Imagine having a reputation as a fearless case-busting detective. You project an image as Superwoman, but for three decades you hide the trauma that builds up inside you with each horrific case. You don’t want to burden colleagues or your family and friends with your pain, and you are driven to save every woman under threat in the world… but for how long can you hold out before you explode and lose everything? Over her long career, former Police Detective Narelle Fraser led investigations for the Homicide, Rape and Missing Persons Squads in Victoria. Her unorthodox methods raised eyebrows but got miraculous results. Sometimes though, she crossed the line by getting too close with victims and their families, which would prove to be her Achilles heel.
CATCHING CROOKS is a feature documentary that explores an extraordinary policewoman’s life, warts and all. We follow Narelle Fraser as she battles diabolical criminals on a daily basis, while pressure cripples her on the inside. Even when the signs are clear that she should quit, she pushes and pushes herself into taking on darker and darker cases.
Who would climb into the boot of a car to comfort a maggot-ridden decomposing woman that still had a pulse? Who would sift through an asbestos windswept tip for seventeen days looking for human remains just so they could have a dignified burial? Narelle would. Who gets violent rapists to confess by discussing grandma’s recipes? Narelle does.
Narelle is known as the “Queen of True Crime” by her legions of national and global fans, generated by her wildly popular podcast and live shows. Her candour, humour and vulnerability strike a chord… never have they heard a criminal investigation portrayed so personally and dynamically… it’s no wonder she has appeared on SBS Insight and Channel 9’s Crime Investigation with Liz Hayes, amongst other shows.