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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: The Stabbing of Angus Beaumont
4d ago
Shortcut: The Stabbing of Angus Beaumont
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. Our guest today is Michelle Liddle. In February this year, she watched for the second time as two teenagers fought for their freedom after taking the life of her fifteen year old son, Angus Beaumont, in a Brisbane park in 2020. They were aged just 13 and 14 at the time of the lethal stabbing. One was on bail for armed robbery and the other was on probation.They both had significant histories of violent assaults. But even though Angus's final moments were captured on CCTV, the boys successfully appealed their initial convictions for his stabbing death and won a retrial. That judge only trial began in December 2023 and ended with one of the boys being found guilty of murder and the other guilty of manslaughter. They were sentenced to nine years and six years respectively.However, each of them is expected to serve around half of those sentences. You can support Angus' family by joining the "Justice for Angus Beaumont" page on Facebook.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: Michelle LiddleExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardThis episode contains extra content from 7News AustraliaGET 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 CollegeSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime. 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.
The Stabbing of Angus Beaumont
4d ago
The Stabbing of Angus Beaumont
Our guest today is Michelle Liddle. In February this year, she watched for the second time as two teenagers fought for their freedom after taking the life of her fifteen year old son, Angus Beaumont, in a Brisbane park in 2020. They were aged just 13 and 14 at the time of the lethal stabbing. One was on bail for armed robbery and the other was on probation.They both had significant histories of violent assaults. But even though Angus's final moments were captured on CCTV, the boys successfully appealed their initial convictions for his stabbing death and won a retrial. That judge only trial began in December 2023 and ended with one of the boys being found guilty of murder and the other guilty of manslaughter. They were sentenced to nine years and six years respectively.However, each of them is expected to serve around half of those sentences. You can support Angus' family by joining the "Justice for Angus Beaumont" page on Facebook.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: Michelle LiddleExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardThis episode contains extra content from 7News AustraliaGET 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 CollegeSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime. 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 Chase for Skase
Apr 10 2024
Shortcut: The Chase for Skase
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. Today's episode is the story of one of Australia's infamous, flamboyant 1980s high fliers, the one and only Christopher Skase.Christopher Skase was an Australian businessman who gained notoriety in the 1980s and 1990s. Skase's empire collapsed in the early 1990s due to massive debts and allegations of corporate misconduct. He fled Australia for Spain in 1991 to avoid legal proceedings, leading to a highly publicised extradition battle. Skase remained in Mallorca, Spain, until his death in 2001, evading attempts by Australian authorities to bring him back to face charges. Our guests for this episode are Bryce Leske and Alec Renehan from the "Equity Mates" podcast. Click here to find their show on Apple Podcasts, or you can search for them on any other major podcast streaming platform.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: Bryce Leske and Alec RenehanExecutive 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 CollegeSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime. 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.
