16 episodes

Impact podcasts create narrative investigative podcasts that shine a light on major crimes or scandals in communities covered by DC Thomson brands such as The Courier and The Press and Journal.

Impact’s first season, Hunting Mr X, centred on the story of former North Sea oil diver Julian Chisholm who orchestrated a £100m cocaine deal with the Cali cartel. It was shortlisted for best podcast at the UK Society of Editors’ Media Freedom Awards in 2023.

Season two - ’Vanished: The Arlene Fraser Murder’ - is also now available.

Follow investigative journalist Dale Haslam as he uncovers what really happened in Scotland’s biggest ever missing persons case.

In 1998, 33-year-old mum of two Arlene Fraser was at her home one minute - and gone the next.

The team involved in Impact includes reporters Dale Haslam and Brendan Duggan, Senior Audio Producer Morven McIntyre, and Special Projects Editor Cheryl Livingstone.

Check out more investigations from the Impact team here: https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/category/pj-investigations/ and https://www.thecourier.co.uk/category/courier-investigations/

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    • True Crime
    • 4.1 • 7 Ratings

Impact podcasts create narrative investigative podcasts that shine a light on major crimes or scandals in communities covered by DC Thomson brands such as The Courier and The Press and Journal.

Impact’s first season, Hunting Mr X, centred on the story of former North Sea oil diver Julian Chisholm who orchestrated a £100m cocaine deal with the Cali cartel. It was shortlisted for best podcast at the UK Society of Editors’ Media Freedom Awards in 2023.

Season two - ’Vanished: The Arlene Fraser Murder’ - is also now available.

Follow investigative journalist Dale Haslam as he uncovers what really happened in Scotland’s biggest ever missing persons case.

In 1998, 33-year-old mum of two Arlene Fraser was at her home one minute - and gone the next.

The team involved in Impact includes reporters Dale Haslam and Brendan Duggan, Senior Audio Producer Morven McIntyre, and Special Projects Editor Cheryl Livingstone.

Check out more investigations from the Impact team here: https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/category/pj-investigations/ and https://www.thecourier.co.uk/category/courier-investigations/

    S2 EP6: The body

    S2 EP6: The body

    25 years have passed since Arlene Fraser went missing and her killer could be out of jail soon. But Arlene's family still don't know where she is.
    Arlene's sister explains how she is campaigning for a change in the law to ensure Arlene's killer can never leave jail - unless he says where her body is buried.

    • 22 min
    S2 EP5: Released

    S2 EP5: Released

    As doubts emerge about some of the evidence used to jail the killer, the courts are left with no choice but to let him go.
    As he returns home, all hell breaks loose, with bar brawls and bouncers getting between warring factions.
    Will Arlene’s killer ever be brought to justice?
    Episode 6 will be released on Monday, December 11.

    • 26 min
    Q & A with host Dale Haslam

    Q & A with host Dale Haslam

    Investigative journalist Dale Haslam, who spoke to Arlene's friends, family, and those who brought her killer to justice, answers your questions about the case.
    Read all the questions and answers here.

    • 1 min
    S2 EP4: The lipreader

    S2 EP4: The lipreader

    Frustrated by a lack of progress, detectives turn to a lipreader in an attempt to build evidence - and strike gold.
    It is enough to build a case against a key suspect, convince his friends to testify against him - all leading up to a dramatic court showdown.
    Episode 5 will be released on Monday, December 4.

    • 24 min
    Trailer: Vanished

    Trailer: Vanished

    Introducing Vanished: A new 6-part true crime podcast series from Impact Podcasts and the DC Thomson title The Press and Journal.

    • 30 sec
    S2 EP3: Just say nothing

    S2 EP3: Just say nothing

    Six months have passed and there is still no clear lead in the case - and Arlene Fraser is still missing.
    But a new team of detectives dubbed 'the A team' arrive on the scene and make a breakthrough. Police make a key arrest - and use leverage to launch an undercover operation in a bid to snare a suspect.
    Episode 4 will be released on Monday, November 27.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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