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The murder of single mother Margaret Tapp and her young daughter Seana remains unsolved, but could a tip off from one of our listeners finally change that? With thanks to Andrew Rule. More about Life and Crimes with Andrew Rule. When Meshel Met Emily - Well you can hear Meshel and Emily try desperately to become friends with each other during this conversation on Meshel's other podcast The Nitty Gritty Committee from Emily was a guest, and after the interview Meshel asked if she'd consider doing a True Crime Podcast with her.

Yes, these descriptions are written by Meshel. Here's the link to the Nitty Gritty Committee in case you're desperate for a podcast to try while everyone is on a break, because you still have to deal with traffic or the train, or maybe you're one of those weirdos who listens to True Crime as you're going to sleep, which I've never understood, but you know, no judgement. Of course there's a new episode on patreon. That's 2 Australian coffees a month but it's really working it's titts off over Christmas, because I'm uploading a proper full episode a week over there.

Christmas spirit. Meshel's other podcast is Nitty Gritty Committee. Loose Units Episode One - Loose Units, one of our most popular episodes is now its own podcast and we have the first episode right here for you! It's also a book don't forget, which would make an excellent Christmas present! It's been a massive week for Australian True Crime podcasts and cold cases.

In our last episode for , Rachael joined us to talk about the emotional development. Over the Christmas break, we'll continue to provide updates on the scandal rocking the Purana taskforce that brought down some of Melbourne's biggest gangland figures through Patreon. Follow us on Instagram. Victoria Police and the "African Gangs" - He speaks with us about Melbourne's so-called African gang problem. Stalker: A Narelle Fraser Case - One of Narelle's most memorable cases.

Have you noticed anything strange around your house? Elaine and the African Gangs - Meshel is a long time supporter of Melbourne's African community, but in response to calls for her to sit down with a victim of the so called "African Gangs", she visits with year-old Elaine for a conversation of many surprising twists. Ken Kratz: Making a Murderer - This is the True Crime half of the interview Meshel recently recorded with Ken. It is almost completely concerned with the Halbach case. It's a different show. In November of , a decade after his death, Michael Atkins finally agreed to tell police where he'd buried the remains of his young lover Matthew Leveson.

Matt's tormented parents tell us the twisted tale as to why Atkins will never be convicted in connection with their son's death. Vaughn Ruddick arrived home from the Vietnam war in need of a job. When he spotted an ad for prison guards he figured he already knew how to wear a uniform and avoid people who might try to kill him, so he applied. He went on to become a guard in H Division during one of its most "colourful" chapters, thanks to the inimitable Chopper Read.

Susanna Lobez and James Morton have written another fantastic book about Australian crime. This time they turn their attention to prison escapes. The book is called "Gangland: The Great Escapes", and it's available now. Susanna joins us to talk about Australia's rich history of prison breaks. He was an inmate then, and they made a deal to podcast together when he was released. This episode is the result of that deal, and while Greg has much to learn about living the straight life, he has some interesting things to teach Meshel as well. Free spirited mother of five Katie O'Shea disappeared from Far North Queensland in leaving her friends and family to deal with grief, accusations and the terrible possibility they could have had a serial killer in their midst.

A year ago, we spoke to Will, an ordinary guy who went to jail after he bit off more than he could chew when the temptation of stealing money from his workplace got the better of his moral compass. We speak again to him this week to ask how the last year has treated him, and what life lessons he's learned from his time inside. Amanda Howard, the Serial Killer Whisperer joins us again to talk about the holes she believes are in the case against Ivan Milat. Amanda corresponds with Milat in jail. Amanda's own podcast is called Monsters Who Murder. Brian joined the police force in , a time now known as either the good old days or the bad old days of policing, depending on whom you ask.

He's crossed paths with some of Australia's most notorious criminals and been investigated for corruption himself, but Vicki Petraitis' excellent book, 'Once a Copper' reveals some unexpected vulnerability behind the tough exterior. They both joined us in studio. Narelle Fraser's first case with the Victorian Rape Squad was to be one of the most challenging of her career.

Operation Collier remains an open investigation. Plus, our first exclusive extra episode is available for Tier 2 Patrons. Go to Patreon. James Harding is putting as much energy and passion into helping people as he once did into hurting them. With thanks to James Harding. An extra episode this week featuring stand up comedian Paul Verhoeven who's written a book about his father John, a former NSW copper and forensics investigator, not to mention a very intriguing fellow.

