In December of 2012, Michelle Reynolds and her friend Wayne Jones would find themselves in the sunny city of Coffs Harbour. Michelle and Wayne like many others who visit the city, were on a holiday to enjoy some downtime. But in a motel on the south side of town, their beachside getaway would soon turn in to a gruesome tragedy.
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Dearne Louise Nonnenmacher was born on the 4th January 1972\. In 1990 she was eighteen and living with her family and working as trainee chef at the Robin Hood Hotel. She had shared with family her dreams for the future and looked forward to the day she could work as a chef on a cruise liner.
On Christmas day of 1990, like many families, the Nonnenmacher family gathered together to celebrate with a Christmas lunch. Little did her family know that this would be the last time they would see their beloved Dearne.
By boxing day, Dearne's family had not heard from her and made repeated attempts to reach out. Feeling uneasy about her sudden disappearance and lack of contact they soon reported her missing at the Orange Police Station. ..
**The Nowra Bodies in the Barrels**
On the 29th of January 2006, Peter Dalton and his wife were cycling along a track through the Tomerong State Forest, not far from the township of Nowra.
During their ride they had noticed burning smell that grew stronger and stronger. As they drew nearer to a clearing in the forest they could see the source of the smoke. The flames had died down but two barrels were smoldering and black smoke rose from within them.
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Located south 2 hours south west of the NSW capital of Sydney, is an area of known as the Southern Highlands. If you travel 3 kms west from the Hume Highway that runs through this region you will soon end up in the towering trees of the Belanglo State Forest.
The title of the forest ‘Belanglo’, has become synonymous with the callous serial killings of several young backpackers who died at the hands of Ivan Milat.
From 1989 to 1993 this tranquil forest would become a dumping ground for Milat. Over a series of searches authorities would discover the remains of 7 individuals who had fallen victim to Milat while hitchhiking through the region.
Despite this gruesome history and the negative association with its name, Belanglo forest has still continued to be used as a popular recreational destination for trail bike riders, 4 wheel drive enthusiasts, and campers.
But despite locals and tourists alike trying to shake the memory of Milat, In 2010 a disturbing event would bring the names Belanglo and Milat to the media spotlight once again.
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Due to a series of unexpected events Felon True Crime Podcast has been put on hold indefinitely. While this is frustrating, I feel that it is a good opportunity to address some issues I've had with the podcast and put some changes in place that will improve the content. I will be sure to keep you posted with any developments. Thank you for your ongoing support and patience.
Frank Vitkovic (Part 2)
On the 8th of December 1987, Frank Vitkovic, armed with high powered, sawn off rifle, shot indiscriminately at unsuspecting office workers as he moved through the Australia Post Building at 191 Queen Street in the Melbourne CBD.
8 lives were cut down at the hands of Vitkovic in a brutal attack that lasted 17 minutes.
During Vitkovic's frenzied attack Police gathered in the street below. They had received an alert from the building when a worker inside had triggered the bank alarm. Initially assuming they were dealing with an armed robbery they swooped on the scene. But as a shots echoed from the floors above they soon realized that were not dealing with a robbery.
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On January 29 2009, Arthur Freeman was driving his three children across the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne. It would be his 4-year-old daughter, Darcey’s first day of school. Unfortunately she would never make it. For reasons no one would ever be able to explain, Freeman calmly exits his vehicle with Darcey in his arms and tosses her off the bridge. Freeman goes back to his car with his other two children inside and drives away. It would not be long before Freeman is apprehended, arrested and charged with the little girl’s murder. What would cause a loving, doting father to murder his own daughter?
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The 8th of December, 1987\. In the Vitkovic family home in West Preston, Frank Vitkovic wrote in his diary, packed a large bag with some items and with this bag in hand boarded the number 4 tram towards the city.
The events that would soon unfold would shut down the city of Melbourne and shock the nation.
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Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory is a popular holiday destination for both Australian Residents and international visitors alike. Also known as Australia's Tropical capital, its warm weather, night clubs, beach markets and laid back life style are among the many reasons why people choose to live in or visit Darwin.
But behind this carefree façade hides another face of Darwin that is much more sinister. Per capita Darwin has the highest crime rate of any Australian city. In 2004, It would be the backdrop to an horrific crime that would be etched in to Darwin's history for many years to come.
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Anne Redman and Pirjo Kemppainen lived over 60 kms from each other. Their paths had never crossed. Anne lived in the seaside south Australian Suburb of Seacliff. Pirjo lived in the small town of Callington, in the Eastern slopes of the Adelaide Hills. Despite being complete strangers to each other, their names would soon be spoken regularly in the same breath for years to come….
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Christmas Day. 2008\. In the New South Wales suburb of Gosford. Police were called to a brutal crime scene. Loretta Watts had received a panicked phone call for from her daughter, Tamie Melehan, urgently requesting her help. Loretta arrived at Tamie’s home and made her way to the bathroom. In the shower area Loretta discovered the lifeless body of Tamie’s boyfriend, David Vaughn.
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On average, at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner in Australia……
If you or anyone you know has been or is a victim of domestic violence there are a number of hotlines you can call.
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The final piece of the puzzle in the Van Krevel Family story.
Two years after Jack Van Krevel was hacked to death, his daughter confessed to being the mastermind behind the murder. Belinda Van Krevel was jailed for six years. But her release in 2007 didn’t spell freedom from her murderous violent past...
Friday the 18th August 2000. Two weeks after Mark Van Krevel was sentenced, police were called to a home in Albion Park. It was a home that they had visited before. The scene that greeted them there, inside the master bedroom, seemed reminiscent of the horror inflicted by Mark Van Krevel. In the room a man was discovered kneeling beside the bed. He was slumped over with his head and chest resting on the mattress with arms hanging alongside his torso. He was covered in blood and naked. His back and head had received extensive wounds. Twenty five chop wounds in total to the neck and head had left his neck partially severed. There were also multiple stab wounds and lacerations inflicted to the torso blood covered the bedding and curtains. At the foot of the bed close to the victim’s body lying side by side were a hatchet a large kitchen knife and a fire poker. All of which were covered in blood.
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There are two backdrops for this story. Boggo Road Gaol and Samford.
One, a notorious Gaol that housed some of the most disturbed and violent offenders in Australian history, where many of these offenders met their end at the gallows.
The other, a small quiet farming town around a 30 minute drive from the Queensland capital of Brisbane.
Two very different places but one tragic incident would forge a connection between the two that would still be remembered over a century.
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Two weeks after the brutal death of David O’Hearn, investigators had seemed to have reached an end to their leads…it would take another murder to help get the investigation back on track….
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A group of David’s family and friends banged on the front door….There was no answer. The rapped on the windows and tried to peer through but the blinds were all down. The verandah light was still on and his car was still in the driveway and so they assumed he couldn’t be far away….They tried the handle of the front door…it was unlocked. Kris and Josh cautiously opened the door and eased themselves through making their way towards the living room….
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