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 father was a chief inspector in the NSW police called Graeme Donnelly who sadly died in 2013 from a heart attack.
I think the anonymous host may be sensitive about his connection to the NSW police 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 recalled “how proud he (Graeme Donnelly) had been when Brad announced he wanted 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”. Enjoy