The fact that he managed to remain straight during one of the most notoriously bent periods in Australian policing turns out to be one of the least surprising aspects of this extraordinary character. The death of a child is a tragedy, but even more horrific is when a child is killed by the hands of their own parent. Author Cheryl Critchly and Dr Helen McGrath are back this week to talk to us about Filicide, and the disturbing aspects of psychology that have led parents to kill their own children.

Charlie is back this week to tell us more about his time in the Victorian Police Homicide Squad, as well as to discuss how policing has changed over the last four decades, both during his time in the force and now as a retired detective. After her rape went unsolved for more than 25 years, Elesha contacted police to have her case reopened.

She courageously tells us about what life has been like since her attack when she was 7-years-old, what happened when her case was reopened and why she contacted us to tell her story. Find more about our friends at Canadian True Crime.


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Listener Amelia talks to us about the experience of having a parent in prison and what support kids need to cope. He's worked on some extremely high profile cases in the Victoria Police in the child exploitation unit including the hunt for Mr Cruel Operation Spectrum. Chris now uses his decades of specialised experience and knowledge training other agencies, including police, on effective interview questioning. The story of Martha Needle is compelling and tragic. True Crime author Vikki Petraitis joins us to talk about The Frankston Murders in the wake of its 25th anniversary, as well as an insight into the now jailed perpetrator, Paula Denya.

Journalist Cheryl Critchley and Psychologist Helen McGrath have studied some of Australia's most shocking and seemingly unexplainable crimes, to discover the ways in which the disordered personalities of the perpetrators set them on a deadly path. They teach us about common personality disorders and how to spot them, as well as the difference between these disorders and mental illness. Cheryl and Helen's book, 'Mind Behind the Crime' is available now.

When grieving mother Sonia Anderson disrupted a book launch in Brisbane a couple of weeks ago, she sent shocks waves through the True Crime industry. What are the ethics around True Crime? What do we owe victims and their families? Sonia joins us to discuss the issue, and True Crime writers Emily Webb and Megan Norris have a candid conversation about the difficult lesson they've learned along the way. Generation after generation of women are told that the only way society can ensure their safety after dark is for them to agree never walk alone.

Is it fair? Is it reasonable? Is it just reality? Narelle Fraser and Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane from Victoria Police join us to discuss violence against women in the wake of the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon. Who Killed My Sister? In when Barbie McCarthy was 12, her older sister Fiona, 15 was stabbed to death along with her teen friend John and their bodies dumped in Kaniva, on the border of Victoria and South Australia.

The murders are still unsolved and Barbie talks to us about her efforts to find answers and how her life changed forever when Fiona died. In , Australia was captivated by the two week run of father and son outlaws Gino and Mark Stocco.

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They evaded police by driving laps around the southern states of Australia, while social media went wild with sightings and memes. Eventually, they were captured, and the real story, more bizarre than anyone could have imagined, could finally be told. Retired detective Narelle Fraser's most memorable cases - Narelle recalls some particularly memorable days and nights on the job. Sandra Pankhurst: The Trauma Cleaner - Sandra Pankhurst has been called many things in her time, a husband, a wife, a poofter, a Les Girl, a tranny prostitute, a rape survivor, a murder witness, a pillar of society and most famously, the trauma cleaner.

Meet the incredible living legend behind the award winning biography by Sarah Krasnostein, whose life has been touched by true crime at every turn. Lorraine Carter was an intellectually disabled woman, who married a man against her parent's better judgement. When they reported her missing 12 months later, she became one of Narelle Fraser's most memorable cases. Serial Killer Whisperer Amanda Howard - Amanda Howard is known around the traps as a serial killer whisperer.

The Murder of month-old Zayden Veal-Whitting is quite simply one of the most shocking crimes that's ever occurred in Australian history. It provided proof, if proof were needed, that methamphetamine addiction was capable of creating a new breed of terror in the suburbs. Zayden's young mother, Casey, discovered an unspeakable horror in her baby's crib after a burglary went horribly wrong in their home in Narelle Fraser, who worked the case, joins us to talk about the investigation. Gideon Haigh is best known as one of the world's most respected cricket writers, but he became intrigued by the unsolved murder of Mollie Dean, in His new book, A Scandal in Bohemia is a tribute to this long forgotten victim, and a fascinating insight into the primitive investigative practices employed by police less than a century ago.

