Episode 5 of the Newsroom podcast Peter Ellis, the creche case and me is an up close and personal look at what remains one of New Zealand’s most notorious High Court trials.

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.

Peter Ellis, the creche case & me is an 8-part Newsroom Investigates video series and podcast presented by Melanie Reid. WATCH THE SERIES OR LISTEN TO EPISODE 5 BELOW or on your favourite podcast app, including Apple and Spotify

It is June 1993 and the night before the verdict in a case that has consumed the nation with its far-fetched claims of satanic rituals and children being sexually abused with needles and sticks. Accused childcare worker Peter Ellis spends it with young reporter Melanie Reid, recording the very last of their remarkable clandestine interviews in his flat, hours from finding out whether he will be locked away.


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Melanie Reid is Newsroom's lead investigations editor.

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