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.

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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If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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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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You know how you can watch Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie fall in love on Mr and Mrs Smith? Well you can hear Meshel and Emily try desperately to become friends with each other during this conversation on Meshel's other podcast The Nitty Gritty Committee from 2016. Emily was a guest, and after the interview Meshel asked if she'd consider doing a True Crime Podcast with her. In just the same way that Brad Pitt ended up with six children, Emily is now the co pilot of Australian True Crime which has had 10 million downloads* although unlike Brad, Emily is still part of a happy partnership. Yes, these descriptions are written by Meshel. Here's the link to the Nitty Gritty Committee in case you're desperate for a podcast to try while everyone is on a break, because you still have to deal with traffic or the train, or maybe you're one of those weirdos who listens to True Crime as you're going to sleep, which I've never understood, but you know, no judgement.

Of course there's a new episode on patreon.com/austtruecrimepod for $5 US a month. That's 2 Australian coffees a month but it's really working it's titts off over Christmas, because I'm uploading a proper full episode a week over there. Christmas spirit.

Show notes:

Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb

Meshel's other podcast is Nitty Gritty Committee

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