10 episodes

Ghost Gate Road is one of those rare stories that you can never unhear, and it will embed itself in your subconscious like a virus and haunt you. Through time psychopaths have lived amongst us. But there are psychopaths and then there is Australia's Vince O'Dempsey. Currently in prison for life for three murders, and charged with another, he has self-confessed to thirty-three killings. His weapons of choice are knives, and as a last resort, his bare hands. On the serial killer pop charts thirty-three victims puts him way above the Milwaukee cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer, on a level-pegging with the Killer Clown, John Wayne Gacy, and just a fraction behind the infamous Ted Bundy. But Vince's criminal associates laugh at his humility when it comes to a body count. All are convinced that his tally exceeds 100 victims. In this podcast series, author and journalist Matthew Condon, takes us back to Vince's early years, where he terrorised a small country town and ultimately graduated to become the most feared man in the Australian underworld. We will piece together the story of his victims over half a century. We will talk to men and women who were close to him - family, workmates, fellow gangsters - and survived his evil. Gang members and criminals who worked shoulder to shoulder with Vince in the underworld finally speak out about the killer in their midst. And we will search deep into wild bushland for that unholiest of Grails - Vince O'Dempsey's mythical private graveyard, where his many victims rest.

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    • 4.5 • 555 Ratings

Ghost Gate Road is one of those rare stories that you can never unhear, and it will embed itself in your subconscious like a virus and haunt you. Through time psychopaths have lived amongst us. But there are psychopaths and then there is Australia's Vince O'Dempsey. Currently in prison for life for three murders, and charged with another, he has self-confessed to thirty-three killings. His weapons of choice are knives, and as a last resort, his bare hands. On the serial killer pop charts thirty-three victims puts him way above the Milwaukee cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer, on a level-pegging with the Killer Clown, John Wayne Gacy, and just a fraction behind the infamous Ted Bundy. But Vince's criminal associates laugh at his humility when it comes to a body count. All are convinced that his tally exceeds 100 victims. In this podcast series, author and journalist Matthew Condon, takes us back to Vince's early years, where he terrorised a small country town and ultimately graduated to become the most feared man in the Australian underworld. We will piece together the story of his victims over half a century. We will talk to men and women who were close to him - family, workmates, fellow gangsters - and survived his evil. Gang members and criminals who worked shoulder to shoulder with Vince in the underworld finally speak out about the killer in their midst. And we will search deep into wild bushland for that unholiest of Grails - Vince O'Dempsey's mythical private graveyard, where his many victims rest.

    The Bogeyman

    The Bogeyman

    Episode 1: In the small country town of Warwick in Queensland, Australia, a child psychopath, local Vince O'Dempsey, sets out on the long road to mass murder. He terrorises this quiet farming community, dropping out of school, spending time in a mental institution, then torturing animals and sexually assaulting other children. Author and journalist Matthew Condon, who has worked on the O'Dempsey case for ten years, investigates the early years of Australia's worst serial killer.

    • 43 min
    Bodgie

    Bodgie

    Episode 2: Vince becomes a full-blown Bodgie - a name for the anti-authoritarian youth cult inspired by Hollywood movies like The Wild One with Marlon Brando - in his late teens, and his violence escalates. By the early 1960s he is dealing in marijuana, running prostitutes out of a Warwick hotel, and has become a dangerous sexual predator. He finally pushes the envelope too far and earns a lengthy stint in prison. On his release, his attempt to stay on the straight and narrow doesn't last long, and he's back in jail. After this stretch, he soon becomes the most feared gangster in the Australian underworld.

    • 46 min
    A Black Day for Society

    A Black Day for Society

    Episode 3: In the early 1970s, after several stretches in prison for assault, possession of a handgun and robbery, Vince is a free man. A monster is on the loose. He makes powerful connections with the Sydney underworld and is a gunman for hire. He also hooks up with a Brisbane criminal outfit called the Clockwork Orange Gang. Secretly, however, he commits the cardinal sin for a crook. He goes into business with corrupt police.

    • 48 min
    Whiskey Au Go Go

    Whiskey Au Go Go

    Episode 4: Vince organises an arson attack on a Brisbane city restaurant for top-level gangsters as part of an insurance scam. Soon after police begin hearing whispers on the street about the pending firebombing on a nightclub. In the early hours of March 8, 1973, the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub is attacked, killing 15 innocent people. Survivors tell of the chaos and mayhem inside the club during that horrific moment. And the question remains - was Vince O'Dempsey behind the Whiskey mass murder?

    • 55 min
    In the Ashes

    In the Ashes

    Episode 5: In the aftermath of the Whiskey tragedy, to that point Australia's worst mass murder, two men are arrested and charged, but did police get all of the perpetrators? Shocking new details emerge about the planning behind the Whiskey attack, and the possible involvement of corrupt police and organised crime. And one of the country's most notorious police officers lets slip a tantalising clue about Vince and the firebombing. Within 10 months of the blaze, suburban mother Barbara McCulkin and her two young daughters are taken into bushland outside Warwick and brutally murdered and raped. Why? Did Barbara and the girls die because she knew the truth behind the Whiskey?

    • 53 min
    In Vince's Private Graveyard

    In Vince's Private Graveyard

    Episode 6: Stunning revelations emerge about the possible location of Vince's almost mythical private graveyard, where he has buried his victims and visits them when it takes his fancy. Meanwhile, Vince goes on the run after the McCulkin murders and unbelievably plots another hideous multiple murder. This time he wants the girls - who saw him and his mate Shorty with the McCulkins before they disappeared in Dorchester Street - liquidated.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
555 Ratings

555 Ratings

Game-Dude1234 ,

Excellent history podcast.

Matthew Condon is always great. His investigative journalism is conducted really well, with good writing and a flowing story.
This is definitely worth a listen.

Mmartist ,

Great Effing Podcast

I listened to a tonne of podcasts and every so often one comes a long which is extremely captivating. This podcast certainly is one. I loved the layout, delivery, narrating and so on. Highly recommend if you’re into true crime and especially Australian true crime.

Steve0000007 ,

Unreal, Seriously Uncomfortable (at times) and Bingeworthy indeed

A high quality production with even higher quality content. Shocking, genuinely will never forget this story.

I am glad I have listened to this but it was uncomfortable at time yes. There is plenty of warning. I respect true stories and had to keep listening to find out what happened.

I have visited the town of Warwick multiple times and it will take some time for this to not be front of mind.

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