Thursday June 13 2013

– In a lettuce paddock outside the New South Wales Riverina town of Hay, police may be about to solve one of the biggest mysteries in the nation’s history: the 1977 murder of anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay.
A political wannabe and police informant, Mackay was murdered more than 30 years ago, just two days after confessing he was a marked man, the target of the notorious local Mafia.
Dozens of police acting under the direction of the NSW Unsolved Homicide Squad on Wednesday converged on a rural property about 150 kilometres from where Mackay was last seen, his home town of Griffith.
Locals said police were seen buying hundreds of dollars worth of shovels in town before heading to the property on Maude Road, outside Hay.
Tents were erected and an excavator was brought in about 4pm to help. A father of four, Mackay went missing after leaving the Griffith Hotel on July 15th, 1977, where he had been drinking with friends.
The development comes almost a year after Fairfax Media revealed that a police tip-off had given them new hope.
It is believed that after months of meticulous checking and research, police have pinpointed the spot leading to this week’s development.
The property – which is just land with a shed – is owned by Con Fattore, 79, who lives in Hay.
When contacted last night and asked if it was his property police were searching, Mr Fattore said: “Yeah, what do you want to know for?”
Mr Fattore, who does not live on the property, refused to say more.
But his neighbour, John Mirabelli, said Griffith detectives had questioned him on Tuesday and said they were looking for we well or bore about three to four kilometres out of Hay.
“They seemed to have a direction to a point and the particular part they were looking at is close to Maude a Road,” he said. “They asked me about whether we had a well on our property. It was obvious they had a tip-off of some description – Lisa Davies, Daisy Huntley & Kate McClymont

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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