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BLACK HANDS - A family mass murder

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This is the story of a mass-murder that divided a nation - a story that began in a rickety old home on a cold June morning in 1994, where five members of a seemingly ordinary New Zealand family were gunned down. There were two suspects. One lay dead ...Show More

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1. House of horrors

33:59 | Jul 23rd, 2017

It’s June 20, 1994. Police are called to a rundown home in Dunedin, New Zealand. They’re not sure what to expect after a panicked phone call. But inside were five dead bodies, a chaotic scene and and several clues pointing to the killer.

Black Hands - Trailer

01:43 | Jul 23rd, 2017

Coming soon from Stuff: A groundbreaking new podcast series on the most controversial murders in New Zealand history - the killing of five members of the Bain family in 1994.

2. Mrs Bain, the Diary and the Devil

42:52 | Jul 23rd, 2017

By any standard, this family was unusual, even bizarre. Mother Margaret Bain's complicated spiritual life   and beliefs meant the family was constantly encouraged to put Satan behind them. She practised self hypnosis, meditation and channelling. Thei...Show More

4. "The bastard killed his family"

35:34 | Jul 23rd, 2017

The shootings appalled the country and deeply shocked the community and wider Bain family. Yet sole survivor David Bain’s unusual reaction surprised many. Loyalties were tested. Suspicions were raised. And then an arrest is made.

The District - A Stuff Circuit podcast

20:03 | Dec 10th, 2018

If you've enjoyed Black Hands, we want to let you know about the District. This is a 7 part crime podcast that delves into one of New Zealand's most famous murder cases. It's also about another strange death and how the two cases collide. It's all av...Show More

Stuff & RNZ Present: Gone Fishing

29:51 | Jun 27th, 2018

If you've enjoyed Black Hands, we want to let you know about Gone Fishing, New Zealand's latest major crime podcast.Co-produced by Stuff and RNZ, this eight-part series dives into an historic murder mystery set in west Auckland. Gail Maney served a l...Show More

11. The journalist and the judge

52:16 | Sep 17th, 2017

In 2012 Canadian judge Justice Binnie said David Bain was innocent on the balance of probabilities. Why? Hear what Binnie says and what Martin van Beynen makes of his arguments. And why does Binnie compare van Beynen to Inspector Javert, a fictitious...Show More

3. A family's final days

38:08 | Jul 23rd, 2017

From the outside, the Bain family seemed to have settled into a new life in Dunedin. Eldest son David was on a new path, while sister Laniet appeared to have given up prostitution and Arawa was thriving as a budding teacher. But in the six months bef...Show More

5. Incest, blackmail, murder

39:23 | Jul 23rd, 2017

Motive has always been the most puzzling aspect of the Bain shootings. Neither Robin nor David seemed like mass killers. But both had reasons to kill.

6. Bloodied fingerprints, broken glasses

33:35 | Jul 23rd, 2017

Although police initially regarded the shootings as a murder/suicide, evidence began to mount against David Bain. His fingerprints were on the rifle, he had blood on his T-shirt, a lens from glasses in his bedroom were found in his dead brother's roo...Show More

7. The case against Robin

30:48 | Jul 23rd, 2017

Could Robin have murdered his children and then taken his own life? Robin had blood and bruising on his hands. His foot size was more likely to fit bloody footprints in the house. Was a mysterious note left on the family computer Robin’s final words?

8. The suicide puzzle

29:12 | Jul 23rd, 2017

If Robin murdered his wife and children, his final task would be to shoot himself. But how likely is it that a right-handed man would shoot himself in the left temple? Is it even possible?

9. Recovered memories

44:08 | Jul 23rd, 2017

Despite giving evidence in court only once, David Bain has said a lot about the shootings in various contexts. He has steadfastly maintained his innocence but the details of his story have changed. How plausible is it?

10. Who did it?

30:29 | Jul 23rd, 2017

The equation is simple: It had to be either Robin or David. Now it’s time to make a decision.