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Listen to the harrowing triple-0 call after the brutal stabbing of Shandee Blackburn in Mackay

Listen to the harrowing triple-0 call after the brutal stabbing of a 23-year-old woman who had her voice box slashed and died alone in a gutter in mystery which baffled Australia

  • Shandee Blackburn was stabbed to death in Mackay, QLD in February, 2013
  • The Australian podcast Shandee’s Story is investigating the murder mystery  
  • John Peros was charged with Ms Blackburn’s murder but was acquitted in 2017


The harrowing triple zero call made after a young woman had her throat slashed in a murder that shocked Australia has surfaced as part of a new podcast series.

Shandee Blackburn, 23, died after being brutally stabbed more than 20 times while walking home after a shift at Harrup Park Country Club in Mackay, Queensland in February of 2013. 

She was just metres away from the house she shared with her mother Vicki when CCTV captured a mysterious figure running towards her.

Her voice box was slashed and she crawled into a nearby gutter, unable to call out for help before she later died in hospital. 

The Australian’s national chief correspondent Hedley Thomas is investigating Ms Blackburn’s murder as part of his new investigative podcast series Shandee’s Story.

Shandee Blackburn, 23, died after being brutally stabbed more than 20 times while walking home after a shift at Harrup Park Country Club in Mackay, Queensland in February of 2013

In a trailer for the podcast, audio from the frantic call made to emergency services can be heard from a distressed passer-by.

‘Her head is on top of the gutter, she’s not moving,’ the man says.

‘She’s bleeding, can you just hurry up? She’s getting faint, her pulse is getting faint.’

Ms Blackburn’s sister Shannah said he heard the triple zero call for the first time during the snippet of the podcast’s trailer. 

Ms Blackburn’s mother said she tries to remember her daughter in the moments before she was killed where she was ‘comfortable in her own skin’. 

‘I can’t ever think of what she went through that night on her own here – I try to concentrate on that 40m (before the attack), where she was happy and at peace,’ she told Mr Thomas in the series.

‘That’s what I have to think of. I can’t think of this. Her being alone and me just up there and not able to protect her.’ 

The death of Ms Blackburn (centre) is now the subject of an investigative podcast series run by The Australian's national chief correspondent, Hedley Thomas

The death of Ms Blackburn (centre) is now the subject of an investigative podcast series run by The Australian’s national chief correspondent, Hedley Thomas

The podcast will feature new interviews from witnesses and those involved in the case, with Mr Thomas hoping the series will bring justice to the Blackburn family. 

Ms Blackburn’s ex-boyfriend John Peros was initially a suspect in the case, but after being charged with her murder he was acquitted in 2017 and maintains his innocence. 

During a two-week inquest in July last year, however, Queensland Central Coroner David O’Connell said Mr Peros was most likely responsible for her death.  

Handing down the findings of the inquest, Coroner O’Connell said there was ‘no doubt’ in his mind that Mr Peros had been the one to attack Ms Blackburn and cause her injuries. 

Ms Blackburn's ex-boyfriend John Peros was acquitted of Ms Blackburn's murder in 2017 and maintains his innocence

Ms Blackburn’s ex-boyfriend John Peros was acquitted of Ms Blackburn’s murder in 2017 and maintains his innocence

It came after Mr O’Connell heard evidence that a vehicle similar to Mr Peros’ white Toyota Hilux was seen near the area where Ms Blackburn was attacked.  

Despite the coroner’s findings Mr Peros will not be arrested or charged because he has already been acquitted of murder.

New and compelling evidence would need to come to light in order for police to arrest him under double jeopardy laws, which the coroner did not find.

Mr Peros, who was an amateur boxer, has always denied any involvement into the crime. 

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