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True Crime Conversations explores the stories and the people behind some of the world’s most notorious crimes. Hosted by Jessie Stephens.
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Anne Hamilton-Byrne is a name that Australians won’t soon forget. What started out as a series of yoga teachings by the woman who believed she was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, would end up becoming one of our country’s most sinister cults. The Family, as it would come to be known, included a number of children with dyed blonde hair, who believed Anne Hamilton-Byrne was their mother. For all but one of them, she was not. Jessie Stephens sits down with journalist and author Jo Thornely to take a look into the mind of Anne Hamilton-Byrne, the founder of ‘The Family’, who kidnapped children and drugged her followers.If this episode brings up any issues for you please reach out to the National Sexual Assault and Family Violence Hotline on 1800 RESPECT, that’s 1800 737 732.GUEST: Jo ThornelyHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise CooperRESEARCH‘Zealot’ by Jo Thornely https://www.hachette.com.au/jo-thornely/zealot-a-book-about-cults  GET IN TOUCH:Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386.Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au   True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts
BONUS: Murder In The Bayou

BONUS: Murder In The Bayou

2019-11-1100:24:021

It was May 20, 2005, when a retiree named Jerry Jackson cast his fishing line from a bridge over the Grand Marais Canal, located on the fringe of Jennings, Louisiana.The temperature was rising when Jackson noticed something below him, floating in the canal. Jackson had discovered the body of a 28-year-old woman named Loretta Lynn Lewis Chaisson. She would be the first of what would come to be known as the Jeff Davis eight. In this bonus episode of True Crime Conversations Jessie talks to the executive producer of Murder In The Bayou; the 5 part docu-drama looking into the unsolved murders of eight women in and around the town of Jennings in Louisiana, USA.Portions of this bonus episode may be a little hard to understand due to audio quality and so we have made the episode transcript available here https://bit.ly/34R3Wsy .You can watch Murder In The Bayou on Stan in Australia and via Showcase in other regions.GUEST: Matthew GalkinHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise CooperRESEARCHMurder In The Bayou TV Docu-drama available on Stan https://www.stan.com.au/watch/murder-in-the-bayou Murder In The Bayou book Ethan Brown https://bit.ly/34MNDwV 'Murder in the Bayou’: A docuseries about eight unsolved murders aims to expose police corruption Deanna Paul for the Washington Post https://wapo.st/34YahCX GET IN TOUCH:Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386.Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au   True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts
On Friday March 9, 2011, a suitcase was found in a canal next to Meadowbank Park, located about 30 minutes from Sydney’s central business district.Inside it, was the body of Tosha Thakkar, a 24-year-old student, who had been living in a boarding house in Croydon for six months. Her boyfriend, Ali Syed had reported her missing two days prior, after she failed to meet him for lunch. When he went to her Elvin St address, her room was in disarray, and he noticed that her nightdress was missing. Author and Associate Editor of the Good Weekend, Greg Callaghan, talks us through the day Tosha Thakkar lost her life at the hands of the man who lived beside her; Daniel Stani-Reginald. His feature ‘My Neighbour My Killer’ was published in 2014 in the Good Weekend as well as The Sydney Morning Herald. If this episode brings up any issues for you please reach out to the National Sexual Assault and Family Violence Hotline on 1800 RESPECT, that’s 1800 737 732.GUEST: Greg CallaghanHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise CooperRESEARCH'My Neighbour My Killer', Greg Callaghan for Fairfax Press https://bit.ly/2Cn6bIc GET IN TOUCH:Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386.Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au   True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts
11-year-old Gerard Ross went missing in October 1997 while on a family holiday in the WA town of Rockingham. Two weeks later a horse trainer was out exercising his horses when he discovered Gerard’s body dumped in a pine plantation 20 kms from town.While police have always had suspects in the case, no one has ever been convicted of the 11-year-old’s abduction and murder.Award winning investigative journalist Kristin Shorten has spent her career covering the case. Ahead of a new documentary series for The West Australian, Kristin speaks to host Jessie Stephens about what we know about the boy in the blue cap, and how confident she is that his killer will be brought to justice.You can watch The Boy In The Blue Cap: The Gerard Ross Story on The West Australian website.If this episode brings up any issues for you please reach out to the National Sexual Assault and Family Violence Hotline on 1800 RESPECT, that’s 1800 737 732GUEST: Kristin ShortenHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise CooperRESEARCHThe Boy In The Blue Cap: The Gerard Ross Story, The West AustralianGET IN TOUCH:Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386.Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au   True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts
