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Ghost Gate Road

About Ghost Gate Road

Ghost Gate Road is one of those rare stories that you can never unhear

Through time psychopaths have lived amongst us. But there are psychopaths and then there is Australia’s Vince O’Dempsey. Currently in prison for life for three murders, and charged with another, he has self-confessed to thirty-three killings. His weapons of choice are knives, and as a last resort, his bare hands.

On the serial killer pop charts thirty-three victims puts him way above the Milwaukee cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer, on a level-pegging with the Killer Clown, John Wayne Gacy, and just a fraction behind the infamous Ted Bundy. But Vince’s criminal associates laugh at his humility when it comes to a body count. All are convinced that his tally exceeds 100 victims.

In this podcast series, author and journalist Matthew Condon, takes us back to Vince’s early years, where he terrorised a small country town and ultimately graduated to become the most feared man in the Australian underworld.

We will piece together the story of his victims over half a century. We will talk to men and women who were close to him - family, workmates, fellow gangsters - and survived his evil. Gang members and criminals who worked shoulder to shoulder with Vince in the underworld finally speak out about the killer in their midst.

And we will search deep into wild bushland for that unholiest of Grails – Vince O’Dempsey’s mythical private graveyard, where his many victims rest.

Latest Episode • 09

Hold Close Your Loved Ones

The clock is ticking and psychopath Vince O’Dempsey, after so many decades of freedom, is finally held accountable for murder. Justice may be served in the McCulkin case, but countless questions remain unanswered. What of the string of missing persons – from sex workers and low-level criminals to drug crop cooks, female backpackers and even a four-year-old child – that police think may be linked to Vince? With Vince in his 80s, it’s a race against time for cold case detectives to resolve these mysteries. And finally, have we found Vince’s private graveyard, and the last resting place of Barbara, Vicki and Leanne McCulkin?

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“Matt's remarkable new podcast about a remorseless killer who terrified hundreds and snuffed out the lives of perhaps dozens of victims is harrowing and addictive. Just don't make my mistake of listening to Ghost Gate Road while walking a bush track alone at night. Utterly chilling.”

Hedley Thomas – The Night Driver / The Teacher's Pet Podcasts

What Listeners Are Saying


Wow! Wow! This is one of the best podcasts I have ever listened to. Crazy to think majority of Australia doesn’t even know who Vince O’Dempsey is! Really well researched, Matthew Condon you champion!

Larry Dowdle

As someone who has worked in Forensics this podcast described the psychopathy of Vince O'Dempsey very accurately. A harrowing insight into the world of a modern day boogeyman.


Enthralling! World class!!! Such an incredible volume of work and research crafted into such an engaging podcast. Terrifying story, as a “local” it particularly resonated however I have listened to similar podcasts from BBC and this is far superior. Truly world class.