Chapter 14 Written / Published 29.9/11.10.19 (Pics by author, unless indicated)
My late mother-in-law, finally had her wish granted to be in heaven with her Lord. Life and death are fundamentals, which our modern, largely godless society is tampering with. I can't help by speak out against abortion.
We finally come to the new developments in the Peter Liddy case, flagged a few chapters back. Reviewing the case, bringing back another Peter, involves some repetition. Even after almost 20 years, looking at various angles, old information takes on new meaning. I'm as convinced as ever that a great justice has occurred.
The truth about an unsolved murder case in Western Australia is only now (2019) coming to the surface. It took 40 years to reach this point, a long time to wait for justice.
But compared to eternity, which the human mind can't fully understand, four decades is but a blink of the eye in God's sight; a day like a thousand years. (2.Peter, 3, 8).
14. No life in the river
On August 18th, 2019 I witnessed a person dying. Never before had I seen someone during the final moments of their life. My parents died on the other side of the world. The news of the passing of my mother did not reach me until a week later. To this day I don't know why.
Isobel's mother, Agnes Rose, had developed swelling in her arm, hand and legs. It got so bad, she was admitted to hospital, where things improved; but only marginally. Her nearly 98 year-old, frail body was transferred back to her nursing home on Friday August 16th, 2019. Isobel and I stayed in her room most of Saturday. With the curtains closed, the dark room had an air of gloom about it. Her dying mother was no longer conscious. Earlier that day she had been put on end-of-life-care.
On Sunday afternoon I sat by Agnes' beside. The movement of the bed sheet, up and down just a few millimeters, indicated she was still breathing. A few times it stopped for what seemed like ages, but I counted only 10 or 15 seconds or so. Then she would start breathing again, before a long pause. Each time this happened I wondered, would the bed sheet start moving again?
Isobel was keeping our little grandson Jacob (3) entertained, while 6 year-old Aidan was out with his mother, our daughter Michelle. Jacob didn't understand and played happily with whatever was around to keep him entertained. While we sat beside Agnes I reflected, how 50 years ago she had accepted me as a young man into their family. I got to know them very well. We went to church together for a few years in a little Gospel chapel, just north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Neutral Bay.
When we lived in Hobart Agnes and her late husband Charles visited us a few times. She also came down on her own soon after her husband of nearly 40 years had died suddenly. Agnes seldom showed emotion, but during that visit she shed some tears, naturally.
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Did I have a foreboding about Agnes' death? Five days before her passing, at the end of Chapter 9, I wrote these words: "One day, friends, all will take one final journey."
That day, August 13th, 2019, another death occurred. A member of our congregation, a young father, not yet 40 years old, lost his battle with cancer. I felt led to attend his funeral, which took place a few days before that of Agnes. Because I had published chapters 9 & 10 on 13.8. somehow my numbers brain noticed a peculiar parallel between the two deceased.
As I sat in church at the funeral, looking at the screen, I learned that the young man had died just 10 days short of his birthday. Agnes had died 9 days short of her birthday.
The age difference between them amounted to 58 years and 1 day. At the time I had written much about numbers 85 and 185. What does it all mean? Is it just another example of a crazy mind going into overdrive, for no reason?
Christians do not have to fear death. This life is only temporal. Christians look forward to eternal life with Jesus Christ, their Lord and Saviour.
It is evildoers who need to fear death. If they believe in an afterlife or not is irrelevant. The scriptures are plain about it. Christians in the western world are astounded, or they should be, how rapidly public morality is changing! Society in general is moving in the wrong direction, turning their backs on God. Everyone wants to do their own thing. If they don't get their way, they protest. There always seems to be one group or another on the news, who succeeded in having the attention of the media to air their grievances.
Does anybody ever consider what the root problem of society is? It is sin - the violation of the Ten Commandments! It has happened ever since Adam and Eve. The trouble is that the most important commandment - to love the Lord your God, passionately with our whole being and to live life according to HIS teaching - is ignored. (Luke 10, 27).
Jesus' way of dealing with our neighbour, to love them as you love yourself and, treat them as you would want to be treated, has changed into: Sue thy neighbour for the most trivial matter, and try to make a few bucks for yourself!
Sin has been in the world ever since Eve persuaded her man Adam to "just do it; nobody will know; it tastes good!" But the modern, liberal trend, law makers sanctioning sin by legalizing it, is relatively new. It is of grave concern to those, who prefer to live in a society that fears God; those who know that God's wrath will come upon evil doers.
