In tonight’s second episode, Keiran McGee and Pip Rey are three months into their investigation into the unsolved 1975 disappearance of their relation, journalist, and activist Juanita Nielsen.
Keiran is following a fortuitous tip about Shayne Martin-Simmonds, one of the men that was in the King’s Cross, Carousel Club the day Juanita went to a meeting there and vanished. Shayne might be in New Zealand so Keiran travels to visit his relatives. His relations tell her that he’s dead – but strangely there is no hard evidence in NZ of his death.
Back in Australia, Pip and Keiran further explore Juanita’s life. What they find reveals both Juanita’s character and her sophisticated strategies to stop powerful developers like Frank Theeman. Frank Theeman is now dead, but at a strange meeting with an anonymous source connected to the Theeman family, Keiran’s own safety is threatened.
Juanita’s unsolved disappearance has spawned many theories and Pip and Keiran explore author Barry Ward’s view that she was onto a big story about Abe Saffron. They also dig deep into old development applications – a process which casts some doubt on potential benefits Frank Theeman might have got from Juanita’s absence.
While Keiran interrogates the coronial inquest into Juanita’s disappearance with writer Peter Rees, Pip is in contact with a source who reveals, for the first time publicly, a first-hand account of Juanita’s death.
In the wake of his chilling account, the crime and corruption it points to, Keiran lays out her conclusions about the mystery. Juanita’s relations reflect on the meanings of what they have discovered about her extraordinary life.
Production credits: A Wildbear Entertainment Production for the ABC. Developed with Screen NSW Slate Development and financed with the assistance of Screen NSW. Director Kriv Stenders, Executive Producer Alan Erson, Producer Keiran McGee, Associate Producer Laura Ritchie, ABC Executive Producer Ben Commens and ABC Factual Manager Julie Hanna.