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New Zealand Murder Victims

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  • George Dobson (1840 - 1866)
    On 28th May 1866, surveyor George Dobson was riding on horseback alone by the Grey River (near Greymouth) when he was stopped by two men. I’m sure confusion soon turned to terror when firearms were pro...
  • William Walter James Spreat (1840 - 1893)
    Arrival in NZ arund 1863 Newspapers - Press 11 July 1893 Page 5 DUNEDIN NOTES. July 10. Spreat, the victim of the shooting in Wellington, was at one time well known in Dunedin.- In 1863 Mr J. T. Th...
  • Jashana Maree Robinson (1993 - 2009)
    Jashana Robinson was a New Zealand high school student who was murdered by her landlady's former partner, Joseph Ogle .
  • Joelene Rangimaria Edmonds (1989 - 2009)
    Joelene Edmonds was a New Zealand mother of two who was beaten to death at her home by partner, Joseph Ogle who also beat 16 year old, Jashana Maree Robinson.
  • Elizabeth Agnes Hamilton (1912 - 1940)
    On 3 April 1940 the little settlement of Waikino, at the eastern end of the Karangahake Gorge near Waihi, made international news when the bodies of 27-year-old Elizabeth Agnes Hamilton (nee McClung) a...

This page is intended to stand as a memorial to the victims of murder in New Zealand. Please add names by year and then alphabetically by last name if in the same year as another murder victim.

19th Century (1800-1899)

1866 James Battle was murdered on 12 June 1866 on the Maungatapu track by the 'Burgess gang'.

1866 James Dudley was murdered on 13 June 1866 on the Maungatapu track by the 'Burgess gang'.

1866 George Dobson, surveyor, was murdered by the 'Burgess gang' on 28 May 1866.

1866 John Kampthorne was murdered on 13 June 1866 on the Maungatapu track by the 'Burgess gang'.

1866 Felix Mathieu was murdered on 13 June 1866 on the Maungatapu track by the 'Burgess gang'.

1866 James de Pontius was murdered on 13 June 1866 on the Maungatapu track by the 'Burgess gang'.

1880 Mary Beatrice Dobie has her throat cut at Ōpunake on 25 November 1880.

1891 John Clark Disappeared from 'The Larches' - likely murdered by Minnie Dean.

1892 George Duncan Munro Sustained severe head injuries after the family was attacked in their Tauranga home by her father on 9 February 1892.

1892 Grace Emma Munro Attacked by her husband with a flat iron and rolling pin on 9 February 1892. Died six days later.

1892 John Hugh Munro Sustained severe head injuries after the family was attacked in their Tauranga home by his father on 9 February 1892.

1892 Lillian Emma Munro Sustained severe head injuries after the family was attacked in their Tauranga home by her father on 9 February 1892.

1893 Sydney McKernon Disappeared from 'The Larches' - likely murdered by Minnie Dean.

1893 Willie Phelan Likely murdered by Minnie Dean (drowning).

1893 Cyril Scoular Disappeared from 'The Larches' - likely murdered by Minnie Dean.

1895 Dorothy Edith Carter Murdered by Minnie Dean (overdose of laudanum).

1895 Eva Hornsby Murdered by Minnie Dean (asphyxiation).

20th Century (1900-1999)

1925 Andrew Hart, aged 3. Murdered by his mother (Ellen Hart, née Francis) at their home in Dunedin on 9 November 1925. Ellen was found not guilty by reason of insanity at a jury trial for the murders of her three children.

1925 Lindsay Hart, aged 5. Murdered by his mother (Ellen Hart, née Francis) at their home in Dunedin on 9 November 1925. Ellen was found not guilty by reason of insanity at a jury trial for the murders of her three children.

1925 Nola Hart, aged 1. Murdered by their her (Ellen Hart, née Francis) at their home in Dunedin on 9 November 1925. Ellen was found not guilty by reason of insanity at a jury trial for the murders of her three children.

1925 Elsie Walker Disappeared on 1 October 1928 and her battered body was found in Tamaki, Auckland. Her eldest cousin William Bayly was suspected but his family covered for him. In October 1933 Bayly was suspected of murdering his neighbours; farming couple Sam and Christobel Lakey of Ruawaro, Hamilton. He was arrested, his trial lasting a month. Once found guilty he was hung at Mount Eden prison in Auckland on 20 July 1934.

1833 Sam Lakey Murdered by his neighbour, William Bayly, who was found guilty and hanged at Mount Eden prison in Auckland on 20 July 1934.

