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  • Tara Costigan was a hard working mum, friend, close with her family and liked by those who she met. She was also killed by her partner one week after giving birth to their daughter.

    In this episode we speak with Heidi Lemon, that author of The First Time He Hit Her: the shocking true story of the murder of Tara Costigan, the woman next door.

    Heidi spent the past few years devoted to writing the book, and worked closely with the Costigan family during the project. 

    Tara’s story is devastating. It is also not an anomaly. Heidi has worked to share Tara’s story in the hopes that more public conversations will continue to be had about Australia’s problem with domestic violence. 

    CREDITS

    Guest: Heidi Lemon author of The First Time He Hit Her
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Producer: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    ‘The First Time He Hit Her: the shocking true story of the murder of Tara Costigan, the woman next door’ book by Heidi Lemon https://bit.ly/tara-costigan-book 
    ‘Tara Costigan: The Life and Death of a Victim of Domestic Violence’, 7:30 Report, ABC TV https://bit.ly/tara-730-report
    ‘A man, who murdered his ex-girlfriend with an axe while she was cradling their baby daughter, has been sentenced to at least 26 years in jail.’ Nine News https://bit.ly/3ePTo2h 

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    If any parts of this episode raise issues for you please seek help via the resources below
    Family Violence 1800 RESPECT - that’s 1800 737 732
    Safe Steps in Victoria - 24 hour response line- safesteps.org.au
    National services https://www.dvrcv.org.au/support-services/national-services

  • Kathleen Folbigg is thought to be one of the most infamous serial killing women in Australia. She was found guilty of the murder of her three infant children, Patrick aged eight months, Sarah aged 10 months and Laura aged 19 months, between 1989 and 1999. She was also convicted of the manslaughter of her first child Caleb in 1989.

    The main evidence used against Kathleen were her personal diary entries, however there was very little physical forensic evidence to support the prosecution's case against her.

    Dr Xanthe Mallett is a trained forensic scientist and criminologist who has met Kathleen, and covered her case for her book Mothers Who Murder: And Infamous Miscarriages of Justice. Xanthe joins this episode to explore Kathleen’s upbringing, the death of her children, and the court cases and inquiry that followed.

    CREDITS
    Guest: Dr Xanthe Mallett https://bit.ly/motherswhomurder 

    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Producer: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    ‘Mothers Who Murder: And Infamous Miscarriages of Justice‘ by Xanthe Mallett https://bit.ly/motherswhomurder 
    Justice NSW Kathleen Folbigg Report Published 2019 Media Release https://bit.ly/justice-nsw-folbigg 
    ‘Guilty Of Killing Her Own Children? Has Kathleen Folbigg Been Wrongly Convicted? Australian Story, ABC TV https://bit.ly/aus-story-kathleen-folbigg 

    LINKS
    The Tragic Story Of Dean Shillingsworth And Rachel Pfitzner https://bit.ly/dean-shillingsworth 

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  • In the 1980s, a brochure was printed across the world, for an idyllic holiday resort called Arous. It was a diving resort on the Red Sea, in the Sudanese desert. The brochure featured pictures of chalets on a bright beach, the sea almost the same colour as the sky
    But what guests of the resort didn’t know was that Arous wasn’t really a holiday resort. At least not primarily. And the staff weren’t really managers, or diving instructors, or waitresses. Once the sun went down, those who worked at the hotel were part of a top secret mission, that not even their own families were aware of. And if the Sudanese government found out, it would cost them their lives.

    Raffi Berg is the Middle East editor for BBC News Online. He has extensive experience reporting on Israel and the wider region. His book 'Red Sea Spies: The True Story Of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort' was written in collaboration with secret agents involved in the operation and tells the complete story of the case for the first time.

    CREDITS:

    Guest: Raffi Berg

    Host: Jessie Stephens

    Producer and editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    ‘Red Sea Spies: The True Story Of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort’ by Raffi Berg https://bit.ly/redseaspies-book 
    ‘Red Sea Diving Resort: The holiday village run by spies’, Raffi Berg for BBC News, Tel Aviv https://bit.ly/redseaspies-bbc 
    ‘Saving The Forgotten Jews’ BBC News https://bit.ly/forgotten-jews-bbc-news
    ‘The Daring Rescue of Ethiopian Jews From Sudan’, Israel First TV https://bit.ly/30Q77lR 

    CONTACT US

    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au 

    Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/tcc-group 

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  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this episode contains the names of people who have passed away.

