A Ripper Named Jack.

It was a chilly autumn night on my journey to Whitechapel. In most of my journeys I view the experience through the eyes of the victim, but tonight I traveled through the eyes of the killer. Whitechapel is no longer an area known for prostitution, but not wanting to give off the wrong impression (just […]

The Nelson Street Murder

Upper Nelson Street in Auckland, these days is mostly a network of motorway off ramps, but in 1914 the area housed factories and homes. Further down Nelson Street, older buildings and factories have been replaced by modern apartment complexes and restaurants. Many people familiar with the area are probably¬† unaware that over a century ago […]

Murder in the Night

I first read about the Riccarton Racecourse Hotel murder in one of my favorite books about true crime in New Zealand, Shot in the dark: Unsolved New Zealand murders from the 1920s and ’30s by Scott Bainbridge. My interest in true crime stories from the 1930s and a liking for old buildings made the brief […]

Mystery in the Marlborough Sounds

Waiting at the Picton wharf to board an early morning water taxi, on a tight two day trip schedule, as with the other cases, the victims were forefront on my mind. Ben Smart and Olivia Hope went missing on New Years 1998 after catching a water taxi from popular holiday spot Furneaux Lodge in the […]

The Case of the Crewes

Driving towards Pukekawa with my father, the irony that one of the victims fathers had been a suspect in the 1970 murders of Jeannette and Harvey Crewe at their Pukekawa farmhouse, wasn’t lost on me. A police roadblock prevented us going further along Highway 22 towards the farmhouse, so we continued on to take photos […]

Mona Blades – Lost Highway

Earlier this week I managed to drag myself out of bed at 6.40 am on a surprisingly mild winters morning as part of my plan to get to Napier before dark with a little detouring along the way. It’s still winter (sadly) as I sit here writing this with a bad head cold. An invitation […]