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Fact is scarier than fiction. Casefile, a new true crime podcast. Each episode explores a new case. We cover the shocking, the terrifying, the strange, and the unsolved.
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Jul 22, 2017

Blacktown is a suburb located in Western Sydney, 37 kilometres away from Sydney’s Central Business District. In the mid-1980’s, drugs, crime and high levels of unemployment were rife in the streets of Blacktown. But it was one particular night that changed everything.

On Tuesday, February 4th, 1986, a dairy farmer in Prospect, a neighbouring suburb of Blacktown, noticed something strange. All morning his cows had been gathered in the same spot at a place he called “The Boiler Paddock.” He first noticed it at 9.30 am, when he was leaving the house to go to a cattle sale. When he returned home two hours later, the cows were still standing in the same spot. It was something he hadn’t seen before, so he decided to check it out.

What the farmer found, caused him to run to his motorcycle as fast as he could, and speed off to his house to call the police.

 

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Researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher.

 

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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 

 

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men’s Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

Jul 15, 2017

On February 11th, 2005, a group of four German backpackers arrived into the NSW Northern Rivers City of Lismore.

25-year-old Simone Strobel, her 24-year-old boyfriend Tobias Suckfuell, Tobias’ older sister 28-year-old Katrin Suckfuell, and Katrin’s friend Jens Martin aged 25.

Simone and Tobias had arrived in Australia six months earlier on a working holiday visa. They planned to travel around the country while working odd jobs and enjoying the Australian lifestyle.

On the Australia day holiday- January 26th, 2005, Tobias’ sister, Katrin and her friend Jens arrived to meet them for a month long trip.

They were excited to see each other and Simone and Tobias picked them up at Brisbane airport. From there, the foursome travelled north to the Great Barrier Reef. After that, they headed south and ended up at Lismore.

Up until the time they reached Lismore, Jens described it as the best three weeks. Everyone had gotten along really well…

 

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Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories.

 

 

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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 

  

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RESOURCES

BOOKS:

‘Have You Seen Simone?’ – Virginia Peters

 

ARTICLES:

Over 100 articles by The Northern Star Newspaper in Lismore on the disappearance and Murder of Simone Strobel – The Northern Star

Tobias fears for girlfriend Simone, missing in Lismore – The Northern Star

Body may be missing German backpacker – The Northern Star

Fear grips town as woman’s family mourn their ‘angel’ – The Sydney Morning Herald

“How did my daughter die?” – The Sydney Morning Herald

Simone’s boyfriend lashes out at police after body found – Gladstone Observer

Simone Strobel murder: German police offer reward – The Sydney Morning Herald

Suckfuell denies killing girlfriend Strobel – Daily Telegraph

Detectives still on the case – The Northern Star

Suspect living on wild side in South Africa – The Sydney Morning Herald

NSW murder case reward sparks fresh hope – SBS

Diary of the Strobel inquest – ABC

Witness struggles to explain delay reporting Simone missing – The Northern Star

Simone Strobel vanished after lovers’ tiff with boyfriend – The Northern Star

Inquest hears Strobel boyfriend suspected in death – ABC

Strobel killed within caravan park, inquest hears – ABC

‘Reasonable suspicions’ Tobias killed Simone: judge – Echo Net Daily

Inquest adjourned pending more evidence – ABC

Suspected killer free, but DNA may get him one day – Brisbane Times

 

VIDEOS:

WATCH: Lismore’s most notorious unsolved murder – The Northern Star

 

MISSING PERSONS:

Missing Persons FAQs

 

Jul 1, 2017

On December 7th, 2003, thirteen-year-old Daniel Morcombe told his brothers he was going to Sunshine Plaza to get a haircut and look for Christmas presents. Shortly after lunch he left his home on Woombye-Palmwoods Road and walked just over one kilometer to an unofficial bus stop located under the Kiel Mountain overpass. Daniel had caught the bus from here to the shopping plaza many times before. Standing underneath the overpass, he waited for the 1:35 pm scheduled afternoon bus service to Sunshine Plaza.

But the bus Daniel was expecting had broken down 750 meters before the overpass. It was out of his sight. At 2:15 pm a replacement bus approached him. Daniel signaled for it to stop and pick him up, but it continued on through the underpass.

Due to the delay, the replacement bus was now going express to Sunshine Plaza. The driver saw Daniel signal him, but he was under instructions not to stop. There was a smaller shuttle bus only a few minutes behind, which was stopping to pick up stranded passengers along the route.

The shuttle bus reached the underpass at 2:18 pm. Only three minutes after the first bus passed. However, during those three minutes, Daniel vanished without a trace.

 

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Researched and written by Milly Raso.

 

 

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 

  

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WEBSITES:

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation

 

ARTICLES:

Daniel Morcombe murder: Ex-wife of accused murderer Brett Peter Cowan testifies in Brisbane Supreme Court – ABC News

Daniel Morcombe murder trial: Brett Peter Cowan’s second confession shown in court – Brisbane Times

Brett Cowan guilty of murder of Daniel Morcombe – Courier Mail

Church denies claims Brett Cowan ‘rape’ attempt ignored – Sunshine Coast Daily

 

VIDEOS:

Brett Cowan’s covert confession of Daniel Morcombe’s murder

 

TRIAL DOCUMENTS:

The Queen v Cowan 2013 QSC 337 (12 December 2013)

The Queen v Cowan 2015 QCA 87 (21 May 2015)

 

TIMELINE:

10 years later, the life and death of Daniel Morcombe

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