MONSTER KILLS HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN, ONE SON ESCAPES

MONSTER KILLS HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN
the MONSTER and the family he killed

MONSTER KILLS HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN

It was Sunday, January 6, 1991. For this time of year in Adelaide, It was Unusually cold when the daily maximum only reached 22 degrees Celcius.

Earlier in the day, just after 7 am. Firefighters from the Salisbury Command Fire Station in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. Received a dispatch call to attend a house fire in Parafield Gardens.

They had been sent to a house, on fire, on Jackson Street, some 8km away.

Jackson street was your typical suburban street for this part of Australia. A quiet street with just 23 single level houses on it, located 21km north of the centre of Adelaide.

When the fire responders arrived at the address, they had found a house engulfed in flames. 

SCENE THEY WILL NEVER FORGET

Once the firefighters extinguished the fire. Inside the chard remains, the responders found a grisly scene that no one will ever forget.

The mother of the house, 31-year-old Meredith Pearce, was in her bedroom. She was bound and tied up to a chair. Forced into her mouth was a torn section of a blue towel. She had severe head wounds and an electrical extension cord around her neck, strangling her. 

MONSTER KILLS HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN

 Of the three of her four children at home that night. Adam, 11, and Travis, 9, were found tied up sitting in chairs. Suffocated with plastic bags over their heads. Little 2-year-old Kerry was lying in her cot, smothered with a pillow. Pearce’s fourth child, Matthew, slept at a friend’s house the previous night. 

MONSTER KILLS HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN, Forensic investigators discovered that the family had been killed well before the fire was set. There was an attempt to burn down the home earlier. Gas bottles were found, strategically placed around the house and a fire set, but no explosion. When that plan failed, someone then used petrol, thrown around the house, then set the dwelling alight.

 Both Stuart and his now-dead wife worked at the same twenty four hour petrol station at Wingfield. Meredith on the day shift and Stuart at night. Allowing someone to be at home with the children at all times.

KNOCKED OFF WORK AT USUAL TIME

 This Sunday morning, Stuart had knocked off work at 6:50 am as usual. The person taking over from his shift did not notice anything unusual.

 Stuart owned and drove a souped-up Datsun 240K that was well known in the area as it made quite a bit of noise when Stuart returned from work every morning at 7 am.

 When the Police quizzed locals about this particular morning, no one could say they remembered hearing Stuart’s car as they usually would.

With Stuart still missing, a full scope search was initiated.

DISCOVERED AN UNDERGROUND BUNKER

 At the property, Police discovered an underground bunker with twenty-five marijuana plants growing in it. Stuarts best friend Gary Austin, who lived in a unit in Pearce’s back yard, had committed suicide just four months before.

  Stuarts car, the distinctive white 240K Datsun coupe, was found dumped 15km away at the Kilkenny shopping centre later that day. Meredith’s blood was found in the car’s boot and on the door trim, with the Police believing that the blood was most likely transferred to the vehicle from Stewart.

Eventually, Police concluded that Stuart had murdered his family and set the gas bottles up to explode with fire before leaving for work, probably around 11:30 pm. When he returned from work the following day to find the gas bottles had not exploded, He used petrol to burn the house down.

Over the next few months, several siting reports to Police came forth, including a few sightings of him in his hometown of Mount Gambier. They believed Stuart was attempting to hide out with friends in the area but recognised by several locals.

SPOTTED A MAN WEARING A UNIFORM SIMILAR TO STUARTS

A public member spotted a man wearing a beige coloured uniform with the BP logo similar to Stuart’s uniform at a Port Augusta roadhouse on the day of the murders.

There were also unconfirmed sightings in Ceduna on South Australia’s far west coast. And even in Western Australia, in a nullabour roadhouse named Madura.

There was even a report from Canada that eventually turned out to be proven wrong.

The last known siting with any credibility was at the Westfield Knox shopping centre in Melbourne in 1996.

On Friday, May 3, 1991, in Portland Victoria, 100km from Mt Gambier, two elderly ladies were murdered in a hairdressing salon.

For a while, the murders showed signs it might have been Stuart. The Police believed he fled Mount Gambier and killed the women to steal the till money.

The South Australian Police even sent two detectives over to Portland but eventually dismissed it as being Stuart.
MONSTER KILLS HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN

DOWNWARD SPIRAL OF SURVIVING SON

Matthew Pearce. The only surviving child, who was 8yo, slept over at a friend’s house the night of the fire and has lived a very rough life ever since those times.

He lived for a short time, when in his 20s, with state MP Frances Bedford after she took the troubled young man into her home.

In 2002, He spoke to a reporter from the Adelaide Advertiser, stating that he believed his father to be innocent. He thought that whoever killed his family had been trying to get information from his mother and killed his father, which is why he or his body has never turned up.

In 2004, Matthew was jailed for criminal trespass after hiding for four hours in the ceiling of a toy shop. Matthew told the court, he believed whoever had killed his family was now after him.

In 2013, Police searching for Matthew found him hiding in the roof of a house, armed with a loaded gun. They also found a cache of ammunition and a taser in a backpack elsewhere in the house.

SUFFERS FROM PARANOIA

Psychiatric reports showed he suffered from paranoia, worsened by methamphetamine use.

Again he was jailed, this time for a nine-month non-parole period.

In 2014, Matthew was added to the Firearm Prohibition Order, banning him from owning or possessing any form of firearm.

In 2018, Matthew became a member of the Comancheros Motor Cycle Club and was arrested for dealing in large quantities of Ice.

This time, his sentence was five years and two months, with a non-parole period of four years.

There is a 1 million dollar reward for information leading to the finding of and conviction of Stuart Pearce.

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