Sallie-Anne Huckstepp is the tragic poster-girl of Australian corruption.
“[Her] father never really understood her”, according to Sallie-Anne’s sister Debra. And their mother? “I don’t think she was a maternal woman at all.”
Her unstable childhood might go some way towards explaining how she ended up in the arms of Kings Cross drug-dealer, Warren Lanfranchi, before his murder
And how she ended up on 60 Minutes, blowing the whistle on the NSW Police force detective she knew to be responsible.
Meshel Laurie and true crime writer Emily Webb unpack the unsolved case of Sallie-Anne Huckstepp, on Australian True Crime. Post continues after audio…
Born Sallie-Anne Krivoshow in 1954, Sallie-Anne left school aged 17, married Bryan Huckstepp, and changed her surname.
She also became a prostitute. Initially, to fund her new husband’s heroin addiction. But within months, it was to fund her own.
“She was a very, very attractive girl”, Debra Krivoshow, Sallie-Anne’s sister, tells Australian True Crime hosts Emily Webb and Meshel Laurie.
Debra goes on, “She would come across very strong in her personality and awareness of herself, but really she was quite fragile… people either really loved her or they didn’t understand her.”
By 1981, Sallie-Anne Huckstepp had left her husband and started a relationship with Warren Lanfranchi, a notorious heroin dealer based in Sydney’s Kings Cross.
In the very same year, however, Lanfranchi was murdered by a former New South Wales Police Force detective-sergeant.
That detective-sergeant was Roger Rogerson; a name now synonymous with serious corruption, and unquantifiable immorality.