15 episodes

This is the story of a mass-murder that divided a nation - a story that began in a rickety old home on a cold June morning in 1994, where five members of a seemingly ordinary New Zealand family were gunned down. There were two suspects. One lay dead from a single bullet to the head. The other was the only survivor: David Bain. Since then the country has asked: who killed the Bain family? David or his father Robin? In this podcast, Martin van Beynen explores the case from start to finish, picking through evidence, the mysteries and motives, and interviewing never-before-spoken-to witnesses. He seeks to finally answer the question: Who was the killer?

BLACK HANDS - A family mass murder Stuff

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    • 4.7, 422 Ratings

This is the story of a mass-murder that divided a nation - a story that began in a rickety old home on a cold June morning in 1994, where five members of a seemingly ordinary New Zealand family were gunned down. There were two suspects. One lay dead from a single bullet to the head. The other was the only survivor: David Bain. Since then the country has asked: who killed the Bain family? David or his father Robin? In this podcast, Martin van Beynen explores the case from start to finish, picking through evidence, the mysteries and motives, and interviewing never-before-spoken-to witnesses. He seeks to finally answer the question: Who was the killer?

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
422 Ratings

422 Ratings

Wilderpisces ,

Riveting

I binge listened to all episodes in one day - so well done and I totally agree with your conclusion - horrific acts and he’s guilty as hell!

Ollie NZL ,

NZ investigative journalism reaches the 21st century

An informative, well researched podcast that covers one of NZs most infamous murder cases. Well presented and keeps you coming back to listen. Awesome to see NZ journalism joining the ranks of other fantastic investigative journalism podcasts. Thank you!

Bain case follower ,

Review with a couple of questions

I have listened to the entire pod cast multiple times. Living in Dunedin and knowing of the Bain’s through theatrical circles that I move in too, and having read all the books, I found the podcast fascinating. One question, why in episode one does Martin say ‘someone brought in the days newspaper’ and then in episode ten this had changed to ‘Robin brought in the newspaper’? After listening firstly to the 111 call, which quite frankly is full of over acting and over emphasised panting and ‘I can’t breathe’ statements, then, most especially the interviews with Binnie J, how could he possibly have found him to be innocent, let alone a jury finding him not guilty.
Amazing review of the case and as is revealed in episode ten, the answer in inexplicable.

Also in episode 9 David Bain makes an ‘interesting ‘ and unusual statement that is quite telling. He says, Speaking with Binnie J, ‘I had nothing to do with those crimes, leading up to or that morning’. Why says leading up to? Surely if you just discovered yr family murdered, you would only reference it to that day, why mention leading up to??

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