Episode 1 of the Newsroom podcast Peter Ellis, the creche case and me pulls you into a time of fear and hysteria, rife with claims of satanic ritual abuse against children.

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 1 BELOW or on your favourite podcast app, including Apple and Spotify.

In this shocking first episode, we take you into early 1990s Christchurch with its conservatism, white power gangs – and claims that satanic cults and ritual abuse might be occurring under everyone’s noses.


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Melanie Reid is Newsroom's lead investigations editor.

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