Crime World

By Nicola Tallant

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Matthew
 May 26, 2021
I have only just discovered this excellent True Crime podcast. I quickly caught up by bingeing on the episodes I had missed. I especially love the stories about the Irish Crime/Mafia gangs. Nicola Tallant is a great storyteller and so knowledgable.

Brian Boru
 Jan 16, 2021
First heard nicola on the stand , im delighted she has a podcast !

Stephen
 Dec 8, 2020
loved nicola on the stand podcast so delighted she has her own podcast this is a fantastic listen

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Crime World, with Nicola Tallant, is a weekly Iri…

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Episode 138: The horror crimes of twisted child killer Robert Black
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Convicted child killer Robert Black was caught when a curious postman turned his head to look at the unfamiliar van as it passed on his street and in those seconds saw a child’s feet disappear into the back. The sliding-doors moment meant the end of the road for Black but the start of a massive police investigation which would him to some of the most notorious child murders and abductions of the previous decades. Black pleaded guilty to kidnap and was later convicted of five murders and one attempted abduction - but a delve into his past links him to many more and unravels a story of pure evil. Nicola Tallant talks to journalist Zoe Apostolides, whose book End of Innocence focuses on the unsolved cases that bear all the hallmarks of Black’s dark heart. She describes the early life and forgotten crimes of Robert Black and reveals how he moonlighted as a willing delivery driver while staking out victims.

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Aug 09, 2022
Episode 137: The brutal murder of Mountjoy prisoner Robert O'Connor
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The murder of Robbie O’Connor behind the walls of Mountjoy Jail has been a shocking and rare killing of an inmate in the Irish Prison System. Lured to a cell by his attackers and fatally injured in a matter of seconds, his brutal death is a reminder of the highly dangerous and volatile atmosphere that exists at all times in our jails. Nicola Tallant talks to Irish Independent Crime Correspondent Ken Foy about the motives behind the murder and about the systems in place to make sure such killings are the rarest of occurrences. We discuss the perfect crime scene that was left behind for investigators and why science and not motive will prevail in solving the killing.

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Aug 06, 2022
Episode 136: The life and crimes of sex trafficker 'Mucky' Marty Heaney
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When journalist Hugh Jordan first exposed a Belfast taxi driver who’d offered his friend a job as a naked clearer he named him ‘Mucky Marty’. And 12 years on, he had no idea how apt the nickname would become when Martin Heaney pleaded guilty to controlling 10 women in prostitution and became the first person subject to a 'Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Order'. Understood to have pimped out vulnerable and addicted women for decades while pocketing a fortune for their services, Heaney was sentenced to five years for his crimes. Now, Jordan recalls how he first came across 'Mucky' Marty and how he followed his career of sleaze and greed, facing him down a number of times as he groomed young women to sell sex to strangers.

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Aug 04, 2022
Episode 135: The former rising star of Dublin GAA nabbed in €2.7m drugs bust
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HE might appear to be just another drug dealer passing through the courts after he was nabbed with a consignment of cocaine. But the story of Patrick Casey tells more about the criminal underworld than most. A rising Dublin football and hurling star, his life was derailed through a drug habit and later when he was jailed for his crimes he met up with some of Ireland's most-feared underworld figures behind bars Nicola Tallant talks with Irish Independent Crime Correspondent Ken Foy on the jailing of Casey and how his past mistakes finally caught up with him.

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Aug 02, 2022
Episode 134: The targets of the Criminal Assets Bureau
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From a notorious robber who splurged his loot on properties and a six-week Florida holiday, to a gangland criminal whose mammy tried to help get back his cash in the attic, the targets of the Criminal Assets Bureau are wide and varied. Nicola Tallant talks with journalist Eamon Dillon as they dip in to the latest CAB listings before the High Court and give listeners a snapshot of the Bureau's work. They talk about the colourful, eagle-eyed Judge who presides over the list, about the cases that come before him and about the lengths some will go to hold on to their ill-gotten gains.

