Bowraville (The Australian Podcast)
For the boiling of your blood, you have only to listen to this. Twenty-five years ago, in the small town of Bowraville, three children disappeared within a few months of each other. Two of their bodies were found, as were clothes belonging to the third; signs pointed to a serial killer operating in the area. It should, by rights, have sparked a front-page, nightly news horror show, and an all-hands-on-deck police operation. But that's not what happened, because these were Aboriginal kids. Instead, witnesses went un-interviewed and evidence went uncollected. Before the discovery of the bodies, police insisted that the children had 'gone walkabout'. Multiple people identified the same suspect, who was ultimately but ineptly tried, and remains at large.
In this podcast, Dan Box, crime reporter for the national broadsheet, attempts to make sense of these errors, gives voice to the families who were treated with such indifference, and unpicks the racial tensions that still divide the town. It's a tragic, robustly reported account, and a mystery that unravels before our eyes.
Gateway episodes: Episode 1: The Murder