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Notes on Adelaide podcast: The boy who didn't matter

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In this week’s episode, we explore the Adelaide crime that changed the nation and how one journalist’s search for a missing link to the victim led him to another, heartbreaking story of loss and unresolved pain for the man’s friends and family.

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Seven months before University of Adelaide law lecturer George Duncan was drowned in the Torrens – a crime that would eventually lead to the decriminalisation of homosexuality – a young Adelaide apprentice, Wayne Craill, had also drowned in the river.

What happened on that night – October 22, 1971 – and during the subsequent inquest continues to trouble Wayne Craill’s family and friends who want the official findings re-examined.

Journalist Simon Royal has been reporting on the Duncan drowning for years. It was his interest in Duncan that led him to the long forgotten case of Wayne Craill.

In today’s episode of the Notes on Adelaide podcast, Royal unpacks what happened that night by the Torrens – and why the official story doesn’t stack up.

Notes on Adelaide is a weekly current affairs podcast driven by the independent journalism of InDaily, CityMag and SALIFE. This episode was hosted by David Washington and produced by Solstice Podcasting.

New episodes are uploaded weekly. You can find the podcast on InDaily or on your favourite podcast app including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Listen to our previous episodes here.

You can read Simon Royal’s reporting on this case for InDaily here.

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