Australian True Crime

Australian True Crime

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Think nothing ever happens in your town? Australia’s suburbs are home to some of the most mysterious and disturbing true crime cases in the world. Meshel Laurie is a true crime obsessive. Emily Webb is a true crime author. And together with expert interviews with writers, victims, investigators and perpetrators, they probe the underbelly of our towns and suburbs, and uncover the darkness at the heart of Australian life.


Giving Lawyer X a Voice - #179
Sep 27 • 52 min
Do “disgraced” lawyer Nicola Gobbo and “disgraced” former drug squad detective Paul Dale deserve to be given a platform to tell their sides of their stories? Show notes for Episode 179: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Rachael…
Meet the WAGS - #178
Sep 20 • 33 min
The Wives and Girlfriends of some of Australia’s most feared men. Author and journalist Rochelle Jackson tells their stories in her book Partners and Crime, going behind the headlines and hype to reveal what it is really like to live with men who are…
Can TikTok find Kylee-Anne? - #177
Sep 13 • 44 min
Kaz Schaffer is using TikTok to demand answers from the small group of people she believes know what happened to her little sister Kylee who’s been missing since 2004. Show notes for Episode 177: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to…
Could You Just Accept It? - #176
Sep 6 • 36 min
Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content and reference to suicide. Listener discretion is advised. Lyn Cecil believes her son Adam was murdered. At what point would you “just accept” he’d died of suicide and stop fighting? Show…
Loose Units – Electric Blue - #175
Sep 1 • 49 min
Paul Verhoeven’s second book about his father John’s time in NSW police is another fantastic, action-packed and funny read. This time it’s John’s time in the Forensics Unit under Paul’s microscope. Electric Blue also covers some interesting father-son…
Victorian Rape Survivors Silenced - #174
Aug 30 • 27 min
Warning: please be advised this episode contains accounts of sexual assault. Listener discretion is advised. Journalists Nina Funnel and Sherelle Moody discovered a very big problem with a new piece of legislation passed in Victoria in February 2020.…
Repost: #LetHerSpeak Janelle O’Connor’s sexual assault. WARNING – VIOLENT CONTENT - #159
Aug 30 • 53 min
This episode is a repost of episode #159, originally published on May 21st 2020. Janelle O’Connor was the first person in the State of Tasmania to exercise her right to be named as a rape survivor, on the 24th of April 2020. Up until then it was illegal…
Gary Jubelin on the Matthew Leveson Case - #173
Aug 23 • 43 min
Gary Jubelin didn’t always catch his killer, but he did always give 100% of himself to the job and to the victims. Faye Leveson and her husband Mark joined us in episode 76 to talk about the 10 year search for their son Matthew’s remains. It was Gary…
The Golden Age of Armed Robbery - #172
Aug 16 • 46 min
Bank robbers like Russell ‘Mad Dog’ Cox and Ray Denning were household names in Australia in the 1980s, when they brazenly escaped prison and taunted police for years. Author Mark Dapin joins us to talk about this period in Australian history. Warning:…
Patricia Simmons and her baby brother Robert - #171
Aug 9 • 31 min
Patricia Simmons is a child protection worker. Her commitment to helping children find safety is rooted in her own dysfunctional childhood and in her relationship with her baby brother Robert. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic…
Simon Fenech is Breaking Good - #170
Aug 2 • 48 min
Simon Fenech’s ice addiction transformed him from an athlete, husband and father with a 5 bedroom house and a Harley to a former inmate lining up for food parcels at inner city churches. How did he lose so much and how has he found so much more? He joins…
My Adoption Story is True Crime - #169
Jul 26 • 45 min
Liz Colenso discovered as an adult that she was adopted. Her search for her biological mother uncovered a tragic and frightening story. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 169: Your hosts are Meshel…
The Unsolved Murder of Emma Pawelski - #168
Jul 19 • 40 min
There are people in Adelaide who know who murdered Emma Pawelski and why. Her mother and her sister are desperate for them to come forward and tell them. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 168: Your…
The First Time He Hit Her - #167
Jul 12 • 47 min
Canberra mum Tara Costigan was holding her newborn baby when her ex-partner murdered her in front of her other small children. Although he’d been verbally abusive, it was the first time he hit her. Heidi Lemon has written a book with Tara’s family and she…
Gemini Rules Breathing - Astrologer Maggie Kerr
Jul 9 • 26 min
Old School Nitty Gritty Committee is back! Maggie Kerr is an astrologer of over 30 years’ experience. She says everything that’s happening right now is just down to patterns and it’s all linked to things that’ have happened before. Today, Maggie’s telling…
Undercover Copper Keith Banks - #166
Jul 5 • 50 min
Keith Banks was a clean living country boy when he joined QLD Police in the 70s but it took him to some very dark places. He joins us to talk about it. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 166: Your…
The Jaidyn Leskie Murder - #165
Jun 28 • 46 min
The murder of 14-month-old Jaidyn Leskie is officially unsolved. Journalist and author Michael Gleeson explains the prosecution’s theory as to how he died and the many distractions that prevented his killer seeing justice. Warning: please be advised this…
The Childers Backpackers Fire - #164
Jun 21 • 39 min
Journalist Paul Cochrane was learning the ropes in regional news when he found himself covering the biggest story of his life, an arson attack in a remote Queensland fruit-picking town that took the lives of 15 young backpackers. He and other witnesses,…
How Lisa Harnum Changed the Conversation - #163
Jun 17 • 46 min
Lisa Harnum’s life and death changed the way we think, talk and report about domestic violence in Australia. Former Daily Telegraph Chief Court Reporter and author of The Fall, Amy Dale joins us to explain. Warning: please be advised this episode contains…
The Unsolved Disappearance of Revelle Balmain - #162
Jun 10 • 39 min
Stunning young model and dancer Revelle Balmain disappeared in November 1994, just days before realising her dream off moving to Japan to perform. When the police got involved, they discovered her secret life. Warning: please be advised this episode…
Shark Arm - #161
Jun 3 • 43 min
Two wealthy Sydney-siders get more than they bargain for when they team up with 2 small-time criminals in this extraordinary depression-era story of two unsolved murders and one nauseous shark. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic…
A witness finds his courage and a killer is convicted - #160
May 27 • 34 min
Paul Bellia was just 16, hanging out with his friend Ricky Balcombe in the local shopping mall on a Friday afternoon when an older man walked up to them and stabbed Ricky to death in 1995. Paul spent the following 23 years caught between police asking him…
#LetHerSpeak Janelle O’Connor’s sexual assault. WARNING – VIOLENT CONTENT - #159
May 20 • 53 min
Janelle O’Connor was the first person in the State of Tasmania to exercise her right to be named as a rape survivor, on the 24th of April 2020. Up until then it was illegal for rape survivors to self-identify. Janelle and Nina Funnel, the founder of the…
