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True Crime Conversations explores the world's most notorious crimes by speaking to the people who know the most about them. Hosted by Jessie Stephens. 

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    • 4.6, 49 Ratings

True Crime Conversations explores the world's most notorious crimes by speaking to the people who know the most about them. Hosted by Jessie Stephens. 

    ‘Nightmare Of Errors’: The Case Of Kelvin Condren

    ‘Nightmare Of Errors’: The Case Of Kelvin Condren

    It was Saturday morning, when a routine police patrol drove past a mostly empty car park in the remote Queensland town of Mount Isa. When police edged closer, they saw that it was the body of a young woman, who they’d later discovered was named Patricia Carlton. She’d been brutally beaten and sexually assaulted. The woman was rushed to hospital, but later that night Patricia would die of her injuries. 

    Following Patricia’s murder, the police made an arrest almost immediately. But what happens when the process lets us down and the wrong person ends up in jail? 

    In today’s episode, Jessie speaks with forensic anthropologist, criminologist and author, Dr. Xanthé Mallet. 

    In her new book, ‘Reasonable Doubt’ Xanthé explores some of Australia’s worst wrongful convictions - including that of Indigenous man Kelvin Condren who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1984.

    CREDITS
    Guest: Dr Xanthé Mallett

    Host: Jessie Stephens

    Producer: Hannah Bowman 

    LINKS
    You can purchase Xanthe’s book HERE - https://bit.ly/30LEc1E 

    CONTACT US

    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au  

    Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/tcc-group 

    If any of the contents in this episode have cause distress know that there is help available viaLifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    • 26 min
    How An Internet Date Led To 7 Years Of Chasing Charlie

    How An Internet Date Led To 7 Years Of Chasing Charlie

    In today’s episode of True Crime Conversations Jessie speaks with Julia Robson. Julia is a private investigator, who spent 7 years on the trail of a New Zealand con man, who goes by the name of ‘Charlie’, who was scamming women online, promising them a better life, coercing them into relationships and even having children with them. 

    In her seven-part podcast ‘Chasing Charlie’ Julia speaks with the women who have been psychologically and financially abused by this man, and explains the trap she managed to set to finally bring him to justice. 

    CREDITS
    Guest: Julia Robson
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    Producer: Hannah Bowman 

    LINKS
    You can find Julia’s podcast Chasing Charlie HERE - https://bit.ly/39VuVXX 

    CONTACT US

    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au  

    Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/tcc-group 

    If any of the contents in this episode have cause distress know that there is help available viaLifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

     

    • 46 min
    Jose Martinez: A Killer Hiding In Plain Sight

    Jose Martinez: A Killer Hiding In Plain Sight

    When Jose Martinez’s sister was murdered, he got revenge by murdering her killers. This sparked what would end up being three dozen murders, he completed over more than three decades, many of them on behalf of drug cartels, as a hitman. Despite being a ruthless killer, Jose is described as a soft-spoken doting grandfather and complete family man.

    In today’s episode, Jessie speaks with Jessica Garrison. Jessica is a senior investigative editor for Buzzfeed News and spent more than a decade as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times.

    In her book The Devil's Harvest - A Ruthless Killer, a Terrorized Community, and the Search for Justice in California's Central Valley, Jessica traces the life of Jose Martinez, the cops who were investigating him and the families of his victims. 

    Throughout her research, Jessica has studied decades of case files, Martinez’s handwritten journals, interrogation transcripts, and spoken to the people closest to this case to find the answer to one question. Why do some deaths, and some lives, matter more than others?

    CREDITS
    Guest: Jessica Garrison
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    ExecutiveProducer: Elise Cooper
    Producer/Editor: Hannah Bowman 


    RESEARCH
    ‘I Killed 36 People’ - Buzzfeed News - https://bit.ly/2CNL7hT 

    LINKS
    You can find Jessica’s book HERE - https://bit.ly/305eyES  

    CONTACT US

    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au  

    Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/tcc-group 

    If any of the contents in this episode have cause distress know that there is help available viaLifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

     

    • 35 min
    Lost in Larrimah: The Disappearance of Paddy Moriarty

    Lost in Larrimah: The Disappearance of Paddy Moriarty

    In December 2017, Larrimah local Paddy Moriarty left his favourite pub and embarked on the two minute ride home, with his kelpie Kellie sitting beside him on his quad bike. And then, he disappeared into thin air. Along with Kellie.

