Australian True Crime

Australian True Crime Podcast

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.

Stalking and Murder - #180
The inquest into the shocking murders of teenagers Jack and Jennifer Edwards by their father John has revealed his history of family violence and stalking. Journalist and author Megan Norris joins us to talk about her research into the correlation between stalking and murder.  Show notes for Episode 180:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Megan NorrisMegan's websiteLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsList...

Giving Lawyer X a Voice - #179
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 WebbWith thanks to Rachael Brown and Vikki PetraitisListen to TraceLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podca...

Meet the WAGS - #178
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 outside the law, like the infamous Chopper Read, the organised crime boss Bob Trimbole and armed robber Fred Cako.Show notes for Episode 178:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Rochelle JacksonMore about Rochelle Jackson hereLike us on Fa...


Can TikTok find Kylee-Anne? - #177
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 WebbWith thanks to Kaz SchafferFollow Kaz on TikTokHelp Find Kylee-Ann Schaffer on FacebookLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyThe article and facebook pag...

Could You Just Accept It? - #176
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 notes for Episode 176:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Lyn CecilLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you or so...

Loose Units – Electric Blue - #175
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 territory including a very difficult period in both their lives during which Paul was brutally bullied. You can hear more about that in a companion episode of The Nitty Gritty Committee also featuring Paul and John Verhoeven, here.Show notes for Episode 175:Yo...


Victorian Rape Survivors Silenced - #174
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. They’ve been helping rape survivors lobby the Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessey for several months demanding a fix for the problem without meaningful engagement let alone success. On August 26, Nina published an opinion piece about the legislation on new...

Repost: #LetHerSpeak Janelle O’Connor’s sexual assault. WARNING – VIOLENT CONTENT - #159
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 for rape survivors to self-identify. Janelle and NinaFunnel, the founder of the #LetHerSpeak campaign join us to explain the legal changes, and Janelle tells us her story. WARNING – This is an extremely disturbing story, please exercise discretion. Show notes...

Gary Jubelin on the Matthew Leveson Case - #173
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 Jubelin who finally helped them find him. Both Jubelin and Faye Leveson join us to talk about the bond between homicide detectives and families. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 173:Your hosts are Meshel La...


The Golden Age of Armed Robbery - #172
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: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 172:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Mark DapinLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple ...

Patricia Simmons and her baby brother Robert - #171
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 content.Show notes for Episode 171:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Patricia SimmonsLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on S...

Simon Fenech is Breaking Good - #170
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 us to explain.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 170:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Simon FenechFollow Fruit2WorkLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us...


Simon Fenech is Breaking Good - #170
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 us to explain.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 170:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Simon FenechFollow Fruit2WorkLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us...

My Adoption Story is True Crime - #169
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 Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Liz ColensoLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyFor Confidential information, counselling and support se...

The Unsolved Murder of Emma Pawelski - #168
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 hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Sharon McKellMore about Emma's case hereLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you h...


The First Time He Hit Her - #167
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 and Tara’s Aunt Maria join us to talk it.Source audio: 7.30 Report https://www.abc.net.au/7.30/family-speaks-of-tara-costigans-life-and-death/7642974Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 167:Your hosts are...

Gemini Rules Breathing - Astrologer Maggie Kerr
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 us what patterns are playing out right now and in our immediate future.Show notes for Episode 721:Your host is Meshel LaurieWith thanks to guest Maggie Kerr https://www.universalastrology.com.au/Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Pod...

Undercover Copper Keith Banks - #166
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 hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Keith BanksLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases ...


The Jaidyn Leskie Murder - #165
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 episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 165:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Michael Gleeson from The Age and Sydney Morning HeraldListen to ChildersLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on ...

The Childers Backpackers Fire - #164
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, survivors and victims’ families are revisiting the tragedy 20 years on in a podcast, Childers The Full Story and he joins us to tell us about it.  Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 164:Your hosts are Mes...

How Lisa Harnum Changed the Conversation - #163
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 graphic content.Show notes for Episode 163:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Amy DaleLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen...


The Unsolved Disappearance of Revelle Balmain - #162
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 contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 162:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to John Dale and Clinton BarterLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen ...

Shark Arm - #161
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 content.Show notes for Episode 161:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Kevin Meagher and Phillip RoopeLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our Bookshop to find Shark Arm: A Shark, A Tattooed Arm a...

A witness finds his courage and a killer is convicted - #160
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 to testify against their main suspect and the many intimidating people in his community warning him not to. Some of whom had once been his friends. He also had his own demons to deal with.  The events during and after the trial that saw Ricky’s killer fina...


#LetHerSpeak Janelle O’Connor’s sexual assault. WARNING – VIOLENT CONTENT - #159
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 #LetHerSpeak campaign join us to explain the legal changes, and Janelle tells us her story. WARNING – This is an extremely disturbing story, please exercise discretion. Show notes for Episode 159:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Jane...

