TIMELINE OF EVENTS
15th November : Peter Falconio and his girlfriend Joanne Lees left the UK to embark on a round-the-world trip, planning to visit Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and America.
16th January : They arrived in Sydney and initially stayed at the Springfield lodge, Kings Cross. A week or so later they rented at room in a flat at Bondi.
14th February: Joanne starts her new job at Dymocks bookstore, George st Sydney.
25th June: Mr Falconio and Ms Lees set off on their driving trip around Australia in their 30-year-old orange VW Kombi van from Sydney, travelling through Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Port Pirie, Coober Pedy and Alice Springs.
11th July - Wednesday: They made friends with two Canadian backpackers (Mark & Izabel) whilst visiting Uluru and gave them a lift in their camper van to King's Canyon in the Watarrka national park, and on to Alice Springs, where they continued their travels separately.
12th July - Thursday: They spent the day sightseeing before staying the night in the van in an Alice Springs lay-by.
13th July - Friday: Peter Falconio calls his parents, said everything was great and they were enjoying themselves, Joanne was heard in the background giggling
14th July - Friday: Bradley Murdoch testified that he camped that night, 125 kilometres south of Alice Springs (Finke River crossing)
14th July - Saturday: Mr Chris Malouf drives into Alice Springs on his way from SA to WA (Mr Malouf's appearance is similar to Mr Murdoch and he also drives a white Toyota 4x4 with a canvas canopy) Mr Malouf's most notable feature is his very long hair, which can be seen in his photograph to hang down over his shoulders by at least 6 inches.
14th July -Saturday -10am: Mr Falconio visited Maureen Laracy, a Deloittes accountant in Alice Springs, who told him he owed the tax office money because he had been paying tax as an Australian resident, rather than as a non-resident, while working in Sydney. Meanwhile, Ms Lees visits the library in Alice Springs, checking her emails
14th July -Saturday -10.30am : Mr Murdoch arrives in Alice Springs, he stated in his testimony "first thing in Alice, Red Rooster" Mr Murdoch testified that he then visited Red Rooster, then Kittles garage (car wash) Barbeques Galore, then the BP to refuel. Then he visited the Repco store at 1.30PM to buy some plastic fuel containers and BiLo at 2PM to purchase some provisions. Evidence was found to prove he visited BBQ's Galore and Repco but there was no evidence to support his claim he went to the BP service station. He had spent approximately 5 hours in Alice Springs. He claimed he left Alice Springs at 3 PM. Its been affirmed that whilst in Alice Springs he left his trailer in the care of an associate at his trucking business.
14th July - Saturday: Peter and Joanne meet each other to have breakfast together at the Green Frog cafe.
14th July - Saturday - 11.30 : Ms Lees rang her friend, Amanda Whelan, in Sydney to say they were going to visit the Camel Cup races, where they spent two to three hours and watched the Miss Camel Cup beauty pageant
14th July - Saturday: Joanne and Peter went to the airport to buy a return ticket for Joanne (Brisbane-Sydney)Please see the FAQ's for the reason why Joanne collected her ticket from the airport.
14th July - Saturday:: They attend the Camel Cup in Alice Springs, and watch many of the races (verified present at the races by video footage)
The camel cup race started at around 2.30 PM and stayed long enough to watch the race and look around. Estimated time leaving the cup is 3PM or thereabouts.
14th July - Saturday - 3.00-3.30 pm : Mr Murdoch claims he left Alice Springs to travel back to Broome via the Tanami track, in tow was his new camper trailer.
14th July - Saturday: - 3.30-4pm: Joanne and Peter return to Alice Springs and drop into the Red Rooster restaurant. (verified by staff, as being at the restaurant in the late afternoon)
14th July - Saturday - 4-4.15pm: Ms Lees commenced the drive north from Alice Springs while Mr Falconio reads a book before falling asleep in the back.
