Samantha Terese KNIGHT

Samantha Knight killer, Michael Guider, released from prison.Paedophile Michael Guider who raped and murdered Samantha Knight, 9, free  in days - World News - Mirror Online

Unit 1012: The Victims' Families For The Death Penalty.: Samantha Knight  (25 March 1977 to 19 August 1986)


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Samantha Knight 30 years on: Little girl's death at the hands of Michael  Guider haunted Sydney | Daily TelegraphSamantha Knight killer Michael Guider ignores protests as he walks free  from Long Bay jail

One of hundreds of thousands of postered plastered around the Australia.   A lifelike mannequin was used in an attempt to jog people’s memories.

The Bondi home near where Samantha disappeared.A public notice pleading for help to find missing Samantha.






DOB: 1977 - 9 years old when missing
HAIR: Fair BUILD: Thin EYES: green
CIRCUMSTANCES: 9 year old Samantha Knight was reported missing to Bondi Police, Sydney on 19 August 1986. Samantha returned home from school about 4:15pm on the afternoon of the 19 August 1986. There were a number of sightings of Samantha between 4:30pm and 6:45pm in the vicinity of Bondi Road between Imperial Avenue and Wellington Street.

*Note - A man was convicted of Samantha's murder. He has to date refused to reveal where Samantha's body is. In 2019 this man was released back into the community.

Paedophile convicted for Knight killing


The World Today - Wednesday, 28 August , 2002

Reporter: Trevor Bormann

JOHN HIGHFIELD: The disappearance of a young girl which has perplexed NSW police for more than a decade moved towards closure today in Sydney.

A Supreme Court judge has sentenced a well known paedophile to 17 years imprisonment for the manslaughter of the missing 9-year-old Samantha Knight. The court has been told that 51-year-old Michael Guider killed Samantha after administering a stupefying drug to her.

But Samantha's parents say they'll never rest until they discover what happened to her remains. Trevor Bormann reports.

TREVOR BORMANN: It's perhaps the best known of Sydney's unsolved crimes. On the afternoon of August 19, 1986, 9-year-old Samantha Knight left her Bondi apartment to go to the local shops. She was never seen again.

Hundreds of thousands of posters and leaflets were distributed around the country, but Samantha it seemed had vanished without trace.

Today in the supreme court in Sydney, 51-year-old paedophile Michael Guider was sentenced to 17 years with a non-parole period of 12 years. Samantha's mother, Tess Knight, spoke outside the court.

TESS KNIGHT: I'm still thinking about it. It's, it's a confirmation in public of, of this man's plea of guilty.

This is actually the point that we've, we’ve, he's been sentenced. I guess this is the ceremony of what, what we've actually known for some time now. And for the future what we actually need is to know a little bit about what's happened to Sam.

TREVOR BORMANN: Michael Guider was a paedophile already convicted over the assault of nine young girls and two boys over a 15 year period. He drugged his victims with the sleeping pill Normison, assaulted and photographed them.

Guider had met Samantha Knight at least twice. He admitted to drugging her but said he administered too much Normison and said she died by mistake. On that basis, Guider pleaded guilty to manslaughter. But he's never offered to police any detail of the crime. He claims he can't remember where he left her body.

Samantha's father, Peter, says there can be no closure without knowing where Samantha lies.

PETER KNIGHT: It's manslaughter, I mean, been led to believe it's, this is a good sentence for manslaughter.

Personally, whether or not I believe manslaughter's appropriate for abducting a young child and killing them, I don't, I have very different thoughts on that but I'm a parent. The people that make our laws are really the ones that have to say that. You know. They're down the road in parliament.

JOHN HIGHFIELD: Peter Maher speaking outside the courtroom in Sydney after hearing that Michael Guider had been sentenced for killing his daughter 10 years ago. Trevor Bormann, our reporter.



July 12 2003 - SMH

Something precious died the day they dug for long-dead Samantha Knight. Hope for a closure on her parents' grief, writes Philip Cornford.

