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  • Summary

  • Please note: this podcast includes discussion of mature themes including suicide and murder. Listener discretion is advised.

    First Australians should also know that this podcast includes the names and stories of people who have died.

    Days after Richard Dorrough violently takes his own life at a public gun range in Perth, Western Australia, his fiancée receives a parcel from him in the post - a book filled with the former sailor’s handwriting. She starts to read and, horrified by the chilling confession inside it, quickly hands the book to police....

    Suicides rarely get reported. But reporters Dan Box and Kate Wild believe this unnerving public death is worthy of further explanation. Exploring what made Dorrough take his life leads the pair to the country’s far corners, to uneasy truths about race and prejudice in the criminal justice system and to questions about how we tell true crime stories.

    In the process they start to understand that Dorrough took much more than just his own life. 

    Dan Box

    Dan Box is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. He has previously worked for The Australian, the BBC and London’s The Sunday Times. He has won awards in both the UK and Australia, including for investigative reporting, feature writing and true crime writing. He is the writer and presenter of the Bowraville podcast series and The Queen & Zak Grieve documentary series, both of which have also won major awards.

    Kate Wild

    Kate has spent most of her working life as a researcher and producer in television, almost always for the ABC and SBS in documentaries, comedy and current affairs. The biggest stories she has worked on are Who Killed Mr Ward and Code of Silence, for Four Corners, both of which won Walkleys, a Logie and NSW and Victorian Premier's Awards for journalism. 

    Written by: Dan Box

    Presented by Dan Box and Kate Wild

    Audio Producer: Selena Shannon

    Producer: Ivan O'Mahoney

    Produced by In Films in association with Audiocraft.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. 

    ©2022 In Films Pty Ltd (P)2022 Audible Australia Pty lTD.
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  • Jun 26 2022

    Dorrough is being interviewed by police in Western Australia, who warn him: 'Anything you say or do will be electronically recorded and may later be used as evidence.' Dorrough doesn't answer, so what is he hiding? Soon after, Dorrough sought salvation by joining the Jehovah's Witnesses. What is the connection between these events and his subsequent decision to take his own life?

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    31 mins
  • Jun 26 2022

    Following his suicide, Dorrough leaves a confession to the murder of three people, but doesn't name them. In a remote community on the Dampier Peninsula, Kate meets Indigenous elder Irene Davey, whose daughter Sara-Lee went missing in Broome on January 14, 1997. That same night, Dorrough is also in Broome, his Navy ship is moored at the jetty. After a night out, he tries bringing Sara-Lee back to his ship. She is never seen again.

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  • Jun 26 2022

    In Sydney, the body of Rachael Campbell is discovered, lying in a church carpark. The young Maori woman had migrated to Australia from New Zealand as child and had fallen into addiction before being murdered. At the time, Dorrough is in Sydney. His Kombi van is parked near where Rachael’s body is found, but no one is arrested over the killing. Soon after, Dorrough moves to Queensland.

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    32 mins

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Great story, well narrated

A true life story regarding a suspected serial killer who went under the radar for decades. Loved it.

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Brilliant unaffected investigative journalism, creatively executed

This podcast stands head and shoulders above the now ubiquitous ‘True Crime’ podcasts and is unaffected investigative journalism, yet beautifully creatively executed story - brilliant music and sound design!

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Decent enough.

Not bad but a lot of focus on race and wokist ideology.
Its my personal taste but I would have been more interested in the facts of the case, the motivations of the killer etc and less on lectures about racism and societies perception of prostitution etc.
But that is what they set out to make and they achieved their goal. No denying it's well made.

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Great journalism

A really careful, sensitive investigation with so much empathy for the pain of those involved.

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Bloodguilt

Bloodguilt:
A really very different “true crime” podcast. And being different made this very, very palatable. It was victim centred, whilst still being able to explore the “why” of the perpetrator… which circled back to the hope of discovering “who” the third victim was.

Dan Box’s podcasts have always been fascinating, caring, with a focus on missing and murdered indigenous individuals, and more people should listen to them. His work is as important as it is interesting.

Congratulations Dan and Kate.

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Compelling

The female host is great. Her approach resonates with me, very balanced and empathetic which is a strong contrast to the somewhat sensationalist style of the male.

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Don’t bother

I’m not sure if the journalists are trying to be sensationalist or they’re just rubbish at their jobs. This podcast is so full of holes and inconsistencies it’s painful to listen to.
I listened to the second to last episode hoping it would improve but I realised there are far better things for me to do with my life.
The only redeeming features are the comments of the experts.

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Soooo good!

This podcast is so well researched, I just wish we knew definitively what happened!
I really really enjoyed this podcast.

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awesome

great research and interviews. had me hooked.. highly recommend to anyone who loves true crime

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Excellent.

Lots of perspectives. Good insights, info and questions. Well told. Well worth listening to.

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  • 24-07-2022

Guilty

Interesting podcast that to me (a male) shows that no matter what faith, creed or colour a woman is or what she does in life or where in the world she lives, a woman should always feel safe and when she says no she means no but as we all know that’s not the case. To me the biggest problem this podcast and others like it exposed was how these women were lee down by the law and by that I don’t mean the police investigating the crimes but the law itself, such things has not been able to bring up past crime’s or convictions when a case goes to court is so wrong too me. Simply put to me, this podcast hi lights the fact that in the majority of places the world over, the law protects the guilty and not the innocent and as I said at the beginning women deserve the right to feel safe.

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