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Episode 15 · 1 year ago

Mystery in Australia: Who was the Rack Man?

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Hi Welcome to did you lock the door,the PODCAST, I'm your host, Payton Reece, and today I'm switching thingsup a little bit from my usual formula. Usually we have a pretty setperpetrator and or victim, and I start out by giving you some details on theirearly lives, but that is not the case with today's case. In today's case isalso going to take us all the way to Australia, which I'm really excitedabout. I've noticed a spike in listeners from Australia recently. Sothank you guys so so much for that. That's really exciting and I thoughtthe perfect thank you would be to do one of your most infamous cold cases.So today I am going to be talking to you guys about he's known as either the rack man orthe Crucifix Man of Australia. So without further ado, let's get into it. In the early morning, hours of August,eleventh thousnd, nine tuneend and ninety four, the fishing crew of a boatcalled the lady Marian was having a seemingly normal morning, casting largenets down into Australiaas hawksburry river, and that river is located justnorth of Sydney. Most of their nets were coming outfilled with squid as per usual, when suddenly one of the nets got caught onsomething as the crew struggled to pull it up.What appeared to be a metal frame tied together with rope, came into view. The creis captain, a man named MarkPeterson, later recounted seeing plastic bags tied to the frame as the crew continued to pull the frameup higher and Higher Peterson looked closer and closer. He was shocked to see what would looklike a human bone sticking out of one of the bags when whatever they haddiscovered, was pulled up into the boat in its entirety. The crew came to agruesome realization what they had initially believes to bescrap metal and trash turned out to be a makeshift crucifix attached to the Crucifix. With a frenzyof wires and ropes was a human body. The crewmen immediately alerted theauthorities and the body was quickly transported to a medical examiner nameddoor. Christopher Lawrence, who worked with the New South Wales Institute ofForensic Science, he removed the bags that covered therremains and noted that the corps was wearing and everything, Australia,brands, Polo, shirts and track pants, both of which were found to be massproduced in Australia and would likely not be helpful in identification of thebody. He also noted the presence of...

...hair skinn tissue and that the body wascovered in something called at a post, ier, also known as corpse wax at a post. Ier is a wax like organicsubstance, forms by the ANAEROBIC bacterial hydraulysis of fat in tissue,such as body fat in corpses. If you're like me, you don't have theslightest idea. What's ANAEROBIC bacterial hydraulysis means so fromwhat I could find. The simplest explanation is that this is a processthat occurs when bacteria breaks down an environment that lacks oxygen, sowit the corpse being underwater for presumably a long amount of time. Thatmakes a lot of sense. This isn't super important to the story. I mean thecorpse box isn't, but it was something that I'd never heard of. Despite thecountless atopsy reports that I've read, so I wanted to share it with you all. Ithought it was pretty interesting. Dr Lawrence, who again is the FRENSICexaminer, found that the Irmans were that of a male and that he had likelybeen in the hawksberry river between six and twelve months at the time ofhis discovery? At the same time and emeridus professornamed Donald Anderson, who worked at the University of Sydney analyzed thegrowth of the barnacles found on the metal frame and determines that theframe and therefore the body had been underwater for less than twelve months,which would confirm the findings of Dr Lawrence. Remember, he said six totwelve months, so it's the same time frame. Professor Anderson did note,however, that while it was unlikely, it was not impossible that the body hadbeen submerged for over a year after analyzing the hair and tissue found onthe body Dor Lawrence, who was the medical examiner? Not The guy that did.The barnacles was able to determine that the victim was a dark, hairedCaucasian male of either European or Mediterranean descent. He was likely between the ages oftwenty one and forty six, which, admittedly, is a pretty big gap, and hestood between five foot two and five foot four. He determined the cause ofdeath to be blunt forest trauma to the head. However, Doctor Lawrence was notable to determine whether the victim had been killed before or after beingfixed to the crucifix. A combination of decomposition andwater erosion had deteriorated. The victims finger prints to the point thatthey could no longer be tested. Additionally, police could not find anymissing persons cases in the area that matchd the sescription and with nothingat all, found on the body that could help with demands identification. Theybegan to realize that this case would be harder than they thought discoveringwho this man was and why he had been killed was looking like it would bevery difficult to establish...

