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Love, betrayal, jealousy and greed are themes that are as old as time. These emotions can dominate someone's thoughts and lead them to murder. But if they take a life, they seldom get away with it. So focused on the spoils of their ill-gotten gains, they think scarcely about the person that is gone or how the death will negatively impact the lives …
 
PLEASE LISTEN TO ‘SEASON 5 - EPISODE 44’ FOR PART ONE OF THIS TWO-PART CASE. A mother of two was brutally bludgeoned to death during the evening of August 31, 1995. Police at first believed the crime to be a burglary gone wrong. But when the focus of the investigation quickly turned to her surviving family, things took an even more insidious turn..…
 
A mother of two is found bludgeoned to death in a suspected burglary gone wrong. The attack is barbaric. Blood spatter covers the ceiling. But in spite of the carnage, only a small sum of money has been stolen. Is a woman's life really worth the £100 that was reported missing? The attack shocks the quiet suburban neighbourhood as police struggle to…
 
After conception, if a fertilised egg splits in two, it produces identical twins. They can share the same sac in the womb, rapidly growing, entwined with each other. Their DNA is almost identical, so similar in fact, it was, only until recently, impossible to tell them apart. When they are raised, they encounter many of life's milestones together; …
 
From the start, it was clear to detectives that this was a murder inquiry. Officers were immediately dispatched to search the area for a possible suspect, maybe someone in bloody clothes or acting suspiciously. Onlookers had seen a man fleeing the scene. They noted he was wearing a light beige waist-length jacket. But despite a quick response from …
 
PLEASE LISTEN TO ‘SEASON 5 - EPISODES 39 & 40’ FOR PARTS ONE AND TWO OF THIS THREE-PART CASE. In early April 2016, the judge began his summary of the case. Approaching its eighth week, during the trial the jury were told of the 100 plus injuries that were inflicted. Weighing six and a half stone, Angela Wrightson was beaten, not only punched and ki…
 
PLEASE LISTEN TO ‘SEASON 5 - EPISODE 39’ FOR PART ONE OF THIS THREE-PART CASE. On the morning of December 9, 2014, Angela Wrightson was found lifeless on the sofa in her living room. She had died from multiple injuries inflicted during a brutal assault committed over the course of several hours. Due to the severity of the attack, a pathologist coul…
 
The property did not stand out. Closed vertical blinds shielded the windows from prying eyes. The front door and brick facade were painted white. The chipped paint was offset against half a dozen bouquets of flowers all the colours of the rainbow, that had been secured to a drainpipe running parallel against the front door. In County Durham, around…
 
If you google "Rocklyn in Carnkie", the first articles that appear mention cruel and senseless murders committed in 2000. The views and B&Bs in the sleepy, scenic west Cornwall village take second place. The villagers had seldom seen a police officer in the area, if at all. There was never any need for one to visit, let alone patrol — it was that k…
 
Just north of an old toll bridge on the border of Dalkeith, Scotland sits a property called The Neuk in Bridge End. The beautiful home with servant quarters and outbuildings in Midlothian was the place for an exceptional party on February 3, 1911. As the evening was drawing to its conclusion, a party deemed a roaring success, it was time for one la…
 
A forensic team dressed head to toe in white overalls combed the field. In their hunt for clues, they stood several metres apart as they steadily manoeuvred through the muddy grassland which was bordered by trees and dense bushes. A nearby road was closed off, and tracking dogs were deployed around the scene. The discovery was made by refuse collec…
 
"He murdered because he wanted to, for sexual or other gratification, or perhaps to see what it was like to kill - like so many of his heroes who he had clearly been researching” — Brian Altman QC, The Old Bailey, July 2007 *** LISTENER CAUTION IS ADVISED *** Become a ‘Patreon Producer’ and get exclusive access to Season 1, early ad-free access to …
 
Days turned to weeks, weeks to months, months to years, years to decades. Roy's murderer was free to travel around the countryside and towns across the United Kingdom, undetected. Almost 33 years later, the law would catch up with him, but perhaps some of his crimes were left behind… *** LISTENER CAUTION IS ADVISED *** Become a ‘Patreon Producer’ a…
 
