Paedo link to mur­ders

Tapp sus­pect dies with­out charge

Herald Sun - - NEWS - KEITH MOOR keith.moor@news.com.au

A KEY sus­pect in the un­solved mur­ders of Mar­garet Tapp and her nine-year-old daugh­ter Seana has died with­out be­ing charged.

Homi­cide squad de­tec­tives never elim­i­nated Kaye Bradtke-Steven­son from their list of sev­eral per­sons of in­ter­est in the 1984 case.

She found ev­i­dence which con­firmed her doc­tor hus­band, John Bradtke, was hav­ing a long-run­ning af­fair with Ms Tapp, in­clud­ing find­ing a sex tape of him and Ms Tapp.

Ms Bradtke-Steven­son — who died re­cently aged 75 — was a per­son of in­ter­est be­cause po­lice thought she might have ar­ranged for a pae­dophile friend of hers to kill Ms Tapp, 35, and her daugh­ter.

The pae­dophile is also still on the homi­cide squad’s list of per­sons of in­ter­est who may have mur­dered Ms Tapp and raped and mur­dered Seana.

Po­lice se­cretly tapped the tele­phones of Ms BradtkeSteven­son and the pae­dophile, but didn’t get enough ev­i­dence to charge them.

The po­lice af­fi­davit in sup­port of the bug­ging ap­pli­ca­tion said de­tec­tives had in­for­ma­tion Ms Bradtke-Steven­son had threat­ened to kill Ms Tapp and Ms Bradtke-Steven­son had at­tempted sui­cide in the hope of per­suad­ing her hus­band to stay with her.

The pae­dophile’s wife told po­lice she be­lieved her es­tranged hus­band was re­spon­si­ble for the mur­ders and that Ms Bradtke-Steven­son gave him about $50,000 a few months be­fore their deaths.

She said in a sworn state­ment her hus­band had once men­tioned the Tapp mur­ders to her and he said they had been killed be­cause Ms Tapp “was evil” and had “an adul­ter­ous re­la­tion­ship with Dr John Bradtke” and “de­served to die” for the hell she put Ms Bradtke-Steven­son through.

Po­lice have an af­fi­davit sworn by Ms Bradtke-Steven­son on April 11, 1995, in which she de­scribed a loan of $52,000 to the pae­dophile in early 1984.

Mar­garet and Seana Tapp were killed in their Kelvin Dr, Fern­tree Gully, home in 1984. Dr Bradtke bought the home for Ms Tapp and it was their love nest dur­ing their af­fair, which ended with Dr Bradtke’s death in a 1983 car ac­ci­dent.

Cold case in­ves­ti­ga­tions are never closed and any new in­for­ma­tion re­ceived will be thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated.

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