The Bain killings Whodunnit? Book review.


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New Zealand's most captivating and controversial murder.

 Robin Bain's lifeless hand and falling body didn't knock over the standing magazine
Before sunrise on Monday 20th June 1994 New Zealand’s most controversial and divisive murders occurred at Dunedin’s 65 Every Street. Police responding to a 111 call at 7:09 arrived at 7:30 to discover what appeared to be a murder suicide at the eccentric residence of the Bain family. Five bodies and an apparent suicide message typed on a computer screen exonerating the sole survivor, David Bain was not the open and shut case it initially appeared to be. The bizarre behaviour of the survivor and the lack of evidence connecting the supposed murderer, Robin Bain, to the deaths lead the Police into arresting the eldest son and preventing him from attending the funeral of his slaughtered family which he had been meticulously choreographing following their grisly deaths. David’s lack of grief or hostility towards his supposed murdering father and his healthy appetite quickly vanished as he was escorted to a prison cell four days later which was to become his home for the next 13.5 years. 

Floor plan of 65 Every Street, showing bodies, bloody sock prints and resting place of the victims (Click on images to enlarge)
Following a lengthy trial David Bain was found guilty of murdering his three siblings, Stephen, 14, Laniet, 18, Arawa, 19, and his parents Margaret and Robin aged 50 and 58. The jury did not buy the defence’s incredible story of Robin murdering his family while David was on a pre-dawn paper run then exiting the world with a bullet to his brain. However not everyone was convinced of David’s guilt despite the mountain of evidence indicting him. David’s supporters relentlessly pursued every legal avenue until his conviction was overturned in 2009. He is now fighting for compensation. David Bain is either the victim of New Zealand’s most spectacular miscarriage of justice or he is the killer who murdered his entire family and successfully pinned the blame on his father.
 The ever creative Joe Karam stretching the bounds of reality describing how Robin might have topped himself (click on image to enlarge)
David Bain’s chief supporter, ex-All Black footballer, Joe Karam has made a lucrative career for himself defending David Bain. Michael Sharp puts Karam’s income from promoting David’s innocence at $424,800 in tax-payer funded legal aid in addition to copious amounts from four best selling publications on the subject together with compensation from successfully suing several defenders of Robin Bain, for defamation. In response to the one sided presentation of information spruiking David’s innocence, extending to the Wikipedia entry on David Bain, Michael Sharp has this month released a 200 page book titled ‘The Bain Killings’ striving to correct and contradict both Joe Karam’s versions of events and the absurd and factually incorrect conclusions of Justice Ian Binnie’s 2009 findings. This book is purely for those who have been following the case which is stretching into its third decade. The publication provides little in the way of a background story and is devoid of emotion or plot. Chapter after chapter deal specifically with the case’s evidence. For those familiar with this evidence, the overwhelming weight of its conclusions points to only one person being guilty of New Zealand’s most horrific murder; the legally ‘innocent’ David Bain.

Robin Bain's awkward resting place showed signs of being moved after death (click on image to enlarge) 
Nothing connects Robin to the murders
According to David Bain’s defence team the semi-estranged Robin Bain who slept in a caravan outside the house, was awoken by his alarm clock which he set at 6:30 am. Risking waking the family by turning on the radio, he entered the house from the back door and went to David Bain's bedroom where he took his .22 rifle (with a silencer attached). Before proceeding to execute his family he changed out of his shabby night clothes and beanie and placed on different clothes. Despite intending to spare his eldest son, Robin put on David’s, rather than his own, gloves and proceeded to kill his wife and children one-by-one. His son Stephen was awake and put up a fight. Blood drenched the gloves which he took off and threw under Stephen’s bed and as he left the bedroom blood was smeared upon the wall as he switched off the light. Green fibres of the jumper were found under Stephen’s fingernails and blood smears all around the room show the vigour of the fight, however no bruises were found on Robin. Robin then changed out of his bloody clothes and removed his blood soaked socks and conveniently placed them in the wash tub and inexplicably re-attired himself in his original sleepwear and beanie. Robin then turned on the computer and despite the absence of his glasses, which he left in the caravan, the primary school head master typed out a grammatically incorrect cryptic message on the computer proclaiming David was the only one who deserved to live. He placed a 10 round magazine, which still contained three live rounds, on the floor upright and loaded a different 5 round magazine onto the rifle and placing one leg on a chair the right-handed Robin awkwardly pointed the rifle to his left temple and fired. As the lifeless Robin came thumping to the floor his falling body missed the magazine which remained standing despite the vibrations of his fall only millimetres away. That wasn’t the only miracle. Amazingly Robin managed to shoot himself at point blank range without getting any blood on the rifle’s silencer which was touching his temple, he didn’t leave any fingerprints on the murder weapon and despite not having a shower or even washing his hands managed to avoid getting a single drop of anyone else's blood on his body, and managed to leave no fibres of the green jumper on him. Oh and yes, he managed to calmly kill his family despite the discomfort of having a full bladder. And the defence could not rule out the possibility that he also managed to find time to collect the newspaper from the letterbox before executing his loved ones. 

Justice Binnie
The far fetched tale of the loving father of four butchering his wife and three of his four children was somethingJustice Binnie bought. When New Zealand’s highest court, the London-based Privy Council ruled against the original conviction the Canadian judge was brought to New Zealand to recommend compensation. His recommendation was riddled with factual errors and his findings are difficult to take seriously, as is the pompous man himself. The New Zealand government justifiably dismissed his shabby report.