"Many people who consume too much alcohol can become aggressive. The prosecution say what the defendant did on July 7 last year… was done in anger and fuelled by drink” — Rachel Brand QC, Birmingham Crown Court, February 2018 *** LISTENER CAUTION IS ADVISED *** Become a ‘Patreon Producer’ and get exclusive access to Season 1, early ad-free access t…
 
PLEASE LISTEN TO ‘SEASON 5 - EPISODE 33’ FOR PART ONE OF THIS TWO-PART CASE. In the final days of spring 2017, the police and paramedics were called to an address in Manchester City centre. At the scene, they found a male in his mid-thirties, incapacitated, left bloody and bruised following an altercation with another man who was barely into adulth…
 
Normawati Sinaga was startled when the phone rang. The voice on the other end of the line told her that they worked for the Greater Manchester Police. Trying to understand why on earth someone would be calling an Indonesian home from the other side of the world, she quickly thought of her son. He was studying in England… (Part 1 of 2) *** LISTENER …
 
It was the middle of summer — Sunday, July 22, 1990. At 11.30 pm, a musician, Gordon Wilson, was walking back from a late-night recording session on Holloway Road in London. He noticed the women and presumed they were just in a deep sleep. He was in a rush, and the last train was due to leave from Holloway Road underground station. Wilson didn't pa…
 
THIS IS A CASE UPDATE. PLEASE LISTEN TO ‘SEASON 5 - EPISODES 13 & 14’ FOR MORE DETAILS. PC Andrew Harper was killed while on duty only four weeks after his wedding. The three people involved in his death were tried at the Old Bailey for murder. Following the trial, towards the end of July 2020, Henry Long, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole were acquitt…
 
The crime was compared to ‘Single White Female’, the 1992 film where a young woman imitates everything her new flatmate does, what she wears, even how she cuts her hair — then the obsession turns deadly… *** LISTENER CAUTION IS ADVISED *** Become a ‘Patreon Producer’ and get exclusive access to Season 1, early ad-free access to episodes, and your n…
 
In the years following the murders of Alexander and Dorothy Wood, urban legend surrounding the case spread, with unsubstantiated claims published in the newspaper pages across Britain. Rumours suggested that the killer had posed the bodies, their glassy open eyes staring out through a basement window. It was said, they were positioned to face the d…
 
Valentine's day in 1945 began like any other day for 74-year-old Charles Walton. Despite his advanced years and rheumatic joints, which required Charles to walk with a stick, he had worked as a labourer when local farmers had work available. He left with the tools for the job, a pitchfork and slash hook. It was at the edge of Meon Hill, an isolated…
 
Maida Vale, West London, 6:20 pm, Sunday, March 24, 1996 — George Fraghistas locked his blue Lincoln Continental in a secure car park on Lanark Road. He walked to the exit. He had plans that evening and wanted to prepare. George was just about to open the door of the dimly lit concrete building, when a man suspiciously dressed for a spring day, in …
 
“The defendant had become so acutely conscious of what was contained within that freezer, and the risk of discovery – if not just from the odour that emitted from the freezer, that it appears that he had chosen to abandon the address” - Duncan Penny QC, Southwark Crown Court, July 2020 *** LISTENER CAUTION IS ADVISED *** Become a ‘Patreon Producer’…
 
In 2018, one week after the new year's celebrations, a middle-aged woman enters Cheadle Heath police station in Stockport. She had travelled almost 5 miles on foot from her home in Reddish, Greater Manchester. She has a blank expression on her face. In a quiet and subdued voice, the woman calmly tells an officer that she has killed someone. The bod…
 
PLEASE LISTEN TO ‘SEASON 5 - EPISODE 24’ FOR PART ONE OF THIS TWO-PART CASE. An off-duty police officer is arrested and charged with murder in May 2020. He claims it was an accident. The victim, a mother to two children, worked as a nurse. The pair had been having an affair for the last decade. But after they agreed to meet in a pub car park in Wes…
 
