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Australian True Crime

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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 … read more

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The Nurse with Camille Bianchi - #181

October 18th, 2020

33:39

Jim Griffin was a nurse in the children’s ward of Launceston hospital for 18 years until 2019. He was also a prolific paedophile. Journalist Camille …

Stalking and Murder - #180

October 4th, 2020

56:27

The inquest into the shocking murders of teenagers Jack and Jennifer Edwards by their father John has revealed his history of family violence and …

Giving Lawyer X a Voice - #179

September 27th, 2020

52:01

Do “disgraced” lawyer Nicola Gobbo and “disgraced” former drug squad detective Paul Dale deserve to be given a platform to tell their sides of their …

Meet the WAGS - #178

September 20th, 2020

33:50

The Wives and Girlfriends of some of Australia’s most feared men. Author and journalist Rochelle Jackson tells their stories in her book Partners and Crime, going behind the headlines and hype to reveal what it is …

Can TikTok find Kylee-Anne? - #177

September 13th, 2020

44:51

Kaz Schaffer is using TikTok to demand answers from the small group of people she believes know what happened to her little sister Kylee who’s been missing since 2004. 


Show notes for Episode 177:

Your hosts are Meshel …

Could You Just Accept It? - #176

September 6th, 2020

36:43

Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content and reference to suicide. Listener discretion is advised.


Lyn Cecil believes her son …

Loose Units – Electric Blue - #175

September 1st, 2020

49:14

Paul Verhoeven’s second book about his father John’s time in NSW police is another fantastic, action-packed and funny read. This time it’s John’s …

Victorian Rape Survivors Silenced - #174

August 30th, 2020

27:56

Warning: please be advised this episode contains accounts of sexual assault. Listener discretion is advised.


Journalists Nina Funnel and Sherelle …

Repost: #LetHerSpeak Janelle O’Connor’s sexual assault. WARNING – VIOLENT CONTENT - #159

August 30th, 2020

53:59

This episode is a repost of episode #159, originally published on May 21st 2020.


Janelle O’Connor was the first person in the State of Tasmania to exercise her right to be named as a rape survivor, on the 24th of April …

Gary Jubelin on the Matthew Leveson Case - #173

August 23rd, 2020

43:50

Gary Jubelin didn’t always catch his killer, but he did always give 100% of himself to the job and to the victims. 

Faye Leveson and her husband Mark joined us in episode 76 to talk about the 10 year search for their son …

The Golden Age of Armed Robbery - #172

August 16th, 2020

46:04

Bank robbers like Russell ‘Mad Dog’ Cox and Ray Denning were household names in Australia in the 1980s, when they brazenly escaped prison and …

Patricia Simmons and her baby brother Robert - #171

August 9th, 2020

31:23

Patricia Simmons is a child protection worker. Her commitment to helping children find safety is rooted in her own dysfunctional childhood and in her relationship with her baby brother Robert.


Warning: please be advised …

Simon Fenech is Breaking Good - #170

August 2nd, 2020

48:06

Simon Fenech’s ice addiction transformed him from an athlete, husband and father with a 5 bedroom house and a Harley to a former inmate lining up for food parcels at inner city churches. How did he lose so much and how …

My Adoption Story is True Crime - #169

July 26th, 2020

45:19

Liz Colenso discovered as an adult that she was adopted. Her search for her biological mother uncovered a tragic and frightening story. 


Warning: …

The Unsolved Murder of Emma Pawelski - #168

July 19th, 2020

40:00

There are people in Adelaide who know who murdered Emma Pawelski and why. Her mother and her sister are desperate for them to come forward and tell them. 


Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.

The First Time He Hit Her - #167

July 12th, 2020

47:57

Canberra mum Tara Costigan was holding her newborn baby when her ex-partner murdered her in front of her other small children. Although he’d been …

Gemini Rules Breathing - Astrologer Maggie Kerr

July 9th, 2020

26:59

Old School Nitty Gritty Committee is back!