After a 17-year search, Samantha Knight's grave has been found and excavated by police. But the young girl's remains were gone, lost forever, probably in an unknown landfill. Her killer, pedophile Michael Guider, shocked detectives by ending years of lies and evasions when he told them he buried Sam in the grounds of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli on the night she died in 1986. "I believe the probability is that police excavated where Guider buried Sam and she was gone," her mother, Tess Knight, said. Her father, Peter O'Meagher, said: "To me, she's there . . . there's part of Sam in the soil." It was a sorrowful end to a long and painful journey for Ms Knight and Mr O'Meagher, for the detectives who doggedly pursued her killer, and the many people who were deeply troubled by the fate of a little girl cruelly taken.

It was the second time nine-year-old Samantha had slipped away. Her parents' dearest wish was to place her remains in consecrated soil with a headstone on which they could focus their grief and memories, to find a closure to mourning. But that hope is ended, her remains lost forever. Police believe they were gouged from the harbourside grave by a giant excavator during construction of a car park about 18 months after Guider buried her at the squadron, where he worked as a gardener. Guider was 35 when he abducted Samantha, whom he had secretly drugged and sexually abused for three years, on Wellington Street, Bondi, on the night of Tuesday, August 19, 1986. Charged with murder 16 years later, he agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter, claiming that he drugged Samantha with the sedative Normison so he could take pornographic photographs, but accidentally gave her a fatal overdose.

But even after he was sentenced to 17 years, Guider refused to talk about Samantha's death or to give any further information, despite public appeals by her parents for him to reveal what he had done with her body. The only information police had were statements by former prisoners who said Guider had told them he buried Samantha in Cooper Park, Woollahra, but dug up her body 18 months later and disposed of it in a dumpster bin at the car park construction site at the squadron in Kirribilli. Guider, a judge said, was a manipulative liar, but police twice searched the park, in 1996 and 1999. They discovered that the construction company building the car park had used 150 landfill sites, beyond checking. But they weren't going to give up. Determined to recover Samantha's remains for her parents, Strike Force Harrisville detectives Neil Tuckerman and Darren Sly repeatedly visited Guider in prison. Aged beyond his 52 years, obese, with greying hair hanging down to his shoulders, he refused to talk.

In March, they returned to Goulburn maximum security jail, where Guider is kept in isolation, afraid he will be killed by prisoners who loathe child molesters and who shout threats whenever Guider is escorted within view. "He's isolated himself at his own request," a prison official said. They were accompanied by Steve Leach, their Harrisville boss who had been in The Hague for two years with the International War Crimes Tribunal. "Neil and I found it hard to take much more of Guider," Mr Sly said. "Maybe he sensed that and reacted to us. So Steve went in by himself." Mr Leach is a big man with a soft voice and gentle manner disguising a tough mind. To his surprise, Guider broke his silence. "Guider said two things," Mr Sly said. "He said he met Sam that night by chance. He wouldn't say any more about how she died. He said that when she was dead, he put her in his car and drove to Kirribilli. "It was dark, the Royal Yacht Squadron grounds were deserted. He was the gardener, access was easy. He chose a spot in a garden plot near a gum tree. "He got his tools, the ground was easy to dig - it was soft top-soil. He dug a grave, put her in it and covered her up, restoring the garden. He was finished before dawn." Guider marked the grave's location on a rough map for police.

