Share

cover art for A 1942 cold case and cover up with Bob Marmion

Australian True Crime

A 1942 cold case and cover up with Bob Marmion

Episode 231


There were only two unsolved murders in the state of Victoria in 1942, and they are heavily shrouded in mystery. These murders happened during World War II time, on the Bellarine Peninsula, in Queenscliff, in an area occupied by Australian troops who were patrolling and defending the coastline.


Early one cold, wintry morning in late May 1942, the bullet-ridden body of Army Driver Roy Willis was found on the side of the road. He had been shot a number of times with a military revolver.


In September 1942 17-year-old Gunner John Hulston went missing whilst on guard duty. His body was later found further down the coast. He had also been shot in the chest with an army revolver.


Former police officer and historian and researcher Bob Marmion, who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula, loves a good mystery and when he found out about these murders, and that they were still unsolved, the old detective skills he’d flexed in his 15 years in the job came back to life and he spent 10 years investigating and writing a book called Murder at the Fort.

Thanks to our Guest Bob Marmion.


His books are Murder at the Fort and The Price We Pay, about his experience with Post Traumatic Stress disorder.


If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode you can phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.



Buy CSI Told You Lies by Meshel Laurie here

In Paperback

As an ebook

As an audiobook read by Meshel


You can support us with a one-off contribution here.


You can become a patron here.


You can subscribe to Calm Ya Farm here.


You can visit the Calm Ya Farm website here.


Like us on Facebook


Follow us on Instagram or Twitter


Support us on Patreon


Visit our Bookshop


Listen on Apple Podcasts


Listen on

More episodes

View all episodes

  • ATC LIVE TOUR - Last minute ticket offer

    01:39
    Our live show for "Australian True Crime" kicks off this weekend and at our Melbourne show we will be unpacking the recent High Country Murders trial with former homicide detective Charlie Bezzina.In Sydney and Brisbane, I’ll be joined on stage by criminologist Dr Xanthe Mallett.Right now, we are running a last minute ticket offer, but as soon as the tickets are gone, they are gone so be quick. Click the link below and we can’t wait to see you this weekend for Australian True Crime live.Click here to purchase your tickets.
  • 501. Shortcut: The Future of Victim Identification

    11:05
    This is a "Shortcut" episode. It’s a shortened version of this week’s more detailed full episode, which is also available on our feed.Professor Richard Bassed is the Deputy Director at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and the Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University.I had the opportunity to interview Richard for my book "CSI Told You Lies" about his work in identifying victims in mass casualty events, such as the Black Saturday Bushfires and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.Currently, Richard is deeply invested in researching and utilising AI technology, as it has the potential to make a significant difference in the speed and cost of victim identification.Australian True Crime LIVE is coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this July! It'll be full of special guests and Q+A's, and we can't wait to see you in person. You can find tickets by clicking this link.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Professor Robert BassedExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College
  • 500. The Future of Victim Identification

    31:24
    Professor Richard Bassed is the Deputy Director at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and the Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University.I had the opportunity to interview Richard for my book "CSI Told You Lies" about his work in identifying victims in mass casualty events, such as the Black Saturday Bushfires and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.Currently, Richard is deeply invested in researching and utilising AI technology, as it has the potential to make a significant difference in the speed and cost of victim identification.Australian True Crime LIVE is coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this July! It'll be full of special guests and Q+A's, and we can't wait to see you in person. You can find tickets by clicking this link.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Professor Robert BassedExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College
  • 499. ATC Plus *Preview*: What it's really like to be a criminal lawyer

    15:31
    This is a preview of our recent ATC Plus episode. To listen to the whole episode, you can subscribe now to ATC Plus and get your first week free on Apple Podcasts.Ljupka Subeska, also known as LJ, is a criminal lawyer and Principal at Astoria Lawyers in Sydney. For this episode, she is here to take us behind the curtain and see how a criminal lawyer prepares for a case, as well as to debunk some common misconceptions about her job.This interview is led by veteran broadcast journalist (and friend of Australian True Crime), Ashlea Hansen.Click here to learn more about LJClick here to learn more about Ashlea HansenFor Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Ashlea HansenGuest: Ljupka SubeskaExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College
  • ATC Plus: What it's really like to be a criminal lawyer

