It was Australia’s most horrific family massacre. In one unthinkable night in 2009, in a middle class suburban house on Sydney’s leafy north shore, five members of Brenda Lin’s family were bludgeoned to death in their bedrooms. Brenda’s mum, Lily. Her father, Min. Her little brothers, Henry and Terry, and her aunt, Irene. Brenda was just 15, the sole survivor. And her ordeal was far from over. Brenda had no idea that the man she turned to for help and a safe roof to live under had murdered her entire family. Nearly two years after the brutal and calculated murders, Brenda’s uncle, Robert Xie was arrested. But justice would take years. His first and second trials were aborted, the third ended in a hung jury and he was released on bail. In January this year, the jury in the fourth trial finally convicted Robert Xie of the five murders. He will never be released from jail. This terrible tragedy is also a story about love and hope. How a young girl who lost her entire family has managed to emerge a strong, kind and grateful woman – determined to make her beloved parents proud. Sunday Night’s Melissa Doyle is with Brenda as she embarks on a pilgrimage to China, to retrace her family’s past. And we hear from those closest to Brenda – the ‘family’ who rescued her.
THE THREE AMIGOS
Vocal outbursts, uncontrollable swearing, twitching, head shaking, involuntary and repetitive movements and sounds, even momentary paralysis. This is all part of a normal day for young Aussies Adam, James and Cameron. They call themselves The Three Amigos. Best mates living with the bizarre, misunderstood and frustrating neurological disorder, Tourette’s. Their constant tics and uncontrollable outbursts made their lives hell. They would dread catching public transport, going to school, visiting a café, shopping centre or cinema. That is, until they met each other. Sunday Night’s Rahni Sadler introduced Australia to the most inspiring mates, breaking down barriers and helping others to face the world they feared.
Whatever happened to Goldie Hawn, Hollywood’s classic ditzy blonde with the dimples and the infectious giggle? She just seemed to disappear from our screens. It turns out Goldie decided her family was more important than fame, so they packed up and moved to Canada. That was 14 years ago. But this year she returned to the big screen with a vengeance and an unlikely co-star - the brash and brazen comedienne Amy Schumer in the movie ‘Snatched’. And as Mike Amor discovered, Goldie’s still the golden girl we first fell in love with.