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Stuff NZ’s first podcast tops iTunes charts

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Fairfax New Zealand’s first major podcast series released through Stuff.co.nz, has gripped audiences as it explores one of the most controversial unsolved murders in New Zealand history.

“Black Hands”, the new podcast series immerses audiences in the developments of Bain murders – the execution-style killing of five members of the one family in 1994 – and exhibits the extensive three-year long research conducted by senior journalist, Martin van Beynen.

Since its launch on Monday, “Black Hands” has already accumulated more than 80,000 downloads and has quickly stolen the top spot on the New Zealand and Australia’s iTunes charts. It currently sits at 7th in the UK store.

Kamala Hayman, The Press deputy editor and one of the two producers of the podcast, said the 10-part series serves as a re-investigation of a case highly disputed in New Zealand, uncovering new revelations and possible motivations for the murders and post-murder events.

“Martin has spent three years distilling the case down to the essential details and he provides insights which can only come with an exhaustive analysis of the case,” she said.

Along with the podcast, Stuff has supported the investigation with an interactive story on its site, incorporating photographs and videos that were previously not made available to the public.

“Black Hands” follows the resurgence of true crime stories told in the form of podcasts, joining the likes of The Australian’s “Bowraville”, The Age’s “Phoebe’s Fall” and David Murray’s “Searching for Rachel Antonio.”

Listeners can download “Black Hands” for free, available from the Apple store or Stitcher.

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