22 episodes

An investigative podcast hosted by ABC journalist Rachael Brown, Trace examines the fractures in Australia's criminal justice system, and the decades-long ripples they have caused.

Trace ABC Radio

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 93 Ratings

An investigative podcast hosted by ABC journalist Rachael Brown, Trace examines the fractures in Australia's criminal justice system, and the decades-long ripples they have caused.

    Maria James inquest finding

    Maria James inquest finding

    A Victorian Coroner has failed to name a killer in the 1980 cold case of Maria James. Her sons are devasted. But there's still hope, in leads yet to be chased by police.

    • 18 min
    S1 | The Inquest

    S1 | The Inquest

    The new coronial inquest into the murder of Maria James has wrapped up. Will the Coroner be able to name her killer? And of the police exhibits that haven't disappeared, what DNA testing can be done? This episode nears us closer to the end of the James brothers' 41-year-fight for answers for their mum.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    S1 | Breakthrough in Maria James cold case

    S1 | Breakthrough in Maria James cold case

    The discovery of a police exhibit - thought to be missing for around three decades - could finally help unmask the killer in the 1980 cold case of Maria James.

    • 26 min
    S2 BONUS — The Price

    S2 BONUS — The Price

    The Royal Commission has released its final report into defence lawyer turned police informer Nicola Gobbo.

    • 40 min
    S2 08 | End game

    S2 08 | End game

    We reveal the story of Nicola Gobbo's audacious bid to return to Australia.

    • 42 min
    S2 07 | Reckoning

    S2 07 | Reckoning

    Everything unravels, for Nicola Gobbo and Victoria Police. Their secret is out.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

ChChFan ,

Outstanding investigative journalism

The persistence in pursuing justice on behalf of Maria James and sons Adam and Mark is remarkable. Worthy of an honours outside journalism.

hollieamberrose ,

Emotional!!

You’ve done an amazing job with this podcast. Mark and Adam, I wish you all the best and thank you for sharing your lives with us. Maria must be so incredibly proud of you both for fighting your absolute hardest in her memory x

JennyRudd ,

The best in its genre

Fantastic reporting; sensitive and inquisitive. I have listened to every episode.

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