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Jul 30, 2022
Episode 133: What next for Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch after his failed bid for freedom
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THROUGHOUT his life he was known as the greatest gangland player of all – a criminal who worked the system and always appeared to win. But now, Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch is behind bars and his latest bid to stop his trial for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel has failed. Like a chess player, he is now facing the greatest game of his life and one which will set out the course of his future. So what will The Monk do next? Nicola Tallant talks to Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the looming murder trial that will centre on events at the Regency Hotel and the State's case against a legendary criminal mastermind.

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Jul 28, 2022
Episode 132: The death of feared loyalist terrorist Sam 'Skelly' McCrory
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THEY remain Ireland’s most notorious loyalist terrorists, but 'Mad Dog' Johnny Adair and his right-hand man Sam ‘Skelly’ McCrory had been enjoying a retirement of sorts in Scotland. Friends since childhood, they had embraced anarchy, fascism and later formed the murderous UDA 'C Company' which terrorised Northern Ireland for years. But this week, the tight-knit duo were finally separated for good when McCrory died in a tragic accident after battling alcoholism for years, leaving behind Adair to forge his future alone. Nicola Tallant talks with Sunday World journalist Hugh Jordan, author of 'Mad Dog; The Rise and Fall of Johnny Adair and ‘C Company', who became an unlikely confidant of the pair in recent years. He tells me about the fear they brought to the streets of Belfast, about their blood-brother bond which survived through the decades, and about the death of McCrory on a lonely stone stairway

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Jul 26, 2022
Episode 131: The life and crimes of Kinahan hitman Imre Arakas
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A survivor of the Cold War and of the notorious Russian Gulags, Imre Arakas was an international hitman who washed up on our shores like a character dreamed up in a work of fiction. His paymaster for this trip was Daniel Kinahan, the son of Christy Kinahan Snr and director general of the Irish mafia on the Costa Del Sol where Arakas lived. He’d worked for them before and he’d always been paid swiftly and efficiently on completion of a job He’d flown into Dublin with a tent, a little camping stove, fishing rods and binoculars, looking every bit the nature lover who enjoyed holidays in the great outdoors. Despite his celebrity as an international hitman for hire, Arakas was confident that nobody would know him in Ireland and that he could pass off as a tourist. It didn’t quite work out like that though. This is his story.

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Jul 23, 2022
Episode 130: The Mammy who helped cover-up for her killer son
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Some mothers would do anything for their sons - and Sophie Kokkinos proved her loyalty when she took part in the killing of a man found burning in a London Park. Drug dealer Loike Guei’s body was discovered by a cyclist at Mitcham Common in September 2020, which led police to the home of Raphael Kokkinos, a 34-year-old who was believed to owe him money. But their investigation didn’t stop at the assault which led to his death and instead led officers to the door of his elderly mother who they discovered had helped him in the cover-up. Nicola Tallant talks with journalist Chris Sommers, editor of Total Crime, who covered their trial. He tells me the story of drugs row, a crime scene deep clean and a family matriarch who helped cover up for her son.

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Jul 21, 2022
Episode 129: The Coolock gangland war that claimed five lives
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It was an explosion of violence that claimed five lives in a few months yet it is indicative of the new gangland where bullets do the talking. From the murder of 23-year-old Zach Parker outside a gym to the assassination of a 41 year old Iranian blasted to death as he came to pay respects to his slain mob boss, the heady months of 2019 in Coolock left a devastating legacy. So why did violence spiral out of control in a part of Dublin which often finds itself at the epicentre of gang wars. Was the fallout a freak occurrence or simply a very modern feud Today I’m talking to the Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the jailing of gun killer Wayne Cooney, about the frightening murders than engulfed a group of friends and about those left behind to pick up the pieces.

