Anita Cobby had been dragged through a barbed-wire fence and punched, beaten and kicked. There was extensive bruising on her head, breasts, face, shoulders, groin, thighs and legs. Her throat had been cut and she was almost decapitated
Medical officers believed that Anita Cobby was conscious when she had her throat cut. It would have taken two to three minutes for her to bleed to death. Anita Cobby had also been repeatedly raped. The only thing that police could accurately assume at the time of the discovery of the body was that more than one person, possibly by a gang, had committed the crime.
They held their nude hostage on the floor of the back of the car while they pulled in a garage to get gasoline with money stolen from Anita’s purse. On the way from the garage to Reen Road, Travers and Mick Murphy raped Anita at knifepoint in the back seat while the others examined the contents of her bag.
Halfway down Reen Road, they stopped the car and threw their naked victim into a ditch where John Travers, Gary Murphy and Les Murphy took turns raping her. Gary Murphy forced Anita to perform oral sex on him.
The five men then picked the semi-conscious Anita up and dragged her through the barbed wire fence, causing long, deep cuts to her flesh. The sobbing young woman could offer little resistance. She had been so badly battered and kicked that she could hardly walk. The gang carried and dragged her to the middle of the Boiler Paddock and threw her to the ground
As Anita begged and pleaded to be let go, Mick Murdoch raped her again while Michael Murphy forced her to have oral sex with him. After they had finished, Les Murphy sodomized Anita. While Travers raped her again, Gary Murphy and Mick Murdoch tried to force Anita to have oral sex with them both at the same time.
One of Australia’s most deplorable and infamous murders.