Inspired by true events, Red Joan is a new historical spy thriller co-starring Judi Dench. Aiming for heft and gravitas, it instead ends up being a serious let-down with racist caricatures taking centre stage alongside some of the most tedious British stiff upper lips seen in a long while, writes Therese Taylor.
ALLEGED TORTURER FOR PINOCHET FIGHTS FOR BAIL! Right-hand woman to Chilean secret service, Adriana Rivas, seeks to sink extradition case as families of victims call for justice
EXCLUSIVE: It’s not everyday one spends a few hours just a metre or two from an alleged fascist torturer, but this week in Sydney that’s exactly what happened when True Crime News Weekly publisher, Serkan Ozturk, was face-to-face with an ever-aging, small-statured, dark-haired woman said to be the right-hand woman of Chile’s notorious secret service during the reign of dictator Augusto Pinochet.
FEDERAL ELECTION: With Australians heading to the polls in 10 days time, True Crime News Weekly has compiled a near definitive list of all the sins, scandals and potential corruption that has oozed out of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s LNP government since the Coalition gained power under Tony Abbott all the way back in 2013.
EXCLUSIVE: He is the politician nicknamed the “member for Manila” after going on 28 separate trips to the Philippines and spending almost 300 days overseas in just four years on the Australian taxpayer dime. But it can now be revealed the homophobic LNP MP, George Christensen, spent a large portion of that holiday time in an Angeles City bar that provides an “adult entertainment service” and it was where he would eventually meet his future fiancée who was in a lesbian relationship at the time.
EXCLUSIVE: A highly experienced lawyer from Sydney’s ritzy eastern suburbs as well as his wife are at the centre of a $6 million fraud case with Edgecliff solicitor, Mark O’Brien, this month admitting to swindling millions of dollars from the trust accounts of clients so the couple could buy a new house in Bondi. Serkan Ozturk reports.
EXCLUSIVE: William Scetrine was a former journalist and senior adviser to the Australian Democrats party who in 2008 was sentenced to six years imprisonment for raping four primary-school aged boys. The judge said he had shown no remorse and there was little chance of rehabilitation. Having built himself a large following on social media since his release, Scetrine was now looking for “friends” to travel with around Asia.
SERIAL KILLERS: The serial killers of Russia are of a significantly different breed, often sporting the epithet of ‘maniac’, ‘ripper’ or ‘monster’ – and there is a kind of crude brutality in their methods. But it is a rare individual that makes a nation re-consider their ban on the death penalty. Alexander Pichushkin, also known as the ‘Bitsa Park Maniac’ and ‘The Chessboard Killer’, is one such murderer.
EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal George Pell is said to be “in really good spirits” as well as “joyful and content” just a week after trading the House of God for the Big House and a six year stint for child rape. That’s according to a leaked letter which also states that a “key witness” in Pell’s trial is still “very close to the Cardinal and loves him dearly”.