"If you apply that amount of force, significant force, resulting in severe injuries, for at least ten seconds, what else could you have intended than at very least a really serious injury" — Richard Smith QC, Salisbury Crown Court, October 2020 (Part 1 of 2). *** LISTENER CAUTION IS ADVISED *** Become a ‘Patreon Producer’ and get exclusive access t…
 
It was a typical room for a teenage boy in the 1980s; football programmes on his desk with his homework, a well used Amstrad HI-FI system with a tape cassette and radio, used to record the top chart hits on a Sunday, hitting the pause button before the DJ fades back in. Posters of his favourite musical acts covered the walls; Mel and Kim, T'Pau, Ma…
 
Season 1 of ‘They Walk Among Us’ is available exclusively through Patreon. For more details please visit https://www.patreon.com/TheyWalkAmongUs MUSIC: Seductress by Francis Preve Addicted by VYEN Dreamer by DivKid All music used under an Attribution License - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter - https://twitter.com/T…
 
PLEASE LISTEN TO ‘SEASON 5 - EPISODE 21’ FOR PART ONE OF THIS TWO-PART CASE. Throughout spring 1993, five men were murdered in London at the hands of the same killer. He had met them all in The Coleherne, a bar in Earl's Court. The murderer went back to the victims’ homes and strangled them while they were tied up. The killings were not initially l…
 
A dead body was found in Harrow, Greater London at the end of May 1993. The officers at the scene quickly came to the conclusion that it was death by misadventure. The man, 37-year-old Christopher Dunn, was a librarian who worked at Harlesden Library in Brent, 7 miles from his located on Byron Way in Wealdstone. He was discovered in bed. The death …
 
A text alert bleeped on the mobile phone; another strange and uncharacteristic message from her best friend flashed up on the screen. Over the last couple of days, a number of messages had left the phone and found their way into the inboxes of friends and colleagues much to their confusion. In just a few texts, she mentioned hot tubs, liposuction, …
 
"He obviously overreacted and assaulted her. He has no recollection of doing what he did next. This was a frenzied night terror” — Peter Rouch QC, Swansea Crown Court, June 2020 *** LISTENER CAUTION IS ADVISED *** Become a ‘Patreon Producer’ and get exclusive access to Season 1, early ad-free access to episodes, and your name in the podcasts credit…
 
When Sheila Stroud fled the scene with her two accomplices, she thought her problems were over. She could pay off her mortgage, keep her horses that she loved so dearly, and not have to worry about her troublesome ex-partner ever again. She thought that the blaze burning in a Cotswolds beauty spot would bring to end the continuous arguments of an a…
 
Halloween is supposed to be the creepiest time of the year; the nights draw in early, and scary stories are told. When it’s a true story, and the murder is unsolved, it's even more unsettling. The killer could be someone you know, a person in your family or a kindly neighbour. On October 31, 1963, the night sky was illuminated by a full moon. Two c…
 
On October 7, 1987, in Bristol city centre, a young woman was sat in her car at Canon’s Marsh car park. She had left a party at a nearby public house. Before she started the engine, she noticed a man, who she did not know, slowly walking towards the car. He pried open the door and put a gun into his intended victim’s face. The dark-haired man told …
 
In a photograph of the couple on their wedding day, widely circulated in the press, Roselane can be seen looking into the camera with a broad natural smile on her face. The groom is staring to the side, teeth together with a strained smile. Sokol Drenova was hiding something… *** LISTENER CAUTION IS ADVISED *** Become a ‘Patreon Producer’ and get e…
 
Gordon and Derek finally managed to get into the house. They knew something strange was going on. The lights were off, and the curtains were drawn. Gordon’s fiancée wasn't the sort of person to just disappear nor was her father Matthew. In the darkness, searching for the light switch, Gordon and Derek noticed something strange on Matthew’s favourit…
 
PLEASE LISTEN TO ‘SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13’ FOR PART ONE OF THIS TWO-PART CASE. Throughout the late evening of August 15, 2019, PC Andrew Harper and his colleague PC Andrew Shaw were working overtime. They answered the call of a suspected burglary. A gang of masked young men with weapons were trying to steal a quad bike. The two uniformed officers tra…
 
