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Australian True Crime

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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, and with the help of expert interviews with writers, victims, investigators and perpetrators, she probes the underbelly of our towns and suburbs, and uncovers the darkness at the heart of Australian life.


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Australian True Crime explores the most shocking true crime stories down under. The podcast features Australia's strangest and most surprising crime stories. It discusses missing person cases and suspected serial killers. Many of the cases remain unsolved to this day.

Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb host the podcast. Meshel is an author and former stand-up comedian who loves true crime stories and case files. She is the author of the non-fiction book CSI Told You Lies: Giving victims a voice through forensics. Emily is a journalist and crime writer. She is the author of Angels of Death: Doctors and Nurses who Kill and Suburban True Crime. She also hosts the podcast Killer Content, where she interviews crime writers.

Together, the two hosts investigate a variety of crimes across Australia. All areas of the country feature in this podcast, from New South Wales to Victoria. They explore crimes from cities such as Melbourne and Sydney. They also investigate crimes from across Australia's towns and suburbs. Listeners hear the true stories behind Australia's most notorious crimes. They also discover a few lesser-known Australian crime cases.

Each episode of Australian True Crime focuses on one event. The hosts narrate each story and include accounts from those linked to the crime. Both writers interview a range of key people in each case. Their interviewees include police officers, victims, and criminals. Some episodes explore the Australian criminal justice system on a larger scale. For example, the show investigates the barriers victims face in finding justice. They discuss the role of the media in bringing victims' stories to public attention. Meshel and Emily also recount the part the Australian police have played in these investigations. They demonstrate how the police have either helped or failed their victims.

Listeners have a choice of two episode lengths. The full version of each episode is around 45 minutes long. A shorter version of the episode, "Shortcut," is about 20 minutes long. This allows listeners to choose a more detailed version of the story or opt for a shorter overview. Australian True Crime releases new episodes once a week.

