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Think nothing ever happens in your town? Australia's suburbs are home to some of the most mysterious and disturbing true crime cases in the world. Meshel Laurie is a true crime obsessive. Emily Webb is a true crime author. And together with expert interviews with writers, victims, investigators and perpetrators, they probe the underbelly of our towns and suburbs, and uncover the darkness at the heart of Australian life. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime.

Think nothing ever happens in your town? Australia's suburbs are home to some of the most mysterious and disturbing true crime cases in the world. Meshel Laurie is a true crime obsessive. Emily Webb is a true crime author. And together with expert interviews with writers, victims, investigators and perpetrators, they probe the underbelly of our towns and suburbs, and uncover the darkness at the heart of Australian life. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime.

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Think nothing ever happens in your town? Australia's suburbs are home to some of the most mysterious and disturbing true crime cases in the world. Meshel Laurie is a true crime obsessive. Emily Webb is a true crime author. And together with expert interviews with writers, victims, investigators and perpetrators, they probe the underbelly of our towns and suburbs, and uncover the darkness at the heart of Australian life. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime.

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Episodes

The Coffin Confessor spills people’s secrets from beyond their graves

7/25/2021
CONTENT WARNING: this episode discusses suicide, sexual abuse and assault. Private investigator and entrepreneur Bill Edgar had a traumatic childhood. Childhood sexual assault, life on the streets and a stint in Brisbane’s notorious Boggo Road Jail with some of Australia’s worst criminals, Bill found many ways to survive. In adulthood, Bill has built a loving home and family life with his wife Lara and their children and grandchildren. He’s a voice for the voiceless and has carved a unique...

Duration:00:38:39

The Abortion Clinic Murder and the High Court drama that followed

7/19/2021
CONTENT WARNING: This episode discusses pregnancy and abortion so listener discretion is advised if this is a subject that you may find distressing. In this interview, we have used the term ‘women’ but we note that trans-men and gender diverse and non-binary people also experience pregnancy and abortion. Show Notes Ep 219 of Australian True Crime with Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb: On 16 July 2001 a disheveled man with murder on his mind arrived at the entrance of the Fertility Control...

Duration:00:39:21

Vale Sandra Pankhurst The Trauma Cleaner

7/11/2021
Show Notes Ep 218 of Australian True Crime with Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb The legendary Sandra Pankhurst, made famous as The Trauma Cleaner in the brilliant book by Sarah Krasnostein, passed away last week. Although she battled health issues for some years, Sandra never lost her sense of humour, her incredible generosity or her capacity for love. She was genuinely one of the most loving human beings I’ve ever met. A lot of the actual cleaning that Sandra and her team of trauma cleaners...

Duration:00:51:32

Online Child Exploitation – Lux’s Destruction

7/4/2021
Show Notes Ep 217 of Australian True Crime with Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb Australian journalist Eileen Ormsby literally wrote the book on the Dark Web. In fact, she’s written 7 books about it, but it was her first book, “Silk Road”, released in 2014, about the so-called eBay of hard drugs, that began the exposure of the darkest corners of the internet to the world. A year after Silk Road’s release, Eileen sat in a courtroom looking at a man who was once the internet’s most wanted and...

Duration:00:35:05

The good old mental health defence.

6/27/2021
Show Notes Ep 216 of Australian True Crime with Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb Some of Australia’s most dangerous offenders aren’t housed in prisons because they were judged mentally unfit to stand trial. Dr Danny Sullivan is the Executive Director of Clinical Services at Thomas Embling hospital. It’s been home to some of Victoria's most dangerous people, including Masa Vuktotic’s killer Sean Price, Henry Hammond who murdered Courtney Herron and Bourke Street rampage driver James...

Duration:00:54:10

The Devil is in the detail. Where is Amber Haigh?

6/20/2021
Show Notes Ep 215 of Australian True Crime with Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb Amber Haigh has been on the missing persons list since 2002. At that time, she was 19 years old, the mother of a newborn, residing in the NSW town of Young, with the parents of her former boyfriend, who were reportedly the last people to see her alive. Shaun McMahon, from the True Blue Crime podcast joins us to tell us the chilling story of Amber’s disappearance. You can pre order Meshel’s book CSI Told You...

Duration:00:30:54

Beenham Valley Update

6/13/2021
Show Notes Ep 214 of Australian True Crime with Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb Many things have changed since Jamie Pultz and I last spoke about Kirra McLoughlin’s death and the podcast it inspired, called Beenham Valley Road. Most notably, we don’t have to use the pseudonym “Jason” when talking about her partner anymore. That’s because Queensland’s Deputy Coroner named him as the person responsible for her death last week in the inquest brought about in no small part by Jamie’s...

Duration:00:35:34

On the Trail of the Serpent

6/8/2021
Show Notes Ep 213 of Australian True Crime with Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb Julie Clarke and her husband Richard Neville wrote the book On the Trail of the Serpent, The Life and Crimes of Charles Sobhraj upon which the Netflix series The Serpent is based. Julie is our guest this week. You can support us with a one-off contribution here. You can become a patron here. You can subscribe to Calm Ya Farm here. You can visit the Calm Ya Farm website here. Like us on Facebook ​ Follow...

