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Trace: Who Killed Maria James? | Rachael Brown
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Every cop has a case that dug its claws in and would not let go. For veteran detective Ron Iddles, it was his very first homicide case - the 1980 murder of single mother Maria James in the back of her Melbourne bookshop. He never managed to solve it, and it still grates like hell. Maria's two sons, Mark and Adam, have lived in a holding pattern longer than Rachael Brown has been alive. When the investigative journalist learned that a crucial witness's evidence had never seen daylight, the case would start to consume her - just as it had the detective nearly four decades prior - so she asked for his blessing, and that of the James brothers, to review Maria's case. In her exhaustive and exhausting 16-month investigation for the ABC podcast Trace, Rachael reviewed initial suspects, found one of her own, and uncovered devastating revelations about a forensic bungle and possible conspiracies that have inspired the coroner to consider holding a new inquest. This is a mesmerising account, as Rachael traces back through her investigation - one that blew the dust off a 38-year-old cold case, gave a voice to the forgotten and the abused, and could have serious implications for two of the state's most powerful institutions.
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June 1980 Maria James, Melbourne Australia Bookstore owner, murdered. It was Ron Iddles 1st murder case. 38 years later the case is still open. Rachael Brown, journalist, finds out that a crucial witness' evidence has not been heard. Rachel finds after a 16 mos. investigation, a new suspect, bungled forensics and possible conspiracies with Catholic Church and Victoria police. Trace‘s podcast brings cold case to life. Read this book. Recommended.

EadieB Listen here to another podcast: https://youtu.be/c8ZytHfOeN4 (edited) 5mo
EadieB This podcast about Maria James case is very interesting too: https://youtu.be/s66L0lgYuxA 5mo
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Chrissyreadit Thank you!!! 5mo
Chrissyreadit Do you listen to my favorite murder? 5mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit What favorite murder? 5mo
Chrissyreadit It‘s a podcast called my favorite murder.... https://www.myfavoritemurder.com/ 5mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit Thanks! I'll check it out! 5mo
Cinfhen This one sounds fascinating! Thanks for tagging me 😄 5mo
EadieB @Cinfhen The podcasts are helping to solve the mystery too. 5mo
Freespirit I liked this podcast. Another good one is The Teachers Pet. Another unsolved 40 year old murder in Australia. Wife goes missing. Lots of grooming of young school students and police corruption etc. The podcast has started the investigation going again. 5mo
EadieB @Freespirit Thanks! I'll have to check this one out! 5mo
Crazeedi @EadieB thanks for info! This looks really good! I love listening to podcasts 5mo
Crazeedi @Chrissyreadit sounds like a good one too! 5mo
Librarybelle Sounds like a good one...thanks for the tag! 5mo
EadieB @Librarybelle You're welcome! I think you would like it! 5mo
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Starting this one today! 38 year old murder cold case of Maria James, a Melbourne bookstore owner, reopened thanks to journalist, Rachael Brown.

#Trace #RachaelBrown

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After a strange phone call with his ex-wife, John James sensed something was wrong & went to her house. As he stood in her bedroom doorway, transfixed by the sight of her body, the killer was almost certainly just a breath away. Had John walked in, he could have been the next victim. Instead, he left to call the police. The culprit escaped, taking with him the secret of a shocking murder that has shown no sign of being solved for nearly 40 years.

EadieB #Trace #RachaelBrown Got this from LibraryThing Early Review. True Crime story. Can‘t wait to read it! (edited) 6mo
Chrissyreadit Sounds good! 6mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit Does look good. Published in UK 2018. In US June 4, 2019 6mo
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gradcat Sounds good to me, too...against my better judgment (my TBR is probably in danger of itself becoming a book! 😂), I‘m stacking this one. 📚 6mo
EadieB @gradcat I have no will power either when I see a book I want to read! 6mo
gradcat 😂♥️ Same. 6mo
Chrissyreadit I need to find time just for reading! These days I am so tired it‘s hard to focus! 6mo
EadieB @Chrissyreadit You need to get some rest and the books will be there waiting for you! 6mo
Cinfhen Looks good. Keep me posted. 6mo
Librarybelle Thanks for the tag...sounds like a good book! 6mo
EadieB @Librarybelle You‘re welcome! I think it will be a good one! 6mo
Crazeedi @EadieB this one looks crazy good, I'm going to see if overdrive has it. 6mo
Mdargusch Stacking! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 6mo
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