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True Crime Conversations explores the world's most notorious crimes by speaking to the people who know the most about them. Hosted by Jessie Stephens. Produced and edited by Elise Cooper.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.5, 1.2K Ratings

True Crime Conversations explores the world's most notorious crimes by speaking to the people who know the most about them. Hosted by Jessie Stephens. Produced and edited by Elise Cooper.

    Salvation, Miracles And 900 Dead: Inside The Jonestown Massacre

    Salvation, Miracles And 900 Dead: Inside The Jonestown Massacre

    Jim Jones was a charismatic pastor, preaching of salvation and a bountiful life for all those who followed him. He also was the man responsible for one of the largest incidences of loss of human life in modern American history.

    Author and podcaster Jo Thornely has researched Jim Jones and his cult of followers for her book Zealot. She joins us for this episode to explain Jones’ psychology, the power of his charisma, and the terrible chain of events that lead to the deaths of more than 900 people.

    This episode contains discussion of suicide. Please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 if the contents of this episode raises any issues for you.

    CREDITS  

    Guest: Jo Thornely, author of ‘Zealot’
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    ExecutiveProducerandEditor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    ‘Zealot: A Book About Cults’ by Jo Thornely https://bit.ly/zealot-jo-thornely 
    Jo Thornely’s interview about Anne Hamilton Byrne and the cult The Family, https://bit.ly/thefamily-jothornely 
    ‘Guyana/USA: Jonestown Massacre 20 Years On’, AP Archive https://bit.ly/ap-jonestown 
    ‘The Jonestown Massacre: Paradise Lost’, Real Stories https://bit.ly/paradiselost-jonestown 
    ‘Escaping Jonestown’, CNN https://bit.ly/cnn-jonestown
    ‘Return To Jonestown’, Sunday Night, Channel 7 Network https://bit.ly/sundaynight-onestown

    • 38 min
    The Husband And Wife Serial Killers: Part Two

    The Husband And Wife Serial Killers: Part Two

    In the second episode of our two part series on the life and crimes of serial killers David and Catherine Birnie, we examine the crimes the pair carried out.

    Journalist and author Andrew Byrne explores further the motivations and machinations of the Birnie’s utterly maniacal and evil crimes.

    As Andrew is still working on his book he asks that if you or anyone you know has any information on the Birnies to contact him via his LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewkbyrne/ 

    You can hear episode one here https://bit.ly/tcc-part-one 

    CREDITS

    Guest: Andrew Bryne
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Technical Producer: Luca Lavigne
    Executive Producer and Editor: Elise Cooper

    CONTACT US

    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au

    Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/3982S5P

    If any of the contents in this episode have cause distress know that there is help available viaLifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    • 45 min
    The Husband And Wife Serial Killers: Part One

    The Husband And Wife Serial Killers: Part One

    In November 1986, police visited a quiet residence on a suburban Perth street. The occupants of that house, lifelong lovers David and Catherine Birnie were arrested soon after.

    That house will be forever synonymous with five unimaginable crimes, known to history as the Moorhouse Murders.

    Catherine will never be released from jail. She is only the third woman in Australian history to be given this sentence

    Andrew Byrne is an acclaimed journalist and author. He reported on the Birnies for a television documentary series, and is currently working on a book about the serial killing husband and wife.

    In this episode we delve deep into the upbringings of David and Catherine; how their traumatic and violent childhoods could have led to their depraved actions in adulthood.

    As Andrew is still working on his book he asks that if you or anyone you know has any information on the Birnies to contact him via his LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewkbyrne/ 

    CREDITS

    Guest: Andrew Bryne
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Technical Producer: Luca Lavigne
    Executive Producer and Editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    ‘Beyond The Darklands’, Episode 1 Seven Network
    ‘The Moorhouse Horrors’, Crime Investigation Australia, Season 1 Episode 6, Seven Network

    CONTACT US

    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au

    Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/3982S5P

    If any of the contents in this episode have cause distress know that there is help available viaLifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

     

    • 38 min
    "Born With The Devil In Me": America's First Serial Killer

    "Born With The Devil In Me": America's First Serial Killer

    Dr Henry Howard Holmes was America’s first serial killer. The charismatic criminal lured his victims to his hotel dubbed “the murder castle” during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The building was riddled with trap doors and booby traps, a crematorium and gas chambers. The rumours of his depravity were far reaching and propelled H. H. Holmes to infamy. However the man dubbed America’s first serial killer may not have been responsible for the murders of as many people as he claimed.

    As director and author John Borowski explains,  Holmes derived pleasure from the planning of his crimes, not necessarily carrying them out. Borowski has written a book about Holmes, and directed a true crime documentary following his life and crimes. Once arrested, Holmes was prolific in claiming murders to have been by his hand, though some alleged victims came forward to attest that they were very much alive and unharmed. 

