14 episodes

Janine Vaughan’s disappearance 19 years ago is at the heart of a mysterious case that has split a close-knit community left wondering if a murderer walks among them.

The Night Driver The Australian

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 114 Ratings

Janine Vaughan’s disappearance 19 years ago is at the heart of a mysterious case that has split a close-knit community left wondering if a murderer walks among them.

    Introducing: What Really Happened in Wuhan

    Introducing: What Really Happened in Wuhan

    Investigative journalist Sharri Markson goes deep into the secret history of Covid-19. 
    In a series of exclusive interviews - from Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo to intelligence chiefs and Chinese dissidents - Markson takes us inside the investigation behind her bestselling book and documentary, to explore what really happened in Wuhan and beyond. 

    In this first episode, Sharri Markson has a frank and freewheeling conversation with the former US president in his first Australian sit-down interview on China’s “gross incompetence” and the mysteries still unsolved.  “There were body bags outside of the lab. And people were saying there are a lot of people lying down on the streets of Wuhan and there were body bags … you're going to have to figure that out and you probably will be able to do it, knowing you.” 

    Go to theaustralian.com.au/wuhan for more on What Really Happened In Wuhan.

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    • 41 min
    Introducing: The Breakdown

    Introducing: The Breakdown

    Australian rugby once had $40 million in the bank. Crowds over 100,000. TV audiences of 3 million. Today the Wallabies have sunk to their lowest world ranking ever. Off the field rugby is a "war zone" with a $20 million deficit last year alone.

    The Breakdown is a gripping podcast investigation from The Australian, exploring just how far "the game they play in heaven" has fallen - and why. Jessica Halloran and Claire Harvey have interviewed everyone from ex-PMs and billionaires to Wallabies legends, boardroom insiders and the volunteers battling to keep the game alive. Raw and emotional, The Breakdown is the new binge-listen everyone will be talking about.

    You can listen to The Breakdown through The Australian app, or search for The Breakdown wherever you listen to podcasts.

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    • 39 min
    Episode 11 - Fate

    Episode 11 - Fate

    Was Janine Vaughan murdered by a Bathurst man with a propensity for shocking acts of violence? Women who have been with him describe his depravity and cruelty. Or was she killed by a different man who has been dead for years? A man who worked at The Dirty Tav, drove around in a small red car, and was similarly renowned for violence. Hedley and his friend the retired judge Peter Murphy delve deep in the final episode of the series. They also explore what really happened to the bloodied knife, subjecting the stalker notes to analysis by a handwriting expert, and hearing from a former detective who identifies ‘red flags’ for possible deception and believes one of the three persons of interest is lying. The longest episode in the series hears from women who cast doubt on the conduct of the other two key persons of interest while the closest witness to the fight between Janine and her once-close friend describes what she saw just hours before Janine disappeared.

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    • 1 hr 48 min
    Episode 10 - The Screams

    Episode 10 - The Screams

    John Haynes is a former senior cop in Bathurst who still lives at Mount Panorama. He’s been retired for a decade and for the first time he’s speaking publicly about blood-curdling screams he and his family heard near the local university, two days after Janine’s disappearance in early December 2001. Haynes is confident he heard Janine fighting for her life. He has come forward as he says the significance of the screams was not properly understood by police who looked in the wrong place, on the opposite side of a creek separating the university grounds and bushland from the mount. Haynes fears that Janine was killed near the uni and her remains could still lie among the gnarly blackberry bushes along the creek. As Kylie goes back and searches other locations around Bathurst, another thread in this case which fell through the cracks - a  fight between Janine and one of her best friends - comes to light. Janine was in serious conflict with her former employee and housemate before they spectacularly fell out. The person became Janine’s public enemy but it went under the radar in the 2009 inquest, raising awkward and distressing questions and memories nineteen years later.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 9 - Love You, Sis

    Episode 9 - Love You, Sis

    In the search for Janine’s murderer, her sister Kylie who devotes much of her life to this case is taken to the brink of what she believes is a breakthrough, only to have her hopes dashed. Every time there’s a discovery of bones near Bathurst it hits K...

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 8 - Trying Like Mad

    Episode 8 - Trying Like Mad

    Janine’s private life came under close scrutiny and details were aired publicly as the Coroner Mary Jerram heard evidence about a young woman overwhelmed by sadness at times in the final days of her life. Janine was in financial and emotional distress ...

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

KyeKay ,

Recommended

Another great podcast from Hedley, so enjoyed listening to him again. Sad and frustrating case.

Lala19721972 ,

Wow! What an excellent podcast

I highly recommend this awesome podcast- it’s well presented and interesting. I love the narrator’s voice. I’m so sorry for Janine’s family. There’s so much pain and loss in this story- even before the disappearance. My heart goes out to all the very real humans who loved Janine. Bathurst seems like a rough and real place with some very dark secrets. I hope there is healing and peace someday.

nyalathotep ,

Considered and compassionate but too long

The standard of journalism is a lot higher than the usual true crime amateur dramatics and Hedley knows how to keep the exploitation to a minimum, but in some ways those ethics hamstring this effort. Some suspects could have done with more of an investigative arsekicking and I hope to see more of this angle pursued in upcoming episodes.

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