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Girl on the Bridge – The Darcey Freeman Tragedy

Just after 9 am on the morning of 29 January 2009, a white Toyota Landcruiser was driving across the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne, when it slowed in the left lane and then stopped at the highest point of the bridge – nearly 60 metres above the water. Witnesses in following cars saw a man open the back…Read more

Dee Dee is Dead – the Bizarre Story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard

On 14 June 2015 police discovered the body of Dee Dee Blanchard in the bedroom of her house near Springfield Missouri. She had been murdered a few days before, with the cause of death multiple stab wounds. Of equal concern was the fact that her severely disabled daughter, Gypsy Rose, was missing from the family home. A…Read more

A Voice in the Night – The Elizabeth Smart Story

On 12th March 2003 a couple walking in the street in Sandy, Utah, became suspicious of three people in the area – two women and a man – with the man in particular reminding them of the photograph of a crime suspect they had seen in a recent television news service. Police were called and questioned…Read more

Dunedin Nightmare – The Murder of Sophie Elliott

On 9 January 2008, Otago University tutor Clayton Weatherston arrived at the Dunedin, New Zealand family home of his ex-girlfriend and student Sophie Elliott, informing her mother that he had something to give her. The two had gone through a tumultuous relationship that had broken up after about 6 months and Elliott was about to depart for…Read more

O.J. Simpson – The Second Time Around

The arrest and trial of O.J. Simpson, one of the most famous players of the US National Football League, for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown and her companion Ronald Goldman, made world headlines in 1994.  After a highly controversial televised trial he was found not guilty of the double murder. It was a…Read more

All in the Family – The Kingston Clan

In 2004 the existence of a rather obscure and secretive family group hit the world headlines when two of their number, Jessica Kingston, 15, and her 12 year old sister Andrea ran away from their parents and contacted police. Their story was an incredible one – they were members of the so-called Kingston Clan who they claimed…Read more

The Dark Side of the Parks

Americas 59 National Parks provide community access to some of the great and most famous scenery of the world – canyons, forests, lakes and breathtaking vistas that have enchanted visitors for the last 100 years. During this time these areas have been visited by many thousand of people who hike and camp in areas that are administered…Read more

Bodies in the Bay – The Scott Peterson Story

On 13th April 2003 an horrific discovery was made on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay north of the Berkeley Marina. It was a late term male fetus, and the next day a female torso was found in the same area, missing its feet, hands and head. Investigating police identified the remains as those of Laci…Read more

Desperado: The Malcolm Naden story

On 22 March 2012 one of Australia’s most wanted criminals, Malcolm Naden was finally cornered and captured in a dilapidated tin cabin located in rugged bushland near Gloucester, on the Mid North Coast of NSW. This ended one of the most intensive manhunts in Australia’s history, a period that extended across nearly 7 years, and involved a large…Read more

The Race Against Time – 48 hours After a Murder

Once a murder has been committed investigating homicide detectives find themselves in an urgent race against time – a race that sees the perpetrator rapidly fading into the mists of time and space. A rule of thumb used by many experienced detectives is that the chances of solving a case are halved if the investigators…Read more

Crime Profile: Yaser Said

On New Years Day 2008 a telephone operator on the 911 emergency telephone network took a call from what sounded like a young woman who cried in desperation “Help! My Dad shot me! I’m dying, I’m dying!” The call was traced to a taxicab in Irving, Texas, where two teenage sisters, Sarah and Amina Said, were found…Read more

Death on a Summer Night – The Murder of Anita Cobby

The 2nd February 1986 had been a very hot day. The temperature in Western Sydney had risen to 39.7C and very warm temperatures persisted well into the evening as nurse Anita Cobby returned towards her home via train from Central Station. She left the train at Blacktown Railway station and began walking down Newton Road towards…Read more

In Cold Blood – The Murder of Chris Lane

On the fine and hot afternoon of 16 August 2013 young Australian baseballer Chris Lane was on a training run through the streets of Duncan, Oklahoma when the crack of a shot shattered the quiet suburban scene. Lane screamed as a bullet tore into his back, mortally wounding him. Despite the best efforts of two locals, Lane…Read more

Crime Profile: Oliver O’Grady – The Pedophile Priest

In December 2010 police discovered a laptop computer accidentally left aboard an Aer Lingus flight, scheduled to travel from Amsterdam to Dublin, and were appalled to discover that numerous images of child pornography were stored on the device. After an investigation, Irish Police discovered that it was owned by Oliver O’Grady, a pedophile with a horrific…Read more

For the Other Half of the Sky – White Ribbon Week

On the afternoon of 6 December 1989 twenty-five year old Marc Lepine entered a mechanical engineering class at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, a class containing some 60 students. He then produced a rifle, and demanded that the women and men in the class separate, before ordering the men to leave the classroom. He explained his action through his hatred…Read more

Crime profile: The Washington Snipers

During October 2002 America was shocked by a series of shootings across the mid Atlantic/Washington area, during which ten people were killed and three injured. The shootings appeared to be entirely random in nature with a high powered rifle used in what appeared to be sniper style attacks on innocent people. The victims were shot at…Read more

Famous Last Words

Judicial executions are still practiced in many parts of the world, notably in the United States of America, where “capital punishment” remains in force across 32 states. In contrast the death sentence has been banned in Australia, with the last execution taking place in 1967 with the hanging of Ronald Ryan. The process of putting someone to…Read more

Crime Profile: Gavin Perry

On 12th July 2013, 64 year-old Dermot O’Toole, a jeweller of Hastings on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, was attending his shop with wife Bridget when they were suddenly confronted by a knife-wielding robber. Mrs O’Toole was shoved violently into a cabinet and was stabbed several times. Mr O’Toole positioned himself to protect his wife and was stabbed…Read more

Crime profile: Mark DeFriest

The criminal career of Florida man Mark DeFriest is one of the more bizarre in the history of American criminology. He was originally gaoled for four years over the theft of a set of work tools but this unremarkable event was to mushroom into an incredible period of 34 years behind bars.  This massive extension of…Read more

Innocent Man Executed – The Colin Ross Story

In the early morning of 31st December 1921 a bottle collector doing his rounds found the naked body of a young girl sprawled in Gun Alley, a small laneway that ran off Little Collins Street in the heart of Melbourne’s central business district. She was Alma Tirtschke, a twelve-year-old girl who had been sent by her…Read more