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Jul 19, 2022
Episode 128: The international police forces on the trail of the Kinahan cartel
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THE US Sanctions on the Kinahan organised crime group and the $5million rewards for the capture of the 'Dapper Don', Christy Kinahan Snr and his criminal sons, Daniel and Christopher Jnr, has been the peak point in the fight by law enforcement against their global cartel. But how do police try to take down a mafia and what does the involvement of the powerful United States mean? How will a piece of legislation passed by Barack Obama in 2011 actually affect the billion dollar empire of the Kinahans? Nicola Tallant talks with Roy McComb, the one time head of Organised Crime for the PSNI in Northern Ireland and the former Deputy Director at the National Crime Agency in the UK. He reveals how police face down the monster of an international drug cartel like the Kinahans and tells how they came into the sights of the US authorities.

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Jul 16, 2022
Episode 127: The mystery Irishman suspected of running New Zealand's biggest drug racket
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He has been described as one of New Zealand’s most wanted fugitives, accused of masterminding one of the country’s largest shipments of methamphetamine in history. Now, the Irishman at the centre of the 500kg seizure has been arrested while skiing in Spain’s Sierra Nevada region and New Zealand authorities are hoping that he will be extradited within months. Nicola Tallant is joined by Jared Savage, Crime Correspondent with the New Zealand Herald, to discuss the little known suspect Mark ‘Baldy’ Byrne, and how the Dubliner is suspected of heading up a criminal network spanning from Europe, to Asia and into the lucrative drug territories of biker-gang led New Zealand.

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Jul 14, 2022
Episode 126: Ghislaine Maxwell - Epstein's innocent servant or the master manipulator?
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Ghislaine Maxwell was the queen of the London social scene and would later mix with New York’s elite, courting billionaires, presidents and celebrities. Her epic fall from grace has portrayed her as a victim of her paedophile lover Jeffrey Epstein - but is their case really all about the abuse of young girls and the fulfilment of his insatiable sexual appetite, or is it far more about money and power? Journalist Matthew Steeples, of online blog 'The Steeple Times', has spent years investigating the case and has tried to follow the Maxwell money trail. He tells Nicola Tallant about his own views on Maxwell and how he believes she was the one who wore the trousers in the relationship with Epstein. We talk hidden cameras, a secret address book and a money trail right into the heart of their twisted world.

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Jul 12, 2022
Episode 125: The unsolved mystery of the Shenandoah Park murders
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It was a backpacking adventure that would become an unsolved cold case murder that has haunted Shenadoah National Park in Virginia since 1996, when hikers Lollie Winans and Julie Williams turned up dead in their tent. But now, writer and outdoor expert Kathryn Miles has made an attempt to solve the case and is convinced that the students who were found bound and assaulted were the victims of a serial killer. Nicola Tallant chats with Miles about the case and why she was drawn to it. She tells of the bad policing detailed in her new book Trailed, about the effects of the double murder on outdoor adventurers and about her compelling theory that serial killer Richart Evonitz was actually responsible for the killings.

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Jul 09, 2022
Episode 124: Two years after the Encrochat hack - how many of gangland's big players have been brought to justice?
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The Encrochat phonehack was described as a game changer for law enforcement in its fight against organised crime - and two years on the criminal cases are still flooding into the courts in the UK and Europe. This week, arrests were made on those described as the creators and facilitators of the network in Spain, Dubai and the Dominican Republic. But what have been the effects of the hack and what big players did police manage to take down over the course of the past 24 months? Did Encrochat do anything to stop the trade in cocaine or is the flood of white powder from South America greater than ever? Nicola Tallant chats with Vice World News Global Drugs Editor Max Daly about the arrest and convictions of some of the major players in organised crime – and about the ability of cocaine supply and demand to evade everything thrown at it.

