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The shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray.

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    • 4.9 • 21 Ratings

The shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray.

    Baby Farmer: the story of Minnie Dean

    Baby Farmer: the story of Minnie Dean

    Minnie Dean must rank as one of New Zealand's most infamous figures. The only woman to be judicially executed in New Zealand history. For years she was portrayed as a cold-blooded killer who murdered babies for cash. More recently, attitudes towards Minnie have shifted, but she's still a controversial and complex figure. Black Sheep dives into the story of the baby farmer of Winton. 

    • 56 min
    Machine-gun Murder: the story of Bassett Road (part 2)

    Machine-gun Murder: the story of Bassett Road (part 2)

    The case breaks wide open, two key witnesses come forward with critical information. But the most interesting part of the Bassett Road murders is what happens after the conviction...

    • 28 min
    Machine-gun Murder: the story of Bassett Road (part 1)

    Machine-gun Murder: the story of Bassett Road (part 1)

    It's 1963 and two bodies are found in a house at Bassett Road in Remuera. Detectives are shocked to discover they were killed by a submachine-gun. Newspaper headlines read "Chicago Comes to New Zealand". Black Sheep investigates a true crime story that scandalised New Zealand

    • 34 min
    Madam: the story of Flora MacKenzie

    Madam: the story of Flora MacKenzie

    Flora MacKenzie is one of the most colourful characters in New Zealand history: A hard drinking, hard talking brothel owner from the 1960s and 70s who won the affection of sex workers, police and punters alike. In this episode of Black Sheep, we look at the legend of Madam Flora

    • 48 min
    Invasive: the story of Stewart Smith

    Invasive: the story of Stewart Smith

    Between the 1960s and late 2000s Stewart Smith went on a one-man crusade, releasing thousands of invasive fish into New Zealand’s rivers, lakes and streams. In this episode of Black Sheep, we investigate his story.

    • 43 min
    Colonial Mastermind: the story of Edward Gibbon Wakefield (part 2)

    Colonial Mastermind: the story of Edward Gibbon Wakefield (part 2)

    In part two of Black Sheep's series on Edward Gibbon Wakefield we see theories of "systematic" and "humanitarian" colonisation run into bitter realities. The result is conflict, death and disaster. For Wakefield and for Māori.  

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

anniel54 ,

Black sheep Death Sentence

very evocative & topical subject regarding the efficacy of the death penalty The participants while giving an excellent summary of this subject appear to have focused all their sympathy toward the offender & have completely forgotten about the victims. Any person who murders another person in a gratuitously cruel & deliberate manner should face the consequences of their actions

Flashsheila ,

Funny and informative

I love this series of podcasts, makes my tedious London commute fly by. I’m learning a lot of history, not taught to me at school. I’d love it if James MacKenzie could be covered, being born in the MacKenzie myself.

Moclarke ,

Excellent story telling

I started listening to this as I was interested in learning more about New Zealand history. Not only is the show informative, but also well produced, written and presented. A great series of story telling

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