St Kilda streets of fear, as mother of two, Samantha Mizzi, was bashed repeatedly by a crazed attacker overnight
At approximately 9.50pm on Tuesday the 29th of March, 1994, Samantha Mizzi was severely beaten with an object and suffered a violent sexual assault, resulting in her death shortly after. She was stripped before being left to die in the bushes, and her belongings had been taken from her.
The Homicide Squad are seeking help from the public in solving this case.
What we do know about Miss Mizzi’s movements on that night, is that she was seen talking to a male on Brighton Road, near the corner of Blanche Street. The pair had a short conversation before walking off together towards Blanche Street.
This male has been described as between 40-45 years of age, approximately 6-foot tall, thin build with short grey hair. The male appeared to be of Caucasian appearance and was wearing a light, yellowish tan coloured zip up jacket.
Sometime between 10pm and 10.30pm, local residents heard a woman screaming, and at approximately 11pm, a witness discovered Miss Mizzi unresponsive at the rear of 333 Brighton Road, St Kilda. Miss Mizzi was taken to hospital where she sadly passed away the following morning.
Despite extensive and thorough investigation, the person who violently attacked and killed Miss Mizzi is yet to be brought to justice. We ask that you review this case and all the available details, and for anyone that has any information about the person responsible for this brutal crime to please come forward and contact the Homicide Squad.
27 years on, and it could be your information that allows us to move forward in our investigations into the sexual assault and subsequent murder of Samantha Mizzi.
Homicide Squad detectives are continuing to appeal for information in relation to the murder of Samantha Mizzi in St Kilda in 1994.
On 28 March, 1994 Samantha travelled to the area from Castlemaine to try and earn some money to support her children, who were at home being cared for by a friend.
Around 9.50pm the following day, Samantha was seen by two witnesses on Brighton Road, near Blanche Street, speaking to an unknown man.
The pair had a short conversation before walking off together towards Blanche Street.
Local residents told police that sometime between 10pm and 10.30pm on 29 March, they heard a woman scream three or four times.
Around 11pm, a passerby discovered Samantha in an unresponsive state amongst the ti-tree at the rear of a property at 333 Brighton Road in St Kilda.
Samantha was conveyed to hospital but sadly passed away the following morning.
She had been severely beaten with an object and suffered a violent sexual assault, before being stripped and left to die in the bushes.
Samantha’s belongings had also been stolen.
Despite a search of the area, the weapon used in Samantha’s fatal assault was not located.
The man seen speaking to Samantha that night has been described as being between 40-45 years of age, perceived to be of Caucasian appearance, about 182cm tall with a thin build and short grey hair that was parted to the left.
At the time he was wearing a fawn coloured zip-up jacket and slacks.
Police have released a photo of Samantha and urge anyone with knowledge of who is responsible for her murder to come forward.
Reviewed 29 June 2021