Detective botany helps solve a kidnapping-murder case
In 1960, an eight-year-old Graeme Thorne was abducted in Sydney after leaving home for school. Graeme Thorne’s parents, Bazil and Freda Thorne, had won in an Opera House lottery and a man with a noticeable foreign accent telephoned the Thorne household claiming he had Graeme and demanded £25,000.
Over the weeks since he went missing, public appeals were made and police chased various other leads. Unfortunately, nearly six weeks after the kidnapping, Graeme Thorne’s body was discovered wrapped in a blanket and hidden on vacant land in Grandview Grove, Seaforth in Sydney.
Picture source: HWT library