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Episode 72 - The Tasmanian Devil

10/20/2019
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The Tasmanian devil was named by early European settlers who heard the creature's unearthly screams, coughs and growls, and went to investigate They found a small canine-looking animal with black fur and white patches, red ears and sharp teeth. Its howls screeches and snarls haunted the nights, driving some man to the brink of insanity. Some say the devil haunts Tasmania. Here on the podcast, we believe the whole island is possessed....

Duration:01:12:54

Episode 71 - The Beaumont Children Part 2

10/13/2019
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Australia in the 1960s was a safe, wholesome place to grow up. Ask any Boomer or Gen Xer what their childhood was like, they'll be happy to tell you how great it was, going down to the beach with your siblings, spending time in the sand, surf and sun. In reality, the world was just as dangerous as it is today, we were just less aware of it. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine the case that changed Australia, and the dark world that opened up to the public because of it...

Duration:01:24:48

Episode 70 - The Beaumont Children Part 1

10/6/2019
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Australia in the 1960s was a safe, wholesome place to grow up. Ask any Boomer or Gen Xer what their childhood was like, they'll be happy to tell you how great it was, going down to the beach with your siblings, spending time in the sand, surf and sun. In reality, the world was just as dangerous as it is today, we were just less aware of it. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine the case that changed Australia, and the dark world that opened up to the public because of it...

Duration:00:59:28

Episode 69 - The Hoddle Street Massacre

9/29/2019
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On a quiet Sunday night in August, 1987, a man sat in a pub, trying desperately to get the bartender to talk to him. Rejected by his ideal career, his girlfriend, his friends and even his mother, this young man turned what was once a boring night on an inner-north Melbourne street into one his victims would never forget. If they survive.

Duration:01:36:51

Episode 68 - Attack of the Midget Subs

9/22/2019
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In 1941, Australia came as close to being invaded as we ever gave with a trio of mini-submarines entering Sydney Harbour and keeping the ships there occupied for almost 5 hours before the assorted navies gave up and fled. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the only time Sydney was ever bombed, and how it could have been Auckland instead... *SPOILER correction (for a 70yo battle...): M-24 hid to the right of the Sydney Opera House, near what's now known as the Shipyards, not behind...

Duration:01:22:14

Episode 67 - The Frederick Escape

9/15/2019
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Escapology was a way of life for some convicts sent to Australia. For some, the thrill of the breakout was its own reward. For others, it was reuniting with their family on the outside. These 10 convicts put most escapes to shame. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine the theft of the Frederick - and the convicts' adventure on the high seas.

Duration:01:09:44

Episode 66 - The Russell Street Bombing Part 2

9/8/2019
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This episode contains a story that hinges on a simple twist of fate: one woman's life ended because she lost a coin toss. There's a lot of terror in the world today, to people stabbing, shooting or running people down in cars. However, this phenomenon of violence stemming from hatred of the 'other' is not unique to modern times. In the 1990s, a series of attacks on innocent and unsuspecting people changed the way that people currently react to terrorist threats. Join Holly and Matthew as...

Duration:00:53:38

Episode 65 - The Russell Street Bombing Part 1

9/1/2019
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This episode contains a story that hinges on a simple twist of fate: one woman's life ended because she lost a coin toss. There's a lot of terror in the world today, to people stabbing, shooting or running people down in cars. However, this phenomenon of violence stemming from hatred of the 'other' is not unique to modern times. In the 1990s, a series of attacks on innocent and unsuspecting people changed the way that people currently react to terrorist threats. Join Holly and Matthew as...

Duration:00:56:24

Episode 64 - The Battle of Central Station

8/25/2019
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At the start of the Great War, Australia was a place of fevered patriotism. Young men signed up by the score to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force against the threat overtaking Europe, bouyed by the lasting ties Australia had to Britain. Those men, from all over Australia, had to be trained somewhere, so they were shifted to the major cities - Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne - for training and preparation for the war ahead. But one camp in Liverpool, Sydney, decided that the order to...

Duration:01:14:34

Episode 63 - The Thylacine

8/18/2019
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The poster child for extinction in Australia, the thylacine was declared extinct in 1982, 50 years after the last known specimen died in a Hobart zoo. But there's a lot more to the Tasmanian Tiger than a set of stripes and a wide bite. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine the downfall of the thylacine, its role in the wider world of Australian conservation, and the continuing assertion that the Tassie Tiger lives on...

