The Crime Tree

The Crime Tree

The Crime Tree is a narrative-style true crime podcast, with stories from Australia and around the world; focusing on the victims and the forensics used to solve the case.

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September 16, 2021 28 min
In 1996, when a young mother was found murdered and dumped in parkland in Noosa, an Australian resort area along Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, detectives had to dig deep and use a tool that had never before been seen in Australia. This is the story of Samantha Bodsworth. SOURCES Forensic Investigators Wikipedia Curtin University WA
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At 6:47pm on the 26th of August 2011, a frantic 911 call shattered the otherwise somewhat peaceful city of Chicopee, located on the Connecticut River in Hampden County, Western Massachusetts. Despite the crime rates of this area being quite high and well above the national average, its level of violent crimes is relatively low; so low in fact that in 2011 only one murder was reported. This is the story of 20-year-old Amanda Plasse.
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June 25, 2021 22 min
In 1991, when the body of a young woman was found discarded in a light industrial area south of Sydney, detectives thought she would be identified quickly. It was Christmas, and if someone's loved one was missing, this was definitely the time of year where it most likely wouldn't go un-noticed.  This is the story of Viviane Ruiz. SOURCES Forensic Investigators Sydney Morning Herald ABC News Find-A-Grave
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June 11, 2021 17 min
How did the bodies of two women, who were unknown to one another, end up in the same apartment rented by three University students, who were not only unknown to both girls, but were all away on vacation at the time of their deaths? This is the story of Laura Watson-Dalton and Maria Lehner. SOURCES Pop Culture Crime AP News Lacrosse Tribune Radio Iowa The Gazette QC Online Iowa Courts Forensic Files S8 E29
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May 28, 2021 21 min
17-year-old Jayden Parkinson was the UK's 131st domestic abuse victim to lose her life in 2013...and this is her story. SOURCES: True Life Crime UK Episode 1 bbc.com thesun.co.uk LINKS: Jayden's Gift Facebook page GoGetFunding.com
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Wayne and Jennifer De Gruchy and their three children were your typical Aussie family, living in Shellharbour’s middle-class suburb of Albion Park Rail, approximately 100km east of the NSW capital of Sydney. Every Monday morning Wayne would make the hour and half commute up to Sydney where he worked, and it was not uncommon for him to spend the night at his parents' place if he’d had a long day, and this is where he was on the ...
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April 23, 2021 18 min
10 year old Zahra had beaten the odds and survived cancer twice. She had fought hard for her chance to grow up; her chance to do amazing things in this world. But all that was taken away the moment Elisa Fairchild entered her life. This is the story of Zahra Baker. Linktree Instagram
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April 9, 2021 32 min
This is the story of the Eastburn Family murders and the trials of Timothy Hennis. SOURCES ‘Three Trials for Murder’ by Nicholas Schmidle  https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/11/14/three-trials-for-murder Wikipedia Makeup & Murder Podcast Based on the Evidence Podcast Crime Hounds Podcast DEPENDAsplaining Podcast True Crime Brewery Podcast Military Murder Podcast Generation Why Podcast Serial Napper P...
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March 26, 2021 28 min
In early February of 2012, Colleen Margaret Povey was in the final days of her breast cancer battle. As her family surrounded her hospital bedside, her eyes remained fixed on the door, desperately searching for the faces of her daughter and granddaughter whom she hadn’t seen in nearly three and a half years. As Colleen’s body became weaker, she squeezed her husband Scott’s hand and asked; ‘Is Karlie and Khandalyce here yet?’ These ...
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March 19, 2021 27 min
Across the US, intimate homicides account for approximately 9% of all murders nationwide, and while we hear accounts mainly of the cases involving victims that are women, violence against men and mariticide can quite often be less talked about. Mariticide is the killing of one’s husband, boyfriend or male intimate partner, and although a few cases have dominated headlines over the past 15 years or so, this has been due to the antic...
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March 4, 2021 24 min
