On 4 May 1982, Australian army personnel Robin Reid and Paul Luckman kidnapped teenage boys Peter Aston and Terry Ryan on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Reid and Luckman then drove the boys at gun and knife point to Kingscliff, New South Wales, where they were beaten, tortured, and sexually assaulted before Aston was ultimately murdered.
On 3 May, Peter Aston, then 13 years old, decided to hitchhike to his hometown of Melbourne to join his brother. Peter’s school friend, Terry Ryan, also thirteen, agreed to keep him company until he reached the Gold Coast, and then planned to go back home.
The two caught the train to Beenleigh and bought some clothes, then proceeded to hitchhike south, down the Gold Coast highway. After a short while they came across a yellow 4WD Daihatsu and its occupants Reid, 34, and Luckman, 17, who offered to give the boys a lift down the coast.
Not long on the road, the two boys were threatened at knife and gunpoint by the two men, who then drove the car over the Queensland/New South.
Reid and Luckman then bound, sexually assaulted and savagely beat the two boys. Terry was also forced by the two men to bash and assault his friend Peter. Peter Aston was stabbed, tortured and eventually buried alive. By this point, Terry Ryan had reasoned with his attackers and they agreed to drive him home.
Terry later told police, “They got everything they had, put it in the car and drove off, and me too, and they drove me back home. While we were driving they told me that they were Satan worshippers and they had to do it for the sacrifice.”