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Snowtown Things to Do

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    by balhannah Written Jun 28, 2012

    Out in this area, a lot of Wheat and other grains are grown. Snowtown has silo's, and on this occasion, we happened to be there when a long grain train was being filled from the Silo.
    Be careful when driving these country roads at this time of the year, as lots of Railway crossings rely on you looking and stopping for the Train. The grain Trains are very long!

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    by balhannah Written Jun 28, 2012

    By the time you reach Snowtown, there is a good chance that you may need a toilet!

    Located in the main street, near the Railway line, is this beautifully painted Mural on the Toilet Block.

    On the "Men's" entrance, is a frisky looking Bull, looking over a stone fence to the pretty Cow and her farm mates on the "Ladies" entrance. Further mural is of farm animals.

    Some clever painting done by somebody here, so stop for a "wee" look!

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    by balhannah Updated Jun 28, 2012

    If you are Australian, like I am, you most probably would have heard about this murder.

    It is a shame that a sleepy town of 500 people where nothing ever happens, was chosen as the place for bodies to be dumped. It was the Snowtown Bank, which is still standing today.

    What happened............

    Sadists operated unchecked for years in Adelaide, killing family and friends making this the worst serial killing in Australia.

    The true story begins in January, 1999, when a Jodie Elliott was admitted to an Adelaide psychiatric ward suffering a nervous breakdown. At the time, she was besotted with a John Bunting.
    Elliott had a doll she had named "Jodie Bunting". She said she was engaged to marry Bunting.
    By then, Bunting had killed her sister and her son.
    Behind her back, Bunting called her "the village idiot," but strung her along so she would help him steal money from the bank account of another victim.

    May 1999, and the putrefying remains of 8 people in 6 barrels were found inside the rented Snowtown bank. Another 4 bodies, two buried in Bunting's former backyard, were later linked to the same killer.

    One victim, convicted pedophile Barry Lane, stood with the killers on one occasion, helping to bury a body, only to have the killers turn on him.
    Each of the victims was known to at least one of the accused, sometimes because they lived nearby or were members of the same family.

    The jury found Bunting, a probable psychopath with a God complex, killed 11 people while his accomplice, Robert Wagner, was charged with cutting, killing and murdering 7 people.

    Bunting and Wagner bragged openly about killing, and Bunting called it "playing".
    The killings became more gruesome and sadistic for each new victim.. There was horrifying evidence of dismemberment, corpse play, the deliberate removal of arms and legs, defleshing and torture. Three of the original 15 jurors dropped out along the way, and some journalists and jurors needed counselling.

    A lot more can be written, but I will leave it as is. You can read more on the website.

    A movie named "SNOWTOWN' was made about the terrible murders.

    The Bank is located in the main Street, and the current owners hope one day to turn it into a B&B.

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Snowtown Restaurants

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    by balhannah Written Jun 28, 2012

    Lunch-time, and where to eat. Now at Snowtown, there isn't a huge choice of places to choose from! One of them was the Hotel which had a good array of meals on the Menu for quite reasonable prices. Corned beef, Cauliflower & white sauce + other vegetables, that sounded good and it was. NO Chef here, just the lady of the house to cook the meal, and delicious and a good size it was. In these country areas, meals are usually quite big.
    We wouldn't have any problem of returning here for another meal!

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Snowtown Off The Beaten Path

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    by balhannah Updated Jun 28, 2012

    I love old cemeteries, and out here, they are old! As we were driving to Brinkworth, we saw a sign pointing to a cemetery. We stopped for a look, finding many old graves.
    This was the Condowie Cemetery, and it was in the middle of nowhere. What I thought was nice, was the miniature church made out of the brick from the ruins of the Original Lutheran Church.
    Across the other side of the road, was the Uniting Church cemetery, with a Cairn as a memorial of the once standing Church.

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