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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. 

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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. 

    BEST OF 2020: The Fake Diving Resort

    BEST OF 2020: The Fake Diving Resort

    In the 1980s, a brochure was printed across the world, for an idyllic holiday resort called Arous. It was a diving resort on the Red Sea, in the Sudanese desert. The brochure featured pictures of chalets on a bright beach, the sea almost the same colour as the sky
    But what guests of the resort didn’t know was that Arous wasn’t really a holiday resort. At least not primarily. And the staff weren’t really managers, or diving instructors, or waitresses. Once the sun went down, those who worked at the hotel were part of a top secret mission, that not even their own families were aware of. And if the Sudanese government found out, it would cost them their lives.

    Raffi Berg is the Middle East editor for BBC News Online. He has extensive experience reporting on Israel and the wider region. His book 'Red Sea Spies: The True Story Of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort' was written in collaboration with secret agents involved in the operation and tells the complete story of the case for the first time.

    This episode was originally published on June 18th, and is part of our 2020 Best Of series.

    CREDITS:

    Guest: Raffi Berg

    Host: Jessie Stephens

    Producer and editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    ‘Red Sea Spies: The True Story Of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort’ by Raffi Berg https://bit.ly/redseaspies-book 
    ‘Red Sea Diving Resort: The holiday village run by spies’, Raffi Berg for BBC News, Tel Aviv https://bit.ly/redseaspies-bbc 
    ‘Saving The Forgotten Jews’ BBC News https://bit.ly/forgotten-jews-bbc-news
    ‘The Daring Rescue of Ethiopian Jews From Sudan’, Israel First TV https://bit.ly/30Q77lR 

    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 cause distress know that there is help available viaLifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

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    BEST OF 2020: Blood On The Tracks: What Happened To Mark Haines

    BEST OF 2020: Blood On The Tracks: What Happened To Mark Haines

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this episode contains the names of people who have passed away.

    In 1988 the death of Mark Haines just outside of Tamworth in regional NSW was barely investigated by local police. The 17-year-old’s body was found on train tracks outside of town, but law enforcement treated his death as less than suspicious. You have only to pull on the threads of the case to find that the truth could be very far from that.

    Allan Clarke is a Muruwari man and an award winning investigative journalist, producer and presenter. Allan worked closely with Mark Haines’ family and friends for five years fighting for justice, and answers, culminating in the investigation of the case for the ABC podcast Unravel: Blood On The Tracks.

    Allan joins this episode to explore the case, the mis-steps by law enforcement, and the racial prejudices that hindered initial, and even ongoing, investigations.

    This episode was originally published on June 11th and is part of our 2020 Best Of series.

    CREDITS:
    Guest: Allan Clarke
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Producer and editor: Elise Cooper

    RESEARCH
    Unravel: Blood On The Tracks, ABC Podcasts https://bit.ly/unravel-podcast 
    ‘Footsteps On The Tracks’ by Allan Clarke https://bit.ly/footsteps-allan-clarke 
    State Crime Command will investigate Mark Haines death 
    ‘Blood on the Tracks Pt 1: Murder or misadventure, who killed Mark Haines?’ Australian Story, ABC TV https://bit.ly/aus-story-part-1 
    'Blood on the Tracks Pt 2: Unraveling Tamworth's body on the train tracks mystery’ Australian Story, ABC TV https://bit.ly/aus-story-part-2 
    Mark Haines’ family 2017 petition for the state government to offer a reward for information relating to Mark Haines’ death https://bit.ly/markhaines-family-plea 

    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 cause distress know that there is help available viaLifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

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    • 47 min
    BEST OF 2020: Gary Jubelin & The Case That Cost Him His Job

    BEST OF 2020: Gary Jubelin & The Case That Cost Him His Job

    It’s July 2018 when Detective Gary Jubelin stands in front of microphones and news cameras and says the words: “I suggest you come to us before we come to you.” 

    He is addressing the person who knows what happened to three-year-old William Tyrrell on September 12, 2014. Little did Gary know that this case would be the one to cost him his job, but as he tells host Jessie Stephens on the latest episode of True Crime Conversations, he has no regrets. 

    Gary Jubelin is one of Australia’s most notable homicide detectives, known for leading the investigation into the deaths of three Aboriginal children in Bowraville, solving the murder case of Terry Falconer, recovering the body of Matthew Leveson and running the crime scene following the Lindt Cafe siege. 

