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Episode 8: She went to Burger King and never came home...

Patricia Schmidt or Suzie, as she was affectionately known by all who loved her, had just started a new job at Burger King in Darlington, SA. It was December 1971 and, already dreaming of the Christmas presents she would buy the family, the 16-year-old volunteered for the late shift to earn that bit more. She finished work at 1.45am and was waiting for her father to pick her up. Only he, too, was working as a barman at the nearby German and was running 10 minutes late. Suzie decided to...


Episode 7: What have you done with her?

It remains an unsolved mystery, a baffling cold case that will leave you wondering what really happened to this young girl. 23-year-old Leisl Smith left her Wallarah home on Sydney's central coast where she lived with her father around lunchtime on Sunday the 19th of August 2012. She hasn't been seen since.


Episode 6: The unsolved murder of Wayne Crossingham

On Wednesday 10 February 1993 Wayne Crossingham, 34, refereed a game of touch football at Woodward Park in Liverpool, NSW. He walked home that night - but as he made his way up the stairs of his apartment block he was brutally murdered. His killer has never been found. In this episode of New Idea Investigates, we talk to Wayne's mum about that fateful night, and what happened next...


Episode 5: New Idea Investigates - What happened to Nick?

New Idea speaks to the mum of missing Sydney man Nick Veljanovski. In 2014, Nick was 28 years old with a great job, a steady girlfriend, a close family and a promising future. But on June 11 he went for a walk in Sydney's Royal National Park - and inexplicably, has never been seen since. What happened to Nick that fateful day, and what theories surround his disappearance? New Idea investigates... * For more updates, visit


Episode 4 - Who Killed Our Emma (Part 2)

Who brutally murdered 30-year-old Emma Jade Pawelski and left her body in a South Australian forest? With a $200,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest, and several suspects and theories being investigated, Sharon McKell continues her story. *Additional audio © South Australia Police, 2012


Episode 3 - Who Killed Our Emma?

On November 26, 2005, Emma Jade Pawelski was seen walking down a suburban road in Adelaide. It was the last time she was seen alive, with her body discovered 50km away eight days later. Here, her mother Sharon McKell reveals new developments in the case and explains how Emma’s murder changed her family. *Additional audio © South Australia Police, 2012


Episode 2: Little Girls Lost (part 2)

In the wake of the Beaumont children's disappearance, the investigation into the abduction of Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon continues. In this episode, Suzanne Ratcliffe reveals several new developments in the case, and explains how these affected both her family and the detectives involved in the case. *Additional audio © South Australia Police, 2014


Episode 1 - Little Girls Lost

It’s a crime that’s haunted Australia since 1973 – what really happened when 11-year-old Joanne Ratcliffe and 4-year-old Kirste Gordon vanished from a suburban Adelaide football oval? We speak to Joanne Ratcliffe’s sister, Suzanne, for the inside story. *Additional audio © South Australia Police, 2014


Introducing... your new favourite podcast!

From the team behind Australia’s favourite magazine comes today's most riveting podcast – prepare for heart-stopping intrigue as New Idea investigates the true crimes that captivated the nation. In each episode we bust open the cold case files to explore what really happened in some of Australia's most famous crimes, speaking to victims’ families and detectives to uncover the facts that have never been reported – until now.