This week on Australian Crime Stories tells the true story of John Friedrich, once an executive director of the National Safety Council of Australia.
But he was also the subject of Victoria’s biggest fraud case and has been described as “Australia’s greatest conman”.
On Thursday, March 7, at 8.30pm on Nine and 9Now, Australian Crime Stories shines a light on this deeply flawed visionary who had immense intelligence matched by dishonesty and a talent for self-promotion.
Who was the mysterious John Friedrich? Was he really the German fraudster Johann Hohenberger? And did he die at his own hand, or was he executed to keep his many secrets hidden forever?
On Australian Crime Stories, investigative journalist, researcher and co-writer Adam Shand interrogates the accounts of the police, criminals and witnesses to present compelling stories of good and bad, heroes and villains, revealing the mysterious appetites and hidden hatreds, the seven deadly sins that are at the heart of all true crime.
Australian Crime Stories is produced by The Full Box for the Nine Network.
Thursday, March 7, at 8.30pm on Nine.