Unravel True Crime

Unravel True Crime


Unravel True Crime is a podcast where, each season, some of Australia's best journalists investigate unsolved crimes.


S4 07 | The Morning After

After the confrontation in the supermarket carpark, Ollie is left feeling confused — has he been charmed just like everyone else in this story? Will Lezlie fail to keep her promises to Ollie or leave him and his family hanging?
02/09/19·23m 35s

S4 06 | Stakeout

Ollie and Simon have criss-crossed California to find themselves parked in a supermarket car park staking out where Lezlie supposedly works. They may only have one shot to talk to her and finally get some answers. It doesn't go the way Ollie imagined.
02/09/19·41m 48s

S4 05 | Black Widow

Ollie and his brother Simon follow the trail of broken dreams and failed restaurants to Paso Robles, California. It's apparent Lezlie's exploits didn't stop when she left New Zealand. Ollie discovers his former sister-in-law had manufactured an image of a successful restaurateur in Hawaii, Lake Tahoe and New Zealand. Her exotic CV and exciting stories pull a new family into her web — with disastrous consequences.
02/09/19·44m 29s

S4 04 | Charmed

Following the trail to Lezlie Manukian, Ollie and his other brother Simon end up in California. With a muscle car and loud Hawaiian shirts, the brothers look every bit like '80s TV detectives as they head off on their very first stakeout. But, when the trail runs cold, they decide to chase down a lead at Lezlie's first restaurant in the resort town of Lake Tahoe. Meanwhile, Lezlie's emails become stranger than fiction.
02/09/19·40m 54s

S4 03 | The Coconut Wireless

Lezlie Manukian's stories about her time in Hawaii usually ended with murderous local mobsters running her off the island. So, to track down his brother Greg's ex-wife, Ollie Wards needs to understand her past. What really happened according to "the coconut wireless"?
02/09/19·41m 22s

S4 02 | The Great Houdini

Ollie and Greg's dad, David Wards, picks through the clues left behind by Greg's American wife, Lezlie. He realises that the entire family may have been victims of an elaborate con job. David is obsessed with finding answers, launching his own investigations and even becoming a 60-something computer hacker.
02/09/19·43m 39s

S4 01 | The Girl With The Dragonfly Tattoo

When Ollie Wards' brother Greg marries his American dream girl in New Zealand and they go into business together, it seems like a perfect start to a new life. But only a few months later, Greg is heartbroken, the family home is gone — and so is Lezlie.
02/09/19·48m 28s


Ollie Wards' family lost everything after their brush with a charming Californian con woman. As he embarks on a quest to find out how she did it, why she did it, and where she is now, he opens the door on a mystery that spans decades and across continents.
28/08/19·4m 26s

BONUS — Seeing Is Believing

Host Gina McKeon interviews film-maker Helen Barrow about her coverage of Belinda Peisley’s inquest and the behind-the-scenes moments that we can’t hear in the audio. Helen’s one-hour tv documentary WHO KILLED BELINDA PEISLEY? is available on the streaming platform ABC iView. Download the app or visit the website: https://iview.abc.net.au/show/who-killed-belinda-peisley
11/03/19·9m 0s

S3 05 | The Visitor

Some of the most explosive moments in Belinda Peisley’s inquest happen between lawyer Phil Strickland and the man we’re calling Luke. Luke admits to using heroin and to staying on Belinda’s floor from time to time, like a lot of their crowd in Katoomba at the time. He’s got a violent past and a long rap sheet, but denies being a standover man or ever demanding money from Belinda. In the coroner’s court, Luke is grilled about an alleged conversation he had in jail with a fellow prisoner who remembers Luke bragging about smashing Belinda’s head with a rock. Luke denies all these accusations.
04/03/19·39m 11s

S3 04 | The Best Friend's Boyfriend

Jeremy Ward Douglas was going out with Belinda Peisley’s best friend, Heidi Wailes, at the time Belinda disappeared. The inquest into her death heard Jeremy had a reputation around town as a violent and controlling guy with a short temper who would hang around Belinda’s house, often against her wishes. Heidi says that, after Belinda disappeared, she remembers Jeremy behaving like he knew she wasn’t coming back. The court hears stories from others of Jeremy’s rage and that he allegedly had ideas about where Belinda’s body might be.
25/02/19·27m 51s

