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Name: WILLIAM PATRICK MITCHELL (William Mitchell)

Age: 42 yrs old (2011)

State: WA

Sentence: Sentenced in 1993 to strict security life imprisonment with a minimum of 20 years in October 1993. Mitchell was downgraded to a medium-security prisoner in 2009 and moved to a regional jail.. In April 1994, a Court of Criminal Appeal ruled that Mitchell would go to jail and never be released, but that ruling was overturned in March 1996 and he was deemed to be eligible for parole in 2013.

Offence/Other: William Patrick Mitchell - Considered one of Western Australia's worst sex killers..Karen MacKenzie, 31, and her children Danny, 16, Amara, 7, and Katrina, 5,were hacked to death by Mitchell at their home near Greenough, south of Geraldton, in February 1993. Mitchell also interfered with Ms MacKenzie's body and sexually assaulted Amara during the attack..Details of the slaying of the children were deemed too horrific to be made public.
William Patrick Mitchell

William Patrick Mitchell


Greenough killer William Patrick Mitchell denied parole after 20 years jail

Greenough axe murderer William Patrick Mitchell, who killed a woman and her three children in 1993, will not be released on parole.
Mitchell's bid for freedom was denied by Western Australia's Attorney-General Michael Mischin today, 20 years after the brutal 1993 murders of Ms MacKenzie, 31, and her children Daniel, 16, seven-year-old Amara and Katrina, five.
Still considered one of Western Australia's most horrific crimes, the state's Prisoners Review Board considered Mitchell's case and sent a report to the government.
After consideration, and meeting with the victims' family, Mr Mischin denied Mitchell's parole today. While saying she was relieved at the decision, Evalyn Clow said she will face the same fight in September 2016, when Mitchell can appeal for parole again prior to his next statutory review date.
"Mitchell is behind bars for another three years, but we will have to do this fight over and over again, until either he dies or I do,'' Ms Clow wrote on the Facebook page dedicated to keeping Mitchell behind bars.
"I'm hoping he goes before I do, so that I can have some peace back in my life.''
Mr Mischin cited three factors for his decision, including the nature and gravity of the offences committed and the degree of risk to the community if Mitchell was released.
''(Also) comments made by Justice Owen during sentencing that the offences were so serious as to defy description and that as far as he was concerned, he will never be released, at least not for many years greater than the 20 years minimum for a sentence of strict life imprisonment,'' Mr Mischin said.
Ms Clow said she wanted changes to parole laws so families of any future victims would not have to face the same stresses.
"Now what we have to do is get the legislation changed to help future families who are victims of crime from going through continual hell of fighting to keep killers behind bars,'' Ms Clow said.
"It won't help us because Mitchell was jailed under the current legislation, but if we can help future victims that has got to be better than the lack of regard for the victims and their families at the moment.''
But Mr Mischin said a change was unlikely.
"The law requires all life terms are reviewed every three years, I can't make exceptions in a particular case,'' he said.
Mitchell was originally sentenced to an indefinite term of prison, but that decision was overturned in 1996.
He was transferred to medium security at Bunbury Regional Prison in 2009.
Ms Clow said she felt like her, and her family, were serving a sentence.
"Living with this situation is an extremely stressful and painful life. I can tell you now that my life and that of my family has been more torturous than anything Mitchell has to deal with,'' she wrote.


AAP (21-10-2013)
Tim Clarke & Angie Raphael
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/greenough-killer-william-patrick-mitchell-denied-parole/story-fnhocxo3-1226743744807