    In 1988 the death of Mark Haines just outside of Tamworth in regional NSW was barely investigated by local police. The 17-year-old’s body was found on train tracks outside of town, but law enforcement treated his death as less than suspicious. You have only to pull on the threads of the case to find that the truth could be very far from that.

    Allan Clarke is a Muruwari man and an award winning investigative journalist, producer and presenter. Allan worked closely with Mark Haines’ family and friends for five years fighting for justice, and answers, culminating in the investigation of the case for the ABC podcast Unravel: Blood On The Tracks.

    Allan joins this episode to explore the case, the mis-steps by law enforcement, and the racial prejudices that hindered initial, and even ongoing, investigations.

    CREDITS:
    Guest: Allan Clarke
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Producer and editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    Unravel: Blood On The Tracks, ABC Podcasts https://bit.ly/unravel-podcast 
    ‘Footsteps On The Tracks’ by Allan Clarke https://bit.ly/footsteps-allan-clarke 
    State Crime Command will investigate Mark Haines death 
    ‘Blood on the Tracks Pt 1: Murder or misadventure, who killed Mark Haines?’ Australian Story, ABC TV https://bit.ly/aus-story-part-1 
    'Blood on the Tracks Pt 2: Unraveling Tamworth's body on the train tracks mystery’ Australian Story, ABC TV https://bit.ly/aus-story-part-2 
    Mark Haines’ family 2017 petition for the state government to offer a reward for information relating to Mark Haines’ death https://bit.ly/markhaines-family-plea 

    CONTACT US

    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au

    Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/tcc-group 

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  • Jeffrey Epstein was a financier of global influence and moved in powerful social circles. He was also an alleged child sex trafficker, a convicted criminal who served time for soliciting a prostitute; an underage child in 2008. Epstein was arrested again in July of 2019 on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking. While he awaited trial he was found dead in his jail cell on August 10th 2019. Diane Dimond is an award winning investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist who writes about the ever-evolving and fascinating world of crime and justice. She speaks to us about the case of Epstein and her work for the Investigation Discovery documentary examining the crimes and suspicious death of Epstein.CREDITSGuest: Diane DimondHost: Jessie StephensProducer: Elise CooperThe following episode includes discussion of child sex trafficking, sexual assault, and alleged suicide. Listener discretion is advised. If any of the contents in this episode have cause distress know that there is help available viaLifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636RESEARCH‘Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein’, Investigation Discovery, FOXTEL AustraliaFBI opens investigation into Epstein's long-time friend | Nine News Australia https://bit.ly/ghislaine-maxwell Prince Andrew & the Epstein Scandal: The Newsnight Interview - BBC News https://bit.ly/princeandrew-bbc Special Report: Jeffrey Epstein Found Dead In Jail Cell | NBC News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DiXSAPFbHE‘How Miami Herald's investigation & Jeffrey Epstein survivors helped blow up a sweetheart deal’ Miami Herald, https://bit.ly/miamiherald-epstein CONTACT USTell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.auJoin our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/3982S5P

  • Jim Jones was a charismatic pastor, preaching of salvation and a bountiful life for all those who followed him. He also was the man responsible for one of the largest incidences of loss of human life in modern American history.

    Author and podcaster Jo Thornely has researched Jim Jones and his cult of followers for her book Zealot. She joins us for this episode to explain Jones’ psychology, the power of his charisma, and the terrible chain of events that lead to the deaths of more than 900 people.

    This episode contains discussion of suicide. Please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 if the contents of this episode raises any issues for you.