You know we love the police force here on Australian True Crime, but Carolyn Pethick's story of sexual harassment and bullying within the force needs to be told. Andrea Kane's close-knit family received the worst possible news about her brother Chris. He'd been shot in a random American drive-by just 48 hours after leaving his Australian home. Milicia Trailovic was reported missing by her sister in Serbia. As soon as her case landed on Narelle Fraser's desk, the alarm bells started ringing. Gabriella Coslovic tells us about the art world court drama that's begging to be made into a movie, in which colourful characters and legal loopholes abound.

Annette Mason: Journey to an Inquest - Toowoomba teenager Annette Mason was murdered in , and the case remains unsolved. Her family has finally persuaded the Queensland Attorney General that it's time to re-open the inquest. In the s and 80s, a beautiful and manipulative woman convinced some of Melbourne's brightest and wealthiest citizens that she was, among other things, Jesus Christ.

With their help she infiltrated the Victorian health and education systems. Vikki Petraitis is the author of the excellent book, The Phillip Island Murder about the deaths of year-old farmhand Beth Barnard and her employer, year-old Vivienne Cameron. Cheryl and Vicki's best friend Catherine was taken from their lives at just 14 years of age.

Her abduction and murder are part of one of Australia's most baffling mysteries, and there is a huge reward on offer for information leading to an arrest. Brisbane man Tim Class-Auliff is an ambassador for White Ribbon, which means he campaigns for a future free from violence and abuse for all of us. Stalkers with Victoria Heywood - Author Victoria Heywood has written about relationships, food and wine, and true crime, but her own experience with a stalker led to the book we focus on in today's episode, Every Move You Make. Narelle is back to talk more about her time with the rape squad.

This episode contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault and stalking and could be triggering to some listeners. When Shepparton News cub reporter Tammy Mills went looking for an interesting local story, she set in motion an incredible chain of events that resulted in the solving of a 33 year cold case. On 29 April , year-old Le Anh Tuan was abducted in broad daylight, from the front yard of the house he lived in with his mother and siblings.

As his neighbours watched on in terror, he was forced into the boot of a car and driven away. Former homicide detective Jeff Maher talks to us about the case that finally exposed Australian serial killer Peter Dupas. Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail - Will was an ordinary guy, working an office job and living in the suburbs. Just as his financial commitments felt like they were strangling him, a bizarre coincidence seemed to offer him a way out. It corrupted his moral compass and he ended up in jail.

This is his all-too-relatable story. Teenage Rampage: Out of Control Parties - Naomi Oakley is a former police officer who now runs security at teenage parties. She tells us some unbelievable tales of teenage rampage, and we hear from a couple of mums who left teenagers home alone and lived to regret it. Luke Williams' Meth Experiment - Luke never meant to become an addict, he just wanted to write a story.

Tim Watson-Munro is a ground-breaking criminal psychologist who has gained the trust of some of Australia's scariest men, like Julian Knight and Alphonse Gangitano. He's also a recovering drug addict whose brilliant career was almost derailed by cocaine. The murder of Alphonse Gangitano ignited a bloody decade that would become known as the Melbourne Mafia War. Charlie Bezzina was one of the homicide detectives assigned to the case, and he joins us to talk through the ups and downs of the investigation.

We also hear from Tim Watson Munro, the clinical psychologist who developed a strong therapeutic relationship with the volatile gangster. Susanna Lobez and James Morton have written numerous books about Australian crime. They specialise in gang crime, and their new book, Australian Gangs, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is a comprehensive study. Susanna joins us to discuss the current state of play in Australian gang crime. Charlie Bezzina knew he was behind the eight-ball the minute he received the call about the body of a young woman being found in Frankston.

It was pouring with rain, which meant a crime scene would yield little evidence. It was just the beginning of a killing spree by a disturbed young man, hiding in plain sight in suburban Frankston. Worth Fighting For with Dana Vulin - Dana Vulin was stalked by a stranger and then attacked in her own home. She was set alight by a woman who'd vowed to "ruin her pretty face. Narelle Fraser is back to tell us about another of the the biggest cases of her homicide career. James Phelps is an author and journalist with a penchant for prisons. He's written best sellers about men's jails, and in his new book, Green is the New Black, he shifts his focus to incarcerated women.

Kerry Tucker was one of those women for 7 years. Their perspectives are different, but many of the details are the same. Dr Rodney Syme was christened Australia's Oldest Outlaw in an episode of Andrew Denton's Podcast series Better Off Dead, because although he admits to consistently ignoring Australian law, he remains at large in the community.

