Yallourn’s con artist (Bonus Episode)

Event Details

This event is running from 1 October 2020 until 1 June 2030. It is next occurring on June 1, 2030 8:00 pm

This true crime bonus episode is about Yallourn’s Con Artist who would become known as Australia’s Greatest Conman. John Friedrich’s career which he used to commit the fraud started at the Victorian branch of the National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) in Yallourn at the Power Station. Available only on Patreon.

This was a fun episode to research especially with reading the auto-biography “Codename Iago: John Friedrich”. Richard Flanagan helped fix the writing.


We’re obsessed with Yallourn, as a result, we have decided to create an audiobook. This will be one of the chapters. Research is occurring and when it is closer to completion we will have more information here. If you want to support our work and enhance your listening experience you can join us at Patreon.

There will be a live reading for VIP Patrons with interactive potential. Their input will also be valued and may make it into the episode. A date will be set for this, and patrons will be notified by email.

As always our philosophy is that the crimes tell us a bit more about the town, the people who lived there. Crime has always been a part of society, unfortunately. Sometimes this is seen out of proportion in the criminals’ favour. In my research of crimes – which I generally look at crimes before 1950. Mainly because these are the times the other stories are relating too. It is interesting to see the differences or similarities in social conscience today. An overview of the true-crime of the area – are some areas worse than others or is it just about people being people?

While I encourage you to play judge and jury, we are not re-adjudicating these crimes
most of them occurred too long ago to be appropriate
however, these discussions create a contrast of values.
The offences covered reflect the rural nature of our towns,
shedding light on people, we don’t usually talk about and what is and was considered criminal.



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