Chill­ing crime: from a daddy’s girl to a killer

What­ever Robyn Lind­holm wanted, she got, writes Sue Smethurst. Her power over her lover was so strong that he even killed for her.

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It was clear from an early age that, one day, Robyn Lind­holm would be fa­mous. At 14, she was a ris­ing star of Aus­tralian ice skat­ing and ap­peared on the front page of the Vic­to­rian news­pa­per The Age, pho­tographed in a sparkling se­quinned out­fit, spin­ning around the ice ready to launch into an axel jump.

She went on to com­pete at the na­tional ice-skat­ing cham­pi­onships and was hand-cho­sen by the Olympic le­gends, Torvill and Dean, to per­form along­side them in their sell-out Face the Mu­sic world tour.

Yet it wouldn’t be the pretty blonde’s prow­ess on the ice that made her a household name.

In­stead, Robyn Lind­holm’s name is for­ever etched in the his­tory books as a mur­derer. She is ac­cused of be­ing a femme fa­tale, a ruth­less se­duc­tress who used sex to lure her lover into killing the boyfriend she no longer craved.

In De­cem­ber 2015, the Vic­to­rian Supreme Court sen­tenced the 43-yearold to 25 years’ jail for or­ches­trat­ing the mur­der of her ex-boyfriend Wayne Amey, but po­lice have now raised the pos­si­bil­ity of her as­so­ci­a­tion with at least one other po­ten­tial death.

Last year, she was charged with killing her for­mer lover Ge­orge

Teazis and de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the role she may have had in the mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance of a love ri­val, Shari Dav­i­son, whose body has never been found.

Daddy’s lit­tle princess

Robyn Lind­holm was an at­trac­tive girl and it was clear from an early age she knew how to charm a man to get what she wanted.

When 11-year-old Robyn wanted a pony, her dad didn’t hes­i­tate.

When 14-year-old Robyn wanted ex­pen­sive ice-skat­ing les­sons, Dad opened his wal­let again.

From a wealthy Mel­bourne fam­ily, she ex­celled at Kilv­ing­ton Gram­mar and the elite Malvern Girls Sec­ondary Col­lege, be­fore ac­cept­ing an of­fer to study a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree at Monash Univer­sity. She was hop­ing to pur­sue a ca­reer with an­i­mals. Robyn Lind­holm was no fool.

She loved horses and be­came ob­sessed with en­durance rid­ing, but some­where along the line the leggy blonde with a bright fu­ture fell into the wrong crowd.

When she took up a part-time job as a host­ess in Crown Casino’s high-roller rooms, she caught the eye of un­der­world czar Alphonse Gan­gi­tano, the hand­some and wealthy crime boss known as “the Black Prince of Ly­gon Street”.

They be­came lovers and Gan­gi­tano in­tro­duced her to an in­tox­i­cat­ing

She knew how to charm a man.

life­style of power, money, sex and drugs. He in­dulged her every whim and treated her like a princess. Once Lind­holm had tasted the high life and ex­cite­ment of the un­der­world, there was no go­ing back, even af­ter Gan­gi­tano was ex­e­cuted at his home.

Lind­holm be­gan work­ing as a strip­per and was the cen­tre of at­ten­tion at the Sim­ply Ir­re­sistible strip club, mor­ph­ing into “Col­lette”, a highly paid es­cort to the Mel­bourne un­der­world. It was here she met fel­low strip­per

Shari Dav­i­son, who be­came a close friend, but who van­ished in 1995.

It was also here she met her next boyfriend, un­der­world stan­dover man Ge­orge Teazis. She moved into his home and the pair was en­gaged be­fore he, too, sud­denly dis­ap­peared.

A tear­ful Lind­holm fronted the press beg­ging for any help to find her beloved Ge­orge, but she failed to men­tion that be­fore his dis­ap­pear­ance, she had be­gun an af­fair with beefy Hawthorn gym owner, Wayne Amey.

She man­aged to put her grief aside long enough to strip Ge­orge’s home of all furniture and as­sets, re­turn­ing a small box of toys for Teazis’ dev­as­tated teenage son a week later.

All the while, her strip­ping ca­reer flour­ished. “Col­lette” was so pop­u­lar she was able to buy her first prop­erty, a farm on the out­skirts of Mel­bourne, where she could fol­low her other pas­sion, breed­ing horses.

Sex and se­duc­tion gave Lind­holm ev­ery­thing she could ever want, but soon enough, the evil web of mur­der and be­trayal would be­gin to un­ravel. Un­der her spell

In June 2016, Robyn Lind­holm was for­mally charged with the mur­der of Ge­orge Teazis, aka Tem­ple­ton, who van­ished in 2005. His body has never been found.

