Meshel Laurie, author, comedian, podcaster, radio and television personality and social activist, is more often found interviewing people for radio, television, crime podcasts or entertaining them on stage.
The roles are reversed for this episode of Murder Monday, where Sisters in Crime convenor Karina Kilmore asks Meshel the hard questions.
Meshel has come a long way from her hometown of Toowoomba. Now resident in Melbourne, Meshel has had an amazing career as a comedian and radio and television personality. She’s appeared on Spicks and Specks, Good News Week, Rove, and The Project. On KIIS 101.1 she hosted Matt & Meshel with Matt Tilley and The 3PM Pick-Up with Katie ‘Monty’ Dimond. She also writes for a large range of publications including Mamamia.
These days Meshel is probably better known for her hugely successful podcast Australian True Crime, co-produced with Sisters in Crime member, Emily Webb. It’s been downloaded nearly 50 million times. Her interest in true crime was sparked from time working as a brothel receptionist in Melbourne where she came across one of Australia’s worst-ever serial killers, Peter Dupas.
She didn’t come to true crime podcasting empty-handed because she’s trained in trauma and palliative care, and currently volunteers with Mercy Palliative Care in Melbourne.
Amongst all of this, Meshel has spent a year working in refugee camps with Save The Children, doing a lot of charity work, whilst raising 11-year-old twins and reading coroner’s reports for fun. She’s also found time to write a memoir and a series on Buddhism. Whew!
Her latest book, CSI Told You Lies: Giving Victims A Voice Through Forensics, came out on 3 August with Ebury Australia.
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