Maggie Kerr is an astrologer of over 30 years’ experience. She says everything that’s happening right now …

Undercover Copper Keith Banks - #166

July 5th, 2020

50:01

Keith Banks was a clean living country boy when he joined QLD Police in the 70s but it took him to some very dark places. He joins us to talk about …

The Jaidyn Leskie Murder - #165

June 28th, 2020

46:02

The murder of 14-month-old Jaidyn Leskie is officially unsolved. Journalist and author Michael Gleeson explains the prosecution’s theory as to how he …

The Childers Backpackers Fire - #164

June 21st, 2020

39:22

Journalist Paul Cochrane was learning the ropes in regional news when he found himself covering the biggest story of his life, an arson attack in a …

How Lisa Harnum Changed the Conversation - #163

June 17th, 2020

46:20

Lisa Harnum’s life and death changed the way we think, talk and report about domestic violence in Australia. Former Daily Telegraph Chief Court …

The Unsolved Disappearance of Revelle Balmain - #162

June 10th, 2020

39:01

Stunning young model and dancer Revelle Balmain disappeared in November 1994, just days before realising her dream off moving to Japan to perform. …

Shark Arm - #161

June 3rd, 2020

43:37

Two wealthy Sydney-siders get more than they bargain for when they team up with 2 small-time criminals in this extraordinary depression-era story of …

A witness finds his courage and a killer is convicted - #160

May 27th, 2020

34:39

Paul Bellia was just 16, hanging out with his friend Ricky Balcombe in the local shopping mall on a Friday afternoon when an older man walked up to …

#LetHerSpeak Janelle O’Connor’s sexual assault. WARNING – VIOLENT CONTENT - #159

May 20th, 2020

53:59

Janelle O’Connor was the first person in the State of Tasmania to exercise her right to be named as a rape survivor, on the 24th of April 2020. Up until then it was illegal for rape survivors to self-identify. 

Janelle …

The Sting – Catching Daniel Morcombe’s Killer - #158

May 13th, 2020

45:23

Although Queensland police visited Brett Peter Cowan just days after Daniel Morcombe first disappeared in 2003, it took 8 years, an inquest and an …

The Narelle Fraser Conversations - Kira Olney - #157

May 12th, 2020

1:25:50

To celebrate our first Australian True Crime online livestream this Saturday Night, starring Narelle Fraser and Ron Iddles, we’re releasing an extra episode this week. It’s another in the series of Narelle Fraser …

The shocking murder of Bride-to-be Stephanie Scott - #156

May 6th, 2020

51:17

The rape and murder of country schoolteacher Stephanie Scott by school handyman Vincent Stanford just a week before her wedding shocked Australia. …

The Narelle Fraser Conversations - Patrick Tidmarsh - #155

April 29th, 2020

46:18

Patrick Tidmarsh is a leading authority on sexual offending, and the investigation of sexual crime. He trains and lectures investigators all over the world on how to improve their response to both offenders and victims. 

Missing William Tyrell with Caroline Overington - #154

April 22nd, 2020

34:08

Our most requested case. Journalist and author Caroline Overington has tirelessly researched the disappearance and search for 3-year-old William …

The Narelle Fraser Conversations – Retired Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Sandra Nicholson - #153

April 15th, 2020

46:14

Retired Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Sandra Nicholson isn’t the kind of person who seeks attention. Fortunately Narelle knows what an …

Do Policemen Have a Soul? With Gary Raymond - #152

April 8th, 2020

49:16

Gary Raymond worked some of the highest profile and most challenging cases in NSW policing in living memory, including the brutal abduction and …

The Narelle Fraser Conversations – Michele Williams QC Senior Crown Prosecutor - #151

April 1st, 2020

47:22

Narelle Fraser dusts off her celebrated interviewing skills for a special series of episodes of Australian True Crime to be featured intermittently throughout the year. In this episode the speaks to legendary Senior …

Welcome To Hell: Yvie Jones

March 30th, 2020

25:17

We caught up with Yvie Jones from Gogglebox and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here for a YouTube Livestream on Friday night. Here are some highlights.


We’ll be doing it again this Friday from 6pm and we’d love you to …

Where did Elmer Crawford go? (After murdering his wife and children) - #150

March 25th, 2020

33:04

Elmer Crawford committed the ultimate crime of family violence in a callous and calculated way, but what he did next remains a fascinating mystery.