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Dr Syme helps terminally ill people to end their lives. Also featured in this episode, Mitchell Short, whose father Peter took advantage of Dr Syme's services. The new documentary Fade to Black depicts their campaign to change Australia's laws in the last months of Peter's life. Brisbane mum Allison Baden Clay was reported missing by her husband Gerard on the morning of April 20, When police arrived at the house, they found Gerard smartly dressed in his usual business attire, with 3 deep, raw scratches on his cheek.

In February , Melbourne woman Maria Korp was found clinging to life in the boot of her car. The car had been abandoned near the War Memorial, a stone's throw from Melbourne's police headquarters on St Kilda Road, and Narelle Fraser was among the first on the scene when it was reported by a security guard. What happened next changed the course of Narelle's life, and played a part in her leaving the force with PTSD.

Nina Funnell is a journalist, academic, activist and survivor of sexual assault. She's cowritten a report on sexual assault on Australian University campuses and her findings are disturbing to say the least. She also explains the dangers around the traditional warnings we give our daughters. His job was to deal with sieges, hostage situations, terrorist attacks and everything in between. Doug's son Heath has written a book about it and they both join us for a chat. Sent on a simple errand to the local shops by her mother, six-year-old Kylie Maybury never made it home alive.

Her body was found the following day, discarded in a gutter, but the circumstances of her death, and the identity of her killer remained unknown for 33 years. In the end, he was eerily close to home all along. Veteran crime reporter Keith Moor talks us through the details of the case, and the strange twists and turns in Kylie's case.

This is part 2 of our conversation with Mary and Katie. If you haven't yet, go back and listen to part 1, My Sister, The Killer. The story of how Anna Horneshaw came to murder her housemate picks up with her family begging the mental health services for help. Part 2 delves into why help never came, Anna's sentencing, and how the years in prison has changed her life.

My Sister, The Killer Part 1 - But in this episode, we're going behind the headline. That 'Melbourne woman' was Mary K. Pershall's daughter. And she was Katie Horneshaw's sister. Mary and Katie join us in this episode to discuss how their beautiful Anna turned into a murderer. How mental illness slowly stole away the girl they knew. Description of current edition: The young detectives receive a trained peregrine falcon as a gift that involves them in an exciting mystery.

Imagine their astonishment when the swift-flying falcon brings down a homing pigeon carrying two precious rubies! Startling events that ensue indicate the gems are a ransom that has been paid for the release of a kidnapped student from India, who had come to the United States to complete his education.

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But Tava, the son of a wealthy industrialist, is still being held captive. Hoping to find a clue to Tava's whereabouts, the Hardys try to track down the owner of the ruby-bearing pigeon. Their every move, however, is thwarted by the dangerous criminals not only involved in the kidnapping, but also in the large-scale smuggling of aliens from India to the United States. How Frank and Joe eventually outwit their adversaries climaxes this thrill-packed mystery adventure. Description of current edition: Tony Prito enlists the help of his detective friends Frank and Joe Hardy when a sinister stranger demands that Tony sell him the bizarre curio collection he has just inherited.

While the boys are discussing this suspicious incident, the stranger, Valez, telephones and threatens Tony. That same afternoon the three boys collect the cases of curios at a freight station only for Joe's life to be at risk on their way back to Tony's house. The next day a seaman claims two medallions in the collection that coincidently go missing. Did Valez steal them? And what was their significance. Unraveling the clues in this exciting mystery takes the Hardys and their friends to a desolate region in Guatemala and straight into the hands of a gang of dangerous thugs.

The Hardy Boys go skin-diving to find a missing treasure in gold near Bayport. Description of current edition: In a series of hair-raising adventures both on land and undersea the teenage brother detectives pit their wits against some of the most ruthless criminals they have ever encountered. It all starts when Frank and Joe are skin diving just for fun and the thrill of exploring the undersea world. Suddenly, deep in the waters that flow near the foot of Pirates' Hill, a mysterious skin diver fires a spear through Frank's air hose.

From this moment on, danger is never far away. The very lives of the boys are at stake as they, along with the help of their pals, uncover a mystery involving an old Spanish cannon and a fabulous sunken treasure. The Hardy Boys head to the Caribbean to thwart Durling Hamilton's plot to fund a Cuban revolution and build an atomic weapon.

Description of current edition: A cryptic message from their famous detective father and a note concealed in a ventriloquist's dummy lead Frank and Joe Hardy on a dangerous search to the tropical islands in the Caribbean. There the teenage detectives are constantly beset by vicious henchmen of a criminal mastermind. Danger stalks the boys' every move, once in an isolated sugar mill, another time in a shark-infested sea.