Po­lice will al­lege that she con­vinced her lover Wayne Amey to mur­der Teazis. If this is true, per­haps Wayne should have pre­dicted his own fate.

Just months be­fore be­ing charged with the cold-case mur­der of Teazis, Robyn Lind­holm was con­victed of lur­ing a later lover, Torsten Trabert, to vi­ciously mur­der Wayne Amey.

De­scribed in court as a “femme fa­tale”, “black widow” and “Lady Mac­beth in ly­cra”, the strip­per is a mas­ter se­duc­tress who con­vinced her new lover to do her dirty work, dis­pos­ing of the old boyfriend who had re­jected her.

When Lind­holm de­cided that Wayne Amey, the man she had once hoped to have chil­dren with, had to die, new love Torsten “Toots” Trabert didn’t hes­i­tate in act­ing out her grue­some plot.

“Mr Trabert was in­fat­u­ated with her,” said Chief Crown Prose­cu­tor Gavin Sil­bert QC. “He’d left his wife and chil­dren to move in with her, and he was in­volved in an in­tense sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with her.

“He couldn’t keep his hands off her and the re­turn for her af­fec­tion was that he kill Wayne Amey. It was only with the se­duc­tion of Trabert that she achieved her aims.”

At Lind­holm’s in­struc­tion, Trabert and his ac­com­plice, John An­thony

Ryan, am­bushed Wayne Amey at his apart­ment in De­cem­ber 2013, bashed him with a base­ball bat, then stabbed him and choked him be­fore bundling him into the boot of a car and driv­ing him to Mt Korong in cen­tral Vic­to­ria, where they dis­posed of his body.

Lind­holm watched on as

Trabert and Ryan wedged Amey’s body be­tween rocks at a re­mote farm, giv­ing or­ders to cover him with sticks and rocks.

Af­ter Amey’s body was hid­den, Lind­holm took Trabert into the bush to have sex be­fore the pair met up with their part­ner in crime, Ryan, for drinks at a ho­tel at nearby In­gle­wood.

Ryan later told po­lice, “[Lind­holm] was laugh­ing and car­ry­ing on like it was noth­ing. She’s on top of the world. They just wanted to f***ing party and I felt sick.”

Dur­ing Lind­holm’s trial, Crown Prose­cu­tor Gavin Sil­bert told the Vic­to­rian Supreme Court that she had ap­proached sev­eral for­mer boyfriends to carry out her deadly plan, but Trabert was the only one that took the temptress’ bait.

In the lead-up to the mur­der, she set about se­duc­ing Trabert, reach­ing such a sex­ual in­ten­sity that Trabert was ob­sessed with her and like putty in her hands.

In fact, Trabert was so be­sot­ted that, even while he was lan­guish­ing in a re­mand cell af­ter he was ar­rested for his part in Amey’s mur­der, he penned gush­ing love notes to his “dar­ling Rob­bin” (sic).

One read: “I’m miss­ing you so much that I can’t sleep be­cause you are not with me... we are so good to­gether, I can’t think of my life with­out you. All my love, Toots.”

It was signed with a love heart with the words “I love you for­ever” etched in the cen­tre of the heart.

Ap­pear­ing via video link from the no­to­ri­ous Dame Phyl­lis Frost Cen­tre women’s prison, Robyn Lind­holm sat stony faced and silent in June last year as de­tec­tives read the charge that she was re­spon­si­ble for the mur­der of Ge­orge Teazis. She re­fused to en­ter a plea.

Although there were signs of the elfin beauty who once lured men into her web, an ug­li­ness now over­shad­owed the no­to­ri­ous black widow who will have many years be­hind bars to pon­der her fate.

Trabert was putty in her hands.

LEFT: Robyn Lind­holm leaves court in De­cem­ber 2015 af­ter plead­ing guilty to Wayne Amey’s mur­der. ABOVE, FROM LEFT: Miss­ing stan­dover man Ge­orge Teazis; Lind­holm’s ex-lover Wayne Amey; and Shari Dav­i­son, who dis­ap­peared in 1995.

Po­lice ar­rive at the farm in re­mote Vic­to­ria where Amey’s body was hid­den be­tween boul­ders. FAR LEFT: One of Torsten Trabert’s love let­ters to Robyn Lind­holm. TOP: CCTV footage of Lind­holm, Trabert and Ryan at an In­gle­wood pub af­ter they dumped Wayne Amey’s body. Torsten Trabert John Ryan

Lind­holm dur­ing her trial for the mur­der of Wayne Amey in 2015.

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