ABC podcast reveals new leads in cold case murder

It’s the cold case that everyone’s talking about. After 37 years, will new evidence solve the murder of Melbourne mother Maria James?

The overnight release of Episode 2 on the ABC‘s Trace reveals new leads that journalist and host, Rachael Brown suggests could have serious implications for more than one Australian institution.

After reinvestigating the Maria James murder case for the past year, Trace presents a thorough and compelling examination of the events leading up to her murder, and the suspects and evidence recorded by police during the investigation that followed.

In the latest episode, testimonies of blood-covered suspects leaving the crime scene, and allegations of child sex abuse come to the forefront of the investigation.

ABC Walkley Award-winning Rachael Brown revealed on The Project, “There’s someone that was ruled out that I don’t think should have been. There’s a new suspect that I’ve found, that I think should have been questioned at the time and wasn’t.

“On the day of the murder, a witness saw someone near the crime scene covered in blood. And just who that person was will shock you.”

Working alongside Maria James’ two sons, and the now-retired homicide detective who was part of the initial investigation, the Trace podcast team has appealed to the Australian public to provide new information that can bring truth to the surface of this unsolved mystery.

Episodes 1 & 2 now available. Subscribe to Trace on the ABC Radio appApple Podcasts, or wherever you get your favourite podcasts.


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