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Who killed Maria James? June, 1980, suburban Melbourne: Mother of two Maria James is stabbed to death in the back of her bookshop. Her killer has never been found.

Who killed Maria James? June, 1980, suburban Melbourne: Mother of two Maria James is stabbed to death in the back of her bookshop. Her killer has never been found.
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Who killed Maria James? June, 1980, suburban Melbourne: Mother of two Maria James is stabbed to death in the back of her bookshop. Her killer has never been found.

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English


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The Trace special event - sold out

8/6/2018
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Update 7 August. Sorry, this event has sold out. You can put your name on a waiting list, for when more tickets are released closer to the event. Also, the panel chat will be posted to the Trace feed, as well as on the Wheeler Centre’s website and podcast. Rachael Brown is taking part in a panel chat at Melbourne's Wheeler Centre with Maria's oldest son Mark James, and retired homicide detective, Ron Iddles. It's their first appearance together to discuss the case and its insistent...

Duration:00:01:28

Trace 06 Limbo

6/12/2018
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New evidence has been found. So can police test it for a trace of the killer? What happened to crucial documents? And a new confession. It is nearly a year since the James brothers applied for a new coronial inquest into their mum's murder, but the case hangs in legal limbo.

Duration:00:29:11

Introducing… UNRAVEL

6/4/2018
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Get a sneak preview of UNRAVEL, a new ABC podcast that follows Australia's best journalists as they investigate unsolved crimes. Our Season 1 story, Blood On The Tracks, investigates the suspicious death of 17-year-old Mark Haines, whose body was found on the railway line outside Tamworth in January 1988. We follow indigenous reporter Allan Clarke’s five year investigation to its explosive conclusion.

Duration:00:04:31

Someone Knows Something – preview

11/15/2017
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This original Canadian true-crime podcast examines unsolved cases of the missing or murdered. Each season focuses on a single cold case in the hope of uncovering new information, while also exploring the affects each case has had on the families and communities involved. In this special preview, we share an excerpt from the show with you.

Duration:00:03:28

Trace | 05 Wait

9/6/2017
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The fall-out from major revelations in the Maria James cold-case continue, as her sons make a desperate plea to the Coroner.

Duration:00:24:21

Trace | Your questions answered

8/1/2017
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For a closer look at the making of Trace and its implications, join Rachael Brown and Annabel Crabb for a Facebook Live at 4pm AEST Thursday 4 August, on the ABC RN Facebook page.

Duration:00:02:25

Trace | 04 DNA

7/12/2017
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There's a major break in the case, as Trace uncovers a police bungle in the murder of Maria James. But it only serves to throw up more questions than answers, as the James brothers continue their desperate search for justice.

Duration:00:32:02

Trace | 03 Sins

7/5/2017
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A second person of interest emerges within the church. Rachael Brown investigates their past and discovers a dark and disturbing history.

Duration:00:27:55

Trace | BONUS: How your leads are helping the investigation

7/4/2017
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Since Trace was first released, the ABC has received over 50 emails from the community with leads and tip offs. In this bonus update, reporter Rachael Brown follows up with two women who got in touch to say they saw men acting suspiciously around Maria's bookshop at the time of her murder. Send us your tips: trace@abc.net.au

Duration:00:07:45

Trace | 02 Confessions

6/27/2017
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Rachael Brown's investigation into the death of Maria James turns to the local Church, and Rachael tracks down a new witness who saw someone covered in blood around the time of Maria's death.

Duration:00:35:40

Trace | 01 Bookshop murder

6/20/2017
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On a winter morning in June 1980, Maria James turned to her son Mark and looked him in the eyes. "If anything happens to me, look after your brother." Later that day she was found stabbed to death at the back of her suburban Melbourne bookshop.

Duration:00:30:22

Trace | 00 Preview

6/16/2017
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June, 1980, suburban Melbourne: Mother of two Maria James is stabbed to death in the back of her bookshop. Her killer has never been found. Was it a scorned lover? A random stranger? Or was Maria's murder tied up in the sins of the Catholic Church?

Duration:00:01:52