But when Frank and Joe come face to face with the ghost at Skeleton Rock, it will be as much of a surprise to the reader as it was to the young detectives themselves. Adams also signed a release form for both the original and revised editions. The Hardy Boys head up to Alaska to solve some mysterious disappearances and break up a plot to steal a lost US moon rocket. Description of current edition: When Frank and Joe Hardy receive a telegram from Tony Prito in Alaska telling them that his life is in jeopardy, they immediately make plans to fly to Tony's rescue.

Unknown enemies dog the Hardys and their pal Chet Morton even before they start the 4, mile journey.


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  8. Puzzling questions lead the Hardys into dangerous sleuthing in the wilderness of Alaska and British Columbia. The astounding secret that the young detectives uncover, in the shadow of the forbidding mountain peak Devil's Paw, winds up one of the most perilous adventures they have ever encountered. Description of current edition: The Hardys purchase a Chinese junk to use as a ferry service, in order to make some money over the summer. It soon becomes apparent that others are very interested in the ship. All subsequent titles released in PC format.

    The Hardy Boys and Chet search on the California desert for missing industrialist, Willard Grafton, and break up a gang of criminals intent on defrauding the US government. Description of current edition: In a search for the missing Willard Grafton, Frank Hardy and younger brother Joe, encounter a gang of criminals intent on defrauding the US government, and are lead across California and even into Mexico.

    Hardy's missing friend, a retired police captain, and solve the mystery of spooky Black Hollow. Description of current edition: When dogs and men suddenly disappear, and strange screams fill the night, fantastic stories of vengeful ghosts are almost believable. It is these strange happenings which bring Frank and Joe Hardy to the Pocono Mountains to help their father's friendsolve the mystery of Black Hollow. But when the Hardy boys and Chet Morton arrive at Captain Thomas Maguire's cabin on the edge of the hollow, he has disappeared.

    Frank and Joe are determined to find the captain, despite Chet's misgivings after a night of weird and terrifying screams. Strangely, it is a small puppy that discloses a most unusual and surprising set of circumstances, involving a mute boy, an elusive hermit, and a fearless puma trainer. It all starts when a French-Canadian trapper, Caribou Caron, makes a historical and valuable fin - a carved rune stone left by Vikings centuries ago near Great Slave Lake.

    When Caribou Caron attempts to sell the artifact to a representative of a museum, it is snatched by thieves. Like the intrepid Viking of old, Frank and Joe, with their close pal, Chet Morton set off on a perilous quest in the Northwest Territories to recover the valuable artifact before the robbers can decipher the symbols leading to the buried treasure. The Hardy Boys head to Mexico to rescue Chet and solve the mystery of a cryptic will.

    Description of current edition: The handwritten will of a deceased world-traveler is strange and mysterious.

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    Its cryptic instructions are to deliver "the valuable Aztec warrior to the rightful owner, a descendant of an Aztec warrior. Despite the harassments, the threats, and the attacks made upon them, Frank and Joe unravel clue after clue in their adventure-packed search for the living descendant of the mighty Aztec nation which once ruled in Mexico. It takes as much high courage as clever deduction for the young detectives to defeat their ruthless foes and to decipher the fascinating secrets of the strange and mysterious will.

    Description of current edition: A long-distance telephone call from Chet Morton's uncle summons Frank and Joe Hardy and their staunch pal Chet to a summer art school, located near old Fort Senandaga which is reputed to be inhabited by a ghost. The young detectives' assignment: recover two famous oil paintings stolen from the valuable Prisoner-Painter collection owned by Jefferson Davenport. Davenport reveals that one of the famous pictures contains a clue to the hiding place of a priceless gold chain.

    Vicious threats and deadly traps beset Frank, Joe, and Chet as they search for clues to the stolen paintings and the gold treasure - a search that is complicated by the stormy feud between an Englishman and a Frenchman over the military history of the ancient fort. Hardy to justice. Description of current edition: Frank and Joe Hardy are determined to bring to justice the vicious criminals who kidnapped their detective father while he was investigation sabotage of a road-building project in the Kentucky wilderness.

    After Mr. Hardy's escape, the two young sleuths are spurred into action when he mumbles the word "Felix" and they discover a dossier of a notorious ex-convict was stolen from his files. The trail leads them to New York City but ends abruptly in a cemetery! With the new clue of a spiral symbol the boys head to Kentucky as part of a highway construction crew to track down the kidnappers and saboteurs.

