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Real Crime Australian Detectives

Real Crime investigative journalist Adam Shand speaks to Australian detectives about the iconic cases they have worked on, giving a step-by-step insider’s account of how the crimes were solved and the impact that these investigations had on

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Season 1


Investigating the Fairy Meadow cold case

3 year old Cheryl Grimmer disappeared without a trace from Fairy Meadow beach in 1970. This story has rocked Australia to its core and is covered by BBC's Fairy Meadow Podcast. In this special episode of Australian Detectives, Real Crime investigator Adam Shand speaks with Frank Sanvitale and Damian Loone, the two investigators who dedicated themselves to working the Grimmer case. They found a confession in 2016, but the suspect known as 'Mercury' walked free because the confession was deemed inadmissible. They talk about the lingering affects of watching someone you truly believe is guilty slip through the cracks because of loopholes and poor police processes.  If you would like to keep up to date on more information on this case, Cheryl’s family have created the following Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/justiceforcherylgrimmer?mibextid=LQQJ4d Search BBC's Fairy Meadow podcast on the LiSTNR app to hear the full story.

Investigating the Fairy Meadow cold case

3 year old Cheryl Grimmer disappeared without a trace from Fairy Meadow beach in 1970. This story has rocked Australia to its core and is covered by BBC's Fairy Meadow Podcast. In this special episode of Australian Detectives, Real Crime investigator Adam Shand speaks with Frank Sanvitale and Damian Loone, the two investigators who dedicated themselves to working the Grimmer case. They found a confession in 2016, but the suspect known as 'Mercury' walked free because the confession was deemed inadmissible. They talk about the lingering affects of watching someone you truly believe is guilty slip through the cracks because of loopholes and poor police processes.  If you would like to keep up to date on more information on this case, Cheryl’s family have created the following Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/justiceforcherylgrimmer?mibextid=LQQJ4d Search BBC's Fairy Meadow podcast on the LiSTNR app to hear the full story.

57:28

EP19 - S1

30 Oct 22

The rise and fall of the Brothers 4 Life

Is Sydney at war? It seems like crooks are dropping like flies at the moment but former Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace says "The more sophisticated the gang the less violence you'll see - they know it's bad for business". Real Crime Investigative Journalist Adam Shand chats with Deb about Bassam Hamzy, the rise of the Brothers 4 Life gang and how they tore themselves apart. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app and listen for free

The rise and fall of the Brothers 4 Life

Is Sydney at war? It seems like crooks are dropping like flies at the moment but former Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace says "The more sophisticated the gang the less violence you'll see - they know it's bad for business". Real Crime Investigative Journalist Adam Shand chats with Deb about Bassam Hamzy, the rise of the Brothers 4 Life gang and how they tore themselves apart. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app and listen for free

39:45

EP18 - S1

23 Oct 22

Police informers and corruption

How do police investigators get inside information into the underworld? And then what stops those cops from taking a little extra on the side during busts? Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Kos has fought police corruption and then paid the price. Real Crime investigator Adam Shand sits down with Peter to chat through keeping our sources of information secret, and how Peter was tasked with investigating Adam, himself. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free.

Police informers and corruption

How do police investigators get inside information into the underworld? And then what stops those cops from taking a little extra on the side during busts? Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Kos has fought police corruption and then paid the price. Real Crime investigator Adam Shand sits down with Peter to chat through keeping our sources of information secret, and how Peter was tasked with investigating Adam, himself. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free.

38:21

EP17 - S1

16 Oct 22

The Hoddle St massacre

Years on from the atrocities that happened on August 9, 1987, which killed 7 people and injured 19 more Real Crime Investigator Adam Shand sits down with retired Detective Senior Constable Graham Kent to chat about the wanna-be soldier Julian Knight and what it was like for Graham to assess someone like this, as they were taken through a step by step account from Knight himself of the massacre. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

The Hoddle St massacre

Years on from the atrocities that happened on August 9, 1987, which killed 7 people and injured 19 more Real Crime Investigator Adam Shand sits down with retired Detective Senior Constable Graham Kent to chat about the wanna-be soldier Julian Knight and what it was like for Graham to assess someone like this, as they were taken through a step by step account from Knight himself of the massacre. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

