How Geoffrey Adams got away with killing his wife Colleen in Adelaide before bursting out after 45 years
Geoffrey Adams, 72, lied to his entire family about his wife Colleen Adams’s whereabouts before police led police to her backyard grave in 2018
A husband who murdered his wife and kept her death a secret for 40 years told police that the lies got easier over time.
Geoffrey Adams, 72, lied to all of his family about his wife Colleen Adams’s whereabouts before leading police to her makeshift grave in 2018.
In 1973, he hit the 24-year-old with a metal bar over the head, then left her body on the kitchen floor all night before throwing it away the next day.
She was buried in her pink nightgown and not much else in the backyard of their Maitland home on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula.
Geoffrey Adams (pictured with his wife) hit Colleen over the head with a metal stake before burying her in the garden
A missing persons poster for Colleen Dawn Adams of the South Australia Police Department
After keeping the secret for 45 years, he finally cracked down and told police what had happened in September 2018.
But he blamed his wife for the chain of events that led to her death, rather than accepting responsibility herself, he reported Adelaide now.
Some people just lose the plot. They can’t control their emotions, they can’t control their anger, ‘he said.
‘Nice guys get caught up in this, they are pushed to the limit.
‘She could be really bad. On a bad day or a bad night, she can be very, very, very bad. ‘
Adams (left) was found not guilty of murder for pleading guilty to manslaughter for the death of his wife in 2018
He said his wife Colleen was suffering from psychiatric illness, postpartum depression and was mentally unstable.
The man claimed he hit her a little too hard, which caused her to fall to the ground and die.
He said he had no intention of killing her.
Shortly after his confession, he was concerned about what would happen to his dog if he was thrown in jail and whether he was granted bail.
The confession was played before the South Australian Supreme Court on Friday.
Adams gave no testimony in his own defense, but in the police interrogation that was played in court, he told the detectives that he beat his wife for “ constantly getting me over nothing – yelling and yelling. ”
“It took too long,” he said.
After the attack, Adams left her body on the kitchen floor overnight, and the next day began taking steps to hide her death.
After the attack, Adams left her body on the kitchen floor overnight, and the next day she began taking steps to hide her death
“Within hours, he dug a shallow grave in the backyard of the marital home where he buried Mrs. Adams’s body,” prosecutor Jim Pearce told the court.
He then began to lay a false trail – a trail designed to hide his guilt.
“The accused preached a story in which, at the epicenter, Mrs. Adams got up one morning, packed her bags and left the marriage.”
The prosecutor said Adams had come home from a night out on the night of the murder and an argument had started.
“It was an argument that culminated in the beating and killing of Mrs. Adams by the accused,” he said.
Terrifying footage captured as Adams, accompanied by detectives, walked into his former garden and pointed to a concrete slab believed to be the remains of his wife
Mr Pearce said Adams had told police that his wife was leaving home because she was unable to cope with their two children.
“He told the police that when Mrs. Adams left, she paused to say goodbye,” he said.
He told police that Ms. Adams said to them, ‘Goodbye little b ****** s.’
Adams was found not guilty of the murder of his then-24-year-old wife Colleen after a jury trial.
He was instead sentenced to manslaughter after pleading guilty to the crime in 2018 when he led police to the remains of her body under concrete slabs in the backyard of their home.
Police are seen searching a home in the town of Maitland, South Australia, Thursday 20 September 2018
The victim’s sister Heather Johncock expressed disappointment that Mr. Adams had been found not guilty of murder.
But she said the trial had brought some comfort to the family after 45 years of not knowing what had happened to the “ loving mother. ”
Adams could get a 40 percent discount on his sentence after he pleaded guilty early to the charge of manslaughter.
He will return to court next month to convict submissions