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Family of murdered schoolgirl warn Frankston serial killer will kill again when freed


The family of murdered schoolgirl Natalie Russell are pleading with Frankston serial killer Paul Denyer to remain behind bars after being warned he will kill again when he is released.

Brian Russell appeared on Sunrise on Thursday morning to make a desperate public plea to keep his daughter’s killer locked up for the protection of society.

His daughter Natalie was killed by Denier on July 30, 1993, when she was just 17 years old. Denyer also killed student Elizabeth Anne-Marie Stevens, 18, and young Seaford mother Debbie Freem, 22, over the course of seven horrific weeks.

Camera iconBrian and Carmel Russell are demanding that the serial killer be kept in prison. Wayne Taylor credit: News Corp Australia

Dubbed the Frankston Serial Killer after terrorizing the Melbourne community, Denyer was jailed for life without parole in 1993. It was later reduced to 30 years without parole, which is due to expire next June.

Mr Russell said he was “shocked” to learn his daughter’s killer could be eligible for parole even sooner, with a parole hearing scheduled for April.

“I think the whole idea that he’s even being considered for parole is ridiculous,” the grieving father told Sunrise Channel 7.

“He had a good court and … there were psychologists and psychiatrists, and everyone agreed that he should never be allowed into normal society.”

1993. Murderer Paul Denyer escorted by police.  Pic Ex Melbourne General Victoria (Vic) / Police Image: Photo File
Camera iconPaul Denyer enthusiastically confessed to the murders. credit: News Limited

Mr Russell said the confessed killer had shown no remorse for taking three lives and would pose a serious threat to society if freed.

“He showed no remorse,” Mr Russell stressed.

“On questioning he openly stated that when he got out of prison he would just go ahead and kill again.”

More than 32,600 people signed the petition urging the serial killer to remain behind bars for the rest of his life.

“None of these families will ever forget these young girls and the pain and loss will be with them forever, but knowing that this monster will never be free will at least give them some peace,” said a family friend. Ms Stevens, the slain student, wrote in a widely circulated petition.

Photo copy, Natalie Russell, 17, victim of the Frankston murder.  Natalie was killed by serial killer Paul Denier.  Ref.: 930918/1 Image: Photo file
Camera iconNatalie Russell was killed on her way home from school. credit: News Limited

On June 11, 1993, Denyer brutally attacked and killed Ms. Stevens after she got off the bus on her way home from the library.

A month later, on July 8, a young mother, Ms Freem, was also killed when she was ambushed by Denier in her car after going out to buy milk.

Two weeks later, Natalie was dragged into the bushes and killed as she walked home from school.

The family renewed their pleas for Denier to remain locked up after them called for action last yearclaiming the now 49-year-old would kill again if he was granted parole.

1993. Debbie Freem holds her son Jake.  Freem was one of three victims of Paul Denier's murder.  Deborah Freem.  Murder.  Copy image: Neg: 930713/51 Image: Photo file
Camera iconDebbie Freem, who was holding her son Jake, was just 22 when she was killed. credit: News Limited
No date.  Elizabeth Stevens, one of the three victims of Paul Denier's murder.  Copy image: Neg: 931203/15 Image: Photo file
Camera iconElizabeth Stevens was 18 when she was killed. credit: News Limited

As his parole date approaches, Mr Russell said the family hoped to drum up support for a petition to keep Denyer behind bars.

It is understood that if the parole board decides to release Denier in 2023, he will be under supervision for the rest of his life.


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