    CREDITS  

    Guest: Jo Thornely, author of ‘Zealot’
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    ExecutiveProducerandEditor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    ‘Zealot: A Book About Cults’ by Jo Thornely https://bit.ly/zealot-jo-thornely 
    Jo Thornely’s interview about Anne Hamilton Byrne and the cult The Family, https://bit.ly/thefamily-jothornely 
    ‘Guyana/USA: Jonestown Massacre 20 Years On’, AP Archive https://bit.ly/ap-jonestown 
    ‘The Jonestown Massacre: Paradise Lost’, Real Stories https://bit.ly/paradiselost-jonestown 
    ‘Escaping Jonestown’, CNN https://bit.ly/cnn-jonestown
    ‘Return To Jonestown’, Sunday Night, Channel 7 Network https://bit.ly/sundaynight-onestown

  • In the second episode of our two part series on the life and crimes of serial killers David and Catherine Birnie, we examine the crimes the pair carried out.

    Journalist and author Andrew Byrne explores further the motivations and machinations of the Birnie’s utterly maniacal and evil crimes.

    As Andrew is still working on his book he asks that if you or anyone you know has any information on the Birnies to contact him via his LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewkbyrne/ 

    You can hear episode one here https://bit.ly/tcc-part-one 

    CREDITS

    Guest: Andrew Bryne
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Technical Producer: Luca Lavigne
    Executive Producer and Editor: Elise Cooper

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    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au

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  • In November 1986, police visited a quiet residence on a suburban Perth street. The occupants of that house, lifelong lovers David and Catherine Birnie were arrested soon after.

    That house will be forever synonymous with five unimaginable crimes, known to history as the Moorhouse Murders.

    Catherine will never be released from jail. She is only the third woman in Australian history to be given this sentence

    Andrew Byrne is an acclaimed journalist and author. He reported on the Birnies for a television documentary series, and is currently working on a book about the serial killing husband and wife.

    In this episode we delve deep into the upbringings of David and Catherine; how their traumatic and violent childhoods could have led to their depraved actions in adulthood.

    As Andrew is still working on his book he asks that if you or anyone you know has any information on the Birnies to contact him via his LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewkbyrne/ 

    CREDITS

    Guest: Andrew Bryne
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Technical Producer: Luca Lavigne
    Executive Producer and Editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    ‘Beyond The Darklands’, Episode 1 Seven Network
    ‘The Moorhouse Horrors’, Crime Investigation Australia, Season 1 Episode 6, Seven Network

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  • Dr Henry Howard Holmes was America’s first serial killer. The charismatic criminal lured his victims to his hotel dubbed “the murder castle” during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The building was riddled with trap doors and booby traps, a crematorium and gas chambers. The rumours of his depravity were far reaching and propelled H. H. Holmes to infamy. However the man dubbed America’s first serial killer may not have been responsible for the murders of as many people as he claimed.

    As director and author John Borowski explains,  Holmes derived pleasure from the planning of his crimes, not necessarily carrying them out. Borowski has written a book about Holmes, and directed a true crime documentary following his life and crimes. Once arrested, Holmes was prolific in claiming murders to have been by his hand, though some alleged victims came forward to attest that they were very much alive and unharmed. 

    Fuelled by desire for fame, or bloodlust, the case of H. H. Holmes and the murder hotel has as many twists and turns as the hotel in which they were carried out.

    CREDITS

    Guest: John Borowski http://johnborowski.com/ 

    Host: Jessie Stephens

    TechnicalProducer: Luca Lavigne

    Executive Producer and Editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    Borowski, John (November 2005). Estrada, Dimas (ed.). The Strange Case of Dr. H. H. Holmes. West Hollywood, California: Waterfront Productions https://bit.ly/hhholmesdoco 
    ‘Holmes Cool To The End; Under the Noose He Says He Only Killed Two Women. New York Times Archive https://bit.ly/hhholmes 
    ‘Murders By Doctors; The Great Tragedies of the Century Have Medical Men as Their Central Figure.’  The Anaconda standard. May 01, 1896, p. 12. via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov. https://bit.ly/murderbydoctors 

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  • When Kirra McLoughlin died on a property on Beenham Valley Road near Gympie, Queensland, law enforcement and medical examiners were baffled.

    Kirra’s former partner would claim she went to sleep after a fight and simply didn’t wake up. Family said there had been a party at the property the night before, but neighbours disputed that. Kirra’s body had 105 signs of bruising, and there was a 12 hour period where emergency services weren’t contacted about her rapidly declining state.

