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Have you ever seen a dead body?

People find dead bodies everywhere, under floorboards, inside chimneys, and in their homes. They’re at crime scenes, disaster scenes and in morgues. There have been dead bodies on the red carpet, in cannibals’ dens, and even advertised in the classifieds.

In this series, experienced crime and court reporter Sharnelle Vella, and veteran radio host Dee Dee Dunleavy look at where dead bodies have been found, how they got there, and most importantly, the effect on people who found them.

We talk to people who deal with death daily as part of their jobs, and people who weren’t prepared for the shock of finding a dead body.

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Have you ever seen a dead body?

People find dead bodies everywhere, under floorboards, inside chimneys, and in their homes. They’re at crime scenes, disaster scenes and in morgues. There have been dead bodies on the red carpet, in cannibals’ dens, and even advertised in the classifieds.

In this series, experienced crime and court reporter Sharnelle Vella, and veteran radio host Dee Dee Dunleavy look at where dead bodies have been found, how they got there, and most importantly, the effect on people who found them.

We talk to people who deal with death daily as part of their jobs, and people who weren’t prepared for the shock of finding a dead body.

Please subscribe and rate us on Itunes

    Ep 78 - The Moors Murders, and Victor McCaskell

    Ep 78 - The Moors Murders, and Victor McCaskell

    In the 1960s, Ian Brady and his girlfriend, Myra Hindley, sexually abused and murdered young children and teens, then buried their bodies along the Saddleworth Moor, in what became known as the Moors Murders.

    Farmer Victor McCaskell returned from a day on his land to find his wife and baby daughter axed to death and his young farm hand hanged on the verandah, in what looked like a murder-suicide. But McCaskell himself came under suspicion, before putting a stick of dynamite in his mouth and blowing himself up.

    • 50 min
    Ep 77 - Lindsay Rose, and John Wayne Gacy

    Ep 77 - Lindsay Rose, and John Wayne Gacy

    Lindsay Robert Rose was a paramedic in 1977, where he was among the rescuers who worked to save lives after the Granville train disaster. But his life took a dramatic turn after that, and he is now serving five consecutive life sentences in jail for the murder of 5 people in New South Wales between 1984 and 1994.

    John Wayne Gacy raped, tortured and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 in Cook County, Illinois, and he buried buried 26 of his victims in the crawl space of his home. Three other victims were buried on his property, and the bodies of another four were dumped in the a river.

    The girls talk to psychologist Sandy Rea to find out why people who find a dead body are often so deeply affected by it.

    • 56 min
    Ep 76 - The Granville Train Disaster, and The Batavia shipwreck Psycho

    Ep 76 - The Granville Train Disaster, and The Batavia shipwreck Psycho

    January 18, 1977, a morning passenger train headed from the Blue Mountains to Sydney Central Station de-railed at Granville and smashed into the pillars of a bridge, which collapsed on several carriages. Dozens of people were crushed to death or horribly injured, in what remains to this day as Australia’s worst ever rail disaster.

    The Batavia set sail in 1628 with nearly 350 people on board, heading for Indonesia. When it ran of course and people had to take shelter on Beacon Island, a new horror was waiting.

    • 28 min
    Ep 75 - Dr Cranstoun, and A Murderer In The Family

    Ep 75 - Dr Cranstoun, and A Murderer In The Family

    In 1922, Melbourne doctor in the bayside suburb of Hampton injected his family and their housekeeper with - in some cases, lethal - doses of morphine. Dr George Elliot Cranstoun appeared to be a pillar of sociaety, but after his death his massive gambling debts and drug addiction became clear.

    We ask you all the time: “Have you ever seen a dead body?”. We weren’t expecting this feedback from Catherine who family featured in one of our earlier Dead Bodies episodes.

    • 29 min
    Ep 74 - The Michigan Murderer, and the Treasure Chest Death

    Ep 74 - The Michigan Murderer, and the Treasure Chest Death

    John Norman Collins is serving life behind bars for killing a young woman in Michigan in 1970. And police believe he is responsible for the rape and mutilation of a total of seven young women in a sickening spree in the late 1960’s that saw him dubbed The Co-Ed Killer.

    The bodies of four men were found at separate times in a similar area of the Rocky Mountains in the US. Although they didn’t know each other, the men’s deaths were related, because they were all searching for the same thing ...

    • 46 min
    Ep 73 - Olivia Gant, and the Botanic Gardens Massacre (the banter-free episode)

    Ep 73 - Olivia Gant, and the Botanic Gardens Massacre (the banter-free episode)

    Seven-year-old Olivia Gant was - according to her mother - suffering from a rare and fatal disease, suffered from seizures, autism, severe allergies, and intestinal failure - and she died in 2017. Soon after, Kelly Gant, 41, was arrested and charged with her murder.

    The Melbourne Botanic Gardens were the scene of the brutal murder of a young woman named Yuk Ling Lau in 2014. Ninety years earlier a shooting massacre in the gardens left several people dead.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

nicolaclay ,

My new favourite podcast!

I am now at the 40th episode and I can’t wait to listen to the rest! I love how real the girls are and that my daughter and I can listen to together. NICE THINGS! ❤️

Harna ,

Used to be good ...

... but I’ve had to unsubscribe now due to *endless* interruptions and waffle. I think they believe they are being funny but to the listener, it’s just unprofessional and annoying. The final straw for me came when there was deliberate open-mouthed chewing of almonds into the microphone - a sound no one wants to hear when wearing earbuds. Just awful. I won’t miss Charnelle’s vacuousness - how can someone be so thick sometimes? Avoid.

Sailing forever 1984 ,

Great Pod

Love this pod, the ladies are funny and refreshing however they can make you burst out laughing out loud so be aware if you’re listening on headphones and not alone, they manage to remain respectful while being entertaining. Keep up the good work.

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