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Must Listen Podcast Sheds New Light On Tale Of Melbourne’s Murdered 'Vampire Gigolo'

Riveting claims.

Must Listen Podcast Sheds New Light On Tale Of Melbourne’s Murdered 'Vampire Gigolo'

One of the Melbourne underworld’s most bizarre and mysterious crimes took place in the early 2000s.  

Male sex-worker Shane Chartres-Abbott was gunned down on his way to court regarding allegations that he had raped and mutilated a former client, a Thai stripper.

She was brutally injured, with burns, bite marks and severe wounds. Her tongue was also partially amputated.

And she claims that this vicious attack was instigated by Chartres-Abbott – who also happened to be a several-hundred year old vampire.


Walkley Award-winning journalist Adam Shand has sifted through thousands of documents, police reports and court records to create The Trials of The Vampire, a PodcastOne production.

This series provides a fresh look at this riveting tale, complete with interviews from people who have never discussed about the incident.


“It just hit the press like a hurricane in Melbourne in particular, and we never really stopped to ask who Chartres-Abbott really was,” Shand said.

“When I started to research, I kind of thought the rape was a done deal because the image was so clear and so strong – the vampire guy.

“And then I started to look at him and talk to people who’d never been spoken to before and a whole different picture emerged.”


Download the free PodcastOne app or click here to listen to The Trials of The Vampire.

PodcastOne is a part of Southern Cross Austereo.