Mark James is the older son of Maria James. He was just 13 years old when his mum was murdered at the back of her second-hand bookshop in Thornbury, on 17th June 1980. Mark and his younger brother Adam have been campaigning for more than five years to have their mum's case re-looked at, including through a fresh coronial inquest. Their crusade has been given a boost through recent revelations; from Adam James, and those dug up by the ABC's Trace podcast. Mark runs his own quality control business in the resources industry and lives in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs.