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Chilling crimes committed far too close for comfort.

Every now and then, there are crimes so extensively covered by media they’re burned into the collective consciousness of the nation. Others fly under the radar, only to be revisited and unravelled years later. Then there are those so unspeakable, it’s hard to fathom the minds behind them could exist among us in our relatively peaceful streets and suburbs. Here are some of the most compelling Australian true crime stories ever told.

  • From the creator of the Walkley Award-winning podcast comes the story of a small Australian town, the murders of three children and a desperate fight for justice.

  • The riveting inside story of the Sydney parcel-bombing case.

  • On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of The Tall Man, is the story of that man, the fire he lit, and the people who were killed.

  • The complete true story of one of the world’s most horrifying serial killers, who terrorised both Australia and America

  • The Tall Man is the story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell.

  • The death of Matthew Leveson and the ten-year search for the truth

  • The shocking story of the unresolved murder of baby Deidre Kennedy.

  • A true-crime book about the exploits of the notorious Stoccos, father Gino and son Mark, whose eight-year crime spree ended in 2015 when they were dramatically captured in rural NSW and charged with an array of offences – including murder.

  • WINNER OF THE NED KELLY BEST TRUE CRIME AWARD. SHORTLISTED FOR THE WALKLEY BOOK AWARD The story of perhaps the biggest miscarriage of justice in Australia

  • In the mid-1990s, three girls went missing within a short space of time after visiting nightclubs in Claremont WA.

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