Family of axe murder victims still suffer

The sister of a woman brutally killed by axe murderer William Patrick Mitchell says she will not have real peace until he is dead.
The sister of Greenough axe murder victim Karen MacKenzie says she will never have peace until her killer, William Patrick Mitchell, is dead.
Mitchell's bid for freedom was denied by Western Australia's Attorney-General Michael Mischin on Monday, 20 years after the brutal 1993 murders of Ms MacKenzie, 31, and her children Daniel, 16, seven-year-old Amara and Katrina, five.
Still considered one of Western Australia's most horrific crimes, the state's Prisoners Review Board considered Mitchell's case and sent a report to the government.
After consideration, and meeting with the victims' family, Mr Mischin denied Mitchell's parole on Monday.
While saying she was relieved at the decision, Evalyn Clow said she will face the same fight in September 2016, when Mitchell can appeal for parole again prior to his next statutory review date.
"Mitchell is behind bars for another three years, but we will have to do this fight over and over again, until either he dies or I do," Ms Clow wrote on the Facebook page dedicated to keeping Mitchell behind bars.
"I'm hoping he goes before I do, so that I can have some peace back in my life."
Mr Mischin cited three factors for his decision, including the nature and gravity of the offences committed and the degree of risk to the community if Mitchell was released.
"(Also) comments made by Justice Owen during sentencing that the offences were so serious as to defy description and that as far as he was concerned, he will never be released, at least not for many years greater than the 20 years minimum for a sentence of strict life imprisonment," Mr Mischin said.
Ms Clow said she wanted changes to parole laws so families of any future victims would not have to face the same stresses.
"Now what we have to do is get the legislation changed to help future families who are victims of crime from going through continual hell of fighting to keep killers behind bars," Ms Clow said.
"It won't help us because Mitchell was jailed under the current legislation, but if we can help future victims that has got to be better than the lack of regard for the victims and their families at the moment."
But Mr Mischin said a change was unlikely.
"The law requires all life terms are reviewed every three years, I can't make exceptions in a particular case," he said.
Mitchell was originally sentenced to an indefinite term of prison, but that decision was overturned in 1996.
He was transferred to medium security at Bunbury Regional Prison in 2009.
Ms Clow said she felt like her, and her family, were serving a sentence.
"Living with this situation is an extremely stressful and painful life. I can tell you now that my life and that of my family has been more torturous than anything Mitchell has to deal with," she wrote.


AAP (21-10-2013)


Greenough killer William Patrick Mitchell to learn outcome of Prisoner Review Board

Greenough axe killer William Patrick Mitchell will find out within days if he will be released on parole in the first review of his 20-year sentence.
Attorney-General Michael Mischin will decide next week whether Mitchell, who pleaded guilty to the wilful murder with an axe of Karen MacKenzie, 31, and her children Danny, 16, Amara, 7, and Katrina, 5, at their home near Greenough, south of Geraldton, in February 1993, is eligible for parole.
A spokeswoman for Mr Mischin said the Attorney-General had not yet received the recommendation made by the Prisoners Review Board after the review of Mitchell’s case, but it will likely be handed to him on Monday.
“The Attorney is advised that Mr Mitchell's first statutory report date is 13 October 2013 and that the PRB reviewed Mr Mitchell's case on 20 September 2013,” the spokeswoman said.
“The Attorney is further advised that the PRB will provide him with a report on or as soon as practicable after his statutory report date, as required by the Offenders Community Corrections Act 1963 (WA).”
Earlier this year, The Sunday Times revealed that Mitchell told relatives of the family-of-four he murdered that he wants to be released on parole.
"I asked him if he ever hoped to get out on parole and he said, 'I'd be lying if I told you I didn't'," Ms MacKenzie’s sister Evalyn Clow said in February, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of her sister’s death.
“And I said, 'Well, just so long as you know that as long as I'm alive with every breath in my body, I'm going to do everything I can to keep you in jail'.
"And he said he could understand that."
This week, Mrs Clow said the Attorney-General was aware of her views on Mitchell’s parole after meeting with him earlier this year.
“He knows my opinion and what I think and I'm fairly confident that he would not be recommended to come out,” she said.
“I just have to wait and see.”
Mitchell, considered one of WA’s worst sex killers, had interfered with Ms MacKenzie's body and sexually assaulted Amara during a frenzied attack, fuelled by a cocktail of drugs. Details of the slaying of the children were deemed too horrific to be made public.
In April 1994, a Court of Criminal Appeal ruled that Mitchell would go to jail and never be released, but that ruling was overturned in March 1996 and he was deemed to be eligible for parole this year.
Earlier this year, Mr Mischin said he could not commit to any decision before receiving and reviewing the PRB’s recommendation, but he did make note of the sentencing judge’s comments.
"His Honour, Justice Owen, when sentencing Mitchell, remarked that, 'So far as I am concerned you will never be released . . . if the (Parole) board looks at it in the same way as I do it could be many, many years greater than 20 before you would merit consideration',” Mr Mischin said.
“I will give due weight to those observations when it comes time for me to consider his case."


