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Shortcut: Was my ancestor Australia's first serial killer?

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This is a "Shortcut" episode. It’s a shortened version of this week’s more detailed full episode, which is also available on our feed. 

Like many of us, our guest today has researched her family tree using an online ancestry website.

Unlike most of us, Julie DiBella found a serial killer lurking in hers.

Julie has spent the last couple of years researching the crimes of her great great grandfather, Robert Francis Burns, who has gone down in the histroy books as potentially Australia's first serial killer.

Julie is writing a book about her infamous ancestor, and she joins us on Australian True Crime today to tell us what she's discovered so far.

We will keep you updated once Julie's book on Robert Francis Burns is released. Click here to purchase her previous book on 1970s Sharpie culture: Rage - A Sharpie's Journal

Click here to listen to our episode with Michael Adams from the "Forgotten Australia" podcast, about Robert Francis Burns' hangman, Elijah Upjohn.

For Support: 

Lifeline  on 13 11 14

13 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)

1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732


Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram 

Guest: Julie DiBella

Executive Producer/Editor: Matthew Tankard


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