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Shortcut: How Did Louisa Ioannidis Die?
4d ago
Shortcut: How Did Louisa Ioannidis Die?
This is a "Shortcut" episode. It’s a shortened version of this week’s more detailed full episode, which is also available on our feed.The 2011 death of Louisa Ioannidis was deemed as not suspicious according to the investigating police at the time.That simply didn't make sense to those who knew her. Including her big brother, Tass who contacted the private investigator, Julie Robson, asking for help in seeking an inquest.Julie joins us on Australian True Crime to discuss the results of her Investigative Podcast around Louisa's death, "Troubled Waters".Julia's podcasts "Chasing Charlie" and Troubled Waters" are available wherever you get your podcasts.Sign the petition for the Victorian Coroner to hold an inquest into the death of Louisa IoannidisJoin the Justice for All - Louisa Facebook pageFor Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Julia RobsonExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College Become a subscriber to Australian True Crime Plus here: https://plus.acast.com/s/australiantruecrime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Shortcut: The "Sharpie" Gangs
Jul 17 2024
Shortcut: The "Sharpie" Gangs
This is a "Shortcut" episode. It’s a shortened version of this week’s more detailed full episode, which is also available on our feed.The Sharpies were probably Australia's most fashionable gang in 1960s/70s Australia.Their clothing was custom made from European tailors and their hairstyles were unmistakable.Our guest for today's episode is Author and Social Worker, Julie Mac. Julie herself was a proud Sharpie in the 1970s, and she's here to tell us who the Sharpies really were beyond the violent headlines. You can purchase Julie's latest book "TAILS" here.You can purchase signed copies of Julie's work here.Australian True Crime LIVE is coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this weekend! It'll be full of special guests and Q+A's, and we can't wait to see you in person. You can find tickets by clicking this link.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Julie MacExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College Become a subscriber to Australian True Crime Plus here: https://plus.acast.com/s/australiantruecrime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Shortcut: The Future of Victim Identification
Jul 14 2024
Shortcut: The Future of Victim Identification
This is a "Shortcut" episode. It’s a shortened version of this week’s more detailed full episode, which is also available on our feed.Professor Richard Bassed is the Deputy Director at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and the Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University.I had the opportunity to interview Richard for my book "CSI Told You Lies" about his work in identifying victims in mass casualty events, such as the Black Saturday Bushfires and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.Currently, Richard is deeply invested in researching and utilising AI technology, as it has the potential to make a significant difference in the speed and cost of victim identification.Australian True Crime LIVE is coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this July! It'll be full of special guests and Q+A's, and we can't wait to see you in person. You can find tickets by clicking this link.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Professor Robert BassedExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College Become a subscriber to Australian True Crime Plus here: https://plus.acast.com/s/australiantruecrime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Shortcut: The Former Homicide Detective Changing The Way We Think About PTSD
Jul 7 2024
Shortcut: The Former Homicide Detective Changing The Way We Think About PTSD
This is a "Shortcut" episode. It’s a shortened version of this week’s more detailed full episode, which is also available on our feed.Former VicPol Detective Senior Sergeant, Tim Peck, has just released a book entitled The Invisible Obvious about his miraculous recovery from alcoholism and severely compromised mental health. He's unflinchingly honest about the depths of despair that took him very close to taking his own life in 2014 at the peak of his career, and the circumstances that prevented him from accepting help until it was almost too late.Click here to purchase Tim Peck's book "The Invisible Obvious"Australian True Crime LIVE is coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this July! It'll be full of special guests and Q+A's, and we can't wait to see you in person. You can find tickets by clicking this link.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Tim PeckExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College Become a subscriber to Australian True Crime Plus here: https://plus.acast.com/s/australiantruecrime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Shortcut: From The Teacher's Pet to Bronwyn - Hedley Thomas
Jul 3 2024
Shortcut: From The Teacher's Pet to Bronwyn - Hedley Thomas
