A Narelle Fraser Special: Why The Fallen? Part 2
Australian True Crime
by Smart Fella
5d ago
In 2017, 21 year old Zac Jones was drunk, on drugs, and driving recklessly in a car with four other passengers. Unable to control the vehicle, they horrifically crashed, but all remarkably survived. This is part two of a two part series hosted by our dear friend, Narelle Fraser about the lives of Zac and his mother Jane. We will hear a side-by-side account from both Zac and Jane about how an educated, intelligent teenager from a loving family ended up falling so badly, and the astonishing ways in which both of their lives have changed since. Zac and Jane have co-authored the book "Why The Fa ..read more
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A Narelle Fraser Special: Why The Fallen? Part 1
Australian True Crime
by Smart Fella
5d ago
In 2017, 21 year old Zac Jones was drunk, on drugs, and driving recklessly in a car with four other passengers. Unable to control the vehicle, they horrifically crashed, but all remarkably survived. This is part one of a two part series hosted by our dear friend, Narelle Fraser about the lives of Zac and his mother Jane. We will hear a side-by-side account from both Zac and Jane about how an educated, intelligent teenager from a loving family ended up falling so badly, and the astonishing ways in which both of their lives have changed since. Zac and Jane have co-authored the book "Why The Fa ..read more
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The Disappearance of Marjorie Norval
Australian True Crime
by Smart Fella
1w ago
Marjorie Norval was a mould breaker. In the 1930s, she was a single, gregarious career woman, living in a hotel in the Brisbane CBD. She worked for the Premiere William Forgan Smith and his wife, which afforded her to live a lifestyle that was out of reach for most women in conservative Brisbane at the time. That lifestyle came to an abrupt end when she disappeared without a trace, one sunny day in 1938. In the days and months to come, four heroic rescuers would die, one of her rumoured lovers would commit suicide, and a light would be shone on the city’s shady characters, from illegal abort ..read more
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The make-up artist that helped put Rolf Harris in prison
Australian True Crime
by Smart Fella
2w ago
The word most commonly used to describe Rolf Harris at the conclusion of his trial and his spectacular fall from grace was remorseless. He still seemed utterly shameless as revelation after revelation rolled out in front of the world and his real character was exposed. We all got an inkling of the sheer entitlement felt by the man and of his expectation that he should be allowed to go on separating his private and public personas with the complete complicity of everyone around him because he was just so famous. Our guest today got more than an inkling, unfortunately. For decades, she was one ..read more
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"Shotgun" Shannon O'Connell's childhood is her toughest opponent
Australian True Crime
by Smart Fella
1M ago
"Shotgun" Shannon O'Connell is Australia's pre-eminent female boxer. One thing that is absolutely true, is that her toughest opponent is her childhood. She fights it everyday, as do her two brothers, with varying degrees of success. We were introduced to Shannon by a previous guest, Russell Manser from The Voice of a Survivor. He likes to say that boxing has saved more lives than church, and Shannon is definitely one of them. You can keep up to date with all things "Shotgun" Shannon by following her instagram   If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode you can cont ..read more
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The Stick Up with Russell Manser: The Many Lives of Mick Gatto
Australian True Crime
by Smart Fella
1M ago
Our guest this week, Russell Manser, has an incredible podcast of his own called The Stick Up. Please enjoy this rare interview with Mick Gatto, and check out other episodes of The Stick Up wherever you get your podcasts. Show notes: In this rare interview with ex-underworld figure Mick Gatto, you'll hear about his love for his family, passion for charity and the life altering moments that saw him lose two sons, and end up in jail. Russell talks with a man who speaks his truth.  Founder of www.thevoiceofasurvivor.com Find Russell on Instagram here Find Russell on TikTok h ..read more
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Russell Manser Wins the Prize for Turning a Life Around
Australian True Crime
by Smart Fella
1M ago
Russell Manser is an extraordinary man. He's been in and out of prison since we was literally a child, and when he wasn't inside, he was robbing banks to support a raging heroin habit. As we know, lifestyle habits like that don't come out of nowhere. When Russell decided to face the truth of what had happened to him, it changed his life. Since then, he's changed many lives too. This is a very upsetting story involving serious sexual assault. We've talked around these issues before with other guests, but Russell is uncompromisingly honest when talking about his story. Please take care when li ..read more
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A life stolen: Jake was 12 days old when the Frankston serial killer murdered his mum
Australian True Crime
by Smart Fella
1M ago
In 1993, Paul Denyer murdered Natalie Russell, Elizabeth Stevens and Deborah Fream in the Frankston area. Denyer had also stalked and terrified women - that’s one of the lesser known aspects of his horrendous offending. Now 50, Denyer was sentenced to life in prison without parole, but the sentence was later appealed and reduced to a non-parole period of 30 years, meaning Denyer is eligible for release in 2023. There’s a genuine fear from many that Denyer will be released - from the families of Natalie, Elizabeth and Deborah - but also the women who were stalked by Denyer. Our guest for thi ..read more
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The Bali Bombings - Aussie Therese Fox’s incredible survival story
Australian True Crime
by Smart Fella
1M ago
Our guests for this episode are Therese Fox and Megan Norris. In 2002 friends Therese Fox and Bronwyn Cartwright travelled to Bali – it was a dream trip that the two Geelong nurses had saved hard for. It was Therese’s first trip overseas and away from her young children. On October 12th Therese and Bronwyn decided to go out to Paddy’s Irish Bar for their last night in Bali. Deadly terrorist attacks on Paddy’s Bar and the Sari Club in Kuta’s party precinct killed 202 people -  88 from Australia including Bronwyn. Therese was critically injured with third-degree burns to 85 per cent of h ..read more
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The shocking life of the man who hanged Ned Kelly
Australian True Crime
by Smart Fella
2M ago
Our guest for this episode is Michael Adams, host of the fascinating podcast Forgotten Australia.  Michael is a master of deep diving into the archives to tell incredible stories most people have never heard of - many of them about crime and society. From historic news articles - even the smallest of briefs and the mere mention of a name, Michael brings old stories, scandals, oddities and the lives of intriguing people back to life.   Michael’s also an author and his latest book, Hanging Ned Kelly looks at Australia's most famous antihero from a new perspective - that of the m ..read more
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