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Blood Territory

By: Mark Whittaker
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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

    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

    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

    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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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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Simply brilliant.

A wonderful book that gives you insight to a world that lost would never know.

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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

Watch what you say up North. A "Deadly" good story about revenge. I found this a well produced investigation.

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