...without knowing who their victim wasit's hard to find a motive, and it's hard to find a perpetrator. They knewpretty quickly that they had a pretty big challenge in front of them. AFORENSIC ANA thomast named Mayas Sutisno, created a digital constructionof the man based off of Dr Laurence's findings. Different variations werecreated that each sported different hairstyles in the hopes of making iteasier for anyone that may have known him to identify him because, althoughhair was found, it definitely wasn't like a full head of hair. It was just afew strands, so they didn't know what kind of hairstyle he suported in life.So I think that makes a lot of sense. I mean, I think, that's a really goodidea. He could have had long hair. You could have ad short hair. You couldhave bet a bullcut, he kind of had a buzz cut, so I think it's really verysmart that they put him out with so many different hairstyles. These imageswere widely broadcast throughout Australia, both on the front pages ofnewspapers and on the TV show Australia's most wanted. This generated thousands of tips, manyof which mentioned two men in particular. The first man, whose namewas continuously brought up, was Joe Biviano Biviano, had been born in onehousand, nine hundred and sixty three, which would have made him thirty yearsold at the time of the murder and that match the forensic findings perfectly.He also matched the physical description of the victem that DrLaurence had come up with. He was five foot four, had dark, hair and was ofEuropean descent. Other aspects of Babyano's life also the police, tobelieve that he was a pretty good candidate for their Rackman upon theirexamination of the crucifix that the victim had been fixed to. It wasdetermined that it had been custom made to fit whoever this man was. They came to this conclusion, based onthe fact that the victims, height and Armspan, matched up perfectly with thebeams used to make the crucifix five two to five foot. Four are both underthe average height for adult men of European and or Mediterranean descent.So it was more than likely that had this crucifix been made with just arandom victim in mind, it wouldn't have been made for someone so short for lack of a better term. Police werealso able to determine that the cruscifix was immaculately made, notingthat the welding job was incredibly concise and appeared very professional.Additionally, it has been reported that the crucifix, especially with a bodyattached to it, would have been far too heavy for just one man to carryindicating two perpetrators at the very least, but likely three or four. All this information at first led thepolice to consider the possibility of a satanic cult, mostly due to thereligious connotations of the crucifix. After exploring this avenue, however,police somehow came to the conclusion that this was likely the results ofsome sort of organized crime gang.

There isn't a whole lot out on theInternet right now about why the police came to the conclusion that it didrelate to gang activity. But the police have said that there was a Plethra ofgang activity in an around the Sydney area at the time, with some rival gangs,even engaging in a sort of gang warfare with each other, and it just got veryviolent and very dirty and I'm sure they know more than we do. But thatmakes sense to me why they would assume that Rackman could have been involvedin gang activity and that's what led to his brutal and tragic death and thereason that all this information led pleace to believe that Biviano might bea good match is because he was a convicted drug dealer that had recentlybeen released from prison and was operating in the Sydney area. At thetime of his disappearance. Police would theorize that perhaps Buviano had somesort of falling out or rivalry with other drug deals, also operating in theSydney area, and that this had led to his death. I was not able to find whatkind of drugs Biviano DEUBTS, but I wasd assume that it was harder drugsthan like simply marijuana or something. I mean it's possible that a lower leveldrug dealer could find themselves in the situation that the rackman foundthemselves in, but we generally see the more brutal murders and crimes withmore intense drug operations than with someone who, you know, simply sellsweed here and there. So I just can't imagine a local weed dealer who sold adime bag or two here, and there would piss someone off enough to be tied toacross then beatinto death then thrown into a river and the hopes that theywouldn't be found. That just doesn't seem super realistic to me, but I meanwho knows: There's some crazy people out there. The second man that wascontinuously brought up in connection to this case was a man named PeterMetris. matrise was a businessman of Mediterranean descent and he had gonemissing from Kings Cross, Australia in one thousand nine hundred and ninetyone. Several ports came in naming matrise as the victim, and thosereports also mentioned that they had heard his body have been dumped in abody of water. Just like the Rackman. My trece, however, was easier to ruleout. He stood at a much taller five. Ten remember the victim is believed tobe between fives two and five four and, in his case, police were able to accessdental records that could be compared to the victim, the Rackman that theyhad found and thus definitively rule him out a couple. Other names keptcoming up in tips that the police got, and one of them was a known gamblingaddict named Matt Tansevsky, who had recently gone missing. Unfortunately,however, there is not much information...

