The Investigator

9:30pm Wednesday, June 8 on TV One

Following the huge success of his highly acclaimed one-off documentary investigation into the case against Robin Bain, award-winning director and investigative journalist, Bryan Bruce continues his intriguing series The Investigator.

Why do a third series?

” Before I agreed to do a series three, I wanted to be sure the cases would be at least as strong as in season two”, says Bruce. ” The Investigator has been very popular and I didn’t want to do another season if it was just going to muddle along. I’d rather we finished on a high than a low.

“It was only when it became apparent the programmes for season three would be even stronger than series two I decided to make it happen.

“The show is very demanding on me. I read every document, make every phone call to potential witnesses, argue every Official Information Act application. But the show would not be as credible as it is if I did not do the hard yards.”

Tonight, Bryan Bruce takes a fresh look at the conviction of Darfield man, Timothy Taylor, serving a life sentence for the murder of young sex worker Lisa Blakie. In February 2000, Lisa was murdered while hitchhiking from Christchurch to the West Coast. Her body was found in Canterbury’s Porter River. Taylor was accused by the Crown of her killing, and the trial jury agreed. In this episode, Bruce puts the prosecution’s theories to the test and draws his own controversial conclusions.

Missed an episode of The Investigator ? Full episodes are available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘Ondemand’ button.

9:30pm Wednesday, June 1 on TV One

Real crimes are recreated by investigative journalist Bryan Bruce in the new series of TV ONE’s The Investigator.

An award-winning author and documentary maker, Bryan Bruce conducts in-depth investigations into unsolved or unexplained New Zealand crimes. Often taking years to investigate, each case examines issues pertaining to the justice system which affect us all. From the police inquiry through to sentencing, Bruce looks at the judicial process and reveals the ethics and agendas, as highlighted by particular cases.

Meticulously re-examining each crime, he highlights the often embarrassing, sometimes tragic, and occasionally deadly reasons cases remain puzzling or unsolved.

In this new series, Bruce promises fresh evidence and new questions arising from five more high profile New Zealand murder cases- including the brutal murder of Janelle Patton on Norfolk Island in 2002, by New Zealander Glen McNeill. A case which was tragically significant as it was the first murder in the island’s 150-year history.

Bryan Bruce says the new investigations are stronger than any he’s done before.

A lot of that is due to approaches from the public with information and details of crimes that they haven’t previously told the police.

“For example, several of the protagonists in the new series contacted me and asked me to take a look at their individual cases. What I found in some instances was extraordinary and disturbing.”

Episode one asks the question: Who Killed Janelle Patton?

On Easter Sunday 2002, New Zealand chef Glen McNeill is said to have murdered 29-year old Janelle Patton in the boot of his car, on Norfolk Island.

When he was arrested four years later, McNeill said he had killed Janelle by accident. But he later told the court he had made a false confession. In prison since then, he’s contacted Bryan and says he’s prepared to name others involved in the murder.

Missed an episode of The Investigator? Full episodes are available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘Ondemand’ button.

What can we expect from TV One in 2011?  Well, it appears as though the experiment of 2010 has been done away with and the edginess has gone and it’s returned to solid 25-54 programming.

Check out the trailers below.  Unfortunately, the kiwi shows don’t have trailers on YouTube, yet (nudge, nudge, wink, wink @TV2Boy!).

New Shows

Enlightened

Body of Proof

Episodes

Harry’s Law

Offspring

Winners and Losers

Tangle

Suspect Behaviour

Spicks and Specks 

New Local Shows
North – The sequel to Marcus Lush’s highly acclaimed South
Masterchef Masterclasses
Nothing Trivial – from the creators of Go Girls
Do or Die – confronting Kiwi’s with bad health habits
Politicians at Work
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers
Family Feud

Returning Shows
Packed to the Rafters
Undercover Boss
Criminal Minds
Castle
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Returning Local Shows 
One News
Close Up
Sunday
Intrepid Journeys
The Investigator
Beyond the Darklands
Fair Go
Animal Rescue
Coastwatch
Piha Rescue
Real Life
Real Crime 

HT: Kiwiblog

Documentary maker Bryan Bruce hopes that tonight’s broadcast of the Investigator Special: The Case Against Robin Bain, will encourage New Zealanders to have a more balanced view of Robin Bain.

“Here was a man who was a missionary, a teacher for 37 years, a man with a wry sense of humour who loved his family, who was in effect put on trial and vilified without the benefit of a proper legal defence. That cannot be just and fair,” Bruce said.

“David got a fair trial last year. His father did not.”

