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PODCAST | Broken-hearted mother’s fight for justice for her murdered daughter

True Crime South Africa

11 October 2019 - 14:51 By Nicole Engelbrecht

In March 2005, Carol Thompson received the news that no mother should ever have to hear. The body of her 24-year-old daughter Tracey, who had been missing for a week, had been found on a piece of agricultural land just outside Benoni.

True Crime South Africa discusses a 14-year-old cold case – the murder of Tracey Thompson.
True Crime South Africa discusses a 14-year-old cold case – the murder of Tracey Thompson.
Image: Tracey Thompson's Facebook account

While that call ended all hope for her safe return and the life that their family had lived together, it started another journey for Carol. She would soon discover that the inadequacies she had experienced from the police and justice system during the week that her daughter was missing were not a once-off occurrence. For the next two years, Carol Thompson fought the system and individuals within it to do their jobs and solve the murder of her daughter.

Along the way Carol would discover that law enforcement is just like any other profession – there are some hardworking, committed individuals and there are also some very bad apples.

In Episode 10, True Crime South Africa explores the unsolved murder of Tracey Thompson. We meet Tracey through her mother’s descriptions of her and anecdotes from her childhood and discuss a case which will have you regularly gasping in disbelief in the injustices the Thompson family has suffered.

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