Blood Territory

Narrated by: Mark Whittaker
Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Radio & TV, Documentaries
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Publisher's Summary

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

Red blood stains the red soil of the Australian Northern Territory in this true crime thriller.   

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 series contains mature themes and graphic imagery, and listener discretion is advised.   

©2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd. (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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Publisher's Summary

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

Red blood stains the red soil of the Australian Northern Territory in this true crime thriller.   

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 series contains mature themes and graphic imagery, and listener discretion is advised.   

©2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd. (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

About the Creator and Performer

Mark Whittaker is the author/co-author of numerous books including Sins of the Brother about serial killer, Ivan Milat, and Love and Death in Kathmandu, about the massacre of the Nepalese royal family. Much of his career has been spent writing about people, places, and crimes for the Weekend Australian Magazine and, later, Good Weekend. In 2005, he won the Walkley Award for feature writing for a story about a bunch of ordinary citizens who ran into a burning childcare center to rescue the children trapped inside. In 2016, he wrote and voiced a podcast series for SBS on Adelaide’s unsolved gay hate crimes which rose to number one on the Australian podcast charts.

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what a snooze fest

Its 9:15am i have listened for 31 minutes on I'm on my 2nd cup of tea and I have dozed off twice. I am usually pleasently surprised with the free audible originals but this one YAWN YAWN .........

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Meh...

Not bad, but lacking a bit for me. It felt like lots of info that went nowhere really. But I always like to hear true crime... So meh.

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Ehhh

Storyline isn’t that great. Couldn’t keep my attention and couldn’t finish the audiobook. Maybe interesting to some but definitely not to me.

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Started Out Well Then Fizzled

This story grabbed me at the beginning but as it went along it just sort of fizzled.
Not sure what to think about the ending.............

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This is why I hate some true crime podcasts.

Okay look...the author did 2 things wrong in the story. First he didn't do thorough research on the crime itself and secondly he just drags the listener through a clumsy attempt to find out if Justice was served. The listener is left with the question ofl what the hell actually happened?

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Excellent but ...

It’s one of the better Audible “Originals,” and I use use originals in quotations because, all they’ve done is, spliced together an existing podcast. Not too “original” now is it?

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Outstanding

This was an incredibly well-made and compelling documentary! For anyone who likes true crime it is really well done.

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Interesting True Crime story

Really interesting story, it didn't end up the way I thought it would. I'm still not sure what I think.

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Blood territory

The audio was good. I am glad they found the killer. I am glad the story was short.

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very compelling story

interesting location. good mystery. great narration. would like to hear more from thid author. and about the northern Australian community. sounds like yhe wild west.

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