1833 Christobel Lakey Murdered by her neighbour, William Bayly, who was found guilty and hanged at Mount Eden prison in Auckland on 20 July 1934.

1940 Elizabeth Agnes Hamilton (McClung) On 3 April 1940, Waikino made national news when the bodies of 27-year-old Elizabeth Agnes Hamilton (nee McClung) and 15-year-old Waihi High School student Lloyd Moran were found three miles apart on Waitewhata Road. Elizabeth had been raped and murdered by Douglas Herbert Cartman.

1954: Honorah Mary Parker Murdered by her own daughter, Pauline Yvonne Parker and Parker's friend, Juliet Marion Hulme.

1972 Gillian Morris 14 year old Gillian was shot on the corner of Fraser Street and 11th Avenue in Tauranga. She had been walking home with her friend, Stephen Jones, at around 9.40pm when the shooting occurred. As they were not far from Gillian's home, Stephen ran there to get help. Gillian's father telephoned the Police then rushed to her aid. Police were at the scene within minutes, but Gillian was already dead. A search revealed a young man with a rifle, Francis Raymond Richards, aged 20, dead across the road in Memorial Park. A package of opium was found on his body. He was known to Gillian. It was found that Francis had obtained a licence to purchase the rifle on the same day as the shooting.

1973 Donald Armstrong Akuira McLean On discovering that her husband's girlfriend was pregnant with his child Lauraine McLean shot him in the head whilst he slept in their Oropi home situated across the road from Oropi School on 7 December 1973. Half an hour later she heard him making a horrible noise so she shot him again. Lauraine was found guilty of manslaughter.

1980 John Mark Bidois During a confrontation between rival gangs in Wickham Place, John was run over by a Bedford truck and killed on 6 December 1980.

1985 Marc Bronson Attrill 11-year-old Marc was stabbed to death in his home at Ranch Road, Mount Maunganui on 25 March 1985 by his 36-year-old mother who also stabbed herself and was sent to Tokanui Psychiatric Hospital for assessment.

1986 Luana Deborah LaVerne Williams 25 year old Luana Williams disappeared from her home in Munro Street, Gate Pa, on the night of 5 June 1986. The case has remained unsolved.

1988 Carol Lee Messenbird The body of 26 year old Tauranga woman Carol Lee Messenbird was found dumped in a sleeping bag at the side of a railway embankment in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England in 1989. She had been murdered in late October 1988 by boyfriend 'Dave' (actually Ian John Peter Steele) at Woodview Guest House in Archway Road, Highgate. Steele had escaped from maximum security Central Industrial Prison at Long Bay, Sydney, four years earlier and was on Australia's 10 most wanted list.

1988 Janet Michelle Wardell 26 year old Mount Maunganui woman Janet Wardell was followed home from a bar to the sleepout behind her parents' home before being tied up. The killer sharpened his knife and told her he was going to cut her throat before plunging the blade deep into her neck. There was also evidence of a sexual assault.

1998 Ben Smart and Olivia Hope The murder of Ben and Olivia occurred in the early hours of the morning of New Year's Day, 1 January 1998. Neither their bodies nor any trace of their belongings have ever been found.

1990 Rewa Ariki Bryson, 11, friend of Jasmine - Aramoana Massacre

1990 Simon Christopher "Chris" Cole, 62 - Aramoana Massacre

1990 Victor James "Vic" Crimp, 71 - Aramoana Massacre

1990 James Alexander "Jim" Dickson, 45 - Aramoana Massacre

1990 Sergeant Stewart Graeme "Stu" Guthrie, 41, Port Chalmers police officer - Aramoana Massacre

1990 Garry John Holden, 38 - Aramoana Massacre

1990 Jasmine Amber Holden, 11, daughter of Garry Holden - Aramoana Massacre

1990 Magnus "Tim" Jamieson, 69 - Aramoana Massacre

1990 Ross James Percy, 42 - Aramoana Massacre

1990 Vanessa Grace Percy, 26, wife of Ross Percy - Aramoana Massacre

1990 Dion Raymond Jack Percy, 6, son of Ross and Vanessa Percy - Aramoana Massacre

1990 Aleki Tali, 41 - Aramoana Massacre

1990 Leo Wilson, 6 - Aramoana Massacre

1991 Graham Hutchinson Neill In the early hours of Boxing Day 1991 off Ocean Beach, Mount Maunganui, Graham was 'baptised' (deliberately drowned) by Donald Munro in a bout of religious fervour.

