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A 9-year-old girl is attacked on a busy road as she walks home from school. Her murder stuns a community, but it also reveals a horrifying secret: a serial killer has been stalking our streets.

The Morning Bulletin's Michelle Gately tells the forgotten story of Queensland's first convicted serial killer through interviews with those closest to the case, including a victim's mother and the prison informant who became an unlikely hero.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.6, 154 Ratings

A 9-year-old girl is attacked on a busy road as she walks home from school. Her murder stuns a community, but it also reveals a horrifying secret: a serial killer has been stalking our streets.

The Morning Bulletin's Michelle Gately tells the forgotten story of Queensland's first convicted serial killer through interviews with those closest to the case, including a victim's mother and the prison informant who became an unlikely hero.

    5: Lives rebuilt

    5: Lives rebuilt

    What happens when the case is closed, when the killer is dead? How do you live through trauma? In this final episode, Treasa Steinhardt explains how she rebuilt her life after Keyra's murder and what finally brought her back to Rockhampton.
    Music credits:
    Kevin Macleod - Malicious
    Kevin Macleod - Dark Walk
    Kevin Macleod - Relaxing Piano Music
    Chris Zabriskie - They Call It Nature
    Chris Zabriskie - Let the Pain Speak to Me
    Chris Zabriskie - I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor
    Chris Zabriskie - The Sun Is Scheduled to Come Out Tomorrow
    Chris Zabriskie - I Need to Start Writing Things Down
    Lobo Loco - Pyrrhic Victory ID 963
    Alan Piljak - Empty days

    • 19 min
    4: Girl in the cupboard

    4: Girl in the cupboard

    In 2003, convicted child killer Leonard John Fraser was back before court accused of murdering three women and a teenager. But his trial was about to become international news for the most bizarre reason: one of the victims had just come back to life. Soon everyone would know about Natasha Ryan, the girl who hid from the world for five years as her parents and friends mourned her 'death'. In this episode, criminologist Dr Wayne Petherick also explains the traits of a psychopath and we examine how the law failed Fraser's victims.
    Music credits:
    Kevin Macleod - Malicious
    Kevin Macleod - Dark Walk
    Chris Zabriskie - They Call It Nature
    Chris Zabriskie - Let the Pain Speak to Me
    Chris Zabriskie - I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor
    Chris Zabriskie - The Sun Is Scheduled to Come Out Tomorrow
    Chris Zabriskie - I Need to Start Writing Things Down
    Lobo Loco - Pyrrhic Victory ID 963
    Alan Piljak - Empty days

    • 25 min
    3: Unlikely heroes

    3: Unlikely heroes

    Leonard John Fraser has been sentenced to life in prison for 9-year-old Keyra Steinhardt's murder, but there's still a very big question he needs to answer: what happened to Rockhampton's other missing women? Prison informant Allan Quinn shares the details of his conversations with a killer and how he helped bring these women home.
    Music credits:
    Kevin Macleod - Malicious
    Kevin Macleod - Dark Walk
    Chris Zabriskie - They Call It Nature
    Chris Zabriskie - Let the Pain Speak to Me
    Chris Zabriskie - I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor
    Chris Zabriskie - The Sun Is Scheduled to Come Out Tomorrow
    Chris Zabriskie - I Need to Start Writing Things Down
    Lobo Loco - Pyrrhic Victory ID 963
    Alan Piljak - Empty days

    • 26 min
    2: Filthy Animal

    2: Filthy Animal

    In August 2000, Leonard John Fraser stands trial accused of murdering 9-year-old Keyra Steinhardt as she walked home from school in Rockhampton. This episode explores the key evidence presented at the trial, including the moments the case almost came undone. But the most shocking revelations came after the verdict, when the public could finally learn about the killer's horrifying life of crime.
    This episode contains discussions of self harm and suicide. If you need help, the following organisations operate 24/7:
    Lifeline: 13 11 14
    Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
    MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78
    beyondblue: 1300 22 46 36
    Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
    Music credits:
    Kevin Macleod - Malicious
    Kevin Macleod - Dark Walk
    Chris Zabriskie - They Call It Nature
    Chris Zabriskie - Let the Pain Speak to Me
    Chris Zabriskie - I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor
    Chris Zabriskie - The Sun Is Scheduled to Come Out Tomorrow
    Chris Zabriskie - I Need to Start Writing Things Down
    Lobo Loco - Pyrrhic Victory ID 963
    Alan Piljak - Empty days

    • 21 min
    1: Key to my heart

    1: Key to my heart

    On April 22, 1999, Keyra Steinhardt is attacked and killed as she walked home from school in Rockhampton. Detectives get a once-in-a-lifetime break in the case and have their prime suspect in custody just hours later. But then things stall. He won't talk, so for two weeks hundreds of people search for the 9-year-old girl. This crime rocked a small community, but it's just the first horrifying discovery about the man who became Queensland's first convicted serial killer.
    Music credits:
    Kevin Macleod - Malicious
    Kevin Macleod - Dark Walk
    Chris Zabriskie - They Call It Nature
    Chris Zabriskie - Let the Pain Speak to Me
    Chris Zabriskie - I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor
    Chris Zabriskie - The Sun Is Scheduled to Come Out Tomorrow
    Chris Zabriskie - I Need to Start Writing Things Down
    Lobo Loco - Pyrrhic Victory ID 963
    Alan Piljak - Empty days

    • 32 min
    Trailer

    Trailer

    A 9-year-old girl is attacked on a busy road as she walks home from school. Her murder stuns a community, but it also reveals a horrifying secret: a serial killer has been stalking our streets.
    The Morning Bulletin's Michelle Gately tells the forgotten story of Queensland's first convicted serial killer through interviews with those closest to the case, including a victim's mother and the prison informant who became an unlikely hero. Episode 1 coming Monday, April 22.

    Music credits:
    Kevin Macleod - Malicious
    Kevin Macleod - Dark Walk

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 Ratings

YerOne73 ,

Sad story

My heart goes out to the victims. It’s hard to write a bad review when the story is so worth telling but I didn’t enjoy this. The journalist is monotone like she’s reading a book. The constant background music is jarring. I gave up at E3.

And by the way - in E3 - the 14 year old victim you referred to as ‘a woman’ is in fact a child.

BumbleBeeTuna58 ,

Good + feedback to author

Sad podcast. My heart goes out to the friends, family and loved ones of the victims.

I'd like to suggest that the podcaster be more wary of their use of language when discussing or mentioning autism. For instance, there is no such thing as "severe" autism. There are Autistic people (note identity first language as preferred by the Autistic community) with higher or lower levels of support needs, and often this fluctuates day-by-day. Please be respectful of the Autistic community's way in which they prefer to be referred to and use of functioning labels as you would of any other minority and/or disabled people. Anyone using a public platform has a responsibility to do so in a respectful manner.

Also, I found it upsetting when the mother discussed that she would hit her partner's disabled child. Beating an Autistic child in an attempt to 'normalise' their natural behaviours and self-expression can cause trauma which can manifest into a range of mental health problems during adolesence and adulthood. You can find plenty of materials about the trauma of ABA therapy has inflicted upon Autistic adults through their writings/blogs online which is concerning given the significantly higher suicide rates of Autistic people compared to non-Autistic people.

KateVictoria ,

Very well researched and presented

This is such a good podcast, very thoroughly researched, very respectful and the presenter is fantastic.

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