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  • Summary

  • Please note: this series contains mature themes and graphic imagery; and 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.

    Less 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. Free for members. You can download all 10 episodes to your Library now.

    ©2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd. (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.
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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: Trudy's Story

    The Death of Jimmy O'Connell
    Aug 18 2019

    In November 2007, Philip Mather was arrested on suspicion of luring his good mate, 22-year old Jimmy O’Connell, out into the Northern Territory bush, punching and stomping him into unconsciousness, before setting fire to Jimmy’s car... with Jimmy in it. But did he do it? Jimmy’s parents don’t think so. Journalist Mark Whittaker investigates.

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    26 mins
  • Ep. 2: Meeting a Dangerous Man... Maybe

    The Death of Jimmy O'Connell
    Aug 18 2019

    After 11 years in prison, Philip Mather insists he is not responsible for the death of his friend Jimmy O’Connell. Journalist Mark Whittaker tracks him down to sit face-to-face with a man convicted of a brutal killing.

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    21 mins
  • Ep. 3: Jimmy's Last Day

    The Death of Jimmy O'Connell
    Aug 18 2019

    Two best mates who see each other every day suddenly start hurling abuse at each other in a supermarket - and then one of them goes missing. Could Jimmy O’Connell’s last day tell us anything about what happened to him?

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    22 mins

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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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  • 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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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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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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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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Recommended Listening ISO disappointing conclusion

Forensic evidence blissfully ignored in summation. Original journo not given right of reply. Unforgivable omissions in reportage, in spite of an awesome start, middle and delivery. Makes me wonder MW, did you run out of money, or were you warned off? People should absolutely give this a listen, especially those warm in their beds comfortable that authority is fairly executing its power....

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Gripping Story

Gripping Story with twists and turns Still not totally convinced he did or didn't do it.

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  • KaitlinT
  • 06-09-2020

Thoughtful Aussie true crime

I liked this podcast a lot. It took us through a murder of young man in northern Australia and the conviction of his friend a aboriginal man. A murder that the victims family doesn’t believe was committed by the person they convicted. This podcast looked to get to the bottom of a complicated case that involves many shady players with the cops at the top of the suspect list.

If you enjoy true crime this should be on your listening list!

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  • ABL
  • 06-09-2021

Gripping

I found this podcast to be a compelling, creepy and gripping examination of the murder of a young man in the Australian Northern Territory. The journalist details a very thorough study of all the characters involved and sums up nicely at the start of each episode to help recap. I binged it on a long drive and it easily aided in the drive with its compelling story arcs. Highly recommend. That said, the podcast concludes while leaving open a few remaining questions -- SPOILER ALERT - why was the man found naked, why were his genitals mutilated, who is the owner of the single flip flop? The journalist fails to tie up these loose ends and my assumption is - he does not know the answers to these questions. My heart goes out to the family of Jimmy ~ may they one day find peace.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Brian King
  • 10-03-2020

STUNNING

This is a great listen from start to finish. An extraordinary story....brilliantly told. Mark had me at "hello".


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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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  • 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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