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Woman Abducted By Australia’s Biggest Serial Killer Reveals What Actually Happened

 

A victim who escaped from the clutches of Australia’s most sadistic serial killing duo has revealed the horrifying details of her ordeal.

In 1986, David and Catherine Birnie were in the throes of a four-week killing spree – known as the Moorhouse Murders – when they kidnapped 17-year-old Kate Moir.

Three decades on and Perth-born Kate, now 47, has given her first television interview with Channel 7.

Channel 7

Moir told the Australian broadcaster that she was drunk when she accepted a lift home from the seemingly kind couple, who turned out to be the Moorhouse murderers, and from that moment onward her life changed forever.

She recalled trying to escape the car and being dragged at knife-point by David Birnie into the couple’s house on Moorhouse Road.

Channel 7

Moir asked the couple ‘Are you going to rape me or kill me?’ They replied, ‘We’ll only rape you if you’re good.’ True to their brutal word, the Birnie’s held Moir hostage in shackles.

The 17-year-old was chained to a bed and repeatedly raped by her male captor as his wife watched and took notes.

Channel 7

Kate recalled her mental state during her harrowing imprisonment, saying:

You know you’re gonna die but you don’t acknowledge that to yourself, you just live it. I had a 200 per cent chance of dying and 5 per cent chance of getting away.

They made me dance in front of them to [Dire Straits song] Romeo and Juliet. It was two hours of mental torture. I cried when I danced.

Channel 7

Moir explained the couple’s dynamic, stating that ‘Catherine was the puppeteer’ and ‘David was the puppet’ who did her bidding.

Moir told Channel 7 about a secret code the couple would use to deduce which victim would be raped, saying:

She gave the tick of approval. She would say ‘I’ve got the munchies’, which meant ‘you can have this one’.

Channel 7

Once Moir escaped her captor’s hellhole by breaking a window lock and desperately seeking help at a nearby shop, the owner drove her to the local police station where Moir relayed her terrifying tale to Constable Laura Hancock on her first day in the job.

The television interview sees Moir and Hancock reunited for the first time since their tragic initial meeting 30 years ago.

Channel 7

A police investigation was instigated and the bodies of the Birnies’ previous victims – Sussannah Candy, 15; Denise Brown, 21; Mary Neilson, 22; and Noelene Patterson, 31 – were uncovered.

David and Catherine Birnie were sentenced to life in prison. David Birnie committed suicide in a West Australian jail in 2005. However, Catherine Birnie claims she is ‘cured of the madness’ that drove her to kill the four young women and is on a mission to walk free.

Moir rightly calls herself a survivor – not a victim. But her television interview has been sparked by Catherine Birnie’s plea for release in 2019, when her parole comes up for review again.

Every three years, when Catherine Birnie’s sentence is reviews, Kate is notified by the judicial system and is forced to relive her ordeal. Now, Moir wants to see the system work for – not against – victims of sex crimes and has started a petition for more stringent parole laws in Australia.

Moir told News.com.au:

I want to see no parole for wilful murder. I want a reintroduction of wilful murder as a charge. I want truth in sentencing. I want no parole for sex offenders and child sex offenders. We have been softening our justice system for years.

Moir added, ‘Every time I hear that her parole is being reviewed, I relive the nightmare.’

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