...about him or his case online, and thesecond is a very interesting man named Chris Flannery, so flannery reallypiqued the interest of the Australia police when they learned that he wassuspected to be working as a contract killer that had been given the nicknameMir. Renticil flannery was belieaves to have accepted paid offers to kill up tofourteen people before he went missing on May, ninth of Oe thousand ninehundred nd eighty five one of his many victims has beendiscovered to be the prominent Australian businessman Roger Wilson, sohe wasn't just operating on the low he was killing like highbrow prominentpeople in Australia's hire elite circles. flannery would continuouslyand miraculously find himself acquitted when charges were brought against him,whether they be charges of drugs or homicides like he was known for he wascharged with rape at one point, but that never moved forward. So it's clearto see that he was a very violent and dangerous man that the justice systemjust somehow was never able to catch during a large portion of his career asa contract killer. He was actually married with children to this day. Hisdisappearance remains unsolved and please guys, let me know if you want meto do an episode on Flannery, because he is quite the character all in hisown. I mean there 's so much more, that I could say about him and it's not atall surprising that he came up so often in tips that the public called in onthe rack man, because with how evil he was, it is totally pausible that someonewould do what they did to the Rackman to Mr Flannery police would continue tobe baffled by the Rockman's case. Each lead they got either fizzled out or wasnot able to be confirmed or denied due to a lack of dental records and or ofDNA. However, as we in the true crimecommunity are well aware, recent advancements, Indan atesting,have brought us answers that we really never thought we would find. A perfect example of this is the veryrecently solves murder of a young woman named Barbara Blatnick, a very famouscold case that I have long been fascinated by and that we am much moreimportantly Barbara's family and her love ones finally have answers to. So I'm sure you can guess where I'm goingwith that in August of two thousand and eighteenAustralia as a country celebrated when the answers to the question, who wasthe rack man finally came out on January, Eleventh Tdnine, Huneed, N.ninety three, a local man named Maxtansevsky, said goodbye to hisgirlfriend, as he exited the House that the two shared together little did.This girlfriend know that this would be the last time she would ever see. Him Will Not much as known to the publicabout Tresevsky. We do know that he was...

...quite the gambler. He didn't seem to be particularly goodat it. However, as it was well known by both his friends and his family that hewas racking up, a pretty sizeable amount of debt, Tan SEBSI's girlfrienddid not know exactly where he was going when he left their home on that fatefulday, but he would often go on two or three day gambling sprees alongAustralia's Gold Coast, without telling her warning her in advance. So she wasnot immediately alarmed when he did not return home for a couple of days. Afteralmost a week, however, alarm bells did obviously start ringing for her and when she alerted his family, theyagreed that something must be very wrong and he was immediately reportedmissing. Tresevsky had actually been brought up once or twice in the policediscussion about the Rockman's identity. After all, Hou fit the physicaldescription. He was of Mediterranean descent and stood at five foot four. Hehet the a range as well having been born in one thousand nine hundred andfifty six, which made him thirty seven at the time of the crime, and now overtwo decades later, it has been confirmed through new advancements inDNA testing. That Maxtresevsky was indeed the victim that baffledAustralia for so long. What is still unknown, however, is what the motivewas for a trusevkis murder or who the perpetrators were wile. Please believethat it had something to do with his gambling debts, which obviously makes alot of sense. Trusevsky had no known ties to gangs and no debts to anyone,considerd dangerous or eventuul enough to commit such a brutal crime. However,with the victim identified, please believe that strides will be made indiscovering who did this to him and why, most importantly, however, thediscovery of the Rock Man's identity has brought long awaited closure toMaxtresevsky's loved ones. We know the WHO and now the police will workdiligently to determine the why this case is one that I was so excitedto do. I was so excited to work on a case from Australia. This is my firstone, not my last, but my first and when I first researched it. Actually, ittook me about an hour to find an article that told me that he hadactually been identified that was so cool to come across, so I was soexciting, I'm so happy for his family that that happens, and I'm so happythat that is given the police, new leads and new possible motives. I thinkfor this one in terms of theories, not much about his personal life has beenreleased other than the fact that he was an avid gambler. That was rackingup a lot of debt, so I think it is pretty safe to assume that his murderhad something to do with his gambling debts. I can't find the exact amount of moneythat he owed online. I can't find anyone that he owed money to. I justfound, like I said a couple minutes ago,...

