Caption: Alison
Alison 

Conversations 104: Alison

From: Richard Fidler
Series: Conversations with Richard Fidler
Length: 53:28

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A conversation with 'Alison', a South African woman at the center of one of the most infamous criminal trials in her country's history. Read the full description.

Alison_2_small A conversation with 'Alison' (not her real name), who survived a terrible ordeal.

In 1994 she was abducted by two men and taken to a remote location, where she was at their mercy.

The men - Frans du Toit and Theuns Kruger - were acting out a strange psychopathic ritual; they attacked her savagely and left her for dead. But Alison discovered in the middle of this horror, that part of her mind, her self, remained strangely calm, detached and pragmatic.

Despite her terrible injuries she managed to crawl and walk to the edge of the road where she was eventually rescued. Later she faced the men in court, in one of the most sensational criminal trials in South Africa's history.

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Piece Description

A conversation with 'Alison' (not her real name), who survived a terrible ordeal.

In 1994 she was abducted by two men and taken to a remote location, where she was at their mercy.

The men - Frans du Toit and Theuns Kruger - were acting out a strange psychopathic ritual; they attacked her savagely and left her for dead. But Alison discovered in the middle of this horror, that part of her mind, her self, remained strangely calm, detached and pragmatic.

Despite her terrible injuries she managed to crawl and walk to the edge of the road where she was eventually rescued. Later she faced the men in court, in one of the most sensational criminal trials in South Africa's history.

Broadcast History

Originally broadcast on ABC Local Radio and ABC Radio National, Australia. (Edited here for a US audience).

Timing and Cues

Piece Audio Version

Billboard
In cue: Music
Out cue: "... That's right after this."
Dur: 59"

Segment 1
In cue: Theme music
Out cue: "... That's coming up."
Dur: 14'15"

Break 1
In cue: Music
Out cue: Music fades
Dur: 59"

Segment 2
In cue: Music sweeper
Out cue: "... That's just ahead."
Dur: 19'15"

Break 2
In cue: Music
Out cue: Music fades.
Dur: 59"

Segment 3
In cue: "Hi, I'm Richard Fidler..."
Out cue: "... Thanks for listening".
Dur: 17'01"

Conversations 104. Alison SINGLE FILE Version

Single File
In cue: Theme music
Out cue: "... thanks for listening."
Dur: 52'29"

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Right now: 'Conversations with Richard Fidler' (pron: FY-dler) features a bizarre survivor's story, from a woman called 'Alison'.

OUTRO:

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Hollywood Sunset Barry Adamson Lost Highway. Fontana Interscope 1997 02:00

Related Website

abc.net.au/conversations