EPISODE 7 - THE SINGING STRANGLER

 

EPISODE SEVEN:

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. 

 

Production team

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.

Guests

Professor Kate Darian-Smith University of Melbourne

Kendrah Morgan Curator Heide Museum of Modern Art 

Verna Downes oral history interviewee

Duncan Smith voice actor