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Think nothing ever happens in your town? Australia's suburbs are home to some of the most mysterious and disturbing true crime cases in the world.Meshel Laurie is a true crime obsessive. Emily Webb is a true crime author. And together with expert interviews with writers, victims, investigators and perpetrators, they probe the underbelly of our towns and suburbs, and uncover the darkness at the heart of Australian life. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime.
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Australian True Crime Smart Fella

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 560 Ratings

Think nothing ever happens in your town? Australia's suburbs are home to some of the most mysterious and disturbing true crime cases in the world.Meshel Laurie is a true crime obsessive. Emily Webb is a true crime author. And together with expert interviews with writers, victims, investigators and perpetrators, they probe the underbelly of our towns and suburbs, and uncover the darkness at the heart of Australian life. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime.
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    Should sex offenders keep their super?

    Should sex offenders keep their super?

    Many offenders who remain incarcerated can use their superannuation upon release to return to their lives luxuriating in their super, whilst their survivors generally are unemployed due to the longstanding impact these horrendous crimes have had on them. Our guests today, Andrew Carpenter and Adam Washbourne, are some of the front runners calling on the government to reform the Bankruptcy Act, so that child sex offenders’ superannuation can be used to help victim-survivors rebuild their lives.
    Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/strip-paedophiles-of-their-superannuation-and-give-it-to-survivors-of-child-sexual-abuse
    Learn more about Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia here: https://www.facaaus.org/
    CREDITS:
    Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram 
    Co-Host: Emily Webb. You can find her on Instagram here and listen to her podcast Killer Content here. 
    Guests:  Andrew Carpenter and Adam Washbourne
    Producer/Editor: Matthew Tankard
    Executive Producer: Jacqueline Tonks
    Recorded at a Hub Australia Media Studio. Find the workspace that's right for you at https://www.hubaustralia.com/
    If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode you can contact:
     
    Lifeline on 13 11 14
     
    13 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
     
    GET IN TOUCH:
     
    Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook 
     
    https://www.facebook.com/AustralianTrueCrimePod/
     
    Email the show at team@smartfella.com.au
     
    Australian True Crime is a podcast by Smart Fella Media. Your story matters and how you tell it matters even more.
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime.

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    • 49 min
    No one is a monster: what a clinical psychologist thinks we should know about violence

    No one is a monster: what a clinical psychologist thinks we should know about violence

    Dr Ahona Guha is a Melbourne-based Forensic and Clinical Psychologist.
     
    Ahona works at pointy end of mental health and treatment - with people who have clinical presentations of harmful behaviours, trauma histories, and those who have offended against others - sexual offences (including against children) violence, stalking, arson…
     
    Dr Ahona Guha, DPsych works in the field of forensic psychology to understand offending behaviours such as stalking, sex offending and intimate partner violence with the intention of assessing risk and providing psychological treatment to people who offend; thus contributing to community safety and the protection of victims. She believes it is important to understand and discuss these behaviours to ensure that people receive the treatment they need to stop offending. She also works with victims of trauma to support them with managing post-traumatic responses. She writes widely for the media on matters related to mental health, health, social justice, and equity, and her work has appeared in The Age, The Guardian, SBS, and ABC. She has a book on complex trauma, and the perpetration of harm forthcoming in 2023. All views are her own.
     
    See: https://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/books/reclaim-9781922585684
     
    CREDITS:
    Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram 
    Co-Host: Emily Webb. You can find her on Instagram here and listen to her podcast Killer Content here. 
    Guest:  Dr Ahona Guha. You can find Ahona on Instagram @drahonaguha and read some of her articles at Psychology Today and ABC Everyday - Google her. She’s written a lot of useful things.
    Ahona has written a book on Trauma that will be released in early 2023 by Scribe Publications.
    Producer/Editor: Matthew Tankard
    Executive Producer: Jacqueline Tonks
    Recorded at a Hub Australia Media Studio. Find the workspace that's right for you at https://www.hubaustralia.com/
    If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode you can contact:
     
    Lifeline on 13 11 14
     
    13 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
     
    GET IN TOUCH:
     
    Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook 
     
    https://www.facebook.com/AustralianTrueCrimePod/
     
    Email the show at team@smartfella.com.au
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    • 48 min
    Forced adoptions in Australia, could it happen again?

