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60 Minutes: Samantha Knight - Never Forgotten/Waist Not, Want Not/Broken Justice

Nine April 2, 2017

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Samantha Knight - Never Forgotten If she was still alive, Samantha Knight would have turned 40 a few days ago. Instead she will always be remembered as the bright and ...

Samantha Knight - Never Forgotten If she was still alive, Samantha Knight would have turned 40 a few days ago. Instead she will always be remembered as the bright and beautiful nine-year-old girl from Bondi who one day in August 1986 simply vanished. Her disappearance led to one of the largest police investigations and searches in NSW history but her body has still not been found. In 2001, the notorious paedophile Michael Guider was charged with Samantha's murder, and six months later pleaded guilty to manslaughter, claiming he hadn't meant to kill the little girl. Guider showed no remorse over the crime, but plenty of callousness - he said he simply couldn't remember what he did with her body. Michael Guider is now 66 years old and, having spent the last 21 years in prison, convicted of more than 75 sexual offences against more than a dozen children, is about to become eligible for parole. In a 60 Minutes exclusive, Ross Coulthart tracks down the key witness in the investigation: the man Guider confessed his crimes to. As well, and for the first time, another of Guider's child victims speaks publicly about how he destroyed her life. Coulthart's interviews provide a chilling insight into the mind of an evil paedophile, and powerful testimony to keep Michael Guider locked up. Waist Not, Want Not Being beautiful can be very bad for your health, according to the 24-year-old French model Victoire Macon Dauxerre. Actually, she is now an ex-model. Her fashion faux pas was to write a bestselling book exposing the ugly secrets of her profession, and explaining how the demands of being a model very nearly killed her. Dauxerre tells Tara Brown about the inhumane treatment of young girls in a cutthroat business where careers are made or broken on the whim of agents, photographers and clothing designers. But when Brown asks one fashion industry icon for a response to Dauxerre's claims, she ends up receiving a thin-skinned temper tantrum. Broken Justice Beth Staveley was a 68-year-old grandmother living happily on the Gold Coast with her partner of 20 years, Dennis Wakefield. But one day in June 2014, as she slept in her bed, Wakefield attacked and killed her. For police it seemed to be a tragic but straightforward domestic violence incident and Wakefield was charged with murder. However, the case didn't proceed to trial in the normal criminal system. Instead the matter was dealt with in a 30-minute hearing in Queensland's little-known Mental Health Court. Dennis Wakefield, who had never been diagnosed with a mental illness, went from being a killer to a patient. Now, just three years on from the killing, Ross Coulthart discovers that Wakefield is back out in the community, living in an aged-care facility. Alarmingly, neither the management of the home nor any of its other residents had a clue there was a killer living among them, until contacted by 60 Minutes. Coulthart's investigation raises serious questions about Queensland's judicial and health systems, as he attempts to find out why the wellbeing of a violent killer has seemingly overtaken consideration for the safety of the rest of the community.

60 Minutes
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60 Minutes: Vapour Trails/Petite Tina/Never Give Up/Update: Who Killed Josh

Nine April 9, 2017

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Vapour Trails For years and years, executives from big tobacco all over the world perpetrated the myth - always with a straight face and often on oath - that smoking was ...

Vapour Trails For years and years, executives from big tobacco all over the world perpetrated the myth - always with a straight face and often on oath - that smoking was neither addictive nor harmful. But Tara Brown has just done an interview that will surely take your breath away. It's with a current, senior scientist at British American Tobacco who finally admits what we have all known for a long time. Smoking kills. No, he doesn't have a gun held to his head, but he does have an agenda. He wants to promote nicotine e-cigarettes, or vaping as it's also called in Europe and America. And guess what? It is safer than tobacco ... but does that mean it's really safe? Petite Tina Time flies when you're having fun. Just ask Tina Arena. Many will find it hard to believe, but it's 40 years since a confident, in-tune 10-year-old girl quickly nicknamed Tiny Tina began belting out pop songs on the TV show, Young Talent Time. And if you do the maths, that means this year Tina Arena is celebrating another significant milestone. But while we've always loved her and her music here in Australia, she's been an even bigger hit in France. Never Give Up When Anna Meares retired last year she did so as the greatest female track cyclist ever. It's a wonderful achievement, but it would not have happened without her coach Gary West, the gruff taskmaster and brilliant tactician who engineered her success. Tragically, now Gary is in for the ride - and the battle - of his life. He has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease, a cruel condition with no cure. His body is rapidly failing him and doctors have said he may only have months to live. But Gary is up for the fight - and so is Anna Meares. Update: Who Killed Josh Last year 60 Minutes reported the case of young aboriginal man Gene Gibson, convicted of killing 21-year-old Josh Warneke in Broome in 2010. Liam Bartlett's investigation revealed a police case against Gibson which was so flawed and incompetent that even Josh's mother, Ingrid Bishop, has been fighting to have her son's killer freed. This week the West Australian Court of Appeal heard more arguments why this is one of most shocking miscarriages of justice in the state's history.