The Chase for Skase
Apr 10 2024
The Chase for Skase
Today's episode is the story of one of Australia's infamous, flamboyant 1980s high fliers, the one and only Christopher Skase.Christopher Skase was an Australian businessman who gained notoriety in the 1980s and 1990s. Skase's empire collapsed in the early 1990s due to massive debts and allegations of corporate misconduct. He fled Australia for Spain in 1991 to avoid legal proceedings, leading to a highly publicised extradition battle. Skase remained in Mallorca, Spain, until his death in 2001, evading attempts by Australian authorities to bring him back to face charges. Our guests for this episode are Bryce Leske and Alec Renehan from the "Equity Mates" podcast. Click here to find their show on Apple Podcasts, or you can search for them on any other major podcast streaming platform.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: Bryce Leske and Alec RenehanExecutive 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 CollegeSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime. 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 Deadly Homophobia of Colonial Australia
Apr 3 2024
Shortcut: The Deadly Homophobia of Colonial Australia
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. This is a truly heartbreaking case from Melbourne's gold rush heyday.Although Australia is considered a youthful and progressive nation, we didn't start decriminalising homosexual acts until 1975.On this episode, we travel back to the 1870s, when Melbourne was blossoming. Shaking off her convict roots and making her mark on the world stage as a prosperous European-inspired capital.She could still be pretty inhospitable though, for anyone who didn't fit the mould...Michael Adams' 4-part series on Edward Feeney and Charles Marks, and all of his other episodes of "Forgotten Australia", can be found wherever you get your podcasts. 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: Michael AdamsExecutive 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 CollegeSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime. 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: One of Australia's worst serial rapists was also a WA Police Officer
Mar 31 2024
Shortcut: One of Australia's worst serial rapists was also a WA Police Officer
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. Our guest today is Nicole Edwards. She served in the Western Australian Police Force for 17 years until she retired on mental health grounds in 2023. Nicole was a victim of serial rapist Adrian Trevor Moore, who was found guilty in 2022 of assaulting 13 women. He was also a WA Police Officer. Nicole's position within WA police didn't mean her case was expedited or even that it was treated within the normal parameters of a sexual assault case. You see, because of Adrian Moore's position within WA Police, they decided to keep the investigation within their internal affairs department rather than send it to the well trained and experienced officers in the Sex Crimes squad.As a result, the case and the victims were grossly mishandled. Nicole Edwards joins us today to tell her story.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: Nicole EdwardsExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardThis episode contains extra content from ABC News.GET 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 CollegeSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime. 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.
One of Australia's worst serial rapists was also a WA Police Officer
Mar 31 2024
One of Australia's worst serial rapists was also a WA Police Officer
Our guest today is Nicole Edwards. She served in the Western Australian Police Force for 17 years until she retired on mental health grounds in 2023. Nicole was a victim of serial rapist Adrian Trevor Moore, who was found guilty in 2022 of assaulting 13 women. He was also a WA Police Officer. Nicole's position within WA police didn't mean her case was expedited or even that it was treated within the normal parameters of a sexual assault case. You see, because of Adrian Moore's position within WA Police, they decided to keep the investigation within their internal affairs department rather than send it to the well trained and experienced officers in the Sex Crimes squad.As a result, the case and the victims were grossly mishandled. Nicole Edwards joins us today to tell her story.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: Nicole EdwardsExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardThis episode contains extra content from ABC News.GET 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 CollegeSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime. 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: Update on well connected child predator
Mar 24 2024
Shortcut: Update on well connected child predator
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 episode #342 of Australian True Crime, we met a man named Glen Fisher, who told us about the abuse he suffered in a so-called youth refuge in 1980s Kings Cross.The place in question was called the "Homeless Children's Association Refuge", and it was run by one Simon Davies.In 2022, Simon Davies was convicted of historical child sex offences against two boys in 1980s. One of those boys was Glen Fisher.After that episode was published, we were contacted by a woman named Marie, who said she had more information about that story which she would like to share. Marie's life has been an odyssey, to say the least. As you'll hear though, she comes from a very different background to the boys who ended up at the Homeless Children's Association Refuge.We contacted the Australian Privacy Foundation (founded by Simon Davies) for comment, and you can see our correspondence with them on our Facebook page.Click here to purchase Glen Fisher's book "Predators Paradise".You can also find him on social media here.For Support: The Blue Knot FoundationLifeline  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: MarieExecutive 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 CollegeSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime. 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.
