30 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 Crime X

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    • 4.4 • 1.4K Ratings

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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

 

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    Shandee's Legacy Episode 7: Freedom Day

    Shandee's Legacy Episode 7: Freedom Day

    It’s the final week of public hearings in the explosive inquiry into a broken DNA lab and we’re all here because of one person -- Shandee Blackburn. The vicious and unprovoked murder of the defenceless 23-year-old walking home from work is front-and-centre as three independent experts give their verdict on the lab’s failure to find any forensic trace of her killer.

    It’s been a long and, at times, lonely road for Australia’s Dr Kirsty Wright, but now she gets her day in court alongside the world’s most renowned forensic biologist, Dr Bruce Budowle, and New Zealand’s Johanna Veth, revealing shocking new findings.
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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Shandee's Legacy Episode 6: Disney Villain

    Shandee's Legacy Episode 6: Disney Villain

    In the harsh spotlight of the inquiry, lab boss Cathie Allen admits to absolutely nothing, tearfully insisting she always acted with the best intentions and has been terribly misunderstood.

    In her account, white-anting staff were to blame for the toxic culture at the lab, management offered no support, funding was shrinking and the pressure was relentless. We explore her life outside the lab, with some surprising revelations, and examine her claim to have been unfairly portrayed as a ‘Disney villain’.
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    • 1 hr 45 min
    Shandee's Legacy Episode 5: Blowtorch

    Shandee's Legacy Episode 5: Blowtorch

    The big guns from the DNA lab - Lara Keller, Justin Howes and Cathie Allen - are rolled into the formal inquiry and subjected to withering questioning by a lawyer on top of his game over alleged cover-up, lies to police, and scientific fraud. The three insist they've been honest at all times, just guilty of misunderstanding the details or being overwhelmed by work and led into human error. The inquiry's lead lawyer Michael Hodge was relentless as he applied a blowtorch to a very broken lab affecting thousands of victims of crime.
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    Shandee's Legacy Episode 4: Gaslit

    Shandee's Legacy Episode 4: Gaslit

    Four weeks in, one question lingers in the Walter Sofronoff-led Commission of Inquiry into Queensland's state-run forensics lab: who knew what and when?

    In this week's episode, Hedley Thomas, Claire Harvey, Matthew Condon, and David Murray further unpack the toxic treatment of scientists who attempted to raise the alarm about inadequate DNA profiling processes and questionable management practices. We look closely at the behaviour of figures who've loomed large but have yet to enter the witness box: Lara Keller, Cathie Allen, and Justin Howes. 

    Matt Condon also delves into the fascinating history of the facility and the unique way death is dealt with in Queensland. 
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Shandee's Legacy Episode 3: Ingrid's Epic Spray

    Shandee's Legacy Episode 3: Ingrid's Epic Spray

    Humiliated. Belittled. Embarrassed. Toxic behaviour by the lab's managers leads to an epic spray from a reporting scientist in this week's episode. Ingrid Moeller used her time in the witness box to unleash on less-than-stellar management of the state-run lab at the centre of the Commission of Inquiry. 

    Plus, we hear from her colleagues, who tried time and again to raise the alarm about toxic culture and controversial lab practices. 

    We also grapple with the magnitude of the lab's extraordinary backflips on statements provided to Queensland Police, with potentially thousands of cases thrown into doubt as a result.

    Join The Australian’s National Chief Correspondent, Hedley Thomas, and his colleagues Claire Harvey, David Murray, and Matthew Condon, as they discuss the third week of the Sofronoff inquiry.
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    Shandee's Legacy Episode 2: Evidence Destruction

    Shandee's Legacy Episode 2: Evidence Destruction

    We reveal deep concerns that the lab managers put a new, untried and ill-conceived testing system in place immediately after the public inquiry was called. Was it a deliberate strategy of sabotage to try to cover up the mistakes of the past? Or merely accidental - the product of poor judgment?

    The inquiry is focusing long and hard on this as Dr Kirsty Wright helps identify the errors and potential destruction of evidence. The toxic culture inside the lab are on display along with three of the fascinating legal characters in the inquiry.

    Join The Australian’s chief national correspondent, Hedley Thomas, and his colleagues Claire Harvey, David Murray and Matthew Condon, as they discuss the second week of the Sofronoff inquiry.
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    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Pacergirl1962 ,

Thank god for Hedley and team!

If anyone can set justice for down trodden and forgotten victims - it will Hedley and his team.
Justice for Shandee - justice for Lyn!

Mooshy Michy ,

In-depth and incredible

This podcast is so incredible and so heart wrenching, trying to get Justice for Shandee. Thank you for sharing her story.

Monique Langdon ,

Hedley you are a true hero

Thank you for bringing such a serious matter to light. I cannot believe the evil Forensic lab isn’t in the spotlight more… Absolutely Criminal….

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