TRUE OPINION: “Be proud you survived it”

OPINION: As more people publicly disclose accounts of child sexual abuse through the media, how does that affect adult survivors who may relive their own traumas, wonders True Crime News Weekly correspondent and child abuse survivor, Gary Johnston [READ MORE]


COVER UP! The dark past of disgraced Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle in “The Valley of the Dolls”

EXCLUSIVE: Having recently resigned as lord mayor of Melbourne following a number of sexual harassment claims, it can now be revealed that Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle once got a teenage girl to sign a confidentiality agreement after she was sexually harassed by another sleazy politician who made crude remarks to her in person and over the phone. [READ MORE]


CRIME CULTURE: Den of Thieves

This is the first instalment of a new regular series from True Crime News Weekly looking at ‘crime’ in the media and across pop culture. We’ll investigate how realistic it is, how accurate it is, and how good it is. The first to come under our gaze is the newly released American heist film, Den of Thieves.


Melbourne’s House of Card-Board

EXCLUSIVE: Real, successful criminals – scoundrels who’d happily divest you of your possessions in the most pitiless manner imaginable – rarely carry bags marked ‘swag’, and have their faces covered by a stocking mask. These days, crooks wear suits, have letters after their name and, to all extents and purposes, purport to be respected members of the community. Nowhere is this more evident than in real estate development.


“I USED TO BE IN A GANG!”: When is a gang not a gang?

With mainstream media and the Federal Government leading a racist moral panic about ‘African gangs’ apparently tormenting wide sections of Australian society, True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston shares his experiences of growing up with youth gangs on the mean streets of Glasgow and wonders why some groups of young men ‘become’ gangs.


JUSTICE FOR SALE! The Real Costs of Going to Jail

The Victorian Government has announced it will spend $345 million over three years on almost 500 new cells to deal with the state’s overcrowded jail system and increasing prison population. True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston wonders whether throwing hundreds of millions of dollars into a failed system is a wise move.