True Crime Down Under is a podcast about murder, the people who commit homicide and the psychology of why. TrueCrime Down Under is told from an Australian perspective but is not restricted to crimes in Australia.
Episode 34 – Phoebe Handsjuk and Simone Strobel
Today’s episode is two cases in one, both cases are listeners requests, and finally both cases have not exactly been solved.
These are the cases of Phoebe Handsjuk and Simone Strobel. Both girls died in horrific circumstances, one declared a suicide and the other an unsolved murder.
Our first case is that of Phoebe, who plunged to her death, 12 stories down a garbage chute of an apartment building. Our second case is of Simone, a German backpacker who went missing only to be found in long grass not far from where she was last sighted.
Phoebe Handsjuk Phoebe and her partner Antony
Simone Strobel Simone and Tobias
Last scene footage of Simone Crime scene of where Simone's body was found
Episode 33 – Richard Leonard
This is an interesting case, in that two murders differ with two entirely different methods of murder that were eventually tracked down to one perpetrator.
In late 1994 the Northern Beaches of NSW was rocked by two grisly murders, but it took months before the two crimes were linked and a year before chargers were laid.
This is the case of the horrific murders of Stephen Dempsey and Eddy Bahmad at the hands of Richard Leonard.
Stephen Dempsey Eddy Bahmad
Richard Leonard Richard Leonard and Denise Shipley
Search for Stephen's body parts Stephen's boot and sunglasses found
Deep Creek Reserve
Episode 32 – Peter Falconio
Today’s episode is a request by a listener because she doubts the guilt of the man that was accused and convicted of the murder, and she is just one of many that have the same view. So, we are going to cover the case and delve into the rights and wrongs of the investigation and ask the question of is the real perpetrator behind bars.
This is a case of a British tourist who disappeared in a remote area in the Northern Territory of Australia in July, 2001. His body, to this day has never been found.
This is the case of 28-year-old Peter Falconio, and the conviction of Bradley Murdoch for his murder.
Peter Falconio and Joanne Lees Peter and Joanne in the Combi Van
Bradley Murdock Crime scene
Peter and Joanne's van Van found in bush land
Joanne's shirt in which Murdocks DNA was found
Episode 31 – Harold Shipman – Dr Death
Today’s case is another Bonus Episode, where we travel to England.
We are going to delve into the life and the actions of a man that should have been and was regarded as someone that had taken the Hippocratic Oath in which they swear to do no harm. Yes, this is about a Medical Doctor, more importantly a GP.
This quiet local doctor in the village of Hyde spent years not caring as is expected of doctors, but in killing his patients. Quietly and with great care not to be detected, this Doctor murdered his patients, he was found guilty of 15 murders, but there is much evidence that the number of deaths was much higher. And when I say much higher I mean MUCH higher with 270 deaths, under his care that are deemed suspicious.
This is the case of Harold Shipman or as some of the media has named him, Dr Death.
Some of Shipman's victims
Shipman leaving court Shipman family portrait taken January 1997
Episode 30 – Frankston Serial Killer
This case is a little different in that it has a big twist to it. And all true crime enthusiasts love a good twist in a case, and today we give you one.
The media has named this case the Frankston Serial Killer as the crimes occurred in and around the suburb of Frankston in Melbourne Victoria. And now to the twist, during imprisonment Paul Denyer the perpetrator, began to identify as a transgender woman and began to be known as Paula Denyer. Although she was refused permission by prison authorities to wear makeup, receive sex reassignment surgery or legally change her name.
As Paul Denyer he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 30 years for the murders of 3 women aged 17, 18 and 22 who were violently stabbed and slashed to death and another 41-year-old woman was violently assaulted and considered herself lucky to escape with her life.
Paul Denyer Paul Denyer at time of arrest
Elizabeth Stevens Debra Ann Fream
Natalie Russell Crime Scene Fence
Episode 29 – Crawford Family Murders
Today’s episode is of the case of a man that, as evidence shows, may have got away with murder.
But not just A murder but of his whole family.
He murdered his pregnant wife and their 3 children and tried to stage the murders as a murder suicide by the hands of his wife by attempting to push the car over a cliff.
But his plan backfired, and he went on the run and has not been sighted for nearly 49 years.
Crawford Family Victims
Elmer Crawford at time of murders Crawford aged picture
Crime Scene - Crawford family home Vehicle used to dispose of family
Car seen hanging off the cliff