14th July - Saturday - 3.45-4pm: Mr Gregory Dick and Mr Michael Oatley worked at the Aileron roadhouse, they claim they he saw Joanne and Peter at their roadhouse. They ordered two toasted sandwiches, a coffee and a cola, and were looking through a series of brochures and postcards, discussing places to visit. Joanne Lees denies stopping at Aileron. According to the timeline it is possible for the pair to have stopped at Aileron, eat something and then stopped again at Ti Tree. (the Aileron roadhouse is 70 Km's south of Ti Tree) A point worthy of note..Mr Oatley was not 100% sure it was Joanne and Peter and said the man he thought was Peter could not speak English very well and thought he sounded Greek or Italian. Peter is English and speaks English. It was known there was another couple on the Stuart Hwy driving a Kombi that day and they were also from the UK. Perhaps the Aileron sighting is a case of mistaken identity?
14th July - Saturday - 6.00pm: Joanne and Peter stop at Ti Tree "shared a smoke", a joint of cannabis, as they watched the sun set. Mr Falconio then bought some lollies, purchased fuel and took over the driving as they headed north along the Stuart highway. (The receipt was time stamped, the fuel was paid for at 6.21PM)
14th July - Saturday - 6.50pm: Shortly after leaving Ti Tree Ms Lees saw a small fire at the side of the road along the way, Peter wanted to stop and to check it out, Joanne says they shouldn't stop, it looked suspicious and they kept driving
14th July - Saturday - 8.00pm: Mr Murdoch claims he was near Yuendumu some 300km's from Alice Springs, indicating an average speed of around 60kph. Mr Murdoch could not offer any proof to support this statement.
14th July - Saturday - 8-8.30pm: Around 11 km's north of Barrow Creek a man in a white four-wheel drive, drives along the Kombi and waves the Kombi over, Mr Falconio gets out and talks to the man at the rear of the Kombi. A bang is heard. Ms Lees is threatened with a small silver hand gun, punched and restrained with cable-tie handcuffs before escaping and hiding in the bushes for several hours, until she waves down a passing road train. Mr Falconio was presumed shot, his blood was on the road.
15th July - Sunday - 12.38am: A man bearing similar characteristics to Joannes attacker was caught on security footage at the Shell truck stop, Dalgety Road, Alice Springs. The man purchased a large amount of fuel, ice and an iced coffee. He paid around $130 in cash. The driver leaves the roadhouse at 12.50am. The vehicle was a 75 series Diesel Toyota Land Cruiser with a canvas tarp over the tray. It was reported to be virtually identical to the vehicle that Mr Murdoch owned at that time. Friends and family of Mr Murdoch believe the man at the truck stop was Mr Murdoch and that it was his vehicle. Mechanics that worked on his car also believe it looked like his vehicle. The upholsterer that manufactured the canvas tarp believed he recognised his design and testified that he made the tarp for Bradley Murdoch a few months before the incident. The attendant that served the man at the Shell truck stop told writer Robin Bowles that Bradley Murdoch was the man that he served that morning, he was sure of it.
15th July - Sunday - Around 1 am: Ms Lees emerges from the scrub and on to the highway and out in front of a "Bull's" road train truck being driven by Vince Millar. Vince stopped about a kilometre down the road and Joanne runs towards the road train. Vince gets out of the truck and speaks to Joanne. He started to help her look for her boyfriend but when she told him her attacker had had a gun, he decided it would be best to go for help. He drove her south to the Barrow Creek roadhouse, where they contacted police.
15th July - Sunday - 4.20am: NT Police officers from Ti Tree arrived at the Barrow Creek hotel
15th July - Sunday: 7.00am: NT police launch a search for Mr Falconio and the gunman. They find a pool of blood covered with dirt beside the Stuart Hwy. This blood was later DNA matched to Peter Falconio. The police also find the orange Kombi parker well off the road in the scrub.
15th July - Sunday : Superintendent Garry Moseley, of the Alice Springs police, organised a series of around a dozen road blocks, eventually covering the main routes from "Katherine to the South Australia border, to the Queensland border to the West Australia border". Every roadhouse and cattle station in the area was also contacted. It seems the Tanami road was not blocked.
15th July - Sunday - 8PM: Mr Murdoch claims to have refuelled at Fitzroy crossing and had a steak sandwich. This means he covered the distance between Yuendumu and Fitzroy Crossing, (1,000km's) in 24 hours. This seems quite reasonable if he stopped for a sleep, food, toilet stops. However Mr Murdoch's alibi for Fitzroy Crossing (a close friend) was said to be unreliable as his story had changed a number of times.
