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We’ve started this podcast to create a dialogue with you, that may help solve a 1929 murder in Toorak.


If you want to know more, or help in the amateur sleuthing, we’ve uploaded documents and images to our website www.murderarchives.com.au to complement the podcast.


About the case.


On 9 September 1929, Norma McLeod, an unmarried 29-year-old teacher was found unconscious in her parent’s home in the prestigious suburb of Toorak.


A pair of men’s underpants lay across her forehead. By 5pm that day she was dead.


An autopsy revealed a seven-inch crack in the back of her skull caused by violent trauma from a blunt object.


The case attracted huge press and public attention; accusations were plentiful, but an inquest returned an open verdict.


Almost 90 years after this mysterious death, an extensive three-year investigation involving a re-examination of the police files, combined with an in-depth look at Norma’s family, raises questions about the rigour of the original investigation.


With the aid of the victim’s descendants and a group of renowned experts we’ve discovered long-held secrets, connections in high places and people who weren’t who they seemed to be.


Experts who provide input: forensic pathologist, Byron Collins; ex-homicide detective, Charlie Bezzina; criminal barrister, Alan Hands; psycho-physiologist, Elizabeth Martin; forensic psychologist, Dr Karen Scally and graphologist, Andrea Scarfe Some of Norma’s descendants, who are also actors, ‘voice’ various parts throughout the podcast.

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    • 4.8, 34 Ratings

We’ve started this podcast to create a dialogue with you, that may help solve a 1929 murder in Toorak.


If you want to know more, or help in the amateur sleuthing, we’ve uploaded documents and images to our website www.murderarchives.com.au to complement the podcast.


About the case.


On 9 September 1929, Norma McLeod, an unmarried 29-year-old teacher was found unconscious in her parent’s home in the prestigious suburb of Toorak.


A pair of men’s underpants lay across her forehead. By 5pm that day she was dead.


An autopsy revealed a seven-inch crack in the back of her skull caused by violent trauma from a blunt object.


The case attracted huge press and public attention; accusations were plentiful, but an inquest returned an open verdict.


Almost 90 years after this mysterious death, an extensive three-year investigation involving a re-examination of the police files, combined with an in-depth look at Norma’s family, raises questions about the rigour of the original investigation.


With the aid of the victim’s descendants and a group of renowned experts we’ve discovered long-held secrets, connections in high places and people who weren’t who they seemed to be.


Experts who provide input: forensic pathologist, Byron Collins; ex-homicide detective, Charlie Bezzina; criminal barrister, Alan Hands; psycho-physiologist, Elizabeth Martin; forensic psychologist, Dr Karen Scally and graphologist, Andrea Scarfe Some of Norma’s descendants, who are also actors, ‘voice’ various parts throughout the podcast.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

trod10 ,

Excellent

This podcast is unusual because it actually examines the history and psychology of the family members. This in-depth exploration of the case makes it extremely interesting. I really enjoyed it!

gators gal ,

I’m hooked!!

This an absolutely wonderful show!! The host is thorough and stays on the subject rather than go off on rants about personal opinions on things in the case and totally forgetting about the subject!! She is well spoken, interesting and very thorough!! I can’t stop listening!! Please keep bringing us these interesting and well researched cases..You’re fabulous thanks so much for a wonderful show!!

@RockOfGibraltar ,

Muderific is Awesome

Great pod: podtastic! Kildozer is especially great.

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