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  • Summary

  • Please note: this series contains mature themes and graphic imagery; and listener discretion is advised.

    How far would you go to clear the name of the man convicted of your son's death?

    Red blood stains the red soil of the Australian Northern Territory in this true crime Audible Original Podcast, Blood Territory.

    Less than 250,000 people live in the Northern Territory, an area more than twice the size of Texas. If you want to escape from civilisation, you don't have to go far. But you can't outrun the heat. Every year during October and November the sweltering climate can drive people wild; they call it "˜Suicide Season', "˜Mango Madness' or, more plainly, "˜The Build-up'.

    It's during this blistering heat that Jim O'Connell's body is found in a creek bed, mummified and with his genitals removed. But when a dubious plea deal buries the truth and puts Jim's best mate, Philip Mather, behind bars for the crime, the victim's parents seek to unravel it themselves to prove Philip's innocence.

    Follow journalist Mark Whittaker's journey into the murky heart of the Northern Territory as allegations of police corruption and judicial racism emerge and a shadowy figure known as The Vigilante lurks on the fringe of the investigation.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 10 episodes to your Library now.

    ©2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd. (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.
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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: Trudy's Story

    The Death of Jimmy O'Connell
    Aug 18 2019

    In November 2007, Philip Mather was arrested on suspicion of luring his good mate, 22-year old Jimmy O’Connell, out into the Northern Territory bush, punching and stomping him into unconsciousness, before setting fire to Jimmy’s car... with Jimmy in it. But did he do it? Jimmy’s parents don’t think so. Journalist Mark Whittaker investigates.

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    26 mins
  • Ep. 2: Meeting a Dangerous Man... Maybe

    The Death of Jimmy O'Connell
    Aug 18 2019

    After 11 years in prison, Philip Mather insists he is not responsible for the death of his friend Jimmy O’Connell. Journalist Mark Whittaker tracks him down to sit face-to-face with a man convicted of a brutal killing.

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    21 mins
  • Ep. 3: Jimmy's Last Day

    The Death of Jimmy O'Connell
    Aug 18 2019

    Two best mates who see each other every day suddenly start hurling abuse at each other in a supermarket - and then one of them goes missing. Could Jimmy O’Connell’s last day tell us anything about what happened to him?

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    22 mins

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Intriguing

So addictive and well done... I however still have seen huge ignored questions like, for example, the autopsy findings do not correlate with the supposed mode of murder. Shame

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hmmmmmm.....

well that's 5 hours I will never get back. too confused and it was hard to have any empathy with anyone

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STUNNING

This is a great listen from start to finish. An extraordinary story....brilliantly told. Mark had me at "hello".


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More than a mystery A journey into people's lives

I enjoyed this immensely, the narration was captivating and I really feel I went on a journey. do I have a definitive conclusion... No but I feel I will be thinking about this for a while. I feel there have been a good few audible podcast with a similar feel like west cork, ghosthunter and John safran VS the occult. I do hope there are more of the same in audibles future.

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Well That was a waste of time.... SPOILER ALERT

4 hours of noisy background sounds, horns, traffic, drums etc which made it really difficult to listen to. I was all for giving up, but got hooked into hanging on to hear the vital piece of evidence that cleared the guys name and proved his innocence! Well that was a bit pointless, in the summing up, he made a few inaccurate statements contradicting earlier statements, then came to the conclusion that there WAS no conclusion of innocence!

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? miscarriage of justice in Oz

Continuing prejudice causing opacity of the facts. A very good listen about interesting people and the difficulty of solving a real life who-done-it.

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what a twist

really didn't expect the outcome. another fabulous audible investigation. definitely worth a concentrated listen maybe twice

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excellent

I really enjoy true stories and this very good true story held me attention from start to finish. Would rrcommend

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really good

it a series well put together. the way the story is told is very clever and interesting

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Thorough

I thought this was a good story, well told. U also thought the reporter did a good and thorough jib if working his way through the story.

it was good to see the ending although I won't spoil it for anyone by saying what it is

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  • 06-09-20

Thoughtful Aussie true crime

I liked this podcast a lot. It took us through a murder of young man in northern Australia and the conviction of his friend a aboriginal man. A murder that the victims family doesn’t believe was committed by the person they convicted. This podcast looked to get to the bottom of a complicated case that involves many shady players with the cops at the top of the suspect list.

If you enjoy true crime this should be on your listening list!

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  • 06-09-21

Gripping

I found this podcast to be a compelling, creepy and gripping examination of the murder of a young man in the Australian Northern Territory. The journalist details a very thorough study of all the characters involved and sums up nicely at the start of each episode to help recap. I binged it on a long drive and it easily aided in the drive with its compelling story arcs. Highly recommend. That said, the podcast concludes while leaving open a few remaining questions -- SPOILER ALERT - why was the man found naked, why were his genitals mutilated, who is the owner of the single flip flop? The journalist fails to tie up these loose ends and my assumption is - he does not know the answers to these questions. My heart goes out to the family of Jimmy ~ may they one day find peace.