With modern advancements such as DNA profiling and high-tech computerized systems, the work of the Forensic Investigator has become both more complex and more straight forward. Straight forward in the sense that these days DNA can quickly incriminate or exclude someone from an investigation. But before the introduction of advanced DNA technology, forensic investigators had to rely more than ever on their own ability in locating, an...
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February 26, 2021 29 min
When 17-year-old Gabe Meyer fails to return to his Innisfail, Queensland home for dinner, it is suggested that maybe he'd be taken by a crocodile. But his parents Sherrie and Doug feel that something far more sinister is wrong. This is the story of Gabriel Meyer. Linktree Sources Forensic Investigators S2E4 Murder Calls S1E4 Wikipeadia Nine News Google Maps Find A Grave
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February 18, 2021 22 min
When a young woman fails to return home after a night out celebrating her 22nd birthday in Hobart, Tasmania, detectives must wait 13 years and for the advancement of forensic science to help convict her killer. This is the story of Amanda Carter. Instagram @thecrimetree SPONSOR Today’s episode is presented by Clarks. Clarks’ story began almost 200 years ago when Cyrus and James Clark made a slipper from sheepskin. At the time i...
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February 11, 2021 27 min
Crime and violence committed against any person within the sex industry is generally seen as being ‘less important’ and not news worthy, but in Brisbane, Queensland, when two street workers were found brutally murdered, police wasted no time in setting up a task force and were determined to catch their killer before he could strike again. This is the story of Jasmin Crathern and Julie McColl. Visit: Linktree SPONSOR: Today’s ep...
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February 4, 2021 21 min
After the arrest of three men for their involvement in 2 bank robberies, detectives from Tyler, Texas had no idea that they had just set in motion the series of events that would lead to solving the murder of 80-year-old J.C Levassar in 1994, and the 1991 disappearance of 8-year-old Chad Choice. This is their story. Sponsor: Today’s episode is presented by Clarks. Clarks’ story began almost 200 years ago when Cyrus and James Clark...
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January 21, 2021 24 min
Between 1979 and 1991, 5 girls, Tara Cossey, Amber Swartz-Garcia, Michaela Garecht, Ilene Misheloff and Nikki Campbell, vanished and have not been found to this day. After the announcement last month of the arrest of the man believed to be responsible for Michaela's abduction, we have decided to shine the light on not only her story, but also those of the other missing East Bay Area girls. This is their story.. Linktree SPO...
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January 14, 2021 22 min
Born on July 8th 1992 in a Californian Prison, Xiana La-Shay Fairchild was sent to Hawaii to be raised by her maternal great-grandmother and her great-aunt. Here she blossomed into a smiley, happy and giggly little girl. But all that would change when Xiana's mother demanded her daughter back, so just before her 7th birthday, Xiana was flown over to Vellajo, California to be reunited with her mom.  6 months later, Xiana Fairchi...
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January 6, 2021 27 min
On the morning of February 10th 1990, a 911 call came in from the 'Las Cruces Bowl' bowling alley, alerting authorities to brutal massacre that has continued to haunt and devastate the community to this day. For links please visit: Linktree Sources: Reddit - Unresolved Podcast Soundcloud Wikipedia YouTube Las Cruces Sun News
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December 31, 2020 22 min
14-year-old Greg Holman was, by all accounts, an awesome kid. He had a 'big brother' type reputation among the younger kids of his neighborhood and he was fiercely protective of them all; the kids knew they could go to Greg for anything.  Then on the Sunday evening of October 8th 1978, Greg simply vanished, and it would take 30 years for detectives at the Scottsdale, Arizona, Police Department to finally close the case. For...
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December 23, 2020 22 min
Sarah Cafferkey was a beautiful and bubbly 22-year-old, full of hopes, dreams, and determination. Knowing that her life was beginning to spiral out of control, Sarah knew she needed to make a change; but unfortunately, that change would never come. Due to many failures in the parole system, a serious violent offender was on the streets in her hometown of Bacchus Marsh, Australia, and Sarah Cafferkey was about to cross his path. ...
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