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Brother of Samantha Knight’s killer Michael Guider says he knows where the schoolgirl is buried

The brother of schoolgirl Samantha Knight’s killer believes he knows where the missing nine-year-old is buried and how to make his sibling lead detectives to her grave.

Tim Guider is convinced Samantha’s body lies under or near a headstone bearing another Knight’s name in a corner of the old Gore Hill Cemetery on Sydney’s lower north shore.

Mr Guider told Daily Mail Australia his brother Michael had reluctantly admitted this year to visiting the graveyard with another of his child victims years after Samantha’s 1986 disappearance.

He thinks while Michael was working next to the cemetery he moved Samantha’s body there and arranged parts of a broken memorial to a long-dead woman named Sarah Knight to mark or point to her grave.    

Mr Guider said when he told Michael during a prison visit he ‘knew’ Samantha was buried at Gore Hill Cemetery the serial paedophile began to tremble and was struck speechless. 

‘His reaction confirmed it,’ Mr Guider said. 

The brother of schoolgirl Samantha Knight’s killer believes he knows where the nine-year-old is buried – and how to make his sibling lead police to her grave. Tim Guider is convinced Samantha’s body lies near a headstone bearing another Knight’s name in a corner of the old Gore Hill Cemetery on Sydney’s lower north shore. Mr Guider is pictured near Sarah Knight’s grave

‘I think he is kind of proud of himself to be able to hide a body like that right under our noses without us even noticing.’ 

Michael Guider’s maximum prison sentence expired on June 6 and the New South Wales Attorney-General is now seeking a court order to keep him locked up for another year. 

This is no normal person. He’s a monster and he’s a danger and the community don’t want him out.

His brother, a former bank robber who is now a successful artist, hopes the 68-year-old can be coerced into revealing where Samantha is buried and confessing to further crimes.  

‘This is no normal person,’ Mr Guider said. ‘He’s a monster and he’s a danger and the community don’t want him out.’

Mr Guider believes his brother may have killed more of the children he drugged, molested and photographed and their bodies could also be in Gore Hill Cemetery. 

He has visited Michael in prison six times this year, ‘with the sole purpose of finding out where he moved Samantha.’

It was Mr Guider who coaxed the confession out of his brother that he killed Samantha – accidentally, he claimed – which led to him being jailed for manslaughter in 2002 for 17 years. 

He now wants Michael brought before the New South Wales Crime Commission, which could use its coercive powers to compel him to reveal where he buried Samantha.

Samantha Knight's killer, serial paedophile Michael Guider, is pictured clutching a Kodak film packet and developed photographs in 1984, the year he began molesting Samantha. Guider drugged and assaulted his many victims then photographed them in pornographic poses. The NSW Attorney-General is seeking a court order to keep him locked up

Samantha Knight’s killer, serial paedophile Michael Guider, is pictured clutching a Kodak film packet and developed photographs in 1984, the year he began molesting Samantha. Guider drugged and assaulted his many victims then photographed them in pornographic poses. The NSW Attorney-General is seeking a court order to keep him locked up 

Tim Guider hopes his 68-year-old brother can be coerced into revealing where Samantha (pictured) is buried and confessing to further crimes. 'This is no normal person,' he says. 'He's a monster and he's a danger and the community don't want him out'

Tim Guider hopes his 68-year-old brother can be coerced into revealing where Samantha (pictured) is buried and confessing to further crimes. ‘This is no normal person,’ he says. ‘He’s a monster and he’s a danger and the community don’t want him out’

In 2003 Michael finally told police he had buried Samantha near a large tree on the grounds of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli, where he worked as a gardener.

Police dug up a garden where Michael indicated he had buried Samantha but despite a positive reaction from a cadaver dog no bones or other evidence were found. 

In late 1988 the yacht squadron had begun constructing an enormous underground car park which Michael, who lived nearby in a boarding house, had complained about to the local council.  

He had to move her… They would have seen her and he knew that. And he would have been number one suspect.

While detectives think Samantha’s remains may have been accidentally removed during excavation work, Mr Guider believes his brother got to her first. 

By late 1988 Michael was the head gardener at Royal North Shore Hospital, which adjoins Gore Hill Cemetery, about 5 kilometres away. 