The Sting – Catching Daniel Morcombe’s Killer - #158
May 13 • 45 min
Although Queensland police visited Brett Peter Cowan just days after Daniel Morcombe first disappeared in 2003, it took 8 years, an inquest and an incredibly intricate covert operation for them to find a way to convict him of Daniel’s abduction and…
The Narelle Fraser Conversations - Kira Olney - #157
May 11 • 85 min
To celebrate our first Australian True Crime online livestream this Saturday Night, starring Narelle Fraser and Ron Iddles, we’re releasing an extra episode this week. It’s another in the series of Narelle Fraser Conversations. Join us for our very first…
The shocking murder of Bride-to-be Stephanie Scott - #156
May 6 • 51 min
The rape and murder of country schoolteacher Stephanie Scott by school handyman Vincent Stanford just a week before her wedding shocked Australia. Journalist Monique Patterson was the editor of the local paper The Leeton Irrigator at the time, she talks…
The Narelle Fraser Conversations - Patrick Tidmarsh - #155
Apr 29 • 46 min
Patrick Tidmarsh is a leading authority on sexual offending, and the investigation of sexual crime. He trains and lectures investigators all over the world on how to improve their response to both offenders and victims. Narelle Fraser is a former Rape…
Missing William Tyrell with Caroline Overington - #154
Apr 22 • 34 min
Our most requested case. Journalist and author Caroline Overington has tirelessly researched the disappearance and search for 3-year-old William Tyrell and gained exclusive interviews with many members of his family. She presents a thorough, fair and…
The Narelle Fraser Conversations – Retired Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Sandra Nicholson - #153
Apr 15 • 46 min
Retired Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Sandra Nicholson isn’t the kind of person who seeks attention. Fortunately Narelle knows what an impressive copper lurks beneath the mild-mannered exterior of this quietly spoken lady. She’s even sent other…
Do Policemen Have a Soul? With Gary Raymond - #152
Apr 8 • 49 min
Gary Raymond worked some of the highest profile and most challenging cases in NSW policing in living memory, including the brutal abduction and murder of Anita Cobby and the drive-by shooting of 5-year-old Tess Debrincat. He was also deployed to assist…
The Narelle Fraser Conversations – Michele Williams QC Senior Crown Prosecutor - #151
Apr 1 • 47 min
Narelle Fraser dusts off her celebrated interviewing skills for a special series of episodes of Australian True Crime to be featured intermittently throughout the year. In this episode the speaks to legendary Senior Crown Prosecutor Michele Williams QC.…
Welcome To Hell: Yvie Jones
Mar 30 • 25 min
We caught up with Yvie Jones from Gogglebox and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here for a YouTube Livestream on Friday night. Here are some highlights. We’ll be doing it again this Friday from 6pm and we’d love you to join us on the Australian True Crime…
Where did Elmer Crawford go? (After murdering his wife and children) - #150
Mar 25 • 33 min
Elmer Crawford committed the ultimate crime of family violence in a callous and calculated way, but what he did next remains a fascinating mystery. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 150: Your hosts…
Welcome to Hell Trailer
Mar 20 • 45 min
Meshel is locked inside with her children and her mother. It’s only been a week and it’s hell. Her friend comedian Nelly Thomas has a bit of practice but she still loses it sometimes. They have some interesting, unexpected guests lined up, and there’s…
Tara Schultz and the Price of Survival - #149
Mar 18 • 42 min
Tara Schultz is a survivor of many crimes perpetrated against her in childhood. She joins us to share some uncomfortable truths about the difficulties of meeting the ongoing financial costs of her survival. Warning: please be advised this episode contains…
Narelle Fraser meets Victor Peirce at the shops - #148
Mar 11 • 45 min
Narelle Fraser thought her number was up when she ran into the notorious armed robber Victor Peirce at the shops. She also gives us an update on an unsolved case from her days in the sex crimes squad. Warning: please be advised this episode contains…
Journalist Anthony Dowsley on Paul Dale, Lawyer X et al. A Different Perspective - #147
Mar 11 • 32 min
Anthony Dowsley’s dogged reporting over several years unmasked lawyer Nicola Gobbo as a police informant and has played a significant role in exposing some of the unorthodox methods employed by Victoria Police in their desperate war against the underworld…
Paul Dale Pt 2. The Crimes in Question #146
Mar 4 • 59 min
“Disgraced former Drug Squad Detective” Paul Dale was charged with robbery, and then with murder. Some find it hard to believe he’s not in jail or dead, he says he’s an innocent victim of the Lawyer X scandal. You be the judge. Warning: please be advised…
“Disgraced” Paul Dale. Victim or Villain? - #145
Feb 26 • 52 min
“Disgraced former Drug Squad Detective” Paul Dale has seen his reputation so destroyed that his lawyer says he’s virtually beyond defamation. As his biographer Vikki Petraitis puts it, he’s been accused of everything, and yet, he’s never been convicted of…
Missing No More – the Gruesome Truth of the barrel at the barbecues - #144
Feb 19 • 32 min
Two “missing” women are found to have suffered similar gruesome fates. Author and journalist Liz Porter returns to tell us the truth about Sylvia Cave and Edwina Boyle. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for…
Defending the Indefensible - #143
Feb 12 • 50 min
Tim Marsh defends people we call monsters. He’s Chief Counsel at Victoria Legal Aid, and in the last year alone he’s represented 2 men charged with crimes that rocked the nation. Tim joins us to tell us why he does it, how he copes with it, and about the…
105 signs of Recent Injury - #142
Feb 5 • 59 min
Jamie Pultz is a former Queensland police officer who’ll soon be launching a podcast investigation into the murder of Leanne Holland. He talks to us about that and about his last podcast project, Beenham Valley Road. We also check up on one of the most…
Special Extra: Clunes Cluedo Episode One
Jan 29 • 24 min
This is the first episode of Alice Mitchell’s podcast about Nina Nicholson’s unsolved murder, Clunes Cluedo. You’ll find it sometimes overlaps with this week’s episode of ATC, but it’s well worth listening to both because there are some really special…
Justice for Nina - Clunes Unsolved - #141
Jan 29 • 47 min
Alice Mitchell is the second cousin of a young woman called Nina Nicholson who was murdered in 1991 on the porch of her home in Clunes, Ballarat (VIC). Nina was a paediatric nurse who was heading out to work when she was attacked. Her murder is still…
Ram Tiwary: The miscarriage of justice you’ve probably never heard of - #140
Jan 22 • 57 min
Author Liz Porter, Author of Crime Scene Asia, tells us the unbelievable and disturbing case of Sydney-based Singaporean student Ram Tiwary who spent eight years in a NSW jail for a double murder that he didn’t commit. Warning: please be advised this…
Arson. - #139
Jan 15 • 40 min
“Two things can be true at once,” and arson is part in Australia’s bushfire story. Dr Troy McEwan is an associate professor in clinical and forensic psychology at Monash university. Her research is focussed on the assessment and treatment of stalking,…
Fiona’s fight to find her husband Bruce’s body - #138
Jan 8 • 34 min