During the composition of this chapter the 119 year-old laws regarding abortion were overturned by the New South Wales Parliament. Previously, abortions were only legal if a doctor deemed there was a “serious risk” to a woman’s physical or mental health. Unlawful abortion was previously listed in the Crimes Act. It carried a possible penalty of 10 years in prison for a woman, who administered her own abortion. (Source: Australian Prayer Network).
No matter how hard you try and twist the facts, the truth is that a fetus is a living human being, not merely a lump of meat to be thrown into a bucket and discarded!
The truth is, those godless feminists, who claim they have a right over their own body, are hypocrites. Doesn't the growing human being they are carrying also have rights, the right to be nurtured and to be born?
May I remind every reader here - you were once a fetus just like the one in above image! What if your mother had said: "I changed my mind, I don't think I can cope with another baby?" She then rings the clinic in *Macquarie Street and makes an appointment to have that lump of meat (YOU!) removed and you were thrown into a bucket?
She wouldn't have done that to a healthy tooth. A healthy baby, no worries, because our leaders just up the road in Macquarie Street (Parliament House) have said, it's OK to do so! Shame on all of you, who created iniquity by law!
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Those who think it's ludicrous to link the weather with the sins of a nation, think again. It's very clear in King Solomon's Prayer of Dedication for his people, recorded in the book of Kings, that God can influence the weather. Why would Solomon, who is often labeled the wisest man who ever lived, pray the following words, unless he knew that his people's sin could be the cause of lack of rain?
A jetty needs water!
Thank God for God's Word. It holds the key to solving the drought at grass root level.
The hope for planet earth:
Very early in the Old Testament God promised:
In the very next chapter we read that God gave a symbol, a sign to back HIS promise - the rainbow. But what on earth have they done with that symbol? Shameful!
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Friends, politicians and scientists may think they can lower the earth temperature. Even if they were able to and enforce laws to limit everyone's accumulation of possessions and/or energy consumption, there would be no guarantee of success. It would only take one furious volcano to release a titanic amount of harmful emissions for months or years on end to undo even the best of human effort.
Even if humans in a concerted effort could reduce global warming, would young people, those who are marching in Melbourne against global warming this very moment as I type, be willing to make sacrifices? It's easy to scribble a clever slogan on a placard and wave it in the street with thousands of other hysterical teenagers.
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In the world news in late September 2019 appeared a sad-faced, rage-filled, impudent, 16 year old, Swedish environmental activist.
How she managed to take center stage at the UN New York, and have world leaders come flocking to listen to her angry tirade, I find most incredible? I only agreed with her first sentence: "Some people say I should be in school..."
Young people who want action on climate change, halt global warming, should be prepared to change first! They should heed the GLOBAL WARNING:
If one day this angry young Swedish girl were to ask: "Why were we not told this truth, why did we never learn anything about God and HIS son Jesus in school?" Then I would be prepared to listen to the rest of what her troubling mind has to say.
Young girls are lied to, brainwashed into believing that if you fall pregnant, don't worry, you can always have an abortion, it won't affect you! (How can anyone just fall pregnant, like tripping on a footpath and when they stand up again - voila - pregnant?)
How many woman are warned that they may develop mental problems, knowing they have killed their own flesh and blood, simply because it had not yet been born? I often visit nursing homes and see elderly, often senile women cradling a doll. It may be that some lost a child tragically? But how many of them had abortions and never forget their unborn child, forever living with guilt and regret? A doll is a poor substitute.
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Is there anything worse than politicians, who support feminists in making barbaric laws that allows the killing of human life? Yes, there is. There are two occupations, in my opinion: A corrupt police officer and a journalist who does not report the truth. Some smooth over things, saying since only a very small number of police are corrupt, overall it's not too bad. Really?
Let's pick a small number, 1/10th of a percent. That is only 5 out of 5000 who are corrupt. That's not many, true. But if you had 5 motorists out of the millions in New York decide to drive on the wrong side of the road, it would create chaos very quickly. That's how I view the scourge of crooked police officers.
Before coming to the Peter Liddy case, which I had flagged I would a few chapter ago, a broadcast on our ABC television is fresh on my mind.
As I googled the case of Shirley Finn (on finnmurder.com) I could not believe that such evil could have happened and the injustice left unpunished for so long. It made me think, maybe the questions I had asked over the years, the possibility of police acting unlawfully, may be taken a little more seriously?