    Former police officer Jamie Pultz met Kirra McLoughlin before her death. His podcast Beenham Valley Road investigates the case, talking to Kirra’s friends and family, and looking into the events leading up to and following her death.

    CREDITS
    Guest: Jamie Pultz
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Technical Producer: Luca Lavigne
    Executive Producer and Editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    Beenham Valley Road: The Kirra McLoughlin Story podcast https://www.six10mediagroup.com/beenhamvalleyroad 
    ‘Kirra McLoughlin, 27, may have lain up to 12 hours in house after being critically injured in fight’ Courier Mail
    ‘Young mum allegedly died after hitting her head, so why was she covered in bruises?’ Courier Mail 

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  • On 17 April 2005, nine young Australians were arrested in Bali on charges of drug trafficking. Known as the 'Bali 9', some members received the death penalty for their crimes, while others are serving lengthy jail sentences. 

    It seemed like a case burnt into the Australian consciousness. However, more than 15 years later the same crimes are being carried out, with just as devastating effects. Journalists Cindy Wockner and Madonna King were present at the trials and sentencing of The Bali 9. They used their investigative skills to piece together the whole story, from arrest to jail to the harrowing final journey for their book, Bali 9: The Untold Story.

    Madonna King joins Jessie Stephens to take us through the case of the Bali 9, the lives of those involved, why they took on such a huge risk, and the now controversial role of the Australian Federal Police.

    CREDITS

    Guest: Madonna King, co-author of ‘Bali 9: The Untold Story’ http://bit.ly/bali-nine 
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    TechnicalProducer: Luca Lavigne
    ExecutiveProducerandeditor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    ‘Nine Australians arrested in Bali on suspicion of smuggling heroin’ AP ARCHIVE  https://bit.ly/aparchivebali9 
    ‘AFP Unapologetic Over Bali Nine’ Studio 10, Channel 10 https://bit.ly/studio10bali9 
    ‘Final appeal for Chan and Sukumaran’ ABC News Australia , ABC 2010 https://bit.ly/2XQ9hjW 
    ‘Renae Lawrence pleads for reduced sentences for remaining Bali 9 prisoners’ 7:30 ABC News Australia, https://bit.ly/abcnews-renae
    ‘Final goodbye for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran’ Nine News Perth, Nine Nework, https://bit.ly/finalgoodbye-ninenews

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    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au.

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  • The rise and fall of Keith Raniere and the now defunct NXIVM cult is one of the most disturbing scandals of our age. What began as a purported self-help group spiralled into a dark, secretive world of illicit sex, money laundering, and exploitation, all at the hands of founder Keith Raniere and his accomplices. Additionally, several women involved with the NXIVM founder died or disappeared under suspicious circumstances.

    A former NXIVM publicist turned investigative journalist Frank Parlato explores the case in this episode. Frank’s documentary The Lost Women Of NXIVM, takes a deep dive to answer the questions surrounding the tragic deaths and mysterious disappearances of four women who all had connections to NXIVM and its founder Keith Raniere.

    CREDITS
    Guest: Frank Parlato
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    TechnicalProducer: Luca Lavigne
    ExecutiveProducerandEditor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    The Lost Women Of NXIVM, Frank Parlato, Investigation Discovery, FOXTEL https://bit.ly/lostwomen 
    Allison Mack Pleads Guilty In Alleged NXIVM 'Sex Cult' Case, CBS New York https://bit.ly/2Vagt8x
    NXIVM Sex Cult Conviction News Conference, CBS New York https://bit.ly/lostwomen2

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  • When 26-year-old school teacher Stephanie Scott disappeared days before her wedding, her fiance immediately knew something was wrong. She wasn’t the type of person to vanish without a trace, or get cold feet.

    An immense manhunt was swiftly organised with locals of the small town of Leeton, where Stephanie lived. It would be a devastating four days until Stephanie’s fiance and family were given the worst possible news.

    In this episode, we speak with Leeton local Monique Patterson who was one of the journalists who covered Stephanie’s disappearance. 

    She has since written a book on the case of Stephanie Scott, titled; ‘United In Grief: The Tragic Story of Stephanie Scott's Murder and the Effect it had on the Small Town of Leeton NSW’. 