60 Minutes
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60 Minutes: The Great Escape/The Hornet/A Tooth For An Eye

Nine April 16, 2017

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The Great Escape Who hasn't dreamt about quitting their job to live on a tropical island or travel around the country on a never-ending holiday? Well, incredibly, more and ...

The Great Escape Who hasn't dreamt about quitting their job to live on a tropical island or travel around the country on a never-ending holiday? Well, incredibly, more and more Australians are actually doing it, and it's not just those with greying hair who are enjoying these nomadic adventures. Thousands of young families are giving up the rat race, packing up their lives in the city, and choosing the great escape. As Tara Brown found out, it's a wonderful way of life, until it goes wrong. The Hornet If Jeff Horn wasn't bullied and called names when he was a kid growing up in Queensland, it's likely he'd still be Jeff who? But the schoolyard thugs taught him a great lesson: How to stand up for himself. And he's done such a good job of it, Jeff Horn is now The Hornet, the World Boxing Organisation's No.2-ranked welterweight fighter. This Brisbane school teacher is a rather improbable boxer though, brainy instead of brawly, respectful instead of raging. As Liam Bartlett reports, The Hornet will need every skill possible when he takes on his next opponent, the 11-time world champion, boxing legend, Manny Pacquiao. A Tooth For An Eye Imagine suffering with partial or total blindness for years only to have your sight restored with, of all things, one of your own teeth. At first it sounds more like quackery than groundbreaking medicine. But it's not. Doctors remove the patient's tooth and implant it with a new lens into their eye. This extraordinary operation has been done overseas before, but until now, never in Australia. As Ross Coulthart reports, the procedure is as risky as it is ingenious but the reward, if successful, is life changing.

60 Minutes
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60 Minutes: Kelly/States Of Hate/Keep Out/The Missing

Nine April 30, 2017

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Kelly What's more impressive: Selling a 100 million albums or having Beyonce as your best friend? For Kelly Rowland it doesn't matter because she can claim both, and a whole ...

Kelly What's more impressive: Selling a 100 million albums or having Beyonce as your best friend? For Kelly Rowland it doesn't matter because she can claim both, and a whole lot more. At 36 her life continues to be a blur of brilliance. A superstar solo singer who first made her name - alongside the Queen Bey - as a member of one of the world's most successful girl groups, Destiny's Child. Kelly is also now a judge on The Voice, where the wannabe stars, if they're smart, will learn a lot from this very busy and driven woman. States Of Hate This weekend in the US, President Donald Trump notches up his first 100 days in office. And many would argue that so far he has lived up to expectations. But the rise of Donald Trump has also seen a disturbing surge in the number of hate groups and hate crimes. There is now a genuine fear that we are witnessing a new era of racism-fuelled hatred, and that ignoring it and those who perpetrate hate will do nothing to stop it. Update: Keep Out On Thursday Prime Minister John Howard announced he was imposing tough new restrictions on gas exporters to solve our domestic energy crisis and reduce prices for Australian consumers. It's a drastic step which Mr Turnbull says is needed to save the economy, and more particularly 65,000 jobs at immediate risk. But he also says state and territory governments must allow greater gas exploration to increase supply. That's all well and good, unless it gives the gas producers a licence to do what they want. Last year 60 Minutes reported how cattle farmer Kane Booth was forced off his land, his livelihood destroyed, when Queensland Gas Company moved in to extract coal seam gas. Well Kane is still fighting, and QGC is still acting like a bully. Update: The Missing It's an alarming and surprising statistic: every hour four Australians go missing. That equals 100 people a day, or 38,000 a year, who vanish. Thankfully most are found relatively quickly, but for the families of those who aren't, the torment of not knowing what has happened to their loved one is devastating. Because of her own terrible experience when her 24-year-old brother disappeared, Loren O'Keeffe has decided we must do more to help the families of missing people.

