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Special Edition Update on the Matthew Leveson case from Episode 4. Matthew went missing believed murdered in Sept 2007. His remains have now been found.
It’s Dec 18 1975 Pattaya a beach resort town on the eastern seaboard of Thailand. A fisherman discovers a bikini clad body of a western tourist floating in the water. He drags it to shore and police are called. There is no identification and no signs of foul play. Is this just an accident or is there something more sinister a involved. This is the story of Charles Sobhraj – AKA the bikini killer.
It’s July 10, 2001, 000 emergency dispatchers receive a phone call from 20-year-old Sef Gonzales, a Phillipino/Australian, who tells them he has just arrived home, found his mother, father and sister murdered and that he had chased off the intruders. Police arrive and find the dead bodies of 46-Year-old Teddy Gonzales, 43-year-old Loiva Gonzales and his 18 year-old sister Clodine. They also see the words ‘F**K Off Asians KKK’ spray painted on the wall. Is this a heinous hate crime, or is there something more sinister going on?
It’s the 1st of March 1989, 82-year-old Gwendoline Mitchelhill is walking down Military Rd Mosman, NSW, Australia on her way home from shopping. She enters the foyer of her building, and as she goes to open her door, she is struck on the head with a hammer. She is repeatedly struck over the head and body and her attacker flees with her purse containing $100. Although she is still alive when schoolboys find her and raise the alarm, she dies later when police and ambulance arrive. Over the next 14 months, five more elderly ladies would be murdered in the area with the suspect being dubbed the Granny Killer.
It’s August 1st 2010 Kristi Abrahams contacts police and reports that her child 6-year-old Keisha is missing from the Mt Druitt flat she shares with her de facto partner Robert Smith. A large-scale, extensive air, ground and water search gets underway but a week later it is called off as police are unable to locate the missing child. This will be one of the most shocking crimes in Australian history.
It’s the morning of March 1st 2000 Aberdeen NSW Australia. 45-Year-old John Price or ‘Pricey’ as he was known, had uncharacteristically not shown up at work. His work mates were concerned as Pricey had told his mates the day before that if he didn’t turn up to work the next day that it would be because he was dead. They call police and they go to his 84 St Andrews St residence. What they find would be one of the most gruesome murder scenes in their careers. This is the story of Katherine Knight a story so shocking that newspapers and broadcast media decided not to report on it as nobody could stomach the gory details.
It’s 2:11AM September 23, 2007. 20-year-old Matthew Leveson and his partner 42 yo Michael Atkins leave the ARQ nightclub at Darlinghurst Sydney. Matthew would never be seen again. Almost a year later, Atkins would be charged with his murder. With no body, no blood, no murder weapon and no crime scene, Atkins would be found not guilty of murdering Matthew. The electrician was also acquitted of an alternative charge of manslaughter. Is this a case of justice gone wrong, a police stuff up or did the jury get it right….
It’s Feb 19 2013 Hotel Cecil LA California. After guests complain of discoloured and foul water coming taps and showers, maintenance workers discover the body of a girl in the rooftop water tank. Police would identify the body as 21-year-old Canadian student Elisa Lam, who had been reported missing at the beginning of the month. Is this a case of death by misadventure, was it murder or could it have involved something more mysterious?
It’s the 9th June 2008, Friends had become worried that they had not been able to contact their friend Travis Alexander for several days. They go to his home and enter the residence. They go upstairs to his bedroom. In his bathroom, they find his decomposing corpse lying in a pool of blood. Police are called and a crime scene established. This is the story of Jodi Arias and the Murder of Travis Alexander.
When three women go missing and two of them are found murdered, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia becomes the focus of a manhunt over a 20-year period.
A predator will seek out his victims over two continents leaving a trail of dead women and he would become prime suspect in one of Australia’s most shocking double murder.
A predator will seek out his victims over two continents leaving a trail of dead women and he would become prime suspect in one of Australia’s most shocking double murder.
Next weeks case is Christopher Wilder and so I have reloaded this episode to get you up to speed.
It’s 1978 and there is a murder at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. A punk rock star will be arrested.
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It’s 1981 Skidmore Missouri. A man is shot dead in his truck in the main street. Police arrive but no one has seen anything.
It’s Vancouver Canada, 2017. Richard Jones, 64, and Dianna Mah-Jones, 68 are found brutally slain in their house. Six weeks later a suspect is brought in for questioning and won’t talk.
It’s the 3rd of April 2006, Andrew Kissel is found bound and stabbed to death in his home. Was it a murder or suicide by murder?
It’s 2003, Hong Kong. An American ex pat Robert Kissel is found dead vin his storage unit. His wife would become the prime suspect.
It’s the 13th of June 2018. A comedian is walking home from a gig in Melbourne and is brutally raped and murdered in a park.
A man drives his car into a river killing his cancer-stricken wife. Police investigations would find that this was not just an unfortunate accident.
When a woman has two husbands die in remarkably similar circumstances, she’s probably had a hand in their fate.
It’s August the 22nd 2005, a 911 call is received from a woman asking for assistance as her husband had locked himself in the bedroom. When police attend the scene and break into the room, a man lies dead on the bed.
It’s March 24 2005, Royal National Park, Otford, NSW. While camping with her husband Janet Campbell falls over a cliff and dies. But did she slip or was she pushed.
It's January 25 2019 Chuluota, Seminole County, Florida. Three members of a family are found shot dead in their house. A surviving member is interviewed by police and a twisted tale of cam girls, drugging’s and theft will be unveiled.
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Sep 18th, 2016
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Jan 5th, 2021
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