Australian True Crime Podcast

Australian True Crime Podcast

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Australian True Crime

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.

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 us to talk about it, and the truth behind the recent lull in violent crime in Sydney.
Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.
Show notes for Episode 124:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Mark Morri.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: September 18, 2019, 6:00 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Neal Drinnan and Bob Perry.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: September 11, 2019, 6:00 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Robert Reid.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: September 4, 2019, 6:00 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Dr Karen Owen, Forensic and Clinical Psychologist and international expert on sex offenders.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 28, 2019, 6:00 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Robin Bowles.
More about xx.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 21, 2019, 5:09 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Evalyn Clow.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 14, 2019, 6:00 pm
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 Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Jacinta Jackson
Live it Up is by Donny's favourite artist 360 (feat. PEZ.),from the 2014 Album Utopia.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 7, 2019, 6:00 pm
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 Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Summa, Maree and Wayne Jones
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: July 31, 2019, 6:00 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Bob Meredith, June Meredith and Belinda Neil.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: July 24, 2019, 6:00 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Robin Bowels
Robin's book "Death on the Derwent" is available in our bookshop https://australiantruecrimepodcast.com/bookshop/
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: July 17, 2019, 5:08 pm
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 Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Andrew Rule
This episode was recorded live at https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: July 10, 2019, 6:05 pm
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 Episode 113:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Margaret Harrod
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: July 3, 2019, 6:06 pm
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: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.
Show notes for Episode 112:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Tom and Maria Lewis
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Tom Lewis' book Cover Ups and Cop Outs is not currently available.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: June 26, 2019, 6:17 pm
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 the investigation.
Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.
Show notes for Episode 111:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Belinda Neil
Belinda is on the board of http://fearless.org.au/
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: June 19, 2019, 6:09 pm
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 interview with journalist Chris Johnston, who created the book and documentary The Family with Rosie Jones, first aired last year. The companion interview with former detective Lex De Man, whom you'll hear a lot about in this interview, was recorded the day after Anne's death.
Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.
Show notes for Episode 110:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Chris Johnston
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: June 16, 2019, 5:20 am
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 Webb
With thanks to Lex De Man
Listen to previous episode on ‘The Family’, Episode 41 with Chris Johnston https://australiantruecrimepodcast.com/notorious-cult-the-family-with-chris-johnston/
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: June 16, 2019, 4:30 am
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 Webb
With thanks to Charlie Bezzina
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: June 12, 2019, 6:10 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Charlie Bezzina
To support Carmel and Brian please donate to: https://www.gofundme.com/keeptherussellsinfrankston
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: June 5, 2019, 9:05 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Carmel and Brian Russell
To support Carmel and Brian please donate to: https://www.gofundme.com/keeptherussellsinfrankston
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: June 5, 2019, 5:51 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Sandra Charlton
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 31, 2019, 4:26 pm
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:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Robert Reid
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 29, 2019, 6:04 pm
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 maintaining his indisputable charm.
Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.
Show notes for Episode 103:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Uncle Jack Charles
More about Bastardy the documentary
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 22, 2019, 6:00 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Amanda Howard
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 17, 2019, 11:12 am
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 content.
Show notes for Episode 101:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Ava Benny-Morrison
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 15, 2019, 6:00 pm
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 that set the scene for these crimes and the evil in the minds of the killers.
Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.
Show notes for Episode 100:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Jeremy Pudney
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 8, 2019, 6:00 pm
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 were actually being preyed upon in more ways than one.
Warning: please be advised this episode contains accounts of child sexual assault.
Show notes for Episode 99:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Dassi Erlich
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If you would like to talk to someone about sexual assault, no matter the circumstances or how long ago it took place, you can call 1800 RESPECT, that’s 1800 732 732 or visit 1800respect.org.au
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 1, 2019, 6:00 pm
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 are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Rob Bailey
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: April 24, 2019, 6:00 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to:
Hetty Johnston AM, Founder of Bravehearts
Bruce Morcombe and Dean Morcombe, father and brother of Daniel Morcombe
Danielle Harris, Senior Lecturer School of Criminology, Griffith University.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: April 18, 2019, 6:01 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Julie Talevski and Peggy Kotevski
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: April 10, 2019, 5:58 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Dave Warner
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: April 6, 2019, 6:02 pm
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 believing his story about a coughing fit causing a terrible accident, to coming to terms with the fact that he’d planned and carried out the murder of her children to punish her for leaving him. It’s an intimate and harrowingly close observation of a woman accepting the unacceptable. In today’s episode, Megan joins Emily Webb and Vikki Petraitis to discuss a Queensland case she’s been following, that of a so-called Black Widow, Patricia Byers.
Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.
Show notes for Episode 94:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Megan Norris and Vikki Petraitis
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: April 3, 2019, 5:00 pm
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 Episode 93:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Craig Foskett
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: March 27, 2019, 5:00 pm
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 Rapist.
Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.
Show notes for Episode 92:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Liz Porter and guest co-host Vikki Petraitis