As the video screened I saw something extraordinary. To anyone else it was nothing but a lady wearing a shoulder-less dress. It made me press the pause button immediately. By now I had been getting used to seeing BWS (black and white stripes). But this one stirred up my curious mind: Were all these BWS I had seen and written about in the past year a lead up to this?
No doubt, Australians will hear more above the above murder case! The truth can't remain hidden forever.
This takes us finally to the Liddy case, which I had flagged to do a few chapters back. The public of South Australia has never been told the full version of the case. The printed media, the Adelaide Advertiser, as well as television's Channel Seven, since day one have always played the same tune, labelling the magistrate of a notorious pedophile, a magistrate child abuser.
The new development in the case may dispel the speculation, the hearsay that occasionally reached my ears, that Peter was going dement or senile. Why people would say this, I don't know; neither how they found out?
Had Peter lost his mind, nobody could blame him, having served 18 years jail time innocently. At one stage I wanted to believe those rumors about Peter's mental health. Perhaps somebody spread these, so people like me would stop writing to him or give up fighting for his release. If he had become senile, would Peter still understand his predicament and express the desire to be released? But that's just what he did.
A media report in January 2019 pointed to the fact that in 2019 Peter could be applying for bail. (Correction: This should read parole.) In April the news was that he officially applied for parole, a process that is controlled by Department of Correctional Services, the Parole Board.
Suddenly, the case made front page news again! The Adelaide Advertiser on August 15th, 2019 once again had a story to stir public emotion against the jailed magistrate on the front page:
The article continues, explaining that 'The Advertiser had championed' amendments [to the law] which were passed by parliament with bi-partisan support, to keep Humphreys locked up forever. These laws could now be used to declare Peter Liddy "an 'uncontrollable predator' - and leave him to die in jail."
The article continues, stirring alleged victims and family into writing to the parole board [to keep Peter locked up forever]. Next comes this sentence: "He [Peter Liddy] has never shown remorse, nor has he demonstrated in any way that he has rehabilitated."
On page two, where the journalist got Peter's age wrong by about four or five years, comes this sentence: "Under the changed laws, pedophiles must convince mental health experts that they pose no risk to the community, before they can be considered for parole."
May I ask, how can you convince experts that you are no longer a risk to the community, while you are being locked up in jail? How does that work in practice? Any criminal could lie. By nature that's what they do. It shouldn't take an expert to know this.
"I'm a good man now; won't do it again, if you let me go home."
Peter never killed anybody. He loved animals and probably wouldn't kill a fly. In Book 5 Chapter 13, I wrote a summary of the court case, after spending hours working through the transcript. That was 13 years ago. Since then some shocking events have occurred, which I have already written about. Let me review two, one of which clearly casts doubt that Peter had uncontrollable urges to mess with little boys.
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In the light of the Shirley Finn case, a woman allegedly killed by police, the death of Rhonda immediately comes to mind (Bk10, Ch.2). In April 2011 the 58 year-old school teacher from Kapunda was found hanged outside the town. Police classed it as a suicide. No further questions asked, at least not by police.
Here is at least one question that should have been asked:
Why would a healthy, intelligent, working wife and mother suddenly do way with herself? Her husband, whom I spoke to face to face, was totally shocked and could not explain why she would do such a tragic thing?
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The other example, also written in one of my earlier books, involved the worst kind of bullying by the media. It was the TV soap operetta Today Tonight (Channel Seven), which came up with a two-night special. What they said was totally untrue, speculated slander, pure television gossip. The producer's superstar for the performance was a former inmate at Yatala jail. He appeared on camera, no face shown, no name given, and told this tall tale:
Malinauskas: "If any prison officer is found to have acted unlawfully [helped smuggling tapes out of jail] they will find themselves in prison." (Makes sense!)
Watching the video again I noticed one marked difference between the Police Minister and interviewer Rosanna Mangiarelli, who many years ago happened to be one of my driving school students.
The former police minister acted in a very professional manner. He showed a degree of respect and decency, by referring to Peter always as "Mr. Liddy".
The interviewer, however, possibly reading from a script doing her job, constantly kept referring to the magistrate prisoner as "Liddy".
The use of appropriate adjectives, disgraced; public is shocked, sickened, alarmed, is a good example of brainwashing by the media. That's how the case had snowballed in the first place!
The 4-minute video ends with: "We will certainly follow up on the investigation!" Nothing, so far in three years, at least not online that I could find a link to.
