12 episodes

School teacher Jennifer Beard disappeared on New Zealand's West Coast while hitchhiking on New Year's Eve 1969. Nearly three weeks later her body was found under a bridge outside the tiny township of Haast.

Now a Herald investigation has uncovered new evidence that could identify her killer.

The 50 Year Secret NZME

    • True Crime
    • 4.5, 11 Ratings

School teacher Jennifer Beard disappeared on New Zealand's West Coast while hitchhiking on New Year's Eve 1969. Nearly three weeks later her body was found under a bridge outside the tiny township of Haast.

Now a Herald investigation has uncovered new evidence that could identify her killer.

    Update episode: A missed opportunity

    Update episode: A missed opportunity

    We reveal how police were told about the rumours Reg Wildbore’s own wife had said he committed the murder - and what happened next.

    • 7 min
    Special Update Episode: I Need To Speak To Mitten

    Special Update Episode: I Need To Speak To Mitten

    More people come forward with new evidence about Reg Wildbore, and his comments about speaking to lead detective Emmett Mitten.

    • 17 min
    Episode 9: Suspicion

    Episode 9: Suspicion

    In the final episode of The 50 Year Secret we talk to Reg Wildbore's old boss about why he always believed Reg was guilty of murder, and ask police about the challenges of getting new information in one of New Zealand's oldest unsolved murder cases.

    • 23 min
    Episode 8: A Bad Feeling

    Episode 8: A Bad Feeling

    The last person to ever see Jennifer alive recalls the moment she saw the British tourist climbing into the car of the man who's believed to have killed her.

    We retrace the route Jennifer took in her last hour alive.

    • 20 min
    Episode 7: Leave It Alone

    Episode 7: Leave It Alone

    A confession, sex claims, and a statement putting Reg Wildbore practically at the scene of the crime the day Jennifer disappeared.

    Had nobody tried to bring this to light before?

    As it turns out, they did.

    • 24 min
    Episode 6: Something In His Eyes

    Episode 6: Something In His Eyes

    Reg Wildbore's former best mate Peter Johnston talks about Reg's strange behaviour and why it's not hard for him to believe he was capable of murder.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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