Eight Minutes - Who Killed David Breckenridge?

A cold case investigation

At 11.52pm on August 10, 2002, unassuming rugby fan David Breckenridge called his best friend from a phone box and told him he was on his way over to watch an international match on TV. Eight minutes later he was dead. The person, or persons, who stabbed and bashed the Sydney man to death the night after his 28th birthday remain at large. Investigative reporter Nicole Hogan's five-part true crime podcast series on the perplexing and brutal, unsolved murder of an ordinary guy.

David Breckenridge stopped off to grab a six pack of beer then called his best mate from a phone box to say he was on his way over to watch the rugby. Sometime in the next eight minutes, he was kicked, beaten and hacked to death with a machete in an attack so ferocious if left boot marks stamped on his ribs. In this episode we uncover the hours leading up to 28-year-old David's brutal murder. 

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David Breckenridge was intelligent, charismatic and had a wide circle of friends who said he never looked for trouble, and in fact was good at avoiding it. So how did someone with no obvious enemies come to be brutally slain in a Sydney laneway? Chapter Two of this podcast special investigation delves into David’s lifestyle — his friends and his lovers — and questions why would anyone want to murder him? 

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Moments before David Breckenridge’s body was due to be cremated police incredibly were still collecting forensics from the body at the funeral parlour. In chapter three of this exclusive podcast series, the Daily Telegraph examines the police investigation and the family’s concerns that crucial errors were made.

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Two days before he was brutally murdered, David Breckenridge spent the night with a former flatmate who had a jealous partner who had threatened violence against others. Part four examines the coroner's inquest that unearthed the affair, the girlfriend who refused to attend and reveals a bombshell dropped at the 11th hour. Tune in tomorrow for Part 5.

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After a six month cold case investigation Nicole Hogan uncovers a crucial piece of evidence the police missed and which may reveal the identity of the killer. Chapter five of this podcast special investigation looks at the loose threads in the investigation and the pain David’s family and friends continue to endure almost 16 years after his murder. Tune in tomorrow for a bonus episode in the investigation.

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