In a new concept for Australian True Crime the Homicide Cold Case Team is appealing directly to the audience to help crack unsolved murders. Someone, somewhere, knows who did it.
In each case there's a police reward of one million dollars for new information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for the murder.
At the core of every case is a victim without a voice – now the Homicide Cold Case Team is speaking for them. You will hear the evidence, you will see the suspects – you may have the missing piece of the puzzle that will solve the case.
The killers are still out there, thinking they got away with murder. It's up to the viewing public to help bring them to justice.
A team of highly skilled investigators will guide you through every twist and turn of these compelling crimes as they interview key witnesses and the victim's families. You will also hear from the detectives involved in the original investigations and learn why these murders were never solved.
Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Trichias leads the Homicide Cold Case Team as they examine the detail of 10 of the country's most shocking murders.
"We are of the opinion that these cases can be solved," says Trichias. "There are some witnesses out there that for one reason or other are reluctant to come forward and we're hoping the passage of time and the offer of a one million dollar reward will be enough for that person to make a decision and come forward."
These cases have frustrated police and devastated families for years.
"Undoubtedly the most rewarding part of our job is to be able to give answers to the family members and if it takes a million dollars to do that then it is very much money well spent," adds Detective Sergeant Paul Rowe.
Episode one will look at two cases; the murder of a mother and her nine-year-old daughter in their suburban home; and the brutal murder of a hardworking civil engineer and much loved father of two.
The police have a message for the killers – you will be caught.
MEET THE TEAM
Anyone with any information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make contact through their website.
For more information about the reward visit the Victoria Police news website: www.vicpolicenews.com.au