Ron Iddles: The Good Cop

MA rating

An original series based on the bestselling book The Good Cop by Justine Ford.

Ron Iddles is The Good Cop, one of the best homicide detectives Australia has ever seen.

This is the story of an old-school cop who is tough, inventive and incorruptible. A man who solved the unsolvable with his head and his heart. How did this intuitive cop put more murderers behind bars than any other homicide detective in Australia?

Told by Ron, each episode will take you behind the scenes of his most challenging murder cases. Complementing Ron’s story will be powerful insights from the victims’ families, his homicide colleagues, journalists and even Ron’s informants and suspects.


This series looks at 6 cases that Ron investigated over his career and include:

Michelle Buckingham: Failure is not an option
16 year-old Michelle Buckingham went missing from Shepparton, Victoria in October 1983. A few weeks later, her body was found dumped on the side of the road at Kialla, on the outskirts of town.

Bonnie Clarke: The Answer’s in the file
6 year-old Bonnie Clarke was a very happy child living with her mum in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote.  In December 1982 – just a few sleeps before Christmas – Bonnie was sexually assaulted and murdered in her bed.

Jane Thurgood-Dove: The ABC of Homicide
Jane Thurgood-Dove came from a close-knit family, married her childhood sweetheart and loved her three children.  They seemed like the perfect family.  On November 6, 1997 – a gunman shot Jane dead in the driveway of her home in suburban Niddrie with her three children in the car looking on.

Marafiote Murders: It Costs Nothing to Listen
In 1985, greengrocer Dominic Marafiote mysteriously went missing from his hometown of Mildura in rural Victoria.  The following day, his parents, Carmelo and Rosa Marafiote, were found shot dead execution-style in their home in Adelaide.  Could Dominic have killed his parents and then staged his own disappearance?

Slawek Tomczyk: Don’t Make The Facts Fit Your Theory
Polish born security guard Slawek Tomczyk was doing his rounds one night in February 2002 when he was attacked in the driveway of a reception centre in the Melbourne suburb of Cranbourne.

Maria James: Every Family Deserves Answers
In June 1980, mother of two Maria James was stabbed 68 times in the bedroom of the flat adjoining her second-hand bookshop in the Melbourne suburb of Thornbury.  It was Ron Iddles’ first homicide investigation.  After examining the crime scene, Ron and the investigation team realised this was no random attack.  Whoever wielded the knife knew Maria.

Ron Iddles: The Good Cop is more than a crime show. It is a master class in detective work from Australia’s finest cop.