Police link McCulkin killing to Whiskey Au Go Go fire

The aftermath of the Whiskey Au Go Go fire in Fortitude Valley in 1973.
The aftermath of the Whiskey Au Go Go fire in Fortitude Valley in 1973. Contributed

POLICE do not believe claims Barbara McCulkin's husband Billy confessed on his deathbed to killing her and their daughters.

Instead police claim the girls and their mother were killed because Mrs McCulkin knew too much about the Whiskey Au Go Go and Torino nightclub fire bombings.

The fire in Whiskey Au Go Go in Brisbane killed 15 people in 1973 in one of Australia's worst mass killings.

READ MORE: Decades old McCulkin evidence "unsearchable"

Mr McCulkin's second wife, Fe McCulkin, has claimed Mr McCulkin admitted on his deathbed to killing the three women over being unable to see his daughters, then buried and cemented them into an open grave in the Toowong Cemetery.

But arresting police officer Detective Sergeant Virginia Grey said investigations had ruled out the claim's veracity as the Toowong Cemetery was full in 1974.

Rather, police believe Barbara McCulkin knew information about the Whiskey Au Go Go arson and the earlier Torino club arson and was killed because of that knowledge.


Topics:  barbara mcculkin murder vincent odempsey

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Adani court hearing goes into overtime

Fight over indigenous land agreement not over yet

How central Queensland could solve the gas crisis

Arrow Energy's Moranbah Gas Project could be the first of many CSG plants in central Queensland.

Could CSG be CQ's next boom industry?

Council mergers: Did they actually save us money?

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie confronts protesters against council amalgamation outside the shire council in Barcaldine.

A decade on from council mergers, was the pain worth it?

Local Partners