This eerie portrait of a small-town family - and the investigation of their mass murder - is a compelling offering from Martin Van Beynen, who's been reporting (sometimes controversially) on this case for years. The killing of the Bain family in 1994 shocked New Zealand, as did the prosecution of the man accused, and eventually acquitted, of the murders - the family's eldest son. A reserved, well-spoken amateur thespian, David does not immediately strike one as a killer. Nor does the only other possible suspect, the family patriarch, Robin. This 10-part unpicking of the events leading up to and following the crime is packed with satisfying circumstantial detail, and Van Beynen's decisive weighing-in is a refreshing departure from the "I guess we'll never really know" conclusions we've come to expect from long-form true crime (though it's marred in the final episode by rather disingenuous calls for the already-closed case to be put to rest; why, then, make a podcast about it?). Despite that, it's good and absorbing listening, with all episodes available now.
Gateway episodes: 1. House of horrors (23 Jul 2017)
Released: Concluded, 10 parts