    41:45
    Ljupka Subeska, also known as LJ, is a criminal lawyer and Principal at Astoria Lawyers in Sydney. For this episode, she is here to take us behind the curtain and see how a criminal lawyer prepares for a case, as well as to debunk some common misconceptions about her job.This interview is led by veteran broadcast journalist (and friend of Australian True Crime), Ashlea Hansen.Click here to learn more about LJClick here to learn more about Ashlea HansenFor Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Ashlea HansenGuest: Ljupka SubeskaExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College
  • 498. Shortcut: The Former Homicide Detective Changing The Way We Think About PTSD

    17:49
    This is a "Shortcut" episode. It’s a shortened version of this week’s more detailed full episode, which is also available on our feed.Former VicPol Detective Senior Sergeant, Tim Peck, has just released a book entitled The Invisible Obvious about his miraculous recovery from alcoholism and severely compromised mental health. He's unflinchingly honest about the depths of despair that took him very close to taking his own life in 2014 at the peak of his career, and the circumstances that prevented him from accepting help until it was almost too late.Click here to purchase Tim Peck's book "The Invisible Obvious"Australian True Crime LIVE is coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this July! It'll be full of special guests and Q+A's, and we can't wait to see you in person. You can find tickets by clicking this link.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Tim PeckExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College
  • 497. The Former Homicide Detective Changing The Way We Think About PTSD

    01:11:26
    Former VicPol Detective Senior Sergeant, Tim Peck, has just released a book entitled The Invisible Obvious about his miraculous recovery from alcoholism and severely compromised mental health. He's unflinchingly honest about the depths of despair that took him very close to taking his own life in 2014 at the peak of his career, and the circumstances that prevented him from accepting help until it was almost too late.Click here to purchase Tim Peck's book "The Invisible Obvious"Australian True Crime LIVE is coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this July! It'll be full of special guests and Q+A's, and we can't wait to see you in person. You can find tickets by clicking this link.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Tim PeckExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College
  • 496. Shortcut: From The Teacher's Pet to Bronwyn - Hedley Thomas

    17:04
    This is a "Shortcut" episode. It’s a shortened version of this week’s more detailed full episode, which is also available on our feed.Hedley Thomas is the National Chief Correspondent for The Australian and the investigative journalist behind Australia's most groundbreaking True Crime podcasts. Many of you will be familiar with Hedley's podcasts. Titles such as The Teacher's Pet, Shandee's Story and The Night Driver.Now Hedley's back with a new series called Bronywn, in which he's investigating the 1993 disappearance of Lennox Head woman Bronwyn Whitfield. Hedley Thomas joins us on Australian True Crime to talk about Bronwyn, as well as how he works and how he chooses what cases to investigate.Bronwyn, as well as all other Hedley Thomas podcasts are available wherever you get your podcasts.www.bronwynpodcast.comAustralian True Crime LIVE is coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this July! It'll be full of special guests and Q+A's, and we can't wait to see you in person. You can find tickets by clicking this link.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Hedley ThomasExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College
  • 495. From The Teacher's Pet to Bronwyn - Hedley Thomas

    01:02:39
    Hedley Thomas is the National Chief Correspondent for The Australian and the investigative journalist behind Australia's most groundbreaking True Crime podcasts. Many of you will be familiar with Hedley's podcasts. Titles such as The Teacher's Pet, Shandee's Story and The Night Driver.Now Hedley's back with a new series called Bronywn, in which he's investigating the 1993 disappearance of Lennox Head woman Bronwyn Whitfield. Hedley Thomas joins us on Australian True Crime to talk about Bronwyn, as well as how he works and how he chooses what cases to investigate.Bronwyn, as well as all other Hedley Thomas podcasts are available wherever you get your podcasts.www.bronwynpodcast.comAustralian True Crime LIVE is coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this July! It'll be full of special guests and Q+A's, and we can't wait to see you in person. You can find tickets by clicking this link.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Hedley ThomasExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College