‘He had to move her,’ Mr Guider said. ‘There’s no way that they wouldn’t have disturbed the grave. 

‘They would have seen her and he knew that. And he would have been number one suspect.’

Mr Guider believes his brother would have chosen to again bury Samantha near his workplace.

‘He engaged in high-risk behaviour,’ he said. ‘It doesn’t surprise me if he buried her at work on each occasion.’ 

Sarah Knight's headstone has been broken and its plinth and a large cross moved to the unmarked grave behind it. 'It was just like a written sign saying "Samantha is here",' Mr Guider says. He believes the broken headstone had been arranged by his brother in a pattern to mark or point to Samantha's grave. 'That's the way he thinks. He wanted some sort of marker'

Sarah Knight’s headstone has been broken and its plinth and a large cross moved to the unmarked grave behind it. ‘It was just like a written sign saying “Samantha is here”,’ Mr Guider says. He believes the broken headstone had been arranged by his brother in a pattern to mark or point to Samantha’s grave. ‘That’s the way he thinks. He wanted some sort of marker’

Gore Hill Cemetery, which is just off the Pacific Highway, would be the perfect place for Michael Guider to have reburied Samantha, his brother says. The heritage-listed cemetery, dedicated in 1868, is one of the oldest and most significant remaining burial grounds in metropolitan Sydney. It is just off the Pacific Highway and easily accessible at any hour

Gore Hill Cemetery, which is just off the Pacific Highway, would be the perfect place for Michael Guider to have reburied Samantha, his brother says. The heritage-listed cemetery, dedicated in 1868, is one of the oldest and most significant remaining burial grounds in metropolitan Sydney. It is just off the Pacific Highway and easily accessible at any hour

Mr Guider said his brother had had a fascination with cemeteries and funeral rites since childhood, once burying a dead galah he found on a road trip and fashioning a cross with twigs to mark its grave.

‘He’s got this thing about graves,’ the 65-year-old said. ‘He’s long had a fascination with graveyards.’ 

Gore Hill Cemetery, which is just off the Pacific Highway, would be the perfect place for his brother to have reburied Samantha, Mr Guider said.  

He’s got this thing about graves. He’s long had a fascination with graveyards. 

The heritage-listed cemetery, dedicated in 1868, is one of the oldest and most significant remaining burial grounds in metropolitan Sydney.

By the time it was closed for burials in 1974, more than 14,400 sets of remains had been interred there. It is secluded but easily accessible at any hour.

Mr Guider believes after his brother abducted Samantha he drove her straight to the shed at the yacht squadron where he had molested other children. He buried her in a garden bed once she had died.

When it seemed likely her body would be found at Kirribilli he would have realised the grounds of the hospital, which were used 24 hours a day, would be unsuitable. 

‘It was perfect,’ Mr Guider said of the cemetery. ‘He had the perfect place right next door. 

Mr Guider says his brother Michael had reluctantly admitted visiting the graveyard with another of his child victims years after Samantha's 1986 disappearance. He thinks while Michael was working next to the cemetery he moved Samantha's body there and arranged parts of a broken memorial to a woman named Sarah Knight (pictured ) to mark or point to the grave

Mr Guider says his brother Michael had reluctantly admitted visiting the graveyard with another of his child victims years after Samantha’s 1986 disappearance. He thinks while Michael was working next to the cemetery he moved Samantha’s body there and arranged parts of a broken memorial to a woman named Sarah Knight (pictured ) to mark or point to the grave

In 2003 Michael Guider told police he had buried Samantha near a tree (pictured) on the grounds of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli, where he worked as a gardener. But in late 1988 the yacht squadron had begun constructing an enormous underground car park, which Guider, who lived nearby in a boarding house, complained about to council

In 2003 Michael Guider told police he had buried Samantha near a tree (pictured) on the grounds of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli, where he worked as a gardener. But in late 1988 the yacht squadron had begun constructing an enormous underground car park, which Guider, who lived nearby in a boarding house, complained about to council

‘He would have gone in the dead of night and dug her up from the flower bed and moved her straight to Gore Hill which was just a few kilometres away.’ 

‘Getting there on the back roads is really easy. No one would have seen him. He had access to a ute, access to a wheel barrow and shovels.’