    CREDITS

    Guest: Monique Patterson, author of United In Grief

    Host: Jessie Stephens

    Producerandeditor: Elise Cooper
    RESEARCH
    United In Grief: The Tragic Story of Stephanie Scott's Murder and the Effect it had on the Small Town of Leeton NSW, book by Monique Patterson, https://bit.ly/34klKNJ 
    Stephanie Scott Missing, 7 News Sydney https://bit.ly/2VaEbjN 
    Man charged with murder of missing NSW teacher, SBS world News, https://bit.ly/2XjFkZi 
    Stephanie Scott Murder Arrest, 9 News Adelaide  https://bit.ly/3e5Rgna
    Stephanie Scott Murder timeline, SBS News https://bit.ly/3e3PDGy

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    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au.

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  • It was November 1994 and Jan Balmain was confused. She was waiting for her 22-year-old daughter Revelle to get off the train from Sydney to Newcastle. Revelle was supposed to be visiting before heading off to Japan for a career changing modelling gig. 

    But Revelle never got off the train. Instead, hours earlier Revelle, who was working as a sex worker as well as a model, allegedly finished her shift at a client’s house, was dropped at a nearby bar, and was never heard from again. Her possessions littered the streets of Bellevue Hill where she lived. 

    In this episode we speak with award winning journalist and author Caroline Overington. 

    Caroline investigated the disappearance of Revelle in the late 1990s for the Good Weekend Magazine. She has also covered high profile missing person’s cases such as the disappearance of William Tyrell for The Australian podcast ‘Nowhere Child’. Her work as a journalist has made her a revered fixture in the Australian media landscape.

    CREDITS

    Guests: Caroline Overington https://www.carolineoverington.com/ 

    Host: Jessie Stephens

    Producer and editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    ‘The Secret Life Of Revelle Balmain’ Caroline Overington for Good Weekend Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1999 https://www.carolineoverington.com/revelle-balmain
    ‘Revelle Balmain murder: The night the 22-year-old model went missing’ Mamamia https://www.mamamia.com.au/revelle-balmain-murder/
    ‘A double bombshell’: Final hours of missing Sydney model Revelle Balmain’, Daniela Elsa for News.com.au https://bit.ly/2WZM9ig 

    CONTACT US

    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au or on the PodPhone 02 8999 9386. 

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  • It was the afternoon of April 15, 2003, when residents of Lorne, a seaside town on the shoreline of the Great Ocean Road, noticed something they’d never seen before. 

    It was a cargo ship. Of course, they saw big ships everyday but this was something different. The 106 metre long vessel came to within 500 metres of the rocks scattered along the coastline.

    What no one knew at the time, was that the ship knew precisely where it was going. And that the following day, a search of the beach at Boggaley Creek would show up the lifeless body of a man, alongside a small dinghy. Who was he? And where had he come from? 

    The Australian Federal Police already had an idea. But they could not have known how far, and how deep, this case was about to run. 

    Richard Baker is a journalist and host of the podcast The Last Voyage of Pong Su. He joins this episode to take us through the case of the Pong Su, after exploring it for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. 

    CREDITS

    Guests: Richard Baker, host of The Last Voyage Of Pong Su

    Host: Jessie Stephens

    Producer and editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    The Last Voyage of the Pong Su https://www.theage.com.au/pong-su
    Forensic Investigators: Operation Sorbet https://bit.ly/2wA3zY5 
    ‘Heroin Trail Leads to North Korea’. Washington Post https://wapo.st/2xqki0c 
    ‘That pong in the bay is from a ship under a cloud’ - The Sydney Morning Herald https://bit.ly/2UhN2RN 
    ‘Korean freighter Pong Su to be scuttled’ - The Sydney Morning Herald https://bit.ly/3blPnAL 
    ‘Pong Su crew members deported’- The Age https://bit.ly/3atOeqw

  • When a shark vomited up a tattooed arm in the Coogee Aquarium in 1935, onlookers were horrified. This arm would be the catalyst for exposing the seedy underbelly of Sydney’s grimy and cut throat crime scene.

    Phillip Roope and Kevin Meagher sit down with Jessie Stephens to explore the shark arm case. Together, the former high school history and english teachers collaborated on the book Shark Arm; A Shark, A Tattooed Arm, and Two Unsolved Murders, exposing one of the most baffling and fascinating cases in the history of Australia’s early 20th century crimes. 

