Bad Apple the Podcast hones in on the world of Aus and NZ true-crime, from chilling unsolved disappearances to the most infamous serial killers. Join us as we take a closer look at the bad apples lurking in our own backyards. Hosted by Rylee and Helen.
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Bad Apple is recorded on the lands of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.
Episode 17 - Mr Stinky: How one fingerprint solved a decade-long crime spree.
On the 10th of February 1966, two teenagers left a rock-and-roll dance in Shepparton, Victoria to go for a drive, but they never returned. Shortly after, there was a number of connected sexual attacks in Melbourne's Eastern suburbs which went unsolved for the next decade. The Shepparton attack was linked to the Melbourne attacks by a young fingerprint expert, but the offender, known by the media as 'Mr Stinky' due to his offensive body odour, was not caught until almost 20 years after his first known attack.
Episode 16 - Australia’s Jane Doe: Was Linda Agostini the ‘Pyjama Girl’?
On the 1st of September 1934, the body of a young woman in silk pyjamas was found in a stormwater drain, just outside Ararat, Victoria. The body, while being badly disfigured, was eventually identified as Linda Agostini. However, speculation surrounds the circumstances of the investigation, and the identity of ‘Pyjama Girl’ is still disputed, over 80 years later.
Episode 15 - Spies in the South Pacific: The bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.
In July 1985, the Greenpeace ship ‘Rainbow Warrior’ was bombed while moored in the Port of Auckland, as it waited to lead a protest against nuclear testing in French Polynesia. Tragically, Greenpeace photographer, Fernando Pereira, was killed after becoming trapped in his cabin as it filled with water. While the attack seemed unprovoked, Greenpeace immediately pointed the finger at the French Government, who had wanted to stop the protests going ahead.
Episode 14 - The Claremont Serial Killer: Two decades of mystery.
Remaining unsolved for more than 2 decades, the Claremont serial killings held the city of Perth captive in the late 1990s. 3 girls all going missing in the early hours of the morning on their way home from a night out had put the city on edge, but police were drawing blanks. It wasn’t until a breakthrough in forensic science in 2016 enabled investigators to join the DNA dots and link the crimes to a known offender.
Episode 13 - Minnie Dean: A series of unfortunate events.
In May 1895, Minnie Dean boarded a train in Invercargill holding a baby and a hatbox. When she alighted the train on her return, she only possessed the hatbox, which railway porters remarked was ‘suspiciously heavy’. The Station Guard alerted New Zealand police to the possibility of a missing baby. In reality, they had a much larger problem on their hands - the systemic issue of what was dubbed "baby-farming" in New Zealand.
Episode 12 - Missing Prime Minister: The disappearance of Harold Holt.
On the 17th of December 1967, Australian Prime Minister, Harold Holt, was spending a relaxing Sunday at his beach house in Portsea, Victoria. Holt wanted to swim before lunch to ‘work up an appetite’, but when he went into the water, he was quickly swept out of his depth and disappeared beneath the waves. A mammoth search ensued, but no trace of Holt was found. Did he drown in the rough conditions, or was there something more sinister lurking beneath the surface?