Anita Cobby killer Michael Murphy dies in jail

One of the men who raped and murdered Sydney nurse Anita Cobby more than 30 years ago has died in jail.

Michael Murphy, 66, was among five men, including two of his brothers, that abducted the 26-year-old as she walked home from Blacktown train station in 1986 before taking her to a paddock where she was brutally attacked.

Ms Cobby was repeatedly raped before one of the men, John Travers slit her throat.


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Her body was found two days later sparking fear and outrage across the city.

All five men were convicted in 1987 and sentenced to life in prison with their papers stamped ‘never to be released’.

Murphy had been suffering from liver cancer with Corrective Services NSW confirming he died at Long Bay Hospital on Thursday night.

A report will now be prepared for the Coroner.

Ms Cobby’s widower John welcomed the news.

“I hope it was painful for him” he told Newscorp.

“One down, four to go”.

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