Cop-killing conspiracy theorist Gareth Train bombarded his younger brother Nathaniel’s wife with cruel threats after she reported her estranged husband missing, it has emerged.
Constables Matthew Arnold and Rachel McCrow were both executed by the Train brothers and Gareth’s wife Stacey Train after visiting their property in a remote part of Queensland as part of their search for the missing Nathaniel.
Neighbour Alan Dare, 58, who arrived on the scene in an attempt to help the police was also shot dead.
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The officers were sent to the home in Wieambilla – three hours west of Brisbane – after Nathaniel’s wife reported him missing to NSW Police.
She had not heard from the 46-year-old since October, but hadn’t seen him in the flesh for a year.
Shortly after police made a public appeal for help finding Nathaniel, his estranged wife was hit with a barrage of messages from her brother-in-law Gareth.
“She’d stopped hearing from him, so she got a missing person’s report,” a teacher who knows Nathaniel’s wife told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“Then [Gareth] started sending a barrage of messages over her doing it. They were quite threatening messages.”
The murderous trio previously worked at the Queensland Department of Education but all had quit their positions.
Stacey held anti-vax beliefs that saw her quit her job as a head of curriculum at a nearby school in December last year.
Now, the Guardian reports that Gareth and Mrs Train raised two children on various properties they owned in regional parts of Queensland – however, Nathaniel, not Gareth, was the children’s father. The children are now believed to be in their 20s.
The paper spoke to family members who said Nathaniel and Stacey were high school sweethearts in Toowoomba, where both were involved in the independent evangelical church run by the brothers’ father, pastor Ronald A Train.
They got married in their late teens in 1995 and had two kids – however, the relationships soured when Mrs Train left her husband for his brother, Gareth.
The relationship caused a rift in the family – particularly between the brothers and their father, who was a pastor for 27 years at a church which has strict views on marriage.
Nathaniel and his father had not spoken for 23 years with Ronald confirming that fact in a Facebook comment under a missing person’s appeal for Nathaniel.
Ronald told A Current Affair he had “absolutely no idea” Gareth and Stacey had struck up a relationship.
“My second son Gareth is on the Asperger’s line. Very difficult to control very overpowering,” he said.
“I just think he took over that relationship that Nathaniel and Stacey had.
Gareth and Nathaniel were fairly close because they were two brothers next to each other.”
Nathaniel’s career as an educator in Queensland and NSW has been well documented and it has been previously reported that Stacey worked in the system as well.
However, information around Gareth and his career has been extremely scarce.
A spokesperson told news.com.au that Gareth resigned from the Department of Education in May 2016.
They said Nathaniel and Stacey resigned in March 2020 and December 2021, respectively.
“They were not subject to any Departmental disciplinary proceedings,” the Department spokesperson said.
“Our deepest thoughts and sincere sympathies are with the victims’ families, friends, colleagues and loved ones at this tragic time.”
Ex-student says Train made her life ‘hell’
A former student of Nathaniel has claimed the ex-principal made her life “hell” while she was in primary school.
Chantel Kari told news.com.au she and many other Indigenous students had unpleasant interactions with the accused cop killer over the years.
He was the principal at Bentley Park College in Cairns when she was in Year 6, which was around 2006.
“He made my life hell. A lot of the Indigenous students at Bentley Park College had issues with him,” the now 29-year-old said, adding he would have been in his early 30s at the time.
“I was constantly suspended from school for no reason other than he said so, kind of thing.”
Ms Kari said eventually her grandmother stepped in and made a complaint to the Queensland Department of Education.
She said “it was a lot” to deal with and all the paperwork that had to go through the Department took “months”.
“They ended up stepping him down and moving him and the deputy principal from the school because of the constant trouble Indigenous students and families were having with him,” Ms Kari claimed.
Speculation has been rife about how Nathaniel, once a well-known educator within a number of communities, became a cold-blooded cop killer.
The last school that he worked at was Walgett Community College Primary School in NSW, but his time as principal all came crashing down after he became consumed by NAPLAN cheating scandal.
One student, who may have been related to a teaching assistant, was unable to answer the first two questions on their NAPLAN test but then got all of the remaining 34 questions correct, the Daily Mail reported.
Nathaniel reported this to the NSW Department of Education but was said to be unhappy with the lack of action.
In August 2022, Train suffered a massive heart attack at the school and was saved by teachers who rushed to his aid.
He never returned to school but did not stop his campaign to resolve the cheating scandal, firing off 16 separate emails to the education department.
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