15 October: Police officers on an orientation visit to the site uncover more evidence - tape used to restrain Ms Lees and her lip gloss tube - apparently missed during a police search three months earlier. The lip gloss tube was found under leaf litter.
April : The W.A police receive an anonymous call. James Hepi was said to be transporting drugs over the border into W.A, a description of the truck is given and a location provided. Later, Bradley Murdoch admits to friends that he was the person that reported the crime and seems upset and quite remorseful about doing so.
16th April: James Tahi Hepi was arrested outside the Roebuck Roadhouse near Broome W.A, with 4Kg's of marijuana found hidden in a modified gas cylinder on his 4x4. James knew it must have been Brad who reported him, they had a falling out and Brad was just one of a few people who knew where Mr Hepi stored the drugs.
May: Bradley Murdoch Moved into to a run down stone farmhouse in Port Broughton, South Australia
31st May: Detective-Sergeant David Chalker, receives a call from Broome detective Peter Jenal, he provided with the information James Hepi had regarding Brads possible involvement with the disappearance of Peter Falconio. The information was not acted upon at that stage.
29th July: James Hepi appears in Boome district court and pleas guilty to the transportation and possession of 4 Kg's of Cannabis. He receives an 18 month sentence that is suspended for 12 months.
21st August: A 12 year girl is raped and her mother sexually molested and abducted from their bush property near Swan Reach S.A. The woman and her daughter claim the rapist was Bradley Murdoch. The girl was later examined by a GP and it was confirmed she had been sexually assaulted or had sex and quite recently.
23rd August. Fred Everitt is released from Royal Adelaide hospital, he was there receiving treatment for lung cancer.
NB: Fred Everitt is the defacto partner of the woman who was abducted along with her daughter
28th August: Bradley Murdoch was arrested outside of Woolworths, Port Augusta, S.A for the alleged rape and abduction of a 13 year girl and the sexual molestation and abduction of the girls mother. He gives up freely and makes no comment regarding the charges, he seemed unsurprised by the arrest.
21st October: Bradley Murdoch is on trial at Adelaide District court for the alleged rape and abduction. Little physical evidence is found to support the rape and abduction. However drugs, guns, chains and restraints are found. Metal handcuffs were found as well as cuffs made from cable ties. The cable tie handcuffs were very similar in design to the ones Joanne Lees had be restrained with.
Jan-April 2003: Some 2,500 people have been identified during the long police investigation as "persons of interest".
10th November: Bradley Murdoch is acquitted of the charges as the jurys verdict was not unanimous. Mr Murdoch was arrested as he left the court and taken to the Northern Territory to answer charges regarding the murder of Peter Falconio.
14th November: Bradley John Murdoch faces Darwin Magistrates Court over Mr Falconio's murder..
17th November: DNA samples belonging to Bradley Murdoch are analysed in the NT Police forensic lab.
17th May: A committal hearing into the charges is heard in Darwin Magistrates Court over three weeks, resuming for a further two weeks in August, 2004.
18th August: Murdoch is committed to stand trial in the NT Supreme Court on the charges.
May : Authorities send a portion of the cable-tie restraints to the United Kingdom for specialist DNA testing, which finds a DNA sample 100 million times more likely to have come from Murdoch than anyone else.
17th October: The Northern Territory Supreme Court trial begins into Mr Falconio's murder.
22nd November: Today, the jury heard from several men from Broome who'd worked at a firm called Tropical Upholstery that fitted two canopies on Murdoch's four-wheel drive, an HJ 75 Toyota, in 2001. Under questioning from the prosecutor Anne Barnett, Jean Louis O'Dore said he'd later recognised what he thought was Murdoch's vehicle in a photo from an Alice Springs truck stop on the night Mr Falconio disappeared. He said he'd had a conversation about it with Murdoch at the time, "I said I'd seen photos of the car," he said, "and I thought it was ours, our canopy." "And what did he say?" Ms Barnett asked. "I think he said, "It may have been", because he goes up there," he replied. "It may have been him in the truck stop."
