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Australian True Crime

Author: Meshel Laurie

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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.
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From bank robbing football players to drug-dealing football players and stand-over men, (who used to be football players). Ok, they're not all football players. In their new book "Gangland, this Unsporting Life" Susanna Lobez and James Morton have applied their meticulous reporting skills to the intersection of Australian sport and Australian crime. It's very fertile ground.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode #134:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Susanna LobezLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonPurchase Gangland: This Unsporting Life in our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!
When Julie was a teenager in 1970s Australia, she and her friends decided to try their hands at drug smuggling. It didn't turn out well, despite the assistance of the Victorian Narcotics Squad.Show notes for Episode 133:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to JulieLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!
Australian Jock Palfreeman has been in a Bulgarian prison since 28 December 2007 when he was taken into custody for the stabbing murder of Andrei Monov. He says Monov and his friends were attacking two young Roma men, known colloquially as "gypsies", and he was defending them. The victim's father says he's a monster. Australian Story producer and author of the Palfreeman family's story, Every Parent's Nightmare, Belinda Hawkins joins us to tell us about the Jock Palfreeman she knows.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 132:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Belinda HawkinsThe Australian Story episode Crime and Punishment Like us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonPurchase Every Parent's Nightmare in our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!
The "Milat family insider" quoted extensively in Australian media this week is actually our friend Amanda Howard, from the "Monsters Who Murder" podcast. She gives us an update and an insight into her work, as well as a prediction as to whether we can expect a death bed confession.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Amanda HowardLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!
Amanda Howard, the Serial Killer Whisperer joins us again to talk about the holes she believes are in the case against Ivan Milat. Amanda corresponds with Milat in jail.Show notes:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Amanda Howard.Like us on the Facebook ​Follow us on Instagramor TwitterSupport us on PatreonThank you for listening!
Michael McGurk was murdered with a single gunshot to the head outside his family home in Cremorne in 2009. He described himself as a businessman but others, including politicians and royalty said he was an extortionist, a fraudster and an arsonist. He confided in our guest, legendary journalist Kate McClymont about who he thought might kill him just 10 days before his death.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 129:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Kate McClymontLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonPurchase Dead Man Walking in our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!
11-year-old Joanne Ratcliffe was the kind of well-mannered, responsible girl often entrusted to care for younger children. She was no match though for a grown man who seized the opportunity to snatch her and her 4-year-old friend from Adelaide Oval in 1973.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 128:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Suzie RatcliffeLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
22-year-old Jack Nankervis was stabbed 70 times by a teenager he didn't know. His girlfriend Stacey is still trying to put her life back together five years later and understand why it really happened and why no one else seems interested in finding out.Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.Show notes for Episode 127:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Stacey Patton.Like us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!
Dianne Brimble died an unnecessary death in the company of strange, cruel men on a cruise she'd saved years for. She's had no justice, but her ex-husband still fights for her dignity. Read the Inquest into the death of Dianne Brimble - Findings Only.Warning: please be advised this episode contains accounts of sexual assault. Listener discretion is advised.Show notes for Episode 126:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Mark BrimbleLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonPurchase Abandoned: The Sad Death of Dianne Brimble in our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!
Narelle is back with a case that's very close to her heart because it's connected to her time working with her favourite boss Lorraine Blackwell at Broadmeadows CPS. Lorraine pioneered a victim-focussed approach to the investigation of sexual assault and her influence can still be seen in the Victorian Police force today.Warning: please be advised this episode contains accounts of sexual assault. Listener discretion is advised.Show notes for Episode 125:Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily WebbWith thanks to Narelle FraserLike us on Facebook ​Follow us on Instagram or TwitterSupport us on PatreonVisit our BookshopListen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google PodcastsListen on SpotifyIf you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Thank you for listening!
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Comments (269)

Ben Raymen

Nope. Shoot them all.

Nov 13th
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Candy cane

@4.30

Nov 13th
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Judelbugs Rutter

im curious as to if a boy was assaulted would it be hushed up too?

Nov 13th
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Jessica Cole

Fantastic story.

Nov 9th
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Cenzina Taccone Barylka

Agree with Meshel this story begs to be turned into a movie

Nov 9th
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Tahir Amjad

A nice person keeps a knife in pocket

Nov 8th
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Chris Cummins

doing gods work kristinnuendo 👌👌

Nov 6th
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Kristinnuendo

4:06

Nov 6th
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Dan Hansen

So much conspiracy, yet not enough tin foil hats. 🙄

Nov 6th
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Maureen Mitchell

We were very interested in this story, but once it switched to Stacey talking, we could hardly understand any of what she was saying and completely lost focus.

Nov 2nd
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Kristinnuendo

2:02

Nov 1st
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Kristinnuendo

4:23

Nov 1st
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Kristinnuendo

4:56

Nov 1st
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Kristinnuendo

is it just me, or did the earlier episodes sound much more professional?

Nov 1st
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Brian

got through 5 minutes. These hosts cant stay on track

Nov 1st
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Kristinnuendo

4:30

Oct 31st
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Renato Mazzolo

Waste of time podcasts right here.

Oct 24th
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Candy cane

@3.50

Oct 23rd
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Holly Castles

this is horrifying! and im really surprised as I'd never heard this story before

Oct 23rd
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poisonmylah

Can't really understand her unfortunately - this could be for any reason though. Sad story overall

Oct 20th
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