Ian Jamieson

In October of 2015, a phone call was placed to 000 from an Ian Jamieson. He told the operator that he had just killed three people, so the cops better come around and arrest him.

Ian Jamieson had stabbed his neighbour Greg Holmes 25 times with a hunting knife, before returning to his home, grabbing two shotguns, and shooting his other neighbours, Peter and Mary Lockhart. But his confession shocked police. He was open about killing them, but he said that they had “pushed, pushed, pushed,” and Ian couldn’t take their harassment any more.

Peter Lockhart would drive up and down the dirt road separating their properties on his tractor, kicking up dust into Ian’s property, and contaminating his water supplied. Ian Jamieson felt pushed to the brink. The only solution, in Ian’s mind, was murder.

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Eddie Leonski

In Melbourne, Victoria during the Second World War, electric lights were turned off or lowered at night to prevent aerial attacks from the Japanese. The war, which had confined itself to the Northern Hemisphere for the most part, was slowly creeping down the Pacific, and Melbourne was enjoying the subsequent influx of thousands of American soldiers stationed nearby. Many a young Aussie lady was swept off her feet by the charming, cashed-up Yankees.

But the fascination turned to fear when the lights went out and the bodies of three women were found strangled and discarded on the streets of Melbourne. Now the people of Melbourne had more than just air raids to fear – and all the evidence was pointing towards a GI being responsible for the crimes. The unknown subject was bequeathed a catchy nickname – the Brownout Strangler – to remind young women in Melbourne to stay inside when the lights turned down.

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The Sharpe Family Murders

On March 23, 2004, John Sharpe shot a spear into his wife Anna’s head while she was sleeping. On March 27, he did the same to his nineteen month old daughter Gracie. He then concocted an elaborate ruse, pretending that Anna was still alive, and that she had left John for another man. Anna’s family and friends were immediately suspicious. They didn’t believe that a dedicated, loving mother like Anna would up and leave her husband and child for a flight of fancy. When the truth surrounding Anna and Gracie’s disappearances came out, John Sharpe became known as the Mornington Monster, and Australia was left to grapple with why a man would commit such a heinous crime against the people he was meant to protect.

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BONUS Murdered Musicians

What started out as a simple guest segment on Musicals Taught Me Everything I Know somehow ballooned out to this glorious 40 minutes of discussion about musical murders.

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Jill Meagher

Jill Meagher was a 29 year old Irish woman living in Melbourne with her husband, Tom. She was a bright, funny, loving young woman, who worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. On the 21st of September 2012, Jill went to a bar on Sydney Road in Brunswick with some colleagues. She left around 1:30am, to walk the few blocks back to her home and her husband.

She never made it home. When her husband awoke to find her missing, he immediately contacted the police.

What followed was a fast and efficient investigation, helped along by the discovery of CCTV footage featuring Jill and a man in a blue sweatshirt on Sydney Road. The man in the blue sweatshirt was quickly identified as Adrian Ernest Bayley, a man who was on parole after serving time for a series of rapes.

In this episode, we discuss Adrian Ernest Bayley’s shocking criminal history, the impact that Jill’s death has had on the Australian public, and also, Ellen cries. A lot.

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UPDATE: The Murders of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and Khandalyce

A brief update episode to discuss the new developments in the trial and sentencing of the murderer of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and Khandalyce.

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The Bowraville Murders

In the early 90s, three children went missing from the same street over the course of four months. If it had happened in Sydney, we’d never hear the end of it, but because the kids were Indigenous, and lived in Bowraville, one of the state’s poorest towns, barely anyone has heard of the case. More than twenty years later, the white man responsible for the children’s murders has never been convicted. This week we look into the Bowraville murders, to try and figure out exactly why justice has never been granted to the families of Colleen Walker, Evelyn Greenup and Clinton Speedy-Duroux.

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The Other Doctor Death

What do you call a doctor that graduates at the bottom of his class? A doctor.

What do you call a doctor that graduates at the bottom of his class, gets sanctioned for professional misconduct, gets their license revoked, manages to get a job as Director of Surgery at a large regional hospital, and causes the deaths of thirteen odd patients? Doctor Death.

