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Who killed Maria James? June, 1980, suburban Melbourne: Mother of two Maria James is stabbed to death in the back of her bookshop. Her killer has never been found.

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    • 4.3, 13 Ratings

Who killed Maria James? June, 1980, suburban Melbourne: Mother of two Maria James is stabbed to death in the back of her bookshop. Her killer has never been found.

    INTRODUCING... The Eleventh

    INTRODUCING... The Eleventh

    How much do you really know about the sacking of Gough Whitlam on November 11, 1975?

    You've probably heard his famous "well may we say" speech made on the day he was dismissed.

    But do you properly understand the extraordinary events leading up to the most dramatic day in Australian political history? How did it happen?

    Award-winning ABC journalist Alex Mann went looking for those missing pieces from the people who were there and discovered something wilder than he could ever have imagined.

    The Eleventh podcast is a political drama, a spy thriller and a story of love and lust.

    It's about power, big egos and even bigger mistakes.



    Listen to The Eleventh for free now on Apple Podcasts, your favourite podcast app, RSS, or find it on the ABC Listen app.

    • 4 min
    07 | Hope

    07 | Hope

    More than a year on from their plea for a new coronial inquest, the James brothers get a decision.

    Will they finally get answers to the burning questions they've carried for 38 years about the murder of their mother?

    And what about those items Trace has been given that might have DNA on them?

    Can they identify the killer?

    We take them to one of the world's best DNA labs, with some of the most sensitive equipment, to find out.

    • 36 min
    SPECIAL EVENT: The Trace team talks tactics for finding Maria James' killer

    SPECIAL EVENT: The Trace team talks tactics for finding Maria James' killer

    In their first reunion since Trace launched, former detective Ron Iddles, Maria James’s son Mark James and journalist Rachael Brown got together for a special live event at the Wheeler Centre.

    They discuss the challenges of reviving the cold case, its insistent questions, and the uncommon task of investigating a murder in the public arena.

    This special one hour event is hosted by Myf Warhurst.

    • 1 hr
    Trace | 06 Limbo

    Trace | 06 Limbo

    New evidence has been found. So can police test it for a trace of the killer? What happened to crucial documents? And a new confession.

    It is nearly a year since the James brothers applied for a new coronial inquest into their mum's murder, but the case hangs in legal limbo.

    • 29 min
    Introducing… UNRAVEL

    Introducing… UNRAVEL

    Get a sneak preview of UNRAVEL, a new ABC podcast that follows Australia's best journalists as they investigate unsolved crimes. Our Season 1 story, Blood On The Tracks, investigates the suspicious death of 17-year-old Mark Haines, whose body was found on the railway line outside Tamworth in January 1988. We follow indigenous reporter Allan Clarke’s five year investigation to its explosive conclusion.

    • 4 min
    Someone Knows Something – preview

    Someone Knows Something – preview

    This original Canadian true-crime podcast examines unsolved cases of the missing or murdered. Each season focuses on a single cold case in the hope of uncovering new information, while also exploring the affects each case has had on the families and communities involved. In this special preview, we share an excerpt from the show with you.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

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One of the best true crime podcasts

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