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Janine Vaughan stepped into a red car on a rainy night 19 years ago— and disappeared without a trace. Ever since then, Janine's sister Kylie has devoted her life to searching for her.
Publish Date: Mar 17, 2021
Janine Vaughan stepped into a red car on a rainy night 19 years ago— and disappeared without a trace. Ever since then, Janine's sister Kylie has devoted her life to searching for her. While three men have been named the main persons of interest since Janine went missing, new evidence and potential suspects have cropped up over the years and have complicated the mystery even further.
Kylie and Adam disclosed extraordinary allegations of corruption and cover up in the police investigation. They talked about key evidence and even a possible murder weapon. A bloodied knife, which was destroyed by police when they were meant to keep it and have it tested for DNA. And they talked to me about illegal drugs, about cranks, who claimed to know where Janine was buried in forest and even links to students at the town's Charles Stuart University. I would learn how many people in Bath just had turned almost mob, like on the town. Senior police detective and Deputy Mayor Brad Husbands painting this man as a killer as the community rumor mill rotated wildly in the months and years after Jeanine's disappearance. Anyone that knows me knows that it's just completely baseless. Kylie wanted to know if a podcast investigation might find new evidence and exposed a presumed killer who has eluded police since one fateful early morning in December 2000 and one. We talked about Janine on a sunny afternoon in the outdoor garden bar of the hotel. The toll of the past two decades on Kylie and Adam was not obvious to me that day. they put on brave faces. In the months since, I've come to understand a little bit about how difficult it has been for them and the rest of the family. This is so vulnerable. I think you have to check out these different things. But like you said, you know you're a clear minded person and you've come in going well. This is very far, whereas I just believe that we think and then go well. It could happen because it does happen. Kylie hopes that by re examining Janine's case in this podcast, digging into new leads, talking to numerous people and inviting help from the public, we might find her sister's body and her killer. But this is a mystifying who done it. Each time I think we're getting close, something new comes up and takes the investigation in another direction. I didn't know it when we first met, but this is also a story about Kylie's relentless quest for answers. It has now enveloped me and my longtime friend Peter Murphy. Peter is bringing his skills as a former criminal defense lawyer and judge to this investigation. To try to find Janine's killer has he is just a stay of five with his role as well as being a busy married mum in her early forties, Kylie is a passionate country music singer. She performs in pubs and at weddings and special occasions in towns across the Hunter Valley, lifting the spirits of revelers. Here she is at one of those gigs, five people getting married by In her spare time, she's out tracking down witnesses, turning up evidence she's dug with her bare hands into soil in thickly wooded forest near Bath East. When she's been told her sister's body was buried there, she stalked suspects and informants online and chases cryptic leads sent to her Facebook page. And she tracks former and serving cops when she believes they might know something. Kylie tells me about most of these events, but usually she tells me afterwards, because she knows that I want her to slow down. She also finds women who know very dangerous men in the bath this region, and she wins their trust. I asked her to pause for her own safety and to let us try to catch up, and she said to me, um, if you ask me so I think he's capable of doing this to your sister? She said Yes, 100%. Yes, he is. He's a monster. He would shoot at anybody that would come to the property and put his big spotlights on them. Make them that scared that they wouldn't be coming back. She said that there's a lot of mine shaft add on the property. He is of violence. A fearless criminal. Oh, I feel sick. To be honest, Every time I look at his photo, I think, Oh my God, that's disgusting. You're disgusting. I sent the photo to Adam today this morning, and he's like, I know that guy. I've seen that guy. I thought that guy was So he's racking his brain now, thinking that he may have even seen him once when he was out with Janine. You won't lose anything Bye by pulling back in pursuing that life, you won't. I will go out to the property and look around. That would be crazy. Instead, I'll take you out there, I said, Let's just get this bastard and she's pretty much vaccine. Let's do that. I can't imagine if we got out there and we found something. Just imagine I think that you're really starting to poke the bear. I'd actually like that. I'd like them to come and say to me, What the hell have you been doing? At our first meeting in that hotel in Sydney, Kylie told me about the three most prominent and known persons of interest in Janine's disappearance. They were called as witnesses to a coroner's inquiry in 2000 and nine. We're going to look at all of this evidence that we're going to hear from each of these men, but there are others now. We've uncovered new evidence and compelling allegations about people who have not been publicly linked with Jeanine's disappearance before. One is a depraved and cruel individual is the same man Kylie was talking about before. We'll have a lot more to say about him later in this series. In the meantime, it's important to know more about a trio of known men who are connected to each other because each has been raised in the past as a key person of interest