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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||Clean1. House Of Horrors||It's June 20, 1994. Police are called to a rundown home in Dunedin, New Zealand. They're not sure what to expect after a panicked phone c...||7/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. Mrs Bain, The Diary And The Devil||By any standard, this family was unusual, even bizarre. Mother Margaret Bain's complicated spiritual life and beliefs meant t...||7/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. A Family's Final Days||From the outside, the Bain family seemed to have settled into a new life in Dunedin. Eldest son David was on a new path, while sis...||7/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. "The Bastard Killed His Family"||The shootings appalled the country and deeply shocked the community and wider Bain family. Yet sole survivor David Bain's unusual ...||7/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. Incest, Blackmail, Murder||Motive has always been the most puzzling aspect of the Bain shootings. Neither Robin nor David seemed like mass killers. But both ...||7/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. Bloodied Fingerprints, Broken Glasses||Although police initially regarded the shootings as a murder/suicide, evidence began to mount against David Bain. His fingerprints...||7/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. The Case Against Robin||Could Robin have murdered his children and then taken his own life? Robin had blood and bruising on his hands. His foot size was more li...||7/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8. The Suicide Puzzle||If Robin murdered his wife and children, his final task would be to shoot himself. But how likely is it that a right-handed man would sho...||7/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. Recovered Memories||Despite giving evidence in court only once, David Bain has said a lot about the shootings in various contexts. He has steadfastly...||7/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10. Who Did It?||The equation is simple: It had to be either Robin or David. Now it's time to make a decision....||7/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
The 911 call at the beginning of every single episode is rough. Thought this was an unbiased case review podcast but the “journalist” tips his hand about halfway through the episodes. Not an unbiased opinion at all. Also find it pretty convenient that “he was a nice quiet guy he couldn’t have done it” was a good enough reason for everyone to take the blame off of the father but “he was a nice funny guy who wouldn’t have done it” wasn’t a good enough reason to not put the son in jail for 13 years. Lovely.
This story, which is new to me (in the US), is utterly gripping. So glad I stumbled upon this podcast, which is well-done.
I do agree with another review that the repeated use of the emergency services call in each episode’s intro is tough to take. I actually plug my ears and cringe.
Good but not engaging
It’s a great story but I found that I missed a lot because it wasn’t very engaging for some reason. I quickly lost track of names which was confusing. I got distracted by dialect differences since this is from NZ and I’m from the US. Worst of all, I wasn’t able to download any episodes which is super annoying, but probably a problem with iPhone (?)