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

    Episode 8: Unexpected developments

    Episode 8: Unexpected developments

    An admission appears to cast doubt on Alan's claims of innocence while undiscovered clues point in an entirely new direction.

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    • 26 min
    Episode 7: Blue silence

    Episode 7: Blue silence

    In his search for answers, Mike Wesley-Smith has faced slammed doors, hung-up phones, dead ends and red herrings. What aren't police and prosecution telling him?

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    • 25 min
    Episode 6: Disclosure

    Episode 6: Disclosure

    In the aftermath of Alan Hall's guilty verdict, we hear from witnesses who were never called to give evidence, and one who says he was pressured by police to change his statement.

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    • 40 min
    Episode 5: The trial

    Episode 5: The trial

    It was his own brother that led police to his door, but what was the case against Alan Hall?

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    • 28 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
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

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/

DilzNZ ,

Fantastic

I am addicted to listening to Crime podcasts a I love them when they are in NZ not alone my home town. How do the NZ police get it wrong time and time again gives me little faith in our justice system.

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