8 episodes

The Confession is a podcast where the justice system itself is on trial.

At the centre of it all is Katia Pyliotis, accused of bludgeoning a man with a statue of the Virgin Mary. Four years of Katia’s life is spent behind bars, until the truth emerges because of a stroke of luck. When an item thought long lost is suddenly found and the spotlight is shifted from Katia to her accusers, the police.

Richard Baker tells the story of a murder, a botched trial and the system that allowed it to happen.

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The Confession SMH & The Age

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 475 Ratings

The Confession is a podcast where the justice system itself is on trial.

At the centre of it all is Katia Pyliotis, accused of bludgeoning a man with a statue of the Virgin Mary. Four years of Katia’s life is spent behind bars, until the truth emerges because of a stroke of luck. When an item thought long lost is suddenly found and the spotlight is shifted from Katia to her accusers, the police.

Richard Baker tells the story of a murder, a botched trial and the system that allowed it to happen.

See our website for more exclusive content: https://www.theage.com.au/topic/the-confession-podcast-6fs2

    Episode 1: Katia

    Episode 1: Katia

    Homicide detectives corner charity store volunteer Katia Pyliotis in an Adelaide laneway and arrest her for the brutal murder of an old man with a statue of the Virgin Mary more than a decade prior. She badly mishandles her first interview with police. But her nightmare is just beginning.

    Read more on our website: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/first-she-walks-now-she-talks-katia-pyliotis-on-facing-four-trials-for-the-same-murder-20221101-p5bula.html

     
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    • 23 min
    Episode 2: Unknown female DNA

    Episode 2: Unknown female DNA

    Eliah Abdelmessih’s final day starts with his usual early morning breakfast at McDonalds. A creature of habit, staff would normally see him again for another meal within hours. But not today. Police talk to witnesses and two sides to Eliah emerge.

    Read more on our website: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/a-penchant-for-porn-and-mcdonald-s-the-final-lonely-days-of-eliah-abdelmessih-20221102-p5bv0l.html
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    • 26 min
    Episode 3: Crazy Sue

    Episode 3: Crazy Sue

    In the space of a few hours, Susan Reddie goes from witness to prime suspect in Eliah’s murder after she reveals to police her unsettling transactional relationship with him. Years later, Sue reappears as Katia’s best hope for freedom because of what she represents: a reasonable doubt.

    Read more on our website: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/the-original-suspect-crazy-sue-from-kew-confesses-to-murder-20221103-p5bvdm.html
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    • 37 min
    Episode 4: The worst part of the worst part

    Episode 4: The worst part of the worst part

    Under attack from inmates and guards, Katia contemplates ending it all after the lead detective in Eliah’s murder investigation drops a bombshell in court and causes yet another trial to be aborted.

    Read more on our website: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/fatal-recall-how-confession-confusion-put-an-accused-killer-in-a-quandary-20221103-p5bvgn.html
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    • 35 min
    Episode 5: When justice fails

    Episode 5: When justice fails

    When all hope appears lost, Katia gets a lucky break in an unrelated case before Australia’s highest court. Now it is time for her accusers, the police, to be put under the spotlight.

    Read more on our website: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/bombshell-backfires-a-long-lost-diary-is-found-and-the-fifth-murder-trial-of-katia-pyliotis-is-aborted-20221108-p5bwh0.html
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    • 36 min
    Episode 6: The vibe

    Episode 6: The vibe

    The spectre of Sue Reddie returns in a most extraordinary cross examination. If the justice system has previously failed Katia, then this is it attempting to heal itself. Katia’s barrister and an inquisitive judge put highly experienced detectives to the test.

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
475 Ratings

475 Ratings

palmycherry1961 ,

Brilliant Podcast in every way.

An important story very well told. Thank god for luck! And Katia I hope you find the peace and joy in life you deserve. Best of luck with your civil case. Am forever grateful I’m not the mother , daughter, sister of the 2 policemen involved her. Beyond despicable and cannot believe they are still employed !

RB-summo ,

Great listening

I listened to all episodes end to end while travelling. The story had me thoroughly engaged and was exceptionally well set out and thought provoking.

Jess and Pickles ,

THIS is how you do a true crime podcast!!

Seven episodes and it’s done. Doesn’t muck around or pad content out for 20-something episodes. Doesn’t repeat itself or assume the audience is too think to remember previous episodes. Well done.

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