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Case 67: The Battle of Alcatraz

Alcatraz Prison was the solution to America’s overwhelming crime problem. It didn’t aim to rehabilitate like other prisons. It aimed to punish…

Case 66: The Black Widow

“Even the judge will tell you that good character, a good name that’s built by good character traits, is to be considered by you because the law allows that a person with good traits and a good name is less likely to engage in criminal conduct…”

Case 65: Allison Baden-Clay

Gerard woke up around 6 am. Allison wasn’t in bed. Their three daughters, then aged ten, eight and five weren’t awake yet. Gerard got out of bed and walked through the house to see if Allison was already up…

Case 64: Peter Weinberger

“Attention. I’m sorry this had to happen but I am in bad need of money and couldn’t get it any other way. Don’t tell anyone or go to the police about this because I am watching you closely…”

Case 63: Catherine Holmes and Georgina Watmore

In the early hours of Wednesday, April 15th, 1987, the simple, peaceful country town of Cowra was faced with a crime so violent and so shocking, it would be forever changed…

Case 62: The Honolulu Strangler

Since the tourism boom of the 1950’s, the Hawaiian islands have been enticing tourists into their relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. From the early days…

Case 61: The Lin Family

Immediately fearing something was wrong, Kathy and Robert went straight over to Min and Lily’s house to find out why they hadn’t opened their newsagency…

Case 59: Amy Lynn Bradley

In the autumn of 1998, 23-year-old Amy Lynn Bradley was told by her parents that they had been gifted a Caribbean cruise. Amy wasn’t excited by the news like they were…

Case 58: Shannon Matthews

It was a school morning, and for once Shannon Matthews had something to look forward to. Her fourth-year class had their first swimming lesson that day, and she had been looking forward to it for ages…

Case 57: Walsh Street

Prahran 311, if you can slip down to Walsh Street in South Yarra. Mr Ellis of 220 Walsh Street states there’s a white Holden Sedan, don’t know what the rego is…

Case 56: Anita Cobby

In the mid-1980’s, drugs, crime and high levels of unemployment were rife in the streets of Blacktown. But it was one particular night that changed everything…

Case 54: Daniel Morcombe

On December 7th, 2003, thirteen-year-old Daniel Morcombe told his brothers he was going to Sunshine Plaza to get a haircut and look for Christmas presents…

Case 51: Tina Watson

In the Coral Sea, off the coast of Northern Queensland, lies the Great Barrier Reef. Seen clearly from space, it is the largest living structure on earth…

Case 50: Jennifer Pan

On November 8th, 2010, just after 9.30pm; 25-year-old Jennifer Pan was in her bedroom. She had her TV on and was chatting on the phone while getting ready for bed…

Case 49: The Moors Murders (Part 3)

Brady and Hindley continued their killing spree, murdering Keith Bennett on the 16th of June 1964, seven months after the murder of John Kilbride…

Case 49: The Moors Murders (Part 2)

It was now the 16th of June 1964. Seven months after the murder of John Kilbride. Brady had told Hindley he was ready to do another one…

Case 49: The Moors Murders (Part 1)

In the 1960’s, the Moors came to the world’s attention in a very different, frightening light. They became the scene for some of the most notorious and sadistic crimes committed in Britain. The infamous Moors Murders…

Case 48: Suzy Lamplugh

On the 28th July 1986, 25-year-old Suzy Lamplugh went to work like every other day. The office at Sturgis and Sons Real Estate was busy, and everyone was rushing about their day…

Case 47: Yara Gambirasio

Brembate di Sopra is a quiet, close-knit rural community, a safe environment for a young family. A place where a 13-year-old girl walking to a nearby…

Case 45: Port Arthur

On April 28th, 1996, Martin John Bryant became known as the worst single mass-murderer in Australian history. 21 years later, the Port Arthur Massacre…

Case 44: Peter Falconio

The desert roads of the Northern Territory are as long as they are desolate. If you stand still, your own heartbeat is the loudest sound you’ll hear…