60 Minutes
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60 Minutes: The Killer Storm/Helter Shelter/Impossible Choice

Nine May 14, 2017

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The Killer Storm All Australians are used to weathering frequent and ferocious thunderstorms, but the one that raced through country Victoria and slammed into Melbourne on ...

The Killer Storm All Australians are used to weathering frequent and ferocious thunderstorms, but the one that raced through country Victoria and slammed into Melbourne on November 21 last year was loaded with unexpected peril. Within a matter of minutes the entire city was left gasping for air in a mass asthma epidemic. Thousands were struck down, including many who weren't even asthmatic. Emergency services were unable to cope with the number of calls for assistance and hospital emergency departments were overflowing with distressed patients. Tragically, nine people died that terrible day. What caused it was a highly unusual phenomenon called "Thunderstorm Asthma", but this outbreak was the most severe and catastrophic the world has ever seen. In a special 60 Minutes investigation Tara Brown reveals that what is even more frightening is that it will happen again. The problem though is that no one knows where or when. Helter Shelter Confused about the property market? Can't afford to get in? Can't afford to get out? Well you're not alone. Surely, getting and keeping a roof over our heads should not be this hard. But the housing crisis continues to defy all attempts at a solution. It gets more shambolic and divisive by the day. The haves against the have-nots, rich versus poor, even old against young. This week on 60 Minutes, the Nine Network's Finance Editor, Ross Greenwood, gets some blunt advice from those who should know the answers: Australia's property billionaires. Impossible Choice Like thousands of other young mums, newspaper journalist Elle Halliwell will celebrate her first Mother's Day on Sunday. It's a joyous time for Elle and her husband Nick, who welcomed a baby boy into their lives last December. But it's happiness mixed with stress and fear because two days before Elle discovered she was pregnant she was told she had a rare and dangerous leukaemia. Back then she faced an awful dilemma: abort the baby and save her own life, or risk her life by delaying her cancer treatment until after the birth. It's a decision that is still causing Elle heartache.

60 Minutes
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60 Minutes: Cassandra Sainsbury: The Real Story/Don't Tell

Nine May 21, 2017

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Cassandra Sainsbury: The Real Story For the past five weeks South Australian woman Cassandra Sainsbury has been locked away in a dingy and overcrowded prison in Bogota, ...

Cassandra Sainsbury: The Real Story For the past five weeks South Australian woman Cassandra Sainsbury has been locked away in a dingy and overcrowded prison in Bogota, Colombia, accused of smuggling cocaine. The evidence against her is damning: 5.8kg of the drug were found in her suitcase at the airport as she tried to leave the country. Cassandra says she's innocent, but the reality is her prospects are bleak. It's a distressing time for the 22-year-old as well as her mother and sister, who've spent the last week in Bogota trying to make sense of this awful nightmare. Don't Tell As a 12-year-old, Lyndal was sexually abused while she was a boarder at Toowoomba Prep, one of the Anglican Church's elite private schools in Queensland. Her attacker always told her, "Don't tell, no-one will believe you," and as it turned out, he was right. The abuse went on for eight harrowing months before the predator's evil was discovered. But that wasn't the end of Lyndal's suffering. Her attempts to get the help she desperately needed were ignored by the school and the church. Even approaches to then-archbishop Peter Hollingworth led nowhere. He went on to become Australia's governor-general, while Lyndal's life spiralled out of control. After years of misery, one day she decided she'd had enough and what she did next saw the beginning of the end for the governor-general. Lyndal's inspirational battle has now been turned into a movie called Don't Tell, but she's never spoken publicly about her ordeal. Until now.

60 Minutes
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60 Minutes: The Survivor/Boom To Bust/Search For A Son

Nine July 16, 2017

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The Survivor Twenty years ago this month the world was transfixed by the frantic search for life at the alpine ski resort of Thredbo. A landslide had obliterated two ski ...

