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Unravel True Crime is a podcast where, each season, some of Australia's best journalists investigate unsolved crimes.

Season 4: Snowball tells how an average family's encounter with a charismatic Californian con woman cost them everything.

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Unravel True Crime is a podcast where, each season, some of Australia's best journalists investigate unsolved crimes.

Season 4: Snowball tells how an average family's encounter with a charismatic Californian con woman cost them everything.

    PRESENTS — The Eleventh

    PRESENTS — The Eleventh

    Snowball host Ollie Wards has, for now, officially given up his pursuit of Lezlie Manukian, the Californian conwoman who married his brother and cleaned out the family finances. Instead, he has a recommendation for a new podcast series... a political thriller about the day that broke democracy in Australia. November 11, 1975... the day Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was sacked. It's called The Eleventh and comes via the core team behind Unravel True Crime. Follow this link to Episode One: http://bit.ly/2vCW2ak

    Or check out the show's website: https://abc.net.au/TheEleventh

    • 8 min
    S4 07 | The Morning After

    S4 07 | The Morning After

    After the confrontation in the supermarket carpark, Ollie is left feeling confused — has he been charmed just like everyone else in this story? Will Lezlie fail to keep her promises to Ollie or leave him and his family hanging?

    • 23 min
    S4 06 | Stakeout

    S4 06 | Stakeout

    Ollie and Simon have criss-crossed California to find themselves parked in a supermarket car park staking out where Lezlie supposedly works. They may only have one shot to talk to her and finally get some answers. It doesn't go the way Ollie imagined.

    • 41 min
    S4 05 | Black Widow

    S4 05 | Black Widow

    Ollie and his brother Simon follow the trail of broken dreams and failed restaurants to Paso Robles, California. It's apparent Lezlie's exploits didn't stop when she left New Zealand. Ollie discovers his former sister-in-law had manufactured an image of a successful restaurateur in Hawaii, Lake Tahoe and New Zealand. Her exotic CV and exciting stories pull a new family into her web — with disastrous consequences.

    • 44 min
    S4 04 | Charmed

    S4 04 | Charmed

    Following the trail to Lezlie Manukian, Ollie and his other brother Simon end up in California. With a muscle car and loud Hawaiian shirts, the brothers look every bit like '80s TV detectives as they head off on their very first stakeout. But, when the trail runs cold, they decide to chase down a lead at Lezlie's first restaurant in the resort town of Lake Tahoe. Meanwhile, Lezlie's emails become stranger than fiction.

    • 40 min
    S4 03 | The Coconut Wireless

    S4 03 | The Coconut Wireless

    Lezlie Manukian's stories about her time in Hawaii usually ended with murderous local mobsters running her off the island. So, to track down his brother Greg's ex-wife, Ollie Wards needs to understand her past. What really happened according to "the coconut wireless"?

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

Holls2303 ,

Binge listen!

Loved this podcast so much! I couldn’t put it down. Such an interesting, engaging, entertaining, and raw story. I feel so much for your family, but what an amazing way you have all handled the situation and learnt from it

mezbee123 ,

Snowball cannot stop laughing

I know the family had to go through hell for this podcast to be made but it would be a crime not to grace us with this hilarious family. This is so well done

If-63 ,

Bravo

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. To Greg I’m so happy you’re happy. 👍✌️

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