Welcome to Hell Trailer

March 21st, 2020

45:13

Meshel is locked inside with her children and her mother. It's only been a week and it's hell. Her friend comedian Nelly Thomas has a bit of practice but she still loses it sometimes. They have some interesting, …

Tara Schultz and the Price of Survival - #149

March 18th, 2020

42:40

Tara Schultz is a survivor of many crimes perpetrated against her in childhood. She joins us to share some uncomfortable truths about the …

Narelle Fraser meets Victor Peirce at the shops - #148

March 11th, 2020

45:08

Narelle Fraser thought her number was up when she ran into the notorious armed robber Victor Peirce at the shops. She also gives us an update on an …

Journalist Anthony Dowsley on Paul Dale, Lawyer X et al. A Different Perspective - #147

March 11th, 2020

32:15

Anthony Dowsley’s dogged reporting over several years unmasked lawyer Nicola Gobbo as a police informant and has played a significant role in …

Paul Dale Pt 2. The Crimes in Question #146

March 4th, 2020

59:57

“Disgraced former Drug Squad Detective” Paul Dale was charged with robbery, and then with murder. Some find it hard to believe he’s not in jail or …

“Disgraced” Paul Dale. Victim or Villain? - #145

February 26th, 2020

52:22

“Disgraced former Drug Squad Detective” Paul Dale has seen his reputation so destroyed that his lawyer says he’s virtually beyond defamation. As his …

Missing No More – the Gruesome Truth of the barrel at the barbecues - #144

February 19th, 2020

32:48

Two “missing” women are found to have suffered similar gruesome fates. Author and journalist Liz Porter returns to tell us the truth about Sylvia Cave and Edwina Boyle.


Warning: please be advised this episode contains …

Defending the Indefensible - #143

February 12th, 2020

50:14

Tim Marsh defends people we call monsters. He’s Chief Counsel at Victoria Legal Aid, and in the last year alone he’s represented 2 men charged with crimes that rocked the nation. Tim joins us to tell us why he does it, …

105 signs of Recent Injury - #142

February 5th, 2020

59:02

Jamie Pultz is a former Queensland police officer who’ll soon be launching a podcast investigation into the murder of Leanne Holland. He talks to us …

Special Extra: Clunes Cluedo Episode One

January 29th, 2020

24:49

This is the first episode of Alice Mitchell’s podcast about Nina Nicholson’s unsolved murder, Clunes Cluedo. You’ll find it sometimes overlaps with …

Justice for Nina - Clunes Unsolved - #141

January 29th, 2020

47:48

Alice Mitchell is the second cousin of a young woman called Nina Nicholson who was murdered in 1991 on the porch of her home in Clunes, Ballarat …

Ram Tiwary: The miscarriage of justice you’ve probably never heard of - #140

January 22nd, 2020

57:10

Author Liz Porter, Author of Crime Scene Asia, tells us the unbelievable and disturbing case of Sydney-based Singaporean student Ram Tiwary who spent eight years in a NSW jail for a double murder that he didn't commit.


Arson. - #139

January 15th, 2020

40:11

“Two things can be true at once,” and arson is part in Australia’s bushfire story.


Dr Troy McEwan is an associate professor in clinical and forensic …

Fiona’s fight to find her husband Bruce’s body - #138

January 8th, 2020

34:56

Fiona Splitt started an intense advocacy campaign in Queensland to have the "no body, no parole" legislation introduced after the murder of her …

Who Killed Leanne Holland Pt 2 - Graham Stafford Interview #137

December 4th, 2019

50:02

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, …

Who Killed Leanne Holland? Part 1 - #136

November 27th, 2019

38:01

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 …

Shirley Finn, Dirty Girl - #135

November 20th, 2019

41:46

Perth Brothel owner Shirley Finn's 1975 unsolved murder looms large over the city, with men at the highest levels of government and policing …

Crime and Sport: Australia's Great Passions - #134

November 13th, 2019

41:17

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 …

Julie's Big Drug Importation Adventure - #133

November 6th, 2019

44:49

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 …

Jock Palfreeman's Quasi Bulgarian Parole - #132

October 30th, 2019

48:17

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 …

Re-Issue: Milat Family Insider Special Extra - #131

October 28th, 2019

18:02

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 …

Re-Issue: The Woman Who Thinks Ivan Milat is Innocent - #130

October 28th, 2019

53:03

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 …

Dead Man Walking: The Killing of Michael McGurk - #129

October 23rd, 2019

33:45

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 …

The Abduction of Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon - #128

October 16th, 2019

43:55

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 …

Jack and Stacey and Ice in the Latrobe Valley - #127

October 9th, 2019

40:11

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 …

Dianne Brimble: By Her Ex-husband Mark - #126

October 2nd, 2019

44:40

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 …

Operation Zhivago: A Narelle Fraser Case - #125

September 25th, 2019

46:18

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 …

Is Sydney Even Sydney Without The Seedy Cross? - #124

September 18th, 2019

39:05

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 …

The Wettenhall Family Murders Rocked the Small Community of Barrabool - #123

September 11th, 2019

49:38

The Wettenhall Family murders rocked the small community of Barrabool in Victoria. The revelations that came to light in the aftermath however, …