Mr Guider remembered Michael telling him while he worked at the hospital that the adjacent cemetery contained long rows of children’s graves. 

WHY SAMANTHA KNIGHT COULD BE BURIED AT GORE HILL 

Michael Guider first buried Samantha Knight at Kirribilli’s Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, where he was working in 1986 when he killed her.

When her original grave was about to be disturbed in 1988 he was working 5km away at Royal North Shore Hospital, next to Gore Hill Cemetery.

The cemetery is easily accessed but secluded and no burials have taken place there since 1974.

Guider lied saying he had never been to the cemetery then admitted he had taken another of his victims there.

The headstone of a woman called Sarah Knight has been broken and rearranged on an unmarked grave in a corner of the cemetery.

When Guider’s brother Tim told him he believed Samantha was buried at Gore Hill Cemetery he began to tremble.

 

‘He commented on how sad it was to view those little graves.’ 

Mr Guider visited the secluded cemetery in September 2016 and through research discovered there were 13 people with the surname Knight buried within its borders. 

He found 12 of those graves fairly easily and the last – that of Sarah Maria Knight, who died aged 81 in 1916 – he located in the old Catholic section in the north-western corner several weeks later.

Just like where Samantha had been buried at Kirribilli, there was a tall tree nearby.  

Sarah Knight’s headstone had been broken and its plinth and a large cross moved to the unmarked grave behind it. 

‘I was shocked,’ Mr Guider said. ‘Immediately I knew I was onto something.’

‘It was just like a written sign saying “Samantha is here”. Chills ran up and down my spine, and tears began to well in my eyes. He created a headstone for her that he thought no one would ever find.’ 

Mr Guider, who took police to the cemetery, believed the broken headstone had been arranged by his brother in a pattern to mark or point to Samantha’s grave.

‘It looks like something he would do. That’s the way he thinks. He wanted some sort of marker.’

Mr Guider visited his brother in Long Bay prison and confronted him with what he had found at the cemetery. ‘I needed to put it to him and see what his reaction was.’

‘I began the visit with small talk until he seemed relaxed then I said, “I have some great news to tell you – well, perhaps not so great for you. I’ve found where you moved Samantha to, in Gore Hill Cemetery.”‘

‘He began to tremble and was lost for words, so I said, “You gave her a lovely headstone but you moved it from Sarah Knight’s grave didn’t you?”

‘He stayed speechless and was still shaking.’

Michael Guider used to meet one of his victims at this spot in Gore Hill Cemetery when he worked at the adjacent North Shore Hospital. 'He took her there in her late teens, well after Samantha disappeared,' Tim Guider says. 'He used to meet her there for lunch and they'd have sandwiches on the bench with a view of the headstone'. No one has been buried there since 1974

Michael Guider used to meet one of his victims at this spot in Gore Hill Cemetery when he worked at the adjacent North Shore Hospital. ‘He took her there in her late teens, well after Samantha disappeared,’ Tim Guider says. ‘He used to meet her there for lunch and they’d have sandwiches on the bench with a view of the headstone’. No one has been buried there since 1974

Mr Guider said he told his brother he recognised his ‘handiwork’ in the arrangement of the plinth and cross, making a model of what he had seen at the cemetery with a foam cup and ice cream stick.

‘He stared at it and gradually regained his composure. He then began to deny having ever been in that corner of the cemetery and offered reasons for the headstone being moved.’

‘He did his utmost to convince me he’d never been there.’

Earlier this year Mr Guider went back to Long Bay, this time with one of Michael’s former victims who had regularly visited that part of the cemetery with him. 

‘He took her there in her late teens, well after Samantha disappeared,’ Mr Guider said. ‘He used to meet her there for lunch and they’d have sandwiches on the bench with a view of the headstone. 

‘She said in front of me, “You took me there”, and he admitted it.

‘He just looked at me and said, “Well I did go there but I didn’t move the headstone”.’

