Fugitive Lisa Marie Smith's image on a poster

This crazy sketch is on a pavement notice board in Newtown, Sydney

I am now convinced that British-Australian Interpol fugitive Lisa Marie Smith is shadowing me, trying to contact me – or someone who knows her is trying to get in touch. Either that or it is an astonishing coincidence that when I follow a particular route in my suburb, almost daily, I come across messages and posters containing her name.

The paths I tread are obscure – a back lane here, a walkway through a park there – but no matter where I go, the weird messages referring to her pop out of nowhere. The picture above has appeared in the past few days in the Sydney suburb of Newtown, near the railway station. It is sketched on an A-frame notice board, which is filled with crazed drawings and words that suggest the writer is hallucinating. Or is the apparent madness a cover for leaving a message for me…or for someone Lisa Marie knows…or someone Lisa Marie is trying to get in touch with?

It’s all very bizarre – but  how do you explain that these cryptic signs are posted in the very same places that I frequently walk in Sydney’s inner western suburbs and are not found anywhere else? Her name is written on pieces of paper stuffed into wire fencing or tacked to a tree – all of them freshly written on routes that I habitually take.

One message, contained on the same A-frame board that carries the strange drawing I’ve posted above, is aimed at – well, who? It asks: ‘Do you want to meet me?’ Now, is that Lisa asking someone – me? – if I want to meet her? Or is it someone Lisa knows asking if she wants to meet that person? The other messages I’ve seen posted around the Newtown and Stanmore suburbs are cryptic but all mention her name and most point out that she’s a fugitive  from Thailand after disappearing in 1996 while on bail after being charged with serious drug offences.

When she fled from Thailand in August 1996, the-then 20-year-old daughter of a wealthy Hong Kong-based insurance company executive is believed to have used a British replacement passport – she claimed to have lost the first in the weeks before her arrest – to flee to Greece.

There, she obtained yet another British passport and vanished – ending up among the top 10 on Interpol’s ‘Most Wanted’ list. An international police search, involving crack investigators in Britain and Australia, failed to find any clues as to Lisa Marie’s whereabouts and her father, who had posted bail for her in Thailand, insisted he had no idea where she was.

So, is she now in Australia, treading the paths that I tread? Are the messages aimed at me – because I’ve written about her extensively in the past? Or have they been put up by someone trying to get in touch with her? The mystery endures. But if Lisa Marie reads this, I’d be happy to hear from her. No tricks, no traps. I’m easily found.

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7 Responses to Is Fugitive Lisa Marie Smith Trying to Contact Me?

  1. Geoff. Woodgate says:

    Richard, you have to ask yourself, why is Lisa trying to make contact with you. Do you believe that becuase you walk down certain streets and you find these drawings that they are a message for you.?. I think you are drawing a thin string to a very long bow. Suggest you draw up a list of streets and lanes you regularly walk down, then nominate how many of these street younotice the drawings in. Expand your list, and use other streets, which dont have the drawings in them, then regularly walk down those streets, if the drawings start to appear, you may be onto something. Good Luck.

  2. D says:

    I’ve seen this movie before. You have a split personality disorder. It’s really you that have been putting up those signs everywhere you go. Why? Because, Lisa Marie Smith is in fact you. The shock of your crime and the consequences of the punishment were too much to bear and you’re conscious created a new persona. You’re delusional and living in a fantasy. Turn yourself in.

    [hint: check my location]

  3. admin says:

    From Richard – Thanks for your comments. Interesting suggestion about me being Lisa Marie Smith, but I’m happy to say that’s not the case! I’m hoping, though, that one day I can talk to her under her terms and hear her side of the story…

  4. Mike says:

    Richard, the name ‘Lisa Marie Smith’ is quite common. Could this be some unusual co-incidence? i.e someone obsessed with some girl with the same name?

  5. admin says:

    Hi Mike, Thanks for your observation but this is definitely the ‘right’ woman. There are too many clues on all the posters etc that have been left around for this Lisa Marie Smith to be anyone else. There are references to her drug conviction, the prison she was in, the name of her father and what his job was – these are the pointers that leave no doubt that the references are to the lady who has been a fugitive for all these years.

  6. Aaron says:

    Now that Lisa has been found, have you asked her whether she was trying to contact you?

  7. admin says:

    Good question. I haven’t found out as the last word from Ireland is that she has gone to ground again. I still hold out hope!

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