“There was no forensic evidence that linked Robin Bain to any of the murdered family” Bruce said “and the documentary revealed the questionable chain of actions Robin would have had to have performed – including shooting himself without leaving any of his bloody finger prints on the bloody gun.”

The new evidence revealed in the documentary called into question some of the testimony given by the defence witnesses which portrayed Robin Bain as a depressed man with alcohol and sexual problems.

The most serious revelations however, came in the last part of the programme in which Bruce singled out the evidence of the defence’s surprise witness Daryl Young for special attention.

“In many ways” said Bruce “I think Robin was a victim of the 2006 Evidence Act which allowed in all the hearsay evidence against him and since he and his daughter are dead his reputation cannot be easily defended.”

“When our lawmakers look back at what we should learn from the Bain case, I would hope they will review the disclosure rules so that the defence have the same obligations to disclose as the prosecution. And I think they need to consider whether families ought to be able to take defamation action against people who speak ill of their next of kin,” said Bruce.

Wednesday 17 June, 9.30pm

Award-winning documentary maker Bryan Bruce returns to TV ONE with more in-depth investigations into unsolved and puzzling New Zealand crimes in the local Real Crime series, The Investigator, tonight at 9.30pm.

As host and writer, Bruce takes a look at the justice system, from the police enquiry through to sentencing, and reveals the ethics and issues as highlighted by particular cases. He unravels each case to reveal the sometimes embarrassing, sometimes tragic, and sometimes deadly reasons cases remain puzzling or unsolved. The result, he hopes, will give New Zealanders pause to think about what we really expect from our police, our lawyers, our judges and our law makers.

Tonight The Investigator re-examines the controversial case of Mark Lundy, convicted of murdering his wife and child in 2000. In April of 2002, travelling salesman Mark Lundy was convicted of murdering his wife Christine and his seven-year-old daughter Amber with an axe.

The Crown case against Lundy was based on carefully gathered forensic evidence, including blue and orange flecks of paint collected from Christine’s skull which were consistent with the paint Lundy used to identify his carpentry tools which were kept in the couple’s locked garage. But most damning was the fact that a shirt Lundy had worn on his business trip to Wellington had a tiny piece of his wife’s brain tissue on it.

In January of this year North And South magazine raised a number of concerns about the conviction of Mark Lundy, claiming there were a number of things the jury did not hear and that new expert opinion raised serious doubts about his conviction.

“A crucial issue – and perhaps the only real remaining issue in is this case,” says Bruce, “is the time of death”. At trial, the Crown called Palmerston North pathologist Dr James Pang, who did the post mortem on Christine and Amber Lundy and testified that after examining the stomach contents of the two victims, they had died within one hour of eating their last meal. There was a McDonald’s meal purchased from the Rangitikei Street outlet shortly before 6pm on the night of Tuesday April 29, 2000, so Dr Pang placed their time of death at around 7pm that night.

Lundy claims he was in his Petone motel in Wellington at that time. He received a telephone call from his wife and child at 5.30pm that night and later received a call through a Petone cellphone tower at 8.28pm, leaving a three hour time window in which the Crown argued he drove at high speed to his Palmerston North home, then quickly back to his motel room in time for his second call.

Bruce says, “Justice Ellis told the jury that if they decided the journey in three hours was impossible, they might well consider it ‘fatal’ to the Crown case.

“Well, that Palmerston North jury must have decided based on local knowledge that the trip could be done in that time,” says Bruce. “All I can say is I tried and failed miserably, and I don’t think it can be done. However, I don’t think that the case rests on the time of the journey, but on the time of death.”

Bruce got a court order to gain access to all the trial documents and the Case On Appeal. He has poured over these, and consulted with forensic experts and some of the world’s leading gastroenterologists and pathologists. As a result, he has come to a startling conclusion about the Lundy case based on his painstaking research. But he is tight lipped about what he has discovered: “You’ll just have to watch the programme,” he says.

The double murder of Christine and Amber Lundy has been described as a ‘How Dunnit’ rather than a ‘Who Dunnit’ because the forensic evidence seemed to put Mark Lundy at the murder scene.

Now Bryan Bruce, writer and host of new TV ONE crime programme, The Investigator believes he has solved the mystery of how Mark Lundy murdered his wife and only child.

Lundy’s alibi was that he was in Wellington with a prostitute on the night of August 29, 2000. Part of his defence at trial was that he could not have committed the murders in Palmerston North and driven back to Wellington in the three-hour time slot available to him.

