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Herald searches for stamp man's secrets

Thu 15 Jul 2004 In: New Zealand Daily News

Police are no closer to solving the murder of stamp collector Robert Hunt, but the NZ Herald seems keen to connect his death to homosexuality and paedophilia. Despite running a story in today's issue headlined "Slain stamp collector led secret gay life", the only secret gay life the newspaper managed to uncover was Hunt's appearance on a gay dating website three years ago where his innocuous advertisement stated he was looking for a "soulmate". The paedophilia connection was next, with the Herald revealing "that a man who helped to run stamp camps with him [Hunt] was a convicted paedophile who befriended boys through his Hamilton stamp club." Close friend Barbara Streeter said that although the men ran the national youth stamp camps together, they were not close friends, and that Hunt was as shocked as anyone when he found out 60-year-old Gordon Owen Passau was a paedophile. Friends described Hunt as extremely kind and caring, and family are "devastated" at the loss of their "teddybear big brother".    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Thursday, 15th July 2004 - 12:00pm

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