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Season 4: Snowball tells how an average family's encounter with a charismatic Californian con woman cost them everything. Unravel True Crime is a podcast where, each season, some of Australia's best journalists investigate unsolved crimes.
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S4 07 | The Morning After

S4 07 | The Morning After

2019-09-0200:23:5220

After the confrontation in the supermarket carpark, Ollie is left feeling confused — has he been charmed just like everyone else in this story? Will Lezlie fail to keep her promises to Ollie or leave him and his family hanging?
S4 06 | Stakeout

S4 06 | Stakeout

2019-09-0200:41:5312

Ollie and Simon have criss-crossed California to find themselves parked in a supermarket car park staking out where Lezlie supposedly works. They may only have one shot to talk to her and finally get some answers. It doesn't go the way Ollie imagined.
S4 05 | Black Widow

S4 05 | Black Widow

2019-09-0200:44:2312

Ollie and his brother Simon follow the trail of broken dreams and failed restaurants to Paso Robles, California. It's apparent Lezlie's exploits didn't stop when she left New Zealand. Ollie discovers his former sister-in-law had manufactured an image of a successful restaurateur in Hawaii, Lake Tahoe and New Zealand. Her exotic CV and exciting stories pull a new family into her web — with disastrous consequences.
S4 04 | Charmed

S4 04 | Charmed

2019-09-0200:41:0214

Following the trail to Lezlie Manukian, Ollie and his other brother Simon end up in California. With a muscle car and loud Hawaiian shirts, the brothers look every bit like '80s TV detectives as they head off on their very first stakeout. But, when the trail runs cold, they decide to chase down a lead at Lezlie's first restaurant in the resort town of Lake Tahoe. Meanwhile, Lezlie's emails become stranger than fiction.
S4 03 | The Coconut Wireless

S4 03 | The Coconut Wireless

2019-09-0200:41:2412

Lezlie Manukian's stories about her time in Hawaii usually ended with murderous local mobsters running her off the island. So, to track down his brother Greg's ex-wife, Ollie Wards needs to understand her past. What really happened according to "the coconut wireless"?
S4 02 | The Great Houdini

S4 02 | The Great Houdini

2019-09-0200:43:3422

Ollie and Greg's dad, David Wards, picks through the clues left behind by Greg's American wife, Lezlie. He realises that the entire family may have been victims of an elaborate con job. David is obsessed with finding answers, launching his own investigations and even becoming a 60-something computer hacker.
When Ollie Wards' brother Greg marries his American dream girl in New Zealand and they go into business together, it seems like a perfect start to a new life. But only a few months later, Greg is heartbroken, the family home is gone — and so is Lezlie.
In 2006, Greg Wards was your average Kiwi backpacker on an overseas adventure in the UK, working hard, playing harder — and falling head-over-heels in love.After a whirlwind international romance, Greg married Lezlie Manukian in New Zealand. Their new life started out by setting up a small business north of Auckland.But a snowball had started to roll the day Greg met Lezlie Manukian. It wasn't long before this ball of chaos gathered pace and crushed Greg and his family.Ten years on, Greg's younger brother Ollie takes up the case begun by his amateur PI Dad and goes on the hunt. Across three continents and over seven episodes — with many twists, turns and WTF moments — Ollie goes on a mission to unravel a quirky and baffling love fraud.Who is Lezlie Manukian — and why did she con his family? Is this the first time this has happened? Can he track her down and finally get some answers?This series of Unravel is released on September 3.
BONUS — Seeing Is Believing

BONUS — Seeing Is Believing

2019-03-1100:39:1113

Host Gina McKeon interviews film-maker Helen Barrow about her coverage of Belinda Peisley’s inquest and the behind-the-scenes moments that we can’t hear in the audio.Helen’s one-hour tv documentary WHO KILLED BELINDA PEISLEY? is available on the streaming platform ABC iView. Download the app or visit the website: https://iview.abc.net.au/show/who-killed-belinda-peisley
S3 05 | The Visitor

S3 05 | The Visitor

2019-03-0400:39:1117

Some of the most explosive moments in Belinda Peisley’s inquest happen between lawyer Phil Strickland and the man we’re calling Luke. Luke admits to using heroin and to staying on Belinda’s floor from time to time, like a lot of their crowd in Katoomba at the time. He’s got a violent past and a long rap sheet, but denies being a standover man or ever demanding money from Belinda. In the coroner’s court, Luke is grilled about an alleged conversation he had in jail with a fellow prisoner who remembers Luke bragging about smashing Belinda’s head with a rock. Luke denies all these accusations.
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Comments (37)

Shaun Pett

Brilliant podcast couldn't stop listening

Nov 14th
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Jerry Johnson

These guys hate Americans . Sorry some lady fucked you over, but all Americans aren’t like her. And actually most people in America hate con artists like that just as much as you guys do.

Nov 12th
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Jeneane Bilman

Really enjoyed the season, thank you

Oct 12th
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Jenny X

Ollie, Greg & family, what a beautiful tight & strong loving bond you all have through everything you've been through & can still have empathy for this woman that turned your lives upside down. Big ups yo you & I thoroughly enjoyed your telling of this story 👍

Oct 2nd
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Holly Benstead

Love Triple J, love Ollie. Excellent podcast!!

Sep 20th
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A Gannon

I am SCREECHING. The American actors. Hyst-uh-RECKtummy. Holy ffffffff I can't handle this. It's so wonderful. They aren't native USians, though; if given a written script to read containing "NZ", no American would say "En Zed." It's "En Zee." Just a note to the producers. We literally don't say Zed.

Sep 17th
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A Gannon

I am HOWLING at their choice of American accented actresses and actors.🤣🤣🤣

Sep 17th
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Gilly Osmond

Wow. This absorbed us driving from just north of New Plymouth up to south of Whangarei, passing Matakana. A very good podcast. I felt for everyone in it. Even Lezlie Manukian at the end because of Ollie and his family's compassion. Excellent. Best wishes to all of your family, Ollie. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

Sep 16th
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Lucy Wardle

just finished the season. a fascinating story. thank you for sharing!

Sep 15th
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Carmen Greenberg

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Sep 12th
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Rhonda Hurcum

Snowball! Absolutely brilliant. There is a very valuable lesson in telling your brothers and family story which you did so brilliantly. Thank you, throughly enjoyed it. I wish you and your entire family all the very best for the future.

Sep 5th
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Nuage Laboratoire

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Sep 4th
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Rhonda Hurcum

I'm really enjoying your podcast very much. ☺

Sep 3rd
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Lauren

Omg the whole season at once. Exciting!

Sep 2nd
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Desiree Zyla

Haha no one noticed in the middle of the episode the narrator used "Jason's" real name....

Jul 3rd
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Alexandra Scott

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Jun 1st
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Kellie Anderson

Best podcast I've come across for ages!! Bring on more stories! 👍👍

May 22nd
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Pocket Glitter

Love Unravel! ❤💙💚💛🧡💜

Apr 13th
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Amy Correctrix

Jeez, it's hard to empathise with these junkies.

Mar 8th
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Edward VON Edward

fuckin smacky dogs..they would have been all over this poor girl..not judging here if this was my daughter my sister my mum these pair of scum dogs would be looking over there shoulders till the day they died...ive lived in this world and ive seen this shit...i hope some bastard gets you dogs..i dont care if it was you or not..

Mar 8th
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