Australia's Badlands: The Palmerville Station Murder - #122

September 4th, 2019

39:09

From Far North Queensland's Cape York comes the terrifying story of the Strubers of Palmerville Station who terrorised gold prospectors for years …

Cardinal Pell's Next Destination, Ararat - #121

August 28th, 2019

39:56

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 …

The Falconio Mystery Continues - #120

August 21st, 2019

52:19

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 …

Greenough Murders: Fighting to Keep a Killer in Jail - #119

August 14th, 2019

42:43

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 …

Missing But Not Forgotten: A Sister's Story - #118

August 7th, 2019

47:51

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 …

Remembering Bree - #117

July 31st, 2019

38:54

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 …

Murder in Albury - Kim Meredith's Parents and the 5 Minute Window: A Belinda Neil Case - #116

July 24th, 2019

42:29

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 …

Death on the Derwent - #115

July 17th, 2019

45:32

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 …

Journalist Andrew Rule's Scariest Case - #114

July 10th, 2019

1:14:15

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 …

My Brother the Paedophile Priest - #113

July 3rd, 2019

50:13

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 …

A Kiwi Teen Almost Killed the Queen. Kia Ora cuz! - #112

June 26th, 2019

41:35

In 1981, a psychopathic New Zealand teenager came very close to assassinating Queen Elizabeth. Embarrassed police not only covered it up but sent him …

The De Gruchy Family Murders - #111

June 19th, 2019

39:21

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 …

Anne Hamilton Byrne and The Family - #110

June 16th, 2019

51:40

From humble beginnings in suburban Melbourne to reincarnation as Jesus Christ, a cohort of devoted, well-heeled followers and an enviable real estate …

Lex De Man on Anne Hamilton Byrne's Death - #109

June 16th, 2019

17:33

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 David Hookes Matter with Charlie Bezzina - #108

June 12th, 2019

35:40

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 …

Frankston Serial Killer Investigation Re Issue - #107

June 5th, 2019

49:07

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 …

26 Years After Our Daughter's Murder, We Need Help - #106

June 5th, 2019

45:32

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. …

ATC Extra. The Family of the Deceased - #105

May 31st, 2019

17:27

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 …

A Convenient Murder Suicide: Who Killed Vicki Arnold and Julie-Anne Leahy? - #104

May 29th, 2019

40:18

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 …

The Crimes and Times of Uncle Jack Charles - #103

May 22nd, 2019

58:01

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 …

Milat Family Insider Special Extra - #102

May 17th, 2019

18:02

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 …

Karlie and Khandalyce: The Lost Girls with Ava Benny-Morrison - #101

May 15th, 2019

45:32

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 …

Snowtown: The Bodies in the Barrels Murders with Jeremy Pudney - #100

May 8th, 2019

46:42

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 …

The Fight to Bring an Alleged Pedophile Headmistress Back to Australia to Face Justice: Survivor Dassi Erlich's Story - #99

May 1st, 2019

54:51

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 …

The Day They Blew Up The Police Station: The Russell Street Bombing - #98

April 24th, 2019

37:03

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 …

Will A Sex Offenders Register in Australia Really Protect Children? - #97

April 18th, 2019

57:47

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 …

Newcastle Serial Killers Cold Case? Gordana Kotevski - #96

April 10th, 2019

38:01

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 …

The Serial Killer Premonitions of Dave Warner - #95

April 6th, 2019

30:42

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 …

Notorious 'Black Widow' Killer Patricia Byers with Megan Norris - #94

April 3rd, 2019

37:53

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 …

Missing Since 1978: The Search for Sydney Couple Stephen Lapthorne and Michelle Pope - #93