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Jul 07, 2022
Episode 123: The young guns striking fear on the streets of Dublin
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A third assassination attempt on the life of convicted drug dealer Gary ‘The Canary’ Carey along with rising tensions in a volatile Dublin feud are stretching the resources of An Garda Siochana. With 24-hour armed support around the young gangs in the Finglas area and investigations suggesting the involvement of three dangerous mobs from the southside of the city in the Carey hit, gangland tensions are rising and with them the pressure on our police. Nicola Tallant is joined by Irish Independent Crime Correspondent Ken Foy to discuss the feuds of Dublin. He tells of a recent hit attempt on Finglas mob boss 'Mr Flashy', about the cost of liking a social media post and about the lone wolf with nine lives who has muscled in on the wrong turf.

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Jul 05, 2022
Episode 122: The body in the barrel and the secrets of the Las Vegas lake
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THE water level at Lake Mead outside Las Vegas has been concerning environmentalists for years as the effects of global warming threatens water supply to several States, including Nevada and neighbouring New Mexico and Arizona. But, as the water levels drop, authorities have been faced with a murder mystery that could be traced right back to the building of the casino town and its link to the mob. Today, Nicola Tallant chats to Geoff Schumacher, Vice President of the Las Vegas Mob Museum, about a body in a barrel and the receding waters that could be throwing up the secrets of Sin City.

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Jul 02, 2022
Episode 121: The New York murderer who wants to move to Ireland (Part 2)
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MEET the man convicted of murdering his 14-year-old ex-girlfriend — who now wants to move to Ireland. Dempsey Lewis, formally known as Dempsey Hawkins, was convicted of murdering Susan Jacobson in New York in 1976, when he was just 16-years-old. During the time in which Susan's body was missing, he participated in searches with her family, leading them away from the area whenever they got close to where her body was hidden. Now in his sixties, Dempsey said he felt relief when police came to arrest him two years after Susan's grisly murder and says the violent memories of that fatal day still haunt him. After spending more than four decades behind bars in the United States, the London-born, New York-raised man was deported to England in 2017 as part of his parole conditions. Now, he says, he would like to continue re-building his life here in Ireland.

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Jun 30, 2022
Episode 120: The New York murderer who wants to move to Ireland
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MEET the man convicted of murdering his 14-year-old ex-girlfriend — who now wants to move to Ireland. Dempsey Lewis, formally known as Dempsey Hawkins, was convicted of murdering Susan Jacobson in New York in 1976, when he was just 16-years-old. During the time in which Susan's body was missing, he participated in searches with her family, leading them away from the area whenever they got close to where her body was hidden. Now in his sixties, Dempsey said he felt relief when police came to arrest him two years after Susan's grisly murder and says the violent memories of that fatal day still haunt him. After spending more than four decades behind bars in the United States, the London-born, New York-raised man was deported to England in 2017 as part of his parole conditions. Now, he says, he would like to continue re-building his life here in Ireland.

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Jun 28, 2022
Episode 119: The story of Joe Joyce jnr - bare-knuckle boxer to slash-hook killer
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He is the bareknuckle boxer from a long line of champions - but it will a lifetime before he gets back to fighting. Joe Joyce Jnr said he was only defending himself and his home when he took a slash-hook to a young neighbour, who would later die from his injuries. Despite his claims of self-defence, a jury convicted him of the murder of 18-year-old John Paul McDonagh. So, who is Joe Joyce Jnr and what is bare-knuckle boxing? Nicola Tallant talks with Sunday World journalist Eamon Dillon and author of 'Gypsy Empire' about the traditional way disputes between rival clans are settled, how social media videos are used to goad underground contests and how one of its most infamous characters has fallen foul of a violence that often spills out of competitions into personal lives.

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Jun 25, 2022
Episode 118: The rise of 'The Gypsy King' Tyson Fury and his ties to Daniel Kinahan
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He's the world heavyweight boxing champ who has just been refused entry to the US as a result of sanctions levelled against the Kinahan Organised Crime Group. So, just what are Tyson Fury's links to mob boss Daniel Kinahan and how far back does the relationship go back? Will the travel ban against Fury and other associates of the Irish mafia chief affect their boxing careers and futures prospects? Nicola Tallant talks with Sunday World Deputy Editor, Niall Donald, about the rise of 'The Gypsy King' and the influence of Kinahan on his career and extraordinary comeback.

