The murder of businessman and political candidate Donald Mackay is one of the greatest mysteries to occur in the Riverina.
The unanswered questions surrounding the death and location of the body of the anti-drugs campaigner haunt his family, those involved in the investigation and those who knew him. And it looks as though we just got one step further away from answers.
James Frederick Bazley, the man convicted of conspiring to murder Mr Mackay, died in Melbourne last week.
He was aged in his 90s and while never convicted of the crime, was widely suspected to have been the one that pulled the trigger on Mr Mackay in a Griffith car park in 1977.
He was sentenced to life in prison over the double murder of drug couriers Isabel and Douglas Wilson and nine years for conspiracy to murder Mr Mackay.
Mr Bazley was released in 2001.
He remain tight-lipped through investigations and while he was imprisoned, not providing any real answers to many of the questions the police had and still have.
Over the past 41 years, there have been plenty of theories on how Mr Mackay died and what happened to his body, which has still not been found.
We’ve heard them all – he was shot in the car park, fed to pigs, the mafia and police were involved.
But none of these theories have led to any concrete evidence on who did it or where the body is located.
There have been books that have been written and even a series of Underbelly that referenced the incident but that’s all they are, just stories.
They are interesting to read and watch but few have given real answers.
There have been very few people connected to the murder and if Mr Bazley was involved, in any way, anything he knew might have died with him.
We can only hope that if there was someone he told or revealed details to or confessed to, that they come forward to assist to finally solve the case.
Four decades is too long for the family and the public to wait for answers.