1992 Leonie Alison Marie Neylon Killed in Tauranga by her estranged husband when she arrived at his flat to collect her children after an access visit.

1992 Lana Anne Procter On 16 July 1992 Lana was abducted, raped and brutally murdered at a Rangiuru Road orchard in Te Puke. Her naked and battered body was found hidden on the kiwifruit orchard.

1992 Judith Anne Yorke Police believe that the 25-year-old solo mother attended a party in a packing shed at Te Manaia orchard in Matapihi on 21 October 1992, and disappeared from there. A homicide investigation drew a blank. Police are convinced the key to the mystery lies with the 30 partygoers that night.

1992 Jocelyn Schlaepfer (59), her sons Peter (39), Karl (33) and Darrell (31), Peter's wife, Hazel (42) and their son Aaron (11), were all murdered by the husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather, Brian Schlaepfer

1993 Jim Fletcher 49 year old Jim was stabbed in the chest with a bread and butter knife after disturbing intruders during a home invasion at Papamoa on the last day of 1993.

1995 John Edie 22 year old John was kicked to death in a prolonged and vicious attack at a Makatu party in June 1995.

1997 Stephanie Terese Baker On 18 July 1997 Stephanie arrived at the parent's home of her former partner Jason Robert John Butler to drop off their one year old daughter. 25 year old Butler stabbed her in the back and throat.

1997 Marcus Te Hira Grey (1997-1997) Died in Tauranga Hospital on 10 November 1997. Suffered numerous human bites, cuts inside the mouth, broken ribs and bruises, some of which were about three weeks old. Brain and retinal injuries indicated that he had been severely shaken.

1999 Jo-Anne Maree Van Duyvenbooden Shot three times in Welcome Bay, dragged from her home, thrown down a bank and her mattress dumped on top of her body.

21st Century (2000-2099)


2001 Raymond Noel McKenzie On 15 June 2001 at 5am in the morning, an intruder stabbed 64-year-old Noel 14 times in front of his wife at their home in Myers Street, Pillans Point.

2001 Marta Webber On 31 July 2001 76-year-old Marta was strangled with an orange lavalava after refusing to hand over money to Ema Neru.

2002 John Hobson Rogers John was attacked in the toilet block at Wharepai Domain in the early hours of 29 July 2002. He received a single stab wound to the lower back and a blood stained 38cm knife was lying nearby. John left a trail of blood as he tried to return to his car. He was rushed to hospital but died during surgery.

2005 Natasha Hayden The 24 year old's body was found in her red Mazda Familia car at McLaren Falls Park in the lower Kaimai Ranges on 10 January 2005. Michael John Curran, whilst released on bail for Natasha's manslaughter, murders two year old Aaliyah Morrissey. He was sentenced to 9 years for the manslaughter of Natasha Hayden in June 2006.

2005 Aaliyah Morrissey While on bail for the manslaughter of Natasha Hayden in January 2005 Michael John Curran murders two year old Aaliyah Morrissey. X-rays and CT scans reveal she suffered internal injuries, including brain and abdominal injuries, torn retinas in her eyes, and a fractured forearm. She also had extensive bruising on her face, arms, legs and torso.

2005 Grant Trevor Adams burned skeletal remains were exhumed from a steam vent at the Wairakei geothermal powerstation near Taupo in June 2007. On 14 December 2005 Adams was shot up to five times in Ohauiti before being wrapped in a rug, transported to Wairakei, set alight and buried.

2005 Toni-Anne Nathan Shot dead underneath the Wairoa Bridge on State Highway 2 at Te Puna at around 2.46am on 31 October 2005.

2005 Mikaere (Michael) Douglas O'Sullivan Shot dead underneath the Wairoa Bridge on State Highway 2 at Te Puna at around 2.46am on 31 October 2005.

2018 David Rawiri Kuka Found at a Wilrose Place address with a serious head injury. David died shortly afterwards.

2018 Ariana Eva Mahu Stabbed in the neck whilst attending a tangi at Huria Marae and died the following morning, 23 February 2018. Ariana has been remembered as ‘everyone's mum’, an advocate for troubled youth and a staunch supporter of mana Māori. A 21-year-old man was charged with murder.

2018 Lance Wayne Waite Mongrel Mob member Waite pleaded guilty to one charge of detaining a woman without her consent for the purpose of her having sex with unknown persons and two counts of sexually violating the woman in 2010. 58-year-old Waite was dropped off at Tauranga hospital at about midday on 3 January 2018 with critical injuries and died a short time after.