58 episodes

Take a journey into the dark depths of the Australian criminal underworld with Australia’s most formidable crime reporter - John Silvester.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

Take a journey into the dark depths of the Australian criminal underworld with Australia’s most formidable crime reporter - John Silvester.

    Coming soon: The Confession

    Coming soon: The Confession

    Premiering on November 4, the astonishing true story of how Melbourne homicide detectives broke all the rules in their quest to have Katia Pyliotis convicted for brutally murdering a dirty old man with a statue of the Virgin Mary.

    The Confession is a podcast where the justice system itself is on trial.

    At the centre of it all, is Katia Pyliotis, accused of bludgeoning a man to death. Four years of Katia’s life is spent behind bars, until the truth emerges because of a stroke of luck. When an item thought long lost is suddenly found and the spotlight is shifted from Katia to her accusers, the police.

    Richard Baker tells the story of a murder, a botched trial and the system that allowed it to happen.
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    • 1 min
    The twin bandits and the cop who brought them undone

    The twin bandits and the cop who brought them undone

    Peter Morgan and his twin Doug used their identical looks to fool police while pulling two dozen armed robberies in Victoria.

    That is until tough country cop Rick Hasty confronted Peter in a Ballarat laneway, who hours earlier had shot Hasty's colleague Ray Koch outside a bank.

    Peter reckons the shooting was an accident. Hasty wants to set the record straight and he has a surprising ally in Doug.

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    • 24 min
    The good people who stare down evil

    The good people who stare down evil

    Policeman Rod Miller came home tired from a late shift but took the time to sign more than 60 thankyou cards to friends and family who congratulated him and his wife Carmel on the birth of their first child.

    By the time they arrived, he was dead, shot while on duty.

    Peter Silk didn't believe the first call that his brother Gary had been shot with Rod.

    Carmel and Peter (who later married) share their remarkable stories with us. They refuse to be defined as victims and are an inspiration.

    Courage comes in many forms.

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    • 48 min
    The hunt for the police killers begins

    The hunt for the police killers begins

    When police officers Gary Silk and Rod Miller were fatally shot the crime scene was chaotic as it was believed one of the armed offenders was still there and likely to try and kill more cops.

    The first responders tried to comfort the mortally wounded Miller and hunt for the gunman on the loose. Some left part of their souls in Cochranes Road that early morning. 

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    • 44 min
    Smoking guns: two police murdered, two suspects, one conviction.

    Smoking guns: two police murdered, two suspects, one conviction.

    When Sergeant Gary Silk and Senior Constable Rod Miller pulled over a blue Hyundai in Moorabbin in 1998 while on armed robbery stake-out duty they had no inkling they were about to be ambushed. Their murders sparked a two year investigation and the conviction of two men.

    One Jason Roberts, who always maintained his innocence, was eventually granted a retrial and in 2022 was acquitted.

    The murders, the investigation and the legal aftermath is one of the most controversial and tragic cases in Australia's history.

     

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    • 24 min
    'Meet me at the pub': The murder that stunned Melbourne.

    'Meet me at the pub': The murder that stunned Melbourne.

    Jill Meagher sent a text to her husband Tom - "Meet me at the pub" but he was asleep and missed the message.

    By the the time he saw it she had been abducted and murdered as she walked the short distance from the bar to her home.

    The murder 10 years ago outraged the community to the point thousands took to the streets. It took police six days to catch the killer.

    Here, in their words, is how they did it. 

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

DICKO_80 ,

Brilliant.

Outstandingly brilliant

Jimrharvey ,

Brilliant true crime podcast

It’s strange as a Pom that wants to emigrate to Australia (no chance with the rules) the home of criminals that I find the stories of Aussie true crime so fascinating, who knew that Australia was such a hotbed of crime!

Brilliant, interesting stories, from criminals to judges, it really has it all, Andrew Rule put me on to this podcast, thanks Andrew.

Suggestion for a guest, the guys name escapes me, but when I was in Melbourne a couple of years back I did a tour of pentridge prison with an old guard, really interesting stories, he’s been on the Australian true crime podcast

anniel54 ,

Love the podcast

Well presented narrative fascinating insight into crime and workings of the law

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