22nd November: Another witness, Myles Sadler, worked at West Kimberley Diesel in Broome, the same auto workshop where Murdoch had worked. In 2001, he said he remembered Murdoch owned an HJ 75 Landcruiser, with a square canopy on the rear tray and a bull bar at the front He was shown the same truck stop photograph and asked about the bull bar in the photo. He replied, "That's pretty much the same."
22nd November: The jury heard evidence from a South Australian man, Ben Kotz, who's known Murdoch since childhood. He told the court he hadn't seen Murdoch for about 10 years until late 2001 or 2002, when Murdoch had dropped in a few times at his parents' home. In the course of one conversation, Mr Kotz said Murdoch was distraught and told him he'd done something wrong. "He'd dobbed in his Kiwi mate," he said.
13th December: Murdoch is found guilty of murdering Mr Falconio, assaulting Ms Lees and depriving her of her liberty. He is given a mandatory life sentence and minimum 28-year non-parole period.
12th December: Lawyers for Bradley John Murdoch begin a three-day appeal against his conviction and sentence in the NT Court of Criminal Appeal in Darwin.
10th January: Three judges in the NT Court of Criminal Appeal unanimously dismiss his appeal.
28 February: Human bones found about 100km southwest of the service station where Murdoch refuelled hours after killing Mr Falconio are described by police as probably belonging to a missing Aborigine.
21st June: Murdoch's application for special leave to appeal in the High Court is denied.
4th August: A prison guard reportedly tells News Limited Murdoch is doing it easy in a minimum security section of Darwin's Berrimah prison.
15th August: Media reports emerge that Murdoch's family are pushing to have him moved to a jail in Western Australia but the WA government says it has not received any such applications.
25th August: NT authorities deny reports that Murdoch had been caught trying to break out of prison in Darwin. Murdoch is transferred from Berrimah Prison to the Alice Springs Correctional Centre.
24th December: The Age newspaper reports that Murdoch's lawyers will push to have the case reopened after British police suspended their use of low copy number (LCN) DNA testing, which was used in the crown's case against Murdoch.
15th February: With a second more rigorous review of LCN DNA testing underway in the UK, Perth QC Tom Percy, who specialises in the miscarriage of justice, begins examining the legitimacy of the DNA evidence used in Murdoch's trial and possible grounds for appeal.
27th May: The orange van that was obtained as evidence during police investigations is released from the NT Supreme Court basement, and Ms Lees orders that it be destroyed.
5th June: News Limited reporters accompany a clairvoyant, who is adamant she can find Mr Falconio's grave, into Central Australia without success.
16th July: Disgraced former lawyer Andrew Fraser, claims that Peter Falconio is alive and he has proof in the form of witnesses. When quizzed if he has spoken to the witnesses he replies I am yet to speak with them. Mr Fraser admits that he is involved in a 2 part documentary that will expose the lies and show that Bradley Murdoch is innocent.
Aug: An ex-friend of Bradley Murdoch reveals to the public through a South Australian newspaper that he did have an opening for his dog to pass from the tray to the front of his vehicle. Jennifer Wainwright said that Mr Mudoch used to stay in her shed whilst he was visiting Adelaide.
29th February: A TV network has been charged for communicating with notorious Territory prisoner Bradley John Murdoch. Journalist Rahni Sadler who produced the story for Channel 7's Sunday Night program has also been charged with communicating with a prisoner along with Murdoch's confidant former lawyer Andrew Roderick Fraser, the NT News reports. The charges have been laid by Correctional Services on the advice of the Solicitor for the Northern Territory. Channel 7 recorded a phone conversation between Murdoch and Mr Fraser which aired on July 31 last year.
17 December: Bradley Murdoch lodges an appeal with the NT criminal court of appeal, he is appealing his sentence because he believes there was misconduct by the crown in his original trial.
Please note: This timeline has been constructed from a range of sources that have been checked and verified to be as accurate as possible, some times have been estimated but should be accurate to within a half hour. The timeline is continually updated as new information comes forth.
12 January: It was revealed on the Australian 60 minutes program that Joanne Lees has discovered she has a half sister, Jessica McMillan, living in New Zealand