PerthNow (11-10-2013)
Yasmine Phillips
http://www.news.com.au/national-news/western-australia/greenough-killer-william-patrick-mitchell-to-learn-outcome-of-parole-hearing-next-week/story-fnii5thn-1226738264089


Bid to keep killer jailed

An angry petition to WA parliament is trying to ensure the man responsible for the Greenough family massacre will never be released.
William Patrick Mitchell is eligible for parole later this year, when the state's parole board will consider whether he has served enough time for the 1993 murders of 31-year-old Karen MacKenzie and her three children, Daniel, 16, Amara, seven, and Katrina, five.
A childhood friend of Amara began a petition urging authorities to keep Mitchell in jail for the rest of his life. It garnered almost 1500 signatures and more support online.
Local MP Ian Blayney has now tabled the petition in WA's lower house, saying the community wants to have their concerns heard and acknowledged.
"People are very upset about the prospect of this man being released," Mr Blayney said.
Premier Colin Barnett and Attorney General Michael Mischin will now be urged to take into account the public concern around Mitchell's looming parole eligibility.
Mitchell hacked the four family members to death with an axe. Some details of the crime were so gruesome that they were suppressed.
Mitchell was transferred to medium security at Bunbury Regional Prison in 2009 and will become eligible for parole from October 13.
Earlier this month, WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said detectives who captured Mitchell were still haunted by what he did.
"It was a very horrific crime, and the parole board will no doubt be considering this," Mr O'Callaghan told Fairfax Radio.
"Psychologically it affected many of the investigators who went there, and some of them have not gone back to investigating that type of crime."


AAP (28-6-2013)
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/bid-to-keep-killer-jailed-20130628-2p25m.html


Greenough massacre still haunts WA police

Detectives who captured the man responsible for the Greenough family massacre more than 20 years ago are still haunted by the horrific crime, West Australian Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan says.
William Patrick Mitchell will be up for release from prison later this year, as the state's parole board considers whether he has served enough time for the 1993 murders of 31-year-old Karen MacKenzie and her three children; Daniel, 16, Amara, seven, and Katrina, five.
A childhood friend of Amara has begun a petition urging authorities to keep Mitchell in jail, which local MP Ian Blayney has said he will present to parliament.
Mr O'Callaghan said he was sure police would have a say on Mitchell's potential freedom.
That would include whether they believed he could be adequately managed in the community.
"It was a very horrific crime, and the parole board will no doubt be considering this," Mr O'Callaghan told Fairfax Radio.
"We would make representations and no doubt, if he was given parole, there would be an offender management process to go through after his release.
"We would have to be certain we could manage that."
The four family members were hacked to death with an axe by Mitchell, who was known to Mrs MacKenzie, with the details of the crime so gruesome parts of them were sealed by a judge.
Mr O'Callaghan said police were confronted by the scene at Greenough, near Geraldton.
"Psychologically it affected many of the investigators who went there, and some of them have not gone back to investigating that type of crime," he said.
Mitchell was transferred to medium security at Bunbury Regional Prison in 2009 and will become eligible for parole from October 13.


