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Join hosts Shaun and Chloe each week as they discuss an Australian criminal case, deep diving into the backgrounds of perpetrators, details of crimes, impact on victims, and affects on the community.

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Join hosts Shaun and Chloe each week as they discuss an Australian criminal case, deep diving into the backgrounds of perpetrators, details of crimes, impact on victims, and affects on the community.

    The Monash University Shooting

    The Monash University Shooting

    21st of October 2002. Monash University, Clayton, Victoria.

    After the class of 12 had filed in and taken their seats, lecturer Lee Gordon-Brown handed back an assignment that students had recently completed, and began the class with a discussion, writing a question on the whiteboard for everyone to ponder.

    Around 20 minutes into the class at 11:25AM, things took a sudden and horrific turn inside room E659 of the Menzies Building.
    Allen, seated at the rear of the classroom, jumped up with both of his arms outstretched and screamed at the top of his lungs 'you never understand me...'

    Join Shaun and Chloe as they discuss the tragic tale of the Monash University Shooting.

    Credits:
    Researched by Elissa Xu
    Written and engineered by Shaun McMahon

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    Resources:

    Videos

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnHw3_p9_Xk
    • https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/696180291883
    • https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/hero-recounts-monash-horror/video/eaea6a2443cf363453ef99814c105384

    Articles

    • https://www.smh.com.au/national/monash-university-shooter-found-not-guilty-20040617-gdj57o.html
    • https://www.academia.edu/3699493/Media_construction_of_a_school_shooting_as_a_social_problem_-_Journalism_5_6_
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/reluctant-heroes-draw-positives-from-pain-20031021-gdwl03.html
    • https://www.smh.com.au/national/unis-reluctant-hero-tells-of-tackling-gunman-20021022-gdfqyw.html
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/monash-university-gunman-back-in-court-after-stabbing-secure-unit-worker-in-neck-20160915-grgz56.html
    • https://www.smh.com.au/national/killer-sent-to-psych-hospital-20040618-gdj5aj.html
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/monash-staff-get-bravery-awards-20021119-gdusy3.html
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/how-a-shooting-spree-changed-the-nations-gun-laws-20030912-gdwbvb.html
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/how-a-shooting-spree-changed-the-nations-gun-laws-20030912-gdwbvb.html
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/student-believed-monash-killings-were-his-destiny-20030912-gdwbv6.html
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/pm-flags-tougher-gun-laws-20021023-gdupvm.html
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/shooting-victims-awarded-degrees-20021026-gduq7t.html
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/kung-fu-fighter-a-modest-campus-hero-20021023-gdupvo.html
    • https://www.smh.com.au/national/man-accused-of-uni-deaths-remanded-in-custody-20021023-gdfr1d.html
    • https://web.archive.org/web/20070927140742/http://www.rhsa.org.au/clark_medal.html
    • http://www.abc.net.au/pm/stories/s708056.htm
    • https://www.smh.com.au/national/two-shot-dead-five-wounded-at-monash-uni-20021021-gdfqur.html
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/monash-gunman-not-guilty-20040618-gdy24b.html
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/talented-loner-who-struggled-in-class-20021022-gduprb.html
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/prices-set-in-handgun-crackdown-20030630-gdvyp1.html
    • https://web.archive.org/web/20070926225904/http://www.dest.gov.au/ministers/nelson/dec02/n254_031202.htm
    • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-15/man-who-shot-uni-students-sentenced-over-doctor-stabbing/8122986
    • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3282116/Monash-University-shooter-identified-patient-stabbed-doctor-Melbourne-hospital.html
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/firearms-the-repeating-menace-20021024-gdupyj.html
    • https://murderpedia.org/male.X/x/xiang-huan.htm
    • https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/05/gun-control-audit-finds-sta

    • 50 min
    Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers

    Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers

    9th of November 1983. Bayan Lepas International Airport, Penang, Malaysia

    There was the usual bustle of activity inside and outside the airport, with a seemingly innumerable fleet of taxis dropping people off and picking up fares. The relentless cluster of passengers travelling to and from domestic and international flights flooded the airport lounges and check-in counters.

    Amongst all of the airport activity, two young Australian men aged in their mid-20's alighted from one of the many taxis and entered the airport. One man was carrying a maroon suitcase; he was named Kevin Barlow, and his acquaintance was Brian Chambers.

    Barlow approached the check in desk, as Chambers paid the taxi fare, passed through the luggage scanning area, and joined him there. Barlow was sweating and shaking profusely, which drew unwanted attention to him and Chambers. As a consequence, the two were detained and searched by local authorities, where they discovered the maroon suitcase contained 141.9g of pure heroin.

