10 episodes

On October 13th, 1985, a man called Arthur Easton was stabbed to death in his Papakura home.

His sons initially described the murderer as a strong 6ft-tall Maori man. But the man police placed in handcuffs months later was a slim 5ft7 Pakeha with learning difficulties.

He has always maintained his innocence. More than 30 years later, he is still in prison.

This is the story of the murder of Arthur Easton and the arrest of Alan Hall, a man with no alibi or answers.

But it's also a story about New Zealand's system of justice - the power and trust we give to police and prosecutors… and their ability to find the truth. Learn more at newshub.co.nz/podcasts

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On October 13th, 1985, a man called Arthur Easton was stabbed to death in his Papakura home.

His sons initially described the murderer as a strong 6ft-tall Maori man. But the man police placed in handcuffs months later was a slim 5ft7 Pakeha with learning difficulties.

He has always maintained his innocence. More than 30 years later, he is still in prison.

This is the story of the murder of Arthur Easton and the arrest of Alan Hall, a man with no alibi or answers.

But it's also a story about New Zealand's system of justice - the power and trust we give to police and prosecutors… and their ability to find the truth. Learn more at newshub.co.nz/podcasts

    The murder. Coming soon

    The murder. Coming soon

    Grove Road, an investigative podcast by Newshub, is launching this Saturday.

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    • 31 sec
    Introducing Grove Road

    Introducing Grove Road

    An investigative true crime series from Newshub, premiering Saturday 29 September.

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    • 2 min
    Episode 1: The murder

    Episode 1: The murder

    It was a Sunday night in suburban New Zealand like any other. Until Brendan Easton heard a click from the back door.

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    • 21 min
    Episode 2: The scene of the crime

    Episode 2: The scene of the crime

    In a friendly, safe suburb, a loved family home becomes a crime scene. Some locals say Papakura felt different after Arthur Easton's murder.

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    • 25 min
    Episode 3: An unlikely suspect

    Episode 3: An unlikely suspect

    Alan Hall, a man with no alibi or answers, was found guilty of murder. But did police get the right man?

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    • 22 min
    Episode 4: No alibi, no answers

    Episode 4: No alibi, no answers

    He admitted the weapon was his, and the hat had been in his possession. So why are there so many question marks over Alan Hall's conviction?

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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

Elby One ,

Insightful and compelling

Great to revisit this almost 4 years on and in light of the exoneration. Well done Mike. Your investigative journalism was solid and of great value. Kudos.

dgmnz ,

Addictive!

Mike Wesley-Smith has done such a good job of researching and presenting this case. I loved the mix of Mike explaining, guest contributors (like Scott Opticon) and old audio from other sources (the tapes of Shirley Hall talking to Arthur Allan Thomas’ father!). It all weaves an engaging and well told story.

Rahnos ,

Great informational podcast

Great informational podcast! But i can’t help myself... narrator please work out the difference between ‘Bought’ and ‘Brought’... You use them the wrong way around. :o/

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