AAP (6-6-2013)
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/greenough-massacre-still-haunts-wa-police-20130606-2nsa1.html


Keep the monster in prison says sister of murder victim Karen MacKenzie

Greenough axe killer William Mitchell has told relatives of the family-of-four he murdered that he wants to be released on parole, which will be considered later this year.
But the sister of murder victim Karen MacKenzie has vowed to fight "with every breath in my body" to keep Mitchell, considered WA's worst sex killer, behind bars.
Mitchell, who pleaded guilty to the wilful murder with an axe of Ms MacKenzie, 31, and her children Danny, 16, Amara, 7, and Katrina, 5, at their home near Greenough, south of Geraldton, in February 1993, will be eligible for parole later this year.
Today, just days from the 20th anniversary of the death of her only sister and the three children, Evalyn Clow reveals the chilling moments after Mitchell agreed to a jail visit in 2010.
"I asked him if he ever hoped to get out on parole and he said, 'I'd be lying if I told you I didn't'," she said.
'Everything in life happens for a reason'
"And I said, 'Well, just so long as you know that as long as I'm alive with every breath in my body, I'm going to do everything I can to keep you in jail'.
"And he said he could understand that."
Mrs Clow, who hopes to have talks with Attorney-General Michael Mischin about the parole hearing, received a letter last week notifying her that Mitchell would be eligible for a statutory review of his sentence in September.
She said she feared Mitchell, considered a "model prisoner", was being prepared for release into the community ever since he was transferred to Bunbury Regional Prison, a medium security jail, in 2009.
"He was supposed to be in strict-security imprisonment for 20 years," she said.
"If he gets out, he's got the rest of his life. He will only be 44. That's still plenty young enough to have everything that he stole from my sister, from my nephew, from my nieces."
Mitchell had interfered with Ms MacKenzie's body and sexually assaulted Amara during a frenzied attack, fuelled by a cocktail of drugs. Details of the slaying of the children were deemed too horrific to be made public.
In April 1994, a Court of Criminal Appeal ruled that Mitchell would go to jail and never be released, but that ruling was overturned in March 1996 and he was deemed to be eligible for parole this year.
Mr Mischin, who said he would be happy to talk to Mrs Clow, said he would consider the Prisoner Review Board's recommendation, but it was "not due to review Mitchell's situation until October".
"For legal reasons, it would be inappropriate and dangerous for me to commit to any decision before receiving and considering the board's report," he said.
"His Honour, Justice Owen, when sentencing Mitchell, remarked that, 'So far as I am concerned you will never be released . . . if the (Parole) board looks at it in the same way as I do it could be many, many years greater than 20 before you would merit consideration'.
"I will give due weight to those observations when it comes time for me to consider his case."


The Sunday Times (2-2-2013)
Yasmine Phillips
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/keep-the-monster-in-prison/story-e6frg13u-1226567449470

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Fears family's killer may be released

Friends of a West Australian family, brutally murdered nearly 17 years ago, are angered by reports their killer has been transferred to a medium security prison.
William Patrick Mitchell was convicted of murdering Karen MacKenzie and her three children at their home near Greenough, in WA's Mid West, in 1993.
A newspaper yesterday reported Mitchell's security classification had been downgraded and the killer transferred from maximum security Casuarina Jail to Bunbury Regional Prison.
A close family friend, who did not want to be identified, has called on authorities to ensure the family's killer is never released.
"The judge's ruling was for him to be locked up forever," he said.
"The Attorney-General [Christian Porter] should throw away the key. If they don't throw away the key, I'll go there and weld the cage up."
He fears the move is in preparation for Mitchell's release back into the community.
"Come on mate, pull your head in and listen to the people! How would he like it if it was someone close to him? He [Mitchell] should be still back in Casuarina doing another 20," he said.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Corrective Services could not confirm or deny the report, saying the department was unable to comment on the placement and management of individual prisoners.


ABC News (15-2-2010)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-02-15/fears-familys-killer-may-be-released/331448

