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.
Carly Godden: host, writer, researcher
Lee Hooper: host
Anna Snoekstra: guest writer, researcher, host
Robin Waters: music, direction, audio production
Ben Robertson: additional audio production
Very special thanks to Amber Evangelista of the Victorian Police Museum for her generous research.
Professor Kate Darian-Smith University of Melbourne
Kendrah Morgan Curator Heide Museum of Modern Art
Verna Downes oral history interviewee
Duncan Smith voice actor