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Jun 23, 2022
Crime World Long Read: The twisted secrets of sadistic killer Graham Dwyer (Part 2)
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He’s one of Ireland’s most sinister and twisted killers who groomed his vulnerable victim and gave her take a starring role in her own murder. In this two-part Crime World special, written by Niamh O'Connor, we look back on the gruesome details of Graham Dwyer's relationship with Elaine O'Hara, and her tragic, brutal killing. We hear the text messages that passed between the pair in the days before her death, and get a glimpse of the sickening bloodlust hidden inside this seemingly ordinary family man. And we learn how, over a year after her death, a series of miracles would lead police to Elaine O'Hara's body — and her killer. The story of Graham Dwyer and Elaine O'Hara is a shocking one, so, if you're squeamish, this episode isn't one for you. And it definitely isn't one for a younger audience, so be mindful where you listen to it.

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Jun 21, 2022
Crime World Long Read: The twisted secrets of sadistic killer Graham Dwyer (Part 1)
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He’s one of Ireland’s most sinister and twisted killers who groomed his vulnerable victim and gave her take a starring role in her own murder. In this two-part Crime World special, written by Niamh O'Connor, we look back on the gruesome details of Graham Dwyer's relationship with Elaine O'Hara, and her tragic, brutal killing. We hear the text messages that passed between the pair in the days before her death, and get a glimpse of the sickening bloodlust hidden inside this seemingly ordinary family man. And we learn how, over a year after her death, a series of miracles would lead police to Elaine O'Hara's body — and her killer. The story of Graham Dwyer and Elaine O'Hara is a shocking one, so, if you're squeamish, this episode isn't one for you. And it definitely isn't one for a younger audience, so be mindful where you listen to it.

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Jun 18, 2022
Episode 117: Crime Con - where murder meets entertainment
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IT'S a Mecca for true crime super fans, where detectives, lawyers and even podcasters become celebrities for a weekend and the public mix and mingle with faces and voices they know so well. Created in America, where the genre has become a major multi-million dollar industry, Crime Con is relatively new to this side of the Atlantic but has already built up a cult following. This week we attended the show to talk to those showcased in a growing media arena where murder meets entertainment. We talk to podcasters, genealogists, detectives and the true crime enthusiasts, who say that victims remain centre stage throughout the event focused on catching killers and untangling mysteries.

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Jun 16, 2022
Episode 116: Michael Stone - a true Loyalist paramilitary or simply a violent psychopath?
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He is one of the most notorious killers in the history of the North's Troubles, and when he staged a single-handed attack on a Provisional IRA funeral at Milltown Cemetery in 1988 his face became infamous across the world. Today, Michael Stone is wheelchair bound and poses for selfies with young loyalists who see him as a cult hero for one side of a bitter divide. But was Stone a true loyalist paramilitary or was he simply a violent psychopath with a bloodlust and a desire to cement his name in history? Nicola Tallant talks with journalist Hugh Jordan, who met Stone at the recent Orange Order centenary event at Stormont, and with his friend, Jim Murtagh, who grew up with the convicted killer and who remembers a strange young man who was cruel to animals and who was an outsider in his home and community.

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Jun 14, 2022
Episode 115: Mob boss Ridouan Taghi and the murder trial of journalist Peter R. De Vries
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The trial for two men charged with the murder of celebrity Dutch journalist Peter R. De Vries has heard of the text messages sent between the hit team and an un-named overlord who ordered the shooting in broad daylight on an Amsterdam Street. In court, journalist Jan Meeus, a colleague of mine from the Netherlands and someone who knew Peter personally, watched the harrowing scenes and today he considers the bigger picture of such a senseless and brazen murder. He tells me about the criminal at the very top of the ruthless Mocro Maffia, Ridouan Taghi, the business partner of Daniel Kinahan who police suspect is behind De Vries murder and those of a lawyer and brother of a prosecution witness. He describes the fear that surrounds Taghi’s organisation and how he has challenged the very foundations of the Netherlands.

