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True Crime Conversations

True Crime Conversations explores the world's most notorious crimes by speaking to the people who know the most about them. Hosted by Gemma Bath.

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The Case Of The Bowraville Murders

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners should be advised that this episode contains the naming of deceased people, and the recounting of the circumstances leading to their deaths. Colleen Walker, Evelyn Greenup and Clinton Speedy-Duroux. These are the names of three children from the town of Bowraville who were murdered over five months across 1990 and 1991. There has only ever been one suspect in their murders but to this day they’ve never stood trial for those crimes. Author Dan Box covered the case and he joins us to explore what could have happened to these three kids. And why Australia still doesn’t care enough about the lives of these Indigenous children to bring justice to the families and the Bowraville community. Join our Facebook group True Crime Conversations here https://bit.ly/2xrjAMZ CREDITS GUEST: Dan Box HOST: Jessie Stephens PRODUCER: Elise Cooper RESEARCH ‘Bowraville’ by Dan Box - https://bit.ly/2LczKCK ABC News ‘Unsolved Bowraville Murders to be Reconsidered’ - https://bit.ly/2XDgPaM NITV ‘Justice, Just Us’ Bowraville Special Forum https://bit.ly/2Xzc8i0 NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Council Bowraville protesthttps://bit.ly/2G4VbBj NITV News ‘Failed By The System: The Bowraville Children’s Murders’ https://bit.ly/2SeSfHr GET IN TOUCH: Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386. Email the show at podcast@mamamia.com.au True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcastsBecome a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

53mins

10 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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Angel of Death: The Curse Of Dulcie Markham

Dulcie Markham, better known as The Angel Of Death, has been called Australia’s most beautiful bad woman. A key figure in the underworld gangs of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, Dulcie used her Hollywood good looks, rosy pink lips and whip smart mind to manipulate the most evil of mobsters. Author and historian Leigh Straw joins Jessie for this episode where she takes us through the life of Dulcie; how the 15-year-old started out in sex work in 1920s Wooloomooloo, rose to become one of the most influential female crime figures in Australia’s history only to wind up disappearing into suburban obscurity in her old age. Join our Facebook group True Crime Conversations here https://bit.ly/2xrjAMZ CREDITSGUEST: Leigh Straw https://bit.ly/2LxjQCn HOST: Jessie StephensSENIOR PRODUCER/EDITOR: Elise Cooper RESEARCH Angel of Death: Dulcie Markham, Australia’s Most Beautiful Bad Woman - Leigh Straw https://bit.ly/2LxjQCn The March of Time, Time Inc Cecil “Scotty” McCormack Fatal Stabbing notice in The Canberra Times IMAGES Dulcie Markham - https://bit.ly/2YfDNkv Guido Calletti - https://bit.ly/2KGNNQs GET IN TOUCH: Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386. Email the show at podcast@mamamia.com.au True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcastsBecome a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

37mins

3 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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Best Of 2019: The Beauty Queen Killer

This episode of True Crime Conversations is part of our 2019 Holiday series. We've handpicked episodes from throughout the year that we though deserved another listen. Christopher Wilder is the Australian serial killer responsible for the biggest man hunt in US history. Wilder lured his victims by posing as a talent agent and model scout and beauty pageants across America. His modus operandi of kidnapping, torture, sexual assault and ultimately murder, spoke so deeply of his utter hatred of women. In recent years it’s been speculated that Wilder is also responsible for one of the biggest cold cases in NSW criminal history; the Wanda Beach murders. Author Andrew Byrne has researched and documented the crimes of Wilder in his latest book The Pretty Girl Killer. He joins host Jessie Stephens to explore the pure evil that was Christopher Wilder You can buy Andrew Byrne’s book The Pretty Girl Killer online and at all good book stores. CREDITS GUEST: Andrew Byrne HOST: Jessie Stephens SENIOR PRODUCER/EDITOR: Elise Cooper Research The Pretty Girl Killer by Andrew Byrne https://bit.ly/2OW7vLh Serial Killers; Christopher Wilder, The Beauty Queen Killer FBI: The Untold Stories - The Kidnapping of Tina Risico Mystery and a Spree Killer. Law and Ordnance. July 22, 2009 New York Daily News “Beauty Queen Killer” 1984 GET IN TOUCH: Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386. Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here.Become a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 4mins

