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One ordinary day almost a decade ago, John Beckenridge abducted his stepson, Mike, from school and vanished.
Police investigated for four years, but with no proof of what happened, asked a court to make sense of the crime.
That court heard dozens of hours of evidence, and tried to determine how a marriage breakdown became a manhunt and then a mystery.
As well as a kidnapping, the story includes cryptic phone messages, a car plunging from an 80-metre cliff and allegations of secret bank accounts, criminal accomplices and illegal border crossings.
We'll take you inside the courtroom as two opposing theories are put to the test. Are John and Mike alive or dead?
From Stuff Audio, New Zealand’s leader in true crime podcasts, and The Press newspaper, this is the story of a calculating man with a dark past, the 11-year-old boy he controlled and the distraught mother left behind.
CREDITS
Scripted, hosted and produced by Michael Wright and Shannon Redstall
Sound design, audio editing and mixing by John Ropiha
Visual design: Aaron Wood
Producer: Jen Black
Executive producer: Chris Reed
Special thanks to Kamala Hayman and Wei Shao from The Press; Laura Heathcote, Elmo Johnstone, and Matt Slaughter
Warning: The Lost Boy podcast contains strong language, content that may be distressing and references to self-harm and suicide. If you or anyone you know needs help, call or text 1737 for free assistance, 24 hours a day.

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    • 4.2 • 5 Ratings

Podcasts like this take lots of time and resources, which is why we’re asking you to subscribe to The Lost Boy. Click here to get exclusive ad-free access to the remaining episodes instantly, for the price of a cup of coffee, and in doing so you'll be supporting our gutsy, independent journalism.
One ordinary day almost a decade ago, John Beckenridge abducted his stepson, Mike, from school and vanished.
Police investigated for four years, but with no proof of what happened, asked a court to make sense of the crime.
That court heard dozens of hours of evidence, and tried to determine how a marriage breakdown became a manhunt and then a mystery.
As well as a kidnapping, the story includes cryptic phone messages, a car plunging from an 80-metre cliff and allegations of secret bank accounts, criminal accomplices and illegal border crossings.
We'll take you inside the courtroom as two opposing theories are put to the test. Are John and Mike alive or dead?
From Stuff Audio, New Zealand’s leader in true crime podcasts, and The Press newspaper, this is the story of a calculating man with a dark past, the 11-year-old boy he controlled and the distraught mother left behind.
CREDITS
Scripted, hosted and produced by Michael Wright and Shannon Redstall
Sound design, audio editing and mixing by John Ropiha
Visual design: Aaron Wood
Producer: Jen Black
Executive producer: Chris Reed
Special thanks to Kamala Hayman and Wei Shao from The Press; Laura Heathcote, Elmo Johnstone, and Matt Slaughter
Warning: The Lost Boy podcast contains strong language, content that may be distressing and references to self-harm and suicide. If you or anyone you know needs help, call or text 1737 for free assistance, 24 hours a day.

    Episode one - He’s my son too

    Episode one - He’s my son too

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    Warning: The Lost Boy podcast contains strong language, content that may be distressing and references to self-harm and suicide. If you or anyone you know needs help, call or text 1737 for free assistance, 24 hours a day.
    When Fiona Lu leaves her husband - and a relationship that began in war-torn Afghanistan - she has to leave her son too. Her departure prompts a furious note on a calendar and kickstarts a bitter custody dispute.

    • 29 min
    Episode two - Falcon and Osprey

    Episode two - Falcon and Osprey

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    Warning: The Lost Boy podcast contains strong language, content that may be distressing and references to self-harm and suicide. If you or anyone you know needs help, call or text 1737 for free assistance, 24 hours a day.
    Separated by a court, John and Mike assign each other code names as they swap secret messages. With Mike’s frustrations about his new life growing, John plots his next, shocking move.

    • 32 min
    Trailer - The Lost Boy

    Trailer - The Lost Boy

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    Warning: The Lost Boy podcast contains strong language, content that may be distressing and references to self-harm and suicide. If you or anyone you know needs help, call or text 1737 for free assistance, 24 hours a day.
    One ordinary day almost a decade ago, John Beckenridge abducted his stepson, Mike, from school and vanished.
    With no proof of what happened, police asked a court to make sense of the crime.
    That court heard dozens of hours of evidence, and tried to determine how a marriage breakdown became a manhunt and then a mystery.
    As well as a kidnapping, the story includes cryptic phone messages, a car plunging from an 80-metre cliff and allegations of secret bank accounts, criminal accomplices and illegal border crossings.
    We'll take you inside the courtroom as two opposing theories are put to the test. Are John and Mike alive or dead?
    From Stuff Audio, New Zealand’s leader in true crime podcasts, and The Press newspaper, this is the story of a calculating man with a dark past, the 11-year-old boy he controlled and the distraught mother left behind.

    • 1 min

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