LIFE FROM DEATH
Just a few months after escaping incarceration in a Lebanon prison, Tara Brown enters San Quentin prison in California to visit prisoners on death row.
In 2004, a judge in the United States had no hesitation in sentencing Michael Flinner to death. He described the murderer and rapist as a “classic sociopath”. Since then Flinner has had plenty of time to contemplate his execution as he waits on death row.
And, after a lifetime of evil, he has decided he wants to do something good. With the help of his son Jonathan he has started a controversial campaign to allow prisoners to donate their organs. He wants to save lives from death row – but who would be prepared to accept the heart of a murderer?
Reporter: Tara Brown Producer: Phil Goyen
For many Australian couples unable to be parents the desperation can be overwhelming. As a result, more and more of them are now paying donors for eggs. It’s a dangerous path to go down because it’s against the law in this country.
If caught they face harsh penalties including prison sentences of up to 15 years. On the other side of this baby business, an increasing number of young women are realising the value of their eggs and eager to cash in. Some are demanding up to $20,000, with no guarantees their eggs will even lead to babies. In a 60 Minutes investigation Allison Langdon reveals a cruel black market trade in human eggs and warns of an urgent need to make our complicated donor laws fairer.
Reporter: Allison Langdon Producer: Steve Jackson
When he was told he’d be interviewing rock stars Neil Finn and Nick Seymour, Charles Wooley was expecting stories about sex, drugs and rock and roll. Instead he got cops, rabbis and missing money. But Neil and Nick’s beloved Australian – and Kiwi – band Crowded House has always been a little bit different. It seems like only yesterday they first sang their way into our heads and hearts, but in fact they’ve been writing and performing their hit songs for 30 years. So to celebrate the milestone, Neil and Nick took Charles on a nostalgic journey back to where it all started.
Reporter: Charles Wooley Producer: Phil Goyen
Psychiatrist Ong Ming Tan used his position of influence to sexually molest four young women. It was disgraceful behaviour and when he was caught he went to prison for two years. Now released, he has just been struck off the medical register for five years. But one of his victims, 24-year-old Samantha Barlow, says that punishment is woefully inadequate and she has started a campaign to warn us about this deviate doctor.
Reporter: Peter Overton Producer: Jo Townsend
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, AT 8.30PM ON CHANNEL NINE