Fiona Splitt started an intense advocacy campaign in Queensland to have the “no body, no parole” legislation introduced after the murder of her partner Bruce Schuler in 2012. Bruce was gold fossicking in the remote Palmerville Station area in Cape York,…
Who Killed Leanne Holland Pt 2 - Graham Stafford Interview #137
Dec 4, 2019 • 50 min
Graham Stafford served 15 years for the brutal rape and murder of his girlfriend’s 12-year-old sister Leanne. The conviction was overturned in 2009, but Stafford is still locked in a legal battle with the QLD Police Service to have a report into their…
Who Killed Leanne Holland? Part 1 - #136
Nov 27, 2019 • 38 min
12-year-old Leanne Holland was brutally raped and murdered in Ipswich, QLD in 1991. Her sister’s boyfriend, Graham Stafford was convicted of the crime, but he maintains his innocence, and the investigation has been found wanting.Robin Bowles included his…
Shirley Finn, Dirty Girl - #135
Nov 20, 2019 • 41 min
Perth Brothel owner Shirley Finn’s 1975 unsolved murder looms large over the city, with men at the highest levels of government and policing suspected of involvement. Journalist Juliet Wills, author of Dirty Girl: The State Sanctioned Murder of Brothel…
Crime and Sport: Australia’s Great Passions - #134
Nov 13, 2019 • 41 min
From bank robbing football players to drug-dealing football players and stand-over men, (who used to be football players). Ok, they’re not all football players. In their new book “Gangland, this Unsporting Life” Susanna Lobez and James Morton have applied…
Julie’s Big Drug Importation Adventure - #133
Nov 6, 2019 • 44 min
When Julie was a teenager in 1970s Australia, she and her friends decided to try their hands at drug smuggling. It didn’t turn out well, despite the assistance of the Victorian Narcotics Squad.Show notes for Episode 133:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and…
Jock Palfreeman’s Quasi Bulgarian Parole - #132
Oct 30, 2019 • 48 min
Australian Jock Palfreeman has been in a Bulgarian prison since 28 December 2007 when he was taken into custody for the stabbing murder of Andrei Monov. He says Monov and his friends were attacking two young Roma men, known colloquially as “gypsies”, and…
Re-Issue: Milat Family Insider Special Extra - #131
Oct 27, 2019 • 18 min
The “Milat family insider” quoted extensively in Australian media this week is actually our friend Amanda Howard, from the “Monsters Who Murder” podcast. She gives us an update and an insight into her work, as well as a prediction as to whether we can…
Re-Issue: The Woman Who Thinks Ivan Milat is Innocent - #130
Oct 27, 2019 • 53 min
Amanda Howard, the Serial Killer Whisperer joins us again to talk about the holes she believes are in the case against Ivan Milat. Amanda corresponds with Milat in jail.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Amanda…
Dead Man Walking: The Killing of Michael McGurk - #129
Oct 23, 2019 • 33 min
Michael McGurk was murdered with a single gunshot to the head outside his family home in Cremorne in 2009. He described himself as a businessman but others, including politicians and royalty said he was an extortionist, a fraudster and an arsonist. He…
The Abduction of Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon - #128
Oct 16, 2019 • 43 min
11-year-old Joanne Ratcliffe was the kind of well-mannered, responsible girl often entrusted to care for younger children. She was no match though for a grown man who seized the opportunity to snatch her and her 4-year-old friend from Adelaide Oval in…
Jack and Stacey and Ice in the Latrobe Valley - #127
Oct 9, 2019 • 40 min
22-year-old Jack Nankervis was stabbed 70 times by a teenager he didn’t know. His girlfriend Stacey is still trying to put her life back together five years later and understand why it really happened and why no one else seems interested in finding…
Dianne Brimble: By Her Ex-husband Mark - #126
Oct 2, 2019 • 44 min
Dianne Brimble died an unnecessary death in the company of strange, cruel men on a cruise she’d saved years for. She’s had no justice, but her ex-husband still fights for her dignity. Read the Inquest into the death of Dianne Brimble - Findings…
Operation Zhivago: A Narelle Fraser Case - #125
Sep 25, 2019 • 46 min
Narelle is back with a case that’s very close to her heart because it’s connected to her time working with her favourite boss Lorraine Blackwell at Broadmeadows CPS. Lorraine pioneered a victim-focussed approach to the investigation of sexual assault and…
Is Sydney Even Sydney Without The Seedy Cross? - #124
Sep 18, 2019 • 39 min
Sexy gangster, porn star, part-time models. A letter bomb and a tv home shopping star having sex with another tv home shopping star in a police station before faking his own death and escaping Australia. How has there never been an Underbelly series about…
The Wettenhall Family Murders Rocked the Small Community of Barrabool - #123
Sep 11, 2019 • 49 min
The Wettenhall Family murders rocked the small community of Barrabool in Victoria. The revelations that came to light in the aftermath however, reflected the sad state of affairs for so many living in regional Australia.Warning: please be advised this…
Australia’s Badlands: The Palmerville Station Murder - #122
Sep 4, 2019 • 39 min
From Far North Queensland’s Cape York comes the terrifying story of the Strubers of Palmerville Station who terrorised gold prospectors for years until they eventually turned to bloody murder. No, this story isn’t from the 19th century, this is the story…
Cardinal Pell’s Next Destination, Ararat - #121
Aug 28, 2019 • 39 min
Dr Karen Owen designed the treatment program for sex offenders used by Corrections Victoria. She helps us understand what’s in store for Cardinal George Pell now that he’s leaving the Melbourne Assessment Prison and heading for more long term…
The Falconio Mystery Continues - #120
Aug 21, 2019 • 52 min
Bradley John Murdoch isn’t a good man, but did he murder Peter Falconio? That’s the question posed by inimitable True Crime author Robin Bowles in her book Dead Centre and she joins us to explain her exhaustive investigations. Most shocking of all, is the…
Greenough Murders: Fighting to Keep a Killer in Jail - #119
Aug 14, 2019 • 42 min
Karen MacKenzie and her three children were murdered in their Western Australian home in 1993. For her sister Evalyn, the nightmare never ends. She joins us to explain the many ways in which it’s impacted on her life and continues to do so, every…
Missing But Not Forgotten: A Sister’s Story - #118
Aug 7, 2019 • 47 min
It’s National Missing Persons Week in Australia. You can’t look at a missing persons case without at least considering it through the crime filter, even when the last person to see your little brother alive, was your sister. This was the scenario that…
Remembering Bree - #117
Jul 31, 2019 • 38 min
The pain of living with loss and injustice. An extraordinarily intimate kitchen table conversation between the family of Bree Jones who died of a drug overdose at the age of 16, at a party in 1995. No one has ever been held responsible for her death…
Murder in Albury - Kim Meredith’s Parents and the 5 Minute Window: A Belinda Neil Case - #116
Jul 24, 2019 • 42 min
Bob and June Meredith were living a simple but idyllic life with their teenage children in Albury in 1996, until a chance encounter with a stranger tore it apart. They join us to tell us about the murder of their daughter Kim. Later in the episode, former…
Death on the Derwent - #115
Jul 17, 2019 • 45 min
