Blood curdling, horrendous screams

Michele Tuitufu was just five-years-old when her sister Wendy Evans was killed in one of the nation's most shocking unsolved crimes.

Evans, 18, was last seen hitchhiking with fellow nurse Lorraine Wilson, 20, on their way to pick up a car in south-east Queensland to drive home to Sydney. That was 1974.

Two years later, the women's skeletal remains were found in bushland at the foot of the Great Dividing Range near the town of Murphys Creek, about 120 kilometres west of Brisbane.

Their skulls were bashed in and their bones tangled with cord from venetian blinds.

An inquest was held in 1985 but no charges have ever been laid.

Lorraine Ruth Wilson, whose brother Eric mounted a campaign to get justice for the murdered nurses. On Monday, Ms Tuitufu was in a Toowoomba court where a second inquest heard evidence that the young nurses had received a "hiding" from a carload of men.

Earlier former police officer Ian Hamilton* was patrolling on a Saturday night in October 1974, when he went to the grounds of an old youth camp, where two caretakers had reported hearing screams.

"After about five minutes, I started to hear the screams myself," Mr Hamilton told a second inquest into the deaths which began in Toowoomba on Monday.

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