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The true crime book Loose Units, out now through Penguin Publishing (and in bookstores everywhere), had one thing it couldn't do: it couldn't fit everything. So each week, Paul and John will sit down and delve into cases too surreal, brief or contentious to fit into the book.
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John, ex-cop and ex-firey, walks his author son, Paul, through the basics of firefighting! How do you actually put out a fire? It sounds simple. Fire plus water equals no fire, right? Wrong. Firefighters have a hell of a complex job, and it’s time for us to learn the fundamentals from an expert who has put out countless horrifying blazes. This episode is a masterclass in what fire and firefighting are ACTUALLY like. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
How to Join the Fire Brigade

How to Join the Fire Brigade

2020-02-1800:33:391

Ex-cop John Verhoeven and his son, Paul Verhoeven, embark on a new season of Loose Units! This time: John's ten years as a New South Wales fire fighter. But how do you actually join up? And how bizarre and taxing are the entrance exams? And why, John, why would you sign up in the first place? Loose Units: Hot Stuff Coming Through has arrived! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
In this glorious, disgusting, revealing episode of Loose Units, we do a crossover event with My Dad Wrote a Porno! Host Jamie Morton sits down with Paul, and they talk in-depth about what it's like to tell your Dad's confronting stories. They also play a game called Horny For Justice... and Jamie reads an erotic crime story written by John! It's extremely NSFW, but you'll never hear a true crime podcast crossover like this. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Season Three Update!

Season Three Update!

2020-01-0900:02:29

An update on season three, as well as info on a NEW live Loose Units show! Find out more at facebook.com/looseunits For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
In the final installment of Loose Units: NSFW, John tells Paul some terrifying stories about his time in work cover, a gruesome adn explosive death, and finally, Paul finds out the single moment that drove his Dad to join the New South Wales Fire Brigade. It's a special New Year's Eve episode of Loose Units - don't forget, the boys are doing an extra live show in Brisbane on the 10th! Head to facebook.com/looseunits for more info. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Merry Crimesmas!

Merry Crimesmas!

2019-12-2400:50:201

BEST! CHRISTMAS PRESENT! EVER! Because you're our favourites, Paul and John sat down in the studio for this HUGE Crimesmas episode! Christine calls in and the Verhoevens talk about doing Christmas as a cop, and Tegan Higginbotham rocks up to talk about her bizarre run-ins with the law. It's a proper Christmas episode, Loose Units everywhere, so enjoy and have a fantastic holiday! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Loose Units: NSFW - Part Two

Loose Units: NSFW - Part Two

2019-12-1600:31:211

This week on Loose Units: NSFW, Dad nearly finds out the secret ingredient in Coca-Cola during a gruesome investigation, Paul finds out a new layer of weirdness to dad's police origin story, and we leap into the tough, complex world of unions in the 1980's.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Loose Units: NSFW - Part One

Loose Units: NSFW - Part One

2019-12-1000:33:242

Why did John leave the police force and spend several years investigating disturbing industrial accidents? How did he apply his police skills to this surprisingly fraught job? This week we kick off a special three-parter, Loose Units: NSFW! Paul finds out about an untold era of John's career after the force, and hears about a horrifying accident involving molten rubber and a tragic explosion. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
On the Road

On the Road

2019-12-0200:47:301

Ever wondered what it would be like to road trip with the Loose Units crew, heading from live show to live show on their sold out tour? Well, join us for this rare fly-on-the-wall (well, fly-in-the-car) episode, with Paul, John and Tegan trekking from Melbourne, to Bendigo, the Mount Gambier, to Horsham, and finally to Adelaide. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
In part two of Loose Units: Mum’s the Word, my ex-cop mum Christine talks about being a trailblazer, a woman in the police force who had male cops refuse to work with her because of her gender. She also talks about being a bloody brilliant driver during a chase, working in internal affairs, and the REAL story of how she and Dad got together whilst on the force. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jumping fences in an A-line skirt, attending an armed holdup, facing down a man armed with a shotgun, and literally talking someone down from a ledge. Find out exactly what it was like being one of the first female officers in the NSW police force… from my ex-cop mum. Part two of Loose Units: Mum's the Word will be out next week! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Body on the Cliff

The Body on the Cliff

2019-11-1100:33:092

A lone body, mummified, fifteen metres down a cliff. Detectives from the city with an agenda. And John... with a length of rope and a job to do. In this episode, ex-cop John tells son Paul about a truly strange case, and the disturbing (and revealing) autopsy that followed. He also explores the forbidden depths of the ancient prison cells beneath Sydney's streets. Head to facebook.com/looseunits to pick up tickets for Loose Units LIVE in Bendigo and Adelaide before they run out! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
By Their Own Hand

By Their Own Hand

2019-11-0400:37:121

A staggering, disturbing look at death by suicide from the perspective of an ex-cop. John takes his son, Paul, through a terrifying ocean suicide, a tragic aviation death, a surreal hanging, and the time he himself almost died at sea. WARNING: this episode deals almost entirely with suicide. DO NOT MISS our Bendigo live show on the 27th of November: https://bit.ly/2WGDGi4 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Safe

