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Blood Territory

The Death of Jimmy O'Connell
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Please note: this series contains mature themes and graphic imagery. Listener discretion is advised.

How far would you go to clear the name of the man convicted of your son’s death?

Red blood stains the red soil of the Australian Northern Territory in this true crime Audible Original Podcast, Blood Territory.

Fewer than 250,000 people live in the Northern Territory, an area more than twice the size of Texas. If you want to escape from civilisation, you don’t have to go far. But you can’t outrun the heat. Every year during October and November the sweltering climate can drive people wild; they call it ‘Suicide Season’, ‘Mango Madness’ or, more plainly, ‘The Build-up’.

It’s during this blistering heat that Jim O’Connell’s body is found in a creek bed, mummified and with his genitals removed. But when a dubious plea deal buries the truth and puts Jim’s best mate, Philip Mather, behind bars for the crime, the victim’s parents seek to unravel it themselves to prove Philip’s innocence.

Follow journalist Mark Whittaker’s journey into the murky heart of the Northern Territory as allegations of police corruption and judicial racism emerge and a shadowy figure known as The Vigilante lurks on the fringe of the investigation.

This is an Audible Original Podcast. You can download all 10 episodes to your Library now. Blood Territory will be available free until 20 November 2019 with an Audible account.

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First Podcast...Success!

First time listening to a podcast but it was free and with what I've been spending on Audible lately thought it would kill some hours on the drive. First episode, first 5 mins and thought well I've tried it back to my next book. End of episode 1 and I was intrigued. So told myself just on the city part of my drive. By episode 5 I was sure he deserved it. By episode 6 I thought he was guilty. By episode 9 I was thinking the police got it wrong. Like a great page turned I couldn't switch it off and this is testament to the wonderful narration, very clever storytelling and I really loved the production elements throughout. It was like listening to a great soundtrack. Maybe this is what all podcasts are like - I look forward to finding out. A great murder mystery with lots of twists and turns to keep you hooked. Well done!

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An honest delve into the real world of Whodunit

The writer starts with a strong sense of injustice, but managed to maintain an open mind.
Thoroughly enjoyed

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An Eye Opener From A Different Perspective

I lived less than 5 minutes drive from the murder scene. There are some eerily accurate theories put forward by the author but quite a few pieces of information he missed. Not due to lack of investigation but more to do with talking with the right people at the right time.

Officer X is known to me. There are some very good reasons why he's no longer serving in the NT Police force. I'm not on friendly terms with him. Despite the author's conclusion that police were likely incapable of committing such acts, I wholeheartedly beg to differ.

Regardless, this series was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Highly recommended. If the author wishes to reach out, I'm more than willing to talk anonymously.

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  • KA
  • 28-08-2019

spectacular

You have to do more stories from the northern territory. There is so much more to delve into.

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Gripping story

Excellent detective investigation of the Jimmy O’Connell death and interesting to see what probably occurred in this murder, well narrated and kept me keen to find out the next chapter, very enjoyable.

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This is not a crime doco.

For entertainment value, I can see why reviewers are giving it 5 stars. These days people are easily entertained. And the podcast is edited well.

But as a documentary it fails spectacularly. The research, much to my surprise, was rudimentary. Nothing was revealed about either family although the parents of the victim were portrayed in glowing terms. Not nearly enough people were interviewed, the suggested corruption link in NT Police never examined just alluded to and the parents' belief in the murder's innocence was given way too much berth and, stunningly, NEVER explored!

The final episode was cringeworthy at best. Ringing the parents who are still struggling with their grief (the subsequent refusal of formerly participating family members to provide further comment gave me a clear signal that they were not happy with this podcast either) and then callibg the murderer and telling him well you really are the culprit and then saying oh btw I forgot to tell you you're being recorded....is Whittaker a first year journo? I laughed my guts out when there was surprise at said murderer's innocence. Of course he's going to say he's innocent - what did you expect, a confession? The players in this were v fkd up individuals and still are. This was not a whodunnut but a who's going to bother to write it up case.

The naff title should have warned me that this was going to be just a crime piece for Woman's Day.

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mates of murder

incredible story, a ballsy journo and a shattered family on an infinite search for truth

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Riveting listen

Well produced. Intriging story. Had me eager for each new episode. I would definitely recommend.

