Case 102

Britt Lapthorne

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Case 102

Britt Lapthorne

As her twenty-first birthday approached in 2008, Britt Kathryn May Lapthorne asked her parents for just one present – the biggest travel backpack she could carry. Britt was planning a solo backpacking trip through Europe for the middle of the year, taking the time off to explore the world, do a little soul searching, and find inspiration for her future career.

It came as absolutely no surprise to those who knew Britt Lapthorne that she had itchy feet and was seeking overseas adventure. Her passport read like an explorers autobiography, each stamp representing a wealth of stories and experiences she had earned around the world. By her early 20s, Britt Lapthorne had stepped foot on almost every continent on the planet, having travelled more in her twenty years than most would in a lifetime. She made it her mission to visit a new overseas destination every year.

As the departure date for Britt’s European backpacking adventure approached, she spent night after night on her computer researching all the places she wanted to visit. Although she had a general idea of her itinerary, she wanted the finer details to be spontaneous and unpredictable. She planned to keep friends and family back home updated through her Facebook page, which she used as a travelogue and virtual gallery, littered with status updates, quirky stories, and candid photos of her life abroad. As such, aside from her passport, her most valued travel companion was her Canon PowerShot G9 camera.

Although they would miss their daughter as she jet-setted across the globe, Britt’s parents Dale and Elke were proud of the headstrong, independent, ambitious woman their little girl had grown up to be. They looked forward to reuniting with their daughter in Paris to celebrate her twenty-first birthday the month after her departure. Before Britt headed off, Dale and Elke presented her with an early birthday present. It was the one thing she had been asking them for – an olive and black coloured BlackWolf brand backpack – the biggest one she could carry…

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

 

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If you are hearing impaired or know someone who is and would like to get a transcript of the episode, please email us at contact@casefilepodcast.com

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Elsha McGill and Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

REPORTS:

Coroner’s Inquest into the Death of Britt Lapthorne

 

VIDEOS:

Sunday Night: Britt Lapthorne – Part One 
Sunday Night: Britt Lapthorne – Part Two 
Sunday Night: Britt Lapthorne – Part Three 
Sunday Night: Britt Lapthorne – Part Four
Sunday Night: Britt Lapthorne – Part Five
Sunday Night: Britt Lapthorne – Part Six

 

ARTICLES:

Disappearance leaves walled city in shock – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mother’s plea: ‘Why hasn’t Britt been found?’ – The Sydney Morning Herald

Searching for Britt – The Sydney Morning Herald

‘No stone unturned’ in search for Britt: PM – The Sydney Morning Herald

Britt’s disappearance not reported for two days – The Sydney Morning Herald

Claims Britt security footage was wiped – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mystery on Britt Footage – Herald Sun

Britt Lapthorne was set to meet up with fellow traveller again – News.com.au

Privacy fears led to delay on Britt case – The Sydney Morning Herald

Britt’s Russian room-mate revealed – The Sydney Morning Herald

Bouncer saw missing Britt leave club with two men – The Age

Britt Lapthorne’s mum ‘heartbroken’ over promiscuous claims – News.com.au

Police take owner’s son to Dubrovnik hostel – The Sydney Morning Herald

Lapthorne case: hostel son set to be released – The Sydney Morning Herald

Croatian police chief sacked – Brisbane Times

Photofit faces under investigation – Nacional Dnevno Online

Please help me find my Britt: father Dale Lapthorne pleads – The Daily Telegraph

Family speaks of body find ‘nightmare’ – The Sydney Morning Herald

Britt Lapthorne’s body ‘weighed down’ – The Sydney Morning Herald

Family search for Britt’s body parts – The Sydney Morning Herald

Father to share Britt’s final journey home – The Sydney Morning Herald

A picnic in the sun to remember Britt’s spirit – The Sydney Morning Herald

Hundreds mourn Britt by candlelight – The Sydney Morning Herald

Parents hold private funeral for Britt – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mourners gather, in mauve and red, for Britt Lapthorne – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mourners gather to remember Lapthorne – The Sydney Morning Herald

‘A real character’: tears and laughter as proud family remembers Britt Lapthorne – The Sydney Morning Herald

Family gathers for Britt Lapthorne memorial – The Sydney Morning Herald

Backpacker Britt wasn’t only victim – The Advertiser

No evidence of violence: Britt autopsy – The Age

Britt Lapthorne: Coroner to deliver open finding on death of Australian backpacker in Croatia – ABC News

Aussie travellers Britt Lapthorne, Michelle Smith and Jette Jacob were hunted by killers as they sought love, adventure or fun overseas – Herald Sun

Top cop raises hope on Britt – The Sydney Morning Herald

Britt Lapthorne breakthrough: Croatian police back down on suicide theory – News.com.au

Sleep the only way for Britt’s mother to escape her living nightmare – The Sydney Morning Herald

Croatian judge Djordjo Benussi swims against Britt Lapthorne storm – News.com.au

 

 

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As her twenty-first birthday approached in 2008, Britt Kathryn May Lapthorne asked her parents for just one present – the biggest travel backpack she could carry. Britt was planning a solo backpacking trip through Europe for the middle of the year, taking the time off to explore the world, do a little soul searching, and find inspiration for her future career.