    CREDITS

    Guests: Phillip Roope and Kevin Meagher, authors of Shark Arm; A Shark, A Tattooed Arm, and Two Unsolved Murders https://bit.ly/39XvgIN 

    Host: Jessie Stephens

    Producer and editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    ‘Shark Arm’ book by Phillip Roope and Kevin Meagher https://bit.ly/2UjhJ7J 
    Shark Arm murders: Jimmy Smith death a Sydney mystery, News.com.au 
    Shark Arm murder 1935   - Dictionary Of Sydney photo archives https://bit.ly/33u1iJW 
    The ‘shark arm murder’ mystery that shocked Australia Dolly Stolze and Strange Remains  https://bit.ly/3de4uxG 

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    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au or on the PodPhone 02 8999 9386.  

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  • Qandeel Baloch was dubbed Pakistan’s answer to Kim Kardashian but her story is very different. Her older brother murdered her for bringing dishonour to her family.

    Journalist and author Sanam Maher pieced together Qandeel’s life from her birth in rural Pakistan to her incarnation as a social media sensation; and she documents the public response to Qandeel’s shocking death, for her book, A Woman Like Her.

    In her research she spoke to Qandeel’s parents, family, friends and work colleagues. 

    Sanam takes us through Qandeel’s life, her rise to fame, and the impact her murder had on Pakistan and the global community more broadly.

    CREDITS

    Guest: Sanam Maher, author of A Woman Like Her, The Short Life of Qandeel Baloch
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Producer and editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    A Woman Like Her; The Short Life of Qandeel Baloch by Sanam Maher https://bit.ly/3cL3xg6 
    Qandeel Baloch: Pakistan's social media celebrity - BBC News https://bit.ly/39PpkkQ 
    ‘She feared no one': the life and death of Qandeel Baloch, The Guardian https://bit.ly/3aSBdXJ 
    Qandeel Baloch’s Murder: One Year On, BBC Stories https://bit.ly/2xk4pYU 
    Qandeel Baloch: Brother of murdered social media star jailed BBC 
    Brother of Qandeel Baloch, Pakistani Internet Star, Gets Life Term for Her Murder The New York Times
    Pakistan: Brother sentenced to life for Qandeel Baloch's killing Al Jazeera

  • The Van Breda family appeared to be the perfect picture of success. So how did three of the five family members end up murdered in their family home on the De Zalze estate in South Africa? 

    Martin Van Breda was an entrepreneurial, hardworking and kind man. His wife Teresa was a loving mother, heavily invested in the lives of her three children; Marli, Henri and Rudi.  

    In 2014, the family sold their home in Buderim, on the Australian Sunshine Coast, for 2.5 million dollars and returned to their native South Africa, where they moved into a home in a gated community.  The golf estate in Stellenbosch where they resided, was said to be one of the safest places in the country. 

    But one night in January 2015, everything went terribly wrong.  Paramedics would respond to an emergency call in the early hours of January 27 to find a crime scene they would describe as the worst of their careers. 

    Three people were dead. One was clutching to life. And another had sustained serious injuries. 

    The emergency operator was told there had been a home invasion but there was so much more to this story. 
    In this episode we speak to South African journalist and author Julian Jansen, about the case that has become known as the De Zalze, Van Breda Murders. 

    Julian has written about the attack in his book The De Zalze Murders, The Story Behind The Brutal Axe Attack, and covered the case as it was unfolding in South Africa’s high courts.

    CREDITS
    Guest: Julian Jansen author of The De Zalze Murders, The Story Behind The Brutal Axe Attack
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Executive Producer and editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    Unpacking The de Zalze Murders by Julian Jansen SABC Digital News https://bit.ly/2TzRyt8 
    Who is the real Henri van Breda: baby-faced innocent or monster? - Sunday Times by Julian Jansen  https://bit.ly/2TDpq8t 
    Western Cape: Judge Desai says Van Breda case is of 'innate cruelty' - SABC Digital News  https://bit.ly/3cC3YJV 
    'It was a cold blooded murder': Watch the moment Henri van Breda is sentenced - NEWS 24 https://bit.ly/2ImUHHD 
    Henri Van Breda murder judgment - Interview with Julian Jansen, SABC Digital News https://bit.ly/2vExopY 
    Why did Henri van Breda murder his family? | 60 Minutes Australia  - 60 Minutes Australia, https://bit.ly/3czgqK4   
    LISTEN: Van Breda's chilling emergency call, Times LIVE https://bit.ly/2POiAfh 
    Blood spatter expert gives evidence in South Africa axe murder trial AP Archive https://bit.ly/2PLEcsC 
    'It was a cold blooded murder': Watch the moment Henri van Breda is sentenced, News 24 https://bit.ly/2VKNyIR 