On July 1, 2020, accompanied by a judge and several barristers, a jury disembarked a coach in Berkshire after travelling from the Old Bailey in London. A mist of light rain fell, as several police officers, who spoke few words, watched on. The jury were not to be disturbed as they examined the reconstruction of a crime scene. Two vehicles were posi…
 
He was alarmed by the long trail of blood in the aisle. It reached at least twelve feet long. In the artificial light of the carriage, it almost looked black. As the train pulled away, with no emergency stop signal or no way of contacting the driver, it was twenty minutes before it ground to a halt at the next station. A second passenger boarded th…
 
When you choose a partner in life, you take on their family too. Ideally, you get on, and you live in harmony. Some people invite their in-laws into their homes with open arms, unaware that their new family member has left behind a murderous past. *** LISTENER CAUTION IS ADVISED *** Become a ‘Patreon Producer’ and get exclusive access to Season 1, …
 
PLEASE LISTEN TO ‘SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9’ FOR PART ONE OF THIS TWO-PART CASE. Ian Simms was in the dock at Liverpool Crown Court. He was accused of murdering Helen McCourt who vanished in February 1988. Her body was still missing. Despite the overwhelming forensic evidence, Simms insisted he was innocent (Part 2 of 2). *** LISTENER CAUTION IS ADVISED…
 
A woman in her early twenties goes missing on a journey home from work. A few days pass, and some of her belongings are found, discarded just under 20 miles away. Police suspect foul play and a murder charge is laid. But why was she killed and where was her body? (Part 1 of 2). *** LISTENER CAUTION IS ADVISED *** Become a ‘Patreon Producer’ and get…
 
"We have seen cases where young people have been groomed online, but it is rare for it to culminate in such a dreadful and violent murder. The degree of planning and manipulation by Daynes is shocking, and when you consider the young ages of perpetrator and victim, it stands out as one of the most cruel, violent and unusual cases we have dealt with…
 
The disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a three-year-old that went missing from a Portuguese holiday resort in 2007, has been widely covered by the media. Back in 1985, another three-year-old went missing while at a holiday park. This is the case of Leoni Keating. *** LISTENER CAUTION IS ADVISED *** Become a ‘Patreon Producer’ and get exclusive acce…
 
PLEASE LISTEN TO ‘SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5’ FOR PART ONE OF THIS TWO-PART CASE. Paul Bint is known under many aliases. He would convince his unsuspecting victims that he was a doctor, a lawyer, an aristocrat, or even a millionaire. Through his twenties and thirties, Bint had spent a total of 10 years in and out of prisons or mental health facilities. H…
 
"People have this picture of me which is completely inaccurate, and I don't see how I am ever going to get around this problem. I don't think I would describe myself as a conman, or King Con Man or King of the Swindlers, as the newspapers call me. I'm someone who lied about myself and my status. It made me forget what the reality was, and for me, i…
 
It is a scene reserved only for your worst nightmares. You live alone, but there is suddenly a stranger in your bedroom. He does not have to unfasten the zipper over his mouth on the black leather mask he is wearing to say why he is there. Prominent, against the dim light and the dark leather, there is one word scrawled crudely in white capital let…
 
Red stains on the carpet, red stains on your knife, oh, Dr Buck Ruxton, you murdered your wife. The nursemaid saw you and threatened to tell, oh, Dr Buck Ruxton, you killed her as well… — Lancashire nursery rhyme, parody of the song ‘Red Sails in the Sunset’, latter half of the 1930s *** LISTENER CAUTION IS ADVISED *** Become a ‘Patreon Producer’ a…
 
PLEASE LISTEN TO ‘SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1’ FOR PART ONE OF THIS TWO-PART CASE. Raoul Moat had been on the run from the police. Using a double-barrelled shotgun, Moat fired the weapon at his ex-girlfriend, Samantha Stobbart. She suffered life-threatening injuries. In the same attack, Moat murdered her new partner, Chris Brown. Moat was obsessed and cou…
 
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