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BLACK HANDS - A family mass murder

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This is the story of a mass-murder that divided a nation - a story that began in a rickety old home on a cold June morning in 1994, where five members of a seemingly ordinary New Zealand family were gunned down. There were two suspects. One lay dead from a single bullet to the head. The other was the only survivor: David Bain. Since then the country has asked: who killed the Bain family? David or his father Robin? In this podcast, Martin van Beynen explores the case from start to finish, picking through evidence, the mysteries and motives, and interviewing never-before-spoken-to witnesses. He seeks to finally answer the question: Who was the killer?

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Too biased

It's a shame this wasn't presented with a balanced view as the author doesn't hide the fact he believes Bain did it. Bain was acquitted in 2009 following a re-trail but none of this re-trail is covered within the pod cast which I feel is unfair if you're going to accuse someone considered innocent of murder. The authors explanation for his acquittal is that perhaps New Zealander's are 'anti police' or that the public simply think Bain is 'too nice'... I enjoyed the story but didn't like the way it was portrayed.

One-sided presentation

I grew up in New Zealand while this case was playing out, so it has some personal interest for me.

Throughout the podcast, author Martin van Beynen makes no attempt to disguise his own conclusion, and the largely one-sided evidence presented in the podcast certainly seems to make for a pretty clear-cut case.

I'm not saying he's not right. But never the less, Bain was acquitted in his 2009 re-trial after one of the longest and most expensive court cases in NZ's history. It seems unfair that this part of the story is not covered in any depth. What were the jury's reasons for his acquittal? What did they know that we're not told?

A more balanced presentation of both sides of the case, keeping as guessing as to the conclusion, would have made for a more compelling and interesting story!


I'm sorry, I listened to about 7 episodes and was really enjoying it. But it is SO biased in favour of robin it's ridiculous. Had to stop listening.

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