Buy Liz Porter’s latest book in our Bookshop!
Patrons visit our Patreon page to access the discount code for 5% off your orders for one week only.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: March 20, 2019, 5:00 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Mahmood Fazal and guest co-host Vikki Petraitis
If you liked this episode, you might like Episode 24 - Australian Gangs, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with Susanna Lobez
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: March 13, 2019, 5:00 pm
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 blood. Journalist and true crime author Megan Norris has followed the case ever since she moved to Australia from England in 1990 and speaks to Australian True Crime about the crime and the very disturbed history of Tracey Wigginton, who was released from jail in 2012.
Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.
Show notes for Episode 90:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Megan Norris and guest co-host Vikki Petraitis
If you liked this episode, you might like Episode 3 - On Father’s Day: Robert Farquharson
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: March 6, 2019, 5:00 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Laura Nirider
Meshel spoke to Ken Kratz in Episode 77 last year
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: February 27, 2019, 5:00 pm
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 graphic content.
Show notes for Episode 88:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Narelle Fraser
If you liked this episode, you might like Episode 72 - The Cold Case Disappearance of Katie O’Shea
Our first Patreon Ask Me Anything episode is coming up. Got a question for Emily and Meshel? All you have to do is email us at hello@australiantruecrimepodcast.com with ‘AMA' in the Subject, include your question, first name and suburb. We'll answer as many of your questions as we can in the bonus episode just for Patrons.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: February 20, 2019, 5:00 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Rob Hunter
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: February 13, 2019, 5:00 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Vaughn Ruddick
For more about Garry David, visit the show notes on our website
Missed our first episode with Vaughn? Listen to Episode #75 Pentridge Confidential with Former Guard Vaughn Ruddick
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: February 6, 2019, 5:00 pm
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 Australia—her stepfather was a child killer.
Show notes for Episode 86:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Sherele Moody
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: January 30, 2019, 5:00 pm
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 Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: January 23, 2019, 5:00 pm
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 million downloads* although unlike Brad, Emily is still part of a happy partnership. Yes, these descriptions are written by Meshel. Here's the link to the Nitty Gritty Committee in case you're desperate for a podcast to try while everyone is on a break, because you still have to deal with traffic or the train, or maybe you're one of those weirdos who listens to True Crime as you're going to sleep, which I've never understood, but you know, no judgement.
Of course there's a new episode on patreon.com/austtruecrimepod for $5 US a month. That's 2 Australian coffees a month but it's really working it's titts off over Christmas, because I'm uploading a proper full episode a week over there. Christmas spirit.
Show notes:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
Meshel's other podcast is Nitty Gritty Committee
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: December 12, 2018, 7:20 am
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 Webb
With thanks to Paul Verhoeven and John Verhoeven.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: December 8, 2018, 9:47 pm
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 rocking the Purana taskforce that brought down some of Melbourne's biggest gangland figures through Patreon.com/austtruecrimepod including an exclusive interview next week with Ron Iddles.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Rachael Brown
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: December 5, 2018, 5:05 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: November 28, 2018, 9:54 am
One of Narelle's most memorable cases. Have you noticed anything strange around your house?
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: November 21, 2018, 10:35 am
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Elaine.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: November 14, 2018, 8:56 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Ken Kratz.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: November 10, 2018, 9:41 am
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Mark and Faye Leveson.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: November 7, 2018, 5:01 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Vaughn Ruddick.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: October 31, 2018, 5:19 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: October 25, 2018, 2:25 am
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Greg.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: October 24, 2018, 5:00 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Lily Parmenter.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: October 17, 2018, 5:05 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Will
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: October 3, 2018, 8:10 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Amanda Howard.
Amanda's own podcast is called Monsters Who Murder
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: September 26, 2018, 6:14 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Brian "The Skull" Murphy and Vikki Petraitis
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: September 19, 2018, 5:33 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Narelle Fraser.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: September 12, 2018, 6:08 pm
James Harding is putting as much energy and passion into helping people as he once did into hurting them.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to James Harding
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: September 5, 2018, 6:05 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 31, 2018, 9:10 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 29, 2018, 8:00 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Charlie Bezzina.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 22, 2018, 7:00 pm
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.
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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.
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With thanks to Elesha
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 15, 2018, 7:00 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 8, 2018, 6:04 pm
Listener Amelia talks to us about the experience of having a parent in prison and what support kids need to cope.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 1, 2018, 7:00 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Chris O'Connor
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: July 25, 2018, 8:30 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Dr Brian Williams
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: July 18, 2018, 2:00 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: July 11, 2018, 2:00 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Cheryl Critchley and Helen McGrath
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: July 4, 2018, 6:15 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Sonia Anderson and Megan Norris
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: June 27, 2018, 6:17 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Narelle Fraser and Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: June 20, 2018, 6:08 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: June 13, 2018, 6:04 am
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: June 6, 2018, 6:11 pm
Narelle recalls some particularly memorable days and nights on the job.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 30, 2018, 8:43 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 23, 2018, 6:13 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 16, 2018, 6:10 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 9, 2018, 8:53 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 2, 2018, 11:35 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: April 25, 2018, 6:00 pm