The Survivor Twenty years ago this month the world was transfixed by the frantic search for life at the alpine ski resort of Thredbo. A landslide had obliterated two ski lodges, burying 19 people beneath an enormous deluge of mud, concrete and rock. As hours turned into days, and with temperatures plunging well below freezing, the prospect of finding survivors began to fade. That was until the muffled cries of Stuart Diver were heard from beneath the rubble. With incredible courage, Stuart clung to life as an extraordinary rescue effort got underway. And 65 nerve-wracking hours after the landslide, Thredbo's sole survivor emerged to the cheers of the world. For Stuart Diver the elation was short-lived. Numbed by the loss of his beloved wife Sally and so many close friends and neighbours, he struggled to rebuild his life. Eventually he found new love and looked to start a family. But once again tragedy struck when his second wife, Rosanna, was diagnosed with cancer. She lost her fight for life, but not before giving birth to a beautiful baby girl. In a breathtaking 60 Minutes interview, Stuart Diver speaks candidly to Tara Brown about Thredbo and his life of love and loss. We meet those who were pivotal to his survival and the daughter who has become his world. Two decades after the disaster, Stuart's incredible zest for life is an inspiration to us all. Boom To Bust It's no secret that the big banks can be ruthless when they want their money back. But this story reveals a new low in their breathtaking arrogance. For more than 30 years Roy Lavis helped to build Cairns and turn it into the bustling tourist mecca it is today. His construction company also directly and indirectly employed several thousand locals. Roy's business was so prosperous the Commonwealth Bank threw money at him and encouraged him to expand. In return he always paid them back on time, principal and interest. Everyone was a winner. Until suddenly the bank changed its mind. Search For A Son A thirst for adventure took Australian Owen Rooney on a dream trip halfway around the world. But he never made it back home. After walking out of a Canadian hospital in 2010, Owen, then 24, simply vanished into the night. It soon became clear the circumstances of Owen's disappearance were as disturbing as they were baffling. In the months after he went missing 60 Minutes joined Owen's family in British Columbia as they searched in vain for their son. There were no answers then, and in the years since, his fate has remained a mystery. That is, until now.

60 Minutes
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60 Minutes: Hamish And Andy/Breaking The Code

Nine May 28, 2017

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Hamish And Andy Like Dame Edna and Kylie before them, Hamish and Andy have achieved such a level of fame there's no need to bother with their last names. For the record ...

Hamish And Andy Like Dame Edna and Kylie before them, Hamish and Andy have achieved such a level of fame there's no need to bother with their last names. For the record though, they're Blake and Lee. The stars of radio and television have been making Australia laugh for 15 years now, although when the gangly duo first came to our attention, no-one predicted their longevity or celebrity. On 60 Minutes, Hamish and Andy share the rather simple secret to their business success - if they're having fun, then so too will their fans. Liz Hayes is also invited behind the scenes to meet the best mates' families and she discovers there's a new generation of performer who can't wait to steal the show. Breaking The Code In a Brisbane court in May, one of Australia's most horrendous crimes was finally solved when 78-year-old Vince O'Dempsey was found guilty of murdering young mother Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters, 13-year-old Vicki and 11-year-old Leanne. In all likelihood, the evil thug O'Dempsey will now spend the rest of his life in prison, along with another monster, his 70-year-old co-accused, Garry Dubois, who was convicted of the crime in a separate trial late last year. The murders happened 43 years ago and had been one of Queensland's oldest cold cases. But as Ross Coulthart reports in this major 60 Minutes investigation, the brutal crime was only solved because of the incredible dedication of two unassuming police detectives who convinced two vital witnesses to do the unthinkable - to break a four-decade-long criminal code of silence.

60 Minutes
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60 Minutes: The Long Way Home/Must-win Battle/Remembering Anthony Foster

Nine June 4, 2017

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The Long Way Home Joel De Carteret's remarkable journey proves the power of love can overcome truly impossible odds. There's an extraordinary ending to this story, but it ...

