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Mens Rea is the legal principle of intent that must be proved in a number of crimes, such as murder. It means literally, “guilty mind”. Mens Rea Podcast explores the most notorious crimes from Ireland and the UK and the court cases that followed. Join your host, Sinead, every fortnight when a new case is discussed.

Episode 22 – Veronica Guerin (Part One)

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August 5, 2018
In the 1990's, Ireland saw a boom in organised crime and the importation of drugs that it had not experienced before. Criminals set themselves up at the head of drugs empires and reaped the benefit of their crimes to the tune of millions of pounds a year. Gardai struggled to keep up with these developments,…

Episode 21 – Mamie Cadden

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July 22, 2018
Between the early 1920s and the 1950s, Ireland was a newly established developing country. The state and its society were going through many changes, and many growing pains. The establishment and new politicians were anxious to present Ireland as a good catholic place, taking it's place on the international stage as a beacon of wholesome…

Episode 20 – The Brighton Trunk Murders

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July 8, 2018
This week, we take another trip back in time and have a look at three vintage murders. First, we crack open the 1832 autobiographical account of John Holloway, who murdered his first wife Celia and buried her body, hidden in a trunk, down a lovers lane. Over 100 years later, two more trunks filled with…

Episode 19 – Declan Flynn and Irish Pride

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June 24, 2018
In honour of Pride month, and with the Dublin Pride Parade only a week away, this episode discusses the tragic case of the beating death of Declan Flynn in Fairview Park in 1983. Declan was a victim of a gang known to stalk the park at night, "queer bashing". We also chart the changes in…

Introducing the Network

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June 11, 2018
Introducing the Network: Podcasts to Die on a True Crime Apple PodcastsCorpus DelictiApple PodcastsFiercely Altered PerspectivesApple PodcastsMartinis and the MacabreApple Podcast M.A.U.LApple PodcastsNature vs Narcisism Apple PodcastsSomething's Not Right Apple PodcastsBlood on the RocksApple PodcastsKillin' It : The CrimecastApple PodcastsTrace Evidence Apple PodcastsObscuraApple PodcastsAll Crime No CattleApple Podcasts Murder and SuchApple PodcastsThe Brothers…

Episode 18 – Dunblane

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June 10, 2018
Thomas Hamilton was a loner. He decided to dedicate his life to running boys' clubs to keep kids off the street, but its quite likely he had ulterior motives for this. His strange, erratic and inappropriate behaviour meant that he was not well liked, his his passion, his boys' clubs, came under scrutiny. He also…

Episode 17 – The Nally Case

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May 27, 2018
Living in an isoalted area is never easy. Its even more frightening when you're and elderly farmer living on his own, certain that there are people scoping out your home for break-ins. Add that to high - profile incidents of violent robberies across the Irish countryside, and it most certainly becomes a tense situation. But…

Episode 16 – Harold Shipman (Part Two)

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May 13, 2018
In the second and final episode of the story of Harold Shipman, we find out how the police went about investigating his murders. A suspicious will led to questions regarding prominent citizen, Kathleen Grundy's death and the exhumation of her body. A local doctor had become suspicious of the sheer amount of cremations being performed…

Episode 16 – Harold Shipman (Part One)

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April 29, 2018
Harold Frederick Shipman was born near Nottingham in 1946. While attending the prestigious grammar school, High Pavement,  he took care of his ailing mother and was there when she passed away quietly from incurable cancer. His was deeply affected by her death, and by the morphine that had eased her way. He went on to…

Episode 15 – The Grangegorman Murders

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April 15, 2018
Dublin: 1997. Three women occupy number 1 Orchard View, an assisted living facility for former patients of the nearby St Brendan's Psychiatric Hospital. On the night of March 6th of that year, two of the women, Sylvia Sheils and Mary Callanan, were brutally murdered in their rooms. They were discovered the next morning by their…