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The Wanda Beach Murders

The Wanda Beach Murders are possibly Australia’s most well-known cold case. The 1965 murder of Marianne Schmidt and Christine Sharrock devastated the nation, and to this day police are still trying to piece together the circumstances of their deaths. In this episode, your girls discuss one of the most likely suspects, a serial killer who travelled across the US, luring girls to their deaths by posing as a photographer. In 1965 though, he was just another Aussie teenager… one who happened to match the description of the only other person seen at the beach when Marianne and Christine were murdered.

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Ghosts in the Land of Oz, Halloween 2018

For this Very Special Episode of Murder in the Land of Oz, the girls take you on an auditory tour of some of Australia’s most haunted locations. From the isolated cells of the Separate Prison in Tasmania’s Port Arthur to a row of poinciana trees in Darwin where a wraith waits to devour the guts of men (mood), we’re going around this great southern land to hear the spookiest tales of those who remain on Earth after death.

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The Murders of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and Khandalyce

Two bodies lay thousands of kilometres apart – one, a two-year-old girl in a suitcase on the side of the highway in South Australia, the other, a twenty-year-old woman left lying next to a log in the Belanglo State Forest. No one was looking for them. No one even knew they were missing.

When the body of the little girl was finally discovered, seven years after she was killed, police knew she must have a mother somewhere out there. They looked to the body found in Belanglo, and found the little girl’s mother. Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and Khandalyce Pearce had their names back, and now the police just had to discover who killed them – and who had spend the previous five years stealing thousands of dollars from Karlie’s bank account, and using her phone to pretend to her family that she was still alive.

Please be warned that this episode contains descriptions of violence against children.

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The Murder of Anita Cobby

Take a drink every time we tell a story about a young women murdered while walking home. And then keep drinking to help dull the pain.

This week we cover the murder of beauty pageant queen, nurse, and all-around angel Anita Cobby, who’s life was tragically cut short by a gang of absolute sickos who pulled her into a car when she was walking home one evening. This episode is low on banter and high on absolute tragedy, so if you’re in a rough mood… maybe save this one for later.

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The Backpacker Murders Part Two

The murders of the seven backpackers had dominated headlines for years. The police, psychologists, scientists, and the international media were trying to work out exactly what went down in the Belangalo State Forest. The few leads the police had all seemed to point in one direction – towards a roadworker from Sydney with a passion for guns.

In this episode, your girls dive into the background of Ivan Milat and how he became the Backpacker Murderer, Jess's continued love for Paul Onions, and the unfortunate Milat family legacy. We also dive into perhaps the most burning topic related to the case – did Milat work alone? We don’t know for sure, but that’s not gonna stop us from wildly speculating!

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The Backpacker Murders Part One

Seven backpackers disappeared hitchhiking off the Hume Highway in New South Wales from 1989 to 1992. For years, Australia was gripped by the mystery – was it the work of a serial killer, or just some more inexperienced tourists bested by the Australian outback?

In the first episode of Season Two and our first case in New South Wales, your girls discuss the initial disappearances of the seven backpackers, Jess's fear of the outdoors, and how much Sydney sucks. Fuck you, Sydney.

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The Lesbian Vampire Killers

Tracey Wigginton was convicted of murdering Edward Baldock and trying to drink his blood. Tracey wasn’t just a regular old murderer, you see. She was a vampire, a night stalker, one of the Devil’s children, who needed to feed on the sweet nectar of life to sustain herself.

At least, that’s what her vampire coven believed. And they believed in her enough to help her take another human life.

On this episode of Murder in the Land of Oz, your girls talk about mind control, why men don’t think women can murder, and of course, our shameful teenage vampire phases. We renounce Twilight, but Buffy is still cool.

On October 20, 1989, Edward Baldock was violently murdered. It was a tragedy, but the media had an absolute field day when it was discovered that his killers were a coven of wannabe vampire lesbians. Readers couldn’t get enough of the Lesbian Vampire Killers, and the story made international news. Some people were titillated, others were terrified. Were cults of lesbian vampires coming for you?

Tracey Wigginton and three others were arrested for the murder. Tracey’s three accomplices quickly turned on her, saying they were compelled by Tracey to commit the crime. While Tracey got life imprisonment with a minimum of 13 years, her accomplices got barely more than a slap on the wrists. So were these women really compelled by Tracey to help her murder an innocent man? Or did the accomplices take advantage of the burgeoning Satanic Panic to make Tracey take the fall?


