16 episodes

She was a vibrant young woman with plenty of friends: a daughter a sister, a wife and mum to two small children. Why did Margaret Kirstenfeldt suffer a violent, bloody death in the tiny Queensland cane town of Sarina? From murder to suicide and back again - expert opinions have swung wildly. It’s been more than 40 years. Is a killer still on the run? 


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She was a vibrant young woman with plenty of friends: a daughter a sister, a wife and mum to two small children. Why did Margaret Kirstenfeldt suffer a violent, bloody death in the tiny Queensland cane town of Sarina? From murder to suicide and back again - expert opinions have swung wildly. It’s been more than 40 years. Is a killer still on the run? 


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    Introducing - Accidental Celebrity

    Introducing - Accidental Celebrity

    Imagine your trauma leads the news. Your private life is then public property. Your anonymity is lost. That’s what it’s like to become an accidental celebrity. Now, the spotlight is turned around. Each weekly episode offers rare media insights from an ordinary Australian who faced an extraordinary event. They expose the tricks of a competitive trade – the relentless pursuits, the manipulation and misrepresentation, the betrayals of truth and trust – with journalist Fiona Reynolds. Learn too why they participated in media coverage. This is the inside story on a shrewd industry that plucks unknowns from obscurity to feed our fascination with adversity and the strength of the human spirit.

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    • 3 min
    14. Man or Monster

    14. Man or Monster

    A sinister portrait develops of the man once known as Steven Henry Kiem. Described as cruel and violent, those who used to be in close contact come forward with their harrowing memories, relieved he's now dead. What they say about his link to the cold cases of Margaret Kirstenfeldt and Queenie Hart.

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    Satiate by Kevin MacLeod
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    Loss by Kevin MacLeod
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    Interloper by Kevin MacLeod
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    • 57 min
    13. Unmasked

    13. Unmasked

    Finally, we are able to reveal the identity of Person X. But, what does it mean for the families of Margaret Kirstenfeldt and `Rosie`?

    Credits:
    Presenter / Investigative Crime Journalist - Paula Doneman
    Producer / Writer - Sally Eeles
    Sound Design - Marc Wright
    TV reporter - Mackenzie Ravn
    Graphics - Jason Blandford
    With thanks to:
    The team at 7 News Brisbane, Annette Caltabiano, Georgia Done, Letitia Wallace, Susan Bush, Charlie Dally-Watkins, Alex Wright Media, Mackay City Council Library.
    Theme: The Clock is Ticking by Dark Orb Music
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    Music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Interloper" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    "Enter the Maze" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    "Comfortable Mystery" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    "Urban Gauntlet" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    "Long note One" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    "Peppers Theme" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    • 25 min
    12. Memories

    12. Memories

    Word about the Margaret Kirstenfeldt case is spreading. More past and present Sarina residents are coming forward to share memories - some of which are shocking. For the first time, we hear from the children who resided with Person X.
    Warning: This episode contains disturbing and graphic memories of abuse.

    Credits:
    Presenter / Investigative Crime Journalist - Paula Doneman
    Producer / Writer - Sally Eeles
    Sound Design - Marc Wright
    TV reporter - Mackenzie Ravn
    Graphics - Jason Blandford
    With thanks to:
    The team at 7 News Brisbane, Annette Caltabiano, Georgia Done, Letitia Wallace, Susan Bush, Charlie Dally-Watkins, Alex Wright Media, Mackay City Council Library.
    Theme: The Clock is Ticking by Dark Orb Music
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    Music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Truth in the Stones" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    Music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Night of Chaos" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    "Heartbreaking" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    "Urban Gauntlet" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    Music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Comfortable Mystery" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    "Dark Walk" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    "Interloper" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    Music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Hiding Your Reality" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    • 1 hr
    11. Red Flag

    11. Red Flag

    A concerning association: the other reason why person X raises a red flag. Paula's previous meeting with the man in question, and her mission to find him again.

    Credits:
    Presenter / Investigative Crime Journalist - Paula Doneman
    Producer / Writer - Sally Eeles
    Sound Design - Marc Wright
    TV reporter - Mackenzie Ravn
    Graphics - Jason Blandford
    With thanks to:
    The team at 7 News Brisbane, Annette Caltabiano, Georgia Done, Letitia Wallace, Susan Bush, Charlie Dally-Watkins, Alex Wright Media, Mackay City Council Library.
    Theme: The Clock is Ticking by Dark Orb Music
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    Music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Enter the Maze" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Long note One" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    • 25 min
    10. Person X

    10. Person X

    He was living just a few doors down from Margaret. His history is shocking. Did he get away with murder?

    Credits:
    Presenter / Investigative Crime Journalist - Paula Doneman
    Producer / Writer - Sally Eeles
    Sound Design - Marc Wright
    TV reporter - Mackenzie Ravn
    Graphics - Jason Blandford
    With thanks to:
    The team at 7 News Brisbane, Annette Caltabiano, Georgia Done, Letitia Wallace, Susan Bush, Charlie Dally-Watkins, Alex Wright Media, Mackay City Council Library.
    Theme: The Clock is Ticking by Dark Orb Music
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    Troublemaker Theme - Myuu - thedarkpiano.com
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    Music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Peppers Theme" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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    Music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Truth in the Stones" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Long note One" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Jack_McCoy ,

Overlong

This podcast is so detailed it sometimes slows down the storytelling. While the reporting is quite good and it has a strong focus on the victim’s family, it loses steam and really should have been no longer than 6 or so episodes rather than 13.

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