Case 43: Keith Warren

Silver Spring was the home of 19-year-old Keith Warren. Keith was tall, handsome, bright, sociable and extremely likable. It was the summer of 1986…

Case 42: Sherri Rasmussen

Sherri Rasmussen was born on the 7th of February 1957. Her parents were Nels and Loretta Rasmussen…

Case 41: Mr Cruel

Mr Cruel had an incredible impact on Australia in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He was Australia’s bogeyman. Sparking unprecedented fear in adults

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Hi, everyone! Case 40: John Newman was our last case this year. The next episode will be out on…

Case 40: John Newman

Cabramatta is a suburb of Sydney, Australia, located 30 kilometers, or 18 miles southwest of the Central Business District. Only around 30 percent of the 20 thousand residents of Cabramatta were born in Australia…

Case 39: Janelle Patton

Norfolk Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean, situated between Australia and New Zealand. A place of spectacular scenery and peaceful beauty…

Case 38: The Pikuls

New York is the best-known city in the United States, and the most populated, with over 8 and a half million residents within 305 square miles…

Case 37: The Yorkshire Ripper (Part 3)

“Well I think the time had come, you might say the time had come a few murders ago, but it’s certainly come for a rethink about the whole investigation.”

Case 37: The Yorkshire Ripper (Part 1)

West Yorkshire is a county in England that has a population of over 2 million people. It covers an area of over 2,000 km² and is formed by five cities: Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees, and Calderdale…

Case 36: Amok

The Polish press called it “The perfect murder.” It was 9:30 am, November 13th, the year 2000. A male caller phoned an advertising company in the city of Wroclaw, Poland…

Case 35: Operation Mayan

Swindon is a large town in the county of Wiltshire, South West England, about 126km or 78 miles west of London. With a population of about 185 thousand people, it has one of the lower crime rates in the country…

Case 34: The Catholic Mafia

Father John Day was a Catholic priest who graduated from Corpus Christi College in Melbourne in 1927. Corpus Christi is one of Australia’s leading priesthood training colleges. Day was given his first parish in 1936 at Colac…

Case 33: Jaycee Lee Dugard

South Lake Tahoe is a small town that stands over 6,000 feet above sea-level between the Nevada and Californian border in the United States. Surrounded by mountains, the picturesque landscape attracts thousands of tourists both in winter and summer.

Case 32: Grace and Kathleen Holmes

The 1950s was the decade that saw the birth of the suburban dream in Australia. It was a time where employment levels were extremely high and there was a very good standard of living across the country. The economy was booming, which is what made it so attractive for hundreds of thousands of people to migrate here after World War 2.

Case 31: The Killer Couple

Ten years before the Claremont serial killings, the disappearance of four women from around Perth, some from the same Highway the Claremont victims were abducted from, hardly raise any media attention.

Case 30: The Claremont Serial Killer

Claremont is an upmarket, ritzy suburb of Perth. It is a place of trendy bars, nightclubs and cafes. A popular place with the young crowd. A place where you went to have fun. People would tell you that nothing bad could ever happen in Claremont. That all changed on Friday the 26th of January, 1996.

Case 29: The Burgate House Murders

The Burgate house was a secluded mansion on the edge of the new forest in Hampshire, England. It was 8:30pm, on the 1st of September 1986. The residents had just finished dinner and were about to enjoy dessert. That’s when three men wearing stocking masks and armed with a shotgun and pick axes burst into the dining room…

Case 28: Lindsay Buziak

Two weeks ago we covered the case of Lisa Marie Young. We are back on Vancouver Island this week. A one and a half hour drive south of Nanaimo to Victoria. A place where there is one degree of separation between people. Everyone is connected to everyone to a certain extent….