The Sting – Catching Daniel Morcombe’s Killer - #158
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 murder.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 158:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Kate KyriacouLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our Bookshop...

The Narelle Fraser Conversations - Kira Olney - #157
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 video live stream event, this Saturday May 16th at 8pm, Narelle Fraser and Ron Iddles, and some other surprises. Purchase your tickets here > https://bit.ly/2L1XK9mWarning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 157:Y...


The shocking murder of Bride-to-be Stephanie Scott - #156
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 to Emily about the week between Stephanie’s disappearance and the day her remains were found, and the lasting impact on the community. Plus we catch up with Jamie Pultz from “Beenham Valley Road” about his latest podcast, “Who Killed Leanne Holland.”Warning:...

The Narelle Fraser Conversations - Patrick Tidmarsh - #155
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 Squad and the Homicide Squad Detective with a focus on victims.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 155:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Patrick Tidmarsh and Narelle FraserLike us on F...

Missing William Tyrell with Caroline Overington - #154
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 moving portrait of all involved, and most importantly, renews faith that William will be found. She joins us to talk about her book, “Missing William Tyrell”.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 154:Your hosts ...


The Narelle Fraser Conversations – Retired Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Sandra Nicholson - #153
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 coppers to jail. Sandra Nicholson is a hands-on, supportive leader, but she’s no pushover.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 153:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Retired Victoria P...

The Narelle Fraser Conversations – Retired Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Sandra Nicholson - #153
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 coppers to jail. Sandra Nicholson is a hands-on, supportive leader, but she’s no pushover.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 153:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Retired Victoria P...

Do Policemen Have a Soul? With Gary Raymond - #152
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 Sri Lankan authorities in body recovery after the 2006 Boxing Day Tsunami. His life outside of policing is unlike any we’ve heard described on the podcast before.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 152:Your ...


The Narelle Fraser Conversations – Michele Williams QC Senior Crown Prosecutor - #151
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.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 151:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Narelle Fraser and Michele Williams QC.Like us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on Pa...

Welcome To Hell: Yvie Jones
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 Podcast YouTube channel. Subscribe to Welcome To Hell on the Nitty Gritty Committee  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Where did Elmer Crawford go? (After murdering his wife and children) - #150
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 are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Greg FogartyLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopPurchase Greg's book; Almost PerfectListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you ...


Where did Elmer Crawford go? (After murdering his wife and children) - #150
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 are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Greg FogartyLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases co...

Welcome to Hell Trailer
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 already an episode to sample on Meshel's Nitty Gritty feed. https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/meshel-lauries-nitty-gritty-committee/id980139628#episodeGuid=4c9c8dc6-1d26-4445-9a3b-cc9cbfbebf81  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Tara Schultz and the Price of Survival - #149
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 graphic content.Show notes for Episode 149:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Tara SchultzFollow Tara on TwitterLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListe...


Narelle Fraser meets Victor Peirce at the shops - #148
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 graphic content.Show notes for Episode 148:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Narelle FraserGet tickets to Narelle's live show on March 28thLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen ...

Narelle Fraser meets Victor Peirce at the shops - #148
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 graphic content.Show notes for Episode 148:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Narelle FraserGet tickets to Narelle's live show on March 28thLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen ...

Journalist Anthony Dowsley on Paul Dale, Lawyer X et al. A Different Perspective - #147
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 in the early 2000s. Entire interview available on Patreon.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 147:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Anthony DowsleyListen to Part 1 of our interview...


Journalist Anthony Dowsley on Paul Dale, Lawyer X et al. A Different Perspective - #147
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 in the early 2000s. Entire interview available on Patreon.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 147:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Anthony DowsleyListen to Part 1 of our interview...

Paul Dale Pt 2. The Crimes in Question #146
“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 this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 146:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Paul Dale and Vikki PetraitisListen to Part 1 of our interview with Paul DaleLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupp...

“Disgraced” Paul Dale. Victim or Villain? - #145
“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 anything. Is he the victim of a huge conspiracy, or the luckiest villain in the ongoing saga of the Melbourne Gang war? You be the judge as he joins us to tell his story over two weeks.Show notes for Episode 145:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbW...


Missing No More – the Gruesome Truth of the barrel at the barbecues - #144
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 Episode 144:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Liz PorterLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any informati...

Defending the Indefensible - #143
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 surprising encounter with a victim’s family member that devastated him.  Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 143:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Tim Marsh.Like us on Facebook ​Fol...

105 signs of Recent Injury - #142
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 memorable guests from Beenham Valley Road. This episode features the Beenham Valley Road theme song, “Piece is Heaven” by Pete Allen Music. Available on itunes. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 143:Your h...


Special Extra: Clunes Cluedo Episode One
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 details included in this one. You can subscribe to Clunes Cluedo wherever you get your podcasts. Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Alice Mitchell More about #JusticeforNina at Instagram/clunescluedoLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Inst...

