If you won the lottery in Australia, you had to go public with your win, turning into an overnight celebrity. This was until the abduction & murder of Graeme Thorne, 8, whose family won the lottery leading to Graeme being abducted for ransom but killed.

Deadly Lottery – The Abduction of Graeme Thorne

It was the 7th of July, 1960, when Freda Thorne kissed her son, 8-year-old Graeme Thorne, goodbye and sent him off to school. Graeme lived in a two-bedroom ground floor flat in Edward St., Bondi, Australia, with his mother, his father, Bazil, and his 3-year-old sister, Belinda.

Tragically, this was the last time Freda would ever see her son alive. Moments after leaving their home, he would become the very first victim of kidnap for ransom in Australia’s history.

That morning, Graeme walked the short distance to Wellington and O’Brien Streets to wait for family friend, Phyllis Smith, who would routinely collect him from this spot to take him to school along with her own two sons. When she arrived as the designated spot, Graeme wasn’t… Continue Reading


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