An investigative podcast hosted by ABC journalist Rachael Brown, Trace examines the fractures in Australia's criminal justice system, and the decades-long ripples they have caused.
S1 | The Inquest
The new coronial inquest into the murder of Maria James has wrapped up. Will the Coroner be able to name her killer? And of the police exhibits that haven't disappeared, what DNA testing can be done? This episode nears us closer to the end of the James brothers' 41-year-fight for answers for their mum.
S1 | Breakthrough in Maria James cold case
The discovery of a police exhibit - thought to be missing for around three decades - could finally help unmask the killer in the 1980 cold case of Maria James.
S2 BONUS — The Price
The Royal Commission has released its final report into defence lawyer turned police informer Nicola Gobbo.
S2 08 | End game
We reveal the story of Nicola Gobbo's audacious bid to return to Australia.
S2 07 | Reckoning
Everything unravels, for Nicola Gobbo and Victoria Police. Their secret is out.
S2 06 | Whatever it takes
Nicola hits rock bottom, but Victoria Police wants her to take on a new role ... as a witness.
Gripping & superb journalism
Whole pod has been exceptional. Rachael is sympathetic & balanced which makes for great listening.
Heart rending and sympathetically narrated
Rachel, you’ve really done so much to bring attention to Maria’s tragic story. It’s obvious just how invested you are in finding the truth and very heartening to hear the bond you’ve formed with Mark and Adam over time. I really have every hope this case will be solved. Mark and Adam are clearly such lovely people (who their mum would be proud of!) and deserve this win. Best wishes from the UK and thanks for broadcasting such a powerful story.
Fantastic effort on a heartbreaking case
It has been both heartbreaking and inspiring to listen to this podcast. Heartbreaking to hear and listen to the brothers and their journey for answers after such a loss of their mother. Inspiring to hear their strength, love and determination to find justice for her.
Rachel, your grit and determination to help the brothers uncover the truth behind their mother’s murder is amazing and the amount of effort, time and investigative ingenuity is an absolute credit to you as both a person and as a journalist.
The exposed incompetence of Vic police is disappointing and the apparent obstruction when Rachel and Ron have tried to help support investigations raises far more questions than they have answered and sows seeds of suspicion as to why they behaving in such a way. What are they trying to cover up??
I also do not tar all police with the same brush, particularly Ron who clearly still felt invested after all this time. He obviously cares about Maria James and her children and has done his upmost to contribute where he can. I can only hope the the loose ends that have not yet been tied up, bear some answers for Mark, Adam, Rachel and Ron.