Perth Killings
Perth Killings

Dad’s diary entries before killing family

WARNING: Distressing content

A young dad wrote a series of disturbing diary entries days before butchering his wife, mother-in-law and three children in their Perth home.

On September 3, 2018, Anthony Harvey stabbed his wife Maria, 41, twins Alice and Beatrix, 2, and Charlotte, 3, at their family home in Bedford.

The following day he murdered Maria's mother, 73-year-old Beverly Quinn.

Harvey's horrific crimes hadn't been a snap decision. He had purchased the weapons used to kill his family on August 23 and 29 and had written plans in his journal of how he would carry out the murders, a WA Supreme Court heard on Friday.

Mara Quinn (left) was murdered by her husband Anthony Harvey (right).
Mara Quinn (left) was murdered by her husband Anthony Harvey (right).

In the diary, the 25-year-old wrote out multiple options of how he would rid himself of his family.

These included simply leaving, filing for a divorce or "making family disappear".

In another entry he spoke about "eliminating family" and explored how to "prep" for the crime.

"Tonight, I will kill my wife and bludgeon and smother my daughters. Then the real hunting begins … but first my loved ones," one of the entries read.

He wrote about embracing his "darkness and animal instincts".

He also claimed: "I am no psycho, I feel too much. I always have."

In the diary entries, he mused about how he would get enough money once he dealt with his family.

"I have a good job … I am not rich but far from poor," he wrote.

"I won't have much money when I leave."

Before committing the murders, Harvey and his wife went to the bank where she signed a document that allowed him to use her bank account without her.

Following the mass killing, he withdrew $38,000 from her accounts and pawned jewellery and tools.

A Supreme Court judge must now decide whether Harvey will become the first person in Western Australia to never be released from prison under a judge's order.

Director of Public Prosecutions Amanda Forrester argued Harvey should never have any hope of being freed from prison.

The details of his horrific crimes were heard in public for the first time on Friday, with Harvey covering his ears as the brutal killings were described.

Beverley Quinn with her grandchildren (from left to right) Charlotte, Beatrix and Alice.
Beverley Quinn with her grandchildren (from left to right) Charlotte, Beatrix and Alice.

Ms Harvey was attacked by her husband when she arrived home from work. He struck her on the head with a metal pipe before stabbing her a dozen times with a large knife he had bought days earlier.

Harvey said he tried to "finish" his wife quickly by stabbing her multiple times.

He then stabbed the three children with a smaller knife because "they were just little girls".

Charlotte was stabbed 38 times.

Ms Quinn was hit with a pipe and stabbed to death like her daughter when she arrived at the house the next day.

Ms Harvey and her children were placed as though they were cuddling, then covered with a doona with flowers on top and toys surrounding them. Ms Quinn was covered with a doona in the kitchen.

He also took photographs of them.


"To my beautiful wife, I'm so sorry. I would give anything to undo what I've done," he wrote in a note.

"I think I've lost my mind.

"Take care of those little girls like you always do. I love you so much."

Harvey remained in the house with the bodies for days before travelling 1500km north to the Pilbara town of Pannawonica where he saw his parents.

He then handed himself in to the police station on September 9.

The court also heard details about Harvey's mental health and a suggestion he had symptoms consistent with high-functioning autism.

The mass killing took place at a home in Bedford, Perth. Picture: Colin Murty/The Australian
The mass killing took place at a home in Bedford, Perth. Picture: Colin Murty/The Australian

Ms Forrester argued Harvey should be "deprived of his liberty for the rest of his days".

"I appreciate it's a dreadful thing to contemplate, locking up a 25-year-old for the rest of his natural life," she said.

"But when a person destroys an entire family in the way he has - in a premeditated, violent, callous way - then community interest requires that."

Defence counsel Sam Vandongen said his client was young and remorseful, urging Justice Stephen Hall not to order he never be released.

Justice Hall said he wanted to limit the family's continued suffering but had matters to consider before sentencing.

Harvey will he sentenced on July 19.

He could be the first person in WA ordered to never be released under laws changed in 2008.

 

Harvey wrote about killing in his diary days before committing the horrific crimes.
Harvey wrote about killing in his diary days before committing the horrific crimes.
The three children were killed moments after their mother. Picture: Richard Wainwright/AAP
The three children were killed moments after their mother. Picture: Richard Wainwright/AAP

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