Episode 310 - L'Onorata Societa Part 2 - The Black Hand Gang (1924-1938)
Weird Crap in Australia
by The Modern Meltdown
4d ago
The Black Hand Gang's reign of terror from 1929 to 1938 left a chilling imprint on Australia. From Jean Morris's tragic murder to a series of mysterious deaths in Ingham, their ruthless tactics instilled fear across communities. Despite law enforcement's efforts, their legacy endures as a reminder of organized crime's dark underbelly. As whispers of their deeds echo through history, the tale of the Black Hand Gang serves as a cautionary reminder of the lengths to which criminal organizations will go to maintain power and control. Join Holly & Matthew as they look into the activity a ..read more
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Episode 309 - L'Onorata Societa Part 1: The Murder of Stiletto Jean (1932)
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by The Modern Meltdown
1w ago
Jean Morris's murder in 1932 remains a haunting enigma with a simple answer. Found stabbed 43 times in her home, suspicions fell on her Italian associates Joe Maganetti and Michael Gudas. The brutality suggested the involvement of foreign criminal elements, possibly by the notorious Black Hand. Italian national Vincenzo Dagostino emerged as a suspect, allegedly ordering her death for rejecting his advances and knowing too much about Mafia activities.  As the investigation intensified, the shadows of conspiracy grew darker, leaving Jean Morris's death a chilling tale of crime and secrets ..read more
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Episode 308 - The Ferals (1994-1995)
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by The Modern Meltdown
2w ago
"Ferals" was an Australian children's TV gem that aired on ABC from 1994 to 1995. In a zany share-house setting, puppet pals like Rattus P. Rattus and Mixy wreaked havoc, challenging their human landlord, Joe, at every turn. With uproarious antics and a rebellious spirit, this cult classic delivered laughs and life lessons in equal measure, captivating young audiences Down Under with its unforgettable characters and offbeat charm. Join Holly & Matthew as they wander down Nostalgia Avenue again, and argue about what the Ferals actually were. Clips copyright of their respective owners.&nbs ..read more
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Episode 307 - The Cowra Breakout (1944) Part 3
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by The Modern Meltdown
3w ago
On August 5, 1944, the Cowra breakout marked a significant event in Australian military history. Over 1,100 Japanese prisoners of war attempted to escape from the prisoner of war camp in Cowra, New South Wales, resulting in the largest prison break in Australian history. The breakout led to a violent confrontation between the prisoners and Australian guards, resulting in the deaths of 231 Japanese prisoners and four Australian soldiers, with many more wounded. The incident highlighted the challenges of managing prisoners of war during wartime and left a lasting impact on both Australian and Ja ..read more
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Episode 306 - The Cowra Breakout (1944) Part 2
Weird Crap in Australia
by The Modern Meltdown
1M ago
What do the Kokoda Trail, the Bombing of Darwin, the Brownout Strangler and Australian Codebreakers have in commmon? The Cowra Breakout.  The Cowra Breakout remains a special episode in Australia's wartime history, reflecting the complexities of captivity, resistance, and conflict. Its enduring legacy prompts continued examination of the human experience in times of war, offering insights into the psychological, social, and political dynamics that shape such events. By delving into the motivations, actions, and consequences of both the prisoners and their captors, the Cowra Breakout in ..read more
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Episode 305 - The Cowra Breakout (1944) Part 1
Weird Crap in Australia
by The Modern Meltdown
1M ago
What do the Kokoda Trail, the Bombing of Darwin, the Brownout Strangler and Australian Codebreakers have in commmon? The Cowra Breakout.  The Cowra Breakout remains a special episode in Australia's wartime history, reflecting the complexities of captivity, resistance, and conflict. Its enduring legacy prompts continued examination of the human experience in times of war, offering insights into the psychological, social, and political dynamics that shape such events. By delving into the motivations, actions, and consequences of both the prisoners and their captors, the Cowra Breakout in ..read more
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Episode 302 - The Voyager Disaster (1964) Part 2
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by The Modern Meltdown
2M ago
The sinking of HMAS Voyager in 1964, following a collision with HMAS Melbourne during a night-time exercise off New South Wales, resulted in 82 fatalities. Miscommunication and poor visibility were identified as primary causes, highlighting deficiencies in naval procedures and equipment. Subsequent reforms were implemented within the Royal Australian Navy to enhance ship-to-ship communication, radar systems, and operational practices, emphasizing the crucial importance of effective communication and safety protocols in maritime operations and the inherent risks involved. Join Holly & Ma ..read more
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Episode 301 - The Voyager Sinking Part 1 (1964)
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by The Modern Meltdown
2M ago
The sinking of HMAS Voyager in 1964, following a collision with HMAS Melbourne during a night-time exercise off New South Wales, resulted in 82 fatalities. Miscommunication and poor visibility were identified as primary causes, highlighting deficiencies in naval procedures and equipment. Subsequent reforms were implemented within the Royal Australian Navy to enhance ship-to-ship communication, radar systems, and operational practices, emphasizing the crucial importance of effective communication and safety protocols in maritime operations and the inherent risks involved. Join Holly & Ma ..read more
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Episode 301 - The Voyager Sinking Part 1
Weird Crap in Australia
by The Modern Meltdown
2M ago
The sinking of HMAS Voyager in 1964, following a collision with HMAS Melbourne during a night-time exercise off New South Wales, resulted in 82 fatalities. Miscommunication and poor visibility were identified as primary causes, highlighting deficiencies in naval procedures and equipment. Subsequent reforms were implemented within the Royal Australian Navy to enhance ship-to-ship communication, radar systems, and operational practices, emphasizing the crucial importance of effective communication and safety protocols in maritime operations and the inherent risks involved. Join Holly & Ma ..read more
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Episode 300 - Peter Iacono from the A Dingo Ate My Movie Podcast, and Q&A with Holly & Matthew
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by The Modern Meltdown
2M ago
Join Holly & Matthew for our traditional 100-episode celebration! This round, we're publishing an interview previously only seen on Patreon, and answering fan questions! Thanks for all your support, guys, we love you all! Head over to this episode of the Dingo Ate My Movie podcast to hear Matthew reminisce about the Australian cult classic, Stone. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/weird-crap-in-australia--2968350/support ..read more
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