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Jun 11, 2022
Episode 114: How I helped crack the case of the infamous 'Golden State Killer'
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Retired detective Paul Holes knows just what it is like to immerse himself in a murder mystery. It was his work on the infamous 'Golden State Killer' case which led to the 2018 arrest and conviction of Joseph James DeAngelo Jnr, the man responsible for at least 10 murders and 50 sexual assaults. The case first came to Holes' attention in 1994 when he dusted down the files of the so-called 'East Area Rapist', which he later linked to Southern California’s unidentified 'Original Night Stalker'. But it wasn’t until his retirement - through dogged DNA and genetics work - that the wily old cop solved the mystery and became a household name in the process. Today, we talk to Holes about his career and the extraordinary case of America's most-infamous serial killer.

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Jun 09, 2022
Episode 113: The 'Lifers' behind bars in Irish prisons
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They are the killers and rapists deemed so dangerous that they are serving life sentences behind bars. But what does life mean in Ireland, and while the sentence is mandatory in murder cases, how does a sex offender reach the maximum term lock-up? Nicola Tallant talks to journalist Eamon Dillon about the 350 prisoners doing life behind bars - about the gangland triggermen on the promise of blood money who found themselves counting the cost of their chosen career, about the evil rapists whose crimes abhorred society and about the parole board and what it will mean for those looking for early release.

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Jun 07, 2022
Episode 112: The truth behind North Korea's cyber-crime gang 'The Lazarus Group'
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It is a story that reads like the plot from a Hollywood movie and punches right into the heart of one of the most secretive regimes in the world. Hackers from the so-called ‘Lazarus Group’ first shut down Sony Studios when it attempted to screen a movie about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and then went on to attempt a daring theft of $1billion dollars from a Bangladesh Bank. But who are the Lazarus Group and how did they emerge from a secretive nation where only the chosen few are allowed online? Nicola Tallant talks to author and journalist Geoff White about the incredible tale played out in his top podcast 'The Lazarus Heist' and in his new book of the same name.

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Jun 04, 2022
Episode 111: Lisa Smith's journey into the dark heart of Islamic terrorism
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She is the former Irish soldier who, a court heard, enveloped herself in the black flag of IS. Now, Lisa Smith awaits her fate in the Special Criminal Court, which heard the details of her journey into the dark heart of Islamic terrorism. During her trial, she was portrayed as a vulnerable, love-lorn woman who believed she was following her religion and beliefs when she travelled to Syria - but instead found herself in a harsh regime and surrounded with violence which she never expected nor condoned. But the State said different, and FBI officers said it was beyond suspicion that she had joined the group. Today Nicola Tallant talks with courts correspondent Eoin Reynolds about the sensational trial which ended with a guilty verdict and a sobbing mother now counting the cost of the choices she made.

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Jun 02, 2022
Episode 110: 'Mr Flashy' and Dublin's dirty gang war
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When drug dealer James Whelan was gunned down in Finglas, north Dublin, two months ago gardai braced themselves for an explosion of violence and tit-for-tat attacks. In recent weeks, the home of Whelan’s mother, Sonya, has been firebombed amidst 70 violent incidents linked to the feuding gangs, many of which are flagged on social media postings. But is this Finglas feud the future of gangland wars or is it part of the fallout of the collapse of the Kinahan empire where the so-called ‘Flashy’ gang once held a prominent position of power? Nicola Tallant talks to Sunday World deputy Editor Niall Donald about the dirty warfare on the streets of a Dublin suburb and the consequences of it for policing drug mobs.