The Long Way Home Joel De Carteret's remarkable journey proves the power of love can overcome truly impossible odds. There's an extraordinary ending to this story, but it begins with heartbreak. As a five-year-old Joel got hopelessly lost from his mother when he wandered away from the family home and into a bustling city market in the Philippines. He searched and searched but couldn't find her, and eventually was taken to an orphanage. Imagine his despair as for the next 18 months this little boy contemplated a future with little hope. But Joel was plucky and also lucky. He was adopted by a caring and loving Australian family. He went on to lead a happy and successful life here, except something was always missing. Six months ago, 30 years after getting lost, Joel De Carteret couldn't ignore the pain any longer. He had to find his birth mother. But in a country of 100 million people, where would he even start to look? Must-win Battle Everyone at Nine knows and loves Matt Callander. He's not just a great bloke, but as the boss of Nine's award-winning rugby league coverage, he's also a very talented TV executive. Twelve months ago though, Matt was diagnosed with an aggressive and deadly brain cancer. Understandably his life was thrown into turmoil but instead of feeling sorry for himself and quietly retreating to the love of his beautiful wife and four children, Matt has set out to defeat the odds. His battle is uphill, a lot like the local under-eight team taking on the State of Origin-winning NSW Blues, but he doesn't care. Matt's determined to find a cure for this terrible disease, and as Peter Overton discovers, it's a search that starts with a beanie. Remembering Anthony Foster For the past 20 years Anthony and Chrissie Foster have been fighting the Catholic Church and in particular, Cardinal George Pell. They've been battling for the most fundamental of rights: recognition and justice for their two daughters - and countless other children - who were the victims of paedophile priests. Tragically and unexpectedly, 64-year-old Anthony died last week after a fall at his Melbourne home. Tara Brown looks back at this tireless crusader's courageous work.

60 Minutes
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60 Minutes: One Helluva Day/Crook Deal

Nine May 7, 2017

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One Helluva Day February 18 this year was one helluva day for Glenn Dickson. The 25-year-old spear fisherman was 40km off the Far North Queensland coast when he was attacked ...

One Helluva Day February 18 this year was one helluva day for Glenn Dickson. The 25-year-old spear fisherman was 40km off the Far North Queensland coast when he was attacked not once but twice by a 3.5m bull shark. His right leg was severed and his femoral artery ruptured. Glenn couldn't have been in a worse predicament. He was hours away from the medical help he desperately needed and as close to death as a human can get. So much went wrong that day for him, but as he tells Peter Stefanovic, so much more went right. His mates kept reviving him as they raced him to hospital. And he kept on thinking about his fiancee and precious young children. If ever it was needed, Glenn Dickson's story proves how the power of love can be life-saving. Crook Deal Complaining about the greed of the big banks might be a national pastime, but often it's completely justified. Take the National Australia Bank for example. On Thursday it announced a half-yearly cash profit of almost $3.3 billion. It's an impressive result which shareholders have applauded. But to make such enormous amounts of money the bank needs people like Cathy and Terry Maloney - the North Queensland couple who were two of NAB's most loyal and diligently honest customers. They ran a successful tourism business and prided themselves on never falling behind in their loan repayments. But as Ross Coulthart reports, the NAB's treatment of the Maloneys is so diabolical it redefines the concept of bank bastardry. It started when the bank told the couple they must refinance their business, and then introduced them to - and insisted they work with - a convicted criminal who claimed he was a financial expert. The Maloneys didn't stand a chance and they went from prosperity to poverty. But what is most alarming about this crook deal is that it could happen to anyone with a bank loan.

60 Minutes
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60 Minutes: Unmasked/Game On/Turia

Nine June 11, 2017

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Unmasked Nineteen-year-old Dylan Voller spent much of his childhood locked up in juvenile detention centres in the Northern Territory. And there he might have stayed, caught ...

Unmasked Nineteen-year-old Dylan Voller spent much of his childhood locked up in juvenile detention centres in the Northern Territory. And there he might have stayed, caught up in the revolving door of the prison system, if it wasn't for the public exposure of shocking videos depicting his treatment on the inside. The images so outraged the nation, the prime minister ordered the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT. Despite this Dylan remains a polarising figure. Many people argue he deserved what he received; he was an out of control criminal and the community was safer with him locked up. But as Liz Hayes reports, Dylan doesn't shy away from the criticisms of his behaviour, and what he has to say will surprise many. Game On Reporter Peter Stefanovic used to think computer gaming was not much more than a bit of fun on a lazy afternoon when there was nothing else to do. But on 60 Minutes he discovers how wrong he was when he meets gamers who are so skilled on the keyboard, they actually make a living out of it. In fact, e-sport, as its known, has become a multibillion-dollar industry. The best players earn seven-figure salaries and are treated like celebrities as they tour the world performing in overflowing stadiums you have to see to believe. Turia When Turia Pitt was trapped in a raging bush fire and suffered horrific burns six years ago, she fought an incredible battle just to survive. By coming so close to death she learnt how precious life is and how important it is to live it. Turia's recovery - often painful and slow - continues even today, but it hasn't stopped her walking the Kokoda Track, cycling across Australia and competing in multiple iron woman events. She also devotes a significant amount of her time to raising money and awareness for Interplast, the not-for-profit organisation which provides life-changing surgery and medical training in 17 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. A few weeks ago Turia was about to embark on her latest adventure, climbing to Mt Everest base camp in Nepal.

