7NEWS Spotlight on Channel 7 – 7NEWS Spotlight: The Lady Vanishes. Plus, Kathleen Folbigg’s first taste of freedom

The world has been gripped by the mysterious disappearance of Marion Barter.

The Queensland mother and schoolteacher’s vanishing inspired a major 7NEWS podcast – which has now been downloaded more than 16 million times – that evolved into an international tale of fraud, theft and maybe even murder.

The case has left authorities and the public grappling for answers, and at its heart a loving daughter pining for her mum.

Now, in a 7NEWS Spotlight global investigation airing this Sunday at 8.40pm on Channel 7 and 7plus, comes the stunning breakthrough in one of Australia’s biggest and most perplexing missing person cases.

Award-winning investigative reporter, Liam Bartlett, uncovers the hidden secrets of notorious conman Ric Blum, who has long been in the frame for Marion’s disappearance.

The latest development will turn the spotlight on the connection between Blum and another mysterious death, exposing a chilling reality that needs to be seen to be believed.

Also on the program, Kathleen Folbigg’s first taste of freedom after 20 years behind bars. Ahead of a major 7NEWS Spotlight exclusive interview set to air in coming weeks, Spotlight’s cameras are with Kathleen as she begins her new life after being pardoned of killing her four children.

7NEWS Spotlight – 8.40pm this Sunday 18 June, 2023 on Channel 7 and 7plus

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