The troubled stepson of murdered Melbourne retailer Karen Ristevski has launched a Facebook blog in a bid to bring attention to the unsolved crime.
Self-described ice addict Anthony Rickard, 33, is seeking financial support for the project, titled “A life of missery (sic) from Rickard to Ristevski”.
Mr Rickard has asked his 5000-plus friends and followers to share the “book blog” around in order to “make a bit of an impact”.
Mr Rickard has sensationally alleged that he was having an affair with his stepmother and that the pair were planning to run away together before she disappeared.
He told police their relationship developed after his father, Borce Ristevski, and Ms Ristevski took him into their home as a teenager after he fell out with his mother.
“Boris (sic) u were not there for me for my first 14years why the f — k did u come into my life and f — k the next 14 years?,” Mr Rickard wrote in one of his typically cryptic posts in April.
“ … what a f — king looser u are staying with the woman who wanted to leave u for ur son I choose to stay with the wrong person!”
The rants against his father have intensified in the months since Ms Ristevski’s badly decomposed body was found hidden in bushland at Mt Macedon in Melbourne’s northwest on February 20.
Just hours after detectives identified the remains, Mr Ristevski’s high profile criminal defence lawyer Rob Stary said of his client: “It’s pretty clear police have him as their number one suspect.”
Police finally broke their silence on Mr Ristevski’s status in June, with Inspector Tim Day declaring: “Yes he is a suspect, I won’t go into if there are others. What makes him a suspect I’ll leave others to judge why.”
Mr Ristevski has been interviewed by police several times and has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.
The 52-year-old has told police the last time he saw his wife was around 10am on June 29, 2016, when she left their Avondale Heights home to clear her head after the pair argued about money.
Police later traced pings from the couple’s mobile phones to transmitter towers along Melbourne’s Calder Highway on the day of her disappearance. Ms Ristevski’s mobile phone was reportedly tracked near Gisborne, 40km northwest of the family home.
The data also revealed that Mr Ristevski’s mobile phone was switched off for about two hours that day.
Investigators recently released footage of a black Mercedes-Benz SLK coupe, the same car model as Ms Ristevski’s, driving northwest along Old Calder Highway.
The grainy video shows the vehicle driving over a railway crossing in the northwest Melbourne suburb of Diggers Rest at 11.12am on the day she disappeared.
This week Mr Rickard posted a series of bizarre, barely comprehensible rants, including one in which he apologises to his stepmother for not being present on the day she vanished.
“RIP karen I’m sorry I made the wrong choices that morning I was loyal to who was not to me didn’t want to b a toy boy my single crazy mum brought a real man up by14 was as u was 20
karen in my head I saying can’t do this my heart wanting to b with the only person who … truely loved me I wish I walked with u that morning dad turnned out to b a dog (sic)”.
Mr Ristevski has told investigators he drove his wife’s car the day she disappeared to test a faulty fuel gauge. He said the fuel gauge fixed itself when he drove over a bump near the Calder Park Raceway.
His brother Vasco has also come under scrutiny for comments he made in the wake of Ms Ristevski’s disappearance.
Locals have claimed to have seen him at the site of an abandoned restaurant that burned down three years ago and recently he was filmed by a TV crew near his sister-in-law’s Mount Macedon gravesite.
Last year, he told the Herald Sun “a lot of husbands” kill their wives “but no way is Borce capable of that”.
“I don’t think she will come back, I reckon she’s gone for good,” he said.
He made the comments in August, just hours after police searched bushland in the Barmah National Park, where the Ristevski family is believed to have spent holidays.
He also speculated that Ms Ristevski had fled overseas on a fake passport.
Mr Rickard has also been interviewed by police. He has denied anything to do with Ms Ristevski’s death but says he cannot account for his movements on the day of her disappearance.
He told media he had overheard Ms Ristevski talking about leaving her husband when their daughter Sarah turned 21.
Mr Rickard also approached Channel Nine’s A Current Affair program in August last year in a bid to sell his story about having been romantically involved with his stepmother.
The program confirmed a “fake offer” of $50,000, but claimed he turned it down and demanded $200,000.
Mr Rickard told the Herald Sun the program approached him with a money offer and he did not ask for cash.
The unemployed father-of-two has denied killing Ms Ristevski but admitted he “would have like to” in a bizarre interview with the Herald Sun.
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