A Moment In Crime

A Moment In Crime

From the NZ Herald newsroom comes A Moment in Crime - a podcast delving into some of New Zealand’s biggest cases. Anna Leask has been a crime and justice reporter at the Herald for more than a decade. Each month she'll take you inside some of our most infamous incidents, notorious offenders and behind the scenes of high profile trials and events to show you what’s really happening in your backyard.

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May 5, 2021 33 min
Ben Smart and Olivia Hope went missing over New Year 1997. Their bodies were never found but a man was convicted of their murders and jailed for life. In today's episode of A Moment In Crime we revisit the enduring mystery,
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In this month's episode of A Moment In Crime, senior journalist Anna Leask looks back a the murder of Grace Millane, a young backpacker from the UK who died in Auckland, New Zealand in 2019.
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In 1992 toddler Amber-Lee Cruickshank disappeared from a small South Island town.

Despite exhaustive searches spanning almost 30 years, there has never been any sign of the 2-and-a-half-year-old.

The Herald re-investigated the case in 2017 and episode 15 of A Moment In Crime goes back to a podcast that ran about the toddler and her family's journey since she vanished.
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After a high profile trial in November this year, Christchurch engineer Joseph McGirr was acquitted by a jury of giving ecstasy to a US polo player before she died in his spa bath.

But he was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice by burying her clothing after her death.
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A 9.51am on September 1 2014 a balaclava-clad man stormed into the Work and Income New Zealand office in Ashburton and opened fire.

In just 61 seconds he gunned down and killed two women and almost murdered two more.

Then he calmly walked back out of the office, unlocked his bike and peddled away into the distance - leaving bloody carnage and chaos in his wake.

The man was Russell John Tully and his horrendous, deliberate and planned ...
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In episode 11 of NZME podcast A Moment In Crime we look back at the front line deaths and revisit some of the stories that have shocked and saddened New Zealand. The episode comes two days before the annual police Remembrance Day - a date marked internationally to pay tribute to cops killed while on duty, and others who have passed during the year.
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The murders of Christine Lundy and her young daughter Amber in their own home in 2000 is still a case that New Zealanders find shocking.

And it's a case everyone has an opinion on - even more so after two decades of hearing the facts in various trials, appeals and other court settings.

This is because Christine's husband - the father of her only child - was charged with the grisly murders.

But after 20 years he maintains his ...
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In August 1980 six-year-old Alicia O'Reilly was raped and killed in her bed by an intruder. Her sister was sleeping less than a metre away. Forty years on, the offender has never been found and her family are still desperate for answers.
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In the early hours of June 8 2010, Feilding farmer Scott Guy was gunned down in the driveway of his rural home as he headed out to work. A decade on, despite an arrest and a high profile trial, there has been no one held accountable for the slaying, and no justice for Scott or his family.
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On June 17 1970 Harvey and Jeanette Crewe were gunned down in the living room of their Pukekawa farmhouse. Fifty years have passed since the brutal crime - which remains unsolved despite one man being convicted twice of murder. In episode seven of Herald podcast A Moment in Crime, we look back at the infamous cold case - one of New Zealand's most enduring murder mysteries.
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Kidnapped: The bizarre abduction of Baby Kahu

In 2002 a baby girl was snatched from her pram as her mother pushed her through a quiet Wellington suburb. For days the nation - and the world - watched on as the hunt for Baby Kahu intensified. How did it end and who took her? We look back a the most gripping kidnapping case in NZ history.
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March 23, 2020 2 min
Important update about the next episode of A Moment In Crime as the global Covid-19 pandemic rages on. For full virus updates and information visit nzherald.co.nz
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In 2009 Auckland man Blazej Kot murdered his new bride in New York State. We look back at the case - including the computer science student's bizarre trial and where he is now.
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In 2008 Tisha Lowry went missing in Christchurch without a trace. In 2009 her neighbour reported his own wife missing. When he went into a local police station days later, no one could have imagined what he would admit to, and why. We look back at the double murderer and the women he destroyed and buried below his own home.
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Kayo Matsuzawa’s body was found stashed in a small cupboard in a building in Auckland’s CDB in 1998.

She was naked, she had been there for at least 10 days.

And 21 years on - even in spite of a hefty $75,000 reward offered in 2007 - her killer has never been caught.
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In 2009 a toddler vanished in West Auckland.

For more than a week police, search specialists and volunteers combed the city for any sign of the little girl.

But she was nowhere to be found.

As investigators started to fear foul play, a shocking and tragic discovery was made.
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It was New Zealand's darkest day, and one we will never forget.

Our newsroom got the first call from a witness just minutes after the shooting started.

For the first time we are sharing audio from that interview - and others - as we take you back to the day that changed us all.
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September 12, 2019 1 min
From the NZ Herald newsroom comes A Moment in Crime - a podcast delving into some of New Zealand’s biggest cases.

Anna Leask has been a crime and justice reporter at the Herald for more than a decade.

Each month she'll take you inside some of our most infamous incidents, notorious offenders and behind the scenes of high profile trials and events to show you what’s really happening in your backyard.
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