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    Please note: contains strong language and adult content.

    Ashley Coulston is a convicted triple murderer, but was he responsible for far more carnage? Wherever Coulston went, a pattern of unsolved crimes followed, including those of Australia’s infamous ‘balaclava killer’ who has never been unmasked.

    In this gripping podcast, best-selling novelist and private investigator Tara Moss examines why Coulston has never been charged with the balaclava killer’s atrocities and whether any other unsolved murders can be traced to him. She also asks why the justice system lets down victims of sexual assault time and time again.

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Episodes
  • Apr 11 2021

    A series of brutal rapes 40 years ago on Australia’s Gold Coast was never solved but as one of the victims recalls a vital clue Tara and Mark investigate.

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    31 mins
  • Apr 11 2021

    Are the unsolved Gold Coast attacks connected to a violent attack and shocking triple murder which took place years later in Melbourne? 

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    27 mins
  • Apr 11 2021

    The Balaclava killer's MO escalates. Could convicted triple murderer Ashley Coulston be the perpetrator?

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    24 mins

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Re-open these cases!

How awful that so many victims have not had justice. Given so many "coincidences" the QLD/VIC/NSW police force need to work together to solve these crimes. Great work Tara & team.

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Ineffectiveness of police

This was a well researched report of crimes and how police seemed not interested which lead to years of rapes and killings by a serial offender. How the justice system believed everyone but the victims themselves and how people so easily ignore the warning signs of what's to come. Tara Moss is talented, kind and compassionate while she endeavours to find the truth. Loved her narration.

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Great, objective & close to home. A must listen.

The objective nature & balanced examination should be appluded. I know the area where he grew up, know the school which was setup by close family. A little too close to home.

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Tragic, harrowing, compelling

The story of Ashley Coulston (and the Balaclava Rapist, who may or may not be the same person) was brilliantly and sensitively told by Tara Moss and Mark Whittaker. While solidly focused on the known facts and evidence of each crime, they never lose sight of the need to bring empathy into the way they present the narrative, and of the need for closure for victims and their families. Every bit as heartbreaking as the story of California's East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer - probably even more so for Australian listeners who are familiar with the places where the attacks took place. Compelling but confronting listening.

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Couldn't stop listening

Horrific crimes....incredibly well researched and narrated. The interviews were interesting and the interviewed were very inspiring. The last sentences of the last interview of the entire podcast were a great way to end this series too. Can highly recommend this podcast.

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interesting case

the story was really interesting and I hadn't heard much about it previously. could have done without Tara Moss' moralising and constant use of "actually"

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so good.

Thankyou Tara and everyone concerned.
I can only hope the police follow up and investigate as thoroughly as you have.
Riveting.

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A good job

you did a good job Tara thank you ❤️ I thought il just listen to one or two but no I had to keep going when you talked about the movie it was like a light come on to this day I have never seen the hitcher the Dirty Harry was another favourite

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  • 21-08-2021

Moss's Moral High Ground Grates

An interesting story diluted with sermon-like sanctimony. That the victims were brutalized, there is no argument. A boot is a trunk; apparently being translated once is not enough.

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guilty or not?

hard to think this scumbag is not guilty and how the cops have royally f#$credit things up

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  • 30-05-2022

Great investigative journalism

Kept me engaged from the very 1st minute to the very last. Would highly recommend.

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  • 20-10-2021

Highly Informative

The narrator had the right amount of gravitas for the subject
An interesting and sad story

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