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Lawyer Nicola Gobbo represented some of Australia’s most dangerous criminals, all the while secretly working as a police informer. Why did she do it, and how was it allowed to happen? For the first time, she tells the full story behind why she became an informer, and what happened when her double life was exposed to the world.
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S2 08 | End game

S2 08 | End game

2020-09-2142:324

We reveal the story of Nicola Gobbo's audacious bid to return to Australia.
S2 07 | Reckoning

S2 07 | Reckoning

2020-09-1440:382

Everything unravels, for Nicola Gobbo and Victoria Police. Their secret is out.
Nicola hits rock bottom, but Victoria Police wants her to take on a new role ... as a witness.
S2 05 | Glittering prize

S2 05 | Glittering prize

2020-08-3139:554

Nicola wants to be the best source ever, and she leads police to the biggest target of all: the mafia. Her double life is getting riskier, but she can't stop. This episode charts an addiction and a crash.
S2 04 | Rubicon

S2 04 | Rubicon

2020-08-2437:477

Nicola crosses the point of no return and becomes a police informer. She'll represent clients, while passing on the underworld's secrets to Victoria Police.
A drug house burglary smells of police corruption and a police informer is executed.
S2 02 | One of the crew

S2 02 | One of the crew

2020-08-1037:336

As the gangland war explodes, both police and criminals start questioning Nicola's allegiances. Where do her loyalties lie?
S2 01 | Nicola

S2 01 | Nicola

2020-08-0335:5111

We meet Nicola Gobbo in a secret location, in hiding, now that her double life as a police informer is out, and she begins telling us her full story.
Lawyer Nicola Gobbo represented some of Australia's most dangerous criminals, all the while secretly working as a police informer. Why did she do it?
S1 07 | Hope

S1 07 | Hope

2018-12-0336:5718

More than a year on from their plea for a new coronial inquest, the James brothers get a decision. Will they finally get answers to the burning questions they've carried for 38 years about the murder of their mother? And what about those items Trace has been given that might have DNA on them? Can they identify the killer? We take them to one of the world's best DNA labs, with some of the most sensitive equipment, to find out.
S1 06 | Limbo

S1 06 | Limbo

2018-06-1229:1117

New evidence has been found. So can police test it for a trace of the killer? What happened to crucial documents? And a new confession. It is nearly a year since the James brothers applied for a new coronial inquest into their mum's murder, but the case hangs in legal limbo.
S1 05 | Wait

S1 05 | Wait

2017-09-0624:3525

The fall-out from major revelations in the Maria James cold-case continue, as her sons make a desperate plea to the Coroner.
S1 04 | DNA

S1 04 | DNA

2017-07-1231:4722

There's a major break in the case, as Trace uncovers a police bungle in the murder of Maria James. But it only serves to throw up more questions than answers, as the James brothers continue their desperate search for justice.
S1 03 | Sins

S1 03 | Sins

2017-07-0528:0222

A second person of interest emerges within the church. Rachael Brown investigates their past and discovers a dark and disturbing history.
Since Trace was first released, the ABC has received over 50 emails from the community with leads and tip offs. In this bonus update, reporter Rachael Brown follows up with two women who got in touch to say they saw men acting suspiciously around Maria's bookshop at the time of her murder. Send us your tips: trace@abc.net.au
S1 02 | Confessions

S1 02 | Confessions

2017-06-2735:3011

Rachael Brown's investigation into the death of Maria James turns to the local Church, and Rachael tracks down a new witness who saw someone covered in blood around the time of Maria's death.
S1 01 | Bookshop murder

S1 01 | Bookshop murder

2017-06-2030:4123

On a winter morning in June 1980, Maria James turned to her son Mark and looked him in the eyes. "If anything happens to me, look after your brother." Later that day she was found stabbed to death at the back of her suburban Melbourne bookshop.
S1 | Preview

S1 | Preview

2017-06-1601:5521

June, 1980, suburban Melbourne: Mother of two Maria James is stabbed to death in the back of her bookshop. Her killer has never been found. Was it a scorned lover? A random stranger? Or was Maria's murder tied up in the sins of the Catholic Church?
Comments (27)

Beth Velasquez

Love this podcast, can't wait for the upcoming follow up on Season 1!