Our main source this week was Great Crimes and Trials: Lesbian Vampires Killers, which you can partake of herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUvEzwFw4u0

For more information, you can check out these news articleshttps://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/lesbian-vampire-killer-released-from-jail-20120111-1pvou.html

​​​​​​​https://www.news.com.au/national/crime/new-book-reveals-six-personalities-of-vampire-lesbian-killer/news-story/d41b346be98738676f41b52717a3f721

If you want to find out more, pro tip: turn on Safe Search before searching “Lesbian Vampire Killer”.

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The Mayne Family

Anyone who has roots in Brissie could probably ask ten different people what they know about the Mayne family and they’d get ten different answers. They’ve been called the Mad Maynes and the Murderous Maynes – but are they really as black as they’re painted? Does the family who helped establish most of Brisbane have literal skeletons in their closet?

This week your girls jump into the time machine for one last whirl as they try to tackle a question that has haunted Brisbane for over a hundred years – was Patrick Mayne really a murderer? Or was he just a weird rich guy?

Patrick Mayne was a rich businessman and city alderman in Brisbane in the mid nineteenth century. On his deathbed, he allegedly confessed to murdering a man named Robert Cox twenty years prior, stealing a sum of £300 and using the money to purchase a butcher’s shop on Queen Street. From this shop, Mayne amassed a great fortune, high status in society, and a reputation that has followed him throughout the centuries. Did Patrick Mayne really kill Robert Cox? Or was it a game of Chinese whispers, a bit of good old-fashioned Aussie tall poppy syndrome? This week we’re talking about a murder, but we are also talking about how rumours get started, and how they can have an impact hundreds of years later.


Our mayne source (see what we did there) this week was The Mayne Inheritance by Rosamund Siemon, available herehttps://www.amazon.com.au/Mayne-Inheritance-Rosamond-Siemon-ebook/dp/B00O70R71Y


Our other sources this week include this fantastic article which debunked a fair amount of what Siemon wrote in The Mayne Inheritance, available herehttp://www.hearsay.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2006&Itemid=48


If you wanna learn more about Mayne the man, go herehttp://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/mayne-patrick-13088


For another interesting debunking of some Mayne myths and legends, this two-parter on Haunts of Brisbane is a crackerhttp://hauntsofbrisbane.blogspot.com/2012/01/murderous-maynes-patrick-did-um-didnt.htmlhttp://hauntsofbrisbane.blogspot.com/2012/01/murderous-maynes-patrick-surely-didor.html


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The Murder of Betty Shanks

Betty Shanks was twenty-two years old and walking home from work when she was attacked, beaten and left for dead. Could be the first line of any article in the Courier Mail today, unfortunately, but this attack happened in 1952, and her killer was never found.

This week your girls talk exhaustively about Jess’s childhood, just how dirty motorbikes are, and just how unbelievably shitty it is to be a woman sometimes, regardless of what decade we’re in.

In 1952, a young woman named Betty Shanks was walking home from work when she was attacked, beaten, and left to die on the side of the road.

I have now told you literally everything there is to know about this case.

There are no suspects, really, despite the fact that every couple of years someone pops out of the woodwork claiming they know who did it.

There isn’t much information to be found out there about this case, due to the age and the unsolved nature of the crime. No one was ever brought to trial or even charged with ending the life of Betty.

Our main source this week was I Know Who Killed Betty Shanks, by Ted Duhs, which can be found here https://www.amazon.com.au/Know-Who-Killed-Betty-Shanks-ebook/dp/B0732NTR3K, although fair warning, there’s some graphic imagery and also, we didn’t love it as a read.

If you want to read another book about the case, you can’t cause it’s out of print, but the title to search the library for is Who Killed Betty Shanks? By Ken Blanch

For some lighter reading, we have the following news articles

https://www.qt.com.au/news/author-to-name-former-cop-as-betty-shanks-killer/3043045/

https://www.qt.com.au/news/betty-shanks-murder-case-cracked-by-lyle/2863230/

https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/the-1952-unsolved-murder-of-betty-shanks-in-brisbane-sparks-battle-between-publishers-of-rival-books/news-story/23e072af565c0398f05b04efe5f6cbdd

And ya primary sources, if you’re doing a school essay https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/101721302

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The Gatton Murders

Some towns become synonymous with the crimes that happen in them - Salem. Waco. Snowtown.