60 Minutes
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60 Minutes: Sins Of The Father/Thin Ice/Richo/Update: American Villain

Nine July 23, 2017

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Sins Of The Father There's never been more scrutiny of the world's major religions, with a series of sex abuse scandals and cover-ups testing the most faithful. But there's an ...

Sins Of The Father There's never been more scrutiny of the world's major religions, with a series of sex abuse scandals and cover-ups testing the most faithful. But there's an equally sinister doctrine being openly preached in small suburban churches scattered around Australia. They call themselves the Independent Baptists, a radical, non-aligned movement with no connection to the mainstream Australian Baptist Ministries. Under the extreme teachings of this church, women must submit to their husband's every whim. Now one very brave victim of this evil doctrine has decided enough is enough. She lived through hell by being married to a so-called Christian pastor who raped her several times a day. She unfortunately discovered that this cruel dogma runs deep, as her own son, also a pastor, has now turned against her. Thin Ice Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan are two of the most famous ice skaters in the world, known not only for their performances but also for one of the biggest scandals in sporting history. The then darling of the rink, Nancy, was knee-capped as she competed for a place on the 1994 US Olympic team. Tonya Harding was accused of being the mastermind of the attack. She was kicked out of ice skating quicker than she could perform the triple axel jump she helped make famous, but that was not the end of this long-running and very ugly sporting spat. Richo If you think politics is bitter and twisted today, it's nothing compared to when Graham Richardson strode the corridors of power. "Richo" was the numbers man back in the heyday of the Hawke and Keating governments, and there was no-one tougher than this head-kicking kingmaker. Twenty-three years ago, however, Senator Richardson unexpectedly quit Parliament. As it turns out, he did it because he had an even greater foe to beat: chondrosarcoma, a devastating cancer in the pelvis. At first Richo battled admirably in his fight, but last year the disease did the unthinkable and began dictating terms to a man very unaccustomed to losing. What this politician did next was both desperate and drastic. Update: American Villain The world's most famous prisoner, OJ Simpson, is about to be a free man. On Friday, the now 70-year-old OJ was granted parole after spending nearly nine years behind bars, and Americans once again tuned-in to watch if the former NFL star would be go free. We've covered the chapters of this saga closely over the years, now it's time for the epilogue.

60 Minutes
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60 Minutes: Mason's Law/Lost At Sea/All The Gloss

Nine February 26, 2017

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Mason's Law Mason Parker's life was as short as it was tragic. At just 16 months of age he was beaten to death in his own home by his mother's boyfriend, a despicable man ...

Mason's Law Mason Parker's life was as short as it was tragic. At just 16 months of age he was beaten to death in his own home by his mother's boyfriend, a despicable man called Troy Reed. It was a cruel and cowardly crime made even worse because warning signs the toddler was being abused were ignored. Days before his death, staff at Mason's day care centre noticed suspicious bruising on his body. They discussed it with his mother, Cindy Sandeman, but unbelievably neither took any further action to protect the little boy. Even more inexplicable is what Ms Sandeman did in the days after her baby son's death. As detectives were investigating the crime, Troy Reed asked her to marry him, and she accepted. Her actions are something Mason's grandparents cannot forget or forgive. They have disowned their daughter and dedicated their lives to making sure their precious grandson's death wasn't for nothing. Lost At Sea Thirty-year-old Ross Chapman is probably both the unluckiest man in the world - and the luckiest. He was alone in his boat fishing 40km off the northern coast of Western Australia, far out of sight of land, when the unthinkable happened. He fell overboard into shark-infested waters. Fear turned to panic when he tried but failed to swim back to his boat. He then watched what he thought was his only hope for survival motor off over the horizon. No-one knew Ross was in trouble, let alone where he was, but an incredible series of chance events led to an unlikely and remarkable rescue. All The Gloss It's a brave man who ventures into the competitive world of women's fashion magazines, so when Liam Bartlett was given this assignment it was with some trepidation that he pressed his nicest slacks, put on his best blazer, moisturised, and sashayed off. He had to scrub up because he was meeting Laura Brown and Jo Elvin, the editors-in-chief of two of the world's glossiest and most influential magazines. And of course, they're both Australians. In a cut-throat business where print circulations and revenues are falling, these two women are somehow reversing the trend, and the titles they head, InStyle (USA) and Glamour (UK), are thriving. But if you're expecting something out of the movie The Devil Wears Prada you are only half right, because there's a whole lot more to the business of beauty mags than just champers and Chanel.

