Maya Jakic and Megumi Suzuki

It’s kind of a Criminal Minds-style cliché to have a murderer be motivated by his sexual inadequacies, but truth is sadly often much worse than fiction. Mark Errin Rust was a sexual predator, rapist, arsonist, and murderer who was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of two women, 30-year-old Maya Jakic, and 18-year-old Megumi Suzuki.

Maya Jakic had been murdered and left in the bushes outside the old Payneham police station in Adelaide, South Australia, in April of 1999. Calls were made to triple 000 by Rust to report the body, but the police could not locate it. Frustrated, Rust left a note on a police patrol car again stating that there was a body at the old station, and this time, police found Jakic. She had clearly been sexually assaulted. Her killer, however, could not be found.

Megumi went missing in August of 2001, after she failed to return to her student accommodation for six whole days. As a part of the search effort, police put information about Suzuki and Maya Jakic on a website dedicated to finding missing persons. On that website was audio of the 000 call Rust placed about Maya Jakic’s body. Even in 2001, information travelled fast around the internet, and the audio was eventually heard by a man named Steve Rust, who now had to confront the fact that his brother, who he had known to have some prior criminal offences, was likely a sadistic murderer.

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The Somerton Man

This bad boy has been the big kahuna of Australian mysteries for a long time, and it’s time for your girls to take a swipe at the Somerton Man, the mystery man whose body was found lying on Somerton Beach in Adelaide in 1948. The man had no identification, no money, no labels on his clothes, and a mysterious clue in his pocket – a rolled up piece of paper bearing the words tamam shud, meaning ‘the end’ or ‘finished’.

To solve the mystery of how he died, the police first had to establish who the hell he was – an answer that eludes investigators, both official and unofficial, to this day.

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The Truro Murders

South Australia, we’ve been waiting to get inside you for a long, long time.

To start our journey around Australia's most messed-up state, we have the Truro murders, the name given to the truly traumatic series of serial murders committed by Christopher Worrell and James Miller.

From 1978 to 1979, a series of human remains were located in remote bushland near the town of Truro, eighty kilometres away from Adelaide, South Australia. As more bodies turned up, police became convinced they’d found the dumping grounds of a serial killer.

Eventually, they put two and two together and connected the bodies to a series of seemingly unrelated (and apparently mostly uninvestigated) disappearances of women from around Adelaide, who had all vanished over a period of just over fifty days.

The women had been picked up by Worrell and Miler, and restrained, assaulted, strangled, and then dumped in the bush.

Fair warning, this ep discusses sexual assault, and also gets a little gross.

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The Disappearance of Brenda Hean

Conspiracy time!

Environmental activist and political leader Brenda Hean went missing in 1972 after her plane mysteriously vanished while she was on her way to the nation’s capital to protest the government-sponsored flooding of Lake Pedder.

Brenda had been fighting the government and the Hydro-Electric Commission, who’s damming system was to flood the lake, at every turn. She formed the United Tasmania Group, the world’s first Green political party, to try and save the lake. But the government thought she was getting too powerful, and had to silence her, before their million-dollar hydro-electric scheme was quashed for good… maybe. The mystery of what happened to Brenda Hean remains unsolved, but the fight to save both Tasmania and the world from environmental degradation continues.

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The Pacemaker Murderer

Tassie has a reputation of being an inbred backwater twenty years behind the rest of Australia, and to a certain extent that’s true (less so with regards to the inbreeding perhaps). But sometimes, Tassie is ahead of the times.

That was the case when the murder of David Crawford caused a breakthrough in forensics. Murdered brutally with an axe in his own home, police quickly zeroed in on a suspect – friend and neighbour, Ivan Jones. The police needed a way to destroy Jones’ alibi, and they found it in Crawford’s pacemaker, which had recorded the time of his death.

This was the first time information was retrieved from a pacemaker in order to solve a murder. See, cool things do happen in Tasmania! It’s not all incest and dairy farms!

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JonBenet Ramsey Thoughts/Feelings/Opinions

In this bonus episode, we discuss the infamous murder of JonBenet Ramsey, and have a surprisingly civil debate about the possible perpetrators of this horrible crime.

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The Killer Cannibal of Van Diemen's Land

Warning: this episode contains brief mention of sexual assault, and not at all brief mentions of cannibalism.


All of Australia has some pretty messed up history from the convict days, but that shit reaaally got concentrated in Tassie. The convicts of Van Diemen’s Land, as it was known back in the day, were some of the weirdest, most brutal, and most messed up lads around. Alexander Pearce was perhaps the best example of this. A career criminal, alcoholic, occasional bushranger, and semi-constant prison escapee, his great claim to fame was escaping from the inescapable Sarah Island Penal Colony.

Pearce and seven of his mates fled into the wild, wild wilderness of Tasmania’s west. As they trekked through the harsh wilderness towards freedom, when the food ran out, there was only way to starve off starvation…

Apparently the tastiest part of a human being is the upper arm, if you were curious.

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Technical Difficulties in the Land of Oz

Interstate communications have broken down!

And your hosts will be getting back to you as soon as they can! (Which will be Friday)

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The Port Arthur Massacre

For our second Tassie episode, we cover one of the worst mass shooting in Australian history.

The shooter was Martin Bryant, a 25 year old man with the IQ of an eleven-year-old. Having the mind of a child didn’t stop him from getting his hands on a bunch of semi-automatic weaponry and murdering 35 people and wounding 23 more at Port Arthur Historic Site on April 28, 1996, though.

The massacre lead to a massive overhaul of Australia’s gun control laws. The ability to purchase firearms were severely restricted, and the government initiated a buyback scheme that saw over 600,000 guns taken off the streets. See guys? Gun control is possible! You can do it too!

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The Fisherman

Please note, this episode discusses crimes against children.

Was a man convicted of the murder of a nine year old boy in Tasmania in 1975 responsible for some of Australia’s most well known unsolved crimes?

Investigation by retired detective Gordon Davie uncovered that wherever James O’Neill went, children seemed to go missing. After years of investigation and interviews with O’Neill, Davie uncovered evidence linking O’Neill with crimes not only in Tasmania, but in Victoria, Western Australia, and South Australia – including the abduction of the Beaumont children and the Adelaide Oval abductions, as well as the murders of two Indigenous boys in the remote Kimberly region of WA.

Is it possible that a serial killer got away with an unknown number of child murders for nearly ten years before being convicted? Or is it just a coincidence that O’Neill was in town when these kids went missing?


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Ned Kelly Part One

Ned Kelly: outback legend, or cowardly criminal? You decide!

In this kind-of-a-bonus-but-not-really episode, we tackle an Aussie icon, none other than Edward Kelly, better known as Ned, and his gang of rambunctious friends. Some people (Ellen) believe that Ned was a hero, a legend, and a man of the people. Sure he stole a few horses and killed a few cops, but what else are you gonna do in the outback in the late 1800s? Some others (Jess) believe that Ned Kelly was a bad man, actually, and we shouldn’t really worship a guy who stole horses, robbed banks, captured hostages, tried to blow up a train, and yeah, okay, murdered a few people.

Whichever side of the Kelly Divide you’re on, there’s no arguing that Ned Kelly is one of the most interesting and infamous people in Australian history. In Part One we’re gonna get a little high school English and discuss the socio-historic context of the Kelly gang before diving right in to Ned and co’s many and varied exploits.

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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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