Award-winning journalist, author and columnist, Steve Braunias, has been looking into tales of samurai sword attacks and brutal murders. His new book, The Scene Of The Crime: Twelve Extraordinary Tales of Crime and Punishment in Modern New Zealand, tells the tales of 12 grisly crimes.
As he tells Jesse, he has spent the past year in court, sometimes "hoofing" up to the Auckland High Court just to see what is happening. He describes the courtroom as "the setting for the banality of evil".
As Wintec's Editor in Residence since 2010, Braunias is teacher and mentor to the next generation of journalists.
"I recommend all students do court reporting, it does something to you as a person as well as a journalist."