True Crime Diary
Colonel Blood and the Crown Jewels

Colonel Blood and the Crown Jewels

May 9, 2022

In this episode we discuss Colonel Blood's attempted theft of the Crown Jewels, the English Civil War, when the ransom note is more important than the kidnapping, the hat/bag/trouser conundrum, Pox, Flox and Flux and muppets.

The Hitler Diaries

The Hitler Diaries

April 25, 2022

In this episode we discuss the infamous Hitler diary forgeries, the memorabilia trade, Lemmy, conning the conmen, faking the fakes, Stomp! and Jed does a passable Alan Bennett.

Henri Landru: The Bluebeard of Gambais

Henri Landru: The Bluebeard of Gambais

April 11, 2022

In this episode we discuss French serial killer Henri Désiré Landru, pre-invented inventions, lonely hearts adverts, surprisingly animated heads, four-figured ovens, and Charlie Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux. We also discover that Mark is a Duke.

Alan Turing: Imitation and Indecency

Alan Turing: Imitation and Indecency

March 28, 2022

In this episode we discuss the mathematician, philosopher, code-breaker, war hero, and father of modern computer science Alan Turing, the brutality of an unjust law, the best place for an Amstrad computer, the chemistry of cats and the pot plant of a grateful nation.

We recorded this episode on location in his former home in South-West London with our guest, current resident Sophie.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Art Museum Heist

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Art Museum Heist

March 13, 2022

In this episode we discuss the 1990 Boston Art theft, baseball movies, folding paintings, a symphony for the blind, The Rue Turner's Garden Art Museum, and Mark recalls a chilling memory of that time he didn't go to a strip club.

The Richmond Murder: One of Victorian Britain’s Most Notorious Crimes

The Richmond Murder: One of Victorian Britain’s Most Notorious Crimes

February 28, 2022

In this episode we discuss the Barnes Mystery otherwise known as the Richmond Murder, West London's best bridges, a crash-course in foot matching, and whether Sir David Attenborough is London's greatest detective.

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

February 15, 2022

In this episode we discuss the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Al Capone and 'Bugs' Moran, Some Like it Hot, Public Enemies, Syphillis, and our special guest talks about Alcatraz and the middle of nowhere.

This episode features our special guest Will Roe, podcast producer at The Times and The Sunday Times.

Patty Hearst: I, Tania

Patty Hearst: I, Tania

January 31, 2022

In this episode we discuss the 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst, when is an army not an army, urban guerrillas and urbane guerrillas, the past tense of diving, and John Wayne has the last word.

The Black Dahlia: Mystery and make-believe

The Black Dahlia: Mystery and make-believe

January 17, 2022

In this episode we discuss the murder of Elizabeth Short, the sensationalist press, miniature golf versus crazy golf, multiple Orsons, unlikely confessions and the unlikeliest of suspects.

Season 3 introduction

Season 3 introduction

December 29, 2021

In this short Season/Series introduction, we look back at why we started the podcast in the first place, we express gratitude and not a little surprise regarding our listeners, which episodes we like the most, and a little of what and who are coming up in the new Season/Series.

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