Sue Neill-Fraser's conviction is WRONG!
There needs to be a Royal Commission.

Reported Missing: A True Story of Family and Murder

by Eleri Harris
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What's it like to have your mom charged with murder?

In 2009, a yacht was found sinking on its moorings, Sarah Bowles’ step-father was missing and her mother was charged with his murder. There was no body, no murder weapon, no witnesses and no motive. In The Nib’s first serialized work of longform comics journalism, cartoonist Eleri Harris delves into a family’s emotional nightmare and Tasmania’s most controversial murder conviction.

Part One: The Disappearance
On the morning of January 27, 2009, the Four Winds is sinking with nobody on it. Bob Chappell has vanished.

Part Two: The Lie
Investigators close in on making an arrest as Sue reveals a secret.

Part Three: The Arrest
What’s it like to have your mother arrested for murdering your stepfather?

Part Four: Bob and Sue
Searching for clues in family history.

Part Five: The Conviction
A case for murder rests on no body and no murder weapon.

Part Six: Reasonable Doubt
Unanswered questions linger — who really killed Bob?

Part Seven: The Aftermath
A family learns to live with the fallout. A campaign to free Sue gains steam. And a final dramatic twist could change everything.

An Inconvenient Woman

A man disappears. A woman is convicted. The case divides a state.

An Inconvenient Woman does not make any judgment about Susan Neill-Fraser’s guilt or innocence, but asks probing questions about a judicial system under the spotlight. On Australia Day, 2009, Bob Chappell went missing from his yacht Four Winds.

On August 20, his partner of 20 years, Susan Neill-Fraser was arrested for his murder. With no body, no forensic evidence connecting the accused and no clear motive presented, the case has divided the public and raised much conjecture in and outside the courtrooms of Tasmania and beyond.

Theatre thrives on controversy, intrigue and mystery. This true story is brought to the stage by playwright Brian Peddie with dramaturgy by Aidan Fennessy.

Writer Brian Peddie
Produced by The Tasmanian Theatre Company
Director Aidan Fennessy
Assistant Director Melissa King
Designer Roz Wren
Lighting Designer Nicholas Higgins
Sound Designer Heath Brown
Executive Producer Mark Blumer
Cast Joe Clements, Anne Cordiner, Colin Dean, Craig Irons, Jeff Michel
Venue Pop-Up Theatre No. 9, 41 Evans Street, Hobart
Patron advice Occasional strong language, mature themes.
Duration 70 minutes (no interval)

Reviews

“Everybody in Hobart has an opinion about this… grown men nearly come to blows in a bar because they (have) such fixed and opposing opinions about this case."

David Killick Crime Editor, The Mercury

Grand Jury Music

Blow by Blow

Grand Jury was a group of musicians, including lawyers, who formed a band to record and perform some songs in protest of this miscarriage of justice. They created lyrics – parodies of well-known songs – and one original song as “Songs for Sue”. The songs include Blow by Blow (short and long versions)