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  • It was February 2016, dry and uncomfortably warm, when 23-year-old Brazilian backpacker Beatriz meets a German backpacker of the same age named Lena.

    The two travellers strike up a friendship and decide to head to Melbourne from Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road.  They put an ad on Gumtree asking for a lift and 59-year-old Roman Heinze replied.

    Little did the women know they had just accepted a lift with a man who was planning a vile and terrifying attack.

    Jessie speaks with Sean Fewster, chief court reporter for the Adelaide Advertiser and best selling author of City Of Evil. Sean covered the case of the Salt Creek attacks at the time the case was brought before the South Australian courts. 

    CREDITS

    Guest: Sean Fewster @seanfewster, Chief Court Reporter for The Adelaide Advertiser and best selling author of City Of Evil
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Producer and Editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    “Salt Creek monster: Lifting the veil off the secret life of Roman Heinze” Sean Fewster for The Adelaide Advertiser https://bit.ly/3a6HP4k 
    “Salt Creek kidnapper sentencing: Roman Heinze jailed for 22 years” Sean Fewster for The Adelaide Advertiser https://bit.ly/2PqlUNm 
    “Family of Salt Creek kidnapper Roman Heinze say he is harassing them from prison to raise money for new High Court appeal” Sean Fewster for The Adelaide Advertiser https://bit.ly/2HXYs5X 
    A Current Affair Australia’s Real Life Wolf Creek Horror Story, Channel 9, https://bit.ly/2TeWgwn 
    9 News Adelaide: Salt Creek Update, Channel 9, https://bit.ly/2VysAgz 
    7NEWS Melbourne: Salt Creek Attacker Identity Revealed, Channel 7 https://bit.ly/2TsY8Sn 

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  • Erie, Pennsylvania is a city on the south shore of Lake Erie, halfway between New York and Ohio. It was August the 28th, 2003, when a man named Brian Welles arrived at a local pizzeria where he worked as a pizza delivery driver. For 10 years he had been one of their most loyal employees, only ever missing one day of work, following the death of his beloved cat.

    But this day, an order placed from a payphone to 8631 Peach Street, only a few kilometres from the pizzeria, would change the course of multiple lives. 

    Once he arrived at the address, a collar bomb would be placed around his neck, fitted with a timer. He would also be handed a seven page letter, outlining a bizarre scavenger hunt he was ordered to complete. The words, “Act now, think later or you will die” were scrawled at the bottom of the instructions. 

    Was the collar bomb even real? How did it end up around Brian Welles’ neck? And what was this really all about?

    What took place over the next few hours has been described by CNN as the only crime of its kind, and "one of the most complicated and bizarre crimes in the annals of the FBI".

    We speak to investigative reporter Rich Schapiro, author of a long form piece on the Collar Bomb Heist for WIRED and researched the case extensively in the process. He is also an investigative journalist for NBC news in the United States.

    CREDITS

    Guest: Rich Schapiro @richschapiro

    Host: Jessie Stephens

    Producer/Editor: Elise Cooper

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    RESEARCH
    The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist by Rich Schapiro https://www.wired.com/2010/12/ff-collarbomb/ 
    Unsolved Crimes USA - The Exploding Pizzaman https://bit.ly/2SULcnQ 
    ‘Pizza Bomber’ Case Is Subject Of New Netflix Docuseries ‘Evil Genius’ | Megyn Kelly TODAY https://bit.ly/2vK5I2L 

    Sentencing Day in Bizarre Bank Robbery Case, Fox News Insider https://bit.ly/39Mlk4d