13 episodes

Janine Vaughan’s disappearance 19 years ago is at the heart of a mysterious case that has split a close-knit community left wondering if a murderer walks among them.

The Night Driver The Australian

    • True Crime
    • 4.3 • 232 Ratings

Janine Vaughan’s disappearance 19 years ago is at the heart of a mysterious case that has split a close-knit community left wondering if a murderer walks among them.

    Introducing: The Breakdown

    Introducing: The Breakdown

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    • 39 min
    Episode 11 - Fate

    Episode 11 - Fate

    Was Janine Vaughan murdered by a Bathurst man with a propensity for shocking acts of violence? Women who have been with him describe his depravity and cruelty. Or was she killed by a different man who has been dead for years? A man who worked at The Dirty Tav, drove around in a small red car, and was similarly renowned for violence. Hedley and his friend the retired judge Peter Murphy delve deep in the final episode of the series. They also explore what really happened to the bloodied knife, subjecting the stalker notes to analysis by a handwriting expert, and hearing from a former detective who identifies ‘red flags’ for possible deception and believes one of the three persons of interest is lying. The longest episode in the series hears from women who cast doubt on the conduct of the other two key persons of interest while the closest witness to the fight between Janine and her once-close friend describes what she saw just hours before Janine disappeared.

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    • 1 hr 48 min
    Episode 10 - The Screams

    Episode 10 - The Screams

    John Haynes is a former senior cop in Bathurst who still lives at Mount Panorama. He’s been retired for a decade and for the first time he’s speaking publicly about blood-curdling screams he and his family heard near the local university, two days after Janine’s disappearance in early December 2001. Haynes is confident he heard Janine fighting for her life. He has come forward as he says the significance of the screams was not properly understood by police who looked in the wrong place, on the opposite side of a creek separating the university grounds and bushland from the mount. Haynes fears that Janine was killed near the uni and her remains could still lie among the gnarly blackberry bushes along the creek. As Kylie goes back and searches other locations around Bathurst, another thread in this case which fell through the cracks - a  fight between Janine and one of her best friends - comes to light. Janine was in serious conflict with her former employee and housemate before they spectacularly fell out. The person became Janine’s public enemy but it went under the radar in the 2009 inquest, raising awkward and distressing questions and memories nineteen years later.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 9 - Love You, Sis

    Episode 9 - Love You, Sis

    In the search for Janine’s murderer, her sister Kylie who devotes much of her life to this case is taken to the brink of what she believes is a breakthrough, only to have her hopes dashed. Every time there’s a discovery of bones near Bathurst it hits K...

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 8 - Trying Like Mad

    Episode 8 - Trying Like Mad

    Janine’s private life came under close scrutiny and details were aired publicly as the Coroner Mary Jerram heard evidence about a young woman overwhelmed by sadness at times in the final days of her life. Janine was in financial and emotional distress ...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 7 - The Cops

    Episode 7 - The Cops

    A local woman’s evidence was dramatic and deeply disturbing - she was adamant that she saw Janine with her hands bound with baling twine and a look of grave distress on her face while in a small red car being driven by the town’s top cop. The woman had...

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
232 Ratings

232 Ratings

parford ,

Decent

Could have been shortened by 2-3 episodes. Good, but not as good as the Teacher’s Pet. A lot of repeat details.

infamous IA ,

The police can’t be trusted

There are numerous examples of police covering up the crimes of other police. To act or talk about how that isn’t possible is either stupid or very suspect. And he was on the case

Lashalot ,

Compassionate but Disorganized

I decided to listen to this after loving The Teacher’s Pet. Unfortunately, this one was not nearly as good.

The Good
I listen to a lot of true crime, and Hedley is one of the most compassionate, nonjudgmental, and skilled interviewers in the genre. He respects everyone in the story, presents evidence of both guilt and innocence, and does a really great job of communicating the experience of those suffering as opposed to purely exploiting their stories. The story is compelling, and he has a wide variety of sources that he explores.

The Bad
The storyline was very disorganized and bloated. There was really no consistent thread throughout other than someone was missing and presumed dead, and multiple people are suspected of the murder. One of the brilliant things about The Teacher’s Pet was the nested storylines-a woman missing within the context of rampant child abuse within the context of a particular era and culture. It was complex but well-crafted. This podcast just couldn’t seem to figure out what it was. The same information was presented over and over. It easily could have cut out at least four, maybe five, episodes.

Would I recommend listening to it? Yes, with the caveat that when you get the urge to fast forward, do it. You will not miss anything.

I will continue to listen to Hedley’s future podcasts, because I have great respect for his work, and I suspect something behind the scenes went awry here.

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