March 27th, 2019

34:21

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 …

Catching the Narong Road Rapist with Liz Porter - #92

March 20th, 2019

36:07

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 …

From Outlaw Motorcycle Gang to Journalism: Mahmood Fazal's Story - #91

March 13th, 2019

36:28

Dandenong-raised Mahmood Fazal, is a university-educated former member of an outlaw motorcycle club who has a unique perspective from the inside. Now …

Queensland Vampire Killer Tracey Wigginton with Megan Norris - #90

March 6th, 2019

39:04

Dubbed the "Vampire Killer", Queensland woman Tracey Wigginton served 22 years in prison for the murder of 47-year-old Edward Baldock in 1989. …

Inside Making a Murderer with Defence Attorney Laura Nirider - #89

February 27th, 2019

39:31

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 …

The Murder of Andrew Preston: A Narelle Fraser Case - #88

February 20th, 2019

42:04

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 …

Day From Hell: When My School Got Kidnapped - #87

February 13th, 2019

44:00

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 …

Pentridge Confidential: Self-mutilator Garry David with Vaughn Ruddick - #86

February 6th, 2019

34:37

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 …

Sherele Moody: The Woman Mapping the Murders of Women and Children in Australia - #85

January 30th, 2019

40:11

Seasoned journalist Sherele Moody regularly gets rape and violence threats online. Why? Because Sherele is the founder of the Red Heart Campaign and …

The Unsolved 1984 Tapp Murders with Andrew Rule - #84

January 23rd, 2019

46:03

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 …

When Meshel Met Emily - #83

December 12th, 2018

54:32

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 …

Loose Units Episode One - #82

December 8th, 2018

25:43

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 …

The Cold Case Murder of Maria James - #81

December 5th, 2018

36:30

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 …

Victoria Police and the "African Gangs" - #80

November 28th, 2018

31:27

A veteran of the homicide squad and taskforce Purana, Commander Bateson now heads up the African Australian Community Taskforce. He speaks with us about Melbourne's so-called African gang problem.Show notes:Your hosts …

Stalker: A Narelle Fraser Case - #79

November 21st, 2018

52:22

One of Narelle's most memorable cases. Have you noticed anything strange around your house?Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith …

Elaine and the African Gangs - #78

November 14th, 2018

44:39

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 …

Ken Kratz: Making a Murderer - #77

November 10th, 2018

31:47

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 …

The Unsatisfactory Case Of Matthew Leveson - #76

November 7th, 2018

55:13

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 …

Pentridge Confidential with Former Guard Vaughn Ruddick - #75

October 31st, 2018

52:36

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 …

Gangland: The Great Escapes with Susanna Lobez - #74

October 25th, 2018

47:16

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. …

A Young Man on Life Outside Prison - #73

October 24th, 2018

49:57

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 …

The Cold Case Disappearance of Katie O'Shea - #72

October 17th, 2018

34:20

Free spirited mother of five Katie O'Shea disappeared from Far North Queensland in 2005 leaving her friends and family to deal with grief, …

What's Happened Since We Spoke with White Collar Criminal Will? - #71

October 3rd, 2018

27:20

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 …

The Woman Who Thinks Ivan Milat is Innocent - #70

September 26th, 2018

53:03

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 …

Legendary Cop Brian 'The Skull' Murphy - #69

September 19th, 2018

48:07

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 …

Victorian Rape Squad: A Narelle Fraser Case - #68

September 12th, 2018

44:09

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 …

Organised Crime Enforcer Turns Mentor for Men - #67

September 5th, 2018

36:08

James Harding is putting as much energy and passion into helping people as he once did into hurting them. Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and

An Ex-Cop and His Comedian Son Talk True Crime - #66

August 31st, 2018

40:53

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 …

When a Parent Murders a Child: Tragedy and Psychology - #65

August 29th, 2018

27:35

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 …

The Crime Scene Isn't Always What It Seems: A Charlie Bezzina Case - #64

August 22nd, 2018

53:10

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 …

I Was Sexually Assaulted By A Stranger When I Was 7 - #63

August 15th, 2018

1:14:15

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 …

The Murder of Stuart Fairlie: A Charlie Bezzina Case - #62

August 8th, 2018

45:14

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 …

When A Parent Goes To Jail - #61

August 1st, 2018

1:05:42

Listener Amelia talks to us about the experience of having a parent in prison and what support kids need to cope.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel …

