Unravel True Crime

Unravel True Crime


The seven-episode series Unravel: Juanita tackles one of Australia's most chilling and unsolved true crime stories. In the early '70s, Sydney's Kings Cross was a hotbed of controversy around corruption and high-rise development, and the heart of Australia's criminal underground. Juanita Nielsen moved to Kings Cross where she published a local newspaper and became a vocal opponent in the fight to preserve heritage terraces and affordable housing in the area she loved. Did her activism cost her her life? Did she know too much? Who might have wanted her out of the way? And, after more than four decades, why doesn't her family have answers? UNRAVEL TRUE CRIME is an anthology podcast where, each season, some of Australia's best journalists investigate unsolved crimes.

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Keiran's investigation moves towards one of the big unanswered questions: why wasn't Juanita's case solved at the time? What went wrong with the police investigation? Revelations about entrenched police corruption start to tumble out during the 1983 inquest into Juanita Nielsen's disappearance. Young crime reporter Neil Mercer finds himself in the centre of the furore when it's revealed he has recordings of multiple interviews with Carousel Club manager Jim Anderson he's then forced to hand over. Mercer tells Keiran he got to know "Jimmy" as he calls him over a period of more than two decades. Anderson admits both he and his boss Abe Saffron used blackmail as a way of controlling and/or calling in favours from powerful people. Mercer believes senior police may have been compromised in this way and, as a result, deliberately undermined Juanita's case. Mercer's evidence also exposes details of the serious rift between the two partners in crime. The final bombshell ... we learn Anderson is a police informer who had a role in eventually bringing down Saffron on tax evasion charges.

Previous episodes

  • 111 - S5 06 | The Informant 
    Tue, 10 Aug 2021 - 0h
  • 109 - S5 05 | The Abduction Plot 
    Tue, 03 Aug 2021 - 0h
  • 108 - S5 04 | Secret Dossiers 
    Tue, 27 Jul 2021 - 0h
  • 107 - S5 03 | The Carousel Club 
    Tue, 20 Jul 2021 - 0h
  • 106 - S5 02 | The Fight For Victoria Street 
    Tue, 13 Jul 2021 - 0h
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