Morbidology the Podcast – 121: Karen Ristevski

Podcast released on: 11th October 2021

In 2012, a 19-year-old junior at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill was found brutally murdered in her own apartment after she returned from a local dance club. The murder would send shockwaves throughout the area and fear of an opportunistic killer quivered in the air. Over time, however, it soon became apparent that…


In summer of 2016, a married mother of one would vanish after leaving her home in Avondale Heights, Melbourne, Australia. The disappearance would immediately baffle investigators and hold the collective attention of the local community as well as the community further afield. Soon enough, bizarre allegations regarding the family’s relationships would be publicized in the media, launching the case into sensationalism.

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Audio Sources:

“EXPLAINER: Inside the gripping Karen Ristevski mystery | 60 Minutes Australia”

“A Current Affair Karen Ristevski Story 19 June 2017”

“Borce Ristevski’s prison sentence increased to 13 years for manslaughter of wife | ABC News”

“Daughter stands by her father after he pleads guilty to killing her mother | 60 Minutes Australia”

Sources:

Herald Sun, 3 July, 2016 – “Fears for Missing Mum”

The Age, 4 July, 2016 – “Plea for Help”

Herald Sun, 12 July, 2016 – “Police Interview Woman’s Husband”

Heald Sun, 13 July, 2016 – “Grave Fears”

Herald Sun, 14 July, 2016 – “Pray for Karen”  

The Age, 15 July, 2016 – “Fears Grow as Search Continues for Missing Mother”

The Courier Mail, 15 July, 2016 – “Police Narrow Potential Murder Zone”

The Australian, 16 July, 2016 – “Police Shift Focus in Hunt for Missing Mum”

The Australian, 19 July, 2016 – “Mounting Family Debt Dogged Missing Melbourne Mum”

Geelong Advertiser, 23 July, 2016 – “I Would Have Liked to Have Killed Her”

Herald Sun, 23 July, 2016 – “Family Secret Gave Stepson a Motive”

Herald Sun, 24 July, 2016 – “She Planned to Leave Dad”

The Australian, 28 July, 2016 – “Public Plea for Boutique Owner”

Herald Sun, 28 July, 2016 – “Desperate Clue Hunt”

The Advertiser, 1 August, 2016 – “No Word on Missing Wife”

Herald Sun, 1 August, 2016 – “Cameras Will Yield no Clues”

The Australian, 11 August, 2016 – “Ristevski Marriage a Fake”

The Australian, 12 August, 2016 – “Missing Mum’s Shop Shut Down”

The Australian, 24 August, 2016 – “Police Deny Bid to Muzzle Ristevskis”

Herald Sun, 24 August, 2016 – “She’s Still Alive”

Bendigo Advertiser, 25 August, 2016 – “Check Your Properties”

Herald Sun, 26 August, 2016 – “Nine’s $50k Shame”

The Advertiser, 27 August, 2016 – “Phone Clue to Missing Mum”

Bendigo Advertiser, 27 August, 2016 – “New Clues in Search for Missing Melbourne Mother”

The Australian, 29 August, 2016 – “Family Circus Belittles Hunt for Karen”

The Australian, 30 August, 2016 – “Missing Woman Inherited From Dad”

The Australian, 10 September, 2016 – “Ristevski Brother Stands by Husband”

The Age, 20 December, 2016 – “Dams Drained as Search Continues for Mother”

Herald Sun, 21 December, 2016 – “Clues Found to Missing Mum”  

The Advertiser, 21 February, 2017 – “Remains May be Lost Mum”

The Age, 21 February, 2017 – “Police Investigate Body in Bushland”

The Age, 22 February, 2017 – “Body of Missing Mum Found”

The Advertiser, 23 February, 2017 – “Soil on Shovel Key to Solving Mystery”

The Australian, 23 February, 2017 – “Ristevski Case Cops Chasing Strong Leads”

Bendigo Advertiser, 23 February, 2017 – “Shovel Man Story Talk of Mount Macedon”

The Advertiser, 25 February, 2017 – “Suspect was Nice to his Wife”

The Australian, 25 February, 2017 – “Ristevski Speculation Hindering Our Case”

The Age, 7 March, 2017 – “A Life Farewelled as Questions Remain”

The Australian, 7 March, 2017 – “Husband Carries Burden of Suspicion”

The Herald Sun, 16 June, 2017 – “Karen Car Clue”

Geelong Advertiser, 17 June, 2017 – “Ristevski iPad Showed Searches on How Police Find Bloodstains”

The Age, 18 June, 2017 – “Victim’s Brother-in-Law Filmed Near Mt. Macedon”

The Advertiser, 21 July, 2017 – “Man’s Alibi Doesn’t Hold”

Herald Sun, 13 August, 2017 – “Karen Book Plot”

Herald Sun, 9 September, 2017 – “Grubby Gossip Angers Karen’s Family”

The Guardian, 12 December, 2017 – “Karen Ristevski”

Herald Sun, 14 December, 2017 – “Forever in our Hearts”

The Age, 15 July, 2018 – “Borce Ristevski’s Son Arrested”

The Age, 17 July, 2018 – “Borce Ristevski Breaks Down as Daughter Gives Evidence”

The Australian, 17 July, 2018 – “Ristevski Had More than $1 Million Debt”

The Age, 18 July, 2018 – “Consistent Fault with Fuel Gauge”

The Australian, 18 July, 2018 – “Ristevski’s Tears as Daughter Paints Loving Family Picture”

Herald Sun, 20 July, 2018 – “Ristevski an Angry Man”

The Age, 24 July, 2018 – “Borce Ristevski’s Lawyers to ask for Murder Charge to be Downgraded”

Herald Sun, 25 July, 2018 – “Murder No Case”

Herald Sun, 27 July, 2018 – “Killing was no Accident”

Herald Sun, 27 July, 2018 – “Dad, That Doesn’t Make Sense”

The Age, 18 March, 2018 – “Borce Ristevski Warned Daughter not to Trust Police”

The Australian, 15 March, 2018 – “Rushed Burial Should Count Towards Murder Charge”

The Australian, 15 March, 2018 – “Ristevski Son Claims he Talked Borce into Guilty Plea”

The Advertiser, 28 March, 2019 – “Daughter Stands by her Killer”

Bendigo Advertiser, 28 March, 2019 – “Family Pain After Victorian Wife-Killer’s Lies”

The Age, 18 April, 2019 – “Prosecutor May Appeal Ristevski Sentence”

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