I am trying to obtain the recollections from the staff involved in the below story.
|Smith, Lindsay||Engineering||Jan.1961– Jan.1968.|
Could you please help?
Dates have been checked and I have noticed the 9th December as being incorrect should be 9th February (Saturday). People involved and story line seem to vary.
People involved seem to be Cedric Woods, Colin Gorey, Vic Jones, Don Hanran-Smith, Darcy Farrell, Bob Cribb (Dec), Peter Goodall and Lindsay Smith as all I can remember. Just Hoping…
Feedback kindly provided by Darcy Farrell – TVW News Editor, in control and coordinating of the news coverage…
From: Darcy Farrell
Date: 28 October 2009 11:09:17 AM AWST
Subject: RE: Lindsay Smith seeks feedbackI know a fair bit about it. I won the national news award that year for the coverage. We called it Manhunt. The trophy is up in the boardroom somewhere and the Manhunt item with Eric Walters voicing should be in the Ch 7 files.In the pic above Jim Healy is on the left talking to John O’Callaghan and Paul Kinna is on the right with Cribbie chatting to me. I need to magnify the guys on the roof but will do and get back to you. Bill and Kev may know.regards Darcy
Feedback kindly provided by Peter Goodall – Cine Cameraman…
From: “Peter Goodall”
Date: 28 October 2009 5:22:46 PM AWST
Subject: Re: Sad and tragic story
From: “Robert Penno”
Date: 31 October 2009 8:26:55 PM AWST
Subject: Pennos — TVW reunion
- I remember that it took place on a Saturday soon after I commenced work with TVW. (1963).
- I was requested to help someone, not really sure, could have been Tom Wagner, put up Pye microwave “links” on the tower at the back of the studios as the International OB van had been deployed to Belmont to cover the shooting. I think it was in Belmont Ave, Belmont.
- The person shot was in a GOGOMOBILE as I recall.
- There was a taxi driver involved somehow as well, cant remember those details as I was not there.
- A couple of times I had to go up the tower and repoint the “link” as the van was heading out towards Gnangara Pine Plantation.
The issue I touched on this morning about the camera tripod sliding off the top of the Inter OB van near Gt Eastern Highway was not connected withn this event. It was a large passenger aircraft that had landing gear problems and someone else, (cant remember who), and I was scrambled out to the airport to cover the incident which never eventuated into much; fortunately. Cant remember when this took place but it would have been in ’63 or ’64. Not sure what you can make of the above!!! Good luck. Bob Penno
From: “Vic Jones”
Date: 30 October 2009 11:54:02 AM AWST
From: “Lindsay Smith”
Date: 2 November 2009 8:02:58 AM AWST
Subject: TVW Prepares for an assignment.
From: “Ross McDonald”
Date: 6 November 2009 10:29:39 AM AWST
Subject: Re: Lindsay Smith seeks feedback
From: “Colin Gorey”
Date: 29 November 2009 11:05:40 AM AWST
Subject: robinson murders
The following information is a story of my recollections of the Robinson murders.
On a Saturday morning of the 9th February 1963 around 10.30 – 11.00am Bob Cribb came to me in a bit of a frenzy and told me there had been a double murder in Belmont and asked me to get a Nagra tape recorder and go with him to the site.
We arrived at Epsom Ave at the location about opposite Stanton Street.
The area was cordoned off by the Police. Because we were using a black Holden sedan, the constable manning the area believed we were Police and lifted the orange tape and let us through. Bob drove towards the area which was utter chaos. He stopped along side an open topped car I believe to be a Go-Go mobile. A dead body was hanging over the front left hand door with his head in a pool of blood.
Between us and an adjacent house was another body lying on a path, who we found out was a Police Officer who had fronted the suspected killer near the house fence.
Cameraman Peter Goodall had arrived at the scene before us. Pete filmed Bob Cribb making commentary on what he had witnessed, also using the Nagra tape recorder.
What followed is now a bit hazy.
However, 2 or 3 hours later a crew from Channel 7 arrived in a small truck with a generator, lighting equipment and micro wave links which must have been put together in a hurry back at the station.
It was thought by police that after Brian Robinson had killed the person in the car, he took possession of another vehicle passing by and fled the area.
We were later told that Robinson was sighted heading towards the Gnangara pine forest area.
At some stage all of the Channel 7 personnel decided to head towards the pine plantation, probably organised by Darcy Farrell.
On arriving at Gnangara we were not quite sure of what was happening.
My most vivid memory was a high ranking Police officer addressing all of the people, police & civilians and told us of the danger of being there, and if we felt uncomfortable, we were given permission to leave. Bob Cribb looked at me and said “Let’s go!”
So Bob, myself and Lyndsay Smith hopped in the car and went straight back to the station.
Please check out our follow-up story where TVW’s first News Editor Darcy Farrell introduces an Alison Fan Today Tonight segment, which recapitulates the events in 1963, involving a mass armed public participation in this manhunt. The video features the late Bob Cribb, the policeman who shot the fugitive, others related to these events and archival film of the actual events unfolding.