Case 209

Urban Höglin & Heidi Paakkonen

When Swedish backpackers Urban Höglin and Heidi Paakkonen went missing during a camping trip around New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, concerns were quickly raised that the newly engaged couple could have fallen victim to foul play. Worries increased once it was discovered that convicted killer, David Tamihere, was on the loose in the area at the time, having jumped bail on a rape charge. 

When Tamihere admitted to stealing the couple’s car but denied having anything to do with the couple’s disappearance, investigators struggled to find any physical evidence linking him to Urban and Heidi. With New Zealand’s tourism industry under threat, they would stop at nothing to uncover the truth.



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Research & writing – Elsha McGill

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host



‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro –

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn



Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska




Missing Pieces: Swedish Tourists’ murders – Ian Wishart



Murder, They Said

Wrongful Conviction Day 2019

David Tamihere will ask PM Ardern for pardon

Relative Guilt



Friendships born out of tragedy – New Zealand Herald 

Tamihere to be freed today, after 20 years – Stuff

Murderer David Tamihere freed – Stuff 

David Tamihere’s neighbours surprised, shocked – Stuff

Witness C perjury trial scrutinizes Sir Paul Holmes prison interview from 1996 – New Zealand Herald 

Evidence in double murder trial was ‘all a lie’, court told – Stuff

Revealed: The identity of secret Witness C 1News

Swedish backpacker killings: Witness C, who lied at David Tamihere’s trial, unmasked as a murderer – New Zealand Herald

Witness C perjury case a ‘stain on the justice system’ News Hub

Witness B’s suppression revoked in David Tamihere backpacker murder case – New Zealand Herald 

David Tahmihere’s backpacker murder convictions will be heard by Court of Appeal again – New Zealand Herald

Convicted murderer David Tamihere says his 30 year quest for justice “rankles – Stuff

Suspect ‘a bully who went mental’ – NZ Herald 

Barrister: Ambitious detectives go too far – NZ Herald



The murders that may sully the squeaky clean image of New Zealand – Sydney Morning Herald



Witness C Affidavit




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