    In his new book I Catch Killers: The Life and Many Deaths of a Homicide Detective, Gary shares the reality of working on investigations such as the disappearance of William Tyrrell and the toll his work has taken on his personal life. Throughout his career, Gary's focus has cost him friendships, relationships and, in the case of William Tyrrell, his job. 

    This episode was originally published on August 27th and is part of our 2020 Best Of series.

    CREDITS
    Guest: Gary Jubelin
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Producer: Hannah Bowman 

    LINKS
    You can find Gary’s book HERE - https://bit.ly/2EEM4cA 

    RESEARCH
    The Bowraville Murders - 60 Minutes. https://bit.ly/3jdETXT  
    Mark Leveson speaks after Gary Jubelin's court appearance | 7NEWS. https://bit.ly/3hu3Yh5 

    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 cause distress know that there is help available viaLifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

     

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    • 44 min
    BEST OF 2020: How Nicola Gobbo Became Lawyer X

    BEST OF 2020: How Nicola Gobbo Became Lawyer X

    It’s August, 2005, and Nicola Gobbo’s life is about to go in a direction she never anticipated. 

    Nicola is a successful defence barrister, best known for defending Melbourne’s most prolific organised crime figures, from Carl Williams to Tony Mokbel. But things have become very messy. She wants to get what she calls the ‘Mokbel monkey’ off her back. She’s become too involved in ways she says she never intended. She’ll later say she’s tired of being stood over by criminals who are manipulating the justice system. She’s scared and distressed, and close to breaking down. 

    When Nicola Gobbo arrives at the courthouse and finds two detectives standing outside, words spill out of her mouth and tears fall down her face. She tells them things she shouldn’t. The detectives see this as an opportunity, and suggest something that’s never been done before. 

    Her decision that day would affect thousands of people, and ultimately force her into hiding. 

    The most resounding question when it comes to Nicola’s behaviour is: why?

    This episode was originally published on October 22nd and is part of our 2020 Best Of series.

    CREDITS

    Guest: Rachael Brown

    Host: Jessie Stephens

    Producer: L*m Zakharia 

    Executive Producer: Zoe Ferguson

    LINKS
    To listen to the podcast Trace, visit: abc.net.au/trace

    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 cause 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.

    • 45 min
    The Vanishing Of Vivienne Cameron

    The Vanishing Of Vivienne Cameron

    Phillip Island lies just off Australia’s southern coast, about two hours from the city of Melbourne.

    In 1986, the Cameron family were well known on the island. Fergus Cameron was a founding shareholder of the Phillip Island Grand Prix, but day to day worked on the family farm. He was married to Vivienne Cameron, and the pair had two small children. 

    One night in September, the body of a 23-year-old woman was found inside her home in what has been described as one of the most horrific crime scenes. And then, another woman went missing. Immediately, police thought they knew what had happened. 

    But all these years later, there are still unanswered questions. A mysterious phone call. A handbag that was miraculously moved. And blood that revealed something no one was expecting...

    In 1993, crime writer Vikki Petraitis published her first book The Phillip Island Murder. Twenty-seven years later, she’s working on a podcast with Casefile about the case of Vivienne Cameron’s disappearance and is hoping to finally lay the mystery to rest.

     

    CREDITS

    Guest: Vikki Petraitis 

    Host: Jessie Stephens

    Audio Producer: Ian Camilleri 

    Executive Producer: Zoe Ferguson

    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 cause 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.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 30 min
    After The Night: How The Night Caller Terrorised Perth

    After The Night: How The Night Caller Terrorised Perth

    It’s Australia Day 1963, in the middle of a hot summer in Perth. A couple are sitting in a car, kissing and talking, in the beachside suburb of Cottesloe. They feel safe. It’s a safe neighbourhood in a safe city, and the night is still and empty. That is until the female notices, at around 2:40am, something outside the car window. It’s a man. Watching them. She alerts her male companion to the figure … who they realise is holding a rifle. They spring to action, trying to drive away as fast as they can. The man shoots at them, and she instinctively puts up her hand. She is injured, but the two escape alive.

    By the next morning, Perth wakes up to the news that five people have been shot, with three dead. It was a killing spree unlike anything Perth had ever seen. But that wouldn’t be the extent of Eric Edgar Cooke’s crimes. And while he killed innocent civilians, there were two men in prison, serving time for murders they had not committed. 

     

    CREDITS

    Guest: Tom Meadmore, Director of the Stan Original Documentary Series ‘After The Night’ 

    Host: Jessie Stephens

    Audio Producer: Ian Camilleri 

    Executive Producer: Zoe Ferguson

    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 cause 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.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 38 min

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