Episodes
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...
Published 06/26/19
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...
Published 06/19/19
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...
Published 06/16/19
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...
Published 06/16/19
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...
Published 06/12/19
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 Like us on Facebook ​ Follow...
Published 06/05/19
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:...
Published 06/05/19
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.
Published 05/31/19
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.
Published 05/28/19
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...
Published 05/22/19
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.
Published 05/17/19
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...
Published 05/15/19
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...
Published 05/08/19
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...
Published 05/01/19
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...
Published 04/24/19
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,...
Published 04/18/19
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 Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on...
Published 04/10/19
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 Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on Patreon Visit our...
Published 04/06/19
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...
Published 04/03/19
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...
Published 03/27/19
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...
Published 03/20/19
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...
Published 03/13/19
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...
Published 03/06/19
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 More about The Center for Wrongful Convictions' Brendan Dassey...
Published 02/27/19
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...
Published 02/20/19