Case 27: West Mesa Bone Collector

The eastern side of the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is closed in by mountains. On the city’s west side, a mesa rises out of the Rio Grande Valley. In 2005, subdivisions and new housing were…

Case 26: Lisa Marie Young

Vancouver Island. Known for its breathtaking scenery, astonishing postcard beauty, and amazing wildlife. Heaven on earth. But on certain parts of the island, beneath the beauty, some will tell you there lies a dark…

Case 25: Prue Bird

“If any bastard ever thought about going to the cops about us, they’ll be killed and so will their fucking families. And if we don’t get them, our mates will. It would be a shame if anything happened to your sweet little Prue, wouldn’t it.”

Case 24: Russell Street Bombing Part 1

Haros Avenue in Nunawading (Melbourne) presented a problem for the police surveillance team following the red jaguar. It was a small dead end street…

Case 22: Marguerite Edwards

It was Wednesday the 2nd of August 1989. 41- year-old Marguerite Edwards started the day like any other. Making sure her three daughters were up, and ready for school…

Case 21: Pamela Lawrence

On Monday the 23rd of May 1994, a violent storm hit the city of Perth, Western Australia. Peter Lawrence was starting to become concerned…

Case 20: Stoni Blair and Stephen Berry

The details of this case are extremely difficult to hear. Extreme child abuse and child murder are involved. This episode won’t be for everybody…

Case 19: Snowtown

Living in Australia, I had heard of the Snowtown case. I knew it as the bodies in the barrels case. But that’s all I knew…

Case 18: The North Hollywood Shootout

On the 28th of February 1997 Los Angeles police officers, Perello and Farrell were on routine patrol driving along Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood…

Case 17: The Eriksson Twins

On the 17th of May 2008, two motorway patrol officers attended to a call that a pedestrian had been hit by a vehicle on the M6 motorway, near the city Stoke-on-Trent, in England…

Case 16: Chris and Cru Kahui

Chris and Cru Kahui were twins, aged just 3 months old when they died in hospital, both suffering from traumatic brain injury…

Case 15: The Weepy Voiced Killer

In the early 80’s a series of attacks occurred in the twin city area of Minnesota, USA. The victims were all women. Police struggled in the initial part of the investigation…

Case 14: Helen Munnings

On the 23rd of July 2008, young Mother Helen Munnings disappeared from the port city of Burnie, on the North West Coast of Tasmania, Australia…

Case 13: The Family Court Murders

In the 1980’s in Sydney Australia, Justice David Opas was shot dead outside his home and bombs were exploded at the homes of Justice Richard Gee and Justice Ray Watson…

Case 12: Katherine Knight

The crime scene was described as looking more like the set of a horror movie, than real life. It is one of the most horrific crimes ever committed…

Case 11: Anneliese Michel

First came the seizures and sleep paralysis. Then came the hallucinations and violent behaviour. Anneliese Michel made endless visits to doctor’s and specialists only to be either referred to another doctor or placed…

Case 10: Peter Shellard

The 7th of May 2005 was a typical, run of the mill day for Shirley Withers. She worked the full day in her Melbourne fashion boutique and once the shop had closed, she bought a take out meal and headed to the North…

Case 09: Jonathan Luna

He was implicated in a case of missing money from a court house evidence vault. He was facing allegations of misconduct and illegal handling of a witness in a major drug trafficking trial..

Case 06: Roger Dean

In the early hours of the 18th of November 2011, a fire was deliberately lit at the Quakers Hill Nursing Home…

Case 05: Donna Wheeler

On Tuesday the 2nd of November 1999 Donna Wheeler was found murdered in her home in Berala, Western Sydney. There were several suspects…

Case 02: The Somerton Man

On the first of December 1948, the body of a man was located along the seawall of Somerton Beach, just near Adelaide in South Australia…

Case 01: The Wanda Beach Murders

On the 11th of January 1965, two fifteen-year-old schoolgirls Christine Sharrock and Marianne Schmidt were found murdered in the Wanda sand hills, just north of Cronulla beach In Sydney’s south…

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