One man’s mysterious disappearance has become a decade-long tragedy for two Tasmanian women, from different sides of the tracks. Author Robin Bowles has developed a close friendship with one of the women and joins us to talk about her new book on the…
Journalist Andrew Rule’s Scariest Case - #114
Jul 10, 2019 • 74 min
It’s easy to forget it takes a lot of courage to write stories about bad guys week after week. Andrew Rule has irritated some of the baddest in the business and every so often it gets a little bit scary. Andrew joined Meshel and Emily live on stage…
My Brother the Paedophile Priest - #113
Jul 3, 2019 • 50 min
Margaret Harrod and her twin brother Michael both dedicated their lives to God, she as a nun and he as a priest. Their family was the envy of their Catholic community, but there were many secrets inside their home and eventually Margaret found the courage…
A Kiwi Teen Almost Killed the Queen. Kia Ora cuz! - #112
Jun 26, 2019 • 41 min
In 1981, a psychopathic New Zealand teenager came very close to assassinating Queen Elizabeth. Embarrassed police not only covered it up but sent him away to Australia, a free man. Why haven’t we seen that on the Crown? Former high-ranking New Zealand…
The De Gruchy Family Murders - #111
Jun 19, 2019 • 39 min
Belinda Neil was settling in on her first day in the homicide squad when she took a phone call that would change the course of her career. An unassuming suburban mother and two of her three teenage children had been brutally murdered. Later that day…
Anne Hamilton Byrne and The Family - #110
Jun 16, 2019 • 51 min
From humble beginnings in suburban Melbourne to reincarnation as Jesus Christ, a cohort of devoted, well-heeled followers and an enviable real estate portfolio, Anne Hamilton Byrne who died in a nursing home last week really was the quintessential 20th…
Lex De Man on Anne Hamilton Byrne’s Death - #109
Jun 16, 2019 • 17 min
When former Detective Lex De Man received a text reading simply, “The Witch is Dead!” he knew exactly what it meant. Since attending a school fire in the small Victorian town of Monbulk in 1987, Lex’s life has been consumed with trying to bring about some…
The David Hookes Matter with Charlie Bezzina - #108
Jun 12, 2019 • 35 min
Homicide Detective Charlie Bezzina received a phone call about a man who’d been punched outside a popular St Kilda pub during an altercation with a bouncer. The man was clinging to life, but the prognosis wasn’t good. The caller said there was one more…
Frankston Serial Killer Investigation Re Issue - #107
Jun 5, 2019 • 49 min
Charlie Bezzina was lead investigator on the Frankston Serial Killer Case in which Carmel and Brian’s daughter Natalie was the final victim. In this episode Charlie talks us through the investigation.Warning: please be advised this episode contains…
26 Years After Our Daughter’s Murder, We Need Help - #106
Jun 5, 2019 • 45 min
The Frankston Serial Killer took their 17-year-old daughter Natalie in 1993, and Carmel and Brian have lived through many more challenges since then. Now they’re looking at eviction from their home of 30 years and they’re very reluctantly asking for…
ATC Extra. The Family of the Deceased - #105
May 31, 2019 • 17 min
Emily is joined by Sandra Charlton, the cousin of Vicki Arnold. Vicki was the woman accused of murdering her best friend Julie-Anne Leahey before killing herself in this week’s episode of Australian True Crime. Sandra tells us what it’s like to be thrust…
A Convenient Murder Suicide: Who Killed Vicki Arnold and Julie-Anne Leahy? - #104
May 29, 2019 • 40 min
BFFs to the end, Vicki and Julie-Anne died together on a lonely track in Far North QLD in 1991. The police quickly ruled it a murder suicide but the families, the community, the Australian public and relentless local journalist Robert Reid refused to give…
The Crimes and Times of Uncle Jack Charles - #103
May 22, 2019 • 58 min
Jack Charles, known respectfully and affectionately as Uncle Jack Charles is a survivor who has much to tell about life, starting from the impact of being one of the Stolen Generation; Indigenous children forcibly removed from their families as a result…
Milat Family Insider Special Extra - #102
May 17, 2019 • 18 min
The “Milat family insider” quoted extensively in Australian media this week is actually our friend Amanda Howard, from the “Monsters Who Murder” podcast. She gives us an update and an insight into her work, as well as a prediction as to whether we can…
Karlie and Khandalyce: The Lost Girls with Ava Benny-Morrison - #101
May 15, 2019 • 45 min
How did the remains of toddler Khandalyce Pearce-Stevenson end up in a suitcase by the side of a highway in South Australia? How did her mother Karlie’s remains end up over a thousand kilometres away in the notorious Belanglo State Forest. How did…
Snowtown: The Bodies in the Barrels Murders with Jeremy Pudney - #100
May 8, 2019 • 46 min
It’s almost 20 years since the discovery of human remains in barrels in a bank vault in the tiny spot of Snowtown, South Australia. The shocking discovery of eight dismembered bodies in six barrels made headlines around the world. In total there were 12…
The Fight to Bring an Alleged Pedophile Headmistress Back to Australia to Face Justice: Survivor Dassi Erlich’s Story - #99
May 1, 2019 • 54 min
Dassi Erlich is living a life today she literally could never have imagined as a child. She couldn’t have imagined it because so much of what the rest of us take for granted was hidden from her by her parents and the other adults around her. Dassi and her…
The Day They Blew Up The Police Station: The Russell Street Bombing - #98
Apr 24, 2019 • 37 min
Retired Victoria Police Chief Inspector Rob Bailey has seen a lot over the course of his career. Among many other things, he was part of the legendary Victorian armed robbery squad in its heyday, and he was an eyewitness to what remains the most audacious…
Will A Sex Offenders Register in Australia Really Protect Children? - #97
Apr 18, 2019 • 57 min
Bruce Morcombe and Hetty Johnston have conflicting views on Peter Dutton’s proposed Australian sex offenders register. Which one of them thinks Derryn Hinch is dreaming? Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for…
Newcastle Serial Killers Cold Case? Gordana Kotevski - #96
Apr 10, 2019 • 38 min
Was 16-year-old Gordana Kotevski one of many victims abducted and disappeared by the same group of perpetrators, as is now suspected by the man who presided over her inquest and the Detective who captured Ivan Milat? Gordana’s mother Peggy and her Aunt…
The Serial Killer Premonitions of Dave Warner - #95
Apr 6, 2019 • 30 min
Dave Warner wrote a book about a fictional serial killer, and then it came true. This is an extra episode of Australian True Crime featuring a fascinating side story from one of Australia’s longest running unsolved serial killer investigations.Warning:…
Notorious ‘Black Widow’ Killer Patricia Byers with Megan Norris - #94
Apr 3, 2019 • 37 min
Megan Norris was one of our very first guests on Australian True Crime. In Episode 3 she spoke to us about her excellent book, On Father’s Day, in which she tells the story of Cindy Gambino, whose ex-husband Robert Farquharson murdered their three sons,…
Missing Since 1978: The Search for Sydney Couple Stephen Lapthorne and Michelle Pope - #93
Mar 27, 2019 • 34 min
The disappearance of Stephen Lapthorne and Michelle Pope in Sydney has been unsolved for almost 41 years. Craig Foskett is an old mate of Stephen’s and he and a group of guys known as the Turramurra Old Boys have decided it’s now or never to find some…