Duration:00:30:21

Short Cut Troll Hunter Ginger Gorman

5/30/2021
This is an Australian True Crime short cut. It’s an abridged version of this week’s more detailed full episode, which is also available on our feed. Australian True Crime with Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb Ginger Gorman is an award-winning journalist and the author of Troll Hunter. She’s always had great passion for her work, and she’s been driven by equal parts creativity and curiosity. In 2011, those forces led her to a home in Far North Queensland to record an interview with a family. It...

Duration:00:16:16

Troll Hunter Ginger Gorman

5/30/2021
Show Notes Ep 212 of Australian True Crime with Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb Ginger Gorman is an award-winning journalist and the author of Troll Hunter. She’s always had great passion for her work, and she’s been driven by equal parts creativity and curiosity. In 2011, those forces led her to a home in Far North Queensland to record an interview with a family. It was meant to be a short radio piece about diverse families, but Ginger had no way of knowing that it would change her life and...

Duration:00:56:27

My Father the Murderer

5/23/2021
Show Notes Ep 211 Journalist Nina Young made a podcast documenting her search for the truth about her father. It’s called My Father the Murderer. Nina uncovered much more than she could ever have imagined, and more than her mother Denise had ever wanted to know. Both Nina and Denise join us to talk about their impressions of the man in question, Allen Ladd and his crimes. We’ll also talk about the profound impact on their relationship of not talking enough about him for most of Nina’s life...

Duration:00:42:38

Short Cut My Father The Murderer

5/23/2021
This is an Australian True Crime short cut. It’s an abridged version of this week’s more detailed full episode, which is also available on our feed. Journalist Nina Young made a podcast documenting her search for the truth about her father. It’s called My Father the Murderer. Nina uncovered much more than she could ever have imagined, and more than her mother Denise had ever wanted to know. Both Nina and Denise join us to talk about their impressions of the man in question, Allen Ladd...

Duration:00:13:11

Dr Ahona Guha works with stalkers

5/16/2021
Dr Ahona Guha is a Melbourne-based forensic and clinical psychologist. She works with people who have abnormal behaviours like stalking and arson and try and help them modify these and lead better lives and improve safety for the community. She also treats people who have experienced trauma, including people affected by stalking behaviours - it’s all important work. You can ask Ahona questions on Instagram or Twitter Like us on Facebook ​ Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on...

Duration:00:47:06

With True Crime and Cocktails

5/9/2021
This is a special mother’s day edition if Australian true crime. Both Emily and Meshel have a favourite TV show they share with their 11-year-old daughters called “Superstore”. All four of them share the same favourite character – assistant manager Dina Fox, played by Canadian actress Lauren Ash, and would you believe it? Lauren co-hosts her own True Crime podcast, called True Crime and Cocktails with her best friend who also happens to be her cousin, Christy Oxborrow. In this week’s...

Duration:00:49:07

Dimity Matters

5/2/2021
In this episode we hear from Dimity about the night she was sexually assaulted by a stranger in 2019, the investigation from her perspective, why she chooses to speak about her experience and how she feels about it now. Most importantly though, we learn lots of other things about Dimity. You can support us with a one-off contribution here. You can become a patron here. You can subscribe to Calm Ya Farm here. You can visit the Calm Ya Farm website here. When it comes to reporting a...

Duration:00:44:44

Sex Crimes Investigations 2021

4/26/2021
Detective Leading Senior Constable Brett Sniegowski takes us through the investigation into the 2019 sexual assault of Dimity, who joins us next week. We discuss the criticisms levelled at police by sexual assault victims and their families in the past and how investigators are working to improve their methods. Thank you to Detective Leading Senior Constable Brett Sniegowski and Detective Inspector Juliann Goldrick, and thank to Victoria Police Media. You can support us with a one-off...

Duration:00:42:28

Inside the Real Animal Kingdom

4/18/2021
Show notes for Episode 207: Your hosts are MeshelLaurie and EmilyWebb With thanks to Joe Noonan. “Breaking Ranks: An Amazing true Story of a cop on the line.” Former Detective Joe Noonan’s time in Victoria Police happened to coincide with a very hectic period in history - the 1980s when a bloody battle raged between the armed robbery squad and the fearless armed robbery gangs of the day. You can support us with a one-off contribution here. You can become a patron here. You can...

Duration:00:41:03

Re Issue - Golden Age of Australian Armed Robbery

4/18/2021
Bank robbers like Russell ‘Mad Dog’ Cox and Ray Denning were household names in Australia in the 1980s, when they brazenly escaped prison and taunted police for years. Author Mark Dapin joins us to talk about this period in Australian history. Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content. Show notes for Episode 172: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Mark Dapin Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram or Twitter Support us on...

Duration:00:46:33

Can Hard Cuddles End Family Violence?

4/4/2021
Show notes for Episode 206: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to James Harding and Steve. For one family at least, connecting with James Harding’s Hard Cuddles organisation was the intervention that made the difference. Steve was fresh out of jail when he met James Harding. He was a convicted domestic abuser, helpless against his addiction, on the verge of losing his children and still blaming his partner for his troubles. He’s now sober and helping other men through...

Duration:00:43:04

SOCIT Explainer with Narelle Fraser and her mentor Lorraine Blackwell

3/29/2021
Narelle Fraser and her mentor Lorraine Blackwell discuss the beginning of Victoria Police’s SOCIT, the Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigation Teams , among other things. This was originally a Patreon-only episode but we’ve released it as a special companion episode to this week’s main show. You can support us with a one-off contribution here. You can become a patron here. Show notes for Episode 206: Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb With thanks to Narelle Fraser and...

Duration:00:56:57