    Adams also signed a release form for this title. Description of current edition: Rarely do magicians reveal their professional secrets. Hardy to be the subject. When their detective father fails to reappear, his sons are convinced that something sinister is afoot, despite Hexton's insistence that Mr. Hardy is playing a joke on them. The young detective's gripping adventures culminate in a dramatic climax when they unmask the secret agent on Flight Description of current edition: One exciting event follows another when Frank and Joe Hardy are hired to apprehend the pickpockets who have been plaguing Solo's Super Carnival.

    When their friends Tony Prito and Biff Hooper exhibit a stuffed whale dug up at a construction project, they all but put the carnival out of business. In this thrilling mystery the young detectives pit their wits against a gang of thieves whose bizarre identification, a three-part whale tattoo, proves to be a nearly insolvable riddle.

    Description of current edition: Private investigator Fenton Hardy enlists the aid of his teenage detective sons in a search for a missing man being sought by an insurance company. All leads to the sailor's whereabouts have petered out and the boys fly to Iceland, the man's native land, hoping to find a new clue. From the moment Frank and Joe arrive in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, they are in constant danger. In the spine-chilling pursuit that follows, Frank and Joe uncover a diabolical espionage plot that threatens the life of a U.

    Description of current edition: Frank and Joe Hardy become involved in a case affecting national security when Joe dials a wrong telephone number and gets the Pentagon. Two words- "Bombay Boomerang"- that the boys hear before the line goes dead plunge them into a whirlpool of danger and intrigue. At the same time, Frank and Joe must save their father from a murderous gang stealing mercury shipments in the Baltimore harbor. With clues linking the mercury thefts to the top secret Super S missile mysteriously stolen from a government arsenal.

    Description of current edition: An assignment form their famous detective father to track down a ring of credit-card counterfeiters takes Frank and Joe Hardy on an exciting camping trip to the Rocky Mountains. But the cross-country trek with their pals Chet Morton and Biff Hooper is jinxed from the very first day. Strange happenings on a nearly impassable mountain lure Frank, Joe, Chet, and Biff to almost certain death before they discover the sinister reason for the danger on Vampire Trail. Description of current edition: Frank and Joe are called upon to find a wealthy industrialist's son who has mysteriously disappeared.

    The only clue in the case leads the two young detectives to South America, where the intrigues of evil adversaries almost cost them their lives. Only through their courage and perseverance do the Hardys solve one of the toughest cases they have ever tackled. Hardy break up an international crime syndicate. Description of current edition: Danger is the name of the game when the Hardys agree to help their pen pal from Greece, Evan Pandropolos, search for a priceless, ancient Greek helmet. Years ago, Evan's uncle had loaned it to Hollywood movie company for use in a silent motion picture, but the treasured helmet had been lost.

    Picking up foes along the way, the young detectives unearth clues that keep them constantly on the move-from their Greek college campus to California and finally to Greece. Description of current edition: Why is a wealthy sportsman so frightened by the serpent design on a mysterious balloon that he begs Frank and Joe Hardy to protect him? And who stole the ancient life-size chess king which is to be presented to the winner of the world chess championship?

    Targets of diabolical enemies, Frank and Joe find a clue that leads them across the Pacific to Hong Kong to help the police smash an international criminal organization. Hardy break up an airline ticket theft ring. Description of current edition: When the Hardy Boys take a winter vacation in Jamaica, Joe finds an ancient bronze death mask washed up near their beach house during a violent storm. Helping the Hardys and their friends in this bizarre mystery is William, a Jamaican boy, who flies to New York with startling news, only to be intercepted and held for ransom-the death mask!

    Frank and Joe must rescue William, plunge into their father's airline-ticket theft case, and fly into a maze of danger in Africa. Rowbotham's fortune. Description of current edition: There is not time for explanations when Mr. Their stay in East Anglia begins with a weird omen, as they witness the bizarre funeral of an old witchmaster.

    From then on, strange things happen. When the Hardys learn about the strange disappearance of Lord Craighead, the plot deepens. Danger follows them to Ireland as Frank and Joe survive a shipwreck and find a clue from a frightened white which that leads to the torture chamber of a black witches' coven, all in search of the telltale Witchmaster's Key. The Hardy Boys travel to Switzerland and the Yucatan jungle to locate stolen gold bullion.

    Description of current edition: A million dollars' worth of gold bullion has been stolen from the Wakefield Mint under strange circumstances. Hardy is asked to investigate but before long his life is threatened, and he asks Frank and Joe to help him. The boys fly to Zurich, Switzerland, hoping to get information at the Swiss Gold Syndicate and to find the man who has stolen a valuable ancient gold figurine from a New York museum. But the Hardy's travels lead to nothing but new doubts and nagging suspicions.

