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In Mapping Evil, world-leading criminal investigator Mike King joins award-winning journalist Tory Shepherd to take you deep inside the rapidly evolving world of criminal profiling. Offering a look at real crimes through an experienced investigator’s eye, Mapping Evil takes you on a journey into the minds of predators and the lives of those tasked with bringing them to justice. Explore some of the world’s most chilling investigations and learn how understanding the geography of crimes, preda ...
 
Award-winning journalist Stan Grant explores this data-driven world with an all-star guest list – from a NASA astronaut tackling climate change, a fire chief battling increasingly destructive blazes to a Governor confronting a city in crisis. Also challenging guests to weigh in on a topic way out of their comfort zone, Stan unearths what makes them tick, their instincts under pressure, and the single thread that connects them all. From common leadership challenges to solving some of the bigg ...
 
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It’s September 1952 on the night of the new moon and 22-year-old university student Betty Shanks is making her way home from evening classes. The journey from her tram stop to the home she shares with her loving parents is a mere 400 yards along a path Betty has strode countless times before. On this night, Betty would not survive the walk. With th…
 
In the cold hard light of day, police investigating the murder of Betty Shanks are confronted with a sickening scene of unbridled savagery and punishment. Reports of the gruesome crime leads the evening news, while theories as to who could possibly commit such a monstrous act start to circulate. Among the lineup of potential suspects was a soldier,…
 
The first time Desche Birtles took her story to police she was a 16-year-old runaway. It was a harrowing account of a childhood trauma – one that tied Desche’s father to the brutal murder of Betty Shanks – and one that police would repeatedly dismiss. For historian and author Ted Duhs, Desche’s tale was so compelling that he would dedicate decades …
 
Touching down in Los Angeles after a fairly uneventful 14-hour flight from Australia, criminal profiler Mike King is tired but happy to be home after a gruelling fortnight of back-to-back meetings, events, and media engagements. As he makes his way through LAX, his phone rings. On the other end the caller says: "I listened to your interview on the …
 
On a moonless spring night in 1952, a bright young woman – only metres from her home – screams out in terror as she is overpowered, brutally beaten and left to die on an otherwise safe suburban street. The savage murder of 22-year-old Betty Shanks sent shock waves through the tight-knit community of Wilston and came to be known as the crime that st…
 
In a special case update from Mapping Evil, Mike and Tory investigate how the sad story of a missing Colorado mum morphed into a high-stakes, circumstantial murder trial – plagued by rumour and innuendo. Suzanne Morphew – a vibrant mother-of-two – disappeared from her home on Mother’s Day 2020. One year later, her high school sweetheart and husband…
 
In a special bonus episode of Mapping Evil, Mike and Tory revisit the macabre case of the Lafferty brothers (Episode 8) – a truly disturbing story of religious fanaticism and ritualistic murder. Nearly 40 years on from the gruesome slayings of new mum, Brenda Lafferty and her daughter Erica, Mike shares candid interviews with convicted killer, Dan …
 
The proven formula for driving digital transformation at a global scale Brian Boulmay is on a mission to democratise data. He believes multinational companies can create greater efficiency, accuracy of insight, and collaboration if they share data sets. During his tenure as the Global Integration Director for BP, Brian Boulmay developed the award-w…
 
How can leaders use technological innovation to mitigate and respond to a crisis? Kim Zagaris spent the first part of his career serving in the army, but a twist of fate saw him switch from army tanks to fire trucks. As he drove home from a night out with his mates, he was confronted by a fire out of control. Pulling up, a firefighter directed him …
 
Criminal profiler Mike King on using data to find the truth in any situation As one of the world’s leading criminal investigators, Mike King is intimately familiar with high-pressure, life and death scenarios. For 40 years, he’s worked with law enforcement around the world, taught top police investigators the art of criminal profiling, and consulte…
 
Geologist Dr Kathryn Sullivan tackles the world’s biggest challenges with a little innovation Dr Kathryn Sullivan’s innate curiosity and love of exploration has led her to outer space, to ocean floors, and to leadership roles solving complex issues like climate change, poverty, inequality, and political unrest. As a specialist geologist, Dr Sulliva…
 
From the team who brought you Mapping Evil, join legendary Australian journalist and ‘gentlemen interrogator’ Stan Grant as he goes toe-to-toe with everyday people faced with extraordinary responsibilities. In this special preview episode of Directions, Mapping Evil’s own Mike King shares his leadership lessons – from teaching top cops the art of c…
 
