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In 2003, Kathleen Folbigg was found guilty for the deaths of four of her children, and sentenced to 25 years in prison. All her children died as infants, and Kathleen has always maintained her innocence. But in the eyes of the law, she is Australia’s worst female serial killer. But now, almost two decades on, 151 scientists are petitioning for Kathleen Folbigg's release. They have found a gene mutation in two of Kathleen’s children and believe they died of natural causes. In this podcast Jane Hansen looks into the Kathleen Folbigg case. She tries to find out who Kathleen really is. Jane will give you insights into the history of her case, and then follow the inquiry into the new genetic discovery that could prove her innocence. 

This podcast is written and hosted by Jane Hansen, and produced and edited by Andrea Thiis-Evensen. 

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Mother's Guilt has been made possible by our subscribers here on Apple Podcasts. If you subscribe to Crime X+ you can listen to this show exclusively and ad free.

In 2003, Kathleen Folbigg was found guilty for the deaths of four of her children, and sentenced to 25 years in prison. All her children died as infants, and Kathleen has always maintained her innocence. But in the eyes of the law, she is Australia’s worst female serial killer. But now, almost two decades on, 151 scientists are petitioning for Kathleen Folbigg's release. They have found a gene mutation in two of Kathleen’s children and believe they died of natural causes. In this podcast Jane Hansen looks into the Kathleen Folbigg case. She tries to find out who Kathleen really is. Jane will give you insights into the history of her case, and then follow the inquiry into the new genetic discovery that could prove her innocence. 

This podcast is written and hosted by Jane Hansen, and produced and edited by Andrea Thiis-Evensen. 

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Reasonable Doubt

    Reasonable Doubt

    In 2003, Kathleen Folbigg was found guilty for the deaths of four of her children, and sentenced to 25 years in prison, but - Kathleen has always maintained her innocence. Now, 151 scientists are petitioning for her release, saying they believe two of the four children died by natural causes. They will present their evidence in an upcoming inquiry. In the first episode of Mother’s Guilt Jane Hansen goes back to the beginning, and looks into how a mother became known as Australia’s worst female serial killer. We meet Tracy Chapman, Kathleen Folbigg’s oldest friend from school who tells us why she stands by the Kathleen she knows as opposed to the villain painted in the press.

    The Sisterhood

    The Sisterhood

    Born into violence and tragedy, with a father who killed her own mother, Kathleen became a ward of the state, but when she was fostered into the Marlborough family, she forged close friendships at school in Newcastle and a remarkable sisterhood was formed, friends for life who have stuck by her and take us back. Jane also discovers an incident that supports the new science, where one of Kathleen’s friends found her daughter Laura not breathing, one day while babysitting.

    Science versus the law

    Science versus the law

    The whisper of injustice that became a roar. There were holes in the trial from the start as the infamous Meadow’s Law came into play. Laura, the fourth child to die, had an obvious cause of death, myocarditis from a viral infection. Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle which can cause fatal arrhythmias, especially if you have a mutation on the gene that regulates heart rhythm. And it turns out - she did. Scientific experts face off against the law, forcing a new inquiry.

    Another Lindy Chamberlain?

    Another Lindy Chamberlain?

    In this special episode of Mother’s Guilt Jane talks to Legal expert Dr Robert Moles who specialises in miscarriages of justice. He looks at the latest evidence and talks through the legal implications of the Folbigg case, and argues the case cannot stand under the current legal framework. He also says the Folbigg case is bigger than the Lindy Chamberlain case in terms of injustice, and he would know. He was one of the people responsible for clearing Lindy Chamberlain's name.

    The Folbigg Diaries

    The Folbigg Diaries

    One of the main reasons Kathleen Folbigg was found guilty for the deaths of her four children, was her diary entries. Kathleen kept diaries over the decade of her children dying, and the entries were used as circumstantial evidence in the 2003 trial. And, some of them are harrowing. But - were they taken out of context? We hear Kathleen Folbigg answer questions about what she really meant in these entries. We also meet a linguistic expert who has worked for the CIA and FBI who has developed a computer program, to analyse texts for evidence of guilt, authenticity, hidden motives and lies. What does the program tell us about Kathleen’s diaries? We find out.

    Folbigg Inquiry - Striking New Evidence

    Folbigg Inquiry - Striking New Evidence

    In the first week of the new Kathleen Folbigg inquiry explosive fresh evidence from Danish professors has not only forced the adjournment of the much anticipated inquiry but strengthened the belief that a new genetic mutation is responsible for the deaths of two of the four Folbigg children. Jane talks to the experts themselves and Kathleen's friends who have travelled from around the country to be there, but the inquiry takes an unexpected turn. 

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

conyatina ,

Wow Amazing

I loved it, but it’s not fair that I only got to watch one episode of it before I had to pay.

Other than that it’s a amazing podcast, and keeps me interested when I have no work to do.

Himsup ,

Very impressed

Captured my attention every episode. You get a good understanding of how much time has gone into making this podcast possible for us! Such an amazing job!!!!
Hopefully more like this to come in the future.

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Pay?

First episode was great but I won’t be pay for a podcast, ever.

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