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Jul 23, 2017

Coming soon from Stuff: A groundbreaking new podcast series on the most controversial murders in New Zealand history - the killing of five members of the Bain family in 1994.


Jul 23, 2017

It’s June 20, 1994. Police are called to a rundown home in Dunedin, New Zealand. They’re not sure what to expect after a panicked phone call.

But inside were five dead bodies, a chaotic scene and and several clues pointing to the killer.


Jul 23, 2017

By any standard, this family was unusual, even bizarre.

Mother Margaret Bain's complicated spiritual life   and beliefs meant the family was constantly encouraged to put Satan behind them.

She practised self hypnosis, meditation and channelling. Their life in Papua New Guinea helped to concentrate the family's oddness....


Jul 23, 2017

From the outside, the Bain family seemed to have settled into a new life in Dunedin.

Eldest son David was on a new path, while sister Laniet appeared to have given up prostitution and Arawa was thriving as a budding teacher.

But in the six months before the shootings, cracks began to emerge.


Jul 23, 2017

The shootings appalled the country and deeply shocked the community and wider Bain family.

Yet sole survivor David Bain’s unusual reaction surprised many. Loyalties were tested. Suspicions were raised. And then an arrest is made.