Catching the Narong Road Rapist with Liz Porter - #92
Mar 20, 2019 • 36 min
Liz Porter is a novelist and a journalist with a passion for the real CSI. It’s a combination which means her true crime books read like suspenseful thriller fiction and you’re about to find out that that’s how she talks too. She’s a masterful storyteller…
From Outlaw Motorcycle Gang to Journalism: Mahmood Fazal’s Story - #91
Mar 13, 2019 • 36 min
Dandenong-raised Mahmood Fazal, is a university-educated former member of an outlaw motorcycle club who has a unique perspective from the inside. Now as a journalist, Mahmood is exploring the fascination with violence and the real cost of this…
Queensland Vampire Killer Tracey Wigginton with Megan Norris - #90
Mar 6, 2019 • 39 min
Dubbed the “Vampire Killer”, Queensland woman Tracey Wigginton served 22 years in prison for the murder of 47-year-old Edward Baldock in 1989. Wigginton, then 24, and three other women lured Baldock into a car and took him to a park on the banks of the…
Inside Making a Murderer with Defence Attorney Laura Nirider - #89
Feb 27, 2019 • 39 min
This works if you’re a fan of Making A Murderer, but also if you’re just interested in hearing about the fight to free young people who’ve been coerced into giving false confessions and jailed for life. It’s so much harder to get out of jail than you…
The Murder of Andrew Preston: A Narelle Fraser Case - #88
Feb 20, 2019 • 42 min
The life of Andrew Preston is not the kind that makes it to the headlines or lives in our memories for very long. Andrew was a young suburban guy who drifted around the fringes of Australia’s biggest cities, living in various kinds of temporary…
Day From Hell: When My School Got Kidnapped - #87
Feb 13, 2019 • 44 min
Rob Hunter was just 20 years old and nine days into his teaching career when he and his nine students were kidnapped from their remote Australian school. It was unthinkable in 1977 and remains one of the country’s most bizarre cases. Rob joins us to talk…
Pentridge Confidential: Self-mutilator Garry David with Vaughn Ruddick - #86
Feb 6, 2019 • 34 min
Former prison guard Vaughn Ruddick is back with more insider stories of his time at Melbourne’s notorious Pentridge Prison. In the style that our listeners can’t get enough of (you told us so!) Vaughn talks about some of the characters he guarded at…
Sherele Moody: The Woman Mapping the Murders of Women and Children in Australia - #85
Jan 30, 2019 • 40 min
Seasoned journalist Sherele Moody regularly gets rape and violence threats online. Why? Because Sherele is the founder of the Red Heart Campaign and collator of the Australian Femicide Map that is a memorial to women and children who have lost their lives…
The Unsolved 1984 Tapp Murders with Andrew Rule - #84
Jan 23, 2019 • 46 min
The 1984 murder of single mother Margaret Tapp and her young daughter Seana remains unsolved, but could a tip off from one of our listeners finally change that? According to veteran crime writer Andrew Rule who’s been following the case for decades, it…
When Meshel Met Emily - #83
Dec 12, 2018 • 54 min
You know how you can watch Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie fall in love on Mr and Mrs Smith? Well you can hear Meshel and Emily try desperately to become friends with each other during this conversation on Meshel’s other podcast The Nitty Gritty Committee…
Loose Units Episode One - #82
Dec 8, 2018 • 25 min
Loose Units, one of our most popular episodes is now its own podcast and we have the first episode right here for you! Comedian Paul Verhoeven interviews his dad John about his days in the NSW police force. It’s also a book don’t forget, which would make…
The Cold Case Murder of Maria James - #81
Dec 5, 2018 • 36 min
It’s been a massive week for Australian True Crime podcasts and cold cases. A second inquest has been announced into the death of Maria James, the subject of the ABC podcast Trace, presented by Rachael Brown, and Chris Dawson has been arrested for the…
Victoria Police and the “African Gangs” - #80
Nov 28, 2018 • 31 min
A veteran of the homicide squad and taskforce Purana, Commander Bateson now heads up the African Australian Community Taskforce. He speaks with us about Melbourne’s so-called African gang problem.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith…
Stalker: A Narelle Fraser Case - #79
Nov 21, 2018 • 52 min
One of Narelle’s most memorable cases. Have you noticed anything strange around your house?Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Narelle Fraser.Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagramor TwitterSupport us on…
Elaine and the African Gangs - #78
Nov 14, 2018 • 44 min
Meshel is a long time supporter of Melbourne’s African community, but in response to calls for her to sit down with a victim of the so called “African Gangs”, she visits with 76-year-old Elaine for a conversation of many surprising twists.Show notes:Your…
Ken Kratz: Making a Murderer - #77
Nov 10, 2018 • 31 min
This is the True Crime half of the interview Meshel recently recorded with Ken. It is almost completely concerned with the Halbach case. For the complete interview featuring info about Ken’s sexual harassment case, his prescription drug addiction and…
The Unsatisfactory Case Of Matthew Leveson - #76
Nov 7, 2018 • 55 min
In November of 2016, a decade after his death, Michael Atkins finally agreed to tell police where he’d buried the remains of his young lover Matthew Leveson. Matt’s tormented parents tell us the twisted tale as to why Atkins will never be convicted in…
Pentridge Confidential with Former Guard Vaughn Ruddick - #75
Oct 31, 2018 • 52 min
Vaughn Ruddick arrived home from the Vietnam war in need of a job. When he spotted an ad for prison guards he figured he already knew how to wear a uniform and avoid people who might try to kill him, so he applied. He went on to become a guard in H…
Gangland: The Great Escapes with Susanna Lobez - #74
Oct 24, 2018 • 47 min
Susanna Lobez and James Morton have written another fantastic book about Australian crime. This time they turn their attention to prison escapes. The book is called “Gangland: The Great Escapes”, and it’s available now. Susanna joins us to talk about…
A Young Man on Life Outside Prison - #73
Oct 24, 2018 • 49 min
Meshel met Greg several months ago when she visited Loddon Minimum Security Prison. He was an inmate then, and they made a deal to podcast together when he was released. This episode is the result of that deal, and while Greg has much to learn about…
The Cold Case Disappearance of Katie O’Shea - #72
Oct 17, 2018 • 34 min
Free spirited mother of five Katie O’Shea disappeared from Far North Queensland in 2005 leaving her friends and family to deal with grief, accusations and the terrible possibility they could have had a serial killer in their midst. Show notes:Your hosts…
What’s Happened Since We Spoke with White Collar Criminal Will? - #71
Oct 3, 2018 • 27 min
A year ago, we spoke to Will, an ordinary guy who went to jail after he bit off more than he could chew when the temptation of stealing money from his workplace got the better of his moral compass. We speak again to him this week to ask how the last year…
The Woman Who Thinks Ivan Milat is Innocent - #70
Sep 26, 2018 • 53 min
Amanda Howard, the Serial Killer Whisperer joins us again to talk about the holes she believes are in the case against Ivan Milat. Amanda corresponds with Milat in jail. Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Amanda…
Legendary Cop Brian ‘The Skull’ Murphy - #69
