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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 Gemma Bath.

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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 Gemma Bath.

    The Assassination Of Robert Maxwell

    The Assassination Of Robert Maxwell

    It’s 4:45am on the 5th of November 1991 and English media mogul Robert Maxwell is aboard his $35 million dollar yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, cruising through water off the Canary Islands in Spain. He’s on the phone with a crew member.

    "The temperature is now too cold. Turn the air-conditioning off," he says gruffly down the line from his luxurious master suite. 

    He’d only called 20 minutes earlier complaining it was too hot…and “could they turn the air-conditioning up??”

    They’re the last conversations Maxwell - one of the richest men in the world at the time - is known to have had. 

    At 5:25pm later that day, the 68-year-old’s naked body is found floating in the Atlantic. And his family, employees, and the police are left to discover the hundreds of millions he’s been stealing from his own staff. 

    To this day, his death remains mysterious. 

    Did he kill himself, aware that his fraudulent finances would soon be revealed?

    Was it just an awful accident? A slip off the side under the cover of darkness.

    Or was it murder? A cold-blooded assassination to cover up a top-secret double life as a superspy for one of the largest espionage agencies in the Western world.

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    CREDITS

    Guests: Martin Dillon

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producers: Rhiannon Mooney

    GET IN TOUCH:

    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us 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/tcc-group 

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

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading or listening to our content, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and our aim is to get to 1,000. Find out more about Mamamia at mamamia.com.au 

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    • 42 min
    The Mosman Collar Bomb

    The Mosman Collar Bomb

    It’s about 2pm on a crisp Wednesday afternoon in August 2011, and 18-year-old Madeleine Pulver is in her family’s three-story waterfront mansion in the glitzy Sydney suburb of Mosman. She’s studying for her HSC trials, the practice run before the final exams for Year 12s in the state of NSW.

    The house is quiet today. Her two younger brothers are at school and her older brother is away. Her dad Bill, head of a multi-million-dollar global software company, is in his city office and her mum Belinda is out consulting with her landscape gardening company. Madeleine’s home alone.

    Suddenly, the silence is broken by a man wearing a rainbow ski mask carrying a baseball bat, who bursts into the room.

    “Sit down and no one needs to get hurt,” he tells her.

    The masked man pulls out a black box that’s being held up by what looks like a bike chain, which he fastens around her throat.

    After locking it, he places a lanyard holding a USB stick and two pages of demands around her neck. Then he walks away. But not before he tells a terrified Madeleine to count to 200.

    “I’ll be back…” he warns. “If you move…. I can see you…. I’ll be right here.”

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    CREDITS

    Guests: Gil Taylor &Mark Morri

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producers: Rhiannon Mooney

    GET IN TOUCH:

    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us 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/tcc-group 

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

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading or listening to our content, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and our aim is to get to 1,000. Find out more about Mamamia at mamamia.com.au 

    Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 42 min
    The Widow Of Walcha

    The Widow Of Walcha

    It’s just after 2am on an icy, winter morning in 2017. Frost glistens on the paddocks of Pandora, a sprawling property in country NSW owned by local grazier Mathew Dunbar.

    The old homestead on the outskirts of the town of Walcha, five hours drive north of Sydney, sits on 1200 acres on Thunderbolts Way.

    On this Wednesday morning, Mathew’s girlfriend Natasha Darcy is leaning over him in the bedroom, panicked, as a triple-zero operator guides her through chest compressions.

    Distressed, Natasha tells the operator: “He’s warm.”

    “Is he awake?” They ask.

    “No.”

    “Is he breathing?”

    “No.”

    “And you found him like that?”

    “Yes.”

    Blue and red lights flash through the windows as paramedics arrive, rush into the bedroom, and take over CPR.

    By 2:44am, 42-year-old Mathew is declared dead. And it doesn’t take long for police to declare the homestead a crime scene.

    CREDITS

    Guest: Journalist Emma Partridge, author of The Widow Of Walcha

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producers: Rhiannon Mooney

    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/tcc-group 

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading or listening to our content, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and our aim is to get to 1,000. Find out more about Mamamia at mamamia.com.au 

    Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 46 min
    New Zealand’s Most Controversial Disappearance

    New Zealand’s Most Controversial Disappearance

    It’s New Year’s Eve, 1997, and 17-year-old Olivia Hope is getting ready for a party at Furneaux Lodge, a beautiful old residence that sits at the head of one of the bays and coves that make up The Marlborough Sounds. A picturesque holiday spot on the northern end of New Zealand’s south island where the bush meets the sea.

