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True Crime

Trace - Trace

ABC Radio National

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Who killed Maria James? June, 1980, suburban Melbourne: Mother of two Maria James is stabbed to death in the back of her bookshop. Her killer has never been found.
Trace | 01 Bookshop murder

30:23 | Jun 20th, 2017

On a winter morning in June 1980, Maria James turned to her son Mark and looked him in the eyes. "If anything happens to me, look after your brother." Later that day she was found stabbed to death at the back of her suburban Melbourne bookshop.
Trace | 05 Wait

24:18 | Sep 6th, 2017

The fall-out from major revelations in the Maria James cold-case continue, as her sons make a desperate plea to the Coroner.
INTRODUCING – Unravel Season 3

03:30 | Mar 13th

Trace fans should know that there are now three seasons of the Unravel True Crime podcast available. Their latest story Last Seen Katoomba takes a deep dive into the case of 19-year-old Belinda Peisley who went missing from the Blue Mountains in Sep...Show More
Summer Listening Tip: Binge on Unravel

04:47 | Dec 31st, 2018

Trace fans should know there are now two seasons of the ABC podcast, Unravel True Crime, available.
07 | Hope

36:57 | Dec 3rd, 2018

More than a year on from their plea for a new coronial inquest, the James brothers get a decision. Will they finally get answers to the burning questions they've carried for 38 years about the murder of their mother? And what about those items Trac...Show More
SPECIAL EVENT: The Trace team talks tactics for finding Maria James' killer

1:00:40 | Oct 19th, 2018

In their first reunion since Trace launched, former detective Ron Iddles, Maria James’s son Mark James and journalist Rachael Brown got together for a special live event at the Wheeler Centre. They discuss the challenges of reviving the cold case, i...Show More
The Trace special event - sold out

01:28 | Aug 6th, 2018

Update 7 August. Sorry, this event has sold out. You can put your name on a waiting list, for when more tickets are released closer to the event. Also, the panel chat will be posted to the Trace feed, as well as on the Wheeler Centre’s website and...Show More
Trace | 06 Limbo

29:12 | Jun 12th, 2018

New evidence has been found. So can police test it for a trace of the killer? What happened to crucial documents? And a new confession. It is nearly a year since the James brothers applied for a new coronial inquest into their mum's murder, but the ...Show More
Introducing… UNRAVEL

04:32 | Jun 4th, 2018

Get a sneak preview of UNRAVEL, a new ABC podcast that follows Australia's best journalists as they investigate unsolved crimes. Our Season 1 story, Blood On The Tracks, investigates the suspicious death of 17-year-old Mark Haines, whose body was fo...Show More
Someone Knows Something – preview

03:28 | Nov 16th, 2017

This original Canadian true-crime podcast examines unsolved cases of the missing or murdered. Each season focuses on a single cold case in the hope of uncovering new information, while also exploring the affects each case has had on the families and ...Show More
Trace | Your questions answered

02:28 | Aug 2nd, 2017

For a closer look at the making of Trace and its implications, join Rachael Brown and Annabel Crabb for a Facebook Live at 4pm AEST Thursday 4 August, on the ABC RN Facebook page.
Trace | 04 DNA

34:00 | Jul 12th, 2017

There's a major break in the case, as Trace uncovers a police bungle in the murder of Maria James. But it only serves to throw up more questions than answers, as the James brothers continue their desperate search for justice.
Trace | 03 Sins

27:54 | Jul 5th, 2017

A second person of interest emerges within the church. Rachael Brown investigates their past and discovers a dark and disturbing history.
Trace | BONUS: How your leads are helping the investigation

07:45 | Jul 4th, 2017

Since Trace was first released, the ABC has received over 50 emails from the community with leads and tip offs. In this bonus update, reporter Rachael Brown follows up with two women who got in touch to say they saw men acting suspiciously around Mar...Show More
Trace | 02 Confessions

35:40 | Jun 27th, 2017

Rachael Brown's investigation into the death of Maria James turns to the local Church, and Rachael tracks down a new witness who saw someone covered in blood around the time of Maria's death.
Trace | 00 Preview

01:55 | Jun 16th, 2017

June, 1980, suburban Melbourne: Mother of two Maria James is stabbed to death in the back of her bookshop. Her killer has never been found. Was it a scorned lover? A random stranger? Or was Maria's murder tied up in the sins of the Catholic Church?