In Queensland, we have Gatton. When the bodies of Michael, Ellen, and Norah Murphy were discovered in a field the day after Boxing Day, 1898, the little agricultural town would become forever linked to one of the most famous unsolved crimes in Australian history.


For years the murders were considered by police to be a crime of opportunity - the act of a desperate man from out of town, wanting to rob the well-off siblings. Or perhaps some madman, killing for a thrill. But was the crime actually perpetrated by a member of the Murphy family? Or worse, was it committed by a conspiracy of townspeople, determined to get revenge upon the alleged seducer Michael Murphy?


This week your hosts saddle up the horses and set out west to investigate this murder most foul. On this treacherous journey, we encounter suspicious swagmen, incompetent police work, the horrors of a 19th-century autopsy, and some good old-fashioned Catholic and Protestant religious tension.


In 1898, in Gatton, west of Brisbane, the bodies of Michael, Ellen, and Norah Murphy, along with their horse, were discovered lying in a field. Michael had been shot through the head, while Ellen and Norah had been raped and bludgeoned to death. Suspects ranged from their brother in law William McNeil, to the butcher’s man Thomas Day, to a number of swagmen who were waltzing in and out of town.


Due to the unfortunate state of telecommunications infrastructure in the late 19th century, no police officers from the CIB were sent out to investigate the crime until two days after the bodies were found. The chief inspector never even saw the bodies of the victims. And the investigation became hyperfocused on one particular suspect, who had an alibi for the time of the murder, leaving any number of potential suspects uninvestigated.


The Gatton murders have captured the imaginations of Australians for the past hundred years. No one has ever been found guilty of the murders, although armchair sleuths in modern times come up with different suspects and different explanations for the crime every couple of years. In this episode, we consider each of the main suspects, as well as a new theory put forward by Stephanie Bennet in her book The Gatton Murders: A True Story of Lust, Revenge and Vile Retribution.


Who do you think killed the Murphys? If you've got a theory or know of a suspect we didn’t mention, get in contact with us via our email, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!


Our main source this week was the aforementioned The Gatton Murders: A True Story of Lust, Revenge and Vile Retribution, which can be purchased here https://www.amazon.com.au/Gatton-Murders-Story-Vengeance-Retribution-ebook/dp/B00GMSZOX2


You can get all up in some great information and also revel in some peak Internet 1.0 web design at http://www.gattonmurders.com/


If you want to delve deep into the Oxley-Gatton connection, you can read Neil Bradford’s book The Oxley-Gatton Murders: Exposing the Conspiracy which is out of print but can be found in a few libraries around Brisbane.

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Eurydice Dixon

Something a little different this week, friends.

Your girls do like to talk about murders, but we are not excited when they happen. Twenty-two year old aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon was brutally raped and murdered by a stranger walking home from a comedy gig in Melbourne in June 2018. Her death has sparked outrage nationwide, particularly after police superintendent David Clayton advised women to "take responsibility" for their own safety.

We are tired of hearing about the deaths of so many wonderful women and even more tired of women being blamed when a man decides to cut their life short.

This week we share our thoughts, our sadness and our anger in a little bonus episode. We will release a full-length episode on the tragically short life of Eurydice Dixon after the trial.

You can read about Eurydice’s impact here https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/19/eurydice-dixon-death-male-rage-australia-women-men-attitudes

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The Murder of Bronia Armstrong

A corrupt police force. A violent murder staged to look like a suicide. A wrongful conviction. And a suicide in custody. It’s not a Netflix series, it’s the new episode of Murder in the Land of Oz, and this week your girls are solving a mystery. Reg Brown was convicted for the 1947 murder of his typist, Bronia Armstrong. But was he really guilty, or were the notoriously corrupt Queensland Police feeling lazy that day and just decided to arrest the first bloke on the scene? For sixty years the conviction was unquestioned until Reg’s granddaughters decided to dig a little deeper and find out what really happened to the grandfather they never knew.

In this episode, we blow a little dust off the photo album and take a look back into Brisbane’s past, from the post-war era right up to the seedy underbelly of the Fitzgerald Inquiry years. A lot has changed in this big country town, and an awful lot has stayed the same.

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