It's no secret that Australians have a growing appetite for true crime which is seeing us lap up series like The Teacher's Pet, Trace, Unravel and Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane.
A recent survey by the ABC showed almost half of Australian podcast consumers recently listened to true crime, with the trend strongest among women.
But why are we so obsessed with these stories? And is that obsession helping us develop a deeper understanding of the justice system?
RMIT University's Michele Ruyters, who was featured in Exposed, likens our want to solve crimes to the desire to finish a difficult puzzle or crossword.
"At heart I think people really love being detectives," she says.
"There's just something about the innate human curiosity wanting to look at a problem and attempt a solution." Read More
Two new players have come forward casting more doubt on the fairness of the trial that led to Lane's conviction. And documents have been uncovered which reveal that the Crown Prosecutor feared the trial could be aborted.
Read the email exchange between Mark Tedeschi QC and Caro Meldrum Hanna Read More
More and more true crime podcasts are being made, but are they helping us gain deeper insights into our justice system?
Dr Diane Sivasubramaniam is an associate professor in Psychological Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology.
Dr Michele Ruyters is deputy Dean of Justice and Legal Studies and the Program Manager for the Bachelor of Social Science at RMIT University. She is also the director of the Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative.
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In the final episode of Exposed, the ABC documentary series on the conviction of Keli Lane, the fairness of her trial was called into question due to admitted flaws in the police investigation.
The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative, a group dedicated to investigating claims of wrongful conviction in Australia, is examining whether those deficiencies also include a failure by police to disclose hours of recordings to Lane’s defence lawyers.
The failure of prosecutors and police to disclose material that was not used at criminal trials has emerged as a potential cause of wrongful convictions and other miscarriages of justice in cases across Australia. Read More
The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative has been investigating Keli’s claim that she is innocent and we believe that this is a significant case of miscarriage of justice.
The prosecution had provided no evidence of death, no evidence of murder, no forensic evidence that a baby had been harmed at all, no meaningful evidence of motive, and no confession.
In our opinion, Keli’s investigation, prosecution, and conviction represent a gross miscarriage of justice.
We urge you to sign this petition for a full inquiry Read More
A collaboration between academics, students, lawyers and the Bridge of Hope Foundation is harnessing the power of the innocence movement to investigate claims of wrongful conviction in Australia. Read More
It was one of the major holes in Keli Lane's defence — no witness had ever seen her at the Sydney unit block she claims to have visited multiple times for sex with "Andrew".
Police found no evidence to support Lane's story about an affair with the father of her missing baby, the man she claimed had Tegan.
Now the ABC's new documentary series Exposed has found a former resident who was never interviewed during the police investigation, and who has identified Lane as the "sandy-haired girl" he saw leaving the building on multiple occasions late at night. Read More
CONVICTED baby killer Keli Lane is on a desperate mission to prove her innocence and she has a growing army of supporters trying to help her clear her name.
Researchers from RMIT University’s Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative have been quietly and painstakingly sifting through hundreds of pages of evidence and trial notes since receiving an impassioned letter from Lane in 2015. Read More
t’s not every day you receive a handwritten letter from a convicted baby killer asking you to reinvestigate their case.
She wanted me to apply an investigative journalist’s blowtorch to her claims, warts and all.
Why? Because Keli Lane says she’s innocent, that Tegan would now be 22 years old, that she’s out there somewhere, and that the man who she handed Tegan over to is out there as well. But Lane has also been found to be a serial liar. Read More
It is impossible to watch Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane (ABC, Tuesdays 8.30pm from September 25) without thinking of some mighty predecessors – the podcast Serial, the Netflix series Making a Murderer, and HBO's The Jinx among them. Such comparisons could be a curse, but for the most part this three-part Australian true-crime re-investigation holds its own (and suffers far less from the tendency to pad). Read More
Caro Meldrum-Hanna investigates one of Australia’s most notorious crimes: the disappearance of two-day old Tegan Lane and the conviction of her mother Keli Lane of her murder. #ExposedABC: The Case of Keli Lane starts Tuesday 25 September. Read More
Award-winning journalist Caro Meldrum-Hanna in her most gripping investigation yet. In this ground-breaking three-part television event, EXPOSED: The Case of Keli Lane, Caro Meldrum-Hanna investigates one of Australia’s most notorious crimes: the disappearance of two-day old Tegan Lane and the conviction of her mother Keli Lane of her murder. Read More
“There are questions around the lack of a forensic link between Boronika and the crime, the several witnesses who are established as being unreliable, the lack of clarity around the quality of the interpretation, and definitely the very big problems about Boronika’s capacity to understand at the start of the investigation,” said RMIT University's Michele Ruyters, who is reinvestigating the case as part of The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT. Read More
The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT (Innocence Initiative) is one of many organisations in Australia and overseas that have been set up to investigate claims of wrongful conviction in criminal cases. Some organisations are independent public bodies such as the Criminal Cases Review Commission in the United Kingdom (or the now defunct DNA Review Panel in New South Wales) but the majority are pro-bono groups in the innocence movement. Read More
AS students returned to the University of Sydney last week, some of their number have been tasked with an assignment where the stakes are much higher than simply pass or fail. Read More
IMAGINE you have a daughter. A golden girl. She’s blonde, tanned, sociable, and for years you’ve watched her win virtually every race and trophy on offer in your friendly beachside community. Read More
The parents of Keli Lane, who was jailed for murdering her baby daughter Tegan five years ago, have broken their silence and declared their support for their daughter. Read More
ALMOST a dozen Victorian criminal convictions are to be probed in an initiative to correct miscarriages of justice. Retired Supreme Court judge Frank Vincent is heading the push, which will involve volunteer legal practitioners... Read More