The family of murdered schoolgirl Natalie Russell are pleading for Frankston serial killer Paul Denyer to stay behind bars after warning he would kill again if released.
Brian Russell appeared on Sunrise Thursday morning to make a desperate public plea to keep his daughter’s killer locked up for the protection of the community.
Her daughter Natalie was murdered by Denyer on July 30, 1993, when she was just 17 years old. For seven terrifying weeks, Denyer also killed student Elizabeth Anne-Marie Stevens, 18, and Seaford’s young mother, Debbie Fream, 22.
Dubbed Frankston’s serial killer after terrorizing the Melbourne community, Denyer was sentenced to life without parole in 1993. He was later reduced to a 30-year without parole period, which is due to expire in June of next year.
Mr Russell said he was ‘shocked’ to hear his daughter’s killer could be eligible for parole even sooner, with a parole hearing scheduled for April.
“I think the idea of him even being considered for parole is ridiculous,” the grieving father told Channel 7’s Sunrise.
“He had a good trial and…had psychologists and psychiatrists and everyone agreed he should never be allowed out into normal society.”
Mr Russell said the confessed killer showed no regrets over killing three people and would pose a serious threat to the community if released.
“He showed no remorse,” Mr Russell said.
“He openly stated during his interrogation that when he got out of prison he would go on and kill again.”
More than 32,600 people have signed a petition calling on the serial killer to remain behind bars for the rest of his life.
“None of these families involved will ever forget these young women, and the pain and loss will be with them forever, but knowing that this monster will never be released will at least give them some peace of mind,” said a family friend of murdered student Ms Stevens wrote in the widely shared petition.
Ms Stevens was violently attacked and murdered by Denyer after getting off a bus on her way home from the library on June 11, 1993.
A month later, on 8 July, young mother Mrs Fream was also killed as she was ambushed by Denyer in her car after going out to buy milk.
A fortnight later, Natalie was dragged through the brush and murdered on her way home from school.
The family renewed their calls for Denyer to remain locked up after he called to action last yeararguing that the now 49-year-old would kill again if granted parole.
As the parole date nears, Mr Russell said the family hoped to gain support for the petition to keep Denyer safely behind bars.
It is understood that if the parole board chooses to release Denyer in 2023, he would be subject to supervision for the rest of his life.
Originally published as Family of murdered schoolgirl warn Frankston serial killer will kill again if released