Thursday, 23 October 830pm - The Prime Minister Is Missing
From Rambling Thoughts
With Australia at war in Vietnam in 1967, suddenly Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared without a trace - an event unparalleled in the history of western democracy. The nation was in shock and disbelief at the shattering news, hoping for a miracle for the man who famously declared it was “all the way with LBJ”.
Police led a ’softly softly’ investigation and concluded accidental drowning. But at the height of the Cold War paranoia, persistent doubts about his disappearance fuelled rumours and wild speculation.
Why did Holt go into such violent surf that day? Had he chosen a bizarre way out of a difficult situation? Why were police withholding crucial facts? What had they overlooked?