The secret life of one of Australia's worst mass murderers

Clifford Bartholomew served less than eight years in jail after committing mass murder

Clifford Bartholomew served less than eight years in jail after committing mass murder

One of Australia's worst mass murderers who shot ten members of his family served less than eight years in prison before changing his name and remarrying.

Clifford Bartholomew shot his wife Heather, their seven children aged one to 17 along with his sister-in-law and her child in Hope Forest, South Australia on September 6, 1971. 

He was initially sentenced to hang but was instead imprisoned for life before being released on parole in 1979 because he had been a 'model prisoner.'

The abattoir slaughterman changed his name to Clifford Palmer and lived in Victoria and Queensland from 1990 where he remarried.

Nobody knows if he ever told his second wife, who died in 2012, of his grisly past. 

Bartholomew died aged 71 in 2002 but his niece was only told last week.

Noeleen Paltridge was at the family's Fathers' Day gathering just hours before the murders - but had a lucky escape when her stepbrother drover her away from Bartholomew's farmhouse instead of staying the night because 'something

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