Police interview transcripts of Daniel Morcombe’s killer, Brett Peter Cowan’s chilling confession to another abduction has been released.

Last week saw the High Court dismiss Brett Cowan’s application for an appeal in his conviction in the murder of QLD boy Daniel Morcombe, and a vivid police transcript from over twenty years ago has now been exposed.

A 7News investigation has revealed that ten years prior to Daniel Morcombe’s abduction and murder, Cowan admitted to committing a similar crime on another boy.


Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Cowan.


The police transcript reveals the intimate details of the crime that Cowan admits to committing.  In 1993, he was 24-years-old and living in Darwin when he abducted a six-year-old boy.

‘I asked him for a kiss then he wouldn’t… didn’t want a kiss.’

‘He was just saying no, no, no,’ Cowan said.

He claimed in the interview that he was hearing voices in his head and that he didn’t realise what he was doing.

‘I had my hand over his mouth at one stage.’ Cowan confessed.

Cowan described the boy sobbing and crying after being choked and abused.  Initially denying the attack in the interview, Cowan completely confesses to the crime as the interview progressed.  Cowan admitted that he needed help at the time.

‘Sometimes I hear voices in my head…I need help, I admit it’.  Just wanted to get it off my chest.’

‘I wish I’d never done it, I wish it never happened…I’m sorry,’ he told police.

The little boy was left naked, with scratches all over his body and left for dead but he did survive.

It was ten years later that Cowan abducted and murdered Daniel Morcombe on the Sunshine Coast.


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  • This man is a MONSTER! HE belongs to stay in jail. I am saddened to hear of other abductions.


  • Another monster whom shouldn’t have been allowed to walk the same streets or breath the same air as these innocent children. So glad he gets to rot in hell with the voices in his head.


  • The transcript is from 20 years ago? Why wasn’t he convicted then??? Horrible!!


  • An absolute monster!!


  • Lke jd


  • I gather he got away with this assault at that time. Will he go to trial for this evil act as well? I commend the Morcombes for pushing child safety issues following their tragedy. My children welcomed them coming to their school to talk last year.


  • Now why wasn’t he jailed for life then .. This story I have read before and goes much more into gruesome detail as to what he did to that 6 year old boy at the time .. Now why was he allowed out of prison for this our judiciary system is a joke when it comes to pedophiles makes my blood boil !!


  • this mongrel should never be released, we should also have the death penalty should be reintroduced for crimes such as this


  • That poor little boy. May Cowan never be released


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