S3 03 | The Best Friend

Heidi Wailes was close to Belinda and says she looked out for Belinda like an older sister would. But a break-in at Belinda’s house just days before she disappeared suggests Heidi might not have always been the friend she claimed to be. Many, including the coroner at Belinda’s inquest, believe Heidi may know more about what happened to Belinda than she is revealing. As pressure mounts in the courtroom, cracks begin to show. We also hear from another person in Belinda’s friendship circle, Wanda Loynds (aka "Storm") who admits to punching Belinda on the last day she was seen alive.
18/02/19·38m 50s

S3 02 | The Boyfriend

We go inside the courtroom at Belinda Peisley's inquest to hear firsthand the arguments, phone taps and witness testimony. Jason*, Belinda's boyfriend at the time, says he met up with her on the night she disappeared. They had an argument at her house and he left. It's the last time he ever saw her. Jason is from a footy family in the Mountains and his father John* wasn't impressed his son was going out with someone from the so-called 'junkie' crowd. Hear the inquest testimony from Jason and his father as they answer questions about Belinda's disappearance. *We've changed their names for legal reasons.
11/02/19·38m 26s

S3 01 | Belinda

Belinda Peisley's life descended into chaos after her 18th birthday when she received a big inheritance and bought her own place in Katoomba. Her family hoped the house would set her up for life but, instead, her new address became a magnet for a world of drugs and crowd of people who’d turn up at all hours. Six months later, Belinda disappeared. In the months before she vanished, Belinda told her family she was scared — even that she wanted to change her identity and leave town — but they couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to hurt her. Join reporter Gina McKeon as she travels to Katoomba to begin to understand what happened to Belinda Peisley.
04/02/19·31m 55s

INTRODUCING — Last Seen Katoomba

19-year-old Belinda Peisley vanished after she left a Blue Mountains hospital on September 26, 1998. The single mum-of-two disappeared within a year of inheriting a significant sum of money from a relative and buying a house in Katoomba.
28/01/19·3m 0s

S2 07 | Christmas Tree Hill

In the Season 2 finale, Ruby and Neil get the lead they have hoped for — a tip-off from an old law enforcement source about a potential burial site for Trudie Adams.
12/11/18·33m 25s

S2 06 | The Unholy Relationship

Investigating the link between a career criminal, Trudie ... and a corrupt cop.
05/11/18·38m 50s

S2 05 | The Big Bad Wolf

Hear the voice of criminal monster, Neville Tween.
29/10/18·33m 50s

S2 04 | The Green Kombi Van

A completely new theory on what happened to Trudie Adams
22/10/18·35m 59s

S2 03 | The Hunting Ground

A chilling visit to bushland where abducted hitch-hikers are taken.
15/10/18·36m 39s

S2 02 | Suspicious Minds

Police begin looking for a motive.
08/10/18·31m 39s

S2 01 | Barrenjoey Road

A heart breaking search for the hitch-hike girl.
08/10/18·26m 10s

INTRODUCING — Barrenjoey Road

The story of Barrenjoey Road explores the disappearance of Trudie Adams in 1978.
01/10/18·3m 50s

S1 Update | More Blood On The Tracks

Allan Clarke investigates other mysterious deaths on the train tracks in regional NSW. To listen to his latest investigation, search for the Background Briefing podcast or listen online: ab.co/19MsLTc
27/09/18·1m 33s

S1 07 | Face To Face

Allan is finally there, in front of someone who might shed light on Mark's last night.
08/07/18·30m 29s

S1 06 | Revelation

The Unravel team cracks the case wide open with new leads and witnesses.
01/07/18·22m 16s

S1 05 | The Driver

Fresh evidence that Mark wasn’t alone at the tracks.
24/06/18·31m 0s

S1 04 | Whitewash

The family's hopes for an answer at the inquest fade fast.
17/06/18·29m 39s

S1 03 | The Boxer

Violence erupts as Uncle Duck and the family confront their number one suspect.
10/06/18·28m 16s

S1 02 | Foul Play

Mark Haines' family challenge the police investigation.
03/06/18·28m 16s

S1 01 | Blood On The Tracks

Thirty years of mystery surrounds the death of 17-year-old Mark Haines.
27/05/18·27m 39s

INTRODUCING — Blood On The Tracks

Blood On The Tracks investigates the suspicious death of 17-year-old Mark Haines, whose body was found on the railway line outside Tamworth in January 1988.
18/05/18·3m 13s
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