Sep 19, 2018 • 48 min
Brian joined the police force in 1954, a time now known as either the good old days or the bad old days of policing, depending on whom you ask. He’s crossed paths with some of Australia’s most notorious criminals and been investigated for corruption…
Victorian Rape Squad: A Narelle Fraser Case - #68
Sep 12, 2018 • 44 min
Narelle Fraser’s first case with the Victorian Rape Squad was to be one of the most challenging of her career. Operation Collier remains an open investigation. Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Narelle Fraser.Like us on…
Organised Crime Enforcer Turns Mentor for Men - #67
Sep 5, 2018 • 36 min
James Harding is putting as much energy and passion into helping people as he once did into hurting them. Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to James HardingLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport…
An Ex-Cop and His Comedian Son Talk True Crime - #66
Aug 31, 2018 • 40 min
An extra episode this week featuring stand up comedian Paul Verhoeven who’s written a book about his father John, a former NSW copper and forensics investigator, not to mention a very intriguing fellow. The fact that he managed to remain straight during…
When a Parent Murders a Child: Tragedy and Psychology - #65
Aug 29, 2018 • 27 min
The death of a child is a tragedy, but even more horrific is when a child is killed by the hands of their own parent. Author Cheryl Critchly and Dr Helen McGrath are back this week to talk to us about Filicide, and the disturbing aspects of psychology…
The Crime Scene Isn’t Always What It Seems: A Charlie Bezzina Case - #64
Aug 22, 2018 • 53 min
Charlie is back this week to tell us more about his time in the Victorian Police Homicide Squad, as well as to discuss how policing has changed over the last four decades, both during his time in the force and now as a retired detective.Show notes:Your…
I Was Sexually Assaulted By A Stranger When I Was 7 - #63
Aug 15, 2018 • 74 min
After her rape went unsolved for more than 25 years, Elesha contacted police to have her case reopened. She courageously tells us about what life has been like since her attack when she was 7-years-old, what happened when her case was reopened and why she…
The Murder of Stuart Fairlie: A Charlie Bezzina Case - #62
Aug 8, 2018 • 45 min
The 1989 murder of RSPCA officer Stuart Fairlie highlighted the dangers posed for workers in the enforcement field who worked solo or “one-up” in rural areas of Australia. Retired former Victoria Police Homicide Squad boss Charlie Bezzina takes us through…
When A Parent Goes To Jail - #61
Aug 1, 2018 • 65 min
Listener Amelia talks to us about the experience of having a parent in prison and what support kids need to cope.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to AmeliaLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport…
The Art Of The Interview with Chris O’Connor - #60
Jul 25, 2018 • 36 min
Chris O’Connor is a highly regarded retired detective. He’s worked on some extremely high profile cases in the Victoria Police in the child exploitation unit including the hunt for Mr Cruel Operation Spectrum. Chris now uses his decades of specialised…
Martha Needle: Mother, Murderer, Victim with Dr Brian Williams - #59
Jul 18, 2018 • 43 min
The story of Martha Needle is compelling and tragic. We speak to author Dr Brian Williams about his in-depth book on the life and crimes of one of Australia’s most prolific killers.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Dr…
The Frankston Murders: 25 Years On with Vikki Petraitis - #58
Jul 11, 2018 • 34 min
True Crime author Vikki Petraitis joins us to talk about The Frankston Murders in the wake of its 25th anniversary, as well as an insight into the now jailed perpetrator, Paula Denya.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to…
Mind Behind The Crime: Deadly Personality Disorders - #57
Jul 4, 2018 • 55 min
Journalist Cheryl Critchley and Psychologist Helen McGrath have studied some of Australia’s most shocking and seemingly unexplainable crimes, to discover the ways in which the disordered personalities of the perpetrators set them on a deadly path. They…
Covering True Crime and Treating People Right - #56
Jun 27, 2018 • 52 min
When grieving mother Sonia Anderson disrupted a book launch in Brisbane a couple of weeks ago, she sent shocks waves through the True Crime industry. What are the ethics around True Crime? What do we owe victims and their families? Sonia joins us to…
The Murder of Eurydice Dixon and Violence Against Women - #55
Jun 20, 2018 • 55 min
Generation after generation of women are told that the only way society can ensure their safety after dark is for them to agree never walk alone. Is it fair? Is it reasonable? Is it just reality? Narelle Fraser and Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane…
Who Killed My Sister? The Cold Case of Fiona Burns and John Lee - #54
Jun 13, 2018 • 36 min
In 1990 when Barbie McCarthy was 12, her older sister Fiona, 15 was stabbed to death along with her teen friend John and their bodies dumped in Kaniva, on the border of Victoria and South Australia. The murders are still unsolved and Barbie talks to us…
The Hunt for Killer Father and Son Fugitives The Stoccos - #53
Jun 6, 2018 • 51 min
In 2007, Australia was captivated by the two week run of father and son outlaws Gino and Mark Stocco. They evaded police by driving laps around the southern states of Australia, while social media went wild with sightings and memes. Eventually, they were…
Retired detective Narelle Fraser’s most memorable cases - #52
May 30, 2018 • 21 min
Narelle recalls some particularly memorable days and nights on the job.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Narelle FraserLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any…
Sandra Pankhurst: The Trauma Cleaner - #51
May 23, 2018 • 50 min
Sandra Pankhurst has been called many things in her time, a husband, a wife, a poofter, a Les Girl, a tranny prostitute, a rape survivor, a murder witness, a pillar of society and most famously, the trauma cleaner. Meet the incredible living legend behind…
The Disappearance of Lorraine Carter: A Narelle Fraser Case - #50
May 16, 2018 • 51 min
Lorraine Carter was an intellectually disabled woman, who married a man against her parent’s better judgement. When they reported her missing 12 months later, she became one of Narelle Fraser’s most memorable cases.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie…
Serial Killer Whisperer Amanda Howard - #49
May 9, 2018 • 77 min
Amanda Howard is known around the traps as a serial killer whisperer. On any given day she could receive mail, on prison issued stationery from one of Australia’s most feared men, an internationally-hated baby killer, or one of America’s seemingly…
The Murder of Zayden Veal-Whitting: A Narelle Fraser Case - #48
May 2, 2018 • 36 min
The Murder of 10-month-old Zayden Veal-Whitting is quite simply one of the most shocking crimes that’s ever occurred in Australian history. It provided proof, if proof were needed, that methamphetamine addiction was capable of creating a new breed of…
The Very Cold Case of the Murder of Mollie Dean with Gideon Haigh - #47
Apr 25, 2018 • 45 min
Gideon Haigh is best known as one of the world’s most respected cricket writers, but he became intrigued by the unsolved murder of Mollie Dean, in 1930. His new book, A Scandal in Bohemia is a tribute to this long forgotten victim, and a fascinating…
To Hell and Back: A Policewoman’s Journey - #46
