Never-before-seen photos of an abandoned campsite have given a glimpse into the mind of one of Australia’s most wanted fugitives as police renew an appeal to find him.
Graham Gene Potter has been on the run for more than nine years after he failed to appear on bail for conspiracy to murder charges at Melbourne Magistrate’s Court in February 2010.
The 61-year-old was last seen running from a police car in Tully, North Queensland, during a routine inspection August 28, 2010.
Police later uncovered a camping site where it was believed he was sleeping and subsequently seized equipment.
The photos of the campsite, released by police for the very first time, show knives, cable ties, lubricant and handwritten notes about surviving while on the run and threatening to kill anybody who recognises him.
“This is someone who has a history of incredibly significant violence, including the murder of a woman in NSW, and there’s nothing to indicate that he won’t act with violence again,” Detective Leading Senior Constable Brendan Finn from the Fugitive Taskforce said in a statement.
Potter has a history of befriending women and in the past, formed a friendly relationship with an elderly widow who took him in as a lodger but fled when a friend of the woman recognised him.
When she confronted Potter, he threatened to kill her if she went to police.
“This is not a man you want as a friend,” Detective Finn said.
“The notes in particular show that (he is) committed to blending in – we suspect particularly in rural areas – and to remain out of police custody.”
Police say Potter has a tendency to disguise himself, using wigs and fat suits.
He has also used a number of aliases including Josh Lawson, John Page, Jim Henderson and Peter Adams.
He is described as Caucasian, 175cm tall, medium to solid build, fair complexion, brown eyes, brown greying hair and a ginger beard.
Potter is currently facing criminal charges of conspiracy to murder and is also wanted in relation to serious Commonwealth drug charges.
A $100,000 reward has been in place since 2011 for information leading to his capture.
Anyone who sights Graham Gene Potter is advised not to approach him but contact 000 immediately.
Anyone with any information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers online or on 1800 333 000.
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