...that he wasn't known to have any debtsor ties to anyone involved in gang warfare or in gangs at all actually orwith anyone that was considered dangerous, and this just seems like avery brutal crime. If someone didn't owe you a lot of money, I meanhe owed a lot of money as a whole, but it was to different people, at least from from what I could find itwas to different people. So it's not like he owed a specific person like ahundred thousand dollars or anything or I actually. I can't confirm or denythat, because it is true that the police have justsaid a considerable amount of debt, so I don't know how much that is. He couldhave vota specific person like a stupid amount of money and they just reactedwith this, but again the crucifix was made, at least please believe it wasmade specifically for Max Tesevski. He was tied to that crucifix and thenBeatin to death and then throw it in a river. I mean that is a particularlyrutal death for someone that has a gambling debt to you, and especially Imean I know like gangs and the Mafia and the mob. I don't know a lot aboutany of those groups, but I do know that they enact revenge on people that havewronged to them, particularly people that owe the money. But again he had noknown ties to any of those groups. So it's just sowit's insane to me thatsome random person that he might have played a poker game or two with andthat he now owed some money to would do something so brutal and so horrific tothis man. Unfortunately, I don't really have anyother theories. In this case I mean the fact that he was such a heavy gamblerand he ended up dead. I think it's again. I just said this, but I thinkit's safe to say that that is what killed him. It's only safe to say that,however, because the police and the media have not reported on much of hispersonal life, and I mean, for the sake of the family and for his loved ones.That is a good thing. Obviously they deserve to mourn their friends, their son, theirbrother, their loved one. That was just recently discovered and kind ofdefinitively brought home for them. They deserve the space and the time tomourn him. So I totally understand why the police are not releasing a lot ofpersonal information, but at the same time, that does make it difficult forme to come up with a bunch of theories, and I know you guys like theories, Ilove having a bunch of different theories on a case. I think that makesit so much more fun, but I think what's fun about this case is that it Hapen, Ione thousand nine hundred and ninety four and it was solved so recently. Theadvancements in DNA that are happening have been so exciting for the true kindcommunity and so important for the family members and the love ones ofpeople whose cases have been solved. Thanks to these new DNA enbancments andAustralia's Rackman AK, a Max Tesevsky...

...just happened to be one of them. Thank you guys so much again forlistening. You guys can reach out to me on instagram or twitter, at lock thedoor pod with K, suggestions or your theories or, if you just want to say hi.I always want to hear from you. You can also email me with the same kind ofstuff at lock the door pod at gmailcom. I also recently started a facebookgroup for did you lock the door it's open to the public? All you have to dois like it and you'll get updates and odivications and anything else I postfrom me SPO. I would so appreciate if you went and interacted with any ofthose pages. I just told you about I love hearing from you all. It makes meso happy if you're up to it and you really enjoy this podcast. If you couldgive it a five star rating or a good review on whatever platform you'relistening on, that would mean so much to me that helps get the podcast out toother people that might not know about it, and I do a lot of missing personscases or unsolved cases. So the more people that hear these the more of achance there is that someone who knows something might listen. Thank you guysso so much for tuning in. I appreciate and love you all shout out to myAustralian listeners for this week. This one is definitely for you and, asalways, make sure you lock your doors, bye.

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