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Australian Story: Kathleen Folbigg (ABC TV Monday 12 June 2023)

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Australian Story: Kathleen Folbigg airs Monday 12 June 2023 on ABC TV.

Kathleen Folbigg, once considered Australia’s worst female serial killer, was recently exonerated thanks to a decade-long campaign by her supporters, including lawyers, scientists, and friends.

Since Folbigg’s conviction for the 2003 murders of her four children, Australian Story has followed her story as it has taken many unexpected turns. She has always insisted that she is not guilty.

Folbigg’s friends and family, as well as the two detectives who looked into the case, were interviewed for a 2004 two-part series on Australian Story.

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In 2018, Australian Story aired a show that sparked the investigation that led to her freedom. A new investigation into the Folbigg case was announced nine days after the programme aired.

This week, former NSW Chief Justice Thomas Bathurst ruled there is a “reasonable possibility that three of the children died of natural causes,” after years of appeals and two separate investigations.

The researchers who discovered that two of the Folbigg children might have died as a result of genetic mutations are now being interviewed.

Prof. Carola Vinuesa, a geneticist who began studying Folbigg’s DNA after watching the 2018 episode of Australian Story, says, “I think it seemed that the legal team in Australia had finally accepted that the science had to be looked at in detail and taken seriously.”

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This week, a pardon was issued for Kathleen Folbigg.

“One of the really clear conclusions of the Folbigg case is that we need a better system for evaluating cases where there’s a possibility… of a wrong conviction”, says Profess Stephen Cordner from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.

Ben Cheshire is the producer.

Australian Story: Kathleen Folbigg airs Monday 12 June 2023 at 8.00pm on ABC TV

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Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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