Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974. Contributed
Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974. Contributed

McCulkin murder accused cases adjourned

THE two men accused of one of the state's most enduring murder mysteries have had their matter mentioned briefly in court.

Warwick man Vincent O'Dempsey, 77, and Maryborough man Garry Reginald Dubois, 67, did not appear on Monday in the Brisbane Magistrates Court where their case was adjourned.

Mr O'Dempsey and Mr Dubois were charged last December over the 1974 disappearance of Barbara May McCulkin, 34, and her two daughters, Vicki Maree McCulkin, 13, and Barbara Leanne McCulkin, 11.

Both men have been charged with eight offences including murder and deprivation of liberty.

The three McCulkin women have not been seen since they vanished on January 16 from their Highgate Hill home, sparking one of the state's longest-running murder investigations.

All three are believed to have been murdered and their bodies have never been recovered.

The Brisbane Supreme Court heard a sensational claim earlier this month during Mr Dubois' failed bid to be released on bail that Barbara McCulkin's husband, William "Billy" McCulkin, recorded a deathbed confession in 2011 claiming to have murdered his wife and two daughters.

It is understood homicide detectives are currently investigating the claim.

The case will be back before the Brisbane Magistrates Court again on June 11 for a directions hearing.


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