"We don't really know why he decided to talk," Mr Sly said. "There were no deals - we had nothing to offer him. Maybe it was Steve, seeing him again after so long. But we believed that at last he was telling the truth. For the first time, we had it from his own mouth. It went with what we already knew. "When work started on an underground car park at the yacht squadron late in 1988, Guider raised a big fuss. He wasn't working there then, but was living in a boarding house a few blocks away in Upper Pitt Street. He went down and complained they were destroying all his hard work with the gardens and they had to stop. "We believe now he was frightened what they would uncover. Sam's remains." Because of wet weather, they had to wait five weeks. Soon after daybreak on Thursday, May 15, they began digging for Samantha. Ms Knight and Mr O'Meagher were with the three detectives and about a dozen police. The trees marked by Guider are still there, protected by a conservation order. The garden is on the edge of an expanse of lawn which slopes down a knoll overlooking the harbour. It is a beautiful, tranquil place. Handlers from the dog squad extracted soil cores from a number of spots. Each core was sniffed by a cadaver dog, trained to detect decomposed flesh underground. Long after a body is decomposed, the stench stays leached into the soil, and the dogs can smell it. "The dog was only interested in one core," Mr O'Meagher said. "She laid down where it had been taken from. The handlers said it was as positive a response [as] the dog was capable of giving." Police dug. Each shovelful of dirt was sifted and put apart. The process was slow and careful. The dogs remained positive, even though the sifted soil yielded no evidence. They were anxious hours for Ms Knight and Mr O'Meagher. "The detectives were careful not to arouse our hopes too much, but still we hoped," Ms Knight said. "We wanted Sam to be there." But about a metre and a half down, they hit bedrock. They had found no remains. "The dog handler was surprised," Mr O'Meagher said. "He was sure as he could be that a body had been there." It was dusk. Police closed the dig, their hopes ended. "We believe we were in the right place, that Sam had been buried there and her remains removed unknowingly by the builders," Mr Sly said.

Ms Knight and Mr O'Meagher accept the detectives' verdict. Mr O'Meagher said: "At least, it's a beautiful spot." Ms Knight said: "I am glad this has meant a closure for three wonderful detectives, Neil, Darren and Steve, who have been kind and who have done a brilliant investigation. I am glad for them." But there is no closure for Ms Knight. Guider still guards his secrets. And Ms Knight does not believe her death was an accident. "He took her, he drugged her, he molested her. Then he was going to bring her home to her mother. I don't think so!"

Perhaps Guider told Mr Leach part of the truth. What if Guider removed Sam's body, fearing it would be uncovered during the car park construction? Her parents both pose the question. In that case, there is still a chance that one day Guider might reveal her final resting place. "What would bring closure for me is for Guider to tell everything - the total, absolute truth about what he did to Sam," Ms Knight said. "And that is something that I'm not going to have."


Samantha Knight 30 years on: Little girl’s death at the hands of Michael Guider haunted Sydney

SAMANTHA Knight’s disappearance 30 years ago left a scar on Sydney that would be felt for decades. Despite a confession from her killer and years of searching, her body has never been found.

WHEN Tess Knight arrived home from work on August 19, 1986, the Bondi unit she shared with her young daughter was unusually quiet. A half-eaten snack on the kitchen bench was the only sign the little girl had returned from school.

Tess wasn’t immediately concerned nine-year-old Samantha was nowhere to be found in the flat. She often visited friends who lived in the same building and was used to coming home before her mother arrived from work.

But when neighbours told Tess they hadn’t seen the little girl that afternoon and family and friends also had no idea where she was, panic set in.

With no other possible places to search for her daughter, Tess called the police and kickstarted one of the biggest searches in the state’s history.

The following day thousands of volunteers turned up to help look for Samantha and hundreds of thousands of missing posters were printed and shipped around the country.

Pictures of the young schoolgirl, with her blonde hair and infectious smile, were plastered on power poles and shop windows across the city. Media outlets around the country went into overdrive as the search intensified.

Witnesses came forward who had seen Sam walking the streets of Bondi in her school uniform and a theory emerged that she had left her home to visit nearby shops and lost her keys.

Oddly she had entered a pharmacy in the area and bought a toothbrush during that time.

Police then dressed up a mannequin in the clothes of Samantha in an effort to jog the memories of people who had been in the popular beachside suburb on August 19.

They received numerous calls from people claiming they had seen the missing schoolgirl, with every one of them having to be chased up and double checked. Ultimately none would lead to her return.

