November 6, 1997 (Oaks Day)
Jane Thurgood-Dove is gunned down in her driveway in Niddrie, Melbourne, as her three children watch from the car.
Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles is called out to investigate.
Later that afternoon, the getaway car is found burnt out in a nearby street.
1997 – 2001
Ron receives hundreds of leads, but the investigation focuses on two suspects – Jane’s husband Mark Thurgood-Dove and a policeman with whom Jane was having an affair.
Mark Thurgood-Dove and the police officer both take a polygraph test.
Mark passes. The police officer fails.
Ron mounts an undercover operation, which clears the police officer.
A $1 million reward is offered for information leading to the conviction of Jane’s killer.
Ron meets an informer who tells him that bikie Stephen Mordy killed Jane Thurgood-Dove, but it was a case of mistaken identity. Ron discovers Mordy is dead.
Ron also learns the identity of the man who allegedly stole the getaway car, Jamie Reynolds. Jamie Reynolds dies in a boating accident before Ron can investigate further.
With no one convicted in relation to Jane’s murder – and no evidence of who arranged the hit – the $1 million reward still stands.