The South Australian Woman Who Turned To Stone

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The South Australian Woman Who Turned To Stone

In 1951, the discovery of a petrified female body in the raging floodwaters of the Murray River triggered an investigation that spanned multiple Australian states. And while evidence suggested foul play, the truth of her identity and what really happened to her would remain a mystery, with the death of a vital witness in the aftermath of the discovery leaving the case cold. 

But seven decades on, investigative documentary filmmaker and author Peter Butt believes he’s uncovered new information. And that the facts laid out in his new book The Petrified Woman could be key in exhuming the unnamed woman and solving this mystery once and for all. He joins us today. 


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Host: Emma Gillespie

Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

Junior Producer: Cassie Merritt

Audio Producer: Rhiannon Mooney


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