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We’ve started this podcast to create a dialogue with you, that may help solve a 1929 murder in Toorak.


If you want to know more, or help in the amateur sleuthing, we’ve uploaded documents and images to our website www.murderarchives.com.au to complement the podcast.


About the case.


On 9 September 1929, Norma McLeod, an unmarried 29-year-old teacher was found unconscious in her parent’s home in the prestigious suburb of Toorak.


A pair of men’s underpants lay across her forehead. By 5pm that day she was dead.


An autopsy revealed a seven-inch crack in the back of her skull caused by violent trauma from a blunt object.


The case attracted huge press and public attention; accusations were plentiful, but an inquest returned an open verdict.


Almost 90 years after this mysterious death, an extensive three-year investigation involving a re-examination of the police files, combined with an in-depth look at Norma’s family, raises questions about the rigour of the original investigation.


With the aid of the victim’s descendants and a group of renowned experts we’ve discovered long-held secrets, connections in high places and people who weren’t who they seemed to be.


Experts who provide input: forensic pathologist, Byron Collins; ex-homicide detective, Charlie Bezzina; criminal barrister, Alan Hands; psycho-physiologist, Elizabeth Martin; forensic psychologist, Dr Karen Scally and graphologist, Andrea Scarfe Some of Norma’s descendants, who are also actors, ‘voice’ various parts throughout the podcast.

Murder Archives Nearly

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We’ve started this podcast to create a dialogue with you, that may help solve a 1929 murder in Toorak.


If you want to know more, or help in the amateur sleuthing, we’ve uploaded documents and images to our website www.murderarchives.com.au to complement the podcast.


About the case.


On 9 September 1929, Norma McLeod, an unmarried 29-year-old teacher was found unconscious in her parent’s home in the prestigious suburb of Toorak.


A pair of men’s underpants lay across her forehead. By 5pm that day she was dead.


An autopsy revealed a seven-inch crack in the back of her skull caused by violent trauma from a blunt object.


The case attracted huge press and public attention; accusations were plentiful, but an inquest returned an open verdict.


Almost 90 years after this mysterious death, an extensive three-year investigation involving a re-examination of the police files, combined with an in-depth look at Norma’s family, raises questions about the rigour of the original investigation.


With the aid of the victim’s descendants and a group of renowned experts we’ve discovered long-held secrets, connections in high places and people who weren’t who they seemed to be.


Experts who provide input: forensic pathologist, Byron Collins; ex-homicide detective, Charlie Bezzina; criminal barrister, Alan Hands; psycho-physiologist, Elizabeth Martin; forensic psychologist, Dr Karen Scally and graphologist, Andrea Scarfe Some of Norma’s descendants, who are also actors, ‘voice’ various parts throughout the podcast.

    Your theories - Part 2

    Your theories - Part 2

    In this second part, once again with the help of experts and family members, we talk about: The murder suspects themselves, Asmodeus and some new information from the Toorak Bowls Club that suggests Norman did indeed have friends in high places!


    Murder Archives is written and presented by Emma Curtin.
    www.muderarchives.com.au
    Editing and sound by Courtney Carthy
    Produced in partnership with Nearly For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 31 min
    Your theories – Part 1

    Your theories – Part 1

    In this first part, with the help of experts and family members, we talk about: The underpants, the idea of incest, Norma’s physical and mental health, the land in Heidelberg, as well as thoughts around pregnancy and Norma’s sexuality.


    Murder Archives is written and presented by Emma Curtin.
    www.muderarchives.com.au
    Editing and sound by Courtney Carthy
    Produced in partnership with Nearly For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 33 min
    8: Where to now?

    8: Where to now?

    In this final episode, we bring in a handwriting expert, Andrea Scarfe, to review the Asmodeus letter and cross-reference the handwriting with that of potential writers, including Walter Maxwell Dumont Dunn.


    We also examine the life of this man more thoroughly.
    We wrap up where we’ve got to so far in our investigation and leave the listener with some potential theories.
    More importantly, we leave the listener with some remaining questions in the hope that the podcast will stimulate discussion and open up new avenues for investigation.
     
    Murder Archives is written and presented by Emma Curtin.
    www.muderarchives.com.au
    Editing and sound by Courtney Carthy
    Produced in partnership with Nearly
     
    Thanks to all those who added their voices to this podcast (in alphabetical order):
    Daniel Alfieri
    Courtney Carthy
    Simon Curtin
    Alan Hands
    Cassidy Krygger
    Ben Mitchell
    Elaine Mitchell
    Gill Neale
    And our experts:
    Charlie Bezzina
    Dr Byron Collins
    Dr Karen Scally
    Andrea Scarf For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 45 min
    7: Scenarios of death

    7: Scenarios of death

    We introduce another expert, forensic psychologist, Dr Karen Scally, to help us look at each McLeod family member through a psychological lens.

    We present three scenarios of what may have led to Norma’s death.

    And look at a potential new suspect – Walter Maxwell Dumont Dunn – poet, writer, fantasist, and a friend of the McLeods who had been suggested as a possible Asmodeus.

    How was he involved in the case, if at all?

    And what do we know of this man?

     

    Murder Archives is written and presented by Emma Curtin.

    www.muderarchives.com.au

    Editing and sound by Courtney Carthy

    Produced in partnership with Nearly

     

    Thanks to all those who added their voices to this podcast (in alphabetical order):

    Daniel Alfieri

    Courtney Carthy

    Simon Curtin

    Alan Hands

    Cassidy Krygger

    Ben Mitchell

    Elaine Mitchell

    Gill Neale

    And our experts:

    Charlie Bezzina

    Dr Byron Collins

    Dr Karen Scally

    Andrea Scarf
    For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 58 min
    6: Watching the detectives

    6: Watching the detectives

    This episode focuses on the police themselves and the kind of environment they were working in in 1929 – a world of social distinctions and only six years after a major police strike that rocked public confidence in the constabulary.


    Retired detective Charlie Bezzina provides some more insights into the nature of murder investigations and his opinion on the thoroughness of the McLeod investigation.


    We also examine accusations at the time that Norman McLeod had ‘friends in high places’ and how this may have had an impact on the case.
     
    Murder Archives is written and presented by Emma Curtin.


    www.muderarchives.com.au


    Editing and sound by Courtney Carthy


    Produced in partnership with Nearly
     
    Thanks to all those who added their voices to this podcast (in alphabetical order):


    Daniel Alfieri
    Courtney Carthy
    Simon Curtin
    Alan Hands
    Cassidy Krygger
    Ben Mitchell
    Elaine Mitchell
    Gill Neale
     
    And our experts:


    Charlie Bezzina
    Dr Byron Collins
    Dr Karen Scally
    Andrea Scarf For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 34 min
    5: The men in Norma’s life

    5: The men in Norma’s life

    What kind of men were Norma’s father and brother (Norman and Rhys McLeod)?
    And what clues their stories might provide about her death?
    Once again, we hear from family members to help us develop a picture of the McLeods.
    We look at the reasons why Norman apparently didn’t want the police involved, question why Rhys seemed almost missing from the police investigation and examine more letters from the public, this time pointing the finger at Rhys. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 33 min

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