    Larrimah is a small town in the Northern Territory located 431 kilometers from Darwin and the nearest grocery store is 90 kilometres away. This tiny town only has a population of 10 people, so when Paddy disappeared it was big news. 

    In this episode Jessie speaks with journalist Kylie Stevenson. Kylie was the co-host of the Walkley award winning podcast Lost in Larrimah, alongside Caroline Graham. Ever since Paddy went missing, Kylie has had a personal and professional interest in the case, having met Paddy by chance a year earlier. 

    CREDITS
    Guest: Kylie Stevenson
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    ExecutiveProducer: Elise Cooper
    Producer/Editor: Hannah Bowman 

    RESEARCH
    The Disappearance Of Paddy Moriarty - A Dog Act | ABC News - https://bit.ly/2ONn4Sl 
    Missing Man May Have Been Baked Into Pie | A Current Affair Australia - https://bit.ly/3eRkzt1 

    LINKS
    You can find Kylie’s podcast HERE - https://bit.ly/2OMfk3i 

    CONTACT US

    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au  

    Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/tcc-group 

    If any of the contents in this episode have cause distress know that there is help available viaLifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    • 33 min
    The Life Of A 21 Year Old Undercover Cop

    The Life Of A 21 Year Old Undercover Cop

    In this episode, Jessie speaks with one of Queensland’s most highly regarded police officers, Keith Banks, about his experiences as an undercover operative in the 1980’s.

    At 16 years old Keith traveled from Townsville to study at Brisbane’s Police Academy and by the time he was 21, the young, straight-laced country boy was risking his life to infiltrate some of Australia’s most dangerous drug syndicates. 

    To hide his identity Keith often became involved in the exact crimes he was hired to uncover.

    In his new book Drugs, Guns & Lies: My life as an undercover cop, Keith shares his incredible story in an era riddled with corruption. 

    CREDITS
    Guest: Keith Banks  
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    ExecutiveProducer: Elise Cooper
    Producer/Editor: Hannah Bowman 


    RESEARCH
    Fitzgerald Inquiry - The Corruption (Queensland State Archives) - https://bit.ly/3exKtlc 
    Retired QPS officer speaks out about Fitzgerald Inquiry. 7 News - https://bit.ly/32krdFs 

    LINKS
    You can find Keith’s book HERE - https://bit.ly/2OsmvgC 

    CONTACT US

    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au  

    Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/tcc-group 

    If any of the contents in this episode have cause distress know that there is help available viaLifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

    • 41 min
    Australia's Most Notorious Con Man

    Australia's Most Notorious Con Man

    Peter Foster is one of Australia's most prolific career criminals. From diet products to sports betting companies, this con man stops at nothing. His crimes have found him with links to Muhammad Ali and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. And he also appeared on Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope. 

    In this episode Jessie speaks with Justin Armsden, an award-winning journalist with over 30 years of experience in print and broadcast. He has worked as an anchor for CNN and an investigative reporter for A Current Affair. 

    Justin has been on the tail of conman Peter Foster for the last 25 years, famously tracking him down in Byron Bay a few years ago when he was on the run. Justin has now teamed up with private investigator Ken Gamble for a new Audible Original podcast King Of Sting, which retraces Peter’s years of fraud and the devastation left in his path. 

    CREDITS

    Guest: Justin Armsden
    Host: Jessie Stephens
    ExecutiveProducer: Elise Cooper
    Producer/Editor: Hannah Bowman 


    RESEARCH
    60 Minutes Australia - Peter Foster: Notorious Aussie Playboy and con man. 1988 investigative by Mike Munro. https://bit.ly/peter-foster-60-mins 
    60 Minutes Australia - Secret recordings expose Australia's most notorious con man Peter Foster. 2020 https://bit.ly/ken-gamble-foster 
    Today Tonight and the underweight jockey SensaSlim claim is no stunt. https://bit.ly/today-tonight-sensaslim 

    LINKS
    Justin Armsden’s podcast King Of Sting - https://adbl.co/3fgEAKy 

    CONTACT US

    Tell us what you think of the show via email at truecrime@mamamia.com.au  

    Join our closed Facebook community to discuss this episode. Just search True Crime Conversations on Facebook or follow this link https://bit.ly/tcc-group 

    If any of the contents in this episode have cause distress know that there is help available viaLifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

     

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

x.catherine.x ,

Fascinating interviews

And Jessie is one of the best interviewers out there. Thanks!!

shamrock'smom ,

Well done!

Great research. Love the interviews!

KCICC ,

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Fascinating and well done!

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