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Meet the people who were willing or unwilling participants in the events that made headlines. In cemeteries, gravestones hint at our history – tales of unsolved murders, love lost, mystery, tragedy, health epidemics, scandal and sacrifice. 'Grave Tales' reveals more than the headstone can ever convey by tracing the tumultuous journeys that lead to these final resting places. Thoroughly researched by journalists Helen Goltz and Chris Adams, these stories re-create the lives of those whose graves are featured.

Meet the people who were willing or unwilling participants in the events that made headlines. In cemeteries, gravestones hint at our history – tales of unsolved murders, love lost, mystery, tragedy, health epidemics, scandal and sacrifice. 'Grave Tales' reveals more than the headstone can ever convey by tracing the tumultuous journeys that lead to these final resting places. Thoroughly researched by journalists Helen Goltz and Chris Adams, these stories re-create the lives of those whose graves are featured.
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Australia

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Meet the people who were willing or unwilling participants in the events that made headlines. In cemeteries, gravestones hint at our history – tales of unsolved murders, love lost, mystery, tragedy, health epidemics, scandal and sacrifice. 'Grave Tales' reveals more than the headstone can ever convey by tracing the tumultuous journeys that lead to these final resting places. Thoroughly researched by journalists Helen Goltz and Chris Adams, these stories re-create the lives of those whose graves are featured.

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English

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61413271799


Episodes

Lost to the sea - Jack and the wreck of La Bella

9/16/2019
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It was only his second sea journey, and a sailor's life is meant to be an exciting one on the ocean’s waves – adventure, mateship and the mysteries of far off places… but not for Jack.

Duration:00:17:00

The Pyjama Girl

9/3/2019
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Who really lies in a humble grave marked with a white cross in a Melbourne cemetery? Is it the woman they call the ‘Pyjama Girl’, Linda Agostini… or does the evidence suggest it’s not her at all?

Duration:00:18:51

Death by sister or a mister? The Schippan Sisters

8/18/2019
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The newspaper declared ‘startling disclosures’ would be revealed at the trial of Martha, 24, charged with killing her sister, Bertha, 14. Was it a jealous rage, or was a male intruder responsible?

Duration:00:15:46

The ute that went to church

8/5/2019
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A farmer’s wife inspired the design of the Australian ute, and its designer, Lewis Bandt, would take his last breath in it.

Duration:00:12:45

The Brownout Strangler: the soldier who wanted women's voices

6/3/2019
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Overpaid, oversexed and over here – US soldiers during World War II. This is the story of one GI who killed innocent Australian women to possess their voices.

Duration:00:17:32

Serial killer confesses to the hangman

5/11/2019
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Was Robert Francis Burns our first serial killer? Using the solitude of the bush, Burns hid his victims’ bodies, but when found guilty of one murder, he told the hangman about some more!

Duration:00:13:53

Tea and sympathy: poisoner, Martha Needle

3/31/2019
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The inexplicable story of a mother who murdered her husband, her three young girls and her new fiancé’s brother with poison… and how one final cup of tea would seal her fate.

Duration:00:19:02

Death comes to Gracie's store

12/6/2018
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The three ladies, Grace, Rose and Meta, retired for the night on 22 March 1964 in the residence at the back of their little shop. After midnight, the residents of Coorparoo, Brisbane, were woken by the sounds of emergency vehicles heading to the Wood’s premises. But the fire brigade found much more than they bargained for – this was not a house fire, it was the scene of a murder … and the fire was lit to hide evidence.

Duration:00:12:57

Almost not famous: Charles Brownlow

11/23/2018
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His namesake is famous in AFL circles… yet Charles Brownlow played much of his footy for Geelong under an assumed name. This is the curious story of why the name ‘Brownlow’ almost wasn’t famous at all.

Duration:00:12:57

The Black Death comes to town

11/8/2018
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Nothing strikes fear into the heart like the words 'black death' – a plague that can wipe out a whole town and can be passed on by a sneeze! When five children from one family died from Pneumonic Plague in 1905, the city of Maryborough feared the worst, but two nurses helped save the city!

Duration:00:11:19

The Mystery of Mollie

10/28/2018
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Mollie Thompson went missing early one morning – no-one knew where she was until her body was found 10 days later in an impossible to get to water tower that had been searched three times.

Duration:00:14:49

Missing person Juanita Nielsen

10/11/2018
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Thirty-eight-year-old journalist Juanita Nielsen remains on the Australian Missing Persons Register. What happened to the feisty Sydney journalist who stood up for the residents of her area when developers wanted their inner-city homes?

Duration:00:15:15

Grace and Harry's death on the Pearl Ferry

10/5/2018
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Heading home from work in 1896, Grace, 27, was seen walking slowly towards the river... she missed the first ferry and decided to wait for the next one. Harry, 21, ran his father's business in the city... he and his aunty boarded the very same ferry. Grace and Harry were both on a ferry named the Pearl.

Duration:00:12:21

Is the role model for Miss Havisham buried in a Sydney Cemetery?

9/28/2018
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Could deserted bride, Eliza Donnithorne, be the role model for Charles Dickens' Miss Havisham from Great Expectations? Five years before Miss Havisham was created, Eliza, a Sydney woman, became a recluse after she was left at the alter; the wedding feast was left to rot and the clocks were stopped.

Duration:00:13:45

Is Jack the Ripper buried in a Brisbane cemetery?

9/21/2018
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Could a serial killer who so cold-bloodily murdered five women now rest on a leafy hillside in a Brisbane cemetery? That may well be the case. Was Walter Porriott Jack the Ripper or just Australia’s greatest fraudster?

Duration:00:29:38

A shipwreck love story - Eva and Tom

9/12/2018
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A love that was meant to be? It was a maritime tragedy when the Loch Ard was shipwrecked near Port Campbell in 1878 with 54 passengers onboard. Only one young man and one young woman survived. Everyone hoped they would get together…

Duration:00:13:33

The Shark Arm Murder

8/25/2018
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Who was the owner of the human arm that a shark spat up in front of a crowd at a Coogee Aquarium? The twisted tale of the Sydney’s strangest murder hunt.

Duration:00:16:49