SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: It’s the cold case that still casts a chill in the spines of many in Perth and beyond, with at least three women believed to have been abducted just outside of busy bars and then murdered by a serial killer stalking Western Australia more than 20 years ago. But 2019 may be the year the Claremont Serial Killings are finally solved, with prime suspect, Bradley Robert Edwards, to face trial in May. However, he is just the latest in a long line of suspects that have been under the microscope for years. Charles Sturt University lecturer, Therese Taylor, takes an in-depth look at all the murky details of a case that continues to baffle many, despite justice for the victims and their families perhaps edging ever so closer.
CRIME CULTURE: The popularity of true crime podcasts and investigative crime documentaries has exploded over the past five years. Greenlight – the debut novel by stand-up comedian Benjamin Stevenson – places the media right in the centre of a young backpacker’s murder. Therese Taylor with her view on this new Aussie thriller.
British-American blogger and far-right figure, Milo Yiannopoulos, is being feted by large sections of Australia’s media and even federal MPs this week but violent clashes have taken place during his speaking tour of the country as alt-right followers jostled with left-wing protestors and police in the midst of it all.
EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION – PART SIX: His nationwide media company is in ruins. Broken into pieces much like the so-called “antique vase” apparently belonging to his mother that was smashed upon his front door by a poverty-stricken and fed-up employee. Likewise, his reputation is shattered. His media group forcibly placed into administration and liquidation, with employees, suppliers, creditors, and the Tax Office thought to be owed more than $1 million. His glossy magazines full of display ads and once-popular websites too, all gone. Kaput. Nada. Can no longer be read, can no longer be seen.
TRUE OPINION: The current troubles of Evo Media – publishers of SX Magazine, SameSame and Gay News Network – as first revealed by True Crime News Weekly reflect a bigger trend faced not just by gay and lesbian media, but all traditional media around the world, writes journalist, author and queer media watcher, Bill Calder.
EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION – PART FOUR: It’s the sensational and quite frankly horrifying media and community corruption scandal that simply won’t go away and has now led to death threats being made against True Crime News Weekly by a former senior employee of the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON) which also implicates the organisation’s CEO.
EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION – UPDATE: More people have come forward alleging “shonky” rorts taking place across queer media outlets, with Evo Media now in damage control as its banned company director sends intimidatory late-night legal threats to employees who spoke out to True Crime News Weekly. Our editor, Serkan Ozturk, digs deeper into the growing scandal.
EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION: Australia’s largest LGBTIQ publishing house Evo Media has been labelled a “sham company” allegedly engaging in widespread “fraud” against employees and advertisers while being criminally operated by a banned company director. That’s according to current and recent senior staff members who are owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in superannuation and entitlements and feel let down by corporate regulators like the ATO and ASIC.
EXCLUSIVE: They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but what can you say about an old dog that never learns? Former high school gym teacher turned cocaine kingpin, Kevin Michael Geraghty, may very well be asking himself that question after he was arrested in connection to Australia’s largest ever cocaine bust this month, with 1.4 tonnes of the white powder discovered on a yacht on its way to our sunny, uncorrupted shores.