Episodes
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...
Published 12/04/19
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 Webb With thanks to Robin Bowles For more about the...
Published 11/27/19
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 Webb With thanks to Juliet Wills Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Purchase Dirty Girl: The State...
Published 11/20/19
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...
Published 11/13/19
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 Webb With thanks to Julie Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify If you have any information on the cases covered by this...
Published 11/06/19
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:...
Published 10/30/19
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 Webb With thanks to Amanda Howard Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on...
Published 10/28/19
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 Webb With thanks to Amanda Howard. Like us on the Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Thank you for listening!
Published 10/28/19
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...
Published 10/23/19
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 Webb With thanks to Suzie Ratcliffe Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on...
Published 10/16/19
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 Webb With thanks to Stacey. Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on...
Published 10/09/19
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 Webb With thanks to Mark Brimble Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on...
Published 10/02/19
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...
Published 09/25/19
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...
Published 09/18/19
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. Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Purchase The...
Published 09/11/19
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. Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on...
Published 09/04/19
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...
Published 08/28/19
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. Like...
Published 08/21/19
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. Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on...
Published 08/14/19
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...
Published 08/07/19
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...
Published 07/31/19
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...
Published 07/24/19
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/ Like us on Facebook...
Published 07/18/19
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...
Published 07/11/19
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...
Published 07/03/19