All true crime stories - whether a book, podcast, or documentary series - start with reporters, often in the daily newsroom, gathering the facts.

What happened? Where and when? Who is the victim? And how did the police catch them?

NZME has some of the best crime reporters in the country. They have spent years knocking on doors, spending time with victims (and those accused of horrific crimes), and listening to evidence in courtrooms.

These tales can be harrowing, bizarre, or even, in rare circumstances, oddly inspirational. We asked our journalists to take readers behind the headlines of crimes they still think about, even years later.

Steve Braunias, senior writer, New Zealand Herald:

Chris Wang killed two men with a knife. He bought it from the Made in Tokyo store in Queen St – I went there, too, and bought an

Kelly Makiha, senior journalist, Rotorua Daily Post:

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Matt Nippert, business investigations reporter, New Zealand Herald:

Miriyana Alexander, Premium content editor, New Zealand Herald:

Kurt Bayer, senior journalist for the New Zealand Herald in Christchurch:

Carolyne Meng-Yee, senior investigative reporter, New Zealand Herald:

Anna Leask, senior crime and justice reporter, New Zealand Herald:

Kirsty Johnston, senior investigative reporter, New Zealand Herald:

Melissa Nightingale, journalist for the New Zealand Herald in Wellington:

Jared Savage, investigative reporter, New Zealand Herald:

Elizabeth Binning, senior journalist, New Zealand Herald:

Sandra Conchie, senior crime and justice reporter, Bay of Plenty Times:

David Fisher, senior investigative reporter, New Zealand Herald:

Kristin Edge, senior reporter, Northern Advocate: