$500,000 TO CATCH A KILLER – Thursday May 23 2013

– Cold-case investigators will today post a huge reward to solve a brutal 1983 lover’s lane killing.
Operation Busied investigators have been quietly working on the murder of Rodney James Mitchell, which took place 30 years ago today. They will announce a $500,000 lure to crack the case.
Police believe the man who shot Mr Mitchell may be linked to two earlier sexual assaults at the same spot.
Mr Mitchell was parked in his car with a female friend in the Police Paddocks Reserve in Rowville when the killer made his move.
Wearing a balaclava and brandishing a sawn-off shotgun, he ordered Mr Mitchell from a red Mitsubishi Sigma that was parked at the end of Greenbank Avenue.
Mr Mitchell complied but then tried to disarm the gunman. In the struggle, the 37-year-old was shot in the chest and died at the scene.
Police say the gunman then returned to the car and tied the woman’s hands together, trapping her in the front passenger seat.
They drove on to Churchill Park Drive, where the terrified woman somehow opened her door and rolled on to the road.
The driver sped away and was last seen heading southeast towards Berwick.
Mr Mitchell’s car was found the next morning at Caulfield Station in what is now known as Sir John Monash Drive.
A witness provided a description of a man seen running from the car at 6:35am that day, and police have again release an image of that man.
The Mitchell killing May be connected to unsolved sexual assaults in 1980 and 1983 within 200 metres of his shooting. Police said there we similarities between the offender’s methods.
Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles, of the Homicide Squad, said he hoped the $500,000 incentive would yield details that could help solve the crime – Mark Buttler


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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