Stranded: The Anita Cobby Story

Rorie Jane McCormack
After the Fact
Published in
13 min readMar 2, 2024

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Featured image from Anita Cobby episode of Propensity: A True Crime Anthology Podcast.
Image: Rorie Jane McCormack, Propensity: A True Crime Anthology Podcast

It was the 2nd of February 1986. A Sunday. Late summer in the southern hemisphere. Anita Cobby, a nurse at Sydney Hospital in central Sydney, had finished her shift at 3pm. She had met two nursing friends for dinner at a Lebanese restaurant in Redfern. One of her friends drove her to Central railway station, where she took the 21:12 train to Blacktown. She had been staying with her parents for the past six weeks, after separating…

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Rorie Jane McCormack
After the Fact

Lover of words. Creator of things. Curator of dark curiosities. Host of Propensity: A True Crime Anthology Podcast. Writer of Books (Coming 2024).