Melbourne's shocking tradition of bloodshed continued throughout 2020 despite its residents being locked up for most of the year.
It was New Year's Day when Melburnians woke to the news that yet another woman's life had been needlessly claimed.
Lindita Musai had been trying to start a new life away from her father when she was cut down in a hail of bullets alongside her new husband Veton.
Lindita Musai and new husband Veton were killed on New Year's Eve. Melburnians woke to a New Year of horror that continued throughout 2020Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Maud Steenbeek had been on a Skype call with her brother inside her Heidelberg West home when she was attacked
The scene on Coppin Grove where a woman was murdered as she pulled up at her home in January
It would be the catalyst for a nightmare year that began with catastrophic bushfires and ended with the death of hundreds from the COVID-19 pandemic.
And before January was even over, another woman was dead.
Maud Steenbeek had been on a Skype call with her brother inside her Heidelberg West home when she was attacked.
The 61-year old had been seriously ill from a bout of Chemotherapy to battle a recently diagnosed cancer.
Only weeks earlier she had spent precious time with her family back in the Netherlands, from where she left to migrate to Australia some 35 years earlier.
Her alleged killer, Xochil O'Neill, had been brutally bashed at the scene by Ms Steenbeek's son, who had rushed to her aid.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Footage of the distraught son running towards a television camera at the scene was aired across the country.
In July, O'Neill would plead not guilty to Ms Steenbeek's murder and today continues to await trial.
Melburnians only had days to come to grips with Ms Steenbeek's death when another woman was butchered in Melbourne's south-east.
It is a murder now almost forgotten by the general public due to a series of court-imposed gag orders that forbid the name of the woman or her alleged killer from being named.
The mother of three had been murdered in the driveway of her own home after trying to protect children in her care from a man accused of stabbing her to death.
It was a crime that shocked the entire nation.
A source told Daily Mail Australia at the time that her alleged killer had isolated the children in the home from his alleged victim before turning on her.
Witnesses claimed the woman was seen and heard running for her life from the home before collapsing in a driveway in front of the children.
Ellie Price was found dead in her South Melbourne apartment
Leading Senior Constable Lynnette Taylor and her colleagues, Kevin King, Glen Humphris, and Josh Prestney all died while they were on duty
Carol Clay went missing in March and is believed to have been murdered
A prosecutor acting on behalf of Victorian director of the Office of Public Prosecutions, Kerri Judd, QC, had attempted to suppress any information on the alleged murder being reported at all, including the fact it was a matter of alleged domestic violence.
By the end of February, Melburnians were still coming to grips with a tragic train derailment, which claimed the lives of two people, when all hell broke loose.
Hawthorn's Coppin Grove is a world away from the ordinary Australian reality.
But in March, it became a crime scene when a crazed knifeman stabbed to death a woman outside her home.
He critically injured another woman who had been with her.
A 59-year-old man was also killed by Mohammed Ibrahim that day.
Police believed it was a completely random attack.
The victim on Coppin Grove was a 30 year old woman.
She was never named by the media and became yet another faceless woman killed on the streets of Melbourne.
In the coming weeks the tragedy would become yet another faded memory as Australians went into hard lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Another good woman would be killed the following month.
This time it was a police officer.
Leading Senior Constable Lynnette Taylor and her colleagues, Kevin King, Glen Humphris, and Josh Prestney all died while they were on duty.
While it wasn't murder, truck driver Mohinder Singh Bajwa faces up to 20 years in jail after pleading guilty to culpable driving.
Melburnians endured a week of funerals in a year that appeared to be going from bad to worse.
The burnt vehicle Carol Clay had gone bush in with her lover Russell Hill. Both have never been seen alive again
The body of Elaine Pandilovski, 44, was discovered in July underneath her Mill Park home, on the northern outskirts of Melbourne.
They didn't need to wait long before the blood of another young woman was spilt.