    And now their lives are in danger. Description of current edition: The launching of the Firebird Rocket is endangered when a famous rocket scientist disappears without a trace on his way to the Woomera Monitoring Station in Australia. Assigned to the case, Fenton Hardy tells his sons he needs their help.

    And Frank and Joe must turn down a request that they find the missing son of a prominent senator. With courage, wit, and clever detective work, the young detectives begin to close in on the enemy, only to discover that the tables have been turned. Captured by their cunning adversaries, the Hardys face certain death!

    Will they escape? Will the Firebird Rocket ever be launched? The Hardy Boys hunt a gang of terrorists and run into mystery at a new animal park on the Bayport outskirts.


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    4. Description of current edition: During Mr. Hardy's investigation of a ruthless gang of terrorists, Frank and Joe witness an explosion in the sky near an airborne dirigible owned by Quinn Air Fleet. The young detectives look into a clue that takes them into a new animal park outside Bayport, where they are lured into a trap by an unknown enemy. Problems arise for the park owner as he receives pressure from a competitor and a real-estate firm to sell out.

      Strange occurrences at the park also frighten the visitors and animals. Frank and Joe take up the case despite fore warnings. Spina Revised: William F. Now out of print. Originally an oversized book, this volume was reduced in size to match the rest of the series in Both the putative "authors" were law enforcement officers.

      On Jan. They said that the publisher liked the idea and wanted to see a sample chapter. More than a year later, a letter of agreement from the Syndicate on Jan. All chapters were to be turned in by July 1, and he would help with revision as needed. On Sept.

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      He said that he still had four chapters to edit which would be sent to Spina soon. He says that after the text was put into type he wanted to send galley proofs for Spina to review. A draft of the foreword was sent to Spina by Svenson on Oct. On Dec. He was also a correspondent with the Syndicate on occasion, including supplying some notes on the structure of police departments in Germany for a story. Courtesy James Keeline Mr. Spina was arrested in a corruption probe of Newark NJ and Mr. Flynn was then hired to lend his name to the revised edition.

      Several didactic short fictional stories illustrating various actual crime detection methods. From the Foreword: Police science is one of the youngest and most rapidly growing professions in the United States today. I have revised this handbook for fans of Frank and Joe Hardy who are interested in learning about modern police practices. The first seven chapters, based upon true stories from police files, illustrate how Frank and Joe use the various facets of police technology while tracking down criminals.

      Further uses of these techniques - fingerprinting, surveillance, and other related skills in the science of criminal investigation - are detailed in the last five chapters. William F. Flynn, FBI Special Agent who recently retired, acted as my consultant in the preparation of this revised edition. It is our sincere hope that many readers of this handbook will someday join the ranks of our country's brave and dedicated law-enforcement officers who fight the never-ending war against crime.

      A Word About Revisions When the original text stories were revised, the level of changes varied from book to book. Basically a slight editing of the original. Completely Different: No relationship to the original. Some character names may remain and story line may be reminiscent of the original. I personally regard the Digests as being canonical as the Hardy world remains unchanged, unlike the Case Files or even the Undercover Brothers or Adventures. Description of current edition: A ferocious, wolf-like creature appears during the night of the full moon in a small Adirondack town, attacking livestock and scaring many of the residents.

      TV Mini-Series, Mystery (Sorted by Popularity Ascending) - IMDb

      A young man with a history of werewolves in his family line is suspect. Description of current edition: Shortly after his arrival in the United States, a Japanese business tycoon mysteriously disappears. Then a valuable samurai sword, said to have belonged to the missing tycoon's family for generations, is stolen from an auction gallery in New York.

      Danger confronts them constantly as the Hardy Boys search for the solution to the puzzle. Description of current edition: First valuable antique weather vanes are stolen in Pennsylvania Dutch Country and Frank and Joe are hired to catch the thieves. Meanwhile, their father is asked to find a missing Navy employee and a top-secret government document. What is the connection between the missing weather vanes and the Pentagon spy? The final chapters of this thrilling mystery uncover a stunning revelation!

      Description of current edition: The Hardy Boys investigate the disappearance of an eighteen-year-old girl suspected of joining a sinister religious cult. A few days later the boys get an offbeat assignment from a comic book publisher: The real life double of his character, Apeman, is turning up everywhere and causing considerable damage! Frank and Joe tackle both cases and uncover an intricate scheme by a clever gang of crooks! Description of current edition: When five Egyptian statuettes are stolen from a museum, the Hardy Boys travel to exotic Egypt.

