The Silk-Miller murders (also known as the Moorabbin Police murders) was the name given to the murders of Australian Victoria Police officers Sergeant Gary Silk and Senior Constable Rodney Miller in Cochranes Road, Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia on August 16 1998.
On the night of the murders, police officers were staking out the Silky Emperor Restaurant near the corner of Cochranes and Warrigal Roads, Moorabbin at approximately midnight when they were gunned down at close range.
Evidence left at the scene of the crime included pieces of glass, suspected to be from the getaway car used by the killers. Police tested this glass and discovered it came from a late model Hyundai hatchback. After extensive investigations, which took the team to the Hyundai factory in South Korea to obtain vital prosecution evidence, police narrowed down the exact make and model of the vehicle involved in the shootings from the glass samples. The vehicle was registered to the daughter of known criminal, Bandali Debs.
Former police officer Joe D'Alo was a member of the taskforce investigating the shootings. He left the force and authored a controversial book titled One Down, One Missing (ISBN 1-74066-141-9) about the crime. Assistant Commissioner of Crime, Simon Overland said of the book,
In May 2007, Debs was convicted of a third murder of an intellectually handicapped teenager named Kristy Mary Harty in Upper Beaconsfield around June 1997. This leads to his term in prison without the possibility of parole.
Australian Rules Football(AFL) clubs Hawthorn and St Kilda now play for the Blue Ribbon Cup, dedicated to those who have lost their lives while on duty. The best players from either side receive the Silk Medal (Hawthorn) and Miller Medal (St Kilda). As can probably be deduced, both men were passionate supporters of the code, and specifically, of the teams which have named the medals in their honour. This game ensures that the legacy of these two men continues to live on in the lives of Victorians each and every year.