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Ron Iddles: The Good Cop – Maria James: Five Things Learned

In June 1980, the body of Maria James was found in the bedroom of the flat adjoining her second-hand bookshop in the Melbourne suburb of Thornbury. She had been bound, tortured and stabbed 68 times in what police described as a frenzied attack. It was Ron Iddles’ first homicide investigation – and one of the very…Read more

Ron Iddles: The Good Cop – Slawek Tomczyk: Five Things Learned

Early on 22nd February 2002, the body of security guard Slawek Tomczyk was found on the premises of the Casablanca Reception Centre at Cranbourne, a south-eastern Melbourne suburb. He had been tied up and brutally bashed with an iron bar in an attack that Detective Senior Sergeant Rod Iddles described as “vicious, cold, calculating and…Read more

Ron Iddles: The Good Cop – Marafiote Murders: Five Things Learned

On 18 July 1985, 42-year-old greengrocer Dominic Marafiote disappeared from Mildura and soon after, his parents Carmelo and Rosa Marafiote were found murdered in their Adelaide residence. Both had been shot in the back of the head in an apparent execution-style murder. This double homicide was only the beginning of one of the most challenging cases…Read more

Ron Iddles: The Good Cop – Jane Thurgood-Dove: Five Things Learned

In a dreadful murder committed on 6 November 1997 at Niddrie, a northwest suburb of Melbourne, 34-year-old Jane Thurgood-Dove was gunned down in her driveway in front of her three young children. The killer escaped in a getaway car that had parked behind Jane’s vehicle, driven by another man. The brutal and entirely callous execution-style murder shocked…Read more

Ron Iddles: The Good Cop – E2 Bonnie Clarke: Five Things Learned

Bonnie Clarke: The Answer is in the file In a particularly brutal and horrific crime, six-year old Bonnie Clarke was raped and stabbed to death at her Northcote home in Melbourne on 20 December 1982. Despite intensive police investigations at the time the murderer was not identified but following a reopening of the case 19 years later…Read more

Ron Iddles: The Good Cop – E1 Michelle Buckingham: Five Things Learned

The tragic story of the murder of 16-year-old Michelle Buckingham in 1983, and the identification of her killer nearly 30 years later, is a classic homicide cold case. It was cracked through the dogged persistence of a local reporter – and her decision to take the case to Detective Ron Iddles – the best in the…Read more

My Father The Murderer

In order for me to be born, a stranger had to die. Now my quest to uncover the truth. MY FATHER THE MURDERER – SIX PART PODCAST SERIES Just how much of the story of ‘how you came to be’ makes up who you are today? This is a question Nina Young has often pondered,…Read more

Foxtel GO is back better than ever before

  • Foxtel GO streams in HD, live and On Demand • Chromecast and AirPlay lets multi-room subscribers take the big screen experience with them, anytime, any place • Watch on tablets, smartphones and select PC & Mac browsers Foxtel has unveiled the supercharged arrival of its popular mobile streaming app, Foxtel GO. The news…Read more

World’s Most Evil Killers: Ng And Lake

Operation Miranda Tragically this horrific tome turned out to be so influential that the killers named their project after the story’s victim. They called their horrific crime spree; “Operation Miranda”. Charles Ng and Leonard Lake weren’t alone in their appreciation for Fowles’ debut novel – serial killer Christopher Wilder, who killed eight women in the 1980s,…Read more

World’s Most Evil Killers: Dorothea Puente – Death House Landlady

House of Horrors 1426 F Street in Sacramento looks like a typical house in a neat Californian suburban street, but in this case looks are very deceptive. In fact this is a house of horrors in which 9 people were suspected of being murdered, with 7 of their bodies buried in the yard. During the 1980’s this dwelling…Read more

World’s Most Evil Killers: Stephen Port – The Grindr Killer

A KILLER IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY Stephen John Port (born 22 February 1975) is a convicted British rapist and serial killer. He is responsible for murdering at least four men and for committing multiple rapes around the East London area during 2014 and 2015. His activities sent shockwaves around the local public, particularly the LGBT community, when it became known that…Read more

Beyond the Headlines: The Tiffany Rubin Story

Separation and divorce are difficult – especially so when children are involved. In 2008 Queens (New York) special education teacher Tiffany Rubin had all but given up hope of ever seeing her child again when she received an anonymous tip through her MySpace page. Someone had spotted her seven-year-old son and ex-boyfriend in South Korea. It…Read more

#Murder – Social media turned deadly

The internet can be a great way to stay connected to those you love, but a single post can turn into the source of jealousy that incites a person to do the unthinkable. #Murder explores stories of social media gone horribly wrong. To reap the benefits of socialising and making new friends, teens often disclose…Read more

Murderers & Their Mothers S2 – Nature or nurture?

“Nature or nurture?” is a question that has long been asked to explain the behaviour of murderers. Are they the result of a dysfunctional upbringing or an accident of nature – perhaps defective human beings?  The question has never been properly answered but reality may be somewhere in between. What is beyond dispute however is…Read more

Beyond the Headlines – The Craigslist Killer

Computers have changed the way we all do business. The market place, that was, once-upon-a-time at the physical centre of a town is now virtually global. We can buy and sell anything from anywhere, anytime. One of the more well known digital marketplaces is Craigslist. This is a very popular website where you can purchase…Read more

Death Row Stories

Death Row Stories, Season 3 Sundays at 7.30pm AEST from July 8 until August 26 The justice system in the United States deals with a high number of serious criminal acts every year, with more than 15,000 murders typically occurring annually. The great majority of these murders are solved, but on occasion, as with any other system,…Read more

World’s Most Evil Killers: Rodney Alcala – The Dating Game Killer

A little girl slaughtered in 1979 police investigated the shockingly brutal murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe, who had been abducted, sexually assaulted and beaten near Huntington Beach, California.   The detailed forensic work following the discovery of the girl’s body would eventually uncover links with the rape and murder of four other women, with the crimes…Read more

Crimes That Shook Australia: Peter Falconio (17th anniversary of his death)

A terrifying night in the desert One of the most bizarre crimes in the history of Australia occurred along a remote and lonely stretch of the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory, between Alice Springs and Darwin. At night, on 14 July 2001, English backpackers Joanne Lees and Peter Falconio were heading north on this road…Read more

Beyond the Headlines – The Carlina White Story

Little girl lost On 4 August 1987 new mother Joy White had returned to Harlem Hospital with her nineteen-day-old baby named Carlina who had fallen ill. The baby was to stay the night so Joy went home to get some rest, ready to return the next day. And return she would – into a terrible nightmare situation…Read more

Beyond the Headlines – Murder in the Family

Parricide is the technical term for what society regards as one of the most abominable crimes – the murdering of a parent or close relative. Although rare, cases of children murdering one or both parents always generate widespread revulsion, followed by desperate attempts to find out why. And sometimes there is no reason, apart from…Read more