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PodcastOne launches true crime series, The Trials Of The Vampire

PodcastOne has unveiled a new true crime podcast – The Trials Of The Vampire.

The announcement:

Grant Tothill, Head of Podcasting at SCA has announced that all ten episodes of PodcastOne’s original True Crime series The Trials of the Vampire created with journalist and writer, Adam Shand. are available exclusively on PodcastOne.com.au and the PodcastOne app.

The Trials of The Vampire podcast delves into a complex and intriguing Melbourne case where a male prostitute is accused of raping and mutilating a client.  Few doubt his guilt and to complete the lurid picture, she says her attacker boasted that he was a 200 year old vampire.

Yet Shane Chartres-Abbott says he was framed and sets out to prove he is the fall guy for a high-level sex ring operating in the city. He fears he will be silenced before he can tell his story but no-one listens and in 2003, he is murdered on the way to give evidence in court.

Three years later, a jail inmate confesses to the crime and makes a series of sensational allegations.  He says serving and past police were involved and the case ceases to be a murder investigation and turns into a probe into possible links between Victoria Police and the underworld. It will become the most expensive investigation in the state’s history and the blood of the vampire gigolo will wash through the halls of power for years to come.

Announcing The Trials of The Vampire, Grant Tothill said, “As we know from the success of American podcasts Serial  and S-Town and the high level of engagement with Australian True Crime podcasts released over the last 12 months, listeners have an appetite for true crime stories.  The long narrative form style of podcasting gives journalists and authors like Adam Shand the ability to really get into a style of story telling not found with print, TV or even books and allows them to take people on a journey in a compelling and exciting way.”

“The Trials of the Vampire was an opportunity to explore the extraordinary potential of the  podcast medium to bring crime stories to life with all their colour, intrigue and grit. In making the series, PodcastOne gave me an open palette to combine storytelling elements from the different media I have worked in. I could create a story in a manner that had no limitations,” Shand said.

Source: Southern Cross Austereo

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