42:01

EP16 - S1

7 Aug 22

The inner workings of bikie gangs

In her 36 years on the force, Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace has taken on bikie, Middle Eastern and Asian gangs, earning herself the nickname 'Gang Buster'. Real Crime Investigative Journalist Adam Shand speaks with Deb about the inner workings of bikie gangs, and how police strategised to keep control and peace of its members. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

The inner workings of bikie gangs

In her 36 years on the force, Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace has taken on bikie, Middle Eastern and Asian gangs, earning herself the nickname 'Gang Buster'. Real Crime Investigative Journalist Adam Shand speaks with Deb about the inner workings of bikie gangs, and how police strategised to keep control and peace of its members. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

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EP15 - S1

25 Jul 22

Teaching police empathy

Living through domestic violence, Inspector Corey Allen remembers the times he had to call for police help when he was a boy. These lived experiences created an empathy which he has taken into the police force. Real Crime Investigative Journalist Adam Shand chats with Corey about empathy and understanding for people on the other side of the law.

Teaching police empathy

Living through domestic violence, Inspector Corey Allen remembers the times he had to call for police help when he was a boy. These lived experiences created an empathy which he has taken into the police force. Real Crime Investigative Journalist Adam Shand chats with Corey about empathy and understanding for people on the other side of the law.

42:03

EP14 - S1

10 Jul 22

Caught in a shootout

Heavily exposed, with no idea on who surrounded them, ex-detective David Empey explains the events of a prison escape that led to his team getting ambushed. Real Crime Investigator Adam Shand chats with David about the details of this ambush, including how they were equipped, the reality of bullets flying overhead and the decisions they had to make. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

Caught in a shootout

Heavily exposed, with no idea on who surrounded them, ex-detective David Empey explains the events of a prison escape that led to his team getting ambushed. Real Crime Investigator Adam Shand chats with David about the details of this ambush, including how they were equipped, the reality of bullets flying overhead and the decisions they had to make. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

39:54

EP13 - S1

12 Jun 22

The lasting effects of working undercover

As a large, heavily tattooed man, Steve Taylor (not his real name) was able to fit in with the crooks, but it was his life after his job where Steve needed help most, how do you return to a normal life after working undercover?. Real Crime Investigator Adam Shand chats with Steve about the lingering traumas of a life undercover, losing his identity, dealing with the paranoia of crooks and the incredible things he was tasked with doing. Trigger warning: Contains graphic details of violence and drug use. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

The lasting effects of working undercover

As a large, heavily tattooed man, Steve Taylor (not his real name) was able to fit in with the crooks, but it was his life after his job where Steve needed help most, how do you return to a normal life after working undercover?. Real Crime Investigator Adam Shand chats with Steve about the lingering traumas of a life undercover, losing his identity, dealing with the paranoia of crooks and the incredible things he was tasked with doing. Trigger warning: Contains graphic details of violence and drug use. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

36:31

EP12 - S1

29 May 22

Solving a double murder

With a story pointing to one man, all he needed was evidence to convict his suspect. Real Crime investigative journalist Adam Shand talks with Tasmanian Detective David Plumpton  about forming a rapport with a bikie known to hate the police to get crucial evidence. The retired detective also discusses about the one who got away, the alleged murderer of Hobart woman Lucille Butterworth. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

Solving a double murder

With a story pointing to one man, all he needed was evidence to convict his suspect. Real Crime investigative journalist Adam Shand talks with Tasmanian Detective David Plumpton  about forming a rapport with a bikie known to hate the police to get crucial evidence. The retired detective also discusses about the one who got away, the alleged murderer of Hobart woman Lucille Butterworth. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

42:36

EP11 - S1

15 May 22

Surviving the Russell St bombing

March 1986, a car bomb goes off outside the Russell Street Police Headquarters. The two officers involved were Angela Taylor and Carl Donadio. Sadly, Angela passed from her injuries that day, becoming the first Australian policewoman killed in action, but Carl survived and served another 15 years on the force. He speaks with Real Crime investigator Adam Shand about the undercover work he has done and what goes into preparing for those roles, and the moments from the day of the bombing cemented in his mind. Trigger warning: Details of graphic injuries and death. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

Surviving the Russell St bombing

March 1986, a car bomb goes off outside the Russell Street Police Headquarters. The two officers involved were Angela Taylor and Carl Donadio. Sadly, Angela passed from her injuries that day, becoming the first Australian policewoman killed in action, but Carl survived and served another 15 years on the force. He speaks with Real Crime investigator Adam Shand about the undercover work he has done and what goes into preparing for those roles, and the moments from the day of the bombing cemented in his mind. Trigger warning: Details of graphic injuries and death. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

42:11

EP10 - S1

11 Apr 22

Bega school girl murders

In 1997, two young girls from Bega were kidnapped, raped and murdered. Mark Winterflood details the process of receiving the first notifications of the missing girls. He chats with Real Crime investigative journalist Adam Shand on the hard reality of not pursuing clues and following them to the end, how important it was to maintain a good relationship with the perpetrator and having to deliver the hard news to the parents. Trigger warning - this case details the heinous crime of the Bega school girls, and involves abduction, violence, rape and murder. For more episodes download the LiSTNR App now and listen for free.

Bega school girl murders

In 1997, two young girls from Bega were kidnapped, raped and murdered. Mark Winterflood details the process of receiving the first notifications of the missing girls. He chats with Real Crime investigative journalist Adam Shand on the hard reality of not pursuing clues and following them to the end, how important it was to maintain a good relationship with the perpetrator and having to deliver the hard news to the parents. Trigger warning - this case details the heinous crime of the Bega school girls, and involves abduction, violence, rape and murder. For more episodes download the LiSTNR App now and listen for free.

49:10

EP09 - S1

20 Mar 22

A career defending children

A Taskforce known as Spectrum pursued a serial child abductor in Victoria, known as Mr. Cruel. Ex-Detective Chris O'Connor ran Victoria Police's child exploitation unit for a decade and over his career he has had the opportunity to look into the deepest recesses of the human psyche working within sex crimes in Victoria. He speaks with Real Crime Investigator Adam Shand about the kind of toll this work can take on yourself.

A career defending children

A Taskforce known as Spectrum pursued a serial child abductor in Victoria, known as Mr. Cruel. Ex-Detective Chris O'Connor ran Victoria Police's child exploitation unit for a decade and over his career he has had the opportunity to look into the deepest recesses of the human psyche working within sex crimes in Victoria. He speaks with Real Crime Investigator Adam Shand about the kind of toll this work can take on yourself.

42:15

EP08 - S1

6 Mar 22

Protecting victims of family violence

How much resilience do you need when dealing with horrendous sexual offenders? Longest serving female police officer, Detective Senior Sergeant Joy Murphy joins Real Crime investigative journalist Adam Shand to discuss dealing with sexual offenders as a female officer , the issues with dating moving to online apps and how she likes to communicate with criminals.

Protecting victims of family violence

How much resilience do you need when dealing with horrendous sexual offenders? Longest serving female police officer, Detective Senior Sergeant Joy Murphy joins Real Crime investigative journalist Adam Shand to discuss dealing with sexual offenders as a female officer , the issues with dating moving to online apps and how she likes to communicate with criminals.

41:17

EP07 - S1

21 Feb 22

Melbourne Airport shootout - Part 2

In the first part, Hateley describes training for a special operations unit and gearing up for a huge armed robbery, George Hateley describes the events of the armed robbery in 1992 and the decisions he had to make to try and prevent the robbery. Real crime investigator Adam Shand hears how the death of a villain continued to haunt Hateley, which led him to become the person to introduce the non-lethal taser into Australian forces. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free.

Melbourne Airport shootout - Part 2

In the first part, Hateley describes training for a special operations unit and gearing up for a huge armed robbery, George Hateley describes the events of the armed robbery in 1992 and the decisions he had to make to try and prevent the robbery. Real crime investigator Adam Shand hears how the death of a villain continued to haunt Hateley, which led him to become the person to introduce the non-lethal taser into Australian forces. For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free.