      En route, the boys are asked to safeguard a mysterious mummy and find themselves tangled in a web of international intrigue. On the Nile, the young detectives uncover a secret hiding place with countless stolen treasures and realize they must get to the police fast! Description of current edition: A painting is stolen, and the Hardy Boys are suspects. Determined to find the artwork, the young detectives fly to Florida, where they disguise themselves and join a group of sinister smugglers.

      Though the painting fails to appear, an important clue sends the boys on a perilous trek through the Everglades. Threatened at every turn by greedy enemies, the Hardys fight a tricky and powerful battle to expose the truth. Description of current edition: When an ancient stone idol disappears, the Hardy Boys are off on another fast-paced adventure. It's a mystery that takes the boys from a primitive village in the Andes Mountains to Antarctica and finally to Easter Island.

      By using their fine investigative skills, the Hardy Boys find that the mystery of the stone idol is not what it seems! Description of current edition: Chet Morton's cousin, Vern, is on his way to California to find a rare and valuable coin mysteriously missing from his uncle's bank vault. When he stops in Bayport, his brand-new car is stolen. The Hardys take on a double mystery-and double danger as they head for the West Coast to investigate this sinister mystery.

      In The Tower Treasure, the first book in the incredibly popular, long-running series, Frank and Joe Hardy work together to solve a high-stakes jewel heist. A special treat for Hardy Boys fans and any reader who's new to the series! In The House on the Cliff, the second book in the incredibly popular, long-running series, Frank and Joe Hardy face off against a dangerous group of smugglers. A special treat for Hardy Boys fans and any reader who's new to the series.

      In The Secret of the Old Mill, the third book in the incredibly popular, long-running series, Frank and Joe Hardy are on the case to bust a counterfeit money ring. In The Missing Chums, the fourth book in the incredibly popular, long-running series, Frank and Joe Hardy must save their friends from a rogue group of kidnappers.

      In Hunting for Hidden Gold, the fifth book in the incredibly popular, long-running series, Frank and Joe Hardy pursue a notorious gang responsible for a payroll robbery. In The Shore Road Mystery, the sixth book in the incredibly popular, long-running series, Frank and Joe Hardy encounter a perplexing set of mysteries when they agree to help their friend Jack Dodd and his father locate a family treasure. In The Secret of the Caves, the seventh book in the incredibly popular, long-running series, Frank and Joe Hardy discover the secret of the Honeycomb Caves while searching for a missing professor.

      In The Mystery of Cabin Island, the eighth book in the incredibly popular, long-running series, Frank and Joe Hardy encounter several dangerous setbacks as they search for Johnny Jefferson and some antique stolen medals. Hardy mistakenly kidnap Chet and Biff, leaving it up to the Boys to solve the case. The Boys solve the mystery of the secret locked room in Dalrymple's spooky mansion. Circa , volume 24 "The Short-Wave Mystery" was issued with maroon binding and endpapers.

      This is generally regarded as an error printing. In the s, several volumes were issued with blank endpapers in error. Additionally, several different cover stocks with varying textures were used. The pre-WWII bindings are generally of a higher quality than those that followed. Endpaper Illustration Key Brown Multi-Scene The illustrations were adapted from the cover art current at the time.

      This is a general but fairly accurate guide, for more information consult the Reference Books section. New cover art by Nappi was used. Nancy Drew and The Bobbsey Twins also turned up in this format. The Bobbsey Twins edition is very hard to locate. These picture cover books are bound in a very light blue and use the same art as the regular editions.

      There's an extra set of blank endpapers, the boards are thicker and the binding is much sturdier than the regular edition. Some binding variations have been reported. Binding is blue and the books are larger than the regular books. The DJ's are blue and use the picture cover art. The first 3 titles were released in this format. These PC books were bound in a dark mustard color and used artwork modified from the current books. Leather bound, slipcased editions of the original text versions of volumes Various binding variations reported.

      Still available as of May For Sale. Boxed Set of the First 6 Volumes - Normally, but not always, new cover art was introduced at the same time the text was revised. Applewood Books First Edition Reproductions These are the original text stories, reproduced with the original dustjacket and internal artwork Binding Types Red Brown Tan Tweed A Note On Brown Bindings Several different shades of bindings, ranging from dark tan to medium brown, were used over the years. Endpaper Illustration Key.

      Brown Multi-Scene The illustrations were adapted from the cover art current at the time. Other Endpapers Brown Gretta Only.