• Summary

  • Ghost Gate Road is one of those rare stories that you can never unhear, and it will embed itself in your subconscious like a virus and haunt you. Through time psychopaths have lived amongst us. But there are psychopaths and then there is Australia’s Vince O’Dempsey. Currently in prison for life for three murders, and charged with another, he has self-confessed to thirty-three killings. His weapons of choice are knives, and as a last resort, his bare hands. On the serial killer pop charts thirty-three victims puts him way above the Milwaukee cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer, on a level-pegging with the Killer Clown, John Wayne Gacy, and just a fraction behind the infamous Ted Bundy. But Vince’s criminal associates laugh at his humility when it comes to a body count. All are convinced that his tally exceeds 100 victims. In this podcast series, author and journalist Matthew Condon, takes us back to Vince’s early years, where he terrorised a small country town and ultimately graduated to become the most feared man in the Australian underworld. We will piece together the story of his victims over half a century. We will talk to men and women who were close to him - family, workmates, fellow gangsters - and survived his evil. Gang members and criminals who worked shoulder to shoulder with Vince in the underworld finally speak out about the killer in their midst. And we will search deep into wild bushland for that unholiest of Grails – Vince O’Dempsey’s mythical private graveyard, where his many victims rest.
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Episodes
  • Hold Close Your Loved Ones

    Dec 22 2020
    The clock is ticking and psychopath Vince O’Dempsey, after so many decades of freedom, is finally held accountable for murder. Justice may be served in the McCulkin case, but countless questions remain unanswered. What of the string of missing persons – from prostitutes and low-level criminals to drug crop cooks, female backpackers and even a four-year-old child – that police think may be linked to Vince? With Vince in his 80s, it’s a race against time for cold case detectives to resolve these mysteries. And finally, have we found Vince’s private graveyard, and the last resting place of Barbara, Vicki and Leanne McCulkin?
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    1 hr and 5 mins
  • Dead Horse Lane

    Dec 17 2020
    Episode 8: As homicide detectives get closer to arresting Vince, he disappears deep into the Australian bush, living off the land, hiding in caves and dug-outs in and around Ghost Gate Road. Vince is finally captured and charged with the McCulkin murders, as is his accomplice Shorty Dubois. But it’s still a long road to a guilty verdict, and like a trapped wild animal, Vince starts making plans to eliminate some of the witnesses who plan to testify against him.
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    57 mins
  • Knives, Guns and God

    Dec 14 2020
    Episode 7: Vince and his de facto, Di Pritchard, are like Australia’s version of Bonnie and Clyde, keeping one step ahead of the police for years after the McCulkin triple murder. Meanwhile, more details emerge of people around Vince who have vanished. After an inquest recommends that Vince be charged with the murders, the Queensland Government declines to pursue the case in court and, once again, Vince is set free. Then forty years to that day after the McCulkin killings, two tenacious detectives decide to crack the cold case once and for all, and they set their sights on Vince.
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    1 hr and 2 mins

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