21 episodes

The Full Story of the Palace Backpackers Hostel Fire of June 2000

Childers Paul Cochrane

    • True Crime
    • 4.8, 317 Ratings

The Full Story of the Palace Backpackers Hostel Fire of June 2000

    20 - Neil

    20 - Neil

    When Neil Griffith and his University friend Nigel decided to pack up their life in late 1999 and head to Australia on the adventure of a lifetime, they were young, carefree fun-seekers with the world at their feet. But it would be a trip engulfed by multiple episodes of tragedy and trauma and a key role in the investigation into the Palace Backpackers Hostel fire in Childers.
    Written and produced by Paul Cochrane
    Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

    • 32 min
    19 - Legislation

    19 - Legislation

    The Childers fire is considered the worst arson attack in Queensland history. The after effects were far-reaching with local businesses and the tourism industry taking both a financial and reputational hit. Solutions needed to be found and that started with fixing Queensland's inadequate fire safety laws.
    Written and produced by Paul Cochrane
    Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

    • 32 min
    18 - Memorial

    18 - Memorial

    It took just two years and four months for the Palace to be re-opened following a full re-build on the site of the exisiting hostel. There was considerable consultation with the community and the victims' families before agreeing on what would be a stunning memorial to the Palace 15. But getting to that highly emotional unveiling was far more complex than Council had first imagined.
    Written and produced by Paul Cochrane
    Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

    • 33 min
    17 - Window

    17 - Window

    In the months after the fire, Council commenced its plan to restore the Palace and bring about some normality for neighbouring businesses affected by the June 2000 tragedy. But striking a deal to acquire the building and establish a suitable memorial to the victims was more challenging than they had envisioned.

    • 24 min
    16 - Guilty

    16 - Guilty

    Immediately after they escaped the burning Palace, a number of backpackers reported their suspicions and identified the primary suspect to police. Authorities then set about piecing together a case to prove it was deliberately lit and build a murder case against him. It was an investigation ahead of its time to ensure it would succeed when the matter went before a jury.
    Written and produced by Paul Cochrane
    Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

    • 39 min
    15 - Krueger

    15 - Krueger

    The man who lit the Palace Backpackers Hostel was well known to police. He had an extensive criminal history across multiple states and had caused immeasurable trauma to a family who had invited him into their home. What happened in Childers was the extension of a disturbing pattern of behaviour during the decade prior.
    Written and produced by Paul Cochrane
    Original music, sound design & editing by Zoltan Fecso

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
317 Ratings

317 Ratings

Feebee1125 ,

Brilliant

Heartwarming and heartbreaking.
This podcast shares insight into a tragedy that should not be forgotten and a community that has done something wonderful as a result

debgiddyup ,

Excellent

So well presented thank you Paul for bringing this tragedy to us via Podcast, we will certainly visit the memorial when we are travelling that way.

mslesleymac ,

Deeply moving

I highly recommend listening to this podcast, deeply moving and told so beautifully with such respect to the victims and survivors

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