30 episodes

Unfiltered invites guests from all walks of life to share real stories about justice and transformation. Join host Raquel O'Brien for a series of raw and honest conversations from a range of perspectives in an invitation for you to make up your own mind. No topic is off-limits.

Unfiltered Casefile Presents

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 428 Ratings

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Unfiltered invites guests from all walks of life to share real stories about justice and transformation. Join host Raquel O'Brien for a series of raw and honest conversations from a range of perspectives in an invitation for you to make up your own mind. No topic is off-limits.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Jeremy Gans: Guilty Pigs and Ouija Board Jurors

    Jeremy Gans: Guilty Pigs and Ouija Board Jurors

    Legal professor Jeremy Gans teaches at Melbourne University's Law School. An accomplished author, he conducts research across all aspects of the criminal justice system, including the highly unconventional. 

    One of Jeremy's books details a case of juror misconduct involving the use of an Ouija board. Another details the history of the law's treatment of animals. We're talking guilty pigs and trespassing bees. Join Jeremy and I for this episode of Unfiltered as we dive into some of the more bizarre aspects of the criminal justice system. 

    Links:
    The Ouija Board Jurors: Mystery, Mischief and Misery in the Jury System
    Guilty Pigs: The Weird and Wonderful History of Animal Law

    • 41 min
    Mike DiVicino: LA Mob Enforcer Turned Mentor

    Mike DiVicino: LA Mob Enforcer Turned Mentor

    In the early 1990s, Mike DiVicino was convicted of a string of robberies and kidnappings in Los Angeles. He was subsequently given three consecutive life sentences. Behind bars, Mike began collecting heartfelt letters from his fellow inmates to centre at-risk youth, giving them insight into how the choices they make today can have dire consequences in the future.

    Mike was released in 2019 after serving 29 years. In today's Unfiltered conversation, he speaks candidly about his life and reminds us that people are redeemable.

    Links:
    Dear Joey: Letters From Prison

    • 45 min
    Martin Hodgson: Reversing Recidivism

    Martin Hodgson: Reversing Recidivism

    When an individual is released from prison, only to relapse into criminal behaviour and be sent back behind bars, it’s known as the “revolving prison door.” In Australia, it’s estimated that over 50% of incarcerated people re-offend within two years and end up back in prison. In the US, that number is estimated to be as high as 75%. 

    My guest today is Human Rights Activist Martin Hodgson. Martin works relentlessly, pro-bono, to get incarcerated people in Australia out of prison and away from a life of crime. In his 20-year career, not a single one of his clients has ever re-offended. Martin joins me to discuss how he helps to get his clients back on their feet - and stay on their feet.

    Links:
    https://www.instagram.com/martinghodgson
    https://curtainthepodcast.wordpress.com

    • 43 min
    Madeline Heather: Reclaiming Her Story of Survival

    Madeline Heather: Reclaiming Her Story of Survival

    Madeline Heather is the host of Reclaim Me, a remarkable podcast that spotlights the voices of individuals who’ve survived unimaginable crimes. 

    Madeline herself is a survivor. At the age of 14, she attended a sleepover at a friend’s house, which quickly turned into a nightmare. In this week’s episode of Unfiltered, Madi shares her first-hand account of waking in the middle of the night to find her friend’s father on top of her. 

    Madi is quick-witted and gets straight to the point. She reminds us that sometimes, when life gets heavy, we just gotta laugh to help lighten the load.

    Links:
    https://www.reclaimme.com.au
    https://www.patreon.com/reclaimme
    https://www.instagram.com/reclaimmepod

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Tom Voigt: Howard Stern’s Zodiac Guy

    Tom Voigt: Howard Stern’s Zodiac Guy

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Zodiac Killer terrorized the Bay Area of Northern California, murdering at least five people. He toyed with law enforcement officials, leaving clues about his identity in letters and cipher codes he sent to local newspapers. To this day, the case remains unsolved.

    Tom Voight was a kid growing up in Southern California when the Zodiac was active, and he lived in fear of the killer's next move. In 1998, Tom launched the only Zodiac Killer website recognized by law enforcement. In this episode, he shares why the case has kept him captivated all these years.

    Links:
    https://zodiackiller.com
    https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/zodiackillerfr
    https://www.youtube.com/@tomvoigt

    • 50 min
    Sam Riggio: The Miracle Walker

    Sam Riggio: The Miracle Walker

    On the 26th of January 1999, Sam Riggio’s life took an unexpected turn. A routine drive through his hometown turned into a catastrophic collision when a truck merged into his lane. Sam was left with a dislocated skull, shattered pelvis, broken ankle, ruptured spleen and stomach, lacerated liver and a punctured lung. Paralyzed from the neck down, medical staff told him he would never walk again. 

    Please join Sam and I for this week’s episode of Unfiltered, as he shares his miraculous story of recovery, defying all the odds to walk again. 

    Links:
    Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation - https://www.pcsrf.org.au

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
428 Ratings

428 Ratings

PetraJane544 ,

Best host

Raquel is an incredible interviewer. You can hear the warmth and empathy in her voice and she asks all the right questions.

MmMMMMthankyou ,

Thank you Anonymous Brown

Thank you for being real with your story
Truthful and skeletons exposed
This gives strength to others

Neth86 ,

Moved to tears

Rochelle, I was moved to tears in your interview with Joe Kennedy. It was incredible to witness such a genuine human connection. This new podcast is a rare gem; your interview style is so comforting and gentle. I feel like I’m sitting with friends when I listen. I had to figure out how to leave a review just so I could tell you how amazing this was. FIVE STARS

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