It’s been almost 50 years since Juanita Nielson, an Australian publisher, and heiress from the Foy family went missing on the morning of July 4, 1975.
Nielson, 38, owned the very alternative newspaper, NOW, which she used to wage war during the early 1970s against the developers who wanted to destroy the heritage buildings in Potts Point, according to The Guardian. She also wrote about her support for the Builders Labourers’ Federation’s Green Bans.
On the morning of July 4, Nielson went to the Carousel Cabaret at King’s Cross. The nightclub was owned by Jim Anderson, an associate of notorious underworld figure Abe Saffron. Nielson arrived at the nightclub and spoke with the receptionist, Loretta Crawford. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that she went there to meet Edward Triggs to discuss advertising. Both Trigg and Crawford claim that after the meeting, Nielson left the building on her own. She has not been seen since.
It was widely speculated that she was kidnapped and murdered for her anti-development and anti-corruption campaigns.
The day, Nielson went missing, Trigg’s girlfriend reported that he came home with blood on his clothes and a piece of paper in his pocket that was also stained. The paper was used as evidence to arrest Trigg.
In 1977, Trigg, and three other Carousel Cabaret employees, were charged and arrested with conspiring to kidnap Nielson. Trigg spent three years in prison, and Martin Simmonds spent two. The third suspect was acquitted.
A coroner inquiry in 1983 found that she had likely died. However, there is still not enough evidence to prove it.
But even after 46 years, the reward for information surrounding Nielson’s disappearance and suspected murder remains open.
NSW Police announced last month that the award has now doubled to $1 million.