Marianne Schmidt

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Marianne Schmidt

Birth
Germany
Death
11 Jan 1965 (aged 16)
Cronulla, Sutherland Shire, New South Wales, Australia
Burial
Rookwood, Cumberland Council, New South Wales, Australia GPS-Latitude: -33.8783862, Longitude: 151.0562214
Plot
Independent, Lutheran Section CHAPL 0000128
Memorial ID
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Daughter of Elisabeth & Helmut Schmidt.
Murder Victim.
On the morning of January 11, 1965 Marianne, aged 15 years and her friend and neighbour, Christine Sharrock also aged 15 years and her four younger siblings visited Cronulla beach. The beach was closed as it was very windy so the group walked down to the southern end of the beach and sheltered among the rocks. Around 1pm the group decided to take a walk into the sandhills behind Wanda Beach. They stopped to shelter behind a sandhill about 400 metres from the Surf Club because the younger children were complaining about the weather conditions. Marianne and Christine left the younger children saying they were going back to the rocky area at the south end of the beach to collect their bags and that they would return to fetch the children and head home. However, the girls continued into the sandhills and when Marianne's younger brother told them they were going the wrong way the girls laughed and continued walking in the direction of the sandhills. The Schmidt children waited until 5pm for the girls and as they did not return they then went to collect their bags and returned home. Marianne & Christine were reported missing at 8.30pm. The girls' bodies were discovered the next day by a local taking a walk through the Wanda Beach sandhills. A large police investigation failed to identify the killer. The brutal nature of the slayings and the fact that the twin killings occured on a deserted, windswept beach brought publicity to the case. It remains one of the most infamous unsolved Australian murder cases of the 1960's.
Daughter of Elisabeth & Helmut Schmidt.
Murder Victim.
On the morning of January 11, 1965 Marianne, aged 15 years and her friend and neighbour, Christine Sharrock also aged 15 years and her four younger siblings visited Cronulla beach. The beach was closed as it was very windy so the group walked down to the southern end of the beach and sheltered among the rocks. Around 1pm the group decided to take a walk into the sandhills behind Wanda Beach. They stopped to shelter behind a sandhill about 400 metres from the Surf Club because the younger children were complaining about the weather conditions. Marianne and Christine left the younger children saying they were going back to the rocky area at the south end of the beach to collect their bags and that they would return to fetch the children and head home. However, the girls continued into the sandhills and when Marianne's younger brother told them they were going the wrong way the girls laughed and continued walking in the direction of the sandhills. The Schmidt children waited until 5pm for the girls and as they did not return they then went to collect their bags and returned home. Marianne & Christine were reported missing at 8.30pm. The girls' bodies were discovered the next day by a local taking a walk through the Wanda Beach sandhills. A large police investigation failed to identify the killer. The brutal nature of the slayings and the fact that the twin killings occured on a deserted, windswept beach brought publicity to the case. It remains one of the most infamous unsolved Australian murder cases of the 1960's.

Inscription

Asleep in Jesus

Gravesite Details

Birth year inscription is questionable.