Leonard Fraser was the very embodiment of a monster.He was sentenced to life on the 7th of September 2000 for the abduction rape and murder of 9-year-old Keyra Steinhardt in the Queensland town of Rockhampton. Prior to that Fraser had spent almost two decades behind bars for the rape of other women, including his defacto partner who was terminally ill with cancer.Fraser kept trophies from his victims. Police found the ponytails of three different women in Fraser’s flat but were not able to link them to any of the rapists known victims.Journalist and author Paula Doneman covered the case as Fraser’s crimes were brought before the courts. She profiled him extensively in her reporting for The Courier Mail and subsequently compiled a book covering his extensive and heinous crimes, titled Things A Killer Would Know: The True Story Of Leonard Fraser. Is He Australia’s Worst Serial Killer?Jessie speaks with Paula to walk through the case and crimes of Leonard Fraser, his utterly heinous acts of violence upon both “random” victims and those he lured into his orbit.For pictures and maps from today’s episode on Leonard Fraser,, visit the Mamamia website, right here.  https://www.mamamia.com.au/the-rockhampton-rapist/ If this episode brings up any issues for you please reach out to the National Sexual Assault and Family Violence Hotline on 1800 RESPECT, that’s 1800 737 732GUEST: Paula DonemanHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise CooperRESEARCHThings A Killer Would Know: The True Story Of Leonard Fraser. Is He Australia’s Worst Serial Killer? By Paula DonemanThe Predator: Leonard John Fraser, Crime Investigation Australia,  Channel 7 GET IN TOUCH:Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386.Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au   True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts
It was a warm spring day when two young boys were playing at Mandurama reserve in the Sydney suburb of Ambarvale. It was a place where families and friends could have a picnic, or cycle on bike paths.As the boys rode their bikes, something caught their eye. It looked like a suitcase, floating near the edge of a nearby duck pond. What they discovered was the body of two-year-old Dean Shillingsworth.Dr Xanthe Mallett is a forensic anthropologist and criminologist at the University of Newcastle, Australia, who is internationally renowned for her work. She has written about and researched the case of Dean’s mother, Rachel Pfitzner, who pled guilty to the manslaughter of her son. She profiled the story for her book and TV series, Mothers Who Murder. Xanthe speaks to Jessie about the case, how the public bodies responsible for ensuring Dean’s safety were scrutinised during the trial, and how something so utterly tragic could ever have happened.For photos, maps and further detail on the case you can join our closed Facebook group dedicated to the podcast. Just search for True Crime Conversations on Facebook.GUEST: Dr Xanthe MallettHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise CooperRESEARCHMothers Who Murder the book by Xanthe MallettMothers Who Murder, Channel 10, hosted by Xanthe MallettGET IN TOUCH:Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386.Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au   True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts 
The case of the Somerton Man is one of the most baffling cases in modern criminal history.In 1948 the body of a man was found on Somerton Park Beach just south of Adelaide in South Australia. Despite a global effort to identify the remains, we still do not know who the man was, why he was there, and how he died.Fiona Ellis-Jones is a reporter and producer for the ABC. She speaks to Jessie Stephens about the case which is currently explored on her podcast, The Somerton Man Mystery and will be the subject of Monday’s episode of Australian Story. For photos, maps and further detail on the case you can join our closed Facebook group dedicated to the podcast. Just search for True Crime Conversations on Facebook.GUEST: Fiona Ellis-JonesHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise CooperRESEARCHThe Somerton Man - Australian Story ABC air date Monday 14th October 2019The Somerton Man Mystery - ABC Radio National https://ab.co/313IJcC Inside Story "The Somerton Beach Mystery" for ABC August 1978 https://bit.ly/2orZa5i GET IN TOUCH:Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386.Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au   True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts
The Bus Stop Killer

