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On this episode of Ominous Origins, we discuss the unsolved case of Australia’s Wanda Beach Murders and the mysterious death of two teen girls.

We’re a taking a hard left turn from discussing mythological beasts like werewolves, and we’re back to exploring real world horror and the scariest beast of all: man.


Who doesn’t love a little true crime now and again? I know I sure do. That’s why, every so often, I like to take a break from myth and mystery and toss a true crime story into the rotation. This one will also be a two-parter, so that’s even better, right?

This week, we look at in incident that took place in the 1960s in Australia. It focuses on a pair of teenage girls who would often frequent a beach known as Wanda beach. It was a bit of a trek from their home, a couple of train rides away. So whenever they went, they were sure to make a day of it. One fateful day in January of 1965, Marianne Schmidt and her four younger siblings, accompanied by Marianne’s friend, Christine Sharrock, left for Wanda beach. When they arrived around 11 am, the weather was so bad that the beach was closed to the public.

They weren’t going to let the day go to waste, however, and they made their way to some rock bluffs to get the most out of their time. They swam, picnicked, and hiked. They then made their way to some sand hills before the younger children wanted to head home. Marianne and Christine left the kids there to go fetch their belongings at the rock bluff. That was the last time the girls were seen alive.

The case is heart wrenching, as is any case involving missing children. And it’s only made more upsetting by the complete mystery shrouding the case. In this episode, we explore the beginnings of the story, up to the investigation, which I’ll save for you until next week. It is a mystery we may never get answers to… or will we?

You’ll just have to listen and see, and keep an eye out for next week’s episode as well, which will have the final outcome of the case.


Ominous Origins

Welcome to the Ominous Origins Podcast, a Horror Shots production. If you were previously a fan of the Horror Shots Podcast, this is the same great show with the same compelling content focused on myth, mysterious creatures, unexplained events, spooky stories — and even some of the strangest and most disturbing true crime stories. As always, our goal is to entertain, but also to enlighten with short, well-researched episodes on a variety of fascinating topics.

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