Justice for Nina - Clunes Unsolved - #141
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 unsolved. Alice, who is a private investigator, has become the family sleuth in this case and is letting people know about Nina's case and wants to get a second coronial inquest to look at the murder.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic cont...

Ram Tiwary: The miscarriage of justice you’ve probably never heard of - #140
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 episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 140:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Liz Porter Like us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonPurchase Crime Scene Asia in our Bookshop or Visit our Boo...


Arson. - #139
“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, domestic violence and arson. Chloe Hooper, author of excellent books The Arsonist and The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 139:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily ...

Fiona’s fight to find her husband Bruce’s body - #138
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, Australia when he was murdered. His body has never been found and a rogue, outback couple Stephen and Dianne Struber were convicted of his murder.Thanks to Fiona’s immense efforts The “no body, no parole” legislation was introduced. The Strubers will never b...

Who Killed Leanne Holland Pt 2 - Graham Stafford Interview #137
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 handling of the case made public.In the meantime he still faces scepticism and innuendo, including from a controversial episode of Channel 7's recently axed Sunday night program.Patrons will receive an extra episode in coming weeks, in which Graham speaks spec...


Who Killed Leanne Holland? Part 1 - #136
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 story in her book Rough Justice, and she joins us to talk us through the case.NEXT WEEK, Graham Stafford joins us.Show notes for Episode 136:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Robin BowlesFor more about the case:https://whokilledleann...

Shirley Finn, Dirty Girl - #135
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 Madam Shirley Finn, joins us.Show notes for Episode 135:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Juliet WillsFor more about the campaign to get the palace letters released: https://chuffed.org/project/release-the-palace-lettersLike us on Face...

Crime and Sport: Australia's Great Passions - #134
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 their meticulous reporting skills to the intersection of Australian sport and Australian crime. It's very fertile ground.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode #134:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Web...


Crime and Sport: Australia's Great Passions - #134
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 their meticulous reporting skills to the intersection of Australian sport and Australian crime. It's very fertile ground.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode #134:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Web...

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Julie's Big Drug Importation Adventure - #133
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 Emily WebbWith thanks to JulieLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime S...

Jock Palfreeman's Quasi Bulgarian Parole - #132
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 he was defending them. The victim’s father says he’s a monster. Australian Story producer and author of the Palfreeman family’s story, Every Parent’s Nightmare, Belinda Hawkins joins us to tell us about the Jock Palfreeman she knows.Warning: please be advis...


Jock Palfreeman's Quasi Bulgarian Parole - #132
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 he was defending them. The victim’s father says he’s a monster. Australian Story producer and author of the Palfreeman family’s story, Every Parent’s Nightmare, Belinda Hawkins joins us to tell us about the Jock Palfreeman she knows.Warning: please be advis...

Re-Issue: Milat Family Insider Special Extra - #131
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 expect a death bed confession.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Amanda HowardLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopL...

Re-Issue: Milat Family Insider Special Extra - #131
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 expect a death bed confession.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Amanda HowardLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopL...


Re-Issue: The Woman Who Thinks Ivan Milat is Innocent - #130
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 Howard.Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagramor TwitterSupport us on PatreonThank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Re-Issue: The Woman Who Thinks Ivan Milat is Innocent - #130
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 Howard.Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagramor TwitterSupport us on PatreonThank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Dead Man Walking: The Killing of Michael McGurk - #129
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 confided in our guest, legendary journalist Kate McClymont about who he thought might kill him just 10 days before his death.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 129:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb...


Dead Man Walking: The Killing of Michael McGurk - #129
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 confided in our guest, legendary journalist Kate McClymont about who he thought might kill him just 10 days before his death.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 129:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb...

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The Abduction of Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon - #128
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 1973.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 128:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Suzie RatcliffeLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our Books...

Jack and Stacey and Ice in the Latrobe Valley - #127
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 out.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 127:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Stacey Patton.Like us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopLi...


Dianne Brimble: By Her Ex-husband Mark - #126
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 Only.Warning: please be advised this episode contains accounts of sexual assault. Listener discretion is advised.Show notes for Episode 126:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Mark BrimbleLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSup...

Operation Zhivago: A Narelle Fraser Case - #125
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 her influence can still be seen in the Victorian Police force today.Warning: please be advised this episode contains accounts of sexual assault. Listener discretion is advised.Show notes for Episode 125:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks...

Is Sydney Even Sydney Without The Seedy Cross? - #124
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 this True Crime story from Kings Cross in 1998?As NSW the Premier announces a rollback of the lockout laws, veteran Sydney journalist Mark Morri has finally written a book about this case and these extraordinary people. It’s called “Hate Mail” and he joins...


The Wettenhall Family Murders Rocked the Small Community of Barrabool - #123
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 episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 123:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Neal Drinnan and Bob Perry.Like us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonPurchase The Devil’s Grip in our Booksho...

