Have you ever seen a dead body?
People find dead bodies everywhere, under floorboards, inside chimneys, and in their homes. They’re at crime scenes, disaster scenes and in morgues. There have been dead bodies on the red carpet, in cannibals’ dens, and even advertised in the classifieds.
In this series, experienced crime and court reporter Sharnelle Vella, and veteran radio host Dee Dee Dunleavy look at where dead bodies have been found, how they got there, and most importantly, the effect on people who found them.
We talk to people who deal with death daily as part of their jobs, and people who weren’t prepared for the shock of finding a dead body.
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Ep 113 - The Bluebelle, and Dorian Corey
The 18-metre sailing ketch The Bluebelle was the scene of several brutal murders in November, 1961, off the Bahamas. The killer survived the sinking of the vessel, and he didn’t count on an 11-year-old witness coming forward to undo his vile scheme.
Drag queen Dorian Corey died from AIDS-related complications in 1993, and a mummified body was discovered in the closet of her apartment.
It was a man named Robert Worley. But why was he there, how long had his body been there, and how did he die?
Ep 112 - The Philadelphia Cutters, and Elizabeth Bathory
A wicked scheme where tissue and bone were stripped from corpses at funeral homes and then sold them for transplants - without the permission of the families - led to the arrest of former dental surgeon Michael Mastromarino.
Elizabeth Bathory has been labelled the world’s most prolific female murderer, accused of torturing and killing hundreds of young girls and women between 1590 and 1610.
Ep 111 - Thomas Easby’s skin, and Lavender Doe
A tiny witness led to Thomas Easby being found guilty of the murder of his family. He was hanged, and trophies that exist to this day were taken from his dead body.
An unidentified body was found in 2006 in Texas. Years later, Joseph Wayne Burnette confessed to her murder, and it was 2019 before the DNA Doe Project established her real identity.
Ep 110 - Bega Schoolgirl Murders Part 2, and Coffin Births
Notorious Bega schoolgirl killer Leslie Camilleri was jailed for 28 years for the murder of 13-year-old Prue Bird in 1992. He was already serving two life sentences without parole for raping and murdering Bega schoolgirls Lauren Barry and Nichole Collins in 1997.
Medical researchers have uncovered multiple cases of women giving birth after death, in a process known as postmortem fetal extrusion, or “coffin birth”.
Ep 109 - Traigo Andretti, and Bega School girl Murders Part 1
Two schoolgirls were abducted, raped and murdered in Bega, New South Wales, Australia on 6 October 1997. Lindsay Beckett claimed that he killed the girls under the orders of Leslie Camilleri.
Traigo Andretti was given a life sentence for killing and dismembering his wife, and pleaded guilty today to the murder of another woman named Myrna Letandre. The judge described him as "evil, vile and despicable," and said he had very little chance for rehabilitation. It was a moot point. Andretti didn’t live long enough for any chance at redemption.
Ep 108 - Eric Edgar Cooke, and Kermit Gosnall
Eric Edgar Cooke was known as the "Night Caller". He terrorised Perth, Western Australia in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, committing at least twenty-two violent crimes, and eight murders.
Kermit Gosnell was a doctor with a secretive, illegal and horrendous practise, where he and his untrained staff carried out abortions in the most unhygenic conditions, resulting in the deaths of countless babies and at least one woman.
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The BEST podcast. Their stories are so great and their voices are so soothing that it often helps me fall asleep at night (in a good way!!) Thank you for all of the hard work you put into these episodes!
Lots of banter and some problematic views
They make offensive accents, poke fun of different cultures and then laugh about it when called out... strange.
PS... just your dad working in Asia doesn’t make you not racist....
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