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Think nothing ever happens in your town? Australia's suburbs are home to some of the most mysterious and disturbing true crime cases in the world.

Meshel Laurie is a true crime obsessive. Emily Webb is a true crime author. And together with expert interviews with writers, victims, investigators and perpetrators, they probe the underbelly of our towns and suburbs, and uncover the darkness at the heart of Australian life.

Australian True Crime Whooshkaa

    • True Crime
    • 4.7, 9.1K Ratings

Think nothing ever happens in your town? Australia's suburbs are home to some of the most mysterious and disturbing true crime cases in the world.

Meshel Laurie is a true crime obsessive. Emily Webb is a true crime author. And together with expert interviews with writers, victims, investigators and perpetrators, they probe the underbelly of our towns and suburbs, and uncover the darkness at the heart of Australian life.

    Undercover Copper Keith Banks - #166

    Undercover Copper Keith Banks - #166

    Keith Banks was a clean living country boy when he joined QLD Police in the 70s but it took him to some very dark places. He joins us to talk about it.


    Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.


    Show notes for Episode 166:
    Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
    With thanks to Keith Banks
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    Visit our Bookshop
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    If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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    • 50 min
    The Jaidyn Leskie Murder - #165

    The Jaidyn Leskie Murder - #165

    The murder of 14-month-old Jaidyn Leskie is officially unsolved. Journalist and author Michael Gleeson explains the prosecution’s theory as to how he died and the many distractions that prevented his killer seeing justice.


    Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.


    Show notes for Episode 165:
    Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
    With thanks to Michael Gleeson from The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
    Listen to Childers
    Like us on Facebook ​
    Follow us on Instagram or Twitter
    Support us on Patreon
    Visit our Bookshop
    Listen on Apple Podcasts
    Listen on Google Podcasts
    Listen on Spotify


    If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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    • 46 min
    The Childers Backpackers Fire - #164

    The Childers Backpackers Fire - #164

    Journalist Paul Cochrane was learning the ropes in regional news when he found himself covering the biggest story of his life, an arson attack in a remote Queensland fruit-picking town that took the lives of 15 young backpackers. He and other witnesses, survivors and victims’ families are revisiting the tragedy 20 years on in a podcast, Childers The Full Story and he joins us to tell us about it. 


    Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.


    Show notes for Episode 164:
    Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
    With thanks to Paul Cochrane
    Listen to Childers
    Like us on Facebook ​
    Follow us on Instagram or Twitter
    Support us on Patreon
    Visit our Bookshop
    Listen on Apple Podcasts
    Listen on Google Podcasts
    Listen on Spotify


    If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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    • 39 min
    How Lisa Harnum Changed the Conversation - #163

    How Lisa Harnum Changed the Conversation - #163

    Lisa Harnum’s life and death changed the way we think, talk and report about domestic violence in Australia. Former Daily Telegraph Chief Court Reporter and author of The Fall, Amy Dale joins us to explain.


    Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.


    Show notes for Episode 163:
    Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
    With thanks to Amy Dale
    Like us on Facebook ​
    Follow us on Instagram or Twitter
    Support us on Patreon
    Visit our Bookshop
    Listen on Apple Podcasts
    Listen on Google Podcasts
    Listen on Spotify


    If you or someone you know has been the victim of a sexual assault call 1800Respect for help, advice and further referral.
    That’s 1800 737 732


    If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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    • 46 min
    The Unsolved Disappearance of Revelle Balmain - #162

    The Unsolved Disappearance of Revelle Balmain - #162

    Stunning young model and dancer Revelle Balmain disappeared in November 1994, just days before realising her dream off moving to Japan to perform. When the police got involved, they discovered her secret life. 


    Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.


    Show notes for Episode 162:
    Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
    With thanks to John Dale and Clinton Barter
    Like us on Facebook ​
    Follow us on Instagram or Twitter
    Support us on Patreon
    Visit our Bookshop
    Listen on Apple Podcasts
    Listen on Google Podcasts
    Listen on Spotify


    If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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    • 39 min
    Shark Arm - #161

    Shark Arm - #161

    Two wealthy Sydney-siders get more than they bargain for when they team up with 2 small-time criminals in this extraordinary depression-era story of two unsolved murders and one nauseous shark.


    Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.


    Show notes for Episode 161:
    Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb
    With thanks to Kevin Meagher and Phillip Roope
    Like us on Facebook ​
    Follow us on Instagram or Twitter
    Support us on Patreon
    Visit our Bookshop to find Shark Arm: A Shark, A Tattooed Arm and Two Unsolved Murders
    Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Listen on Spotify


    If you have any information on the cases covered by this podcast, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9.1K Ratings

9.1K Ratings

lismartin ,

Chilling stories told with compassion

Thank you for bringing these stories onto a platform for many to access, many stories I’ve never heard before and those that I have, I’m now more educated on. I can really appreciate the compassion that these stories are told with. And like others, love the Narelle Fraser episodes.

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Can’t get enough

Great podcast. I’m addicted

OzSimon ,

Good stuff

I’ve been listening to this podcast from commencement and I always look forward to the next ep. I’m very interested in Emily’s thoughts as a writer of crime and Meshel’s ability to play devils advocate, both make me think. I am also very glad to hear the acknowledgment of country at the start and the genuinely sensitive approach to survivors and victims of crime. Thanks E and M.

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