Australia's Badlands: The Palmerville Station Murder - #122
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 of the murder of Bruce Schuler in 2012.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 122:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Robert Reid.Like us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSu...

Cardinal Pell's Next Destination, Ararat - #121
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 accommodation.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 121:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Dr Karen Owen, Forensic and Clinical Psychologist and international expert on sex offenders.Like us on Fa...


The Falconio Mystery Continues - #120
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 lack of evidence of any crime having been committed.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 120:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Robin Bowles.More about xx.Like us on Facebook ​Follow...

Greenough Murders: Fighting to Keep a Killer in Jail - #119
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 day.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 119:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Evalyn Clow.Like us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen...

Missing But Not Forgotten: A Sister's Story - #118
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 confronted Jacinta Jackson when her brother Donny disappeared from a camping trip 7 years ago, and she joins us in this episode to talk about it. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 118:Your hosts are Meshel...


Remembering Bree - #117
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 despite the best efforts of her family, investigators and the NSW Coroner. Her sister and parents recorded their own episode of Australian True Crime.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 117:Your hosts are Meshe...

Murder in Albury - Kim Meredith's Parents and the 5 Minute Window: A Belinda Neil Case - #116
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 homicide detective and lead investigator Belinda Neil joins us to talk about how Kim’s murder investigation changed her life.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 116:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily ...

Death on the Derwent - #115
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 case.Show notes for Episode 115:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Robin BowelsRobin's book "Death on the Derwent" is available in our bookshop https://australiantruecrimepodcast.com/bookshop/Like us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or...


Journalist Andrew Rule's Scariest Case - #114
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 recently at Melbourne's Chapel off Chapel to talk about a case involving many twists and turns, and one of the scariest times in his reporting career.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 114:Your hosts are Meshel...

My Brother the Paedophile Priest - #113
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 and the faith to call every one of them out. It continues to be a traumatic journey.Margaret's book, co written with journalist Sue Smethurst is called "Blood on the Rosary".Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Ep...

A Kiwi Teen Almost Killed the Queen. Kia Ora cuz! - #112
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 Detective, now Gold Coast retiree Tom Lewis tried to tell the world and was driven out of his homeland. He and his granddaughter Maria join us to tell the incredible story that's now the subject of a major corruption investigation in New Zealand.Warning: pleas...


The De Gruchy Family Murders - #111
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 Belinda and her colleagues would attend the most traumatising crime scene of their careers. One of her colleagues left the police force that day, never to return. This is the case of the De Gruchy family murders. Former Detective Belinda Neil talks us through th...

Anne Hamilton Byrne and The Family - #110
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 Century cult leader. The only thing more shocking than the abuse she inflicted on dozens of children in her care throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, is how various Governmental authorities approved of her guardianship over them in the first place.This inter...

Lex De Man on Anne Hamilton Byrne's Death - #109
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 justice for the people whose childhood's were stolen by Anne.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 109:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Lex De ManListen to previous episode on ‘The ...


The David Hookes Matter with Charlie Bezzina - #108
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 detail Charlie needed to know, the victim was International Cricket legend and television commentator David Hookes.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 108:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith than...

Frankston Serial Killer Investigation Re Issue - #107
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 graphic content.Show notes for Episode 107:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Charlie BezzinaTo support Carmel and Brian please donate to: https://www.gofundme.com/keeptherussellsinfrankstonLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or Twi...

26 Years After Our Daughter's Murder, We Need Help - #106
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 help.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 106:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Carmel and Brian RussellTo support Carmel and Brian please donate to: https://www.gofundme.com/keeptherusse...


ATC Extra. The Family of the Deceased - #105
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 into the spotlight of a homicide investigation, and to have to clear a beloved relative's name.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 105:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Sandra Charl...

A Convenient Murder Suicide: Who Killed Vicki Arnold and Julie-Anne Leahy? - #104
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 up on the many inconsistencies in the case, and the brutal death scene. Reid joins us to guide us through the many twists and turns of Vicki and Julie-Anne's case.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 104:Y...

The Crimes and Times of Uncle Jack Charles - #103
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 of various government policies. Uncle Jack's life has traversed orphanages, prison, addiction, recovery, art, theatre, activism, advocacy… he is a survivor. We speak with Jack about his incredible life and he delves into deep issues of society, all the while...


Milat Family Insider Special Extra - #102
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 expect a death bed confession.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 102:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Amanda HowardLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on...

Karlie and Khandalyce: The Lost Girls with Ava Benny-Morrison - #101
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 detectives solve this heinous crime and reunite them seven years after their brutal deaths? Journalist Ava Benny-Morrison joins us to talk about her book The Lost Girls which fills in the terrible details.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic co...

Snowtown: The Bodies in the Barrels Murders with Jeremy Pudney - #100
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 victims of a killing team of three men from the North Adelaide suburbs, led by the depraved John Bunting. Journalist Jeremy Pudney, who wrote the definitive book on these murders joined Meshel and Emily for ATC's 100th episode to talk about the dysfunction t...


