• True Stories season three, episode three (Illustration by Jeremy Lord) (SBS)Source: SBS
Examining the significant role of gay 'beats' for men seeking male sexual partners - and how they soon became the target of a series of menacing attacks

11 Oct 2016 - 5:14 PM  UPDATED 11 Oct 2016 - 5:14 PM

Beats are secretive places – they provide anonymity for men seeking sex, but this secrecy also provides a cover and protection for their attackers. “Todd” ran away at 16 and lived on the streets of Adelaide. The street kids he hung out with used to head to beats and used Todd as bait to lure men into the bushes because of how young he looked. This wasn’t the only group targeting homosexuals at beats.   

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Listed as iTunes Best Podcasts of 2015, True Stories returns with Season Three: a special five-part investigation into the untold true stories of Adelaide's gay-hate murders, told by award-winning Australian journalist, Mark Whittaker. The series is adapted from Mark's true crime long-read which will be published online at the end of the series.

True Stories Season Three is inspired by the SBS network event Deep Water - a drama, documentary and online investigation unearthing gripping true crime stories and a buried chapter of Australia’s recent history.


True Stories is commissioned and produced by Australia's multicultural broadcaster, SBS.


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Journalist: Mark Whittaker
Producer: Gina McKeon
Mix, Music and Sound Design: Martin Peralta
Additional music: Gonzalo Peralta
Illustrator: Jeremy Lord
Commissioned by: Ben Naparstek & Kylie Boltin
Actor: Laurence Coy

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