Australian True Crime

Synopsis

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 perpetrators, they probe the underbelly of our towns and suburbs, and uncover the darkness at the heart of Australian life.

Episodes

  • Death on the Derwent - #115

    Death on the Derwent - #115

    18/07/2019 Duration: 45min

    One man’s mysterious disappearance has become a decade-long tragedy for two Tasmanian women, from different sides of the tracks. Author Robin Bowles has developed a close friendship with one of the women and joins us to talk about her new book on the case.Show notes for Episode 115:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Robin BowelsRobin's book "Death on the Derwent" is available in our bookshop https://australiantruecrimepodcast.com/bookshop/Like us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

  • Journalist Andrew Rules Scariest Case - #114

    Journalist Andrew Rule's Scariest Case - #114

    11/07/2019 Duration: 01h14min

    It's easy to forget it takes a lot of courage to write stories about bad guys week after week. Andrew Rule has irritated some of the baddest in the business and every so often it gets a little bit scary. Andrew joined Meshel and Emily live on stage recently at Melbourne's Chapel off Chapel to talk about a case involving many twists and turns, and one of the scariest times in his reporting career.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 114:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Andrew RuleAndrew is a senior writer at https://www.heraldsun.com.au/journalists/andrew-ruleAndrew's podcast is https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/sunday-herald-sun-podcast-series-life-and-crimes-with-andrew-rule/news-story/c9212d37357eae04fa655646870f7067This episode was recorded live at https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/Like us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have an

  • My Brother the Paedophile Priest - #113

    My Brother the Paedophile Priest - #113

    03/07/2019 Duration: 50min

    Margaret Harrod and her twin brother Michael both dedicated their lives to God, she as a nun and he as a priest. Their family was the envy of their Catholic community, but there were many secrets inside their home and eventually Margaret found the courage and the faith to call every one of them out. It continues to be a traumatic journey.Margaret's book, co written with journalist Sue Smethurst is called "Blood on the Rosary".Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 113:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Margaret HarrodLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonPurchase Blood on the Rosary in our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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

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

    26/06/2019 Duration: 41min

    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 Zealand.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 112:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Tom and Maria LewisLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonTom Lewis' book Cover Ups and Cop Outs is not currently available.Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

  • The De Gruchy Family Murders - #111

    The De Gruchy Family Murders - #111

    19/06/2019 Duration: 39min

    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 talks us through the investigation.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 111:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Belinda NeilBelinda is on the board of http://fearless.org.au/Like us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonPurchase Under Siege in our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333

  • Anne Hamilton Byrne and The Family - #110

    Anne Hamilton Byrne and The Family - #110

    16/06/2019 Duration: 51min

    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 place.This interview with journalist Chris Johnston, who created the book and documentary The Family with Rosie Jones, first aired last year. The companion interview with former detective Lex De Man, whom you'll hear a lot about in this interview, was recorded the day after Anne's death.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 110:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Chris JohnstonLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonV

  • Lex De Man on Anne Hamilton Byrnes Death - #109

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

    16/06/2019 Duration: 17min

    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 WebbWith thanks to Lex De ManListen to previous episode on ‘The Family’, Episode 41 with Chris Johnston https://australiantruecrimepodcast.com/notorious-cult-the-family-with-chris-johnston/Like us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!

  • The David Hookes Matter with Charlie Bezzina - #108

    The David Hookes Matter with Charlie Bezzina - #108

    12/06/2019 Duration: 35min

    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 Emily WebbWith thanks to Charlie BezzinaLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!

  • Frankston Serial Killer Investigation Re Issue - #107

    Frankston Serial Killer Investigation Re Issue - #107

    05/06/2019 Duration: 49min

    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 WebbWith thanks to Charlie BezzinaTo support Carmel and Brian please donate to: https://www.gofundme.com/keeptherussellsinfrankstonLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonPurchase The Frankston Murders 25 Years On in our Bookshop Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!

  • 26 Years After Our Daughters Murder, We Need Help - #106

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

    05/06/2019 Duration: 45min

    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 WebbWith thanks to Carmel and Brian RussellTo support Carmel and Brian please donate to: https://www.gofundme.com/keeptherussellsinfrankstonLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonPurchase The Frankston Murders 25 Years On in our Bookshop Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!

  • ATC Extra. The Family of the Deceased - #105

    ATC Extra. The Family of the Deceased - #105

    31/05/2019 Duration: 17min

    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.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 105:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Sandra CharltonLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!

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

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

    29/05/2019 Duration: 40min

    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.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 104:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Robert ReidLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!

  • The Crimes and Times of Uncle Jack Charles - #103

    The Crimes and Times of Uncle Jack Charles - #103

    22/05/2019 Duration: 57min

    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 society, all the while maintaining his indisputable charm. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 103:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Uncle Jack CharlesMore about Bastardy the documentaryLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.T

  • Milat Family Insider Special Extra - #102

    Milat Family Insider Special Extra - #102

    17/05/2019 Duration: 18min

    The “Milat family insider” quoted extensively in Australian media this week is actually our friend Amanda Howard, from the "Monsters Who Murder" podcast. She gives us an update and an insight into her work, as well as a prediction as to whether we can expect a death bed confession.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 102:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Amanda HowardLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!

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

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

    15/05/2019 Duration: 45min

    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 contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 101:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Ava Benny-MorrisonLike us on Facebook ​or visit our Facebook page for more information about this week's livestreamFollow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonPurchase The Lost Girls in our Bookshop Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!

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

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

    08/05/2019 Duration: 46min

    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 the dysfunction that set the scene for these crimes and the evil in the minds of the killers. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 100:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Jeremy PudneyLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonPurchase Snowtown: The Bodies in Barrels Murders in our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, p

  • The Fight to Bring an Alleged Pedophile Headmistress Back to Australia to Face Justice: Survivor Dassi Erlichs Story - #99

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

    01/05/2019 Duration: 54min

    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 protected, they were actually being preyed upon in more ways than one.Warning: please be advised this episode contains accounts of child sexual assault.Show notes for Episode 99:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Dassi ErlichLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you would like to talk to someone about sexual assault, no matter the circumstances or how long ago it took place, you

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

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

    24/04/2019 Duration: 37min

    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 98:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Rob BaileyLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!

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

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

    18/04/2019 Duration: 57min

    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 WebbWith thanks to:Hetty Johnston AM, Founder of BraveheartsBruce Morcombe and Dean Morcombe, father and brother of Daniel MorcombeDanielle Harris, Senior Lecturer School of Criminology, Griffith University.More about Bravehearts, The Daniel Morcombe Foundation and to support Brad and Dean Morcombe’s Kokoda TrekLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!

  • Newcastle Serial Killers Cold Case? Gordana Kotevski - #96

    Newcastle Serial Killers Cold Case? Gordana Kotevski - #96

    10/04/2019 Duration: 38min

    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 WebbWith thanks to Julie Talevski and Peggy KotevskiLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!

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