Update on well connected child predator
Mar 24 2024
Update on well connected child predator
In episode #342 of Australian True Crime, we met a man named Glen Fisher, who told us about the abuse he suffered in a so-called youth refuge in 1980s Kings Cross.The place in question was called the "Homeless Children's Association Refuge", and it was run by one Simon Davies.In 2022, Simon Davies was convicted of historical child sex offences against two boys in 1980s. One of those boys was Glen Fisher.After that episode was published, we were contacted by a woman named Marie, who said she had more information about that story which she would like to share. Marie's life has been an odyssey, to say the least. As you'll hear though, she comes from a very different background to the boys who ended up at the Homeless Children's Association Refuge.We contacted the Australian Privacy Foundation (founded by Simon Davies) for comment, and you can see our correspondence with them on our Facebook page.Click here to purchase Glen Fisher's book "Predators Paradise".You can also find him on social media here.For Support: The Blue Knot FoundationLifeline  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: MarieExecutive 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 CollegeSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime. 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 Murder of Allison Baden-Clay with David Murray - Re-issue #18
Mar 17 2024
Shortcut: The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay with David Murray - Re-issue #18
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. We're 11 weeks into 2024 and 18 Australian women have been murdered so far this year. Today we are releasing a re-issue of episode #18, a case I know many of us have been remembering as the search for Samantha Murphy goes on. It was 12 years ago that we first heard the name Allison Baden-Clay.Like Samantha Murphy, we were told that Allison, a successful, vibrant pillar of the community, had disappeared into thin air after going for a walk. Her husband and family had also made tearful plays in front of the media as photos of her attractive, smiling face were circulated. Journalist David Murray covered the case and wrote the excellent book, The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay, and he joined us to talk about it.This is an episode from behind our paywall. To access all of those episodes, plus early access to ad free new episodes, you can subscribe to ATC Plus on Apple Podcasts.You can click here to purchase "The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay".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: David MurrayExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at team@smartfella.com.auBuild your pro podcast with The Audio CollegeSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime. 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.
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay with David Murray - Re-issue #18
Mar 17 2024
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay with David Murray - Re-issue #18
We're 11 weeks into 2024 and 18 Australian women have been murdered so far this year. Today we are releasing a re-issue of episode #18, a case I know many of us have been remembering as the search for Samantha Murphy goes on. It was 12 years ago that we first heard the name Allison Baden-Clay.Like Samantha Murphy, we were told that Allison, a successful, vibrant pillar of the community, had disappeared into thin air after going for a walk. Her husband and family had also made tearful plays in front of the media as photos of her attractive, smiling face were circulated. Journalist David Murray covered the case and wrote the excellent book, The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay, and he joined us to talk about it.This is an episode from behind our paywall. To access all of those episodes, plus early access to ad free new episodes, you can subscribe to ATC Plus on Apple Podcasts.You can click here to purchase "The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay".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: David MurrayExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at team@smartfella.com.auBuild your pro podcast with The Audio CollegeSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime. 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: Going to the same school as your abusers
Mar 6 2024
Shortcut: Going to the same school as your abusers
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. It's estimated that around one third of sexual assaults committed against Australian children are carried out by other children, according to the Australian Center for Child Protection. Australian children are increasingly displaying harmful sexual behaviours and there's a tendency within our society to minimise it and characterise it as normal sexual development. Our guest on Australian True Crime today, Emma, was the victim of other children's harmful sexual behaviours when she was 13 years old.We know that adult sexual predators tend to seek out vulnerable children to take advantage of. Disturbingly, that approach seems to be instinctive. As you'll hear in this episode, Emma was definitely vulnerable when her attackers singled her out from the crowd.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: EmmaExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at team@smartfella.com.auBuild your pro podcast with The Audio CollegeSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime. 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.
Going to the same school as your abusers
Mar 6 2024
Going to the same school as your abusers
It's estimated that around one third of sexual assaults committed against Australian children are carried out by other children, according to the Australian Center for Child Protection.Australian children are increasingly displaying harmful sexual behaviours and there's a tendency within our society to minimise it and characterise it as normal sexual development.Our guest on Australian True Crime today, Emma, was the victim of other children's harmful sexual behaviours when she was 13 years old.We know that adult sexual predators tend to seek out vulnerable children to take advantage of.Disturbingly, that approach seems to be instinctive. As you'll hear in this episode, Emma was definitely vulnerable when her attackers singled her out from the crowd.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: EmmaExecutive Producer/Editor: Matthew TankardGET IN TOUCH:https://www.australiantruecrimethepodcast.com/Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook Email the show at team@smartfella.com.auBuild your pro podcast with The Audio CollegeSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime. 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.