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08 March - Brisbane 15 people killed in a firebomb attack

Unread postby Max ADU » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:08 am

Australian History
Thursday, March 8, 1973.


15 people are killed in a firebomb attack on the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub in Brisbane, Australia.

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The Whiskey Au Go-Go nightclub was located in the inner Brisbane suburb of Fortitude Valley.

On 8 March 1973, two drums of petrol were ignited in the foyer of the nightclub, causing a fireball and the release of deadly gases. Grease was smeared on the door handles to prevent patrons from escaping.

Fifteen people were killed in what was Australia's worst mass murder at that time.

James Finch and John Stuart were gunmen in the underworld that was trying to control prostitution and gambling in Brisbane at the time. The two men were arrested but staunchly protested their innocence, blaming corrupt police for framing them.

Both men were convicted; ultimately, Stuart died on New Years Day 1979, while Finch was paroled fifteen years later, in 1988, and deported back to England, his country of birth.

Once safely in England, Finch then declared he was indeed guilty of the murders.

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