With no solid leads or arrests, and with not a clue as to what had happened to Sam, the case eventually started to go cold.

It would be 16 long years before the horrible facts of what happened that evening would finally be revealed.

Michael Guider was in prison serving 16 years for sexually abusing 11 children on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, drugging them and taking photos of them when they passed out.

Guider would befriend their vulnerable mothers, most of whom he had come across while he was a gardener at Royal North Shore Hospital.

They would be at the hospital for the methadone treatment program and he would insert himself into their lives, eventually offering to babysit their kids while they went out.

When police finally arrested him, they found thousands of images of girls, and two boys, he had taken without their knowledge.

Guider had a keen interest in Aboriginal heritage and had spent a lot of time as a volunteer searching and documenting culturally significant sites around Sydney with others who shared a similar passion.

It didn’t seem significant until his arrest for the abuse, but Guider had told one of his fellow volunteers that he had known Sam and her mother and was often drawn to Bondi after she disappeared.

When that person shared the information with Sydney schoolteacher and conservationist Denise Hofman — who had also worked over a long period with Guider — she immediately knew something wasn’t right.

She alerted police and began visiting Guider in prison in a bid to get him to reveal more.

Soon, however, he became aware of her plan and began toying with her. He revealed nothing.

It would take years of pleading with investigators to take her seriously and head her requests to question Guider about Sam’s disappearance.

Ms Hofman was certain it was her former friend who was responsible for the abduction and she wouldn’t stop until action was taken.

Eventually police realised that the man responsible for one of the highest profile cases of the century may be right under their noses.

Investigators encouraged Ms Hofman to continue meeting Guider in prison and bugged the room, but no confession came.

It would take a number of jailhouse informants, including Guider’s own brother, to finally bring a small level of closure to Samantha’s family.

The convicted paedophile admitted to another prisoner that he had snatched her from Bondi and drugged her.

He had planned to take photos of her but when he returned from a quick trip to the shops, she was dead on his lounge. Guider said he panicked and buried her body somewhere before later moving it.

He eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter but has never revealed the true location of Samantha’s body. His next parole hearing is in February.


August 19, 1986: Samantha Knight, 9, disappears from the streets near her home in Bondi.

September 1996: Police reveal they are reinvestigating Samantha’s disappearance after a tip off about a middle aged man who knew Samantha and her mother, Tess and had shown people photos he took of Samantha and some of her friends.

February 22, 2001: After a lengthy investigation, Guider was arrested and charged with Samantha’s murder

June 7, 2001: Guider pleads guilty to the manslaughter of Samantha claiming he drugged, like the rest of his victims, but had accidentally given her a fatal overdose.

August 28, 2002: Guider is sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of 12 years for the manslaughter of Guider.

May 2014: Guider’s parole is refused by the State Parole Authority citing ‘a need for structured post-release plans’.

February 2017: Guider’s next parole hearing




‘Did she call for me as she died?’ Samantha Knight's mother's anguish over her daughter's murder

Tess Knight tells of the nightmares that still haunt her three decades after the disappearance of her little girl.

AUG 27, 2019 3:30PM Woman's Day
With tears streaming down her face, Tess Knight revealed in court last week the sleepless nights she still endures thinking about the final terrible moments of Samantha's life before she was killed by a paedophile in 1986.
"Did she struggle? Where did he take her?" Tess says of her precious daughter's kidnapping and murder at the hands of monster Michael Guider.

"Was it a long drive? Did she call for me as she died? What did she say? Did she wonder why I wasn't there to help her? Did she say 'I want Mummy'? Did she tell him 'I want to go home'?" the grieving mum can't help but wonder every single day.

