The daughter of the infamous Australian child murderer and serial cracker Leonard Fraser broke her silence 12 years after the death of her father.
Fraser, from Ingham in northern Queensland, was behind some of the most nauseating crimes the country has ever seen before being sentenced to life imprisonment for the abduction, rape and murder of nine-year-old Keyra Steinhardt in 2000.
Fraser, nicknamed & # 39; The Rockhampton Rapist & # 39; was also responsible for multiple calluses and the rape of more than 20 women and girls, including one terminally ill cancer patient.
His daughter Missy Rigby opened up to her struggle to process the dark truth about who her father was in a candid interview with 7News.
The daughter of one of Australia & # 39; s notorious child killers and serial cracker Missy Rigby (photo) broke her silence 12 years after the death of her father
Mrs. Rigby, who suffers from bipolar disorder and is occasionally prone to violent outbursts, said she is afraid that her father can be buried in her own mind.
& # 39; I will never know if my bipolar is a genetic thing passed on from father, although it is a huge fear that he might be somewhere in my mind, but I will never know. I manage it very well and don't hide behind an (un) stable mind to excuse my actions, even though it's important to say "my father is a serial killer," she told the program.
Ms. Rigby admits that she herself was afraid of what her father, whom she describes as the & # 39; boogeyman & # 39 ;, was able to do.
She says that on one occasion she pushed her bedroom furniture against her door in a desperate attempt to keep her father at bay.
Mrs. Rigby was raised by her grandmother, the mother of Fraser, who she said told her she would never be alone with the man who would take care of her.
But Mrs. Rigby, who is Fraser's only known child, has memories of her father that are very different from who he really was.
Fraser (photo) of Ingham in northern Queensland was behind some of the most nauseating crimes the country has ever seen
She says she remembers that she & # 39; fun, happy and affectionate & # 39; was when she was very young.
But the good memories didn't last long.
When Rigby was only two years old, the police came to the parental home, which Fraser shared with Mrs. Rigby's mother Pearl, asking to talk to him about the rape of a woman.
Without knowing the mother of Rigby, Fraser was already conditional to a number of rapes in New South Wales and had previously served a sentence of 21 years for seven years.
In 1985, Fraser was convicted of raping a woman in Shoal Point, a suburb of Mackay, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Mrs. Rigby was estranged from her father until she was six years old when her grandmother decided to take her to Fraser in prison.
She said that when she was first reunited with her father, he embraced her and told her how much he missed her.
Keyra Steinhardt, 9, was abducted and murdered in Rockhampton on April 22, 1999
Ms. Rigby gives the moment she & # 39; did not know & # 39; who he really was and saw him as only her father.
But when Rigby came to 11, she decided to tell her mother why her father was in prison.
Her mother committed herself and told Mrs. Rigby, who was the victim of sexual abuse, about the crimes Fraser had committed.
& # 39; I lost it … and because it was done to me (sexual abuse) when I heard what he was, it eliminated something that would never make him think of it as a dad, & # 39; she said.
From that moment on, Rigby stopped visiting her father in prison and broke all contact with him.
In 1985, Fraser (photo) was convicted for the rape of a woman in Shoal Point, a suburb of Mackay, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison
However, she sent him a series of letters in which she says that she is & # 39; on a & # 39; diplomatic way & # 39; has signed off & # 39; what would have cut him & # 39; into pieces & # 39 ;.
Mrs. Rigby did not see her father again until he was released from prison, and one day he approached her as she walked home from school.
Mrs. Rigby says she was scared and walked away from her father.
But in February 1999, Fraser came to see Mrs. Rigby and her foster father – who was convinced Mrs. Rigby was happy to stay in the same house as her biological father.
She said she let him stay in the house because she dared to face the devil & # 39 ;.
Shortly thereafter, Fraser asked Mrs. Rigby to come close to him – a proposal she had quickly rejected.
& # 39; I am not under a false assumption that once I became a teenage girl and physical changes occurred, I would have been in a dangerous position, & # 39; Rigby said.
Mrs. Rigby said that if she had made the decision to live with her father, Keyra Steinhardt, who kidnapped, raped and killed Fraser in 1999, may still be alive.
She says her refusal is the & # 39; final kick in the guts & # 39; before her father.
She said she destroyed & # 39; was to hear what he had done to the little girl.
This year marks 20 years after Keyra's death (photo) and her mother said she still can't believe her daughter is gone
Just before her father died of a heart attack in January 2007, Rigby said the prison staff contacted her on behalf of Fraser to ask if she wanted to talk to him.
Although she was told that her father was likely to die, & she closed them down & # 39; because they & # 39; nothing & # 39; had to say to him.
When she was told that her father had died, Rigby admits that she & # 39; relieved & # 39; felt and saw his death as a & # 39; party & # 39 ;.
This year marks 20 years after the death of Keyra.
Treasa Steinhardt, the broken mother of Keyra, still can't believe she's gone.
& # 39; It doesn't feel like she's gone. I have her at home here. and her toys, photos, and photos, she told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; I miss that I have not seen her grow up as a lady among the women she was meant to be. & # 39;
Mrs. Steinhardt now says that she survives by rewriting Keyra's story to make her the victim that eventually led him to being captured so that he could no longer kill.
& # 39; When they found my daughter and he was given life in prison to never be released, I turned the story around & # 39 ;, she told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; Keyra caught him and put him in prison. that she is the hero who saved other girls from being hurt and brought the bodies of other victims back to their families. & # 39;
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