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Understate: In Plain Sight

Police need the assistance of the public to catch an alleged killer.  Jonathan Dick, known as Jono, has evaded capture in Melbourne Australia for more than two years and how he's done it is a mystery. Reporter Adam Shand goes in search of the answers in this exclusive investigation. 

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Understate: In Plain Sight

Society & CultureNewsTrue Crime

Police need the assistance of the public to catch an alleged killer.  Jonathan Dick, known as Jono, has evaded capture in Melbourne Australia for more than two years and how he's done it is a mystery. Reporter Adam Shand goes in search of the answers in this exclusive investigation. 


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