    Forced adoptions in Australia, could it happen again?

    Australia in the mid twentieth century has a dark history of forced adoption. Women who did not fit the moral expectations of the time (usually those who were young and unmarried) had their children taken from them at birth, often with little to no information left behind for them to be reunited.
    Our guest today, Lily Arthur, is one story of many, and it is an absolutely heartbreaking one. It is also a story of determination and grit, and the long fight Lily went through to seek justice for what happened to her and many others.
    Links:
    Lilyarthur.com
    Lily's book: Dirty Laundry: The Crimes A Country Tried To Hide: https://www.booktopia.com.au/dirty-laundry-lily-arthur/book/9781922532787.html
    QLD Judgement can be found here: https://www.queenslandjudgments.com.au/caselaw/qsc/2004/456
    Origins SPSA (Supporting people separated by adoption): https://www.originsnsw.com/
    CREDITS:
    Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram 
    Co-Host: Emily Webb. You can find her on Instagram here and listen to her podcast Killer Content here. 
    Guest:  Lily Arthur
    Producer/Editor: Matthew Tankard
    Executive Producer: Jacqueline Tonks
    Recorded at a Hub Australia Media Studio. Find the workspace that's right for you at https://www.hubaustralia.com/
    If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode you can contact:
     
    Lifeline on 13 11 14
     
    13 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
     
    GET IN TOUCH:
     
    Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook 
     
    https://www.facebook.com/AustralianTrueCrimePod/
     
    Email the show at team@smartfella.com.au
     
    Australian True Crime is a podcast by Smart Fella Media. Your story matters and how you tell it matters even more.
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime.

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    • 50 min
    The most unlikely drug runners you’ve probably never heard of - Short Cut

    The most unlikely drug runners you’ve probably never heard of - Short Cut

    The bullet point version of today's episode of Australian True Crime.
    There’s stories that get under the skin of people, especially journalists. And this story you’re going to hear about is unbelievable. And most of us have probably never heard about it. Enter author Sandi Logan, a former journalist and diplomat who followed the case of two older American women Vera 'Toddie' Hays and Florice 'Beezie' Bessire - who were arrested in Australia in the 1970s for having almost 2 TONNES of hashish concealed in a camper van. He’s written a book called Betrayed: The incredible untold inside story of the two most unlikely drug-running grannies in Australian history that is the definitive story of this case.
    CREDITS:
    Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram 
    Co-Host: Emily Webb. You can find her on Instagram here and listen to her podcast Killer Content here. 
    Guest:  Sandi Logan, author of Betrayed: The incredible untold inside story of the two most unlikely drug-running grannies in Australian history published by Hachette
    Producer/Editor: Matthew Tankard
    Executive Producer: Jacqueline Tonks
    Recorded at a Hub Australia Media Studio. Find the workspace that's right for you at https://www.hubaustralia.com/
    If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode you can contact:
     
    Lifeline on 13 11 14
     
    13 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
     
    GET IN TOUCH:
     
    Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook 
     
    https://www.facebook.com/AustralianTrueCrimePod/
     
    Email the show at team@smartfella.com.au
     
    Australian True Crime is a podcast by Smart Fella Media. Your story matters and how you tell it matters even more.
     
     
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime.

