True Crime Conversations

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True Crime Conversations explores the world's most notorious crimes by speaking to the people who know the most about them.

  • 35 minutes 3 seconds
    The Shocking Murder Of Tara Costigan

    Tara Costigan was murdered in 2015, one day after taking out a DVO on her ex-partner Marcus Rappel. The day he laid a finger on her was the day he murdered her. Before that the abuse had been verbal. Emotional. 

    Tara did everything ‘right’. She followed advice and took steps in the system designed to protect her, even though she was nervous about how he might react. 

    And then she died, in the most horrendous of ways, while cradling her one-week-old daughter. Her murder changed the fabric of Canberra and the conversation surrounding domestic violence.

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    CREDITS

    Guest: Heidi Lemon author of The First Time He Hit Her

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producer: Scott Stronach

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    Feedback? We’re listening! Email us at [email protected] or send us a voice note, and one of our Podcast Producers will come back to you ASAP.

    If any of the contents in this episode have caused distress, know that there is help available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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    15 May 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 47 minutes 42 seconds
    It’s Been 10 Years Since The Murder Of Luke Batty

    In 2014, 11-year-old Luke Batty was murdered by his father at Tyabb cricket ground on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. 

    The following year a coroner ruled that no one could have predicted that Luke would be killed by his father, but the inquest did point out several gaps in the family violence system in the lead-up to his death. 

    Ten years on, Luke's mother Rosie remains on the frontline campaigning for change.

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    CREDITS

    Guest: Rosie Batty

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producer: Scott Stronach

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    Feedback? We’re listening! Email us at [email protected] or send us a voice note, and one of our Podcast Producers will come back to you ASAP.

    If any of the contents in this episode have caused distress, know that there is help available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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    8 May 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 42 minutes 34 seconds
    The Woman Counting Australia’s Murdered Women

    This month, we’re doing things differently. Over the next few weeks well be revisiting stories from our archives to highlight crimes involving male violence against women in Australia because right now the rate at which we are losing women is alarming and terrifying. 

    But first, we wanted to talk to someone who lives and breathes violence against women every single day. 

    Sherele Moody is a journalist and the founder of The Red Heart Campaign and the Australian Femicide Watch. She has created a moving and chilling memorial online, that tracks every known Australian woman and child killed as a result of murder, manslaughter or neglect from white settlement to now. 

    Sherele joins us to discuss her work and what we can actually do to see change.

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    Keep this conversation going: Over on our daily news podcast The Quicky we're exploring the next steps to stopping gendered-based violence. Hear what happens after the national rallies here.

    CREDITS

    Guest: Sherele Moody

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producer: Scott Stronach

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    Feedback? We’re listening! Email us at [email protected] or send us a voice note, and one of our Podcast Producers will come back to you ASAP.

    If any of the contents in this episode have caused distress, know that there is help available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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    1 May 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 52 minutes 51 seconds
    The News Snowtown Victims Families Have Been Dreading

    In May 1999, two detectives followed a trail of suspicious missing persons cases to an old, red-brick bank in Snowtown, South Australia. 

    As they head inside, they head straight for the bank’s vault where they find six large plastic barrels containing human remains. They also find handcuffs, knives, a saw, boxes of disposable gloves and bottles of hydrochloric acid. 

    They’d come to realise they'd found the dumping grounds of Australia’s worst serial killings, crimes that would see four men sent to prison with lengthy sentences. 

    But now, 2 years later, two of these men could soon be eligible for release.

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    CREDITS

    Guest: Jeremy Pudney

    You can find more info about his book Snowtown: The Bodies in Barrels Murders here.

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producer: Scott Stronach

    The story is not the first time we've covered the Snowtown Murders. Hear our past episode with Debi Marshall here.

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    Feedback? We’re listening! Email us at [email protected] or send us a voice note, and one of our Podcast Producers will come back to you ASAP.

    Tell us what you really think so we can give you more of what you really want. Fill out this survey and you’ll go in the running to win one of five $100 gift vouchers.

    If any of the contents in this episode have caused distress, know that there is help available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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    24 April 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 48 minutes 18 seconds
    A Triple Murder And A Broken System

    In May 2016, police arrived at a farmhouse in Hillier, north of Adelaide. The scene that awaited them was horrifying beyond words. 

    Stephen Graham Peet had just murdered three people. The bodies of his girlfriend, Adeline Yvette Rigney-Wilson, and her two young children were inside. 

    But as his crimes unravelled in court, something became clear. Those two little kids shouldn’t have died. Their deaths, at least, were preventable. It was a series of failures from government agencies designed to protect them that actually, left them in the path of a killer.

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    CREDITS

    Guest: Sean Fewster

    You can listen to his podcast Just Lawful here.

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producer: Scott Stronach

    The story is not the first time we've covered systemic failures within domestic violence cases. If you found this episode interesting you might like to listen to one of these next:

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    Feedback? We’re listening! Email us at [email protected] or send us a voice note, and one of our Podcast Producers will come back to you ASAP.

    Tell us what you really think so we can give you more of what you really want. Fill out this survey and you’ll go in the running to win one of five $100 gift vouchers.

    If any of the contents in this episode have caused distress, know that there is help available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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    17 April 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 54 minutes 52 seconds
    According To A Criminologist, Keli Lane Shouldn’t Be In Prison.

    On September 12, 1996, Keli Lane gave birth to a baby girl at Auburn Hospital in western Sydney. Two days later that baby seemingly disappeared. 