Safe

2019-10-2800:32:312

John reveals a complex trade secret: how does safe-cracking work? Turns out it's super, super complicated. The boys also discuss a how to use iron filings to take fingerprints, and turning a stack of palm prints into break in a major, major case in Australian crime history. Remember, tickets to our live Adelaide show are on sale NOW! https://bit.ly/31VArUB For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rampant Speculation

Rampant Speculation

2019-10-2100:30:24

On this bizarre episode of Loose Units, John and Paul literally walk through a live crime scene and speculate on what happened. John talks about how to pick locks, being asked by Spooks to help break into secret places, and speculates on whether the guy from The Staircase actually did it.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sunday Roast

Sunday Roast

2019-10-1400:31:061

In this horrifying new episode, John tells Paul about one of his most grisly cases involving a complex, tragic death. He also tells Paul how he once gave a ride to a pair or unlikely passengers, and he and Paul talk about revolutionary fingerprinting techniques! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Confronting Evil

Confronting Evil

2019-10-0700:27:44

WARNING: This episode contains nature of a graphic sexual content. This week on Loose Units, John tells Paul about what happens when you realise you've run into a criminal before, and how to square away the desire to exact some kind of revenge. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Crash

Crash

2019-09-3000:31:372

This week on Loose Units, John tells Paul about some of the worst motoring accidents he encountered - and was almost involved in - during his time in forensics. He also tells Paul a very odd perk that people in Internal Affairs were afforded... and guess whose wife was in Internal Affairs? Also, tickets are almost sold out for the very first Loose Units LIVE in Sydney! Get your tickets at giantdwarf.com.au! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Grand Final

The Grand Final

2019-09-2300:24:43

Did you know that in the eighties, footy players were given positions on the police force? This episode, Paul finds out how his ex-cop Dad found working with celebrity athletes, and they discuss the time one of Australia's most violent crimes inadvertently saved John's life. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Live in Melbourne - Part Two

Live in Melbourne - Part Two

2019-09-1600:32:042

Hear the thrilling conclusion to our first ever live Loose Units, where Paul and John Verhoeven do true crime for a sol-out crowd at Toff in Town! Fun fact: they're doing an even bigger, more epic live show at Giant Dwarf on the 11th of October! Don't miss out: grab your tix now right here: https://giantdwarf.com.au/events/loose-units-live/ For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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Alison Wonderland

bridage or brigade? 🤔

Feb 19th
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Michelle-Marree Parry

yep you were right this collab is strange!! it's nothing that I could have ever predicted. not in a bad way! holy crap!

Feb 11th
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Jessica Cole

Laughed so much!! So wrong, so funny!!

Feb 10th
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Lisa Smythe

you guy are hilarious, luv the podcast

Dec 28th
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Alison Wonderland

Hearing these stories certainly puts into perspective what police have to deal with. and I'm certainly glad that the detectives got payback on that disgusting German rapist. 👍🏻

Dec 27th
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Alison Wonderland

I reckon that the prostitute had an important client and she threatened to tell the media about him. that's generally the reason they get killed or over an unpaid drug debt. 🤔

Dec 26th
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Stephanie de Sousa

Love this so much. I have just had to forward through Sunday Roast because it was just a bit much for me. Keep them coming boys.

Dec 14th
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Libby Harpham

I think Mikayla Banas to play your Mum!!!

Dec 10th
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Amanda Averay-Jones

In Sydney Bank Robbery, in 1984, one of the Police was shot between the eyes and a Dr walking past recommended to put on his stomach in in the Ambulance so he did not drown from his lungs filling up with blood.

Nov 6th
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Alexandra Russell

Ok so I have finally found an episode of Loose Units that made me queasy!

Oct 23rd
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christine vial

Love the podcast Bit over hearing about the book

Oct 10th
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mia norris

awesome! a 13 minute old episode!!! it is going to be a good day

Aug 19th
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David Oliver

OMG that car wash story is one of the best yarns I have ever heard!! I'm sure it was terrifying at the time but it is very funny!!! Onya Paul 👍👍

Aug 12th
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Sue Frew

Worst Murder Yet.. had a good chuckle when John said he leaped the fence then Paul said he was hiding from it all !! Love the Podcast am just about to buy amd download the book.. Thankyou for sharing..

Aug 6th
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Kate Laura

love it when I hear "this story's fucked up!" then I know it's gunna be good!

Aug 6th
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mia norris

beige flares, checked shirt, brown suit type leather jacket, minus platform shoes but with afro......i need photographic evidence please

Jul 30th
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Libby Harpham

Welcome back love you guys xox

Jul 22nd
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mia norris

Fucking YYYYEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!! Thanks boys xoxo much love

Jul 16th
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Kelly Clayton

more and longer episodes please! that's only thing that would make it better. so clearly it's awesome! thanks for sharing

Jun 17th
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Megan Cannon

Awesome 👍👍🤙🏵️💮 cannot wait!

Jun 10th
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