THE SINGING STRANGLER
On May 8 1943 Pauline Thompson was stood up for a dance. She instead met an American soldier and they drank together. He offered to walk her home and she accepted, since the heavy rain was making the Melbourne streets even darker than usual. Pauline had a beautiful voice, and as they walked, she sang to him.
World War Two brought masses of American soldiers to Melbourne. At first the 'exotic' foreigners are welcomed by all, particularly many young women who are impressed by their suave uniforms and hollywood-like charm. But as panic grows over a series of brutal attacks, this all starts to change.
Dead & Buried teams up with crime fiction author Anna Snoekstra for this final, thrilling episode of series one.
FROM FITZROY TO ZION
On August 31 1885 John Alexander Dowie arrived at the Free Christian Tabernacle in Fitzroy Melbourne to find his pastor’s room destroyed from a suspicious explosion. Months earlier, he had been imprisoned for preaching on the streets. These processions drew both crowds of the faithful and jeers from local hecklers. But Dowie's knack for attracting controversy would only continue following his move to America, the imagined land of opportunity.
This episode traces Dowie's rise from humble beginnings to the world's first celebrity faith healing preacher. Outspoken about the moral issues of his time, Dowie got as good as he gave - lampooned by the press as the 'Prophet for Profit'.
Located in the heart of Bank Place lies the Mitre Tavern pub – a Melbourne institution known especially for its resident ghost! It’s said to be haunted by the spirit of Connie Waugh, the mistress of local heavyweight Sir Rupert Clarke.
In this episode Dead & Buried investigates two classic Melbourne urban legends in our version of history mythbusting. We unearth the paper trail surrounding former Melbourne stars who have lingered in the limelight well beyond the grave. And what we uncover might upset more than a few ghosthunters!
MELBOURNE ON STRIKE
Condemnation of Nazi Germany, rioting furniture makers and cops on strike! In this episode we profile significant acts of protest and demonstrations that saw mayhem reign - things could get pretty wild out there on Melbourne's streets!
Our episode begins in 1938 at the home of Mr William Cooper in Footscray, where news of Jewish persecution sparks a call to action. We also examine the Chinese cabinetmakers riots and the racist White Australia Policy, with one of our hosts attempting the notoriously impossible dictation test. Finally we end by looking at the Melbourne police strike, where chaos ruled for three days in the heart of the city.
All Hallows' eve
Ghosties, ghoulies, murder and scandal! Melbourne has certainly had it's fair share. On this All Hallows' Eve we welcome you to...
DEAD & BURIED'S HALLOWEEN SPECIAL!
In this bumper-sized episode we speak to historian Dr David Waldron about Victoria's continued obsession with ghosts and folks scaring each other. We'll also hear a colonial haunted house story, guaranteed to have you shaking in your boots. And we end with the true, disturbing and sad tale of Mabel Ambrose - the 'body in the box'.
This episode contains disturbing subject matter, including abortion, torture and abuse. Content is not suitable for children. Listener discretion is advised.
In the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy one October evening in 1863, The Great Eastern was hotly pursued and finally tackled by a policeman. After several failed attempts to escape, the prisoner suddenly confessed ‘I may as well tell you I am a man.’ This episode explores clothing, sexuality and gender in colonial Melbourne.
This episode contains coarse language and sexual references.
On the 10th April 1899, a bunch of radishes was tied to the shopfront of phrenologist and fortune teller Emery Gordon Medor. A few hours later, a neighboring stallholder would lie dead inside the shop.
Dead and Buried takes you into the lives of the fortunetellers and performers involved in this strange tragedy, set in the now lost Eastern Melbourne Market. We find out what happened when our courts first bowed to the opinions of ‘experts’ on madness. And we investigate the women who practiced the then illegal trade of turning teacups.