Anita Cobby's Murderer, Michael Murphy Dies In Prison

One of NSW's most notorious killers, convicted of murdering Sydney nurse Anita Cobby, has died in jail.

Michael Murphy, 66, was one of five men found guilty of raping and killing the 26-year-old in a paddock in western Sydney in 1986.

Cobby, a nurse and former beauty pageant winner, was abducted in a suburban street in Blacktown in Sydney's west on February 2.

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Anita Cobby was raped and murdered in western Sydney. Image: Twitter/Steve Hart

She was dragged into a car with five men inside. The men were John Travers, Michael Murdoch, and brothers Michael, Leslie and Gary Murphy.

Cobby was sexually assaulted in the car and was later moved from the car to a paddock.

In the paddock she was further sexually assaulted. She was also nearly decapitated and killed.

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Anita Cobby was murdered at age 26. Image: AAP.

All five men were arrested and charged with a range of offences. Micheal Murphy was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The horrific crime outraged people all over Australia and a number of rallies were held outside Blacktown Police Station as a result.

A Corrective Services NSW spokeswoman confirmed Murphy died at Long Bay Hospital about 11.55pm on Thursday.

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Micheal Murphy has died at 66. Image: Twitter/Steve Hart

"The Corrective Services Investigation Unit, which is part of the NSW Police Force, is investigating and will prepare a report on the death," she told AAP on Friday.

"All deaths in custody are subject to a coronial inquest, including deaths resulting from natural causes."

With AAP.

Featured Image: Twitter/ Steve Hart