Anita Cobby's killer Michael Murphy dies in prison

One of NSW’s most notorious killers, convicted of murdering Sydney nurse and beauty queen Anita Cobby, has died in jail.

Michael Murphy, 66, was one of five men – including his brothers Leslie and Gary – found guilty of raping and killing the 26-year-old in a paddock in western Sydney in 1986.

All were sentenced to life in prison, never to be released.

A Corrective Services NSW spokeswoman confirmed Murphy died at Long Bay Hospital about 11.55pm on Thursday.


Murphy (right) was one of five men – including his brothers Leslie and Gary – found guilty of raping and killing the 26-year-old. Source: 7 News

According to the Daily Telegraph, Cobby’s widower John was notified of Murphy’s death late last night.

“I hope it was painful for him… one down, four to go,” he told the publication.

The Corrective Services Investigation Unit, which is part of the NSW Police Force, is investigating and will prepare a report on the death.

“All deaths in custody are subject to a coronial inquest, including deaths resulting from natural causes.”

Anita Cobby’s murderer, Michael Murphy, has died in prison. Source: AAP

Ms Cobby had been walking home from Blacktown train station when five men dragged her into a stolen Holden Kingswood on February 2, 1986.

They drove her to a secluded paddock where she was raped and beaten, then had her throat slit and was left to bleed to death.

Murphy reportedly had cancer.

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