This is a "Shortcut" episode. It’s a shortened version of this week’s more detailed full episode, which is also available on our feed.Hedley Thomas is the National Chief Correspondent for The Australian and the investigative journalist behind Australia's most groundbreaking True Crime podcasts. Many of you will be familiar with Hedley's podcasts. Titles such as The Teacher's Pet, Shandee's Story and The Night Driver.Now Hedley's back with a new series called Bronywn, in which he's investigating the 1993 disappearance of Lennox Head woman Bronwyn Whitfield. Hedley Thomas joins us on Australian True Crime to talk about Bronwyn, as well as how he works and how he chooses what cases to investigate.Bronwyn, as well as all other Hedley Thomas podcasts are available wherever you get your podcasts.www.bronwynpodcast.comAustralian True Crime LIVE is coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this July! It'll be full of special guests and Q+A's, and we can't wait to see you in person. You can find tickets by clicking this link.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Hedley ThomasExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College Become a subscriber to Australian True Crime Plus here: https://plus.acast.com/s/australiantruecrime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
From The Teacher's Pet to Bronwyn - Hedley Thomas
Jul 3 2024
From The Teacher's Pet to Bronwyn - Hedley Thomas
Hedley Thomas is the National Chief Correspondent for The Australian and the investigative journalist behind Australia's most groundbreaking True Crime podcasts. Many of you will be familiar with Hedley's podcasts. Titles such as The Teacher's Pet, Shandee's Story and The Night Driver.Now Hedley's back with a new series called Bronywn, in which he's investigating the 1993 disappearance of Lennox Head woman Bronwyn Whitfield. Hedley Thomas joins us on Australian True Crime to talk about Bronwyn, as well as how he works and how he chooses what cases to investigate.Bronwyn, as well as all other Hedley Thomas podcasts are available wherever you get your podcasts.www.bronwynpodcast.comAustralian True Crime LIVE is coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this July! It'll be full of special guests and Q+A's, and we can't wait to see you in person. You can find tickets by clicking this link.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Hedley ThomasExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College Become a subscriber to Australian True Crime Plus here: https://plus.acast.com/s/australiantruecrime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Shortcut: Carly Ryan's Legacy: What's Changed Since Australia's First Catfish Murder
Jun 30 2024
Shortcut: Carly Ryan's Legacy: What's Changed Since Australia's First Catfish Murder
This is a "Shortcut" episode. It’s a shortened version of this week’s more detailed full episode, which is also available on our feed.In 2006, Adelaide teenager Carly Ryan thought she'd met the boy of her dreams on social media by the name of Brandon Kane. Brandon was a character invented by pedophile Garry Francis Newman, who was in his fifties at the time and communicating with literally hundreds of underage girls around the world, posing as a boy their age. Newman enlisted his own teenage son to help him groom the girls and try to persuade them to meet him in person.In February 2007, Newman and his son traveled to Adelaide to meet up with 15 year old Carly. They took her to her favourite beach where they raped and murdered her. Carly's mother, Sonya Ryan has since led efforts for over a decade in Australia to make her home country one of the toughest on online crime and harms and now an international leader in crime prevention.Sonya joins us on Australian True Crime to talk about what has become her life's work, The Carly Ryan Foundation.Click here to visit The Carly Ryan Foundation website.You can also report online abuse at:https://www.esafety.gov.au/https://www.accce.gov.au/Australian True Crime LIVE is coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this July! It'll be full of special guests and Q+A's, and we can't wait to see you in person. You can find tickets by clicking this link.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Sonya RyanExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College Become a subscriber to Australian True Crime Plus here: https://plus.acast.com/s/australiantruecrime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Carly Ryan's Legacy: What's Changed Since Australia's First Catfish Murder
Jun 30 2024
Carly Ryan's Legacy: What's Changed Since Australia's First Catfish Murder
In 2006, Adelaide teenager Carly Ryan thought she'd met the boy of her dreams on social media by the name of Brandon Kane. Brandon was a character invented by pedophile Garry Francis Newman, who was in his fifties at the time and communicating with literally hundreds of underage girls around the world, posing as a boy their age. Newman enlisted his own teenage son to help him groom the girls and try to persuade them to meet him in person.In February 2007, Newman and his son traveled to Adelaide to meet up with 15 year old Carly. They took her to her favourite beach where they raped and murdered her. Carly's mother, Sonya Ryan has since led efforts for over a decade in Australia to make her home country one of the toughest on online crime and harms and now an international leader in crime prevention.Sonya joins us on Australian True Crime to talk about what has become her life's work, The Carly Ryan Foundation.Click here to visit The Carly Ryan Foundation website.You can also report online abuse at:https://www.esafety.gov.au/https://www.accce.gov.au/Australian True Crime LIVE is coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this July! It'll be full of special guests and Q+A's, and we can't wait to see you in person. You can find tickets by clicking this link.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Sonya RyanExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College Become a subscriber to Australian True Crime Plus here: https://plus.acast.com/s/australiantruecrime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Shortcut: Captain Moonlite
Jun 23 2024
Shortcut: Captain Moonlite
