Wieambilla shooting: Madelyn Train received bizarre text during siege with police

Read the chilling six-word text doomsday conspiracy theorist sent his ‘daughter’ in the middle of a bloody firefight with elite specialist police – as she opens up about cop-killer trio’s bizarre love triangle

  • Madelyn Train has spoken out for first time
  • She is the daughter of the Wieambilla ambush perpetrators
  • She was sent a text in the middle of the six-hour long siege  

A paranoid conspiracy theorist who had just gunned down two young police officers sent his ‘daughter’ one final deranged text while holed up in his remote shack surrounded by elite specialist cops.

Madelyn Train received the message from Gareth Train on December 12, unaware that he was in the depths of a six-hour long siege at Wieambilla, in country Queensland, which began with bloody gunfire and would end the same way.

An unhinged Gareth wrote that ‘Vanessa sent people to kill us’, referring to the estranged second wife of his brother Nathaniel. 

Vanessa had made the missing persons report that brought police to the remote property on a routine welfare check. 

Nathaniel and his first wife Stacey were alongside Gareth in the siege. 

The trio were involved in a bizarre love triangle with Stacey having divorced Nathaniel and going on to marry Gareth.

Gareth and Stacey (pictured) married after she divorced Nathaniel with Madelyn saying she grew up considering him as her father

Gareth and Stacey (pictured) married after she divorced Nathaniel with Madelyn saying she grew up considering him as her father

Gareth sent an unhinged text message to Madelyn during the siege

Gareth sent an unhinged text message to Madelyn during the siege

A distraught Madelyn, now in her 20s, broke her silence on Sunday night in a television interview, revealing that she was agedjust three when her biological parents divorced – and that she had always considered Gareth her father.

In defending the strange relationship between her parents and uncle, she said that she ‘grew up in a really healthy, happy family environment (and) the only reason it was unusual is literally people’s interpretation of it.’

Nathaniel, Gareth and Stacey Train gunned down police constables Rachel McCrow, 29, and Matthew Arnold, 26, as the officers exited their patrol car and walked up the driveway to the property.

Two other constables barely managed to escape the barrage of bullets, while neighbour Alan Dare, 58, was shot in the back as he ventured closer to investigate the gunshots and a grass fire.

Madelyn Train denied claims that the trio were meth users despite widespread reports from locals and said she did not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor. 

‘I’d say they were influenced by fear, by whatever was happening and them not understanding,’ she told 9News.

Maddy said her mother 'hated guns' (pictured as a child with her younger brother and Stacey)

Maddy said her mother ‘hated guns’ (pictured as a child with her younger brother and Stacey)

Days before the deadly ambush, Stacey Train admitted she had lost contact with her children (Maddy pictured)

Days before the deadly ambush, Stacey Train admitted she had lost contact with her children (Maddy pictured)

‘Gary would often think he was in a military scenario because he wanted to join the military, he’d read lots of military books,’ she said.

Madelyn declared the trio were the ‘gentlest’ people she knew.

‘I mourn six people. I mourn my family, I mourn the police officers, and I mourn the neighbour,’ she said.

‘I have developed acute traumatic stress disorder from it.

‘Because grieving three of your family members is hard enough but then finding out what they did and then seeing everyone’s reaction to what they did.

‘They (Nathaniel and Gareth) were both shot dead. And then mum was trying to get out the back.

‘They said she was armed but mum didn’t like guns so I don’t know what she was armed with, but the police said it was a gun and I trust the police.’

The Trains had spent years fortifying the wooden home into a makeshift bunker to try to fend off an assault by police, which they had long anticipated. 

They even set up elaborate defences, lived off the grid and installed solar panels and satellite dishes, as well as rainwater and septic tanks. 

The trio were eventually shot dead in the late night showdown with officers from Queensland Police’s Special Emergency Response Team – a crack team of specially trained cops kitted out with tactical gear and high-powered weapons. 

Madelyn said Gareth has always believed in conspiracy theories but his delusions went up a notch during the Covid pandemic. 

‘It’s like he was doing this weird project on Covid and the end of the world,’ she said.

He began feverishly posting his skewed views on conspiracy websites and forums. 

Gareth on several occasions claimed online that the 1996 Port Arthur massacre was a military operation and that Princess Diana was killed as a ‘blood sacrifice’. 

Madelyn Train (pictured) the devastated daughter and step-daughter of Wieambilla cop ambush perpetrators Nathaniel, Gareth and Stacey Train

Madelyn Train (pictured) the devastated daughter and step-daughter of Wieambilla cop ambush perpetrators Nathaniel, Gareth and Stacey Train 

Pictured: Gareth Train

Pictured: Nathaniel and Stacey Train

Former school groundsman Gareth Train (left) lived at the Wieambilla home with his former school principal wife Stacey Train. She had previously been married to Gareth’s brother Nathaniel, also a former school principal (pictured above with Stacey on their wedding day)

She said her mother grew more isolated when she lost her job at Tara State College for refusing to get a Covid vaccine.

She said Nathaniel suffered a heart attack which affected his short term memory and caused him to get increasingly erratic. 

Madelyn added that despite being linked to the tragedy, she would not change her name.

‘My name is not a secret, I have never done anything wrong,’ she said.

