Dirty John on Netflix – A Harrowing Real-Life Thriller

Online daters, beware. Netflix’s Dirty John will give you nightmares and could quite possibly contribute to an online dating activity plunge once the show gains traction.

Eric Bana plays “Dirty John” Meehan in this eight-part true crime anthology series. It’s based on the Los Angeles Times podcast of the same name. John is a seemingly charming man who turns out to be dirty in every sense of the word. He preys on vulnerable women through dating sites and wreaks havoc in their lives, stopping at nothing to extort money from them.

He meets cashed up interior designer, Debra Newell (Connie Britton), and within weeks has intertwined himself in her life and driven a wedge between her and her family. What unfolds is horrific.

Eric Bana and Connie Britton are superbly cast and the terror is unrelenting.

Watch the trailer.

Watch Dirty John on Netflix.

The Teacher’s Pet – A True Crime Podcast

The Teacher’s Pet is a true crime podcast from The Australian about the cold case of Lynete Dawson, who disappeared 36 years ago.

Journalist, Hedley Thomas, digs deep into the unsolved murder and shines a spotlight on Lyn’s husband, Chris. All evidence suggests he murdered her and while two coroners found this to be true, he has not been charged and denies killing his wife.

It’s a sordid and intriguing story with a creepy twin brother, inappropriate/illegal relationships with the Dawson’s teenage babysitter and other school girls, and so many people just turning a blind eye to what Lynete was going through before she disappeared.

I gave true crime podcasts a rest for a while because they tend to get a bit much but thanks to my friend EJ for getting me hooked on this one.

Listen to The Teacher’s Pet.

Trace – A New True Crime Podcast from the ABC

Trace is a new true crime podcast from the ABC. Mother of two, Maria James, was stabbed to death in the back of her suburban Melbourne bookshop in June 1980. Her killer has never been found.

Presented by ABC investigative reporter, Rachael Brown, Trace sifts through evidence to see whether police missed anything at the time, revisits suspects, and finds a new one of its own.

Two episodes in and I’m gripped. Warning: it’s gruesome and terrifying in parts.

Listen to the preview and podcast episodes.

In The Dark – A Unique True Crime Podcast

In the Dark is a 9-part true crime podcast unique in its approach in that after 27 years of mystery surrounding the abduction of Jacob Wetterling, the case was solved just a week before the podcast was due to launch (late last year). It does not detract from the quality or impactfulness in any way, however. Reporter Madeleine Baran carries on to reveal how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the USA and how those failures fuelled national anxiety about stranger danger, led to the nation’s sex-offender registries and raised questions about crime-solving effectiveness and accountability. Warning: it is an intense listen and very disturbing in parts. Download or listen or watch the trailer.

Bowraville Podcast from The Australian

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If you’re looking for a true crime podcast to fill the hole that Serial left, this is a great option. It’s a five episode podcast from The Australian about the Bowraville murders. Crime reporter, Dan Box, has been looking at an unsolved serial killing in Bowraville (NSW mid north coast) in the early 90’s. Three children, all killed within five months, all living on the same street. The case was handled appallingly from the start and no one has been convicted, despite some overwhelming evidence against a key suspect. Dan Box does a brilliant job at reporting on the facts and digging deep into Bowraville as a community – it’s history, racial tension and the impact the unsolved murders have had on the families of the children involved as well as the town of Bowraville. The episodes are short (around 20-30 min each) and are utterly gripping. Find out more and listen here or subscribe on iTunes and Android.

 

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