After her rape went unsolved for more than 25 years, Elesha contacted police to have her case reopened. She courageously tells us about what life has been like since her attack when she was 7 years old, what happened when her case was reopened and why she contacted us to tell her story.
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The 1989 murder of RSPCA officer Stuart Fairlie highlighted the dangers posed for workers in the enforcement field who worked solo or “one-up” in rural areas of Australia. Retired former Victoria Police Homicide Squad boss Charlie Bezzina takes us through this case.
Chris O’Connor is a highly regarded retired detective
He worked some extremely high profile cases in the Victoria Police on the child exploitation unit including the hunt for Mr Cruel Operation Spectrum.
Chris now uses his decades of specialised experience and knowledge training other agencies, including police, on effective interview questioning.
Journalist Cheryl Critchley and Psychologist Helen McGrath have studied some of Australia's most shocking and seemingly unexplainable crimes, to discover the ways in which the disordered personalities of the perpetrators set them on a deadly path. They teach us about common personality disorders and how to spot them, as well as the difference between these disorders and mental illness. Cheryl and Helen's book, Mind Behind the Crime is available now.
When grieving mother Sonia Anderson disrupted a book launch in Brisbane a couple of weeks ago, she sent shocks waves through the True Crime industry. What are the ethics around True Crime? What do we owe victims and their families? Sonia joins us to discuss the issue, and True Crime writers Emily Webb and Megan Norris have a candid conversation about the difficult lesson they've learned along the way.
Generation after generation of women are told that the only way society can ensure their safety after dark is for them to agree never walk alone. Is it fair? Is it reasonable? Is it just reality? Narelle Fraser and Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane from Victoria Police join us to discuss violence against women in the wake of the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon.
In 1990 when Barbie McCarthy was 12, her older sister Fiona, 15 was stabbed to death along with her teen friend John and their bodies dumped in Kaniva, on the border of Victoria and South Australia. The murders are still unsolved and Barbie talks to us about her efforts to find answers and how her life changed forever when Fiona died.
In 2007, Australia was captivated by the two week run of father and son outlaws Gino and Mark Stocco. They evaded police by driving laps around the southern states of Australia, while social media went wild with sightings and memes. Eventually, they were captured, and the real story, more bizarre than anyone could have imagined, could finally be told. Journalist Nino Bucci has written the definitive account in his book "Like Father Like Son, The Stoccos," and he joins us to talk about it.
Sandra Pankhurst has been called many things in her time, a husband, a wife, a poofter, a Les Girl, a tranny prostitute, a rape survivor, a murder witness, a pillar of society and most famously, the trauma cleaner. Meet the incredible living legend behind the award winning biography by Sarah Krasnostein, who's life has been touched by True Crime at every turn.
Lorraine Carter was an intellectually disabled woman, who married a man against her parent's better judgement. When they reported her missing 12 months later, she became one of Narelle Fraser's most memorable cases.
Amanda Howard is known around the traps as a serial killer whisperer. On any given day she could receive mail, on prison issued stationary from one of Australia’s most feared men, an internationally hated baby killer, or one of America’s seemingly limitless numbers of death row inmates.
The Murder of ten month-old Zayden Veal-Whitting is quite simply one of the most shocking crimes that's ever occurred in Australian history. It provided proof, if proof were needed, that methamphetamine addiction was capable of creating a new breed of terror in the suburbs. Zayden's young mother, Casey, discovered an unspeakable horror in her baby's crib after a burglary went horribly wrong in their home in 2012. Narelle Fraser, who worked the case, joins us to talk about the investigation.
Gideon Haigh is best known as one of the world's most respected cricket writers, but he became intrigued by the unsolved murder of Mollie Dean, in 1930. His new book, A Scandal in Bohemia is a tribute to this long forgotten victim, and a fascinating insight into the primitive investigative practices employed by police less than a century ago.