Kiwi publisher NZME has launched its first true crime podcast, shedding new light on the 25- year-old cold case of missing toddler Amber-Lee Cruickshank through a six-part investigative series.
NZ Herald senior crime reporter Anna Leask led the investigation, researching, writing and presenting the project. The audio will be accompanied by a long-form feature article across several platforms and a short documentary produced and directed by award-winning visual journalist, Mike Scott.
Mr Scott also assisted with field audio recording and still life images.
NZME planning editor Chris Reed, also executive producer of the project, says the publisher seized the opportunity to tell an in-depth, cross-platform story.
“True crime podcasts are by no means a new method of delving deep into a case, but bringing together digital, radio, print and podcast components means we can reach a new level of storytelling, allowing New Zealanders to immerse themselves and follow along as Anna examines new perspectives,” Mr Reed said.
The series – titled Chasing Ghosts – revolves around the disappearance of two-and-a-half year old Amber-Lee Cruickshank who went missing from a house in Kingston, a small South Island town on the shore of lake Wakatipu. The podcast series coincides with the 25th anniversary of the date of the toddler’s disappearance.
The series is available through nzherald.co.nz, newstalkzb.co.nz, iHeartRadio and iTunes.