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Blood Territory - A True Crime Conundrum - Bloody Tragic

I was expecting a tale of extreme sadness, deception, betrayal and corruption. What Mark Whitaker achieved through his research of Jimmy O'Connell's murder was exactly that but more.
I must admit that although there were links to the alleged crime making his best mate Phil the murderer. There were also so many questions and too many coincidences that give a shadow of a doubt that Phil didn't commit the murder. A conundrum big time!
Especially true regarding a key player, Colin, who was the last person to see Jimmy alive. Why also did Colin on the night in question call Jimmy's dad and scream into the phone that the cops had got Jimmy? After that one call, this was the last thing he said to anyone about it. He never did a police interview nor was compelled to do any other interviews. There were also other key factors such as the police investigation itself or lack there of in the beginning and some intriguing and conflicting autopsy results between coroners. There are other things that make me question either way?
Unfortunately, due to Mark's deadline I assume for these Podcasts, the research, in my opinion of course, should have been extended. There were many answers that asked for more follow up between persons of interest.
However, all in all, I think that these Podcasts are the point to what I've said. It does make you question, makes you outraged, makes you wonder if an innocent man was convicted for 11 years for a crime he didn't commit or did he pull the wool over people's eyes? It makes you outraged towards the justice system, about police brutality and corruption in NT as I've seen firsthand myself elsewhere in Australia. The racism against indigenous Australians still?!! The contradictions and in this case, the possible cover up and/or use as Phil to be a scapegoat for someone else's crime?
Who knows?!
I will be listening to these Podcasts again. Brilliantly written, performed, produced and directed. It captures the soul, gripping, insightful and extraordinarily sad for all parties effected by this terrible crime. In many regards, this story isn't just about one crime but many. The repercussions for many involved hit are like a hurricane.
Thanks to all involved. I hope one day this case is solved without doubt and that Jimmy's family and friends get the closure they need.
I totally recommend these Podcasts. That's if you have the stomach for it. Tragic doesn't even come close.

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Great listen.

Easy to listen to and interesting investigative reporting. Would recommend.
Only thing would be better if it was 1 download so it continued to play right through.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-2019

Intriguing

So addictive and well done... I however still have seen huge ignored questions like, for example, the autopsy findings do not correlate with the supposed mode of murder. Shame

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  • sam
  • 04-09-2019

hmmmmmm.....

well that's 5 hours I will never get back. too confused and it was hard to have any empathy with anyone

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  • Duncan Williamson
  • 23-09-2019

Thorough

I thought this was a good story, well told. U also thought the reporter did a good and thorough jib if working his way through the story.

it was good to see the ending although I won't spoil it for anyone by saying what it is

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  • Kazasid
  • 07-10-2019

too many loose ends ruined this podcast

enjoyed most of this, but far too lightweight for the subject matter. left too many unanswered questions to satisfy any listener

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  • Keith McCrea
  • 03-09-2019

Was hooked from episode one.

Such an interesting true story. I was totally hooked from the first episode. Performance is also fantastic. Definitely recommend this Audible original.

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  • Frances - Audible Editor
  • 02-09-2019

Fascinating

I've never been to this part of Australia - the Northern Territory - but Mark Whittaker paints a wonderful picture of it's landscape, the people, and the heat, demonstrating its beauty and it's dangers. I enjoyed listening to this podcast and getting to know the characters involved and joining Mark in his investigation to find out what happened to Jimmy O'Connell.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 31-08-2019

Well That was a waste of time.... SPOILER ALERT

4 hours of noisy background sounds, horns, traffic, drums etc which made it really difficult to listen to. I was all for giving up, but got hooked into hanging on to hear the vital piece of evidence that cleared the guys name and proved his innocence! Well that was a bit pointless, in the summing up, he made a few inaccurate statements contradicting earlier statements, then came to the conclusion that there WAS no conclusion of innocence!

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  • Mel
  • 09-12-2019

More than a mystery A journey into people's lives

I enjoyed this immensely, the narration was captivating and I really feel I went on a journey. do I have a definitive conclusion... No but I feel I will be thinking about this for a while. I feel there have been a good few audible podcast with a similar feel like west cork, ghosthunter and John safran VS the occult. I do hope there are more of the same in audibles future.

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  • Mike Bingham
  • 08-12-2019

excellent

I really enjoy true stories and this very good true story held me attention from start to finish. Would rrcommend

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  • S. O.
  • 04-12-2019

really good

it a series well put together. the way the story is told is very clever and interesting