This is a "Shortcut" episode. It’s a shortened version of this week’s more detailed full episode, which is also available on our feed. Captain Moonlite was a very different character compared to other famous Australian Bushrangers.Despite the fantastic nickname there's been conspicuously little information available about him. That was until journalist and author, Garry Linnell started looking into the story. The result is a great book that uncovers some surprising aspects of Moonlite story. Aspects some say are the reason he hasn't been eulogised like his contemporaries. Click here to purchase Garry's book "Moonlite: The Tragic Love Story of Captain Moonlite and the Bloody End of the Bushrangers"Australian True Crime LIVE is coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this July! It'll be full of special guests and Q+A's, and we can't wait to see you in person. You can find tickets by clicking this link.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Garry LinnellExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College Become a subscriber to Australian True Crime Plus here: https://plus.acast.com/s/australiantruecrime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
ATC Plus *Preview*: An update from Dassi Erlich
Jun 19 2024
ATC Plus *Preview*: An update from Dassi Erlich
This is a preview of our recent ATC Plus episode with Dassi Erlich. Subscribe now to ATC Plus to listen to the whole hour long conversation.Many of you will know the name Dassi Erlich. Along with her sisters, Elly Sapper and Nicole Meyer, Dassi fought a ten year battle to have her former head mistress, Malka Leifer, extradited from Israel to Australia to face trial for sexually abusing them when they were students at the ultra orthodox Adass Israel School in Melbourne.Malka Leifer was found guilty of sexually assaulting and raping Dassi and Elly, and in August 2023, she was sentenced to 15 years in jail with a non-parole period of 11 and a half years.Now Dassi has released a memoir, called "In Bad Faith".Even though they've told us so much of their story already, this book is a revelation. I feel like I've read a whole new story. A story I never knew. It's so good.Dassi joins us for an update just for subscribers of ATC Plus. Thank you so much for subscribing.Click here to purchase "In Bad Faith".For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732CREDITS:Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram Guest: Dassi ErlichExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College Become a subscriber to Australian True Crime Plus here: https://plus.acast.com/s/australiantruecrime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Re-Issue: “Disgraced” Paul Dale. Victim or Villain? - #145
Jun 16 2024
Re-Issue: “Disgraced” Paul Dale. Victim or Villain? - #145
This is a re-issue of episode #145, “Disgraced” Paul Dale. Victim or Villain?This week, we released an episode with Retired Homicide Detective, Charlie Bezzina, regarding the murders of Terrence and Christine Hodson. We're re-issuing our two part episode in conversation with Paul Dale, so that he can tell his side of the story, and so that we can go further into detail regarding the many key players involved. Don't forget that Australian True Crime LIVE is coming to Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland this July. To get 15 percent off your tickets for our Melbourne show with Charlie Bezzina, make sure to use the codeword "Charlie" at checkout. Show notes:“Disgraced former Drug Squad Detective” Paul Dale has seen his reputation so destroyed that his lawyer says he’s virtually beyond defamation. As his biographer Vikki Petraitis puts it, he’s been accused of everything, and yet, he’s never been convicted of anything. Is he the victim of a huge conspiracy, or the luckiest villain in the ongoing saga of the Melbourne Gang war? You be the judge as he joins us to tell his story over two weeks.Purchase COPS, DRUGS, LAWYER X AND ME by Paul Dale and Vikki Petraitis.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732GET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College Become a subscriber to Australian True Crime Plus here: https://plus.acast.com/s/australiantruecrime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Re-Issue: Paul Dale Pt 2. The Crimes in Question #146
Jun 16 2024
Re-Issue: Paul Dale Pt 2. The Crimes in Question #146
This is a re-issue of episode #146, Paul Dale Pt 2. The Crimes in Question #146This week, we released an episode with Retired Homicide Detective, Charlie Bezzina, regarding the murders of Terrence and Christine Hodson. We're re-issuing our two part episode in conversation with Paul Dale, so that he can tell his side of the story, and so that we can go further into detail regarding the many key players involved. Don't forget that Australian True Crime LIVE is coming to Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland this July. To get 15 percent off your tickets for our Melbourne show with Charlie Bezzina, make sure to use the codeword "Charlie" at checkout. Show notes:“Disgraced former Drug Squad Detective” Paul Dale has seen his reputation so destroyed that his lawyer says he’s virtually beyond defamation. As his biographer Vikki Petraitis puts it, he’s been accused of everything, and yet, he’s never been convicted of anything. Is he the victim of a huge conspiracy, or the luckiest villain in the ongoing saga of the Melbourne Gang war? You be the judge as he joins us to tell his story over two weeks.Purchase COPS, DRUGS, LAWYER X AND ME by Paul Dale and Vikki Petraitis.For Support: Lifeline  on 13 11 1413 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732GET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at AusTrueCrimePodcast@gmail.comBuild your pro podcast with The Audio College Become a subscriber to Australian True Crime Plus here: https://plus.acast.com/s/australiantruecrime. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.