Episodes
In December 1932, as the Depression tightened its grip, the body of a woman was found in Queens Park, Sydney. It was a popular park. There were houses in plain view. Yet this woman had been violently murdered without anyone noticing. Other equally brutal and shocking murders of women in public places were to follow. Australia's first serial killer was at large. Author Tanya Bretherton joins April to discuss this case. You can find Tanya's book The Killing Streets at any good bookstore...
Published 02/26/20
If you harbour a borderline morbid fascination with cults, you’re certainly not alone. Countless movies, novels, plays, podcasts and articles explore the psychology behind why people join cults, and why people start them. One of Australia’s most infamous cults was simply known as The Family. The Family was headed by a Victorian woman named Anne Hamilton Byrne, who at her height through the 1960s until the late 1980s, ran the sadistic apocalyptic sect with hundreds of members. Anne was as...
Published 02/19/20
From a shy, intelligent Sydney boy to the charismatic INXS frontman. How did Michael Hutchence become a superstar with one of the biggest bands in the world?   And how did it all go so terribly wrong? Today, we’re talking about the life and death of Michael Hutchence.   The middle son of Kel and Patricia, the older brother of Rhett, the younger brother of Tina, the father of Tiger Lily and one of the biggest rock stars the world has ever seen.   At the peak of his fame with Australian band...
Published 02/12/20
Today we're diving into an extraordinary missing person's case. A case that has baffled authorities and family members for close to 23 years. In 1997, 51-year-old mother-of-two Marion Barter set off to the UK for a year-long holiday from her home on the Gold Coast. After a few postcards and calls home to her daughter Sally, Marion was never seen or heard from again. Marion was a dedicated teacher and a loving mum - she had so much to live for. So why did Marion never return? Did she start...
Published 02/05/20
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Published 01/17/20
Boxing Day 2004.  It’s a day that many Australians remember, not because of how bloated they were feeling or who Australia played in the Boxing Day cricket test at the MCG - but because of the Boxing Day tsunami that struck 14 countries and killed more than 230,000 people. So what happened when the wave hit? What was the aftermath like? And how did it change the way Australians viewed the world?  15 years on, the Indian Ocean Tsunami as it is now known, is still one of the deadliest...
Published 12/19/19
On December 1, 1948, a man’s body was found dead on Somerton Beach in Adelaide.He was clean shaven and wearing a suit and tie. But nobody knew who he was or how he died. He had no belongings or identification and the tags of his clothes had been removed. 70 years later, the case of the Somerton Man, as he went on to be known, remains unsolved. But a recent break through in the case may bring us one step closer to identifying the mystery man.      Professor Derek Abott from the University of...
Published 12/11/19
Just a warning, this episode details the death of a young man for which nobody has ever been convicted.  Matthew Leveson was 20 years old when he was last seen. He was leaving a nightclub in Sydney’s Darlinghurst, and 10 years later, his body was discovered in the Royal National Park, a few hours south of Sydney. So what happened? Who killed him? And why has nobody ever been convicted? Matt’s parents Mark and Faye spent years advocating for Matt’s death and searching for him. Today on...
Published 12/04/19
Just a warning, this episode details the death of a young man for which nobody has ever been convicted.  Matthew Leveson was 20 years old when he was last seen. He was leaving a nightclub in Sydney’s Darlinghurst, and 10 years later, his body was discovered in the Royal National Park, a few hours south of Sydney. So what happened? Who killed him? And why has nobody ever been convicted? Matt’s parents Mark and Faye spent years advocating for Matt’s death and searching for him. Today on...
Published 11/27/19
When Nancy Beaumont let her three young children catch a bus to the beach early one Australia Day, she had no idea she would never see them again.  Adelaide in 1966, it was a more innocent time, where kids played in the streets until the sun went down. Where parents trusted the kindness of strangers. When it was perfectly acceptable to let your children come and go as they please… But after Australia Day that year, all that changed. Because 53 years ago, Jane, Arna and Grant Beaumont went...
Published 11/20/19
Today we explore what is considered Australia’s largest UFO sighting.   It was 10.20am on April 6 in 1966 and just a regular day for students and teachers from Westall High School in Victoria. 12-year-old Joy Clarke was in Science Class and waiting for the bell to ring, when a student burst into the classroom, urging everyone to come outside.   The reason? Flying objects in the sky. At first, no one believed the school girl but as Joy rushed down to the oval with her classmates, well, she saw...