The Art Of The Interview with Chris O'Connor - #60

July 25th, 2018

36:01

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 …

Martha Needle: Mother, Murderer, Victim with Dr Brian Williams - #59

July 18th, 2018

43:39

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 …

The Frankston Murders: 25 Years On with Vikki Petraitis - #58

July 11th, 2018

34:52

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 …

Mind Behind The Crime: Deadly Personality Disorders - #57

July 4th, 2018

55:26

Journalist Cheryl Critchley and Psychologist Helen McGrath have studied some of Australia's most shocking and seemingly unexplainable crimes, to …

Covering True Crime and Treating People Right - #56

June 27th, 2018

52:43

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 …

The Murder of Eurydice Dixon and Violence Against Women - #55

June 20th, 2018

55:30

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 …

Who Killed My Sister? The Cold Case of Fiona Burns and John Lee - #54

June 13th, 2018

36:00

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 …

The Hunt for Killer Father and Son Fugitives The Stoccos - #53

June 6th, 2018

51:39

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 …

Retired detective Narelle Fraser's most memorable cases - #52

May 30th, 2018

21:09

Narelle recalls some particularly memorable days and nights on the job.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Narelle …

Sandra Pankhurst: The Trauma Cleaner - #51

May 23rd, 2018

50:17

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 Disappearance of Lorraine Carter: A Narelle Fraser Case - #50

May 16th, 2018

51:55

Lorraine Carter was an intellectually disabled woman, who married a man against her parent's better judgement. When they reported her missing 12 months later, she became one of Narelle Fraser's most memorable cases.Show …

Serial Killer Whisperer Amanda Howard - #49

May 9th, 2018

1:17:21

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 …

The Murder of Zayden Veal-Whitting: A Narelle Fraser Case - #48

May 2nd, 2018

36:14

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 …

The Very Cold Case of the Murder of Mollie Dean with Gideon Haigh - #47

April 25th, 2018

45:28

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 …

To Hell and Back: A Policewoman's Journey - #46

April 18th, 2018

55:37

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 …

The Drive-by Shooting Murder of Chris Lane - #45

April 11th, 2018

1:03:05

Andrea Kane's close-knit family received the worst possible news about her brother Chris. He'd been shot in a random American drive-by just 48 hours after leaving his Australian home.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel …

The Milicia Trailovic Murder: A Narelle Fraser Case - #44

April 4th, 2018

40:38

Milicia Trailovic was reported missing by her sister in Serbia. As soon as her case landed on Narelle Fraser's desk, the alarm bells started ringing.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to

Art Fraud: Whiteley on Trial with Gabriella Coslovic - #43

March 28th, 2018

43:01

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 …

Annette Mason: Journey to an Inquest - #42

March 21st, 2018

38:16

Toowoomba teenager Annette Mason was murdered in 1989, and the case remains unsolved. Her family has finally persuaded the Queensland Attorney …

Notorious Cult 'The Family' with Chris Johnston - #41

March 14th, 2018

50:56

In the 1970s and 80s, a beautiful and manipulative woman convinced some of Melbourne's brightest and wealthiest citizens that she was, among other …

The Phillip Island Murder with Vikki Petraitis - #40

March 7th, 2018

40:03

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 …

Cold Case: The Frankston and Tynong North Serial Killer - #39

February 28th, 2018

44:53

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 …

A Life of Violence, A Commitment to Care with Tim Class-Auliff - #38

February 21st, 2018

38:58

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 …

Stalkers with Victoria Heywood - #37

February 14th, 2018

37:35

Author Victoria Heywood has written about relationships, food and wine, and true crime, but her own experience with a stalker led to the book we focus on in today's episode, Every Move You Make.Show notes:Your hosts are

The Society Murders: A Narelle Fraser Case - #36

February 7th, 2018

56:36

Reported missing in April 2002, Margaret and Paul Wales-King were wealthy, happy and firmly ensconced in Melbourne’s most elite social circles. This …

The Box Hill and Ascot Vale Rapists: A Narelle Fraser Case - #35

December 6th, 2017

45:13

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 …

Cold Case Solved: The Murder of Michelle Buckingham - #34

November 30th, 2017

33:24

When Shepparton News cub reporter Tammy Mills went looking for an interesting local story, she set in motion an incredible chain of events that …

