Thursday, November 26 at 7.30pm AEDT
FOXTEL’s popular true crime series Crime Investigation Australia investigates the shocking double murder of Mick Lewis and his wife Sue at their sleepy country homestead, in the world premiere of MYSTERY OF THE HOMESTEAD MURDERS, premiering exclusively on the CI Network on Thursday, November 26 at 7.30pm AEDT.
Hosted by Steve Liebmann, this episode of CIA is a classic ‘whodunit’ that delves in to the intriguing murder investigation that eventually lead to the arrest and conviction of the killer.
The quick mind of a country telephone exchange supervisor led to an horrific discovery at a NSW country homestead in 1978. The supervisor had been checking complaints that the phone line to “Summerfield” station, near the southern town of Jerilderie, was out of order.
Living at the old homestead was a celebrated shearer, Mick Lewis, his wife Sue and their two small children.
After trying the line off and on for several hours it was finally answered by a little girl who said her mother and father were sleeping. When asked to wake her mother, the child replied in a faltering voice: “I don’t like Mummy anymore ’cause Mummy’s turning black”.
The operator immediately called police, who made the chilling discovery that Mick and Sue Lewis had been shot dead. Their four-year-old daughter and her three year old brother were unharmed and had been fending for themselves in the house that contained their parents’ decomposing bodies.
Sue was found in her bed, shot twice in the head. Noting the body’s advanced state of decay, the police at first surmised it was an all-too familiar domestic murder-suicide, where the husband murders his wife before eventually taking his own life.
But the more they examined the gruesome scene, the more this simple deduction did not quite add up.
What followed was a complex inquiry which included the discovery of tiny clues and the testing of ingenious theories, ending in the arrest and conviction of the killer – and the award of a special medal to the leader of the investigators.