    How did these two men end up in this dire situation, almost 5000km from their homes in Perth, Australia? Especially with Malaysia's new highly advertised harsh drug laws at the time, which promised death for the crime they were committing...

    Join Shaun and Chloe as they discuss the case of Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers.

    Credits:
    Researched and written by John Ede-Clendinnen
    Additional writing, editing and audio engineering by Shaun McMahon

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    Resources:

    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penang_International_Airport
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barlow_and_Chambers_execution
    • Dadah is Death TV Movie
    • This Little Piggy Stayed Home by David Williams
    • https://thewest.com.au/news/australia/violent-criminals-low-key-exit-ng-ya-220570
    • https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/true-crime-scene/hangings-of-kevin-barlow-and-brian-geoffrey-chambers-in-malaysia-destroyed-families-lives/news-story/cbcd26256052e0d64370bd7ab1f40996
    • https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11263204
    • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-15/malaysias-government-looks-to-decriminalise-drug-use/11511492
    • https://www.nytimes.com/1986/07/07/world/malaysians-hang-two-australians.html
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Ryan
    • https://www.nowtolove.com.au/parenting/family/barbara-barlow-on-the-kevin-barlow-michael-chambers-executions-16306
    • https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094937/
    • https://www.nytimes.com/1986/07/08/world/hangings-prompt-bitter-reactions.html
    • https://www.gettyimages.com.au/detail/video/steve-whitham-reports-exterior-pudu-prison-gates-closing-news-footage/641927956
    • https://www.amnesty.org.au/campaigns/end-the-death-penalty/
    • https://timeline.com/ronald-nancy-reagan-war-on-drugs-crack-baby-just-say-no-cia-communism-racial-injustice-fcfeadb3548d
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Williams_(journalist)
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fremantle_Prison_riot
    • https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Court/2000/06/Attorney-General-presents-Inaugural-Prison-Service-Bravery-Service-Awards.aspx
    • www.penang.ws/areas/bayan-lepas.htm
    • https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1988-10-28-8802110316-story.html

    • 45 min
    The Disappearance of Sarah MacDiarmid

    The Disappearance of Sarah MacDiarmid

    11 July 1990. Kananook Train Station, Seaford, Victoria.

    At 10:20PM Maria Babacala got off the train and made her way off the platform, crossing the overpass to head out of the station. As the clacking of the train departing for Frankston echoed in the night sky, things again fell silent and she shuffled towards her destination.

    But that silence was soon disturbed by the sound of a firm female voice in the distance; 'give my car keys back and stop fooling around', the woman said. Maria looked out across the overpass bridge, but it was very dark, and her view of the car park below was obscured by bush. She continued on, hesitantly, wondering what might've happened in the darkness below...

    Join Shaun and Chloe as they discuss the sad and disturbing disappearance of Sarah MacDiarmid.

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    Episode researched, written and engineered by Shaun McMahon

    Resources:

    • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-02/sarah-macdiarmid-remembered-with-special-plaque-kananook-station/8866454
    • https://unsolvedtruecrime.com/2018/09/02/sarah-macdiarmids-mysterious-disappearance/
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Sarah_MacDiarmid
    • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-07-10/million-dollars-on-offer-in-missing-persons-case/898950?section=justin
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/the-never-ending-search-for-sarah-20040711-gdy8bu.html
    • https://www.smh.com.au/national/mystery-causes-heartbreak-for-family-20100710-104fk.html
    • "Sensing Murder: The Last Train Home".
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paula_Denyer#Crimes
    • https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/true-crime-scene/cold-case-vow-victoria-police-will-never-stop-hunting-sarah-macdiarmids-killer-says-top-cop/news-story/f7ef77323a7d9b19ae40c5b2d7b49705

    • 39 min
    The Silk-Miller Police Murders

    The Silk-Miller Police Murders

    18, July 1998. The Green Papaya Restaurant, Surrey Hills, Victoria.

    A dozen staff were closing up for the night in the safe suburban upper class neighbourhood in Melbourne's East.

    Just as the restaurant owner, Leon Dong, had his staff clear the last plate of devoured lemon chicken from the tables, a pair of masked armed robbers stormed into the venue. The older of the two bandits, wearing a Richard Nixon mask, bellowed orders while waving a Smith and Wesson revolver around. The younger bandit, wearing a Ronald Reagan mask, bound the staff in the middle of the restaurant with filament tape.

    As Reagan scooped up their loot and wished the bound victims a nice day, the older Nixon, with his paunchy belly and white velcro tab runners turned back and said; 'Tell the coppers Lucifer was here...'

    Join Shaun and Chloe in the second of a two-part episode discussing the tragic Silk-Miller police murders.

    Note: It's recommended listening to the previous episode on Bandali Debs before checking this one out.