The Fight to Bring an Alleged Pedophile Headmistress Back to Australia to Face Justice: Survivor Dassi Erlich's Story - #99
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 six siblings were raised in the ultra-Orthodox Adass Israel community of Melbourne. you may have seen Dassi and two of her sisters on Australian Story, because their conservative sheltered upbringing was an illusion, far from being overly protected, they w...

The Day They Blew Up The Police Station: The Russell Street Bombing - #98
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 attack ever carried out by the criminal underworld against Australian law enforcement, the bombing of Police Headquarters in Melbourne’s Russell Street.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 98:Your hosts ar...

Will A Sex Offenders Register in Australia Really Protect Children? - #97
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 Episode 97:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to:Hetty Johnston AM, Founder of BraveheartsBruce Morcombe and Dean Morcombe, father and brother of Daniel MorcombeDanielle Harris, Senior Lecturer School of Criminology, Griffith University.More ...


Newcastle Serial Killers Cold Case? Gordana Kotevski - #96
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 Julie join us.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 96:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Julie Talevski and Peggy KotevskiLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport u...

The Serial Killer Premonitions of Dave Warner - #95
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: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 95:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Dave WarnerLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple...

Notorious 'Black Widow' Killer Patricia Byers with Megan Norris - #94
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, Jai, Tyler and Bailey, by driving them into a dam on Father’s Day in 2005. Megan is the only author to have interviewed Cindy and they spent many many hours together in the weeks, months and years after the event, as Cindy moved from supporting Robert and be...


Missing Since 1978: The Search for Sydney Couple Stephen Lapthorne and Michelle Pope - #93
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 evidence that could lead to answers about what happened to the couple and they believe the answer lies in finding the remains of Stephen's vehicle—a distinctive green Bedford van. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for ...

Catching the Narong Road Rapist with Liz Porter - #92
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 and the story she brings today is the stuff of legend. True crime authors Emily Webb, Vikki Petraitis and Liz Porter, talk about a landmark case not only in Australian crime fighting, but international crime fighting. It’s the story of the Narong Road Rapi...

From Outlaw Motorcycle Gang to Journalism: Mahmood Fazal's Story - #91
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 obsession.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 91:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Mahmood Fazal and guest co-host Vikki PetraitisIf you liked this episode, you might like Episode 24 - Austral...


Queensland Vampire Killer Tracey Wigginton with Megan Norris - #90
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 Brisbane River, where she stabbed him 27 times. In 1991 she pleaded guilty to the murder and the lurid details of the crime shocked the nation. It was reported Wigginton was obsessed with the Occult and murdered Baldock because she had a "need to feed" on his...

Queensland Vampire Killer Tracey Wigginton with Megan Norris - #90
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 Brisbane River, where she stabbed him 27 times. In 1991 she pleaded guilty to the murder and the lurid details of the crime shocked the nation. It was reported Wigginton was obsessed with the Occult and murdered Baldock because she had a "need to feed" on his...

Inside Making a Murderer with Defence Attorney Laura Nirider - #89
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 could possibly imagine.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 89:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Laura NiriderMore about The Center for Wrongful Convictions’ Brendan Dassey Case Update M...


The Murder of Andrew Preston: A Narelle Fraser Case - #88
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 accommodation, with various kinds of temporary girlfriends, working in various kinds of temporary jobs and taking pretty heavy drugs. He’s not the kind of guy anyone even really notices is missing, except his mum.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graph...

Day From Hell: When My School Got Kidnapped - #87
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 us through the harrowing experience.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 87:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Rob HunterMore about Kidnapped Teacher TalksLike us on Facebook ​Follow ...

Pentridge Confidential: Self-mutilator Garry David with Vaughn Ruddick - #86
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 Pentridge including the tragic and terrifying self-mutilator Garry David, remembered fondly by Chopper Read.Show notes for Episode 86:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Vaughn RuddickFor more about Garry David, visit the show notes on our ...


Sherele Moody: The Woman Mapping the Murders of Women and Children in Australia - #85
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 to violence and neglect, regardless of the gender of the perpetrator. However, overwhelmingly the perpetrators are male. Sherele also has a very personal reason for this passion project and her drive to shine a light on the murder of women and children in ...

The Unsolved 1984 Tapp Murders with Andrew Rule - #84
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 just might be possible. Show notes for Episode 85:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Andrew Rule More about Life and Crimes with Andrew RuleLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on Patreon Thank you for li...

A True Crime Podcast recommendation from Meshel
Emma Curtin is a researcher by trade, and it shows as she takes on a cold case from almost a hundred years ago. How did low-key first-wave feminist Norma McLeod end up dying atop her childhood bed, as her parents and friendly neighbourhood doctor watched on, in posh Toorak, with her brother’s wet underpants draped across her forehead? If that question doesn’t suck you in, then I just don’t know who you are anymore.We proudly share episode one of this 8-part series with you, and next week we’re back with an ...

