Let’s face it: True Crime is the new donut-on-top-of-a-milkshake. That’s my way of saying it’s trendy, okay? And if you’re new to True Crime podcasts, the options can be proper overwhelming, there are a lot.
So here’s 3 I reckon are worth a listen. Bonus: they are local!
Unravel: Blood On The Tracks
It’s 1988. Just outside of Tamworth in country New South Wales, a freight train hits someone lying on the tracks. But when a rail worker looks at the body, the scene doesn’t seem to make sense. There is a towel under the head and hardly any blood. Why are the shoes on the body so clean when there is mud all around?
In this seven-part series, we follow reporter and presenter Allan Clarke through five years of investigation. His reporting sparks a resurgence of interest in the case that sees the file reopened, a review launched, a reward announced. During two trips to Tamworth the investigative team dives deeper and the thirty-year-old mystery finally begins to unravel.
As Allan gets closer to the truth, the story ends with a revelation no-one was expecting.
Wrong Skin investigates the 20 year-old cold case of young Aboriginal couple – Julie Buck and Richard Milgin – who, in 1994, vanished in suspicious circumstances from the remote Aboriginal community of Looma in Outback WA. Buck, a young mother, was found dead eight months after disappearing, and Buck is still missing, presumed dead.
The podcast has been researched and produced by the award-winning team behind the Phoebe’s Fall podcast series two years ago – that is directly linked to the Victorian Government’s decision to reform the Coroner’s Act in June 2018.
The Age’s Walkley award-winning journalist Richard Baker drives the investigation and credits Wrong Skin as the most compelling story he has worked on in 20 years of investigative reporting. He says: “What started with a phone call, has opened up the biggest can of worms about ancient culture and the treatment of women. Even more than that it’s all about power and control.”
The Australian’s crime reporter Dan Box investigates an unsolved serial killing in Bowraville. Three children, all killed within five months, all living on the same street. The same man was seen at the scene of each. but after 25 years, the case remained unsolved.
When the police finally arrived in Bowraville, mistakes were made, and evidence was never heard in court. Listen to How the courts refused to jail the main suspect in the murders. Has a serial killer been allowed to walk free?