    After years of investigation, Keli was convicted of her daughter's murder in 2010 and sentenced to 18 years behind bars. But did they get it wrong?

    Keli Lane’s story has been compared to the wrongful conviction of Lindy Chamberlain. It’s been pulled apart and analysed for years.  

    So is she a baby killer? Or is she a woman, misunderstood.

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    CREDITS

    Guest: Xanthe Mallett

    You can listen to her podcast Motive And Method here.

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producer: Scott Stronach

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    Feedback? We’re listening! Email us at [email protected]  

    Tell us what you really think so we can give you more of what you really want. Fill out this survey and you’ll go in the running to win one of five $100 gift vouchers.

    If any of the contents in this episode have caused distress, know that there is help available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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    10 April 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 46 minutes 59 seconds
    Dorothea Puente: The Serial Killer Granny

    To the outside world, Dorothea Puente presented herself as a kind grandmotherly figure who cared for the disabled and vulnerable residents of her boarding house in downtown Sacramento. But behind closed doors, nothing was as it seemed…

    Not only was she stealing the money of her tenant, but she was also a serial killer. Allegedly murdering up to nine people.

    In today's episode, we explore the crimes of the ‘Death House landlady’ who even after she was convicted managed to win over people with her sweet, grandmotherly ruse.

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    CREDITS

    Guest: Genie Ortiz, author of The Corpse Collector: The True Story of Dorothea Puente

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producer: Scott Stronach

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    Feedback? We’re listening! Email us at [email protected]  

    Tell us what you really think so we can give you more of what you really want. Fill out this survey and you’ll go in the running to win one of five $100 gift vouchers.

    If any of the contents in this episode have caused distress, know that there is help available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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    3 April 2024, 6:00 pm
  • 45 minutes 55 seconds
    Secrets On Death Row: America’s ‘Killer Clown’

    John Wayne Gacy is one of the worst serial killers in American history, murdering at least 33 teenage boys and men in the late 1970s.

    He was executed by lethal injection in 1994, but many are confident he killed even more victims than the ones he admitted to, and took plenty more secrets to the grave.

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    CREDITS

    Guest: Karen Conti. You can find out more about her book Killing Time With John Gacy here.

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producer: Scott Stronach

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    Feedback? We’re listening! Email us at [email protected]  

    Tell us what you really think so we can give you more of what you really want. Fill out this survey and you’ll go in the running to win one of five $100 gift vouchers.

    If any of the contents in this episode have caused distress, know that there is help available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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    27 March 2024, 6:00 pm
  • 59 minutes 20 seconds
    Inside The Rise & Fall Of Ruby Franke

    Ruby Franke and her husband Kevin started posting their family online in 2015 under the pseudonym 8 Passengers. Things like birthday parties, grocery hauls, tips on getting toddlers to sleep through the night, and Sunday baking. It was an all-access pass inside their lives, and people loved it.

    But over the years, the criticism grew about the way Ruby and Kevin were choosing to discipline their kids. Fast forward to 2024, and Ruby and her business partner Jodie Hildebrandt were both charged with aggravated child abuse against the YouTuber's youngest two children.

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    CREDITS

    Guest: Paula Barros & Jessica Lowther. 

    You can listen to Episode 1 of their podcast, The Rise And Fall Of Ruby Franke here.

    Stay up to date with the latest updates about the Ruby Franke case with Mamamia's news podcast The Quicky.

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producer: Scott Stronach

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    Feedback? We’re listening! Email us at [email protected]  

    Tell us what you really think so we can give you more of what you really want. Fill out this survey and you’ll go in the running to win one of five $100 gift vouchers.

    If any of the contents in this episode have caused distress, know that there is help available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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    20 March 2024, 6:00 pm
  • 1 hour 9 minutes
    How A Perth Girl Ended Up In A Thai Prison

    Holly Deane-Johns grew up in a wealthy area of Perth. When her family’s real estate business went bust, her mother started a successful escort agency to keep their lavish lifestyle intact. But her parent’s relationship was abusive, and when they finally split Holly’s mum met someone new that changed everything. 

    Simon was a heroin addict. Pretty soon her mother was too, and the family’s comfortable lifestyle collapsed as addiction took over. It didn’t take long for Holly and her siblings to also become reliant on heroin. 

    By the age of 20, Holly was in prison on drugs charges. By the age of 21 her mother had died of an overdose. But Holly’s hell was only just beginning. 

    In August 2000, she was arrested in Thailand on more drugs charges - except there, the ramifications were much, much more serious. 

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    CREDITS

    Guest: Holly Deane-Johns. You can find out more about her book Holly's Hell: Seven Years in a Thai Prison here.

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producer: Scott Stronach

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    Feedback? We’re listening! Email us at [email protected]  

    If any of the contents in this episode have caused distress, know that there is help available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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    13 March 2024, 6:00 pm
  • 1 hour 7 minutes
    Scotland’s ‘Lynette Dawson’ Case

    In April, 1998, Arlene Fraser disappeared from her home in Elgin, north-east Scotland.

    On a seemingly normal Tuesday morning, the 33-year-old waved her two children off to school and was never seen again.

    Arlene’s disappearance sparked the biggest missing person search in Scotland’s history. To this day her body has never been found.

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    CREDITS

    Guest: Dale Haslam host of Vanished: The Arlene Fraser Murder podcast.

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producer: Scott Stronach

    GET IN TOUCH:

    Feedback? We’re listening! Email us at [email protected]  

    If any of the contents in this episode have caused distress, know that there is help available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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    6 March 2024, 6:00 pm
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