‘The Bain Killings’ by Michael Sharp
It is difficult for a dead man such as Robin Bain to defend himself against false accusations and slander, which is what Joe Karam and David Bain apologists have done for more than 20 years in an attempt to shift responsibility away from David. Yet the fact remains that while no evidence connects Robin to the murders, a wealth of evidence indicts his eldest son. ‘The Bain Killings’ addresses each item of evidence one-by-one.

David’s alibi suspect
Prior to the murder David Bain told a school friend Mark Buckley, that he fantasized about raping a female jogger and thought his paper run could serve as the perfect alibi. Buckley’s account of their conversation is disturbingly similar to what actually occurred. However the unreliable eyewitnesses to David actually performing his paper run in the pre-dawn hours of 20th June, while his father was supposedly dispatching his family, were both inconsistent and conflicting. Consequently his so-called alibi does not preclude him from the crime. 

Fight in Stephen’s bedroom
Stephen put up a fight with the killer struggling around his room and apparently clawing his attacker. David Bain had been wearing his mother’s glasses while his own were at an optometrists being repaired. Broken frames and a single dust covered lens were later found in David’s bedroom while the other missing lens was found in Stephen’s dusty bedroom. When Police arrived in response to his distress call, David had abrasions on his face and when he was later arrested he was found to have scratches on his torso. Others testified that he also had scratches on his chest. 

Despite washing his hands at least once following his paper run, Stephen’s blood was mysteriously found on the clothes he was wearing when the police arrived - his rugby shorts, t-shirt and socks. Not only did his socks have blood on their soles from treading in it, but also on the top as if blood had dripped onto them. Additionally Stephen’s palmprints were found on the rifle silencer, consistent with him wrestling with the pointing barrel.

Laniet’s ‘gurgling’ and his mother’s open eyes
Initially David told police he only saw his mother and father’s bodies but later changed his story and reported he entered Laniet’s bedroom, switched on the light, heard her ‘gurgling’ then switched off the light, closed the door and left. In his mother’s bedroom he stated he saw his mother’s open eyes, despite them being closed when the police arrived. If these accounts are to be believed then he was present when they died, as medical evidence presented at the trials explained the gurgling sound was Laniet’s last breaths bubbling through her blood soaked airways in the moments before she expired. How his mother’s eyes closed in death remains unclear. 

Shell casing in computer alcove
The prosecution claimed David Bain was waiting with the rifle in a curtained computer alcove waiting for his father to enter the adjacent lounge room where soon after waking he came to pray. In a praying position David pointed the rifle through the curtains and shot his father in the temple. The spent shell casing found inside the alcove is consistent with this hypothesis and defence struggled to explain how it got there otherwise. Additionally Robin’s unnatural position and the standing magazine stretch the bounds of credulity to believe they had not been moved postmortem. 

Missing 20 minutes
David Bain failed to ring for the police until 20 minutes after he returned home from his paper run and cannot explain, even to his supporters, what he was doing during this time. For those who don’t believe David, it seems obvious that he was tidying up after he had just butchered his family and was typing up his father’s suicide note. David stated he returned from his paper run and decided to put on a load of washing. In the dim light he presumably didn’t noticed the murderers blood stained clothing he was shoving into the washer, smearing blood as he did so. Going to his bedroom he discovered the rifle locker open and the weapon gone. He rushed into his mother's room and discovered her lifeless body then found his father’s body when he entered the lounge. Getting away with any murder necessitates removing evidence. The police believed that was what David was doing by washing the murderers clothing. 

Michael Sharp’s ‘The Bain Killings’ also discusses other interesting aspects to the case such as a cardboard gun sight target found in David’s bedroom with five target rings. There were five victims. The book discusses the bloody sock prints left around the house, it asks questions such as ‘why would a man planning suicide wear gloves?’ and it also explores evidence the trials never heard such as blood on David Bain’s shoes and the likelihood that the shoes the police examined were not the ones he actually wore while the crimes were committed. David Bain defenders claim that Robin was having an incestuous relationship with his daughter, Laniet but the discredited so-called evidence of this comes primarily from an unemployed sexual partner of Laniet’s who failed to respond when subpoenaed to the initial trial where his statement was ruled inadmissible. Additionally Joe Karam continues to emphasis the dyfunctionality of Robin and Margaret Bain’s marriage yet there is no real evidence of it according to Michael Sharp’s book. The book also discusses the obvious reasons why David Bain went out of his way to ensure his sister Laniet, who was scared of her elder brother, be present in the family home that weekend. 

The Truth, tells it as it is (click on image to enlarge)
‘The Bain Killings’ is not fun reading but is essential for anyone, particularly in New Zealand, who wishes to understand why the first jury who heard the case against him in 1995 were so convinced of David Bain’s guilt. Thanks to Joe Karam’s zeal in suing anyone who disagrees with his version of what happened on Monday 20th June 1994 very few New Zealanders are getting the full picture of what really occurred and who really killed all but one of the Bain family. After reading ‘The Bain Killings’ it is difficult to believe David Bain was ‘the only one who deserved to stay’.Posted 2 days ago by DestinationTravel
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