63. New Zealand – Mystery in the Sounds (Part 2)

The Marlborough Sounds hold one of New Zealand’s biggest mysteries: what happened to Ben Smart and Olivia Hope in the early hours of new year’s day 1998? Scott Watson, was behind bars for two counts of murder. He was convicted, even though no bodies were ever recovered, there was no crime scene and no murder weapon. Watson always proclaimed his innocence. Twenty years after that fateful morning, the mystery man might have been identified, as the final piece in this haunting puzzle. Or was it?

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Olivia Hope & Ben Smart – Missing Persons

Doubt – The Scott Watson Case




Scott Watson poll shows rising public doubt about murder convictions

Sounds of disquiet: What happened to Ben and Olivia?

Sounds like murder

The full interview: Gerald Hope and Scott Watson                                                                                

Created & Produced by Sonya Lowe

Narrated by Noel Vinson

Researched by Two Red Romans Productions

Music: “Nordic Medieval” by Marcus Bressler

Background track: Doblado Studios: https://www.youtube.com/c/DobladoStudios

This True Crime Podcast was researched using open source or archive materials.