    Fuelled by desire for fame, or bloodlust, the case of H. H. Holmes and the murder hotel has as many twists and turns as the hotel in which they were carried out.

    CREDITS

    Guest: John Borowski http://johnborowski.com/ 

    Host: Jessie Stephens

    TechnicalProducer: Luca Lavigne

    Executive Producer and Editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    Borowski, John (November 2005). Estrada, Dimas (ed.). The Strange Case of Dr. H. H. Holmes. West Hollywood, California: Waterfront Productions https://bit.ly/hhholmesdoco 
    ‘Holmes Cool To The End; Under the Noose He Says He Only Killed Two Women. New York Times Archive https://bit.ly/hhholmes 
    ‘Murders By Doctors; The Great Tragedies of the Century Have Medical Men as Their Central Figure.’  The Anaconda standard. May 01, 1896, p. 12. via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov. https://bit.ly/murderbydoctors 

    CONTACT US

    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au

    Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/3982S5P

    If any of the contents in this episode have cause distress know that there is help available viaLifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    • 32 min
    The Mystery Of Beenham Valley Road

    The Mystery Of Beenham Valley Road

    When Kirra McLoughlin died on a property on Beenham Valley Road near Gympie, Queensland, law enforcement and medical examiners were baffled.

    Kirra’s former partner would claim she went to sleep after a fight and simply didn’t wake up. Family said there had been a party at the property the night before, but neighbours disputed that. Kirra’s body had 105 signs of bruising, and there was a 12 hour period where emergency services weren’t contacted about her rapidly declining state.

    Former police officer Jamie Pultz met Kirra McLoughlin before her death. His podcast Beenham Valley Road investigates the case, talking to Kirra’s friends and family, and looking into the events leading up to and following her death.

    CREDITS
    Guest: Jamie Pultz
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Technical Producer: Luca Lavigne
    Executive Producer and Editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    Beenham Valley Road: The Kirra McLoughlin Story podcast https://www.six10mediagroup.com/beenhamvalleyroad 
    ‘Kirra McLoughlin, 27, may have lain up to 12 hours in house after being critically injured in fight’ Courier Mail
    ‘Young mum allegedly died after hitting her head, so why was she covered in bruises?’ Courier Mail 

    CONTACT US

    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au.

    Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/3982S5P

    If any of the contents in this episode have cause distress know that there is help available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    • 29 min
    The Untold Story Of The Bali Nine

    The Untold Story Of The Bali Nine

    On 17 April 2005, nine young Australians were arrested in Bali on charges of drug trafficking. Known as the 'Bali 9', some members received the death penalty for their crimes, while others are serving lengthy jail sentences. 

    It seemed like a case burnt into the Australian consciousness. However, more than 15 years later the same crimes are being carried out, with just as devastating effects. Journalists Cindy Wockner and Madonna King were present at the trials and sentencing of The Bali 9. They used their investigative skills to piece together the whole story, from arrest to jail to the harrowing final journey for their book, Bali 9: The Untold Story.

    Madonna King joins Jessie Stephens to take us through the case of the Bali 9, the lives of those involved, why they took on such a huge risk, and the now controversial role of the Australian Federal Police.

    CREDITS

    Guest: Madonna King, co-author of ‘Bali 9: The Untold Story’ http://bit.ly/bali-nine 
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    TechnicalProducer: Luca Lavigne
    ExecutiveProducerandeditor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    ‘Nine Australians arrested in Bali on suspicion of smuggling heroin’ AP ARCHIVE  https://bit.ly/aparchivebali9 
    ‘AFP Unapologetic Over Bali Nine’ Studio 10, Channel 10 https://bit.ly/studio10bali9 
    ‘Final appeal for Chan and Sukumaran’ ABC News Australia , ABC 2010 https://bit.ly/2XQ9hjW 
    ‘Renae Lawrence pleads for reduced sentences for remaining Bali 9 prisoners’ 7:30 ABC News Australia, https://bit.ly/abcnews-renae
    ‘Final goodbye for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran’ Nine News Perth, Nine Nework, https://bit.ly/finalgoodbye-ninenews

    CONTACT US

    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au.

    Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/3982S5P

    If any of the contents in this episode have cause distress know that there is help available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    • 1 hr 2 min

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I love this True Crime podcast

Great format where the host interviews people who are really close to the case, relatives, authors etc. The host is very good at just listening, not talking over her guests, she allows the guest to tell the story and only asks questions when there’s a break in the conversation, she does interrupt like some hosts. It’s a good skill that other hosts should take note of.

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