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60 Minutes: Saving Our Sons/The Protector/Craving More

Nine March 5, 2017

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Saving Our Sons Everyone who met 25-year-old Jake Fitzsimmons thought he was a great bloke. He was a local footy hero, had a decent job and plenty of friends. But Jake was ...

Saving Our Sons Everyone who met 25-year-old Jake Fitzsimmons thought he was a great bloke. He was a local footy hero, had a decent job and plenty of friends. But Jake was keeping a heartbreaking secret from his mates, and one day late last year the depression he suffered became too much to bear, and he took his own life. Suicide by young men is rarely talked about so we have yet to properly comprehend its tragic scale. This week the CEO of Lifeline said Australia was in the middle of a "national suicide emergency" and that deaths were at a 10-year high. On average six men take their own lives every day, and for the sake of all the Jake Fitzsimmonses in this country, we must do more to help and support those who are vulnerable. The Protector As NSW's top cop, Andrew Scipione has not just been the person in charge of 21,000 police officers and staff, he has also carried ultimate responsibility for the safety of the state's 7.5 million citizens. He holds the largest policing job in Australia and one of the biggest in the world. Now Commissioner Scipione is about to hand in his badge, and even though he has spent 10 years as the boss and 37 years in total as a policeman, he knows his career may well be judged on just 17 hours, when 18 people were held hostage in the Lindt Cafe siege. But Andrew Scipione doesn't shy away from that. He accepts, as he always has, that the buck stops with him. Craving More KD Lang is as famous for her individual style as she is for remarkable voice; the suited, androgynous performer with the signature, sultry sound. And as a vegetarian lesbian from Canadian cattle country, KD is also one of the most unlikely artists to make it in the mainstream music business. For her entire career she has tested boundaries, starting as a punk country singer before crossing over and taking on the world of pop. With multiple hit songs including the unforgettable Constant Craving, this self-deprecating star is also still amazed by her own success, even as she prepares for a much anticipated tour to Australia.

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60 Minutes: Modern Family/Age Of Anxiety

Nine March 12, 2017

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Modern Family It took teenager Corey Maison enormous courage to publicly declare she was trapped in the wrong body; that her mind didn't match her anatomy. She was born a boy, ...

Modern Family It took teenager Corey Maison enormous courage to publicly declare she was trapped in the wrong body; that her mind didn't match her anatomy. She was born a boy, but since early childhood has felt like a girl. She experienced traumatic and lonely years of confusion and frustration but now, 15-year-old Corey is physically transitioning into a young woman. And she no longer feels so alone because her mother Erica has now also identified as transgender and is becoming a man, Eric. In what is thought to be a world first, in the Maison household mother and son are on their way to being father and daughter. And as Tara Brown reports, the rest of this very modern family are supporting Corey and Eric all the way, even though there are now two fathers and no sons. Age Of Anxiety It's perfectly normal to have occasional moments where we feel nervous or worried, even a little fearful sometimes. But what about when those anxious feelings completely overwhelm and consume a person? It can be debilitating and in some cases life-threatening. In Australia today there is an epidemic of anxiety. It's not understood and it's not talked about, but this year a staggering 2 million people will suffer from this crippling condition. However, as Peter Overton discovers in this 60 Minutes special report, there is hope. Ground-breaking new research in Western Australia may hold the key to future treatments, while in Victoria one of man's best friends is proving a real life-saver.

60 Minutes
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60 Minutes: Lessons Of Hate/Life Sentence/A Fortunate Life

Nine March 19, 2017

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Lessons Of Hate In some schools it seems learning the three Rs, reading, writing and arithmetic, is no longer enough. There is now a fourth R: "radicalisation". Education ...

