BLACK HANDS - A family mass murder

Black Hands

This is the story of a mass-murder that divided a nation - a story that began in a rickety old home on a cold June morning in 1994, where five members of a seemingly ordinary New Zealand family were gunned down. There were two suspects. One lay dead from a single bullet to the head. The other was the only survivor: David Bain. Since then the country has asked: who killed the Bain family? David or his father Robin? In this podcast, Martin van Beynen explores the case from start to finish, picking through evidence, the mysteries and motives, and interviewing never-before-spoken-to witnesses. He seeks to finally answer the question: Who was the killer?

If you’ve enjoyed Black Hands, we want to let you know about Gone Fishing, New Zealand’s latest major crime podcast.

Co-produced by Stuff and RNZ, this eight-part series dives into an historic murder mystery set in west Auckland. 

Gail Maney served a life sentence for ordering the murder of Deane Fuller-Sandys, who disappeared in 1989. But Gail insists she's innocent, saying she never even met Deane. In fact, she doesn’t think he was murdered at all. She thinks he’d just – gone fishing.

In Part 1 of Gone Fishing, The Fire, Gail Maney is sitting at home when the police knock on her door, asking questions about a murder they think happened eight years earlier … 

Parts 1-3 were released on June 25 and the remaining episodes are being released daily till June 30. Listen on:
Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | Gone Fishing homepage

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In 2012 Canadian judge Justice Binnie said David Bain was innocent on the balance of probabilities. Why? Hear what Binnie says and what Martin van Beynen makes of his arguments. And why does Binnie compare van Beynen to Inspector Javert, a fictitious fanatical police inspector?


Coming soon from Stuff: A groundbreaking new podcast series on the most controversial murders in New Zealand history - the killing of five members of the Bain family in 1994.

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It's June 20, 1994. Police are called to a rundown home in Dunedin, New Zealand. They're not sure what to expect after a panicked phone call.

But inside were five dead bodies, a chaotic scene and and several clues pointing to the killer.

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By any standard, this family was unusual, even bizarre.

Mother Margaret Bain's complicated spiritual life   and beliefs meant the family was constantly encouraged to put Satan behind them.

She practised self hypnosis, meditation and channelling. Their life in Papua New Guinea helped to concentrate the family's oddness. How did it influence the slaughter?

 

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