10 episodes

Melbourne, Victoria: In August 2002, when a male prostitute is accused of raping and mutilating a client, few doubt his guilt. It's a shocking attack, the victim's tongue is almost torn from her mouth. To complete the lurid picture, she says her attacker boasted that he was a 200 year old vampire.

Yet Shane Chartres-Abbott says he was framed and sets out to prove he is the fall guy for a high-level sex ring operating in the city. He fears he will be silenced before he can tell his story but no-one listens. He doesn't know there are others who want him dead. The victim is hiding a complex and volatile past relationship from police.

On June 4 2003, Shane is murdered on the way to give evidence in court.
Three years later, a career criminal in jail confesses to the crime and makes a series of sensational allegations. He says serving and past police were involved, providing him with the victim's address and an alibi for the shooting. The case ceases to be a murder investigation and turns into a purge of links between Victoria Police and the underworld. It will become the most expensive investigation in the state's history and the blood of the vampire gigolo will wash through the halls of power for years to come. In the end, nothing is proven. Today there is a lingering sense of justice denied, that a killer and their accomplices remain free.

For additional information, case evidence, unheard audio & more: www.thetrialsofthevampire.com

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Melbourne, Victoria: In August 2002, when a male prostitute is accused of raping and mutilating a client, few doubt his guilt. It's a shocking attack, the victim's tongue is almost torn from her mouth. To complete the lurid picture, she says her attacker boasted that he was a 200 year old vampire.

Yet Shane Chartres-Abbott says he was framed and sets out to prove he is the fall guy for a high-level sex ring operating in the city. He fears he will be silenced before he can tell his story but no-one listens. He doesn't know there are others who want him dead. The victim is hiding a complex and volatile past relationship from police.

On June 4 2003, Shane is murdered on the way to give evidence in court.
Three years later, a career criminal in jail confesses to the crime and makes a series of sensational allegations. He says serving and past police were involved, providing him with the victim's address and an alibi for the shooting. The case ceases to be a murder investigation and turns into a purge of links between Victoria Police and the underworld. It will become the most expensive investigation in the state's history and the blood of the vampire gigolo will wash through the halls of power for years to come. In the end, nothing is proven. Today there is a lingering sense of justice denied, that a killer and their accomplices remain free.

For additional information, case evidence, unheard audio & more: www.thetrialsofthevampire.com

    Vampire for hire

    Vampire for hire

    Fourteen years after the murder of Shane Chartres-Abbott, the vampire gigolo is still making waves.

    For additional information, case evidence, unheard audio & more: www.thetrialsofthevampire.com

    • 24 min
    Story time

    Story time

    Shane Chartres-Abbott's father and grandfather had a history of bogus religion, violence and sexual freedom that leads Shane into the sex industry.

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    • 31 min
    Midnight in room 307

    Midnight in room 307

    When the Thai-born Penny is found in a pool of blood in her hotel room, the only suspect is Shane Chartres-Abbott but from the beginning there are unanswered questions that linger until this day.

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    • 30 min
    The main course

    The main course

    Police track Shane from Penny's hotel room to a brothel where more bizarre practices unfold but this time Shane is on the receiving end. More questions emerge about the events in Room 307 and whether the victim is telling the whole...

    • 43 min
    84 Howard St

    84 Howard St

    On the day he is due to give evidence in his trial, Shane is intercepted outside his house and shot down in cold blood. The murder investigation begins.

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    • 31 min
    Showstopper

    Showstopper

    Three years after the murder, an inmate "The Author" confesses that he killed Shane and begins to name his accomplices.

    For additional information, case evidence, unheard audio & more: www.thetrialsofthevampire.com

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

pcasta ,

Couldn’t stop listening

Great podcast, really interesting and well narrated

TRU-CRIME-FAN ,

One small gripe!

Enjoying the story thus far. However, one small gripe: the background music is distracting and not needed. It takes away from the narration and interviews. So annoying!

Cherishthisgurl ,

Totally Captivating

Couldn’t stop listening!!! Well told
loved it

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