It came as absolutely no surprise to those who knew Britt Lapthorne that she had itchy feet and was seeking overseas adventure. Her passport read like an explorers autobiography, each stamp representing a wealth of stories and experiences she had earned around the world. By her early 20s, Britt Lapthorne had stepped foot on almost every continent on the planet, having travelled more in her twenty years than most would in a lifetime. She made it her mission to visit a new overseas destination every year.

As the departure date for Britt’s European backpacking adventure approached, she spent night after night on her computer researching all the places she wanted to visit. Although she had a general idea of her itinerary, she wanted the finer details to be spontaneous and unpredictable. She planned to keep friends and family back home updated through her Facebook page, which she used as a travelogue and virtual gallery, littered with status updates, quirky stories, and candid photos of her life abroad. As such, aside from her passport, her most valued travel companion was her Canon PowerShot G9 camera.

Although they would miss their daughter as she jet-setted across the globe, Britt’s parents Dale and Elke were proud of the headstrong, independent, ambitious woman their little girl had grown up to be. They looked forward to reuniting with their daughter in Paris to celebrate her twenty-first birthday the month after her departure. Before Britt headed off, Dale and Elke presented her with an early birthday present. It was the one thing she had been asking them for – an olive and black coloured BlackWolf brand backpack – the biggest one she could carry…

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

 

______

If you are hearing impaired or know someone who is and would like to get a transcript of the episode, please email us at contact@casefilepodcast.com

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Elsha McGill and Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

REPORTS:

Coroner’s Inquest into the Death of Britt Lapthorne

 

VIDEOS:

Sunday Night: Britt Lapthorne – Part One 
Sunday Night: Britt Lapthorne – Part Two 
Sunday Night: Britt Lapthorne – Part Three 
Sunday Night: Britt Lapthorne – Part Four
Sunday Night: Britt Lapthorne – Part Five
Sunday Night: Britt Lapthorne – Part Six

 

ARTICLES:

Disappearance leaves walled city in shock – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mother’s plea: ‘Why hasn’t Britt been found?’ – The Sydney Morning Herald

Searching for Britt – The Sydney Morning Herald

‘No stone unturned’ in search for Britt: PM – The Sydney Morning Herald

Britt’s disappearance not reported for two days – The Sydney Morning Herald

Claims Britt security footage was wiped – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mystery on Britt Footage – Herald Sun

Britt Lapthorne was set to meet up with fellow traveller again – News.com.au

Privacy fears led to delay on Britt case – The Sydney Morning Herald

Britt’s Russian room-mate revealed – The Sydney Morning Herald

Bouncer saw missing Britt leave club with two men – The Age

Britt Lapthorne’s mum ‘heartbroken’ over promiscuous claims – News.com.au

Police take owner’s son to Dubrovnik hostel – The Sydney Morning Herald

Lapthorne case: hostel son set to be released – The Sydney Morning Herald

Croatian police chief sacked – Brisbane Times

Photofit faces under investigation – Nacional Dnevno Online

Please help me find my Britt: father Dale Lapthorne pleads – The Daily Telegraph

Family speaks of body find ‘nightmare’ – The Sydney Morning Herald

Britt Lapthorne’s body ‘weighed down’ – The Sydney Morning Herald

Family search for Britt’s body parts – The Sydney Morning Herald

Father to share Britt’s final journey home – The Sydney Morning Herald

A picnic in the sun to remember Britt’s spirit – The Sydney Morning Herald

Hundreds mourn Britt by candlelight – The Sydney Morning Herald

Parents hold private funeral for Britt – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mourners gather, in mauve and red, for Britt Lapthorne – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mourners gather to remember Lapthorne – The Sydney Morning Herald

‘A real character’: tears and laughter as proud family remembers Britt Lapthorne – The Sydney Morning Herald

Family gathers for Britt Lapthorne memorial – The Sydney Morning Herald

Backpacker Britt wasn’t only victim – The Advertiser

No evidence of violence: Britt autopsy – The Age

Britt Lapthorne: Coroner to deliver open finding on death of Australian backpacker in Croatia – ABC News

Aussie travellers Britt Lapthorne, Michelle Smith and Jette Jacob were hunted by killers as they sought love, adventure or fun overseas – Herald Sun

Top cop raises hope on Britt – The Sydney Morning Herald

Britt Lapthorne breakthrough: Croatian police back down on suicide theory – News.com.au

Sleep the only way for Britt’s mother to escape her living nightmare – The Sydney Morning Herald

Croatian judge Djordjo Benussi swims against Britt Lapthorne storm – News.com.au

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Vista Print – Get 50% off of all holiday cards and calendars with a promo code ‘CASEFILEHOLIDAY’

Robinhood – Get a free stock from companies like Apple, Ford and Sprint when you sign up

MVMT Watches – Get 15% off your order with FREE shipping and FREE returns

SimpliSafe – Protect your home and your family today

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