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If you find yourself googling unsolved crimes or thinking endlessly about incredible stories, then you need to listen to Investigates - the podcast that lifts the veil on some of the world’s most horrific crimes and baffling mysteries. From Australia’s most haunted house to the 37-year-old missing person’s case that started a national movement, Investigates explores some of the most fascinating stories the world has ever seen. 

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If you find yourself googling unsolved crimes or thinking endlessly about incredible stories, then you need to listen to Investigates - the podcast that lifts the veil on some of the world’s most horrific crimes and baffling mysteries. From Australia’s most haunted house to the 37-year-old missing person’s case that started a national movement, Investigates explores some of the most fascinating stories the world has ever seen. 

    Who was Sydney's first serial killer?

    Who was Sydney's first serial killer?

    In December 1932, as the Depression tightened its grip, the body of a woman was found in Queens Park, Sydney. It was a popular park. There were houses in plain view. Yet this woman had been violently murdered without anyone noticing. Other equally brutal and shocking murders of women in public places were to follow. Australia's first serial killer was at large. Author Tanya Bretherton joins April to discuss this case.


    You can find Tanya's book The Killing Streets at any good bookstore now.


    If you or someone you know needs support, help is available from Lifeline on 13 11 14.


    Your host is April Glover


    Your audio editor is Melanie De Gioia


    The Executive Producer is Elissa Ratliff


    Subscribe to Investigates here: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/investigates/id1344649849 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 34 min
    Inside The Family: Australia's deadliest cult

    Inside The Family: Australia's deadliest cult

    If you harbour a borderline morbid fascination with cults, you’re certainly not alone. Countless movies, novels, plays, podcasts and articles explore the psychology behind why people join cults, and why people start them. One of Australia’s most infamous cults was simply known as The Family. The Family was headed by a Victorian woman named Anne Hamilton Byrne, who at her height through the 1960s until the late 1980s, ran the sadistic apocalyptic sect with hundreds of members.


    Anne was as beautiful and charismatic as she was delusional and dangerous.


    Anne – who was born Evelyn Grace Victoria Edwards – was a yoga teacher turned cult leader who convinced her followers she was Jesus Christ reincarnated.


    Her ethos was simple – the world was going to end, and the only way you could be saved is if you joined The Family. 


    Along with her husband Bill, Anne started recruiting followers from a psychiatric clinic. She targeted middle-class professionals, some even with medical backgrounds, and essentially ‘brainwashed’ them with her new age ‘spiritualism’.


    And she didn’t stop there. Anne acquired children through adoption scams or even through other members, and allegedly injected them with LSD, as well as beating and starving them.


    Our guest on the show today is New Zealand-born author JP Pomare, who’s new novel In The Clearing was inspired by the disturbing doomsday cult. JP did extensive research on The Family and cults in general, and he joins us on today’s episode.


    If you or someone you know needs support, help is available from Lifeline on 13 11 14.


    Your host is April Glover


    Your audio editor is Melanie De Gioia


    The Executive Producer is Elissa Ratliff


    Subscribe to Investigates here: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/investigates/id1344649849 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 22 min
    The life and death of Michael Hutchence

    The life and death of Michael Hutchence

    From a shy, intelligent Sydney boy to the charismatic INXS frontman. How did Michael Hutchence become a superstar with one of the biggest bands in the world?
     
    And how did it all go so terribly wrong?


    Today, we’re talking about the life and death of Michael Hutchence.
     
    The middle son of Kel and Patricia, the older brother of Rhett, the younger brother of Tina, the father of Tiger Lily and one of the biggest rock stars the world has ever seen.
     
    At the peak of his fame with Australian band INXS, Michael, with his long locks and effortlessly cool rock star moves, was adored by fans. He had a string of high-profile relationships with famous women, including our own Kylie Minogue, who appeared naked in a home video Michael shot in Richard Lowenstein’s incredible documentary film, Mystify: Michael Hutchence.
     
    But then, just as INXS were trying to reignite their career, Michael’s body was found in a Sydney hotel room in 1997.
     
    So what happened? What went wrong? And why 20 years after his death are his family only just finding out about some debilitating medical conditions?  


    Stephen is joined by Michael's big sister Tina Hutchence.


    If you or someone you know needs support, help is available from Lifeline on 13 11 14.


    Your host is Stephen Downie


    The Executive Producer is Elissa Ratliff


    Subscribe to Investigates here: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/investigates/id1344649849 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 43 min
    The Lady Vanishes: Sally Leydon on her missing mum

    The Lady Vanishes: Sally Leydon on her missing mum

    Today we're diving into an extraordinary missing person's case. A case that has baffled authorities and family members for close to 23 years. In 1997, 51-year-old mother-of-two Marion Barter set off to the UK for a year-long holiday from her home on the Gold Coast.


    After a few postcards and calls home to her daughter Sally, Marion was never seen or heard from again.


    Marion was a dedicated teacher and a loving mum - she had so much to live for. So why did Marion never return? Did she start a new life? Did someone kill her and steal her identity? To this day, nobody knows.


    We've spoken to Marion's daughter Sally Leydon. Sally has fought long and hard to try and find answers. And we might just be on the cusp of finally learning what happened to Marion Barter, the lady who vanished...


    Your host is April Glover


    The Executive Producer is Elissa Ratliff


    Subscribe to Investigates here: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/investigates/id1344649849


    Listen to Seven's podcast The Lady Vanishes here: https://play.acast.com/s/the-lady-vanishes For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 33 min
    Introducing The Ghost Files...

    Introducing The Ghost Files...

    Love real life ghost stories? Why not check out the new season of The Ghost Files...Subscribe here: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-ghost-files/id1470196623 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 2 min
    The Boxing Day Tsunami: 15 years on

    The Boxing Day Tsunami: 15 years on

    Boxing Day 2004. 


    It’s a day that many Australians remember, not because of how bloated they were feeling or who Australia played in the Boxing Day cricket test at the MCG - but because of the Boxing Day tsunami that struck 14 countries and killed more than 230,000 people.


    So what happened when the wave hit? What was the aftermath like? And how did it change the way Australians viewed the world? 


    15 years on, the Indian Ocean Tsunami as it is now known, is still one of the deadliest Tsunamis in history. 


    And journalist John Burfitt joins Stephen now to discuss it...


    Your host is Stephen Downie


    The Executive Producer is Elissa Ratliff


    Subscribe to Investigates here: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/investigates/id1344649849 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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