COAL RIVER TRUE CRIME: WHEN I GET BACK TO PORT PIRIE

CASE 14: WHEN I GET BACK TO PORT PIRIE Thomas Batterham cursed the growling stray dog circling his sulky and nipping at his horse’s heels. The dog had been attacking cyclists and startling horses for weeks around the Lookout on the new Cardiff-New Lambton Road. It was around 3:30 pm and Batterham was hurrying to … More COAL RIVER TRUE CRIME: WHEN I GET BACK TO PORT PIRIE

COAL RIVER TRUE CRIME: LET’S SPEND A LIFE TOGETHER

CASE 13: LET’S SPEND A LIFE TOGETHER Podcast Available Here – Let’s Spend a Life Together (28:21) Dark Stories True Crimes CARDS In February of 1925 George Gershwin’s jazz experiment Rhapsody in Blue performed to mixed reviews in New York City. Across the Pacific in the small city of Newcastle, 19-year-old Mona May Mary Beacher met … More COAL RIVER TRUE CRIME: LET’S SPEND A LIFE TOGETHER

COAL RIVER TRUE CRIME: PATRICK COLLINS AND DENNIS DONOVAN

CASE 11: PATRICK COLLINS AND DENNIS DONOVAN PART ONE: MOTHER MATHERS CREEK The Hawkesbury’s final bay is a quintessence of white beaches and small islands whose water sparkles even on cloudy days. Upstream this turns from ultramarine blue to the colour of weak tea, but still clear to the bottom. The banks become thick with … More COAL RIVER TRUE CRIME: PATRICK COLLINS AND DENNIS DONOVAN

COAL RIVER TRUE CRIME: JOHNNY’S GONE MAD AGAIN

Podcast Available Here- Johnny’s Gone Mad Again (28:28) – Dark Stories True Crimes CARDS CASE 9: JOHNNY’S GONE MAD AGAIN By the late 1800s, Newcastle was trading with San Francisco, South America and Europe and the port’s internationalism made it a volatile, if predictable, crime locus for drunken fighting, standover gangs, escaping convicts, prostitution and … More COAL RIVER TRUE CRIME: JOHNNY’S GONE MAD AGAIN

COAL RIVER TRUE CRIME: WHEN I FINALLY SLEEP TONIGHT

Podcast Available Here- When I Finally Sleep Tonight (28:26) – Dark Stories True Crimes CASE 7: When I finally sleep tonight   Just a few train-miles from the port of Newcastle, The Borehole village grew up around two profitable mine shafts in the 1850s. Its patchwork of hut-hugging streets, small factories and a gas works … More COAL RIVER TRUE CRIME: WHEN I FINALLY SLEEP TONIGHT

TRUE CRIME: FROM WHITECHAPEL TO WHERE

CASE 6: FROM WHITECHAPEL TO WHERE BY DAVID MURRAY The First Fleet disembarked at New South Wales in 1788 with documents solipsistically claiming land ownership and a sideline reference to dual occupancy with the local Aborigines. The new proprietors claimed (to themselves) that they would endeavour by every possible means to open an intercourse with … More TRUE CRIME: FROM WHITECHAPEL TO WHERE