Information regarding the death of an individual named Michael Telling
From: Steven Thrift
Dear Australian Federal Police,
Michael Henry Maxwell Telling was born in 1950. He died in 2009.
He murdered Monika Elizabeth Zumsteg in 1983 in England. On 30 June 1984 he was sentenced to jail for 10 years for killing his wife in what was known as the 'headless corpse' trial. On release after less than 5 years he moved to Rossmoyne, Canning City, Western Australia, Australia. The reason for his premature death is not publicised.
I am a former police detective who spent time with Telling and his victim. I am also a published author, and intend writing his fascinating story. He was a fantasist and liar. A book called Irresistible Impulse was written about him, full of lies and speculation. I intend writing the correct story.
All I am asking is to be told how he died. I have my suspicions but they are just that.
I would be obliged for your assistance, and should it be forthcoming, I intend visiting you and thanking you in person.
I live in the UK.
Australian Federal Police
Dear Mr Thrift
The information you seek falls within the 'open access' in accordance with the Archives Act 1983. As such, you should direct your enquiry to the National Archives of Australia for any records held in relation to this matter. Information about the 'open access' period can be found at:
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PRINCIPAL FOI OFFICER/TEAM LEADER, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE