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Jan 28, 2017

The desert roads of the Northern Territory are as long as they are desolate. If you stand still, your own heartbeat is the loudest sound you’ll hear.

The thrill of the open road and the sheer expanse of the hot desert is an exciting drawcard for many, but for those used to big cities, busy beaches or in this case, the relentless rain and dark clouded skies of England, driving from Adelaide to Darwin was the thrill of a lifetime, and unlike anything they had experienced before.

But it would soon turn into a nightmare…

 

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Episode researched and co-written by Anna at A.G.P Stories

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

RESOURCES

(Warning: Contains spoilers)

 

BOOKS
– “And then the Darkness” by Sue Williams – the disappearance of Peter Falconio and the trials of Joanne Lees
– “The killer within: Inside the world of Bradley Murdoch” by Paul Toohey
– Catching Bradley Murdoch: tweezers, pitchforks and the use of DNA sampling by Jeremy Gans (2007)

 

TIMELINES
– Timeline: Peter Falconio murder
– Peter Falconio Disappearance

 

TRIAL DOCS
– The Queen v Murdoch 2005 NTSC 80 (15 December 2005)
– The Queen v Murdoch 2005 NTSC 79 (15 December 2005)
– The Queen v Murdoch 2005 NTSC 78 (15 December 2005)
– The Queen v Murdoch 2005 NTSC 77 (15 December 2005)
– ‘Crimes that shook Australia’ documentary 

 

– Whilst not a source for this episode, the Australian Film ‘Wolf Creek’ was loosely based around/inspired by this case. For those who are game to watch
 Colleen Gwynne’s account of the case. Audio
 Education Journal
– Enough rope interview: Andrew Denton
– Joanne Lees interview 2002
– Joanne Lees regrets affair

Jan 21, 2017

Silver Spring is part of Montgomery County in the state of Maryland, USA. It has a population of about 70 thousand people and is located about a 40-minute drive south of Maryland’s largest city, Baltimore. Silver Spring is also only about a 20-minute drive north from the nation’s capital. Washington DC.

Silver Spring was the home of 19-year-old Keith Warren. Keith was tall, handsome, bright, sociable and extremely likeable. It was the summer of 1986. Keith had just graduated from Kennedy High School and was looking forward to starting college in North Carolina. He was spending the summer enjoying time with friends and working two jobs.

Keith made friends quickly and easily. And in those first few months of the summer, he had made friends with some disreputable people. Some of whom were rumored to have involvement with drugs.

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

RESOURCES

(Warning: Contains spoilers)

 Officer Leverette Police Report
– Autopsy report – Dr. Mihalakis
– Duke University hospital note from 1985
– Affidavit of Dallas Lipp
– Dr. Rogers Medical Examiner report
– Report by Dr. Mohammed Ali-Al Bayati
– Conference call transcript re toxicological findings 
– Newspaper and media articles

Jan 14, 2017

Van Nuys is a neighborhood in the central San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California. And it was there that newlyweds Sherri Rasmussen and John Ruetten lived in a condo together, on Balboa Boulevarde.

Sherri Rasmussen was born on the 7th of February 1957. Her parents were Nels and Loretta Rasmussen. The middle daughter of three, Sherri was known as a gentle, kind and caring woman. Strikingly beautiful. Her compassion for others drove her to study nursing at the age of 16. By the age of 29, she was the director of critical care at Glendale Adventist Hospital. Sherri was well respected and known for her caring approach to her job.

John Ruetten was born in Eugene, Oregon in September 1958. He excelled at basketball growing up, and he continued that passion at UCLA where he studied engineering. He was a charming, handsome and athletic student. He graduated in 1982 and a few years later secured a job as a mechanical engineer at a disk drive manufacturer.

John & Sherri met at a party in the Spring of 84. John was immediately attracted to Sherri. As soon as he met her, he got her number from a mutual friend.

They went on a date and instantly hit it off.

John moved into Sherri’s condo on Balboa Boulevard, and they married on the 23rd of November 1985, friends and family described them as utterly in love.

But tragedy was waiting.

 

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Assisted in research and co-written by A.G.P

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

RESOURCES

(Warning: Contains spoilers)

 

BOOKS:

– “California’s deadliest women: dangerous dames and murderous moms” – David Kulczyk

 

DOCUMENTARIES:

 Dateline 48 hours “one of their own”

– Stephanie Lazarus sentencing

– Dateline NBC 2016 SL

– CBS news 4 part documentary “internal affairs”

– Full Stephanie Lazarus’ homicide interrogation video

– Verdict 

 

ARTICLES:

 Good cop bad cop

– In Plain Sight – The Los Angeles Magazine

– California’s Scariest Female Murderers Have Their Chilling Tales Told

– JR victim impact statement

– Parents of a woman murdered by LAPD officer can’t sue the department

– Bite mark analysis

– Reflecting on 100 years of women serving in the LAPD

– The Atlantic: The Lazarus File

– Shocking pictures open Los Angeles detective’s murder trial

– Appeal by LAPD detective convicted of gunning down romantic rival fails

– Ex-LAPD Det. Stephanie Lazarus gets 27 years to life for murder

– Stephanie Lazarus, a former LAPD detective, sentenced to 27 years to life in prison for 1986 murder

– A case so blue

– Detective stalked slaying victim

– Homicides in LA 1970–2000

– Quick links to Lazarus trial commentary and Witness testimonies on Sprocket’s “Trials and tribulations” Blog

– Police case file: Rasmussen

– 26 years later, LAPD detective convicted of cold-case murder

– PEOPLE v. LAZARUS

– Detective stalked slaying victim, father says

– State Supreme Court refuses to hear case against former LAPD detective convicted of murdering romantic rival

– Appeal by LAPD detective convicted of gunning down romantic rival fails

– Parents of Sherri Rasmussen can’t sue LAPD over her murder in Van Nuys at the hands of detective Stephanie Lazarus, court rules

– Retired L.A. detective sentenced to 27 years to life for 1986 murder

Jan 7, 2017

Mr Cruel had an incredible impact on Australia in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He was Australia’s bogeyman. Sparking unprecedented fear in adults and children. Even hardened criminals were shaken and took measures to better protect their families. Unless you lived through it, it’s hard to fully appreciate….

 

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

RESOURCES

(Warning: Contains spoilers)

  1. Mr Cruel was a meticulous, intelligent predator, say police
  1. Mr Cruel still on the most-wanted list, says The Investigator Charlie Bezzina
  1. “Mr Cruel” Breakthrough over the murder of Karmein Chan
  1. Mr Cruel victim ‘wasn’t going willingly’

The Age Newspaper archives 1988 to 1997.

The Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper archives 1988 to 1997.

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