Vincent O’Dempsey found guilty of historic Qld murder case

A jury has taken mere hours to convict Vincent O’Dempsey of the 1974 murders of a Queensland mother and her two daughters.

The 78-year-old has been on trial in Brisbane’s Supreme Court for the past four weeks over one of the state’s most notorious cold cases.

Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters – Vicki, 13, and Leanne, 11 disappeared from their Highgate Hill home in Brisbane on the night of January 16, 1974.


On Friday, a jury found O’Dempsey guilty of murdering the trio in bushland near Warwick.

His accomplice Garry “Shorty” Dubois, now 70, was last year found guilty of raping and murdering the two girls, along with Mrs McCulkin’s manslaughter.

It’s believed the two men believed Mrs McCulkin knew too much about the Torino nightclub fire – a 1973 arson attack carried out by Dubois and the Clockwork Orange Gang.

O’Dempsey will be sentenced at a later date.