25 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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The Man Who "Knows What Happened" To The Beaumont Children

The disappearance of The Beaumont Children is burned into the collective conscious of Australia. It’s one of the longest running cases in the nation’s history and has baffled law enforcement for more than half a century. Stuart Mullins grew up down the road from the Beaumont children in Adelaide. Over the years he has researched and co authored investigative writing into their disappearance. He walks us through the case, and why he believes he knows just who is responsible for the disappearance of Jane, Arnna and Grant on Australia Day in 1966. For photos, maps and further detail on the case you can join our closed Facebook group dedicated to the podcast. Just search for True Crime Conversations on Facebook. GUEST: Stuart MullinsHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise CooperRESEARCH The Satin Man: Uncovering the mystery of the Beaumont Children, Alan Whiticker and Stuart Mullins https://bit.ly/2leQGNx Mother of missing Beaumont children, Nancy Beaumont, dies aged 92 - ABC News https://ab.co/2lfjDsE The Beaumont Children: What Really Happened, Channel 7  https://bit.ly/2lNMVyE The Beaumont Children Mystery: Crime Investigation Australia, Channel 7 https://bit.ly/2mIlwyu Beaumont children search: Police end today’s dig, having found no human remains, The Adelaide Advertiser https://bit.ly/2lbGUvr GET IN TOUCH: Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386. Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au    True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts Become a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

55mins

26 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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The Lady Vanishes: What Happened To Marion Barter

How did Marion Barter’s overseas holiday in 1997 become her last? Reporter Bryan Seymour, host of The Lady Vanishes podcast, takes Jessie through the case of missing person, Marion Barter. A beloved teacher and mum, Marion was living a happy and fulfilling life before she disappeared.  So why did she sell her house and change her name before travelling overseas? And why did she return three weeks later only to drain her bank account of all savings? Or did she? Marion’s daughter Sally hasn’t heard from their mother since she left the country the first time.  So what happened? Did she meet with foul play? Or did she choose to vanish and start a new life without the family she loved so much. See images and information relating to this case in our Facebook group True Crime Conversations here https://bit.ly/2xrjAMZ CREDITS GUEST: Bryan SeymourHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise Cooper If you have information about the disappearance of Marion Barter you can email theladyvanishes@seven.com.au alternatively you can leave an anonymous tip at theladyvanishes.org RESEARCH The Lady Vanishes podcast https://apple.co/32vNT3e 2GB The Chris Smith Show “Possible Breakthrough in the case of Missing Qld Teacher” https://bit.ly/2JB4TNV 7 News Sydney “Missing mum Marion Barter linked to northern NSW cult” https://bit.ly/2LrSmyC 7 News Sydney “The Lady Vanishes Trip To Luxembourg” https://bit.ly/2YX8N9d Le Courier Australian personal advertisement https://bit.ly/2SjsLbI GET IN TOUCH: Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386Email the show at podcast@mamamia.com.auTrue Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcastsBecome a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

40mins

17 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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It Took 30 Years To Solve The Mystery Of What Happened To Ursula Barwick

In late Spring, 1987, 17-year-old Ursula Barwick, stepped off the platform, and boarded a train from Tuggerah on the Central Coast, bound for Sydney. The journey would take a little more than two hours and land her in Kings Cross. She’d told her parents she had work and accommodation lined up, and would call them as soon as she arrived. Her father, Peter, planned to come down that weekend to help get her settled in. It would be her first time living properly out of home. But that phone call from Ursula, saying she’d arrived safe and sound, never arrived. And it would be 30 years before they would finally learn why. An episode of Australian Story titled ‘Forever Young’, which aired on November 25, 2019, explores the case of Ursula Barwick. We speak to the producer of Australian Story, award-winning journalist Winsome Denyer, about what happened to Ursula back in October, 1987. GUEST: Winsome Denyer https://www.abc.net.au/news/winsome-denyer/7991864 HOST: Jessie Stephens PRODUCER: Elise Cooper RESEARCH ‘Forever Young’ for Australian Story, ABC https://www.abc.net.au/austory/forever-young/11724732 Lost Then Found: The disappearance of Ursula Barwick, Winsome Denyer for abc.net.au https://ab.co/2OrTId6 'For 30 years, Ursula's family thought she was missing. She had been buried under the wrong name' Jessica Staveley for Mamamia https://www.mamamia.com.au/ursula-barwick/Become a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

45mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Anne Hamilton-Byrne And The Children Who Were Never Hers

Anne Hamilton-Byrne is a name that Australians won’t soon forget. What started out as a series of yoga teachings by the woman who believed she was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, would end up becoming one of our country’s most sinister cults.  The Family, as it would come to be known, included a number of children with dyed blonde hair, who believed Anne Hamilton-Byrne was their mother. For all but one of them, she was not.  Jessie Stephens sits down with journalist and author Jo Thornely to take a look into the mind of Anne Hamilton-Byrne, the founder of ‘The Family’, who kidnapped children and drugged her followers. If this episode brings up any issues for you please reach out to the National Sexual Assault and Family Violence Hotline on 1800 RESPECT, that’s 1800 737 732. GUEST: Jo Thornely HOST: Jessie Stephens PRODUCER: Elise Cooper RESEARCH ‘Zealot’ by Jo Thornely https://www.hachette.com.au/jo-thornely/zealot-a-book-about-cults GET IN TOUCH: Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386. Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au    True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcastsBecome a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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The Sydney Siege: Part One

It was looking to be a warm, busy day when Tori Johnson arrived at work just after 6am on a Monday morning in December 2014. The 34-year-old was in charge at the Lindt cafe in Martin Place, and the lead up to Christmas was always chaotic, with customers purchasing gifts, like the iconic chocolate Lindt balls, for friends and family. At 7:30am, the doors opened, with customers flooding in. Among them were 38-year-old barrister Katrina Dawson, with colleagues Julie Taylor and Stefan Balafoutis. They were seated next to a mother and daughter, Robin and Louisa Hope, who even remarked on Katrina’s beautiful shoes.  But just after 8:30am, a broad shouldered man with a baseball cap and backpack walked in, at first completely unnoticed. It was only when we he demanded some time afterwards that every door be immediately locked, that the 18 people inside the cafe realised something was seriously wrong. Click through to our website for photos and maps to accompany this episode. https://www.mamamia.com.au/lindt-cafe-sydney-siege/ Mia Freedman has also interviewed siege survivor Louisa Hope on the No Filter podcast. You can listen to that full interview here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts/no-filter/louisa-hope-sydney-siege/. Join our closed Facebook group where episodes are discussed by searching True Crime Conversations on Facebook. GUEST: Deborah SnowHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise Cooper RESEARCH“Siege: The powerful and uncompromising story of what happened inside the Lindt Cafe and why the police response went so tragically wrong” by Deborah Snow https://bit.ly/38n1tJ9 7:30 Report “Sydney siege inquest builds picture of Man Haron Monis' 'bizarre, delusional' world” Australian Broadcasting Corporation  https://ab.co/35hMXRb Arirang News “Australian PM says gunman was known to authorities, but not on watch list” https://bit.ly/2LG1Vs7 10 Eyewitness News, Amirah Droudis Found Guilty Of Murdering Man Haron Monis’ Ex Wife, Channel 10 https://bit.ly/2YyyE7V The Telegraph Sydney Siege: 'Islamist gunman' holds hostages inside cafe https://bit.ly/3456aUK 60 Minutes Australia: “The Siege Survivors” Channel 9 Network  “'Spiritual healer' Man Haron Monis charged with an extra 40 sexual offences”, October 13th  2014, Nick Ralston for The Sydney Morning Herald Become a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

41mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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The Easey Street Murders And The Mystery That Followed

It was mid-October, 1976, when Suzanne Armstrong, 27, and Susan Bartlett, 28 moved in to number 147, Easey St. The three-bedroom house was perfect for the two of them, as well as Armstrong’s 16-month-old son, Gregory.  Then, in early 1977, neighbours would watch emergency workers and police swarm the property, after the bodies of the two women were found three days after they’d been killed.   Helen Thomas is a journalist and author who was a cub reporter at Melbourne newspaper The Age at the time of the double homicide.  She has since researched the case and profiled it in her book ‘Murder On Easey Street: Melbourne’s Most Notorious Cold Case.’ Jessie sits down with Helen to walk us through the case, and find out if there’s any potential for justice for the families of Suzanne Armstrong and Susan Bartlett. If this episode brings up any issues for you please reach out to the National Sexual Assault and Family Violence Hotline on 1800 RESPECT, that’s 1800 737 732. GUEST: Helen Thomas HOST: Jessie Stephens PRODUCER: Elise Cooper RESEARCH‘Murder On Easey Street: Melbourne’s Most Notorious Cold Case’ book by Helen Thomas https://www.blackincbooks.com.au/books/murder-easey-street ‘Original Easey St murders article that triggered call from possible murderer’ from Independent Australia https://bit.ly/2CUcDXt Become a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

39mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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The Disappearance Of Sydney Model Revelle Balmain

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.  Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/3982S5PBecome a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

30mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #10

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John Edwards And The Family Murder That Shook Australia

On a winter evening in July, 2018, West Pennant Hills sounded different. Usually quiet, the Thursday evening was polluted by blasting police sirens, all headed towards Hull Rd. When emergency personnel arrived, they came across a scene they wouldn’t ever forget.  An hour later, 36-year-old Olga Edwards arrived home from work to find her house surrounded by police and paramedics. When she was told what had happened inside, she collapsed from “severe shock”. Her children, 15-year-old Jack Edwards, and 13-year-old Jennifer Edwards, had been murdered.  The family murder which took place in West Pennant Hills shook Australia. And six months later, the story became ever more tragic.  We speak to Crime Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald, Sally Rawsthorne, who covered the case as it unfolded.  Please contact Lifeline is the contents of this episode bring up any issues for you on 13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/ GUEST: Sally Rawsthorne https://twitter.com/sallyrawsthorne HOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise Cooper RESEARCH “Killer John Edwards’ Secret Family”, Sally Rawsthorne and Angus Thompson for Sydney Morning Herald https://bit.ly/35SdrIK “How A Father Planned The Execution Of His Two Children” Lucy Cormack and Sally Rawsthorne for Sydney Morning Herald https://bit.ly/2YcQ5Lj 7 News Sydney “West Pennant Hills father John Edwards shot dead his children Jack and Jennifer in July before taking his own life” 7 Network https://bit.ly/2OLX3DJ “When John Edwards murdered his children, schoolmates couldn’t believe it — but his sister could” Jane Fife-Yeomans & Danielle Gusmaroli for The Daily Telegraph https://bit.ly/34PpBSG 9 News Sydney “The shooting murder of two West Pennant Hills teenagers by their father has brought the issue of gun control firmly to the table.” Channel 9 https://bit.ly/2DOsruZ INTERNATIONAL COUNSELLING AND SUPPORT SERVICES USA - https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ UK - https://www.supportline.org.uk/ NZ - https://www.lifeline.org.nz/Become a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

26mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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The Serial Killer Who Inspired A Horror Film

Danny Rolling would become one of the most violent serial killers in modern America’s history. His crimes, spree-like in nature, inspired the 1996 horror film Scream. Rolling’s hatred of women, violent and abusive upbringing, and idolatry of Ted Bundy were all just elements that would contribute to his horrific crimes. Author and pop-culture journalist Maria Lewis takes us through the case of Danny Rolling - who would be dubbed The Gainesville Ripper - and just how truly violent and despicable his crimes were. See images and information relating to this case in our Facebook group True Crime Conversations here https://bit.ly/2xrjAMZ CREDITS GUEST: Maria Lewis https://www.marialewis.com.au/ HOST: Jessie Stephens PRODUCER: Elise Cooper ADDITIONAL RESEARCH: Madeleine Boucherie RESEARCH Oxygen “The Twisted Tale Of 'Gainesville Ripper' Killer Danny Rolling, Who Murdered And Mutilated College Kids” https://oxygen.tv/2JMXlI1 Office of the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney https://bit.ly/2Z5rZBS Forensic Factor: Killing Spree https://imdb.to/2M9HzJ6 Discovery HD - The Gainesville Ripper: Danny Rolling  GET IN TOUCH: Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386 Email the show at podcast@mamamia.com.au True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts Become a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

45mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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What Really Happened To Azaria Chamberlain?

