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Four Corners: Person of Interest – How police investigating the disappearance of William Tyrrell targeted the wrong man

10/07/2021

November 4, 2019

In this Four Corners exclusive, the washing machine repairman who became the chief suspect in the disappearance of William Tyrrell – one of Australia’s biggest child abduction mysteries – speaks out.

William Tyrrell was just three years old when he vanished. Dressed in a Spiderman suit, the little boy had been playing in the front yard of a family home. Police initially treated his disappearance as a missing person case, before zeroing in on Bill Spedding as their key ‘Person of Interest’.

In this program, we show how this single-minded approach led to a raft of mistakes and missed opportunities in the investigation. In August, evidence at a coronial inquest finally delivered his vindication with key elements of his alibi finally proven.

Now you will hear from Bill Spedding and his wife about how the five-year ordeal has shattered their lives.

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