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When Meshel Met Emily - #83
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 from 2016. Emily was a guest, and after the interview Meshel asked if she'd consider doing a True Crime Podcast with her. In just the same way that Brad Pitt ended up with six children, Emily is now the co pilot of Australian True Crime which has had 10 milli...

Loose Units Episode One - #82
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 an excellent Christmas present!Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Paul Verhoeven and John Verhoeven.Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonThank you for listening!  See acast.com/pri...

The Cold Case Murder of Maria James - #81
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 murder of his wife Lyn, the subject of The Teacher's Pet podcast presented by Hedley Thomas. In our last episode for 2018, Rachael joined us to talk about the emotional development. Over the Christmas break, we'll continue to provide updates on the scandal roc...


Victoria Police and the "African Gangs" - #80
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 thanks to Commander Stuart Bateson, Victoria Police.Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonThank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Stalker: A Narelle Fraser Case - #79
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 PatreonThank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Elaine and the African Gangs - #78
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 hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Elaine.Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagramor TwitterSupport us on PatreonThank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Ken Kratz: Making a Murderer - #77
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 assorted other personal revelations, check out the Nitty Gritty Committee version, at https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode?id=302982 but be warned, there is kindness involved! It's a different show.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith than...

The Unsatisfactory Case Of Matthew Leveson - #76
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 connection with their son's death.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Mark and Faye Leveson.Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonThank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for pri...

Pentridge Confidential with Former Guard Vaughn Ruddick - #75
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 Division during one of its most "colourful" chapters, thanks to the inimitable Chopper Read.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Vaughn Ruddick.Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagramor TwitterSupport us on PatreonThank you...


Gangland: The Great Escapes with Susanna Lobez - #74
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 Australia's rich history of prison breaks.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Susanna Lobez.Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonThank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for priv...

A Young Man on Life Outside Prison - #73
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 living the straight life, he has some interesting things to teach Meshel as well.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Greg.Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonThank you for listening!  S...

The Cold Case Disappearance of Katie O'Shea - #72
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 are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Lily Parmenter.Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonThank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


What's Happened Since We Spoke with White Collar Criminal Will? - #71
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 has treated him, and what life lessons he's learned from his time inside.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to WillLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on t...

The Woman Who Thinks Ivan Milat is Innocent - #70
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 Howard.Amanda's own podcast is called Monsters Who Murder Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagramor TwitterSupport us on PatreonThank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Legendary Cop Brian 'The Skull' Murphy - #69
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 himself, but Vicki Petraitis' excellent book, 'Once a Copper' reveals some unexpected vulnerability behind the tough exterior. They both joined us in studio.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Brian "The Skull" Murphy and Vikki P...


Victorian Rape Squad: A Narelle Fraser Case - #68
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 the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterPlus, our first exclusive extra episode is available for Tier 2 Patrons. Go to PatreonThank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Organised Crime Enforcer Turns Mentor for Men - #67
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 us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

An Ex-Cop and His Comedian Son Talk True Crime - #66
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 one of the most notoriously bent periods in Australian policing turns out to be one of the least surprising aspects of this extraordinary character. Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Paul Verhoeven and John VerhoevenLike us...


When a Parent Murders a Child: Tragedy and Psychology - #65
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 that have led parents to kill their own children.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Cheryl Critchly and Dr Helen McGrathLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information...

The Crime Scene Isn't Always What It Seems: A Charlie Bezzina Case - #64
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 hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Charlie Bezzina.Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonThank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

I Was Sexually Assaulted By A Stranger When I Was 7 - #63
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 contacted us to tell her story.Show notes:PLEASE NOTE: Listener discretion is advised as this episode details child sexual assault and trauma.For help: 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) Lifeline 13 11 14, Blue Knot Helpline on 1300 657 380.Your hosts are Meshel L...


The Murder of Stuart Fairlie: A Charlie Bezzina Case - #62
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 this case.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Charlie Bezzina.Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonThank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informati...

When A Parent Goes To Jail - #61
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 us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

The Art Of The Interview with Chris O'Connor - #60
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 experience and knowledge training other agencies, including police, on effective interview questioning.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Chris O'ConnorLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on Pa...


Martha Needle: Mother, Murderer, Victim with Dr Brian Williams - #59
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 Brian WilliamsLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for p...

The Frankston Murders: 25 Years On with Vikki Petraitis - #58
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 Vikki PetraitisLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for p...

Mind Behind The Crime: Deadly Personality Disorders - #57
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 teach us about common personality disorders and how to spot them, as well as the difference between these disorders and mental illness. Cheryl and Helen's book, 'Mind Behind the Crime' is available now.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWit...


Covering True Crime and Treating People Right - #56
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 discuss the issue, and True Crime writers Emily Webb and Megan Norris have a candid conversation about the difficult lesson they've learned along the way.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Sonia Anderson and Megan NorrisLike us ...