The Bus Stop Killer

2019-10-0300:38:227

Levi Bellfield has been charged and found guilty of the murder of Milly Dowler, Marsha McDonnell, Amelie Delagrange and the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy. Women who were linked by nothing other than the man who chose to kill them. Bellfield’s murders were baffling in their lack of motive, hindering law enforcement from figuring out who was responsible.Geoffrey Wansell is a London based journalist and author who has written and researched extensively the crimes of Levi Bellfield - who the public would come to know as the Bus Stop Killer. When writing the book The Bus Stop Killer Geoffrey undertook a full year of research and spent every day of Levi Bellfield’s trial in court, piecing together the details of the killer’s life and crimes.Speaking with Jessie from his home in London, Geoffrey takes us through the case of one of the UK’s most violent serial killers in modern times. For photos, maps and further detail on the case you can join our closed Facebook group dedicated to the podcast. Just search for True Crime Conversations on Facebook.GUEST: Geoffrey WansellHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise CooperRESEARCHThe Bus Stop Killer: Milly Dowler, Her Murder and the Full Story of the Sadistic Serial Killer Levi Bellfield. https://amzn.to/2oDXKEE GET IN TOUCH:Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386.Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au   True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts
The disappearance of The Beaumont Children is burned into the collective conscious of Australia. It’s one of the longest running cases in the nation’s history and has baffled law enforcement for more than half a century.Stuart Mullins grew up down the road from the Beaumont children in Adelaide. Over the years he has researched and co authored investigative writing into their disappearance. He walks us through the case, and why he believes he knows just who is responsible for the disappearance of Jane, Arnna and Grant on Australia Day in 1966.For photos, maps and further detail on the case you can join our closed Facebook group dedicated to the podcast. Just search for True Crime Conversations on Facebook.GUEST: Stuart MullinsHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise CooperRESEARCHThe Satin Man: Uncovering the mystery of the Beaumont Children, Alan Whiticker and Stuart Mullins https://bit.ly/2leQGNx Mother of missing Beaumont children, Nancy Beaumont, dies aged 92 - ABC News https://ab.co/2lfjDsE The Beaumont Children: What Really Happened, Channel 7  https://bit.ly/2lNMVyE The Beaumont Children Mystery: Crime Investigation Australia, Channel 7 https://bit.ly/2mIlwyu Beaumont children search: Police end today’s dig, having found no human remains, The Adelaide Advertiser https://bit.ly/2lbGUvr GET IN TOUCH:Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386.Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au   True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts 
As the sun set over Uluru on August 17th, 1980, Lindy and Michael Chamberlain put their two month old baby Azaria to bed.  What happened next is burnt into the collective consciousness of not just Australia but the world.This won’t be like most episodes of True Crime Conversations, mostly, because in this case there was no crime.  Instead, it was one of the most significant and devastating miscarriages of justice Australia has ever seen.So impactful was the handling of this case that forensic science in Australia was completely overhauled and as a result we’re now one of the leading countries in the field. Host Jessie Stephens speaks to legal scholar, criminologist and historian Katherine Biber about the case of Lindy Chamberlain and the death of her daughter Azaria. Katherine co-authored the book The Lindy Chamberlain Case: Nation, Law, Memory.CREDITSGUEST: Katherine BiberHOST: Jessie StephensPRODUCER: Elise CooperResearch Staines, D., Arrow, M., & Biber, K. (Eds.) (2009). The Chamberlain case: nation, law, memory. Melbourne, Vic.: Australian Scholarly Publishing.Dingo’s Got My Baby: Trial By Media, Retro Report; The New York TimesConfronting Lindy Chamberlain: A Dingo Stole My Baby; 60 Minutes Australia Nine NetworkThe Azaria Chamberlain Story, This Fabulous Century, Prime NetworkAzaria Chamberlain 4th Inquest Findings Live Broadcast ABC News 24, ABC TV4th Coronial Inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain Alternative Law Journal (2012) 37(3) AltLJ 207GET IN TOUCH:Call the PodPhone on 02 8999 9386.Email the show at truecrime@mamamia.com.au   True Crime Conversations is a podcast by Mamamia. Find more shows here https://www.mamamia.com.au/podcasts
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Comments (11)

Sharon Foskett

To think that a family travelled across the world to have a beloved child snatched like that is unimaginable. Such a sad story that poor little boy having his life taken like that. I hope justice comes soon. I was very interested in watching the documentary but must be a subscriber to watch. This is a pity because someone now living in another state won't get to see this program and they may be reminded of some small piece of evidence if it was available on normal free viewing platforms.

Nov 2nd
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Judelbugs Rutter

I'd never heard of him called the Rockhampton Rapist, thanks for telling us a bit more about Sylvia.

Oct 28th
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Erna

terribly boring! this person is talking non stop in a terrible monotonuos voice. why cant she use her normal voice instead of this terrible nasal croaking. couldnt bear to hear this voice any longer.

Oct 21st
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Rebecca Davies

jumps and skips parts

Oct 1st
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Sharon Foskett

My heart goes out to the Chamberlain Family on the loss of their beautiful baby Azaria, especially her Mum. What a nightmare to have gone through from the moment she was taken to the injustice of the courts. What people forget is this poor mother lost her darling baby and had a another taken from her at birth because of the miscarriage of justice and a little baby never had the opportunity to be loved and nursed by her mother when a child needs her mother the most. i can't imagine what Lindy must have gone through, the courts and government may never say sorry to you and your family Lindy but I'm so sorry for what you have endured. RIP Azaria.

Sep 25th
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Fay D

really!!!!

Sep 20th
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Nut_ Megg

what's with all the repeats in the episodes? regularly comments are repeated within seconds.

Sep 12th
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Zee Ess

Lol. She hated cops cause one of them killed a bird. She was a gangster mole from the start. You've been blindsided by becoming her friend.

Aug 31st
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Lee James

what amazing courage this beautiful girl showed!!!

Jul 30th
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Katie Fairclough

excellent Australian storys..no adds...well told

Jul 12th
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Kylie Rumball

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Jul 11th
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