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An investigative podcast hosted by ABC journalist Rachael Brown, Trace examines the fractures in Australia's criminal justice system, and the decades-long ripples they have caused.

Trace ABC Podcasts

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 3.9K Ratings

An investigative podcast hosted by ABC journalist Rachael Brown, Trace examines the fractures in Australia's criminal justice system, and the decades-long ripples they have caused.

    S1 | The Inquest

    S1 | The Inquest

    The new coronial inquest into the murder of Maria James has wrapped up. Will the Coroner be able to name her killer? And of the police exhibits that haven't disappeared, what DNA testing can be done? This episode nears us closer to the end of the James brothers' 41-year-fight for answers for their mum.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    S1 | Breakthrough in Maria James cold case

    S1 | Breakthrough in Maria James cold case

    The discovery of a police exhibit - thought to be missing for around three decades - could finally help unmask the killer in the 1980 cold case of Maria James.

    • 26 min
    S2 BONUS — The Price

    S2 BONUS — The Price

    The Royal Commission has released its final report into defence lawyer turned police informer Nicola Gobbo.

    • 40 min
    S2 08 | End game

    S2 08 | End game

    We reveal the story of Nicola Gobbo's audacious bid to return to Australia.

    • 42 min
    S2 07 | Reckoning

    S2 07 | Reckoning

    Everything unravels, for Nicola Gobbo and Victoria Police. Their secret is out.

    • 40 min
    S2 06 | Whatever it takes

    S2 06 | Whatever it takes

    Nicola hits rock bottom, but Victoria Police wants her to take on a new role ... as a witness.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.9K Ratings

3.9K Ratings

Mich Legg ,

Fabulous Journalism and investigating

Thank you Rachel for your hard work and detailed details surrounding this case. My sympathies go out to The James brothers for sharing the tradegy of losing your beautiful mother Maria.

I truly hope the coroner can name the killer, so Maria can be laid to rest like she deserves.

If it so happens that the killer can not be named, I think by all the evidence that has been highlighted and brought to the surface by this podcast, one can assume the probable killer.

TINKofthe85 ,

Brilliant podcast, thank you for searching for answers.

Thank you Rachael for pulling together this sincere and gripping podcast, and reigniting the investigation into Maria James’ murder. My heart goes out to the James brothers.

123gardenart ,

Keep fighting for Maria and her sons

The Maria James series is a thoughtful and in-depth investigation which seeks to bring justice for Maria James and her sons. I do hope that the findings of the Coronial Inquest help to bring this matter to a close.
If you like a deep dive investigative podcast then I highly recommend putting Trace at the top of your list.

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