Apr 18, 2018 • 55 min
You know we love the police force here on Australian True Crime, but Carolyn Pethick’s story of sexual harassment and bullying within the force needs to be told.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Carolyn PethickLike us on…
The Drive-by Shooting Murder of Chris Lane - #45
Apr 11, 2018 • 63 min
Andrea Kane’s close-knit family received the worst possible news about her brother Chris. He’d been shot in a random American drive-by just 48 hours after leaving his Australian home.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to…
The Milicia Trailovic Murder: A Narelle Fraser Case - #44
Apr 4, 2018 • 40 min
Milicia Trailovic was reported missing by her sister in Serbia. As soon as her case landed on Narelle Fraser’s desk, the alarm bells started ringing.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Narelle FraserLike us on the Facebook…
Art Fraud: Whiteley on Trial with Gabriella Coslovic - #43
Mar 28, 2018 • 43 min
Gabriella Coslovic tells us about the art world court drama that’s begging to be made into a movie, in which colourful characters and legal loopholes abound.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Gabriella CoslovicLike us on…
Annette Mason: Journey to an Inquest - #42
Mar 21, 2018 • 38 min
Toowoomba teenager Annette Mason was murdered in 1989, and the case remains unsolved. Her family has finally persuaded the Queensland Attorney General that it’s time to re-open the inquest.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks…
Notorious Cult ‘The Family’ with Chris Johnston - #41
Mar 14, 2018 • 50 min
In the 1970s and 80s, a beautiful and manipulative woman convinced some of Melbourne’s brightest and wealthiest citizens that she was, among other things, Jesus Christ. With their help she infiltrated the Victorian health and education systems.Show…
The Phillip Island Murder with Vikki Petraitis - #40
Mar 7, 2018 • 40 min
Vikki Petraitis is the author of the excellent book, The Phillip Island Murder about the deaths of 23-year-old farmhand Beth Barnard and her employer, 36-year-old Vivienne Cameron. Vivienne’s husband Fergus, was allegedly having an affair with their…
Cold Case: The Frankston and Tynong North Serial Killer - #39
Feb 28, 2018 • 44 min
Cheryl and Vicki’s best friend Catherine was taken from their lives at just 14 years of age. Her abduction and murder are part of one of Australia’s most baffling mysteries, and there is a huge reward on offer for information leading to an arrest.Show…
A Life of Violence, A Commitment to Care with Tim Class-Auliff - #38
Feb 21, 2018 • 38 min
Brisbane man Tim Class-Auliff is an ambassador for White Ribbon, which means he campaigns for a future free from violence and abuse for all of us. He carries himself so gracefully, it’s hard to believe the level and frequency of violence that’s blighted…
Stalkers with Victoria Heywood - #37
Feb 14, 2018 • 37 min
Author Victoria Heywood has written about relationships, food and wine, and true crime, but her own experience with a stalker led to the book we focus on in today’s episode, Every Move You Make.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith…
The Society Murders: A Narelle Fraser Case - #36
Feb 7, 2018 • 56 min
Reported missing in April 2002, Margaret and Paul Wales-King were wealthy, happy and firmly ensconced in Melbourne’s most elite social circles. This made their disappearance intriguing, but the odd behaviour of Margaret’s son Matthew and his wife Maritza…
The Box Hill and Ascot Vale Rapists: A Narelle Fraser Case - #35
Dec 6, 2017 • 45 min
Narelle is back to talk more about her time with the rape squad. This episode contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault and stalking and could be triggering to some listeners.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to…
Cold Case Solved: The Murder of Michelle Buckingham - #34
Nov 29, 2017 • 33 min
When Shepparton News cub reporter Tammy Mills went looking for an interesting local story, she set in motion an incredible chain of events that resulted in the solving of a 33 year cold case.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith…
The Kidnapping of Le Anh Tuan with Jeff Maher - #33
Nov 8, 2017 • 30 min
On 29 April 1996, 21-year-old Le Anh Tuan was abducted in broad daylight, from the front yard of the house he lived in with his mother and siblings. As his neighbours watched on in terror, he was forced into the boot of a car and driven away.Show…
Old School Tales from Old Melbourne Gaol with Troy Larkin - #32
Nov 1, 2017 • 35 min
This week we kick it old school, with bushrangers, escape artists, and the hangman’s noose.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Troy LarkinLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf…
Peter Dupas: An Australian Serial Killer - #31
Oct 25, 2017 • 37 min
Former homicide detective Jeff Maher talks to us about the case that finally exposed Australian serial killer Peter Dupas.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Jeff MaherLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or…
Supporting Child Sex Offenders with Dr Kelly Richards - #30
Oct 18, 2017 • 41 min
Dr Kelly Richards is senior lecturer in the law faculty of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She’s also an expert in a field most of us try to avoid thinking about as much as possible, that of child sex offenders and what to do with them…
Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail - #29
Oct 11, 2017 • 45 min
Will was an ordinary guy, working an office job and living in the suburbs. Just as his financial commitments felt like they were strangling him, a bizarre coincidence seemed to offer him a way out. It corrupted his moral compass and he ended up in jail.…
Luke Williams’ Meth Experiment - #27
Oct 4, 2017 • 45 min
Luke Williams is an Australian journalist and the author of Ice Age, A Journey Into Crystal Meth Addiction. Luke never meant to become an addict, he just wanted to write a story. This is a re-issue of an episode of Meshel’s other podcast, The Nitty Gritty…
Teenage Rampage: Out of Control Parties - #28
Oct 4, 2017 • 36 min
Naomi Oakley is a former police officer who now runs security at teenage parties. She tells us some unbelievable tales of teenage rampage, and we hear from a couple of mums who left teenagers home alone and lived to regret it.Show notes:Your hosts are…
Dancing with Demons with Criminal Psychologist Tim Watson-Munro - #26
Sep 27, 2017 • 36 min
Tim Watson-Munro is a ground-breaking criminal psychologist who has gained the trust of some of Australia’s scariest men, like Julian Knight and Alphonse Gangitano. He’s also a recovering drug addict whose brilliant career was almost derailed by…
Alphonse Gangitano and the Melbourne Mafia War: A Charlie Bezzina Case - #25
Sep 20, 2017 • 40 min
The 1998 murder of Alphonse Gangitano ignited a bloody decade that would become known as the Melbourne Mafia War. Charlie Bezzina was one of the homicide detectives assigned to the case, and he joins us to talk through the ups and downs of the…
Australian Gangs, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with Susanna Lobez - #24
Sep 13, 2017 • 43 min
Susanna Lobez and James Morton have written numerous books about Australian crime. They specialise in gang crime, and their new book, Australian Gangs, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is a comprehensive study. Susanna joins us to discuss the current state…
The Frankston Serial Killer: A Charlie Bezzina Case - #23
