THE FAMILY COURT MURDERS

Debi Marshall, Walkley award-winning investigative journalist and crime writer, is seeking resolution for the families of the Family Court victims: a series of shootings and bombings that killed 4 people and critically injured dozens.

The four-part investigative crime series The Family Court Murders, helmed by Walkley-winning journalist Debi Marshall covers the series of shootings and bombings conducted by Leonard Warwick, dubbed the Family Court Murderer, between 1980 and 1985.

Sparked by a custody feud with his ex-wife, the newly established Family Court system along with many others, became his targets. Despite a mounting body of evidence against him, Warwick was able to elude persecution for decades. Fascinated by the case, Marshall spent years delving into the life of Warwick slowly piecing together the puzzle of who he is and of his crimes, culminating in the book The Family Court Murders.

In 2020, thanks in part to Marshall’s tenacity and persistence, Warwick was convicted for offences including multiple murders and sentenced to life imprisonment. However, many questions remain. The series follows Marshall as she sets out to put together the final pieces of the puzzle through exclusive access to victims and their families, recreating events, and utilising the expertise of a forensic criminal profiler and researcher.

DURATION

4 x one hour

YEAR OF PRODUCTION

2022

COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION

Australia

WRITERS

Debi Marshall

DIRECTOR & WRITER

Chris Thorburn

PRODUCERS

Rebecca Barry, Madeleine Hetherton-Miau

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Mark Morrissey

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