Australian True Crime

Australian True Crime

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.

Meshel is a long time supporter of Melbourne's African community, but in response to calls for her to sit down with a victim of the so called "African Gangs", she visits with 76 year-old Elaine for a conversation of many surprising twists.

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This is the True Crime half of the interview Meshel recently recorded with Ken. It is almost completely concerned with the Halbach case. For the complete interview featuring info about Ken's sexual harassment case, his prescription drug addiction and assorted other personal revelations, check out the Nitty Gritty Committee version, at https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode?id=302982 but be warned, there is kindness involved! It's a different show.

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In November of 2016, a decade after his death, Michael Atkins finally agreed to tell police where he'd buried the remains of his young lover Matthew Leveson. Matt's tormented parents tell us the twisted tale as to why Atkins will never be convicted in connection with their son's death.

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Vaughn Ruddick arrived home from the Vietnam war in need of a job. When he spotted an ad for prison guards he figured he already knew how to wear a uniform and avoid people who might try to kill him, so he applied. He went on to become a guard in H Division during one of it's most "colourful" chapters, thanks to the inimitable Chopper Read.

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Susanna Lobez and James Morton have written another fantastic book about Australian crime. This time they turn their attention to prison escapes. The book is called "Gangland, The Great Escapes, and it's available now. Susanna joins us to talk about Australia's rich history of prison breaks.

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