Oct 19th
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carla kaur

Freaking amazing podcast!

Oct 7th
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Michelle Szwedyc

the bookshop in Preston?

Oct 6th
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Malinda Smith

Interesting but still a bit vague churnolasim... some actual hard facts would be helpful. Need more than a scoop/interview for me to form opinion

Sep 29th
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George Karapas

Maybe Nicola is the ultimate manipulator able to dance with the legal, criminal and police elements. Then using the media to portrayal her as the victim rather than the architect. Is it arguable that much of drama portrayed here may have been self instigated? Certainly, only the children are the innocent victims of this mess that was always to end as it has.

Sep 22nd
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phoebe ely

Absolutely amazing podcast! Really well presented. Unbelievable story of ultimately the human condition entangled with our failed justice system. Manipulation, corruption, desperation. I'm shocked to my core. Definitely have a listen!!

Sep 22nd
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Kristian Andaway

And what would that add to the episode?

Aug 14th
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lisa bradford

I hear a lot of podcasts that question the police integrity, and would like to point out that, yes the police in Maria James case DID make a mistake, but let's at least be thankful for the INTEGRITY HONESTY AND WILLINGNESS to ADMIT WRONG by Australian police that NOW allow this case to be REEXAMINED AND HOPEFULLY SOLVED. If they had chosen to keep this quiet and not admit the mistake, the case may have never been solved. I commend the police for their integrity, that decision wasn't easy for them to make.

Nov 3rd
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Sharon Foskett

I have only just found and listened to the Trace podcast today. What an amazing investigation and well done to all involved. My heartfelt sympathy goes to Mark and Adam on the loss of their dear Mother Maria. What you have both suffered over the years is unimaginable and I hope you get the answers you justly deserve very soon. As a mother of 3 sons I can say with certainty that your Mum would be so proud of you both. To Maria I hope whoever did this to you is finally named and shamed for you and your boys. I found it incredible on what has been found within the Catholic Church and the atrocities they have inflicted on our children. May they all be damned for eternity. I hope that Father O'Keefe and Father Bongiorno are now both discredited for all they have done and any tributes adorning any monument or anything glorifying their contribution to society is taken down. They deserve no gratification for their so called Christian work. They are monsters for what they did to children and from what I have listened to on this podcast probably the heinous act of the murder of poor Maria or concealing the killers identity. RIP Maria James. Thank you ABC for this fantastic podcast and especially Rachael Brown for her incredicle journalism and not giving up when so many brick walls were put up to stop her. Victoria Police start becoming human and working with the community not behind closed doors like the Catholic Church.

Oct 26th
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Alana Phillips

This was such an outstanding piece of work! I just listened to the last episode and as I type this I am crying after hearing "I'd like to thank my good friend Rach." I would say that is the BEST reward of all for all her hard work. I'm from the US and I was SO frustrated with the laws and mistakes of the police. My heart truly goes out to her sons and to the other abuse victims.

Jul 9th
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Marcus Zervos

AHH!! I feel so frustrated listening to the DNA rollercoaster, I can only imagine how you feel actually investigating!

Feb 8th
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dsparry08

really annoying when show host refuses to give any details about the ritual abuse inflicted by the preists...if you are to squeamish to talk about it maybe your in the wrong genre....maybe you should try something safer like....gardening.

Jan 17th
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Max Hibbert

Great podcast. On the same level as Serial in my opinion.

Dec 4th
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Pocket Glitter

I couldn't disagree more, I absolutely loved someone knows something. Maybe the title is wrong for the cases they are in search of but it's a really good podcast.

Sep 6th
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Kymmjellybean

FYI- "Someone Knows something" is a waste of your time. I listened to the first two seasons and guess what? NO ONE KNOWS ANYTHING... I kept hanging in thinking it would get better, but it didn't.

May 5th
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Ash Flakelar

ditto with @vampcrazy

Apr 8th
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Jane Jacomo Wilson

great podcast.

Jan 18th
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vampcrazy

this is a great podcast based on an interesting case

Nov 14th
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Adam Jiang

podcast nice

Aug 15th
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