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    • 18 min
    The most unlikely drug runners you’ve probably never heard of

    The most unlikely drug runners you’ve probably never heard of

    There’s stories that get under the skin of people, especially journalists. And this story you’re going to hear about is unbelievable. And most of us have probably never heard about it. Enter author Sandi Logan, a former journalist and diplomat who followed the case of two older American women Vera 'Toddie' Hays and Florice 'Beezie' Bessire - who were arrested in Australia in the 1970s for having almost 2 TONNES of hashish concealed in a camper van. He’s written a book called Betrayed: The incredible untold inside story of the two most unlikely drug-running grannies in Australian history that is the definitive story of this case.
    CREDITS:
    Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram 
    Co-Host: Emily Webb. You can find her on Instagram here and listen to her podcast Killer Content here. 
    Guest:  Sandi Logan, author of Betrayed: The incredible untold inside story of the two most unlikely drug-running grannies in Australian history published by Hachette
    Producer/Editor: Matthew Tankard
    Executive Producer: Jacqueline Tonks
    Recorded at a Hub Australia Media Studio. Find the workspace that's right for you at https://www.hubaustralia.com/
    If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode you can contact:
     
    Lifeline on 13 11 14
     
    13 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
     
    GET IN TOUCH:
     
    Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook 
     
    https://www.facebook.com/AustralianTrueCrimePod/
     
    Email the show at team@smartfella.com.au
     
    Australian True Crime is a podcast by Smart Fella Media. Your story matters and how you tell it matters even more.
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime.

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    • 42 min
    Queensland's Crooked Kings

    Queensland's Crooked Kings

    Matthew Condon is an Australian author and journalist who has published multiple books on the history of corruption in the Queensland police force and state government. Our conversation today covers the events that led up to, and following, the Fitzgerald enquiry, which lead to custodial sentences for three former senior QLD ministers, and for the police commissioner, Terry Lewis. Joh Bjelke-Petersen, the longest running QLD premiere, was also sacked and tried for perjury.
    Matthew Condon is as fascinated today as he's ever been by Queensland's history of corruption, which really is the kind of thing you would think is over the top if it were in a movie, but it's all very, very true...
    Matthew's books on Queensland corruption, collectively known as the Three Crooked Kings trilogy, can be viewed below:
    Jacks and Jokers
    Three Crooked Kings
    All Fall Down
    Matthew has a new podcast titled Dig: Sirens Are Coming, and he is also currently assisting on Hedley Thomas' new podcast The Teacher's Trial.
    CREDITS:
    Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram 
    Co-Host: Emily Webb. You can find her on Instagram here and listen to her podcast Killer Content here. 
    Guest: Matthew Condon
    Producer/Editor: Matthew Tankard
    Executive Producer: Jacqueline Tonks
    Additional audio taken from the Four Corners report, the "The Moonlight State".
    Recorded at a Hub Australia Media Studio. Find the workspace that's right for you at https://www.hubaustralia.com/
    If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode you can contact:
     
    Lifeline on 13 11 14
     
    13 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
     
    GET IN TOUCH:
     
    Follow the show on Instagram @australiantruecrimepodcast and Facebook 
     
    https://www.facebook.com/AustralianTrueCrimePod/
     
    Email the show at team@smartfella.com.au
     
    Australian True Crime is a podcast by Smart Fella Media. Your story matters and how you tell it matters even more.
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/australiantruecrime.

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
560 Ratings

560 Ratings

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Truly enjoy their compassion

As an American who became a Footy fan 7 years ago, and started a footy podcast, I've become a voracious consumer of all things Australian. I'm a huge fan of True Crime podcasts, and Meshel and Emily are wonderful hosts. They show a great deal of compassion to their guests, often survivors or law enforcement who have been involved with solving cases for long periods of time. Ladies, I thank you for a wonderful program that helps make my walks around my hometown in Ohio all the more interesting. Cheers!

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Jomojo

This is a truly worthy podcast and the latest episode available 2/22/22 is the best of the best!
Great work

FloridaKate52 ,

Beyond excellent

I’ve been listening to this podcast for a few years. I eagerly await each new episode But the Cheryl Grimmer episode is just so good. It’s a compelling story, so tragic. The way Emily and Meshel conduct the interview with empathy and professionalism is riveting. I found myself crying with and for Ricky.
After listening, I went to the Fairy Meadow podcast. John Kay’s report provides a lot of information and background. Thank goodness this precious angel who was so loved and cherished is having her story told.

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