As the sun set over Uluru on August 17th, 1980, Lindy and Michael Chamberlain put their two month old baby Azaria to bed.  What happened next is burnt into the collective consciousness of not just Australia but the world. This won’t be like most episodes of True Crime Conversations, mostly, because in this case there was no crime.  Instead, it was one of the most significant and devastating miscarriages of justice Australia has ever seen. So impactful was the handling of this case that forensic science in Australia was completely overhauled and as a result we’re now one of the leading countries in the field.  Host Jessie Stephens speaks to legal scholar, criminologist and historian Katherine Biber about the case of Lindy Chamberlain and the death of her daughter Azaria. Katherine co-authored the book The Lindy Chamberlain Case: Nation, Law, Memory. CREDITS GUEST: Katherine BiberHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise Cooper Research  Staines, D., Arrow, M., & Biber, K. (Eds.) (2009). The Chamberlain case: nation, law, memory. Melbourne, Vic.: Australian Scholarly Publishing. Dingo’s Got My Baby: Trial By Media, Retro Report; The New York Times Confronting Lindy Chamberlain: A Dingo Stole My Baby; 60 Minutes Australia Nine Network The Azaria Chamberlain Story, This Fabulous Century, Prime Network Azaria Chamberlain 4th Inquest Findings Live Broadcast ABC News 24, ABC TV 4th Coronial Inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain Alternative Law Journal (2012) 37(3) AltLJ 207 GET IN TOUCH: Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386. Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au    True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcastsBecome a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

45mins

18 Sep 2019

Rank #13

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Killed By The Man Next Door: The Murder Of Tosha Thakkar

On Friday March 9, 2011, a suitcase was found in a canal next to Meadowbank Park, located about 30 minutes from Sydney’s central business district. Inside it, was the body of Tosha Thakkar, a 24-year-old student, who had been living in a boarding house in Croydon for six months.  Her boyfriend, Ali Syed had reported her missing two days prior, after she failed to meet him for lunch. When he went to her Elvin St address, her room was in disarray, and he noticed that her nightdress was missing.  Author and Associate Editor of the Good Weekend, Greg Callaghan, talks us through the day Tosha Thakkar lost her life at the hands of the man who lived beside her; Daniel Stani-Reginald. His feature ‘My Neighbour My Killer’ was published in 2014 in the Good Weekend as well as The Sydney Morning Herald.  If this episode brings up any issues for you please reach out to the National Sexual Assault and Family Violence Hotline on 1800 RESPECT, that’s 1800 737 732. GUEST: Greg Callaghan HOST: Jessie Stephens PRODUCER: Elise Cooper RESEARCH 'My Neighbour My Killer', Greg Callaghan for Fairfax Press https://bit.ly/2Cn6bIc GET IN TOUCH: Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386. Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au    True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcastsBecome a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

43mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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Qandeel Baloch Was Murdered For What She Posted Online

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 BalochHost: Jessie StephensProducer 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 Become a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

44mins

11 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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Inside The Twisted Van Breda Family Murder

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. CREDITSGuest: Julian Jansen author of The De Zalze Murders, The Story Behind The Brutal Axe AttackHost: Jessie StephensExecutive Producer and editor: Elise CooperRESEARCH 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 CONTACT US Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au or on the PodPhone 02 8999 9386.   Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/3982S5PBecome a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

40mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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The Somerton Man: One Of The World’s Most Baffling Mysteries

The case of the Somerton Man is one of the most baffling cases in modern criminal history. In 1948 the body of a man was found on Somerton Park Beach just south of Adelaide in South Australia. Despite a global effort to identify the remains, we still do not know who the man was, why he was there, and how he died. Fiona Ellis-Jones is a reporter and producer for the ABC. She speaks to Jessie Stephens about the case which is currently explored on her podcast, The Somerton Man Mystery and will be the subject of Monday’s episode of Australian Story.  For photos, maps and further detail on the case you can join our closed Facebook group dedicated to the podcast. Just search for True Crime Conversations on Facebook. GUEST: Fiona Ellis-Jones HOST: Jessie Stephens PRODUCER: Elise Cooper RESEARCH The Somerton Man - Australian Story ABC air date Monday 14th October 2019 The Somerton Man Mystery - ABC Radio National https://ab.co/313IJcC Inside Story "The Somerton Beach Mystery" for ABC August 1978 https://bit.ly/2orZa5i GET IN TOUCH: Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386. Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au    True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcastsBecome a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

40mins

10 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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A Terrifying Monster: The True Story Of Leonard Fraser

