Airdate: Barrenjoey Road

ABC to begin another true crime series, looking at the unsolved 1978 murder of NSW teenager Trudie Adams.

ABC viewers who were hooked on the recent Keli Lane true crime series will want to check out Barrenjoey Road.

Looking at an unsolved 1978 murder, it asks who killed NSW teenager Trudie Adams and why has justice eluded her and her family for 40 years?

This is a 3 part series.

One winter’s night in 1978, teenager Trudie Adams asked her mum to wait up for her as she headed to a dance at Newport Surf Club. Trudie never made it home. Her body has never been found. What happened to Trudie that night? Why has her killer never been brought to justice? Over three compelling episodes, Barrenjoey Road leads to the dark heart of Australia now: high-level corruption, drug deals, multiple murders and sex assaults against women. It exposes the dark underbelly of sunny Australia, the mongrel beneath our idyllic beach and bush lifestyles from the late 70s to the present. Barrenjoey Road is led by investigative journalists Ruby Jones and Neil Mercer.

Throughout the series, Ruby is confronted by the ugly stories of violence of 1970s Australia, especially against young women. Senior crime reporter Neil was investigating Sydney’s underworld not long after Trudie disappeared. He hopes some of his experience and crime connections will help shake loose new facts. Both Ruby and Neil have a resolve to reveal more than the police and other journalists have managed to piece together over nearly 40 years. Their objective is to make sense of compelling but contradictory evidence and pursue suspects who, for reasons that remain mysterious, weren’t fully investigated in the past.

8:30pm Tuesday October 30 on ABC.

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  1. I will be watching this with great interest, growing up on the Peninsula and attending Barrenjoey HIgh School at that time. I was in the year below Trudi at school and her brother was in my class.
    Much more innocent times back then – many local teenagers hitchhiked to get to the beach and around the place due to very infrequent public transport. Was a rite of passage to attend the local dances at Avalon and Newport surf clubs. What happened to Trudi could have happened to any one of us. Her disappearance cast a very dark shadow over the whole community – her mother, a well-known local Councillor, never recovered and died not knowing what happened to her daughter.

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