Security Eased on Greenough Axe Murderer William Mitchell


Greenough axe murderer William Patrick Mitchell has been downgraded to a medium-security prisoner and moved to a regional jail.
Prison insiders told The Sunday Times that Mitchell, considered one of WA's worst sex killers, was no longer classed as a maximum-security prisoner.
The move has angered his victims' family and friends, who fear Mitchell, right, is being prepared for his release back into the community.
In the lead-up to the 17th anniversary of the brutal massacre of a family, they have launched a campaign to keep Mitchell behind bars - even though he is not eligible for parole until 2013.
A Facebook group of almost 4000 members last week called on supporters to "write, email, SMS, text, drop into the office" of the Attorney-General or their local MP.
Mitchell served the first 16 years of his sentence at Casuarina Prison, the state's main maximum-security prison for men.
He was transferred to Bunbury Regional Prison, a medium-security jail with only short-term, maximum-security facilities, last year.
Karen MacKenzie, 31, and her children Danny, 16, Amara, 7, and Katrina, 5, were hacked to death at their home near Greenough, south of Geraldton, in February 1993.
Mitchell was sentenced to strict security life imprisonment with a minimum of 20 years in October 1993.
The 24-year-old farmhand had interfered with Ms MacKenzie's body and sexually assaulted Amara during a frenzied attack, fuelled by a cocktail of drugs. Details of the slaying of the children were deemed too horrific to be made public.
Ms MacKenzie's niece, Rebecca Deacon, said the family was not notified until "a few months after" Mitchell had been moved.
She said he should never be considered less of a threat because of the horrific nature of the crime.
"We weren't told straight away, so we're pretty upset about it," she said. "We looked it up and saw that it was classed as a medium-security prison and that it was for maximum-security people getting ready to come out.
"We were actually really surprised that they moved him and that we only found out a few months later. We weren't happy about it."
Ms MacKenzie's mother, Barbara Marchant, has called for authorities to "throw away the key" so she can rest easy knowing he will never be freed.
The Department of Corrective Services said it was unable to discuss the details of individual prisoners.


The Sunday Times (13-2-2010)
Yasmine Phllips

'Sickening' letter not from prison system: Quirk

Western Australia's Minister for Corrective Services says it is unlikely a threatening letter sent to a Brisbane woman whose daughter and three grandchildren were murdered came from within the state's prison system.
Barbara Marchant's 31-year-old daughter, Karen McKenzie and three grandchildren, aged five, seven, and 16, were murdered with an axe at their isolated farmhouse in Greenough, 20 kilometres south of Geraldton, in 1993.
Farm worker William Patrick Mitchell was sentenced to life imprisonment for their murders.
Mrs Marchant received a threatening letter in the mail last October and believes the letter was sent by Mitchell, via an associate.
She says the sickening letter read: "Found you bitch. Had someone look for you. Got a photo of your little girl - short hair, white shirt and a little skirt. Nice. See you when I get out."
Corrective Services Minister Margaret Quirk has told the ABC Morning Program Mitchell is being held in the maximum security Casuarina Prison.
She says it is unlikely the letter could have been sent by Mitchell directly.
"His mail records are checked on a regular basis and in the unit that he is in his letters are in fact read," she said.
"Now we've gone back over those records this morning and they indicate that no mail has been send to Barbara's address.
"Mitchell is at a security classification where if we have access to the letter we can certainly undertake the normal forensic police checks to see if we can identify the source of the letter in that way."
Mitchell will be eligible for parole in 2013.


ABC News(8-1-2008)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-01-08/sickening-letter-not-from-prison-system-quirk/1006130

Killers Free to Roam

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Jim McGinty has admitted he cannot protect West Australians from murderers.
Mr McGinty conceded he could not guarantee that killers, such as Dante Arthurs, who killed young Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu, would stay behind bars.
Confronted with a list of WA's 10-worst incarcerated criminals, Mr McGinty could not promise they would not be released when they came up for parole.
He said it was up to the attorney-general of the day to make that decision.
"I am not going to pre-judge every case," he said. "The attorney- general of the day will have to pass judgment on them and will have to make his own calls."
Arthurs -- who was jailed this week for the murder of eight-year- old Sofia - - could be out on parole in 13 years.
He would be 35 years old.
Today, The Sunday Times publishes a list of 10 criminals who could be on the streets in 10 years if the attorney-general of the day is sympathetic.
Derrin Bardsley and Rebecca Papalii, who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1999, could be free in less than five years.
William Patrick Mitchell, who is serving a life sentence for killing mother Karen MacKenzie and her three children at their home in Greenough, will be eligible for parole in six years.
Proposed new homicide laws will let judges put away serious criminals for longer.
But life sentences will still have generous minimum parole periods.
Liberal Party police spokesman Rob Johnson said: "Life should mean life.
"If an attorney-general of the future can be convinced by a psychiatric report that someone like Dante Arthurs should be let out of jail, that is what will happen."
Mr Johnson re-iterated his call for reintroduction of the death penalty.
But a man whose wife was killed in her Dianella home in 1997 rejected the call.
Richard Threnoworth, whose wife Elizabeth was murdered by Dale Robert Mitchell, said taking a life for a life was not the way to go.
"Life is precious," he said.
"You can't say to someone: `You can't take a life, but we can'."


