Razor Gang Wars: The Rise of Tilly Devine & Kate Leigh | Actors Anonymous & Blancmange Productions

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It’s been a few years since Deadhouse: Tales of Sydney Morgue dove into the underground history of Sydney’s streets but this third season turns its focus on the infamous and iconic duo of Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh. But while Tilly and Kate were making names for themselves as famous female criminals, there were women on the other side of the law taking advantage of their own opportunities.

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The Various Methods of Escape | Mon Sans Productions with Actors Anonymous

There is a particular type of public fascination with kidnapping cases, perhaps because of great sympathy for the families and children who suffer the cruel crime or out of morbid relief that your family was lucky. One especially famous case that garnered a lot of attention was that of Jaycee Lee Dugard who was found in 2009 after being held captive for 18 years or the fictional account of Jack and his mother in Room by Emma Donoghue, based on the real experiences of Elizabeth Fritzl, found in 2008 after being held by her father for 24 years. At the heart of these media frenzies or the fictionalised stories seems to be a need to understand; how could this happen? Who would do something so awful?

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Razorhurst Walking Tour | Blancmange Productions

In the 1920s and 30s, Sydney earned a variety of newspaper nicknames including Knifehurst and Bottlehurst but the one that stuck was Razorhurst. Blancmange Productions returns this year with another true crime event that dives into the actual locations of murder and revenge during some of Sydney’s bloodiest years.

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Simmonds & Newcombe: The Deadly Run | Actors Anonymous & Blancmange Productions

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For the second instalment of DEADHOUSE: Tales of Sydney Morgue’s second season, Actors Anonymous and Blancmange Productions bring to light a classic story of the Australian bloke. Kevin Simmonds and Leslie Newcombe were underdogs whose petty crimes and dangerous mistakes set them on the run.

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