Begging for safety

"I imagine all these things in detail," Tess told a hearing to determine whether NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman can keep the convicted serial paedophile behind bars, even though his prison term ran out earlier this year, on June 6.
The decision on whether to free Guider, 68, who was jailed for more than 60 sex offences against 13 boys and girls committed between 1980 and 1996, before he was even sentenced for killing Samantha, will be handed down this week.
It's a decision that could shatter whatever peace Tess has managed to find since that terrible, terrible day 33 years ago when she waved goodbye to Samantha as she left for school.
That would be the last time she ever saw her nine-year-old daughter.
"This man has been a dangerous, serious sexual predator of children. Whatever remorse he may show, it was not enough to change his behaviour in the past and it is not enough for the future," warned Tess, begging the court, "Please don't release this man into the community."
She said it had been more than 12,000 days since Guider kidnapped and killed nine-year-old Samantha after snatching her from a street in Bondi. The image of the beautiful green-eyed, blonde-haired girl haunted Australia.
With Samantha portraying a striking image of childhood innocence, she became the face of missing children in Australia – until Guilder was arrested, pleading guilty in 2002 to her manslaughter, after agreeing with police she died of a sedative overdose he administered, which was his favoured method of subduing the children he raped.
But Guider, who now claims he's innocent, has never revealed what he did with Samantha's body – and her body has never been found. "The hurt never goes," says Tess.

High risk offender

Forensic psychiatrist Jonathon Adams, who met with Guider in April, told the court the former gardener posed a high risk of committing sexual offences again and suggested that he still harboured sexual fantasies about children because he had drawings of children on the walls of his prison cell.
And Tess last week begged a court not to release Guilder, revealing she's still racked with "desolation, terror and anxiety", and haunted by thousands of scenarios about what may have happened to her daughter in the last minutes of her life.
Tess revealed in the months that followed Samantha's disappearance, she'd look through the windscreens of passing cars and scan the children's faces searching for her daughter, who would be 42 today if she had survived.
"What kind of man wouldn't call an ambulance to save the life of a child?" Tess asked the packed court, with her harrowing testimony leaving many in tears.

'He's not finished yet'

One of Guider's victims who survived, Lisa Giles, waived her anonymity to testify in court and urged Justice Richard Button to not release the paedophile, revealing he loved to see the innocence of a child taken from their faces.
"He has no empathy, he is driven by the desire to fulfil the physical urge. We were not always sedated, sometimes we were awake and aware. I live with complex PTSD. It's a form of imprisonment," says the 43-year-old. "He's remorseless and self-righteous."

Michael Guider, who killed schoolgirl Samantha Knight, walks free from prison

Australian Associated Press

The notorious paedophile Michael Guider, who killed schoolgirl Samantha Knight decades ago, has walked free from a Sydney prison.

Guider was released from Long Bay jail on Thursday after the supreme court rejected a New South Wales government bid to keep him behind bars for another year.


He will be subject to a five-year extended supervision order with 56 strict conditions, including that he be electronically monitored 24/7 with an ankle bracelet.

The now 68-year-old pleaded guilty in 2002 to the manslaughter of nine-year-old Samantha, who went missing after leaving her Bondi home for school on 19 August 1986. Her body has never been found.

The NSW attorney general, Mark Speakman, had made an application for a one-year detention order.

Speaking outside the supreme court in Sydney on Tuesday, Samantha’s mother, Tess Knight, told reporters she was angry Guider was set to walk free.

“I am not disappointed, I am angry,” Tess Knight said.

She said while she took some consolation in the fact he would be kept under very strict supervision for five years, she said she was shaking inside at the prospect of his release.

“I see the effect that this has had on the people he abused as children, who are now young adults,” she said. “They have to live with the thought of him walking around having the freedom they don’t have.”

Lisa Giles, who was abused by Guider as a child, told reporters: “A child molester and a child killer will be released among us this week.

“It’s not over and we can see the inadequacies of the justice system very clearly today. And he will reoffend and when he does, those people who enabled this will be held accountable.”

When sentenced for Samantha’s death, Guider was already serving time for numerous sex offences against more than a dozen other children between 1980 and 1996.

The judge said the hearing was to assess the risk Guider posed in the future, rather than imposing punishment for his prior offending. He found that a further period of incarceration would not serve any rehabilitative purpose.

