On the night of August 19, 1986, Tess Knight came home from work to her empty Bondi unit, where she was expecting to find her nine-year-old daughter, Samantha. It was a Tuesday, and Samantha should have been home from school.
But when Tess discovered that the neighbours hadn’t seen her daughter all afternoon, she quickly released something was wrong. Tess called the police.
What ensued was one of the biggest police searches in New South Wales’ history.
Guider pleaded guilty to the 1986 manslaughter of the Bondi schoolgirl, which saw him handed a 17-year prison term in 2002.
The court, at the time, heard Guider had given the nine-year-old an overdose of a sleeping drug.
The gardener and part-time babysitter was already serving a 16-year sentence after pleading guilty in 1996 to dozens of child sex offences against 11 victims.
Some of Guider’s other victims, too, had been drugged so he could photograph and abuse them.
To date, Guider has never revealed the location of Samantha Knight’s body. And now his sentence will expire on June 6 and he is expected to walk from prison aged 69.
A victim’s warning: Sydney will become Guider’s “hunting ground”.
Chantelle Hamilton, one of Guider’s surviving victims, is warning that Sydney will become a “hunting ground” if he is released in less than two weeks. Hamilton is marching down Bondi Beach promenade on Saturday alongside Sam’s school mates and locals to protest his release.
“Keeping pedophiles in jail is important, they’re an infestation in the community,” Ms Hamilton said.
The now-30-year-old mother has already marched in Adelaide, where she lives, but wants to protest in the community still haunted by Guider’s crimes.