Here's the truth: The jailed, creative magistrate did indeed write a book. He created many pages, using pencil and paper, during the long, lonely hours in his cell. A supporter openly took them to a bookbinder and four or five copies were printed.
There is a reason I am repeating the incident here. It's the name of the magpie in Peter's stories. It's called BB. (Note the name).
In mid August 2019, as part of my voluntary work with German Seniors, my client, my wife and I were going for a coffee. We let him decide which Cafe to choose. Arriving at the shopping mall we walked past a few places, but then decided to turn back and sit down at the first Cafe we had passed. I had never been there before.
Sipping coffee, enjoying a cake, my old friend had a few stories to tell. He like having my wife with us. On the way out, paying for the coffees, I noticed a newspaper on a side table, for customers to read. It was a copy of The Advertiser, our only daily paper in Adelaide. On the front page was the headline "Liddy May Die in Jail", the one shown earlier in the chapter.
What came next takes us straight to the Liddy case: Walking out of the cafe I noticed the name of it, something that even my observant mind had not noticed until then:
In the very first chapter of this, Book 17, you will find a picture, also taken in a cafe, also showing the same German gentleman. In the background, by surprise, a lady showed, who was wearing a black and white striped dress. Now, many months later, I had occasion to report on a murdered woman, possibly killed by corrupt police. She is pictured wearing black and white striped clothing.
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Earlier in the year 2019, after Peter's application for parole had been announced, I wrote to three politicians, whose comments I had read in the newspaper. I knew that they didn't know the full story. I explained in my simple fashion what I had researched, including the damning statement of one victim (the career criminal) who had stated that he had never been abused as a child. This alone should have raised serious doubts about Mr. Liddy's guilt and this witness' truthfulness.
As I read this letter again, preparing this chapter, a new thought came. Like a detective going over an unsolved case again, a piece of information suddenly made sense.
The Shadow Attorney-General, Mr. Maher, did not reply at all to my earlier mentioned letter. Ms. Bonaros, from the SA Best Party did. She sent a reply, which in essence said: "Can't help, nothing wrong". She may have tried to impress how much she knew of the case. But it took only a little googling to realize, she copied text from the ABC's website, word for word.
The Attorney General, Ms. Chapman, must have directed one of her staff to sent me a reply. It simply stated that my correspondence has been brought to the attention of the Attorney General. Nothing more, nothing since. (The legalization of prostitution in South Australia must be foremost issue on her mind at the present time! Why would the highest authority on law and order be interested in a man serving 25 years jail time innocently?)
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The above mentioned headline - Liddy may die in jail - came as a bombshell. What was behind this move I wondered and wanted to do something; but what?
It is one thing to deny PL parole and let him serve his full 25 years, but quite another to keep him locked up forever, robbing him of any hope he might have for freedom one day. This latest, possibly worst, scenario called for another letter to an authority, which I'd rather not disclose. It took me a few days, over a week, of digesting the bad news, before I finally put pen to paper.
Typing the three page letter, I thought, perhaps the seed of my words may fall on some fertile soil? I again explained all the facts, all the first hand information I knew. The letter was dated 26th August 2019. It ended with this sentence: "He [Mr. Liddy] has served 18 years and deserves a second chance!"
Friends, as I have written before, it is politics that keeps former Magistrate Peter Liddy, the longest serving at the time, behind bars. Imagine, if the full truth were to come out and made public, if the alleged victims were honest and tell how it really was, the embarrassment it would cause to all those, who took part in this wrong - the police, the judiciary, the media and not the least politicians? But who likes to admit they made a mistake?
And if your lawyer is lazy and/or corrupt, what chance have you got winning the fight for justice from inside a prison cell? If the former magistrate were set free on parole, he'd have the expertise, the thorough knowledge of the law to clear his name.
A German resistance fighter, executed in 1943 for standing up against the Nazi regime, put it this way:
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On that fateful Sunday morning, Anzac Day in 1999, Psalm 94 was reverberating in my brain. It was my bible reading, picked at random that morning from the booklet 'Every Day with Jesus'. Two verses gripped my thinking: Verse 16, who will stand up for me, against the evil doers? This challenge may have been the catalyst for my standing up, interrupting a church service to read the entire Psalm 94.
The other verse in this psalm, Verse 20, very strongly points to the evil of society. In the International Standard Version it reads:
Nothing has changed in over 2000 years. Mankind has not yet learned this lesson:
Only God, through Jesus Christ, can bring true justice and eternal peace!