Where is the line when it comes to wielding the power of data-driven insight and when should it be crossed? Each time you use your mobile phone, you leave a trail behind. Each app you’ve tapped on, every browser you’ve opened, each link you’ve clicked on, leaves a digital footprint. That data can be used in so many useful ways – whether it’s planni…
 
Exploring the terrain of where innocence is lost Across the course of his career, Mike has found that a skilled predator will almost always leverage the element of ‘geography’ to turn the tables in their favour. Whether a victim’s risk level is inherently high or low, and regardless of whether the victim is known or a stranger to a perpetrator – ge…
 
The man behind the map In this special bonus episode of Mapping Evil with Mike King, award-winning journalist Tory Shepherd takes a closer look at the man behind the map. With a little encouragement from Tory, Mike delves deep into his past, sharing intimate details of the stories that have shaped his life and career. From a near fatal accident dur…
 
How can we ensure the data that matters is informing our actions? Linda Peters advises the US and other governments along with the United Nations on how to turn data into effective action and policies. From forecasting the timing and scale of catastrophic food droughts, to formulating strategies for the mass deployment of foreign aid, Linda Peters …
 
Mapping nature or nurture When does a faith built on love and compassion transform into the darkest of beliefs? What is the catalyst that takes a devoted parishioner on a journey to become a prophet, and then a predator? In this episode, Tory Shepherd and Mike King take a closer look at crimes committed in the name of God. They explore the malevole…
 
Governor Martin O’Malley tackles crime and politics with his sleeves rolled-up Imagine being elected mayor of a city declared one of America’s most violent and dysfunctional, with drug markets, criminal gangs, and murder rates all out of control. That was the leadership challenge Martin O’Malley faced when he became mayor of Baltimore. He knew the …
 
Mapping precious last steps Oliver Ben Gerrish is every parent’s worst nightmare – charismatic and cunning, he represents the most dangerous of serial predators. By the end of his reign of terror, ‘Big Ben’ as he came to be known, had irreparably damaged the lives of more than 550 children and their families. In this episode, Mike and Tory discuss …
 
Exploring where cruelty blooms Join Mike King and Tory Shepherd as they unpack the crimes of two of the most malevolent human beings to ever draw breath: Utah’s Blaine Hogge Nelson – suspected of 70 to 80 rapes across 11 states – and Australia’s own Boogieman, Mr Cruel. Walk with King as he dramatically retraces the steps of both Nelson and Cruel –…
 
Exploring where all is lost. When married mother of two Suzanne Morphew went missing from her Colorado home on Mother’s Day 2020, it appeared as if she had simply vanished off the face of the earth. Together with her anxious family, Mike King mobilised an army of 700 volunteers, all equipped with cutting-edge tracking technology, to scour and map m…
 
We’re living through incredible times. Technology has given us new ways to live and work we never would have thought possible. We’re using data, technology and science to innovate and solve problems on a global scale. And we’re being challenged to unravel the complexities of today’s connected environments. Directions is the leadership podcast where…
 
Hunting the hunters Even for seasoned investigators like Mike King, crimes against the most vulnerable members of society – such as those in their twilight years – are amongst the most difficult to comprehend. In a jailhouse interview with serial killer Daniel Ray Troyer – a man who is suspected of brutally murdering at least 13 elderly women – Tro…
 
When location becomes a liability For veteran law enforcement specialist Mike King, the element of ‘location’ is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to investigating serial crimes. Determining how, when, and why the paths of a predator and victim have intersected is crucial for investigators to understand victimology, which…
 
Taking down the Zion Society “I've been involved in a cult that's sexually abusing children. Do you have a moment to talk to me?” These were the words that turned what was otherwise a normal day for Mike King into the most pivotal moment of his law enforcement career. What soon followed was a coordinated response of a magnitude rarely seen in US la…
 
When profiling evil, what lessons can we learn? How can exploring the macabre crimes of Robert Ben Rhoades - the infamous Truck Stop Killer - help law enforcement officials half a world away? Join Mike King and Tory Shepherd as they peel back the layers of the investigation into one of the USA's most prolific serial sexual sadists. Peek into the wo…
 
Navigate the complex terrain between victim and predator Mapping Evil is hosted by award-winning journalist Tory Shepherd, featuring renowned criminal profiler, cold case specialist, and crime mapping master – Mike King. Offering listeners a look at real crimes through an experienced investigator’s eye, Mapping Evil takes you on a journey into the …
 
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