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EP06 - S1

23 Jan 22

Melbourne Airport shootout - Part 1

The Sons of God were a Special Operations Unit formed back in the 80's and George Hateley was head of operations, including during the shootout at Tullamarine airport in 1992. Real crime investigator Adam Shand chats with George about why more crooks are killed than cops and the training it took to join a newly formed special operations task force and how they geared up for one of the biggest armed robberies in Victoria. For part 2, download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

Melbourne Airport shootout - Part 1

The Sons of God were a Special Operations Unit formed back in the 80's and George Hateley was head of operations, including during the shootout at Tullamarine airport in 1992. Real crime investigator Adam Shand chats with George about why more crooks are killed than cops and the training it took to join a newly formed special operations task force and how they geared up for one of the biggest armed robberies in Victoria. For part 2, download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

27:30

EP05 - S1

23 Jan 22

Patterns of a serial killer

After working on almost 200 murder investigations in 15 years at the Victoria Police Homicide Squad, Ex-Detective Jeff Maher now trains detectives at the police academy. Maher tells Real Crime's Adam Shand how serial killer Peter Dupas was brought to justice for the murders of Nicole Patterson and Mersina Halvagis. Dupas was brought undone by his own methods. Maher says investigators continue to pursue Dupas for other murders with that unique signature.   For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

Patterns of a serial killer

After working on almost 200 murder investigations in 15 years at the Victoria Police Homicide Squad, Ex-Detective Jeff Maher now trains detectives at the police academy. Maher tells Real Crime's Adam Shand how serial killer Peter Dupas was brought to justice for the murders of Nicole Patterson and Mersina Halvagis. Dupas was brought undone by his own methods. Maher says investigators continue to pursue Dupas for other murders with that unique signature.   For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

37:29

EP04 - S1

28 Nov 21

The lie detective

Would you be able to get away with lying? Real Crime investigator Adam Shand speaks with expert lie detector Steve Van Aperen about the clear give aways of liars, how certain criminals have tried to clear a lie detector test and some of the biggest murder cases that have been brought to justice through a simple line of deceptive questioning.

The lie detective

Would you be able to get away with lying? Real Crime investigator Adam Shand speaks with expert lie detector Steve Van Aperen about the clear give aways of liars, how certain criminals have tried to clear a lie detector test and some of the biggest murder cases that have been brought to justice through a simple line of deceptive questioning.

32:15

EP03 - S1

18 Oct 21

Catching a killer

A murderer shot down heart surgeon Dr. Victor Chang in a Sydney street. Retired NSW detective Jim Counsel, head of the 1991 investigation into the murder talks with Real Crime investigator Adam Shand about the hunt to bring Chang's killers to justice which spanned two continents. For more episodes download the free LiSTNR App

Catching a killer

A murderer shot down heart surgeon Dr. Victor Chang in a Sydney street. Retired NSW detective Jim Counsel, head of the 1991 investigation into the murder talks with Real Crime investigator Adam Shand about the hunt to bring Chang's killers to justice which spanned two continents. For more episodes download the free LiSTNR App

24:10

EP02 - S1

14 Sep 21

A brutal manhunt

Pavel Marinov - otherwise known as Mad Max, is infamous for his shootout with police in 1986. Real Crime investigator Adam Shand talks to retired Victorian detective Alex Krstic who was on the team that took out Marinov. Krstic reflects on the manhunt and its brutal finale. He was later posted to Broadmeadows CIB and was witness to the start of Melbourne's bloody gangland war.  For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

A brutal manhunt

Pavel Marinov - otherwise known as Mad Max, is infamous for his shootout with police in 1986. Real Crime investigator Adam Shand talks to retired Victorian detective Alex Krstic who was on the team that took out Marinov. Krstic reflects on the manhunt and its brutal finale. He was later posted to Broadmeadows CIB and was witness to the start of Melbourne's bloody gangland war.  For more episodes download the LiSTNR app now and listen for free

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EP01 - S1

14 Sep 21

Real Crime: Australian Detectives - Trailer

Take a dive in to Australia's criminal underworld. With a career spanning 20 years in journalism, Walkey award winner Adam Shand speaks with current and ex Australian Detectives to bring you a unique insight from his into Australia's most important and iconic crime stories. 

Real Crime: Australian Detectives - Trailer

Take a dive in to Australia's criminal underworld. With a career spanning 20 years in journalism, Walkey award winner Adam Shand speaks with current and ex Australian Detectives to bring you a unique insight from his into Australia's most important and iconic crime stories. 

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