Incredibly, a year has passed since I first blogged about the identity of the Casefile host, after which he blocked me on Twitter.
During that time I have also blogged on the topic of doxxing, written about my favourite true crime podcasts (republished in the Financial Review) and most recently I provided those curious Casefile fans with a guide to solving the identity of the Casefile host for themselves.
Of course the reason WHY he chooses to remain the anonymous host of a hit podcast is an entirely different and perplexing mystery – but I think I might have finally solved it.
The reason I hadn’t worked it out earlier (it was staring me in the face a year ago) was that I did not realise the host (Brad) has a different surname to his father.
The host’s late father was a chief inspector in the NSW police.
I think the anonymous host may be sensitive about this connection given the content of his show, or perhaps his family is.
In addition it also explains his interest in true crime and why he chose to make a podcast about it.
The police connection could actually run a lot deeper – the host himself might have been a policeman at one time.
How do I know this?
At the funeral for his late dad, the host’s mother said Brad intended to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a police officer.
Whether he actually went on to become a policeman, I don’t know – but if it were the case, it would be another reason for his anonymity.
The police connection is certainly a more plausible explanation then the host just wanting to “stay out of the story and “let the facts speak for themselves”.
PS. An interesting aside, someone told me there’s a rather amusing Facebook post floating around about the Casefile host. To find it, simply log on to Facebook and search for “Casefile host”.
6 thoughts on “The anonymous Casefile host: the mystery solved?”
Just saw the FB post kinda funny, she’s got issues me thinks
He’s ex NSW low ranking police officer Brad Dean.
His father was Inspector Graeme Donnelly.
His brother is Australian road cyclist Aaron Donnelly.
Here are a few pictures of him.
Here is another.
This is so nasty, rude and childish. You’ve got serious control issues mate.
What’s the FB post? I couldn’t find it.
Must have disappeared. I can’t even remember what it was about.