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.

The life of Andrew Preston is not the kind that makes it to the headlines or lives in our memories for very long. Andrew was a young suburban guy who drifted around the fringes of Australia’s biggest cities, living in various kinds of temporary accommodation, with various kinds of temporary girlfriends, working in various kinds of temporary jobs and taking pretty heavy drugs. He’s not the kind of guy anyone even really notices is missing, except his mum.

Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.

Show notes for Episode 88:

Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb

With thanks to Narelle Fraser

If you liked this episode, you might like Episode 72 - The Cold Case Disappearance of Katie O’Shea

Our first Patreon Ask Me Anything episode is coming up. Got a question for Emily and Meshel? All you have to do is email us at hello@australiantruecrimepodcast.com with ‘AMA' in the Subject, include your question, first name and suburb. We'll answer as many of your questions as we can in the bonus episode just for Patrons.

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Rob Hunter was just 20 years old and nine days into his teaching career when he and his nine students were kidnapped from their remote Australian school. It was unthinkable in 1977 and remains one of the country’s most bizarre cases. Rob joins us to talk us through the harrowing experience.


Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.


Show notes for Episode 87:

Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb

With thanks to Rob Hunter

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Former prison guard Vaughn Ruddick is back with more insider stories of his time at Melbourne’s notorious Pentridge Prison. In the style that our listeners can’t get enough of (you told us so!) Vaughn talks about some of the characters he guarded at Pentridge including the tragic and terrifying self-mutilator Garry David, remembered fondly by Chopper Read.

Show notes for Episode 86:

Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb

With thanks to Vaughn Ruddick

For more about Garry David, visit the show notes on our website

Missed our first episode with Vaughn? Listen to Episode #75 Pentridge Confidential with Former Guard Vaughn Ruddick

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Seasoned journalist Sherele Moody regularly gets rape and violence threats online. Why? Because Sherele is the founder of the Red Heart Campaign and collator of the Australian Femicide Map that is a memorial to women and children who have lost their lives to violence and neglect, regardless of the gender of the perpetrator. However, overwhelmingly the perpetrators are male. Sherele also has a very personal reason for this passion project and her drive to shine a light on the murder of women and children in Australia—her stepfather was a child killer.

Show notes for Episode 86:

Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb

With thanks to Sherele Moody

More about the Australian Femicide Map and the Red Heart Campaign

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The 1984 murder of single mother Margaret Tapp and her young daughter Seana remains unsolved, but could a tip off from one of our listeners finally change that? According to veteran crime writer Andrew Rule who’s been following the case for decades, it just might be possible.

Show notes for Episode 85:

Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb

With thanks to Andrew Rule

More about Life and Crimes with Andrew Rule

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