Tim Guider believes his brother would confess to where Samantha was buried if he was brought before the NSW Crime Commission where he would be forced to answer questions or face further prison time. 'I am 100 per cent sure from knowing him and the discussions I've had with psychiatrists and psychologists he will not endure a coercive hearing,' he says

Tim Guider believes his brother would confess to where Samantha was buried if he was brought before the NSW Crime Commission where he would be forced to answer questions or face further prison time. ‘I am 100 per cent sure from knowing him and the discussions I’ve had with psychiatrists and psychologists he will not endure a coercive hearing,’ he says

Michael Guider, pictured outside Central Local Court in 2002, played a 'game' called statues with some of his victims in which he ordered them to stand still while he exposed himself and touched their genitals. He took thousands of images of the children he violated while they were drugged. More than 30 years later some of those victims have still not been identified

Michael Guider, pictured outside Central Local Court in 2002, played a ‘game’ called statues with some of his victims in which he ordered them to stand still while he exposed himself and touched their genitals. He took thousands of images of the children he violated while they were drugged. More than 30 years later some of those victims have still not been identified

Mr Guider believed his brother would confess to where Samantha was buried if he was brought before the NSW Crime Commission where he would be forced to answer questions or face further prison time.

‘I am 100 per cent sure from knowing him and the discussions I’ve had with psychiatrists and psychologists he will not endure a coercive hearing,’ he said. 

‘When he’s under pressure he takes the real weak option. He’s weak and afraid and he doesn’t want to be on show.’

‘If he is told, “This will all stop Michael if you tell us what we want to know”, he will tell them. He will cave in.

‘I can guarantee it. I am 100 per cent sure he will confess and he’ll tell us where Samantha’s body is.’

Detective Chief Inspector Darren Sly, who helped lock up Michael Guider, said investigators still regularly received calls from the public offering information about Samantha Knight.

‘Investigators have had wonderful support from members of the community in this case,’ he said. ‘All the information that has been provided has been evaluated.’  

SAM KNIGHT’S KIDNAPPING SHOCKED AUSTRALIA 

Samantha Knight’s 1986 disappearance from near her mother’s home at Bondi in Sydney’s eastern suburbs remained a mystery for 15 years.

Michael Anthony Guider has never publicly expressed any remorse for killing the schoolgirl – which he claimed was accidental – and her body has never been found. 

She was one of perhaps scores of children aged two to 16 Guider molested over many years. His usual method of offending was to drug then molest pre-pubescent boys and girls.

Guider first molested Samantha when she was living with her mother Tess at Manly in 1984 and 1985.

He snatched Samantha from near her home in Imperial Avenue, Bondi, after school on August 19, 1986.

The honey-blonde, green-eyed girl had been seen that afternoon walking the streets in her uniform. Within days Sydney was plastered with ‘Find our Sam’ posters which described her as intelligent, outgoing and well-spoken.

Guider later claimed he had drugged Samantha with the sleeping pill Normison and she died of an overdose on his lounge while he went out to the shops.

Many of his victims, including Samantha, were the daughters of mothers he had befriended and he sexually assaulted them during babysitting sessions.

Guider played a ‘game’ called statues with some victims in which he ordered them to stand still while he exposed himself and touched their genitals.

He took thousands of images of the children he violated while they were drugged. Some of his victims have not been identified.

Guider was serving a 16-year sentence imposed in 1996 for 60 offences against 11 children when police realised he was responsible for one of Australia’s most high-profile unsolved crimes.

He was arrested and charged with Samantha’s murder in February 2001 but pleaded guilty to manslaughter under the weight of damning evidence including a confession to his brother Tim, a jailed armed robber.

After Guider pleaded guilty to manslaughter Samantha’s mother said: ‘Guider is the only person who knows where Sam is.’

‘There is no reason why he can’t tell us where Sam is. I think I would like to know a little bit more about what happened.’

Mr Guider believes his brother would have chosen to again bury Samantha Knight near his workplace at Royal North Shore Hospital. 'He engaged in high-risk behaviour,' he says. Mr Guider says Michael had a fascination with cemeteries and funeral rites since childhood, once burying a dead galah he found on a road trip and fashioning a cross with twigs to mark its grave

Mr Guider believes his brother would have chosen to again bury Samantha Knight near his workplace at Royal North Shore Hospital. ‘He engaged in high-risk behaviour,’ he says. Mr Guider says Michael had a fascination with cemeteries and funeral rites since childhood, once burying a dead galah he found on a road trip and fashioning a cross with twigs to mark its grave

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