The Murder of Eurydice Dixon and Violence Against Women - #55
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 from Victoria Police join us to discuss violence against women in the wake of the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Narelle Fraser and Assistant Commissioner Stephen LeaneLike us on the Faceb...

Who Killed My Sister? The Cold Case of Fiona Burns and John Lee - #54
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 about her efforts to find answers and how her life changed forever when Fiona died.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Barbie McCarthyLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have a...


The Hunt for Killer Father and Son Fugitives The Stoccos - #53
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 captured, and the real story, more bizarre than anyone could have imagined, could finally be told. Journalist Nino Bucci has written the definitive account in his book, 'Like Father Like Son, The Stoccos' and he joins us to talk about it.Show notes:Your hos...

Retired detective Narelle Fraser's most memorable cases - #52
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 information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Sandra Pankhurst: The Trauma Cleaner - #51
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 award winning biography by Sarah Krasnostein, whose life has been touched by true crime at every turn.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Sandra PankhurstLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport...


The Disappearance of Lorraine Carter: A Narelle Fraser Case - #50
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 and Emily WebbWith thanks to Narelle FraserLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening...

Serial Killer Whisperer Amanda Howard - #49
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 limitless numbers of death row inmates.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Amanda HowardLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast...

The Murder of Zayden Veal-Whitting: A Narelle Fraser Case - #48
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 terror in the suburbs. Zayden's young mother, Casey, discovered an unspeakable horror in her baby's crib after a burglary went horribly wrong in their home in 2012. Narelle Fraser, who worked the case, joins us to talk about the investigation.Show notes:Your ho...


The Very Cold Case of the Murder of Mollie Dean with Gideon Haigh - #47
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 insight into the primitive investigative practices employed by police less than a century ago.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Gideon HaighLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you h...

To Hell and Back: A Policewoman's Journey - #46
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 Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out inf...

The Drive-by Shooting Murder of Chris Lane - #45
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 Andrea KaneLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for priva...


The Milicia Trailovic Murder: A Narelle Fraser Case - #44
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 ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Art Fraud: Whiteley on Trial with Gabriella Coslovic - #43
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 the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out info...

Annette Mason: Journey to an Inquest - #42
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 to Peter HardwickLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy ...


Notorious Cult 'The Family' with Chris Johnston - #41
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 notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Chris JohnstonLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 33...

The Phillip Island Murder with Vikki Petraitis - #40
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 employee Beth.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Vikki PetraitisLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crim...

Cold Case: The Frankston and Tynong North Serial Killer - #39
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 notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Cheryl and VickiLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 18...


A Life of Violence, A Commitment to Care with Tim Class-Auliff - #38
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 his life, including the brutal murder of his sister-in-law.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Tim Class-AuliffLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the ...

Stalkers with Victoria Heywood - #37
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 thanks to Victoria HeywoodLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/p...

The Society Murders: A Narelle Fraser Case - #36
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 turned the case into a media circus, breaking records for newspaper sales in Melbourne.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 h...


The Box Hill and Ascot Vale Rapists: A Narelle Fraser Case - #35
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 Narelle FraserLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for priv...

Cold Case Solved: The Murder of Michelle Buckingham - #34
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 thanks to Tammy MillsLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy f...

The Kidnapping of Le Anh Tuan with Jeff Maher - #33
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 notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Jeff MaherLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000....


Old School Tales from Old Melbourne Gaol with Troy Larkin - #32
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 you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Peter Dupas: An Australian Serial Killer - #31
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 TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Supporting Child Sex Offenders with Dr Kelly Richards - #30
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 after their jail time is done.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Dr Kelly RichardsLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, ...


Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail - #29
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. This is his all-too-relatable story.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to WillLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, plea...

Teenage Rampage: Out of Control Parties - #28
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 Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Naomi OakleyLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for list...

Luke Williams' Meth Experiment - #27
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 Committee.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Luke WilliamsLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crim...


Dancing with Demons with Criminal Psychologist Tim Watson-Munro - #26
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 cocaine.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Tim Watson-MunroLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stopper...

Alphonse Gangitano and the Melbourne Mafia War: A Charlie Bezzina Case - #25
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 investigation. We also hear from Tim Watson Munro, the clinical psychologist who developed a strong therapeutic relationship with the volatile gangster.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Charlie Bezzina and Tim Watson MunroLike us on ...

Australian Gangs, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with Susanna Lobez - #24
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 of play in Australian gang crime.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Susanna Lobez Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcas...


The Frankston Serial Killer: A Charlie Bezzina Case - #23
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 killing spree by a disturbed young man, hiding in plain sight in suburban Frankston.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Charlie BezzinaLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have a...

Worth Fighting For with Dana Vulin - #22
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 experience called, 'Worth Fighting For'.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Dana VulinLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcas...