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.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: April 18, 2018, 9:00 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: April 11, 2018, 6:02 pm
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.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: April 4, 2018, 6:05 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: March 28, 2018, 5:09 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Peter Hardwick
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: March 21, 2018, 5:10 pm
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.
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With thanks to Chris Johnston
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: March 14, 2018, 5:10 pm
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.
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With thanks to Vikki Petraitis
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: March 7, 2018, 5:09 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: February 28, 2018, 5:05 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Tim Class-Auliff
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: February 21, 2018, 5:02 pm
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.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: February 14, 2018, 5:10 pm
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.
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With thanks to Narelle Fraser
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: February 7, 2018, 5:10 pm
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.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: December 6, 2017, 5:45 pm
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.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: November 30, 2017, 2:58 am
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Jeff Maher
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: November 8, 2017, 5:04 pm
This week we kick it old school, with bushrangers, escape artists, and the hangman’s noose.
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With thanks to Troy Larkin
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: November 1, 2017, 5:29 pm
Former homicide detective Jeff Maher talks to us about the case that finally exposed Australian serial killer Peter Dupas.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: October 25, 2017, 11:35 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Dr Kelly Richards
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: October 18, 2017, 5:03 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Will
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: October 11, 2017, 5:09 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Luke Williams
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: October 4, 2017, 5:10 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Naomi Oakley
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: October 4, 2017, 5:10 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Tim Watson-Munro
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: September 27, 2017, 6:10 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Charlie Bezzina and Tim Watson Munro
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: September 20, 2017, 6:20 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: September 13, 2017, 6:13 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Charlie Bezzina
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: September 6, 2017, 8:50 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Dana Vulin
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 30, 2017, 6:08 pm
Narelle Fraser is back to tell us about another of the the biggest cases of her homicide career.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 23, 2017, 6:00 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to James Phelps and Kerry Tucker
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 16, 2017, 6:05 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Dr Rodney Syme and Mitchell Short
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 9, 2017, 6:10 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to David Murray
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: August 2, 2017, 6:04 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Narelle Fraser.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: July 26, 2017, 6:30 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Nina Funnell
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: July 19, 2017, 10:08 pm
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 Webb
With thanks to Doug O'Loughlin and Heath O'Loughlin
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: July 19, 2017, 10:08 pm
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.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: July 13, 2017, 6:35 am
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 sentencing, and how the years in prison has changed her life.
Show notes:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Mary K. Pershall and Katie Horneshaw
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: June 7, 2017, 1:12 pm
"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 story next week.
Show notes:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Mary K. Pershall and Katie Horneshaw
This show is dedicated to the memory of Zvonimir Petrovski (Johnny)
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 31, 2017, 1:56 pm
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 and led her to this point. From the first dead body, to sifting through 1700 child pornography videos in two days and rating them on a scale of one to five, five being the absolute worst a person is capable of. In this harrowing podcast, Narelle shares the ordinary objects that trigger flashbacks and nightmares, the bonds she formed with victims and why she can't watch NCIS to this day.
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 24, 2017, 10:00 am
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 journalist shares her advice for aspiring true crime writers who want to hear the very worst things people are capable of, and report the greatest show on earth.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Megan Norris
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 16, 2017, 6:35 pm
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 gets inside the psyche of criminals, and the cases that stay with him deep into the night.
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Ron Iddles
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 10, 2017, 11:03 am
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 cyclone fencing to find out just how creative these prisoners can get when it comes to evil acts.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: May 3, 2017, 11:00 am
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 Webb
With thanks to Susanna Lobez
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: April 26, 2017, 11:00 am
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 to investigate.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: April 19, 2017, 11:01 am
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…
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Duncan McNab and Debra Krivoshow
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: April 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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 increased reward and yet another twist in this baffling cold case.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Craig Ellis
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: April 5, 2017, 11:51 am
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 controversial, high-profile and protracted legal cases in Australian criminal history.
Join Meshel Laurie, Emily Webb and Investigative journalist and author Megan Norris as they go beyond the news cycle to chronicle the seven-year case, and the devastating consequences of what happened next.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: March 29, 2017, 8:03 am
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 called Marie's daughter and left her taunting phone messages. They were eventually charged with manslaughter. And now, they walk free.
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Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb

With thanks to Janine Greening from the Forgetmenot foundation and Tiffany Overall, youth worker with Youth Law.
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: March 29, 2017, 8:00 am
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 smarter in the last few decades. And why the police need the public's help more than ever.
Show notes:
Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
With thanks to Charlie Bezzina
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Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: March 29, 2017, 7:59 am
A true crime podcast.
Author: Meshel Laurie
Posted: March 20, 2017, 2:38 pm