While it could not be said definitively that Guider’s sexual interest in children had disappeared, the judge considered he had done all that could be done in terms of rehabilitation in a prison setting.

Three experts, highly experienced in psychology and psychiatry, had all agreed Guider’s risk could be reasonably managed under a stringent and lengthy system of supervision within the community, the judge said.

He had taken note of Guider’s good behaviour when he was on escorted day leave from jail.

The 56 conditions of the supervision order include electronic monitoring and providing a weekly schedule of his movements three days in advance.

He must not without prior approval attend any place used solely or mainly for the sale or display of sexually explicit material, or for providing sexual services or sexually explicit entertainment.

Guider also must not approach or have contact with anyone he knows or reasonably should know is under 18, other than incidental contact in a public place, unless he has written permission.

He is not allowed to change his name or use any other name without the approval of his supervisor, nor can he significantly change his appearance.

Notorious paedophile back living in secret suburb despite abusing dozens of children

Michael Guider had served 17 years for killing schoolgirl Samantha Knight, nine, and has now moved out his half-way house to a secret, undisclosed location

Kara O'NeillReporter Mirror
  • 13:39, 17 OCT 2020

A notorious paedophile and child killer is back living in the community to the horror of his surviving victims.

Michael Guider, 69, who kidnapped and killed Sydney schoolgirl Samantha Knight in 1986 and preyed upon other children across two decades, was released from prison in September last year.

Guider pleaded guilty in 2002 to the manslaughter of Samantha, who went missing after leaving her Bondi home for school on 19 August 1986.

But when he was sentenced for Samantha's death, he was already imprisoned for numerous sex offences against more than a dozen other children between 1980 and 1996.

He was released from Long Bay jail in Malabar, Sydney, in September 2019 after the supreme court rejected a New South Wales government bid to keep him behind bars for another year.

At first, Guider was a resident at a jail-run half way house.


But as of March 2020, the sick paedophile moved out of the Nunyara Community Offender Support Program centre at Malabar and was placed in new permanent accommodation.

His location however, has not been disclosed.

This has angered Guider's victims, who say authorities will not tell them where the sick paedophile is living.

Samantha's body has never been found and Guider has shown no remorse for her manslaughter, which he once claimed was accidental and most recently said he had not committed.

His brother believed Michael, who is 13 months into a five-year extended supervision order, would find a way to return to his old ways once he was back in the community.

Tim told the Daily Mail: "He's a hunter. And that's what I think he'll do. He'll start out hunting.

"But he won't be limping around or hunched over or looking surly. He'll just walk around normally and he'll talk to people. He's a friendly, outgoing sort of guy.

"He'll start to look for victims because honestly he can't help himself."

Lisa Giles, one of Guider's victims who objected in the Supreme Court to his release last year, said that regardless of the conditions that he is forced to live under by law, "our children are not safe and our minds are not safe."

She added: "If Michael Guider is free, given an inch, he will take a mile. He will take a child's innocence, relish it in his hands and drink it like a fine wine."

Another of Guider's victims, Chantelle Daly, who has spoken out in the past about her experiences of being a six-year-old child when Guider drugged, molested and photographed her while he was supposed to babysitting, is also appalled that he is being to allowed to live a relatively anonymous life.

She said: "I think the fact he's got any right to privacy or this second chance at being an unknown man is completely ridiculous."

Chantelle added: "I could not imagine walking around, going about my daily life, and seeing him smack bang in the middle of the street. It's always at the back of your mind. Every corner you turn, you're like, are they going to be there? It's just constant and it's exhausting."

Guider was already serving a 16-year prison sentence for 60 sex offence charges against children when he inadvertently confessed to killing Samantha to fellow inmate Frank Soonius.

Guider claims he never meant to kill Samantha and had been drugging her so he could sexually abuse her before finding her dead in his living room.

He then disposed of the body and has added to the agony Samantha's grieving parents by refusing to admit where he put the body.