The disappearance of Amber-Lee Cruickshank 25 years ago is one of New Zealand's most baffling missing person investigations. This six-part New Zealand Herald series provides an indepth look at the cold case and Amber-Lee's mother's ceaseless quest to bring her daughter home.
A 50 Year Secret, Uncovered
School teacher Jennifer Beard disappeared on New Zealand's West Coast while hitchhiking on New Year's Eve 1969. Nearly three weeks later her body was found under a bridge outside the tiny township of Haast.
Now a Herald investigation has uncovered new evidence that could identify her killer.
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Welcome to A Moment in Crime
From the NZ Herald newsroom, and Chasing Ghosts host Anna Leask, comes A Moment in Crime
Episode One: 17/10/92
Full of optimism about a new life, Nicola Cruickshank and her family spent an idyllic spring Saturday with friends. Then tragedy struck. WARNING: This podcast contains material that may be distressing for younger listeners.
Episode Two: Not In That Lake
Amber-Lee went missing near a large body of water. It was the obvious place to start the search. But police soon started to wonder whether something more sinister had occurred. WARNING: This podcast contains material that may be distressing for younger listeners.
Episode Three: Little Girl Lost
With a history of drugs and crime, Nicola Cruickshank has had her critics. She decides to face the flak head-on, hoping to put the focus back on the hunt for her daughter. WARNING: This podcast contains frequent use of strong language and material that may be distressing for younger listeners.
Episode Four: Sensing Nothing
After Nicola Cruickshank put her faith in the “psychic detectives” of TV show Sensing Murder, she became fixated on one man. WARNING: This podcast contains frequent use of very strong language and material that may be distressing for younger listeners.
The most difficult of material and an exemplary treatment. A determined, sensitive, open-minded and empathetic pursuit of the few facts known about this haunting case. Thumbs up for not sentimentalising the victims and confronting difficult people instead of relying on empty speculation.
One of the best, raw, most detailed podcast I’ve ever listened to and big well done to the reporter for finding the people involved and questioning everyone you could. Absolutely amazing
One of my favourites
One of the best podcasts I’ve heard. Listened to it about 5 times now and will probably listen to it again. Love the rawness. Hope you find your darling daughter.