According to his cellphone records, Lundy was in Petone near Wellington at 5.43pm when he finished a call to his wife Christine and daughter Amber. The next call he made that night through a Petone cellphone site was at 8.28pm to a business partner of his Hawke’s Bay wine-making venture.

“This would seem to suggest a window of time of less than three hours to drive to Palmerston North, commit the murders, clean himself up so he leaves no blood in the car, and drive back to Wellington. Frankly it’s a nonsense – especially at rush hour,” says Bruce.

Bryan Bruce has been researching the case and believes he did it by using the internet: “I spoke to a variety of forensic experts around the world who were all keen to help me solve the Lundy riddle.”

Bruce will unveil his answer to the perplexing question of timing on the very first episode of ‘The Investigator’ tomorrow night, “when you hear my solution, you will be surprised by how simple it is.”

“I can also tell you, that while Mark Lundy and his Defence team won’t be happy with my new evidence, the Prosecution may not be happy with me either. What I’ve discovered could very well help Lundy with his attempt to get his case before the Privy Council. And we all know where that can lead!”

The Investigator screens on TV ONE Wednesday 17th at 9:30pm

The Investigator Wednesday 10 October, 9.30pm

When 51-year-old public servant Norrie Triggs died behind the locked door of his Wellington flat in 1996 it was a mystery worthy of an Agatha Christie novel. He had received a large number of blows to one side of his body, one of which had damaged his skull so severely that he bled to death inside his brain.

But who gave Triggs his beating and why? And did he receive the injuries while he was in his flat or when he was out on the town? Bryan Bruce looks the case in The Investigator, tonight at 9.30pm on TV ONE.
As the police tried to solve the riddle of Triggs’ homicide, they discovered that the Wellington office worker was not as ordinary as he first appeared. A notebook found in his flat contained the names of nearly 900 women and follow-up inquiries by the police revealed that he was something of a Casanova, who regularly had sex with a lot of different women.

The police had a female suspect, but after exhaustive inquiries they came to the conclusion that they did not have enough evidence to lay any charges against her.

“The public have a right to be concerned when any homicide is left unsolved,” says Bruce. “I wanted to know why the police had not brought charges against anyone after 14 years. However, when I asked that question, the policeman now in charge of the case, Detective Inspector Mike Arnerich of the Wellington CIB, made it clear to me that the only way I would get information from him was through the Official Information Act. It took 18 months to get some key documents released to me.”

What Bruce discovers takes viewers on a fascinating journey into what it takes to establish a prima facie case against anyone, which ends with Bruce putting his findings to one of the nation’s top criminal lawyers.

And the result? Stay tuned.

The Investigator Wednesday 24 October, 9.35pm

Who’s living next door to you? Do you have the right to know? What if your neighbor has served time for rape, or murder, or was a paedophile? Is that any of your business?

In tonight’s episode of The Investigator (9.35pm on TV ONE), Bryan Bruce examines the issue of whether the public’s right to know supersedes an individual’s right to privacy.
What’s the case? He’s decided viewers don’t have the right to know until broadcast. All he’s promising is that this episode will challenge people’s beliefs about crime and punishment. Do we really believe that once convicted criminals have done their time, they have paid for the crime and should be allowed to get on with their lives? Or are some crimes so heinous that the perpetrators should never be allowed to become anonymous?

The Investigator Wednesday 17 October, 9.30pm

On February 18, 1957, the last man to be executed in New Zealand was hanged behind the walls of Mt Eden Prison. His name was Walter James Bolton – Jim to his mates, although there were precious few of them at the end.

Just two weeks after his Court Of Appeal hearing, Bolton was sent to the gallows having been found guilty of poisoning his wife of 43 years, Beatrice, with arsenic.
At his trial, the Crown argued that Jim Bolton had distilled the arsenic from some sheep dip on the farm into a highly potent clear liquid, which he put into his wife’s tea. However, Bolton left school in standard four, and experts at the National Poison Centre now seriously doubt whether he would have had the knowledge of chemistry required to make the poison.

Did the 68-year-old and the father of six children really murder his wife because he was in love with his sister-in-law? Did his wife Beatrice accidentally kill herself? Or could the real killer have been Florence Doughty – Beatrice’s sister and the woman with whom Bolton was having an affair?

Fifty years on from the Bolton hanging, Bryan Bruce uses medical and forensic techniques not available at the time to explore the reasons for Beatrice Bolton’s death, tonight on The Investigator, at 9.30pm on TV ONE. Bruce examines the original trial documents and reveals new evidence not told to the Wanganui jury who brought in the guilty verdict. He uses Bolton’s case to take a closer look at the issue of the death penalty.