospital.
The police hope the & # 39; backpacker killer & # 39; will reveal where he buried the body in exchange for transfer from his prison in the Northern Territory to a prison in Western Australia to be closer to his family while fighting cancer.
In 2016 the NT government has a & # 39; no body no parole law & # 39; adopted.
Murdoch can request conditional release from 2033, but unless he reveals the location of Mr. Falconio's body, the application is denied.
Former police assistant commissioner John Daulby of NT previously said to The Project: & # 39; The case is only closed when they find Peter. & # 39;
Peter Falconio traveled through the Australian outback with his girlfriend Joanne Lees when he was murdered
Murdoch's trial was told that he caught the flag of Mrs. Lees and Mr Falconio at around 7.30 p.m. on the road north of Alice Springs.
He wore handmade cuffs on Mrs. Lees after Mr. Falconio's shooting as he went to the back of their van to talk to Murdoch.
Lees managed to escape and hide in the scrub until daylight, where she got help from a passing truck driver.
Lees's testimony was crucial to convicting Murdoch because she is the only witness to the crime.
The couple was on a remote Northern Territory highway in their Kombi van when Murdoch flagged them
& # 39; It was executed, or was raped and killed & # 39 ;, she told Channel Nine & # 39; s 60 Minutes earlier.
Mrs. Lees heard a gunshot but did not know if her partner had been killed.
She said that her will to escape was driven by the thought that Mr. Falconio might not have died.
She fought Murdoch and escaped with & # 39; the thought that Pete was still alive & # 39 ;.
The world was suspected at the time of Mrs. Lees's story that Murdoch had shot her boyfriend when she seemed emotionless after the incident.
Mrs. Lees, originally from the English county of Yorkshire, recently returned to the interior of Australia and promised to find his remains.
& # 39; I love Pete so much and I want to take him home … I have to take him home, & # 39; she said.
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