Leonard Fraser was the very embodiment of a monster. He was sentenced to life on the 7th of September 2000 for the abduction rape and murder of 9-year-old Keyra Steinhardt in the Queensland town of Rockhampton. Prior to that Fraser had spent almost two decades behind bars for the rape of other women, including his defacto partner who was terminally ill with cancer. Fraser kept trophies from his victims. Police found the ponytails of three different women in Fraser’s flat but were not able to link them to any of the rapists known victims. Journalist and author Paula Doneman covered the case as Fraser’s crimes were brought before the courts. She profiled him extensively in her reporting for The Courier Mail and subsequently compiled a book covering his extensive and heinous crimes, titled Things A Killer Would Know: The True Story Of Leonard Fraser. Is He Australia’s Worst Serial Killer? Jessie speaks with Paula to walk through the case and crimes of Leonard Fraser, his utterly heinous acts of violence upon both “random” victims and those he lured into his orbit. For pictures and maps from today’s episode on Leonard Fraser,, visit the Mamamia website, right here.  https://www.mamamia.com.au/the-rockhampton-rapist/ If this episode brings up any issues for you please reach out to the National Sexual Assault and Family Violence Hotline on 1800 RESPECT, that’s 1800 737 732 GUEST: Paula DonemanHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise Cooper RESEARCH Things A Killer Would Know: The True Story Of Leonard Fraser. Is He Australia’s Worst Serial Killer? By Paula Doneman The Predator: Leonard John Fraser, Crime Investigation Australia,  Channel 7  GET IN TOUCH: Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386. Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au    True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcastsBecome a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

47mins

23 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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Best Of 2019: The Case Of Balcony Murderer Simon Gittany

This episode of True Crime Conversations is part of our 2019/2020 Holiday series. We've handpicked episodes from throughout the year that we though deserved another listen. In 2014 Simon Gittany was found guilty of throwing his 30 year old fiancé Lisa Harnum from the balcony of their shared 15th floor apartment. Simon maintained his innocence, saying that Lisa climbed over the railing of the balcony and fell to her death.  Amy Dale was a court reporter at the time of this case and has subsequently written a book titled The Fall about Lisa’s murder. Jessie Stephens sits down with Amy to take us through the case, from the infamous CCTV footage of Simon in the apartment building lift moments after Lisa was killed, the images of Simon dragging Lisa back into their apartment, the couples abusive relationship, and Simon’s insistence of his innocence.  This episode contains discussions of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing an abusive relationship please seek help via Lifeline and the Domestic Violence Alert portal on their website. https://www.dvalert.org.au/ The Lisa Harnum foundation is a resource giving a voice to women experiencing domestic violence. You can visit them at their website https://www.lisahf.org.au/ Join our Facebook group True Crime Conversations here https://bit.ly/2xrjAMZ CREDITS GUEST: Amy Dale HOST: Jessie Stephens PRODUCER: Elise Cooper RESEARCHThe Fall by Amy Dale https://bit.ly/2ksg6GZ Court Documents; R v Gittany, Trial by judge alone https://bit.ly/2ktnkuk Joan Harnum Exclusive Interview A Current Affair Nine Network https://bit.ly/2lD5KnI Ex Detectives Speak About Simon Gittany’s Explosive Temper Sunrise 7 Network https://bit.ly/2lUwgJr Simon Gittany’s Secret Life, Sunday Night 7 Network https://yhoo.it/2lEPaDZ Simon Gittany Found Guilty Of Murdering Fianceé Lisa Harnum 10 Eyewitness News Channel 10 https://bit.ly/2ksg2ad Simon Gittany Loses Appeal 7 News Sydney Channel 7 https://bit.ly/2lwUIka Balcony Killer Simon Gittany Loses Appeal Against Conviction For Murdering Lisa Harnum, The Daily Telegraph, Amy Dale Simon Gittany’s Violent Past Revealed  ABC NEWS Joan Harnum Hopes Daughter’s Case Will Be A “Powerful Wake-Up Call” ABC NEWS  https://bit.ly/2lxdt72 GET IN TOUCH: Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386. Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au    True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows herehttps://www.mamamia.com.au/podcastsBecome a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

51mins

8 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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Drugs, Dictators, A Diabolical Plot: The Last Voyage Of The Pong Su

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 Become a Mamamia subscriber: https://www.mamamia.com.au/subscribeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

38mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #20