Chasing Ghosts

Chasing Ghosts

The disappearance of Amber-Lee Cruickshank 25 years ago is one of New Zealand's most baffling missing person investigations. This six-part New Zealand Herald series provides an indepth look at the cold case and Amber-Lee's mother's ceaseless quest to bring her daughter home.... Show More

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December 27, 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.

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September 23, 2019 1 min
From the NZ Herald newsroom, and Chasing Ghosts host Anna Leask, comes A Moment in Crime
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October 25, 2017 31 min
A quarter of a century has failed to dull the pain of Amber-Lee’s disappearance for her family. Can you help their desperate search for closure? WARNING: This podcast contains strong language and material that may be distressing for younger listeners.
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October 25, 2017 22 min
It didn’t take long for police to focus on a small group of suspects. At the time, one name attracted particular attention. In this episode he breaks his silence. WARNING: This podcast contains strong language and material that may be distressing for younger listeners.
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October 25, 2017 27 min
After Nicola Cruickshank put her faith in the “psychic detectives” of TV show Sensing Murder, she became fixated on one man. WARNING: This podcast contains frequent use of very strong language and material that may be distressing for younger listeners.
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October 25, 2017 26 min
With a history of drugs and crime, Nicola Cruickshank has had her critics. She decides to face the flak head-on, hoping to put the focus back on the hunt for her daughter. WARNING: This podcast contains frequent use of strong language and material that may be distressing for younger listeners.
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October 25, 2017 25 min
Full of optimism about a new life, Nicola Cruickshank and her family spent an idyllic spring Saturday with friends. Then tragedy struck. WARNING: This podcast contains material that may be distressing for younger listeners.
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October 24, 2017 31 min
Amber-Lee went missing near a large body of water. It was the obvious place to start the search. But police soon started to wonder whether something more sinister had occurred. WARNING: This podcast contains material that may be distressing for younger listeners.
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