The Kidnapping of Le Anh Tuan with Jeff Maher - #33

November 8th, 2017

30:03

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. …

Old School Tales from Old Melbourne Gaol with Troy Larkin - #32

November 1st, 2017

35:33

This week we kick it old school, with bushrangers, escape artists, and the hangman’s noose.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith …

Peter Dupas: An Australian Serial Killer - #31

October 25th, 2017

37:28

Former homicide detective Jeff Maher talks to us about the case that finally exposed Australian serial killer Peter Dupas.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Jeff MaherLike us on the

Supporting Child Sex Offenders with Dr Kelly Richards - #30

October 18th, 2017

41:06

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 …

Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail - #29

October 11th, 2017

45:55

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 …

Teenage Rampage: Out of Control Parties - #28

October 4th, 2017

36:25

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 …

Luke Williams' Meth Experiment - #27

October 4th, 2017

45:44

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 …

Dancing with Demons with Criminal Psychologist Tim Watson-Munro - #26

September 27th, 2017

36:27

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 and the Melbourne Mafia War: A Charlie Bezzina Case - #25

September 20th, 2017

40:14

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 …

Australian Gangs, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with Susanna Lobez - #24

September 13th, 2017

43:00

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 …

The Frankston Serial Killer: A Charlie Bezzina Case - #23

September 6th, 2017

48:54

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 …

Worth Fighting For with Dana Vulin - #22

August 30th, 2017

39:44

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 …

The Mornington Monster: A Narelle Fraser Case - #21

August 23rd, 2017

58:16

Narelle Fraser is back to tell us about another of the the biggest cases of her homicide career.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb

Inside Australia's Hardest Women's Jails with James Phelps and Kerry Tucker - #20

August 16th, 2017

1:25:16

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 …

Australia's Oldest Outlaw: Euthanasia Advocate Dr Rodney Syme - #19

August 9th, 2017

40:20

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 …

The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay with David Murray - #18

August 2nd, 2017

48:10

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 …

Maria Korp: A Narelle Fraser Case - #17

July 26th, 2017

38:49

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 …

Amazing Tales from Special Ops with Doug O'Loughlin and Heath O'Loughlin - #16

July 19th, 2017

41:03

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 …

Sexual Assault on Australian University Campuses with Nina Funnell - #15

July 19th, 2017

44:23

Nina Funnell is a journalist, academic, activist and survivor of sexual assault. She's cowritten a report on sexual assault on Australian University …

33 year old Cold Case Solved: The Murder of Little Kylie Maybury - #14

July 13th, 2017

35:45

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, …

They Shoot Mentally Ill People: My Sister, The Killer Part 2 - #13

June 7th, 2017

47:22

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 …

My Sister, The Killer Part 1 - #12

May 31st, 2017

43:31

"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 …

33 Reasons Why I Have PTSD with Narelle Fraser - #11

May 24th, 2017

49:54

Narelle Fraser spent 27 years in the police force investigating the most heinous crimes. She dedicated her life to helping victims of horrific sexual …

It's Not A Job That Makes You Popular - #10

May 16th, 2017

40:28

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 …

Ron Iddles: Australia's Greatest Detective - #9

May 10th, 2017

44:44

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 …

The Killing Fields: Inside Australia's Most Evil Prison - #8

May 3rd, 2017

46:48

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 …

The Pettingill's: A Family Born Of Crime - #7

April 26th, 2017

39:00

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. …

Crims in Grass Castles: The Calabrian Mafia in Australia - #6

April 19th, 2017

39:15

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 …

Sallie-Anne Huckstepp: The Woman Who Knew Too Much - #5

April 12th, 2017

45:20

Sallie-Anne Huckstepp had never intended to be a whistleblower, but when her drug dealer boyfriend Warren Lanfranchi was shot and killed by crooked …

The 30 Year Cold Case of Nanette Ellis - #4

April 5th, 2017

37:00

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 …

On Father's Day: Robert Farquharson - #3

March 29th, 2017

52:22

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 …

The Granny Killers That Walked Free - #2

March 29th, 2017

46:10

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, …

The First Man On The Scene - #1

March 29th, 2017

46:34

Charlie Bezzina has been in confined spaces with some of the most monstrous people imaginable. People who have committed crimes so terrible they …

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