Stacey and Gareth Train posted a chilling YouTube video three hours before they were killed in the Wieambilla shootout

Stacey and Gareth Train posted a chilling YouTube video three hours before they were killed in the Wieambilla shootout


For 27 years, evil cop killers Gareth, Stacey and Nathaniel Train criss-crossed Queensland as they worked at various schools around the state, often overlapping and apparently living with each other in a bizarre love triangle until they died in a hail of bullets on Monday at their fortified rural property


Teenagers Nathaniel and Stacey Train are married in a ceremony conducted by the brother’s Baptist Church pastor father Ronald in Toowoomba

FEBRUARY 10, 1997

Nathaniel, Gareth and Stacey and parents Ronald and Gwenyth plus other family members buy a home at 21 John St in Cambooya near Toowoomba in Queensland’s Darling Downs for $89,000


Stacey leaves Nathaniel for Gareth


Father Ronald says he stopped speaking to Nathaniel

AUGUST 5 2004

The Cambooya home is re-sold to the brothers’ parents Gwenyth and Ronald, and three other family members for $15,000, which appears to be buying out Gareth and Stacey. There is no mention of Nathaniel as a vendor even though he was listed as an original buyer with rest of family. The sale is listed as ‘estranged family members’.


Nathaniel is working at Bentley College in Cairns in far north Queensland


Gareth and Stacey are registered as living with Nathaniel at 54 Barnard Drive, Mt Sheridan, in south Cairns. Neighbours don’t recall them.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2004

The three of them buy a four-bedroom house on four hectares of land at 34 River Road, in Millstream, 120km south of Cairns, for $107,000. Neighbours remember them as ‘nasty, aggressive paranoid people’ who installed CCTV, floodlights and barbed wire at the property

JANUARY 13 2009

The three of them sold the Millstream home for $235,000. The three of them give a fictitious address next to Proston State School in Queensland’s South Burnett region as their home


Stacey is principal at Proston State School. Gareth is the school groundsman


Stacey is principal of Quinalow P-10 State School in the Darling Downs region


Nathaniel is principal at Innisfail East State School, south of Cairns in far north Queensland


Gareth and Stacy work at Camooweal State School in Queensland’s north-west, close to the border with the Northern Territory. Locals are shocked by the couple’s behaviour. Gareth butchered pigs next to the school oval and hung their carcasses in full view of children while Stacey is said to have punished students who complained about bullying, according to the ABC. Gareth is also said to have assaulted students who swore and was seen dragging his wife by the hair into their home.


Their children are students at a state school in north-west Queensland which Daily Mail Australia has chosen not to name.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

Gareth and Stacey buy 44hectares of coal fracking land for $50,000 at 219 Cypress Road in Kumbarilla in Queensland’s South Burnett region, close to the Western Downs


Stacey is a deputy principal at Happy Valley State School in Mt Isa in north-west Queensland. Her principal pays tribute to her in an end of year address: ‘It has been inspiring to work with you…you have brought wonderful expertise and vision to our school.’


Gareth and Stacey are registered as living at 61 Abel Smith Parade Sunset, but probably the State School Home at 2 Hinkler Crescent, Mt Isa. Gareth is groundsman at Mt Isa State Special School on July 22, 2014

FEBRUARY 5, 2015

Gareth and Stacey buy the remote rural property at 251 Wains Road, Wieambilla in Queensland’s Western Downs for $95,000 – which they would fortify to ambush police, and where they would ultimately die in the ensuing shootout 


Their son is lauded at a glittering awards ceremony for the ‘highest achievement by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student in Queensland’ for his outstanding work throughout his school career. He has been staying north-west Queensland attending the local state school while his parents worked elsewhere in the state


Gareth and Stacey work at Indigenous Pormpuraaw State School, on Queensland’s Cape York on the Gulf of Carpenteria coastline. 

MARCH 2016

Gareth Train quits Education Queensland amid complaints from locals about the couple’s behaviour


Nathaniel appointed principal at Yorkeys Knob State School near Cairns. He is believed to be living at a nearby address in Keerawa Beach, possibly education department-owned property

JUNE 24, 2016

Stacey Train appointed Acting Principal for remote Mitchell State School in Maranoa Region, 600km west of Brisbane. The school welcomes her as ‘an experienced school leader in both Deputy & Principal positions within the DDSW, North West Qld & Far North Qld over the past 7 years. Our school community welcomes Stacey and entrusts the care of our school in her highly capable hands for the term.’


Stacey is head of curriculum and teachers aid at Tara Shire State College, 170km west of Toowoomba.

MARCH 2020

Nathaniel quits Yorkeys Knob State School, moves into a Teacher Housing Authority home in Walgett and starts job as executive Principal at Walgett State School NSW


Gareth and Stacey sell the land at Kumbarilla for $62,000


Nathaniel suffers heart attack at his desk at Walgett State School, goes on sick leave, refuses mandatory Covid vaccination


Gareth makes increasingly bizarre and paranoid posts online about conspiracy theories  


Stacey Train quits Education Queensland, refuses mandatory Covid vaccination 

DECEMBER 16, 2021

Nathaniel is seen for the last time in Dubbo

MARCH 2022

Nathaniel sends 16 emails in a fortnight to education chiefs about a cheating row at his school. He is sacked after being absent from work for seven months

MAY 2022

Nathaniel’s cheating row is raised in NSW Parliament budget estimates by One Nation’s NSW leader Mark Latham

JULY 2022

Mr Latham last hears from Nathaniel

OCTOBER 9, 2022

Nathaniel contacts his estranged partner for the last time

DECEMBER 4, 2022

NSW Police are alerted to Nathaniel’s disappearance

DECEMBER 8, 2022

NSW Police make a public appeal for help to find Nathaniel

DECEMBER 12, 2022

Queensland Police make a routine visit to Gareth and Stacey Train’s home in Wieambilla to follow up on Nathaniel’s disappearance

Constables Rachel McCrow, 29, and Matthew Arnold, 26, are executed in the ambush by the Trains and innocent neighbour Alan Dare, 58, is killed in the crossfire

Gareth 47, Stacey, 45, and Nathaniel Train, 46, are all shot dead in a fatal firefight with Queensland Police Special Emergency Response Team


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