Sep 6, 2017 • 48 min
Charlie Bezzina knew he was behind the eight-ball the minute he received the call about the body of a young woman being found in Frankston. It was pouring with rain, which meant a crime scene would yield little evidence. It was just the beginning of a…
Worth Fighting For with Dana Vulin - #22
Aug 30, 2017 • 39 min
Dana Vulin was stalked by a stranger and then attacked in her own home. She was set alight by a woman who’d vowed to “ruin her pretty face.” Dana has spent the last 6 years undergoing constant painful treatment, and has just released a book about her…
The Mornington Monster: A Narelle Fraser Case - #21
Aug 23, 2017 • 58 min
Narelle Fraser is back to tell us about another of the the biggest cases of her homicide career.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Narelle FraserLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on…
Inside Australia’s Hardest Women’s Jails with James Phelps and Kerry Tucker - #20
Aug 16, 2017 • 85 min
James Phelps is an author and journalist with a penchant for prisons. He’s written best sellers about men’s jails, and in his new book, Green is the New Black, he shifts his focus to incarcerated women. Kerry Tucker was one of those women for 7 years.…
Australia’s Oldest Outlaw: Euthanasia Advocate Dr Rodney Syme - #19
Aug 9, 2017 • 40 min
Dr Rodney Syme was christened Australia’s Oldest Outlaw in an episode of Andrew Denton’s Podcast series Better Off Dead, because although he admits to consistently ignoring Australian law, he remains at large in the community. Dr Syme helps terminally ill…
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay with David Murray - #18
Aug 2, 2017 • 48 min
Brisbane mum Allison Baden Clay was reported missing by her husband Gerard on the morning of April 20, 2012. When police arrived at the house, they found Gerard smartly dressed in his usual business attire, with 3 deep, raw scratches on his cheek.Show…
Maria Korp: A Narelle Fraser Case - #17
Jul 26, 2017 • 38 min
In February 2005, Melbourne woman Maria Korp was found clinging to life in the boot of her car. The car had been abandoned near the War Memorial, a stone’s throw from Melbourne’s police headquarters on St Kilda Road, and Narelle Fraser was among the first…
Amazing Tales from Special Ops with Doug O’Loughlin and Heath O’Loughlin - #16
Jul 19, 2017 • 41 min
Doug O’Loughlin was a founding member of the Victorian Special Operations Group. His job was to deal with sieges, hostage situations, terrorist attacks and everything in between. Doug’s son Heath has written a book about it and they both join us for a…
Sexual Assault on Australian University Campuses with Nina Funnell - #15
Jul 19, 2017 • 44 min
Nina Funnell is a journalist, academic, activist and survivor of sexual assault. She’s cowritten a report on sexual assault on Australian University campuses and her findings are disturbing to say the least. She also explains the dangers around the…
33 year old Cold Case Solved: The Murder of Little Kylie Maybury - #14
Jul 13, 2017 • 35 min
Sent on a simple errand to the local shops by her mother, six-year-old Kylie Maybury never made it home alive. Her body was found the following day, discarded in a gutter, but the circumstances of her death, and the identity of her killer remained unknown…
They Shoot Mentally Ill People: My Sister, The Killer Part 2 - #13
Jun 7, 2017 • 47 min
This is part 2 of our conversation with Mary and Katie. If you haven’t yet, go back and listen to part 1, My Sister, The Killer.The story of how Anna Horneshaw came to murder her housemate picks up with her family begging the mental health services for…
My Sister, The Killer Part 1 - #12
May 31, 2017 • 43 min
“Melbourne woman murders man for cigarettes.” It was one of the most salacious headlines to ever appear in an Australian newspaper. But in this episode, we’re going behind the headline. That ‘Melbourne woman’ was Mary K. Pershall’s daughter. And she was…
33 Reasons Why I Have PTSD with Narelle Fraser - #11
May 24, 2017 • 49 min
Narelle Fraser spent 27 years in the police force investigating the most heinous crimes. She dedicated her life to helping victims of horrific sexual and violent crime, exposing herself to death and trauma on a daily basis. But eventually the terrible…
It’s Not A Job That Makes You Popular - #10
May 16, 2017 • 40 min
Let’s wind back to the glory days of print. In the 70s, Megan Norris was a cadet journalist who was told she wouldn’t last until Christmas because the other ‘token girl cadet’ on the team was prettier. Today, Megan is a court reporter and bestselling…
Ron Iddles: Australia’s Greatest Detective - #9
May 10, 2017 • 44 min
Ron Iddles is widely known as Australia’s greatest detective. After 42 years of eliciting confessions and nabbing murderers, he had a 99% conviction rate. Known as ‘The Good Cop’, Ron reflects on the cases that stuck with him. On being the only hope for…
The Killing Fields: Inside Australia’s Most Evil Prison - #8
May 3, 2017 • 46 min
Goulburn Prison houses some of Australia’s most evil and depraved criminals.Known for a time as ‘The Killing Fields’, it’s a place where plastic toothbrushes are filed down into weapons, where the springs had to be removed from bed mattresses because…
The Pettingill’s: A Family Born Of Crime - #7
Apr 26, 2017 • 39 min
Kath Pettingill has given birth to some of Australia’s worst criminals. She had six sons, they all ended up with criminal records, and three of them ended up dead. From drugs to Mr. Death - this family has seen it all. But what do we really know about…
Crims in Grass Castles: The Calabrian Mafia in Australia - #6
Apr 19, 2017 • 39 min
Since the 1920s, a town built on rich farming soil around 500kms west of Sydney has been the epicentre of an organised crime network. Yep, there is Mafia in Griffith. But not just any Mafia, Calabrian Mafia. And they’re alleged to be responsible for…
Sallie-Anne Huckstepp: The Woman Who Knew Too Much - #5
Apr 12, 2017 • 45 min
Sallie-Anne Huckstepp had never intended to be a whistleblower, but when her drug dealer boyfriend Warren Lanfranchi was shot and killed by crooked cop Roger Rogerson, she decided to speak out. A call that would eventually end her own life, but she took…
The 30 Year Cold Case of Nanette Ellis - #4
Apr 5, 2017 • 37 min
A popular, gentle suburban single mother, whom friends and family said didn’t have an enemy in the world, was the victim of several bizarre incidents of vandalism before she was brutally murdered in her own home. She’d been alone in the house for just…
On Father’s Day: Robert Farquharson - #3
Mar 29, 2017 • 52 min
It was Fathers Day, 2005. Robert Farquharson had just spent the day with his three sons, on an access visit. While returning them to their mother, his car veered off the road, and plunged into an icy dam. Robert escaped. But his three children, Jai,…
The Granny Killers That Walked Free - #2
Mar 29, 2017 • 46 min
When Marie Greening Zidan’s handbag was stolen by two boys, she called the police. She couldn’t get to the station to report it, it was a Saturday, and the 73-year-old was caring for her disabled adult son. The police said to her “We can’t get to you. We…
The First Man On The Scene - #1
Mar 29, 2017 • 46 min
Charlie Bezzina has been in confined spaces with some of the most monstrous people imaginable. People who have committed crimes so terrible they would make your skin crawl. The former Detective was one of Victorias most successful and longest-serving…
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