22 episodes

Shandee Blackburn was brutally murdered as she walked home from work - but this cold-case can still be solved. Gold Walkley-winning journalist Hedley Thomas - who created The Teacher’s Pet and The Night Driver - goes deep to find out who killed Shandee, and why. 

Episodes of the podcast first, plus exclusive stories, videos, pictures and extraordinary evidence are available with a subscription through The Australian's app, or at shandee.com.au

To contact Hedley Thomas anonymously with any information on Shandee's Story email here - Shandee@theaustralian.com.au

 

Shandee's Story The Australian

    • True Crime
    • 4.4 • 1.2K Ratings

Shandee Blackburn was brutally murdered as she walked home from work - but this cold-case can still be solved. Gold Walkley-winning journalist Hedley Thomas - who created The Teacher’s Pet and The Night Driver - goes deep to find out who killed Shandee, and why. 

Episodes of the podcast first, plus exclusive stories, videos, pictures and extraordinary evidence are available with a subscription through The Australian's app, or at shandee.com.au

To contact Hedley Thomas anonymously with any information on Shandee's Story email here - Shandee@theaustralian.com.au

 

    Episode 20 - Shoot The Messengers

    Episode 20 - Shoot The Messengers

    DNA scientist Dr Kirsty Wright is shown how public servants and DNA laboratory managers behind closed doors have been minimising the serious concerns raised in the podcast series. A raft of internal documents responding to Kirsty's revelations become available and these show the immediate refusal of the managers of the laboratory to start a proper audit or acknowledge anything has gone awry. Many documents are heavily redacted but are likely to be flushed out as the new Commission of Inquiry gathers momentum. Kirsty's other efforts to ensure scrutiny of the lab are revealed along with interviews of key witnesses who hadn't spoken to the podcast before. The episode is expected to be the last in Season 1 of Shandee's Story. A new season, Shandee's Legacy, is likely to start during the public inquiry run by retired Supreme Court Justice Walter Sofronoff QC.

    Subscribers to The Australian have exclusive first access to episodes of Shandee's Story via The Australian app. Subscribe to The Australian here.You can download on The Australian's app in Apple's store here.

    Also get it on Google Play here.

    To contact Hedley Thomas anonymously with any information on Shandee's Story email here - Shandee@theaustralian.com.au
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 53 min
    Episode 19 - Shandee's Legacy

    Episode 19 - Shandee's Legacy

    Finally, seven months after the first disclosures in episode 7 of the podcast by Dr Kirsty Wright about grave concerns over the testing of DNA in Shandee's case and in hundreds of others, a remarkable breakthrough. The Premier of Queensland announces a far-reaching public inquiry to be led by one of Queensland's most respected legal figures and he'll be armed with vast powers and a team of lawyers and investigators to get to the truth in the DNA laboratory. Vicki and Shannah Blackburn were briefed by the premier and the health minister who said they wanted to ensure public confidence in the criminal justice system. A public inquiry became unavoidable after police went public with alarming details about what they were discovering in the lab's handling of evidence and DNA in hundreds of sexual assault cases, triggering a review of rapes going back four years. Major changes are tipped to come from the inquiry which is forecast to run for six months. Vicki says Shandee would be exclaiming 'yes!'

    Subscribers to The Australian have exclusive first access to episodes of Shandee's Story via The Australian app. Subscribe to The Australian here.You can download on The Australian's app in Apple's store here.

    Also get it on Google Play here.

    To contact Hedley Thomas anonymously with any information on Shandee's Story email here - Shandee@theaustralian.com.au
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Introducing - The Teacher's Trial

    Introducing - The Teacher's Trial

    From Hedley Thomas and the journalists at The Australian comes The Teacher's Trial. A new episode will be published every Friday for the duration of the trial of Chris Dawson, who is accused of the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson. Search for The Teacher's Trial wherever you listen to podcasts, or read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial here.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 18 - Fair Go

    Episode 18 - Fair Go

    Will Shandee Blackburn ever get justice? Will systemic flaws in Queensland’s forensic lab be independently investigated by the authorities? In this episode of the podcast series – which is pausing until new leads arise – Dr Kirsty Wright reveals the letter she confidentially wrote to Queensland’s corruption-fighting agency about the broken lab and her concerns that its problems are more serious than they first appeared. John and Shandee's former friend Jarrod Hau describes as untrue a claim John made to detectives and friends after the murder. Police investigate whether a taxi driver picked up John when he had a bandaged right hand in the days after Shandee’s murder. Vicki and Shannah’s tireless search for justice continues and more developments will come as DNA in Shandee’s case and other leads are reinvestigated by the coroner.

    Subscribers to The Australian have exclusive first access to episodes of Shandee's Story via The Australian app. Subscribe to The Australian here.You can download on The Australian's app in Apple's store here.

    Also get it on Google Play here.

    To contact Hedley Thomas anonymously with any information on Shandee's Story email here - Shandee@theaustralian.com.au
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 17 – Through The Cracks

    Episode 17 – Through The Cracks

    Evidence that appears to have fallen through the cracks in Shandee’s case is revealed as John Peros’s flat – and its hiding places – gets a fresh examination in light of new information from a listener. Retired homicide detective Scott Furlong recalls his visit to the flat the day after the murder as part of the investigation, of seeing apparent renovation works, and then noting a year later the elaborate concealment spaces which had been created by John. The smell of paint or bleach the day after the murder weighs heavily for those who heard about it. A domestic violence expert examines John and Shandee’s abusive relationship.

    Subscribers to The Australian have exclusive first access to episodes of Shandee's Story via The Australian app. Subscribe to The Australian here.You can download on The Australian's app in Apple's store here.

    Also get it on Google Play here.

    To contact Hedley Thomas anonymously with any information on Shandee's Story email here - Shandee@theaustralian.com.au
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 16 - Running

    Episode 16 - Running

    The footsteps of a running man captured in CCTV footage seconds before and after Shandee’s slaying are re-enacted to test a theory that the running man didn’t have enough time to be her killer. Criminal lawyer Kristy Bell explains the legal principle of double jeopardy and the evidence required to recharge an offender for the same crime under Queensland law. In 2019 the inquest hears detailed police evidence about the CCTV compilation of a suspect's vehicle. John Peros enters the witness box after being compelled to give evidence and reports suffering from memory problems that go back years.

    Subscribers to The Australian have exclusive first access to episodes of Shandee's Story via The Australian app. Subscribe to The Australian here.You can download on The Australian's app in Apple's store here.

    Also get it on Google Play here.

    To contact Hedley Thomas anonymously with any information on Shandee's Story email here - Shandee@theaustralian.com.au
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

megsrmegs ,

Important story

A very important story, the podcast was riveting. Dr Wright is amazing. The podcast’s only downside is that it’s funded by a right wing newspaper and sometimes that angle could be felt. Similarly, the continued bizarre plugs for Sky/Foxtel really took me out of it. Episodes in the second half become repetitive.

jlo8872 ,

Hadley Thomas does it again!

A riveting story that has been brought back into the light thanks to this podcast.
If the story itself isn’t enough, the issues with the forensics lab is a twist no one could have predicted.
Subscribe and binge!

ChristinaM2912 ,

Hedley you’re a star

I am a huge fan of your work Hedley, and this podcast is one of the best I’ve listened to. Groundbreaking and can’t wait for part 2

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