    Credits:
    Researched, written and engineered by Shaun McMahon

    Resources:

    • Eavesdropping on Evil, by Wayne Howell
    • One Down, One Missing, by Joe D'Alo and David Astle
    • DPP v Debs & Roberts [2003] VSC 30 (24 February 2003), Supreme Court (Vic)
    • Wikipedia - The Silk-Miller Police Murders
    • Complaint against Vic detective dismissed, The Leader
    • Serial Killer to Testify at accomplice's appeal, The Age
    • Is Jason Roberts a Police Killer? You be the judge, The Age
    • Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Bandali Debs

    Bandali Debs

    19 September 1994. Hallam, Victoria

    Constable Jason Bryant and Sergeant Allan Beckwith were patrolling north along Hallam Road, when they spotted a stolen Nissan Bluebird with stolen registration plates backing out of Bowens Timber and Hardware.

    Neither of the officers knew the car or plates were stolen at that moment, but the driver was hasty to be on their way, so the police pulled over and let them pass, before putting on their lights and pulling the vehicle over. This was night time so the occupants of the Bluebird may not have known this was a police car, but they soon learnt.

    As Sergeant Beckwith left his vehicle to approach the Bluebird, a middle aged husky looking man leapt out of the Nissan with a revolver pointed directly at the officer, then fired a shot...

    Join Shaun and Chloe as they discuss the murders of Donna Hicks and Kristy Harty, the Pigout and Hamada Robberies, and a few other cases linked with Bandali Debs in this 2 part episode that culminates with the coverage of the tragic Silk-Miller Police murders on next week's episode.

    Credits:
    Researched, written and engineered by Shaun McMahon

    Resources:

    • Eavesdropping on Evil, by Wayne Howell
    • One Down, One Missing, by Joe D'Alo and David Astle
    • 'Everyman' serial killer Bandali Debs pays price for murders of officers Gary Silk and Rodney Miller, sex workers Kristy Harty and Donna Hicks, by Paul Anderson, HeraldSun
    • Wikipedia - Narre Warren
    • Man charged over $2.4m Melbourne security van heist 22 years ago
    • DPP v Ghiller [2003] VSC 350; 151 A Crim R 148
    • R v Debs [2012] NSWSC 119
    • Rotten to the core, and now rotting in jail, John Silvester, The Age
    • R v Debs [2007] VSC 220 (22 June 2007)
    • Unsolved True Crime Blog by Tamsin Francis
    • Repeat killer may have tried to gun down two police officers four years before he murdered two others in cold blood, By Belinda Cleary, Daily Mail
    • Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Raymond 'Mr Stinky' Edmunds

    Raymond 'Mr Stinky' Edmunds

    He said he didn't want to hurt her, but she saw the 10 inch butcher's knife in his hand. Mrs G was too scared to say anything and worried about her daughter in the room nearby. The intruder said, 'I just want to make love to you.' Then he kissed her on the neck and added, 'I've been watching you. Have you been seeing me?'

    She said no. Then he pulled her shirt down and told her to undress, reassuring her that he wasn't going to hurt her. Mrs G, still frightened but no longer paralysed with fear, found her tongue. 'Don't you know any girls?' The attacker with the stocking over his head nodded. 'Yes, but I like you...'

    Join Shaun and Chloe as they discuss the notorious and vile 'Mr Stinky', Raymond Edmunds.

    Credits:
    Researched and written by Shaun McMahon
    Audio engineering by Michael Murrell

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    Resources

    • 'Cuckoo' by Andrew Rule
    • Crimes That Shook Australia, S3 E7
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Edmunds
    • Admit Your Evil Deeds, Geoff Wilkinson - Herald Sun, July 27, 1998
    • https://murderpedia.org/male.E/e/edmunds-raymond.htm
    • https://ffxfeatures.s3.amazonaws.com/bordermailbronwynnerichardson/index.html
    • https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/charges-dropped-against-colin-newey-over-the-alleged-murder-of-beauty-queen-bronwynne-richardson-20151103-gkpq2m.html
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Eloise_Worledge
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/who-stole-eloise-20030705-gdvzpt.html
    • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2916262/Serial-rapist-killer-Mr-Stinky-prime-suspect-unsolved-vicious-slashing-murder-mother-left-two-young-girls-orphans.html
    • https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/mr-stinky-still-a-suspect-35-years-later-in-murder-of-elaine-jones-at-murray-river-camping-spot-20150116-12rzm2.html
    • https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/courts-law/jailedforlife-murderer-and-serial-rapist-raymond-mr-stinky-edmunds-awaits-further-sentences/news-story/a5a1204988be57047a5084e3b4dbc93d

    • 1 hr 19 min

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