The Sunday Times (11-11-2007)
Joe Spangnolo

`Throw Away the Jail Key'

Greenough mum in fear of parole- THE family of a woman and three children hacked to death in the notorious Greenough massacre have pleaded that their depraved sex killer never be released from jail.
Fourteen years after her daughter and three grandchildren were murdered by the axe-wielding killer, Barbara Marchant, 63, has issued a heartfelt appeal for authorities "to throw away the key" so she can live out the rest of her days without the worry that he may one day be freed.
Karen MacKenzie, 31, and her three children were murdered at their home in Greenough, a historic hamlet near Geraldton, on February 21, 1993.
An emotional Mrs Marchant told The Sunday Times that the loss was no easier to comprehend 14 years after it happened.
Speaking from her home on Brisbane's outskirts, Mrs Marchant said she was still haunted by graphic detail of the attacks and she worried incessantly that one day the perpetrator would be freed.
"Fourteen years on and I'm still angry," Mrs Marchant said. "My life is spent always wondering (if he'll be released).
"We have no proof that he's not going to be let out . . . for all we know he could walk out and could kill someone else and I would hate for somebody to have to go through what we went through."
Ms MacKenzie's son Daniel, 16, was killed when he walked outside the house to investigate a car arriving. Just minutes later Ms MacKenzie was murdered and raped as she slept on a mattress on the lounge room floor.
Amara, 7, and Katrina, 5, were slain while they slept in separate bedrooms.
In 1993, William Patrick Mitchell, then 24, pleaded guilty to four counts of wilful murder, three of indecently interfering with a woman's corpse and one of sexually assaulting Amara.
The court heard that Mitchell was high on a cocktail of cannabis, alcohol and amphetamines when he killed the family.
At the time, Justice Neville Owen ruled that details of the slayings of the children were too horrendous to be made public. He sentenced Mitchell to strict-security life imprisonment with eligibility for parole after 20 years.
Several Supreme and High court appeals ensued, including one which delivered a ruling that Mitchell never be released, though another appeal overturned that decision and reinstated his eligibility for parole.
Mrs Marchant said she was incensed by the sentence.
"You only have to turn on the news to see that somebody who has murdered one person has got 35 years. One person is worth 35 years and three children and their mother is only worth five years apiece if they let him out," she said.
"Where's the sense in our laws?
"The things (Mitchell) did were beyond belief.
"I feel so much hatred. Why kill two helpless little girls and do what he did to her? And do the same thing to my daughter -- she was dead, for Christ's sake. Why would you want to rape a dead body?
"The man has to be sick. He has to stay in jail. God forbid if he comes out when he is 44. He's got plenty of time to do it to somebody else, hasn't he? And it frightens me, the thought of that."
Mrs Marchant said her family had suffered emotionally and physically, with her youngest son still seeing a psychiatrist for post-traumatic stress.
She said she found it hard to allow her other grandchildren any freedom.
"Sometimes I think I'm overprotective, I worry so. You don't know whether you should let them go out in the street," she said.
"You have to be so careful, there are so many rotten things happening in the world. Children disappearing, children killed. I don't know what our world has come to."
* The Greenough Family Massacre will air on Foxtel's Crime Investigation Australia on Thursday, May 31, at 9.30pm.


The Sunday Times (Perth) (20-5-2007)
Nicole Cox

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