Published 11/13/19
It was November, 1982.   And 20-year-old Tony Jones was about to head off on the adventure of a lifetime.   The Perth born bloke was about to backpack across the outback of North Queensland.He’d trek from Brisbane to Townsville, out to Mount Isa, where he’d planned on meeting his brother.   But Tony Jones never made it. As his brother Mark tells us in this episode, he’s never been seen since. So how does a person just vanish into thin air? On this episode of Investigates April Glover speaks...
Published 11/06/19
There’s a house that sits on the outskirts of a small town called Junee in the Riverina area of New South Wales. Some might call it a mansion. Others would say it’s a manor house. But to most people, it’s simply known as Monte Cristo, the most haunted house in Australia. When Reg and Olive Ryan bought the property off the original owners - the Crawley family in 1963 - they had no idea that they’d be changing the course of their lives forever. Originally, they’d intended to restore the...
Published 10/30/19
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Published 10/27/19
In the final episode of the podcast, we take a look at the evidence against each suspect in the Penny Hill murder case. Joining us is Sunday Night reporter Alex Cullen, who has covered the story for Channel Seven program. And we reveal the new development in this case which could finally lead to a conviction. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Published 07/09/19
In this episode, we speak exclusively to Penny Hill’s boyfriend, Shane Williams, a person of interest in her murder. Shane was one of the last people to speak with the nanny before she was brutally bashed and left for dead. Shane makes a startling revelation about the case. What could it mean? We also speak with the coroner who presided over the first inquest into Penny’s death and we reveal a shocking new twist in the cold case.
Published 05/23/19
What secrets lay in a compartment box found under the bed where Penny Hill had slept? In this episode, we reveal it was the contents of this box which led to a second inquest into Penny's murder. And why had Barbara Baigent, wife of former rock drummer Col Baigent, taken against Penny? Music credit: Poison Ivy by Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs; Written by Leiber - Stoller; Label: Linda Lee 
Published 04/23/19
In this episode of The Rock Star & The Nanny, we hear about a suspect in the Penny Hill cold case. We learn from police and family Penny was a country girl who trusted everyone. Police reveal Penny likely new her killer. And we explore the significance of a woman's cries on the night Penny was bashed and left for dead. Music credit: Poison Ivy by Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs; Written by Leiber - Stoller; Label: Linda Lee
Published 04/15/19
A rock star, a murdered nanny and FIVE suspects… In 1991, Penny Hill was found brutally bashed on the side of a road in Coolah, NSW. She had just landed a dream job as a nanny for Col Baigent – a former drummer with Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs - and his wife Barbara. Three days after starting work, Penny was left for dead in a ditch. This podcast delves into a shocking crime uncovering new evidence into a case that has haunted a community for almost three decades. Who killed Penny Hill?
Published 04/07/19
A rock star, a murdered nanny and FIVE suspects… In 1991, Penny Hill was found brutally bashed on the side of a road in Coolah, NSW. She had just landed a dream job as a nanny for Col Baigent – a former drummer with Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs - and his wife Barbara. Three days after starting work, Penny was left for dead in a ditch. This podcast delves into a shocking crime uncovering new evidence into a case that has haunted a community for almost three decades. Who killed Penny Hill?
Published 04/03/19
An investigation into the case of Patricia Schmidt who went missing on her way home from Burger King
Published 08/06/18
The baffling mystery of 23-year-old Leisl Smith who left home on 19 August 2012 and hasn't been seen since
Published 07/09/18
On Wednesday 10 February 1993 Wayne Crossingham, 34, refereed a game of touch football at Woodward Park in Liverpool, NSW. He walked home that night - but as he made his way up the stairs of his apartment block he was brutally murdered. His killer has never been found. In this episode of New Idea Investigates, we talk to Wayne's mum about that fateful night, and what happened next
Published 05/28/18
New Idea speaks to the mum of missing Sydney man Nick Veljanovski who went missing in 2014
Published 05/04/18
Who brutally murdered 30-year-old Emma Jade Pawelski and left her body in a South Australian forest? With a $200,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest, and several suspects and theories being investigated, Sharon McKell continues her story. *Additional audio © South Australia Police, 2012
Published 03/22/18