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Episode 4 of the Newsroom podcast Peter Ellis, the creche case and me delves into the belief in an ever-expanding ring of sex abusers.

The belief that a ring of child sex abusers made up of a young gay creche worker and four women living normal suburban lives seizes the imaginations of Christchurch’s establishment. Police raid the homes of the women, trawling a backyard goldfish pond, climbing up into roofs and emptying family board games, before arresting and charging them with a raft of offences.


More about Peter Ellis, the creche case and me: In never-before-heard interviews, this gripping new series takes you inside one of New Zealand’s most controversial legal cases, when a kind of madness gripped Christchurch, resulting in a miscarriage of justice that would take 30 years to put right.

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Melanie Reid is Newsroom's lead investigations editor.

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