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This is the story of a mass-murder that divided a nation - a story that began in a rickety old home on a cold June morning in 1994, where five members of a seemingly ordinary New Zealand family were gunned down. There were two suspects. One lay dead from a single bullet to the head. The other was the only survivor: David Bain. Since then the country has asked: who killed the Bain family? David or his father Robin? In this podcast, Martin van Beynen explores the case from start to finish, picking through evidence, the mysteries and motives, and interviewing never-before-spoken-to witnesses. He seeks to finally answer the question: Who was the killer?

BLACK HANDS - A family mass murder Stuff

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    • 4.5 • 207 Ratings

This is the story of a mass-murder that divided a nation - a story that began in a rickety old home on a cold June morning in 1994, where five members of a seemingly ordinary New Zealand family were gunned down. There were two suspects. One lay dead from a single bullet to the head. The other was the only survivor: David Bain. Since then the country has asked: who killed the Bain family? David or his father Robin? In this podcast, Martin van Beynen explores the case from start to finish, picking through evidence, the mysteries and motives, and interviewing never-before-spoken-to witnesses. He seeks to finally answer the question: Who was the killer?

    Introducing: Once a Panther

    Introducing: Once a Panther

    Stuff presents Once a Panther, a major new podcast series: On June 16, 1971, a radical group of Pasifika and Māori men and women confronted state-sanctioned racism to form the Polynesian Panther Party. Like their seafaring ancestors before them, the Polynesian Panthers guided their people to a new horizon - but instead of stormy seas, they navigated a red-blooded nation raging with rugby, racism and beer.

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    • 51 min
    11. The Journalist And The Judge

    11. The Journalist And The Judge

    In 2012 Canadian judge Justice Binnie said David Bain was innocent on the balance of probabilities. Why? Hear what Binnie says and what Martin van Beynen makes of his arguments. And why does Binnie compare van Beynen to Inspector Javert, a fictitious fanatical police inspector?

    • 52 min
    Black Hands - Trailer

    Black Hands - Trailer

    Coming soon from Stuff: A groundbreaking new podcast series on the most controversial murders in New Zealand history - the killing of five members of the Bain family in 1994.

    • 1 min
    1. House Of Horrors

    1. House Of Horrors

    It's June 20, 1994. Police are called to a rundown home in Dunedin, New Zealand. They're not sure what to expect after a panicked phone call.
    But inside were five dead bodies, a chaotic scene and and several clues pointing to the killer.

    • 33 min
    2. Mrs Bain, The Diary And The Devil

    2. Mrs Bain, The Diary And The Devil

    By any standard, this family was unusual, even bizarre.
    Mother Margaret Bain's complicated spiritual life and beliefs meant the family was constantly encouraged to put Satan behind them.
    She practised self hypnosis, meditation and channelling. Their life in Papua New Guinea helped to concentrate the family's oddness. How did it influence the slaughter?

    • 42 min
    3. A Family's Final Days

    3. A Family's Final Days

    From the outside, the Bain family seemed to have settled into a new life in Dunedin.
    Eldest son David was on a new path, while sister Laniet appeared to have given up prostitution and Arawa was thriving as a budding teacher.
    But in the six months before the shootings, cracks began to emerge.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
207 Ratings

207 Ratings

Katapult39 ,

Fascinating

Incredibly analysis of the case. Riveting and chilling.

JoHo86 ,

Great Podcast

No advertisements. Very interesting case and I quite agree with the writer.
Listened to it all within a few days. Excellent

Karriebo ,

Intriguing

I enjoyed this podcast. No annoying over bearing music or pointless sounds 😀. I am not convinced justice was done

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