    The lodge is only accessible by boat, so Olivia, her older sister, and their friends have booked a chartered yacht called Tamarack that will deliver them to the celebrations after an afternoon basking in the sun.

    Furneaux is the place to be on New Years and the local teenagers are getting ready to dance away the night with 15-hundred other partygoers.

    Over in Punga Cove, just across the inlet, Ben Smart is partying the afternoon away with mates. He too has plans to join the fun at Furneaux and hitches a ride over on a boat as the party gets started.

    But what happens to Ben and Olivia after the clock strikes midnight, will become one of the most high-profile and hotly contested murder investigations New Zealand has ever seen.

    CREDITS

    Guest: Journalist Mike White

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producers: Rhiannon Mooney

    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/tcc-group 

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading or listening to our content, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and our aim is to get to 1,000. Find out more about Mamamia at mamamia.com.au 

    Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 53 min
    The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay

    The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay

    It’s the early hours of Friday, April 20, 2012, and police are knocking on the door of a blue weatherboard home in Brisbane’s west, after reports a mother of three young girls has gone missing. 

    Her husband, Gerard Baden-Clay, answers. He’d called triple zero at 7:15am that morning to tell them he hadn’t seen his wife, Allison, since the night before. 

    'Allison often went for a walk in the morning around 5am,' he told the operator. He assumed that was where she was when he woke up to an empty bed. But it was unusual that she wasn’t home yet. 'She was supposed to leave for a seminar in the city around 7am'

    As he relays his story again to the responding officers, they’re quick to notice the scratches on the real estate agent’s face. 'A shaving injury,' he tells them. Peering into his home they’re taken aback by how clean it is. Like someone has made an effort to tidy up ahead of their arrival. 

    Over the next ten days Gerard’s story will be unravelled, exposing a double life with deadly consequences. While officers and local volunteers comb backyards, rivers and streets police will piece together a damning case of what really happened to Allison Baden-Clay.

    CREDITS

    Guest: Former Detective Superintendent Mark Ainsworth

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producers: Rhiannon Mooney

    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/tcc-group 

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading or listening to our content, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and our aim is to get to 1,000. Find out more about Mamamia at mamamia.com.au 

    Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 39 min
    Michelle Carter: The Girl From Plainville

    Michelle Carter: The Girl From Plainville

    Six days after the death of her boyfriend Conrad Roy in 2014, Michelle Carter sent a text to her friend. “I just had it all planned out. Now I have to do something different, maybe something better, I just don't think that that's possible. He was my person you know?” she wrote. 

    Except in Michelle and Conrad’s reality, their relationship was so private neither of their families knew they were even an item. It was a relationship that had blossomed almost exclusively on text. Thousands of them. Sent over years. Michelle & Conrad were texting the night Conrad drove into a Kmart car park, alone, in Fairhaven, - an hour’s drive from where Michelle lived in Plainville -  and took his own life. 

    In today’s episode, Gemma is speaking with political theorist Dr. Mark Tunick, about the now infamous texting-suicide case of Michelle Carter & Conrad Roy III.

    CREDITS

    Guest: Dr. Mark Tunick

    Host: Gemma Bath

    Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

    Audio Producers: Madeliene Joannou 

    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/tcc-group 

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading or listening to our content, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and our aim is to get to 1,000. Find out more about Mamamia at mamamia.com.au 

     

     

    Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au/mplus/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

DG1.0 ,

It’s way better now

I’m enjoying this podcast more with Gemma Bath rather than the previous host. Great job MammaMia team for changing it. Her voice and the way she speaks is more fitted for a true crime conversation.
4.5 stars for me. I wish that it is longer and a bit more detailed because it is so good.

dali day ,

No more echo

What is with the echoing questions in #21?? Not very enjoyable. Content is great though!

bundybabe70 ,

Happy with new host but …

Welcome Jemma
Love your style but can you be more yourself it’s like you are mimicking previous host with interview skills and mannerisms
Also hated the echo in the Robert Maxwell story and did you also refers to Rupert Murdock as Robert as well

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