The 50 Year Secret

The 50 Year Secret

School teacher Jennifer Beard disappeared on New Zealand's West Coast while hitchhiking on New Year's Eve 1969. Nearly three weeks later her body was found under a bridge outside the tiny township of Haast. Now a Herald investigation has uncovered new evidence that could identify her killer.

Episodes

February 22, 2020 7 mins
We reveal how police were told about the rumours Reg Wildbore’s own wife had said he committed the murder - and what happened next.

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More people come forward with new evidence about Reg Wildbore, and his comments about speaking to lead detective Emmett Mitten.

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January 6, 2020 23 mins
In the final episode of The 50 Year Secret we talk to Reg Wildbore's old boss about why he always believed Reg was guilty of murder, and ask police about the challenges of getting new information in one of New Zealand's oldest unsolved murder cases.

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January 5, 2020 20 mins
The last person to ever see Jennifer alive recalls the moment she saw the British tourist climbing into the car of the man who's believed to have killed her.

We retrace the route Jennifer took in her last hour alive.

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January 2, 2020 24 mins
A confession, sex claims, and a statement putting Reg Wildbore practically at the scene of the crime the day Jennifer disappeared.

Had nobody tried to bring this to light before?

As it turns out, they did.

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January 1, 2020 21 mins
Reg Wildbore's former best mate Peter Johnston talks about Reg's strange behaviour and why it's not hard for him to believe he was capable of murder.

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December 31, 2019 19 mins
Reg Wildbore had more than one secret, and they were all starting to catch up with him.

We take a look at the twists in his story and speak to his daughter, who reveals it's not the first she's heard of a confession to the murder.

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December 30, 2019 21 mins
It's 50 years on, but former lead detective Emmett Mitten still clearly remembers the challenges of the Beard case - from going three weeks without a shower, to getting reliable descriptions of the possible murderer and the infamous Vauxhall.

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December 29, 2019 21 mins
A secret that had been bubbling under the surface in a small South Island town finally comes to light.

Ian Molloy speaks about the day his friend Reg Wildbore showed up on his porch and confessed to the unthinkable.

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December 27, 2019 20 mins
Police spent precious days searching for Jennifer's body as it lay decaying under the Haast River Bridge.

We speak to Michael Hines, who was just four years old when he unknowingly stumbled across the crime scene.

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December 27, 2019 17 mins
School teacher Jennifer Beard disappeared on New Zealand's West Coast while hitchhiking on New Year's Eve 1969. Nearly three weeks later her body was found under a bridge outside the tiny township of Haast.

Now a Herald investigation has uncovered new evidence that could identify her killer.

We take a look at the background of this 50-year-old cold case, and speak to the nephew of the police's main suspect, Gordon Br...

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December 19, 2019 1 min
School teacher Jennifer Beard disappeared on New Zealand's West Coast while hitchhiking on New Year's Eve 1969. Nearly three weeks later her body was found under a bridge outside the tiny township of Haast.

Now a Herald investigation has uncovered new evidence that could identify her killer.

See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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