Lessons Of Hate In some schools it seems learning the three Rs, reading, writing and arithmetic, is no longer enough. There is now a fourth R: "radicalisation". Education authorities are so worried about a rise in religious extremism among students that they have identified dozens of Australian schools as possible breeding grounds for junior jihadis. Equally worrying, earlier this month the principal and deputy of one high school in Sydney's south-west were stood down after refusing to implement a government de-radicalisation initiative. It was a program designed to counter antisocial and extremist behaviour. The replacement principal is now promising to teach students core Aussie values. But is that enough in the battle for our kids' hearts and minds? Life Sentence Danielle Laskie is an intelligent and kind healthcare worker from Melbourne who's devoted to helping others. But is she too devoted? Maybe even a little bit naive? Two years ago she started exchanging letters with a murderer serving a 63-year stretch in a US prison. Almost immediately the penpals became partners, and then last year they literally married at first sight inside one of America's toughest jails. It's probably not how most brides imagine their weddings will be, but Danielle is blissfully happy with her life sentence and she's now campaigning to prove her husband's innocence. Which begs the question: Is the con conning his new bride? A Fortunate Life Peter Holmes a Court knows he has had - and is still having - a very fortunate life. As the son of Australia's first billionaire, corporate raider Robert Holmes a Court, Peter was always destined for a career in the business world. For a while he did just that. In 2006, he and actor Russell Crowe famously took over one of our most revered footy clubs, the South Sydney Rabbitohs. But less well known is the personal cost Holmes a Court paid for helping steer Souths back to greatness. His marriage failed, as did his business partnership with Crowe - bitterly. So, finding himself at a crossroads in his life, Peter Holmes a Court decided to go back to where his story began, back to the spectacular wilds of Africa.

60 Minutes
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60 Minutes: Extreme Vetting/Family Business/Great Barrier Grief

Nine March 26, 2017

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Extreme Vetting Tragically this week the world once again experienced the barbarity of Islamic State extremism when homegrown terrorist Khalid Masood went on a deadly rampage ...

Extreme Vetting Tragically this week the world once again experienced the barbarity of Islamic State extremism when homegrown terrorist Khalid Masood went on a deadly rampage on London's Westminster Bridge and at the Houses of Parliament. Even though it occurred on the other side of the world, the atrocity is a reminder that Australia remains a target for terrorists. Unfortunately the London attack also raises critical questions about the Australian Government's special humanitarian intake of 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq. Reports suggest up to 500 applicants have already been refused entry on security grounds. But just who is being allowed in? And how can we be confident that those who seek to do us harm don't beat Australia's version of extreme vetting? For the first time the government has agreed to lift a curtain of secrecy and showed Liam Bartlett just how the selection process works. Family Business On Friday it was announced that after substantial negotiations, the Turnbull government has finally agreed on a deal with crossbench senators about childcare and welfare reforms. The proposals are complicated, and given the current distrust of all politicians, almost guaranteed to disappoint sections of the community. So why is providing the best for our children such a headache? Perhaps we need to look at what's happening in Sweden, where there's a completely different attitude. There, family business is the most important business, and it starts with a paid parental leave scheme that is so generous it's hard to believe. And it's not just for mums. Great Barrier Grief The Great Barrier Reef has always been Australia's great treasure. It's not just beautiful, it's also bountiful, and worth billions of dollars in tourism revenue. But now the largest living structure on the planet is becoming the largest dying structure. Vast amounts of coral are being killed off by rising ocean temperatures. One scientist, Dr Charlie Veron, has been warning of this looming catastrophe for years, but few have listened. However, as Tom Steinfort reports, now that it's probably too late to do anything about this disaster, the world is finally taking notice.

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60 Minutes: Justice For Anthea/Young And Crazy

Nine July 30, 2017

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Justice For Anthea It has been 23 years since Anthea Bradshaw was brutally murdered in Brunei. No-one has ever been charged with the murder, but there has been a suspect: ...

Justice For Anthea It has been 23 years since Anthea Bradshaw was brutally murdered in Brunei. No-one has ever been charged with the murder, but there has been a suspect: Anthea's husband, Jeff Hall. Now, having fought an incredible two decade-long battle for more information about Anthea's death, there may be some hope for the Bradshaw family. In a major 60 Minutes investigation, Liam Bartlett reveals the significant evidence against Hall, and confronts the suspect in Tokyo to ask him what he knew about his wife's murder. Young And Crazy Rusty Young is an adventurer and author attracted to the world's most troubled, dangerous hot spots. He is best remembered for his gripping best-seller Marching Powder, his tale of how he bribed his way into, and then lived among, the inmates of Bolivia's notorious San Pedro prison. But after that, when Rusty relocated to nearby Colombia, things got even crazier. He was recruited by the US government to provide arms and training to Colombian SWAT teams in the fight against the narcos, the drug kingpins, and other violent thugs who ruled the streets.