Sirius here. I have spent the last week or so sick. Life, huh? Always getting in the way of my plans. Why should you care? It means the next episode (Part II of Sophie Elliott) is going to be delayed a little bit while I catch up. The script is about three quarters done (already one of the longest scripts I've written) and is feeling pretty good to read. I am liking this one. Just need some more time.
Just in time for Christmas TCNZ Presents: The Cases - Volume I; our first book. This book is a compilation of the first dozen cases of the podcast series.
- Sophie Elliott - 22-year-old Sophie Elliott was stabbed to death by ex-boyfriend Clayton Weatherston. 2008. DUNEDIN, OTAGO.
- Hayden Poulter - NZ's first serial killer. 1997. AUCKLAND CITY, AUCKLAND.
- Beverly Bouma - a 45-year-old mother of four is shot dead after four masked and armed men burst into their secluded farmhouse. 1998. ROTORUA, BAY OF PLENTY.
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The 10th of September 2019 is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). As you may be aware, NZ is 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 - TCNZ is observing World Suicide Prevention Day.
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.
Here we are, 13 episodes in. Since launch of True Crime NZ June 17th 2019, it has been a rollercoaster of an emotion so far, lots of highs and excitement; as well as having some really tough days - as is life.
As the podcast has grown and evolved since the last time we did this. For anyone unaware, TCNZ is comprised of two people; my husband, Sirius; and me, Jessica. The podcast is independently produced, funded by passion for journalism and storytelling. The podcast is recorded in an emptied out cupboard in our spare room; in our spare time from our full time jobs.
Email us directly at: email@example.com
Our contact page: truecrimenz.com/contact
Quick update on episodes coming down the road.
This weekend we will be remaking the Delcelia Witika episode. I have found some new sources and added some interesting information and quotes. The whole script got another rewrite to touch it up a bit as well. I think it improves it a lot.
I have taken the first five episodes of the podcast off the podcast feed. I have decided that we will remaster them down the track. Fix the narration etc.
I believe that the writing is good but it is damaged by the style of the narration and the continued criticism was too much. If you want to listen to the old episodes with the old narration you can find them here at the PODCAST GRAVEYARD. Just keep in mind we will be re releasing them soon with new narration, expanded writing and new editing.