Duration:01:17:42

Episode 62 - Old Melbourne Gaol Part 2

8/12/2019
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In the centre of Melbourne, Vic, lies a large bluestone building complex out of time with its surrounds. Some people know the place as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), whole others know it as Old Melbourne Gaol Museum. The site's history is almost as complex as its zoning laws, stretching all the way back to the colony's first 50 years. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the criminals, executions, ghosts and stories that make up the Old Melbourne Gaol complex - and...

Duration:01:09:19

Episode 61 - Old Melbourne Gaol Part 1

8/4/2019
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In the centre of Melbourne, Vic, lies a large bluestone building complex out of time with its surrounds. Some people know the place as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), whole others know it as Old Melbourne Gaol Museum. The site's history is almost as complex as its zoning laws, stretching all the way back to the colony's first 50 years. Join Holly and Matthew as they look into the criminals, executions, ghosts and stories that make up the Old Melbourne Gaol complex - and...

Duration:00:49:15

Episode 60 - The Crystal Highway Murders Part 2

7/28/2019
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Just off the well-beaten track of eastern central Queensland lies the remains of an old highway, one that stretches from the towns of Mackay to Rockhampton. The Old Bruce Highway, as it's officially known, is an easy sightseeing route for families looking to relive the old 1950s and 60s road trips, or for people who prefer not to walk the road less traveled by. But the Crystal Highway guards a secret: since the 1960s, people have been found dead or gone missing along that road. Not only...

Duration:00:56:16

Episode 59 - The Crystal Highway Murders Part 1

7/22/2019
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Just off the well-beaten track of eastern central Queensland lies the remains of an old highway, one that stretches from the towns of Mackay to Rockhampton. The Old Bruce Highway, as it's officially known, is an easy sightseeing route for families looking to relive the old 1950s and 60s road trips, or for people who prefer not to walk the road less traveled by. But the Crystal Highway guards a secret: since the 1960s, people have been found dead or gone missing along that road. Not only...

Duration:01:00:03

Episode 58 - Wailing at Wilga Waterhole

7/14/2019
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In the north of Queensland, there is a body of water haunted by a pack of demons. When they rise, during the early hours of the morning, their cries are loud enough to break eardrums. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine the Wilga Waterhole, and the recorded encounters with the Wailer...

Duration:00:40:54

Episode 57 - Katherine Knight

7/7/2019
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In the early 2000s, while the country was still reeling from the horrific acts of the Bodies in the Barrels (episode 9), another crime hit the headlines that scarred the psyches of everyone who read about it. A man's body was found skinned, decapitated and butchered. Who did it, and why?

Duration:01:14:35

Episode 56 - The Gosford Glyphs

6/30/2019
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Buried deep in the bush just north of Sydney lay two long lines of carvings, out of character with the surrounding environment. For 50 years, their origin has been the subject of wonder, intrigue and mystery. Who created the Gosford Glyphs, and why are they here?

Duration:01:06:04

Episode 55 - The Stolen Generations Part 2 (1890s-1970s)

6/24/2019
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During the 1880s-1970s, aboriginal children all over Australia were taken from their families, their communities and their culture by officials just doing their jobs. The devastation that these "Stolen Generations" placed upon the Australian Aboriginal community is damage that was only surpassed by the massacres that took place as the Europeans made their way out of Sydney Cove. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine the legislation and the reasoning that made this dark part of Australia's...

Duration:01:32:30

Episode 54 - The Stolen Generations Part 1 (1890s-1970s)

6/16/2019
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During the 1880s-1970s, aboriginal children all over Australia were taken from their families, their communities and their culture by officials just doing their jobs. The devastation that these "Stolen Generations" placed upon the Australian Aboriginal community is damage that was only surpassed by the massacres that took place as the Europeans made their way out of Sydney Cove. Join Holly and Matthew as they examine the legislation and the reasoning that made this dark part of Australia's...

Duration:00:50:15

Episode 53 - History at Hanging Rock

6/9/2019
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Picnic at Hanging Rock has become so much a part of Australian lore that few people realise it was a book before it was a movie. Claiming the book was based on a dream, the author has summarily refused to confirm or deny that the events within were based on true events. So hang on to your headphones, because Holly and Matthew are on the case!

Duration:00:55:01