The Mornington Monster: A Narelle Fraser Case - #21
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 PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Inside Australia's Hardest Women's Jails with James Phelps and Kerry Tucker - #20
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. Their perspectives are different, but many of the details are the same.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to James Phelps and Kerry TuckerLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have ...

Australia's Oldest Outlaw: Euthanasia Advocate Dr Rodney Syme - #19
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 people to end their lives. Also featured in this episode, Mitchell Short, whose father Peter took advantage of Dr Syme's services. The new documentary Fade to Black depicts their campaign to change Australia's laws in the last months of Peter's life.Show n...

The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay with David Murray - #18
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 notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to David MurrayLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 3...


Maria Korp: A Narelle Fraser Case - #17
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 on the scene when it was reported by a security guard. What happened next changed the course of Narelle's life, and played a part in her leaving the force with PTSD.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Narelle Fraser.Like us...

Sexual Assault on Australian University Campuses with Nina Funnell - #15
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 traditional warnings we give our daughters.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Nina FunnellLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this pod...

Amazing Tales from Special Ops with Doug O'Loughlin and Heath O'Loughlin - #16
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 chat.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Doug O'Loughlin and Heath O'LoughlinLike us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, pleas...


33 year old Cold Case Solved: The Murder of Little Kylie Maybury - #14
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 for 33 years. In the end, he was eerily close to home all along. Veteran crime reporter Keith Moor talks us through the details of the case, and the strange twists and turns in Kylie's case.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks ...

They Shoot Mentally Ill People: My Sister, The Killer Part 2 - #13
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 help. Even Anna herself pleaded, "I’m suicidal and homicidal, please admit me." With the risk of a violent outburst rising, the family was too terrified to call the police, because they shoot mentally ill people. Part 2 delves into why help never came, Anna's...

My Sister, The Killer Part 1 - #12
"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 Katie Horneshaw's sister. Mary and Katie join us in this episode to discuss how their beautiful Anna turned into a murderer. How mental illness slowly stole away the girl they knew. And how they never stopped trying to save her.Look out for part two of this ...


33 Reasons Why I Have PTSD with Narelle Fraser - #11
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 things she saw began to tear her apart. When she finally sought help, it took the psychiatrist 30 seconds to diagnose her with post-traumatic stress disorder. But Narelle found a coping mechanism. She made a list of 33 cases - the big ones that affected her an...

It's Not A Job That Makes You Popular - #10
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 author who has seen some of the most gruesome cases you could imagine. From reporting on battered women to covering high-profile cases such as the kidnapping and murder of Jaidyn Leskie, she says it's not a job that makes you popular. Nonetheless, the journalis...

Ron Iddles: Australia's Greatest Detective - #9
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 families of victims. Having to tell Jill Meagher’s husband his wife was dead, then accuse him of orchestrating it. And why he will never change his phone number. In conversation with Meshel Laurie, the retired Australian police detective shares how he ge...


The Killing Fields: Inside Australia's Most Evil Prison - #8
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 inmates would fashion them into weapons. Where prisoners are raped and slain in the showers, and where notorious backpacker killer Ivan Milat sawed his own finger off and tried to send it to the High Court of Australia.Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb go behind the...

The Pettingill's: A Family Born Of Crime - #7
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 their matriarch? Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb find out about the Melbourne family who the movie Animal Kingdom was based on.Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Susanna LobezLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us ...

Crims in Grass Castles: The Calabrian Mafia in Australia - #6
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 Australia's first political assassination. This week Emily and Meshel are joined by crime writer Keith Moor to talk about the Calabrian HQ here in Australia, the many disappearances that have occurred over the years, and what happened when Keith went into town t...


Sallie-Anne Huckstepp: The Woman Who Knew Too Much - #5
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 it regardless. 31 years on since her body was found floating in a duck pond in Sydney’s Centennial Park, her killer is still unknown. But those close to the case have a pretty good guess of who it might be…Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily We...

The 30 Year Cold Case of Nanette Ellis - #4
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 minutes when her teenage son returned and made the terrible discovery. Was she being stalked by a stranger? Did she have a second life no one knew about? 30 years later, her now middle-aged son and the granddaughter she never knew join Meshel and Emily with an...

On Father's Day: Robert Farquharson - #3
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, Tyler, and Bailey, all drowned. It made headline news around the country. Was it a freak accident? Or revenge murders? Farquharson maintained his innocence. His wife, Cindy Gambino, stood by his story. And then, something changed.This is one of the most controve...


The Granny Killers That Walked Free - #2
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 will come on Monday." But Monday came too late. The boys, aged 15 and 16, came back the next day and raped, bashed and murdered the grandmother while her disabled son lay terrified in another room.Just days after the horrifying home invasion, the killers c...

The First Man On The Scene - #1
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 Homicide squad detectives. So how did he do it, without losing self-control? What was the first thing he always did on a crime scene? And what is the one question he'd ask himself, every single time?He tells Meshel Laurie how crime, and criminals, have gotten s...

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