HISTORY III: The Mighty Mongrel Mob

The legend goes, sometime in the 1960s, a group of criminal youth appeared in front of a judge in Hastings, a city of 49,000 in the Hawke’s Bay region. The youth stood in front of the judge who berated them for their misdeeds, eventually calling them “nothing but a pack of mongrels”

The term ‘mongrel’ originated to define a dog of unidentifiable mixed breed, but overtime the term had taken on different meanings. The term evolved to be used by some in a derogatory sense to refer to a person of mixed racial origin and finally ‘mongrel’ became a term used by some to refer to ‘mischievous delinquents’.

This was the manner in which the judge delivered his ‘mongrel’ comments to the youth present. Far from rejecting the term, the men embraced the word and began to refer to their group as the Mongrels. By 1970, the Mongrels evolved into the Mongrel Mob gang.

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Tēnā koutou friends,

Jessica here with a quick update on some things happening around the podcast. Just an unscripted update on the state of the podcast right now with information on when new episodes are coming. Plus we update you all on some new information sent to us on an old case.

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Music sourced from:

Punch Deck


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ANZAC II: Private Victor Spencer

Victor Spencer first signed up to fight on the 16th of April 1915. Still only 18 years and 5 months old, he lied about his age, saying he was born two years earlier so he would meet the minimum age of 20.

Private Victor Spencer set sail to Suez, Egypt with the 1st Battalion Otago regiment. After landing in Egypt, the battalion was quickly sent off to Gallipoli, Turkey in early November 1915, Victor would have just had his 19th birthday.

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Music sourced from:

Long Note Two by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3994-long-note-two
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Despair and Triumph by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3641-despair-and-triumph
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Sad Trio by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4314-sad-trio
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Case 26: Shayne Sime

"Is there any way that, is there any way... Is there any way we could change your mind on what you’re doing?"

"Nah, I’ve made my ... I’ve made my mind up, I’ve had enough."

"So there’s ... so there’s no ... there’s no coming back. Are you saying there’s no coming back?"


"So there’s nothing that you want to live for?"


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Music sourced from:

Divider Line

"A Love Song For Someone I Once Knew", "Why Has the Radio Stopped Playing"

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0

Day of Chaos by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3620-day-of-chaos
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Mesmerize by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4994-mesmerize
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Man Down by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4016-man-down
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Dreams Become Real by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3678-dreams-become-real
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

INVESTIGATES II: Suicide Prevention

Friends, suicide and depression are destressing topics. However, it is also for some; a bleak reality. Within our own lives, in the past couple of weeks, we’ve known of two people who took their own lives. 

As you may be aware, NZ has one of the highest rates for sucide in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in particular youth suicide. 

For these reasons, as well as feeling extremely troubled and saddened by these numbers, we are going to do the only thing a podcast can do, talk about it. As such, True Crime NZ has decided to investigate the growing problem and see what we as a collective can do, if anything, to prevent further suicide attempts. 

If you are suffering from depression, suicidal ideation or just need someone to talk to; resources are available:


Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor

Lifeline 0800 543 354 or 09 522 2999 or free text 4357 (HELP)

Suicide Prevention Helpline 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOK0)

Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234

Samaritans 0800 726 666.


Visit https://yourlifecounts.org/find-help/ to find your country.

Case 25: Alice May Parkinson

NAPIER, HAWKE'S BAY. The tiny township of Hampden is found approximately 62km southwest of Hastings in the Hawke’s Bay region. Settled in 1863, the town was an industrial town, primarily sawmilling and farming. In 1900, the town changed its name to Tikokino due to there already being a location called Hampden in the South Island.

With a population of less than a thousand, Tikokino has a mostly quiescent history. A few bush fires ravaged the town from 1889 to 1908, razing some houses and sawmills. Other than the looming threat of fires, the town that consisted of a general store, a bootmaker, a bakery, a blacksmith’s forge, a butchery and a post office was a quiet and peaceful place.

However, Tikokino in the late 19th century would become the birthplace of one of New Zealand’s most curious and divisive characters. This is the tale of Alice May Parkinson.

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Case 24: The Invercargill Tragedy

INVERCARGILL, SOUTHLAND. Wednesday, 8th of April 1908. 10.45am. Archibald McLean, a city missionary, left his house on Crinan Street in Invercargill, Southland to start the day. His eyes wandered toward his neighbours property, the Baxters. Something caught his interest, the Baxter property, occupied by husband and wife James and Elizabeth Baxter and their five children, was eerily quiet. Something odd for the usually bustling household.

Archibald, out of curiosity, crept over to the Baxter residence and peeked through the front window. It was the bedroom of two of the Baxter boys. The two young boys lay seemingly peacefully in their double bed. However, a sinking feeling came over Archibald when he peered up at the pillows and saw an abundance of blood. Archibald ran for the nearest telephone to call for police.

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