Unravel True Crime: Snowball

Unravel True Crime: Snowball

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Unravel True Crime is a podcast where, each season, some of Australia’s best journalists investigate unsolved crimes. Season 4: Snowball tells how an average family’s encounter with a charismatic Californian con woman cost them everything.


PRESENTS — The Eleventh
Mar 5 • 8 min
Snowball host Ollie Wards has, for now, officially given up his pursuit of Lezlie Manukian, the Californian conwoman who married his brother and cleaned out the family finances. Instead, he has a recommendation for a new podcast series… a political…
S4 07 | The Morning After
Sep 2, 2019 • 23 min
After the confrontation in the supermarket carpark, Ollie is left feeling confused — has he been charmed just like everyone else in this story? Will Lezlie fail to keep her promises to Ollie or leave him and his family hanging?
S4 06 | Stakeout
Sep 2, 2019 • 41 min
Ollie and Simon have criss-crossed California to find themselves parked in a supermarket car park staking out where Lezlie supposedly works. They may only have one shot to talk to her and finally get some answers. It doesn’t go the way Ollie imagined.
S4 05 | Black Widow
Sep 2, 2019 • 44 min
Ollie and his brother Simon follow the trail of broken dreams and failed restaurants to Paso Robles, California. It’s apparent Lezlie’s exploits didn’t stop when she left New Zealand. Ollie discovers his former sister-in-law had manufactured an image of a…
S4 04 | Charmed
Sep 2, 2019 • 40 min
Following the trail to Lezlie Manukian, Ollie and his other brother Simon end up in California. With a muscle car and loud Hawaiian shirts, the brothers look every bit like ’80s TV detectives as they head off on their very first stakeout. But, when the…
S4 03 | The Coconut Wireless
Sep 2, 2019 • 41 min
Lezlie Manukian’s stories about her time in Hawaii usually ended with murderous local mobsters running her off the island. So, to track down his brother Greg’s ex-wife, Ollie Wards needs to understand her past. What really happened according to “the…
S4 02 | The Great Houdini
Sep 2, 2019 • 43 min
Ollie and Greg’s dad, David Wards, picks through the clues left behind by Greg’s American wife, Lezlie. He realises that the entire family may have been victims of an elaborate con job. David is obsessed with finding answers, launching his own…
S4 01 | The Girl With The Dragonfly Tattoo
Sep 2, 2019 • 48 min
When Ollie Wards’ brother Greg marries his American dream girl in New Zealand and they go into business together, it seems like a perfect start to a new life. But only a few months later, Greg is heartbroken, the family home is gone — and so is Lezlie.
INTRODUCING – Season 4: Snowball
Aug 28, 2019 • 4 min
In 2006, Greg Wards was your average Kiwi backpacker on an overseas adventure in the UK, working hard, playing harder — and falling head-over-heels in love. After a whirlwind international romance, Greg married Lezlie Manukian in New Zealand. Their new…
BONUS — Seeing Is Believing
Mar 11, 2019 • 9 min
Host Gina McKeon interviews film-maker Helen Barrow about her coverage of Belinda Peisley’s inquest and the behind-the-scenes moments that we can’t hear in the audio. Helen’s one-hour tv documentary WHO KILLED BELINDA PEISLEY? is available on the…
S3 05 | The Visitor
Mar 4, 2019 • 39 min
Some of the most explosive moments in Belinda Peisley’s inquest happen between lawyer Phil Strickland and the man we’re calling Luke. Luke admits to using heroin and to staying on Belinda’s floor from time to time, like a lot of their crowd in Katoomba at…
S3 04 | The Best Friend’s Boyfriend
Feb 25, 2019 • 27 min
Jeremy Ward Douglas was going out with Belinda Peisley’s best friend, Heidi Wailes, at the time Belinda disappeared. The inquest into her death heard Jeremy had a reputation around town as a violent and controlling guy with a short temper who would hang…
S3 03 | The Best Friend
Feb 18, 2019 • 38 min
Heidi Wailes was close to Belinda and says she looked out for Belinda like an older sister would. But a break-in at Belinda’s house just days before she disappeared suggests Heidi might not have always been the friend she claimed to be. Many, including…
S3 02 | The Boyfriend
Feb 11, 2019 • 38 min
We go inside the courtroom at Belinda Peisley’s inquest to hear firsthand the arguments, phone taps and witness testimony. Jason*, Belinda’s boyfriend at the time, says he met up with her on the night she disappeared. They had an argument at her house and…
S3 01 | Belinda
Feb 4, 2019 • 31 min
Belinda Peisley’s life descended into chaos after her 18th birthday when she received a big inheritance and bought her own place in Katoomba. Her family hoped the house would set her up for life but, instead, her new address became a magnet for a world of…
INTRODUCING — Last Seen Katoomba
Jan 28, 2019 • 3 min
19-year-old Belinda Peisley vanished after she left a Blue Mountains hospital on September 26, 1998. The single mum-of-two disappeared within a year of inheriting a significant sum of money from a relative and buying a house in Katoomba. The first episode…
S2 07 | Christmas Tree Hill
Nov 12, 2018 • 33 min
In the Season 2 finale, Ruby and Neil get the lead they have hoped for — a tip-off from an old law enforcement source about a potential burial site for Trudie Adams.
S2 06 | The Unholy Relationship
Nov 5, 2018 • 38 min
Investigating the link between a career criminal, Trudie … and a corrupt cop.
S2 05 | The Big Bad Wolf
Oct 29, 2018 • 33 min
Hear the voice of criminal monster, Neville Tween.
S2 04 | The Green Kombi Van
Oct 22, 2018 • 35 min
A completely new theory on what happened to Trudie Adams
S2 03 | The Hunting Ground
Oct 15, 2018 • 36 min
A chilling visit to bushland where abducted hitch-hikers are taken.
S2 02 | Suspicious Minds
Oct 8, 2018 • 31 min
Police begin looking for a motive.
S2 01 | Barrenjoey Road
Oct 8, 2018 • 26 min
A heart breaking search for the hitch-hike girl.
INTRODUCING — Barrenjoey Road
Oct 1, 2018 • 3 min
The story of Barrenjoey Road explores the disappearance of Trudie Adams in 1978.
S1 Update | More Blood On The Tracks
Sep 27, 2018 • 1 min
Allan Clarke investigates other mysterious deaths on the train tracks in regional NSW. To listen to his latest investigation, search for the Background Briefing podcast or listen online: ab.co/19MsLTc
S1 07 | Face To Face
Jul 8, 2018 • 30 min
Allan is finally there, in front of someone who might shed light on Mark’s last night.
S1 06 | Revelation
Jul 1, 2018 • 22 min
The Unravel team cracks the case wide open with new leads and witnesses.
S1 05 | The Driver
Jun 24, 2018 • 31 min
Fresh evidence that Mark wasn’t alone at the tracks.
S1 04 | Whitewash
Jun 17, 2018 • 29 min
The family’s hopes for an answer at the inquest fade fast.
S1 03 | The Boxer
Jun 10, 2018 • 28 min
Violence erupts as Uncle Duck and the family confront their number one suspect.
S1 02 | Foul Play
Jun 3, 2018 • 28 min
Mark Haines’ family challenge the police investigation.
S1 01 | Blood On The Tracks
May 27, 2018 • 27 min
Thirty years of mystery surrounds the death of 17-year-old Mark Haines.
INTRODUCING — Blood On The Tracks
May 17, 2018 • 3 min
UNRAVEL season 1 story, Blood On The Tracks, investigates the suspicious death of 17-year-old Mark Haines, whose body was found on the railway line outside Tamworth in January 1988.