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May 30, 2022
Crime World Long Read: Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh - from low-level dealer to Ireland's most-feared mob boss (Part 3)
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When the Criminal Assets Bureau was set up in 1996 after the brutal murder of journalist Veronica Guerin, Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh was its first target. A known drug dealer and with a string of convictions, Bomber was then running a lucrative business along with his cousin Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh. They were dealing whatever they could get their hands on and making a pretty penny as a result. Hatchet would be shot dead in Marbella in 2014, a hit understood to have been sanctioned by Kavanagh and organised by his then business partner, Daniel Kinahan. But when David Byrne took a bullet meant for Daniel at the Regency Hotel in February 2016 — it changed everything and cemented a blood bond between Kinahan and Kavanagh that would set them in the sights of international law enforcement. Now, in a Crime World special, we reveal the rise and spectacular fall of Bomber's empire and why he became one of Ireland's most-feared mob bosses.

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May 28, 2022
Crime World Long Read: Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh - from low-level dealer to Ireland's most-feared mob boss (Part 2)
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When the Criminal Assets Bureau was set up in 1996 after the brutal murder of journalist Veronica Guerin, Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh was its first target. A known drug dealer and with a string of convictions, Bomber was then running a lucrative business along with his cousin Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh. They were dealing whatever they could get their hands on and making a pretty penny as a result. Hatchet would be shot dead in Marbella in 2014, a hit understood to have been sanctioned by Kavanagh and organised by his then business partner, Daniel Kinahan. But when David Byrne took a bullet meant for Daniel at the Regency Hotel in February 2016 — it changed everything and cemented a blood bond between Kinahan and Kavanagh that would set them in the sights of international law enforcement. Now, in a Crime World special, we reveal the rise and spectacular fall of Bomber's empire and why he became one of Ireland's most-feared mob bosses.

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May 26, 2022
Crime World Long Read: Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh - from low-level dealer to Ireland's most-feared mob boss (Part 1)
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When the Criminal Assets Bureau was set up in 1996 after the brutal murder of journalist Veronica Guerin, Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh was its first target. A known drug dealer and with a string of convictions, Bomber was then running a lucrative business along with his cousin Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh. They were dealing whatever they could get their hands on and making a pretty penny as a result. Hatchet would be shot dead in Marbella in 2014, a hit understood to have been sanctioned by Kavanagh and organised by his then business partner, Daniel Kinahan. But when David Byrne took a bullet meant for Daniel at the Regency Hotel in February 2016 — it changed everything and cemented a blood bond between Kinahan and Kavanagh that would set them in the sights of international law enforcement. Now, in a Crime World special, we reveal the rise and spectacular fall of Bomber's empire and why he became one of Ireland's most-feared mob bosses.

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May 23, 2022
Episode 109 - The brutal murder of Emer O'Loughlin in a mobile home in Galway
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Emer O'Loughlin (23) had her whole life ahead of her when she was brutally murdered in a mobile home in Galway in 2005. She had just finished a year-long trip across the world with her boyfriend Shane and they were living in caravan site while they saved money. But on April 8 2005, Shane received a call to say that the mobile home next to theirs, owned by a man named John Griffin, was on fire. Human remains were subsequently found in the burnt wreckage of the caravan and DNA tests confirmed Emer's family's worst fears, that she had died in the blaze. A post-mortem was unable to determine her cause of death and it was not until 2010, after her body was exhumed, that it was discovered that Emer had suffered a violent death before the fire. Today, I’m joined by April Keogh, whose new documentary on TG4 about Emer, explains how her family's lives changed forever the night she was murdered.

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May 20, 2022
Episode 108 - How the Prison Services are controlling Ireland's most notorious criminals
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Keeping the peace inside Ireland's prison system has never been easy - but the fall of the Kinahan cartel has made life behind bars more dangerous than ever. According to prison officials, there are currently a total of 166 inmates from 14 separate criminal mobs jailed in prisons across the country. However, prison insiders claim that the lines between the different gangs have become so blurred, with the influence of the Kinahan cartel so all pervasive, that the traditional divides can no longer be said to apply. Five prisons, in particular, house the majority of the country’s most notorious gangland criminals. These are: Mountjoy, Portlaoise, Wheatfield, Castlerea and Limerick. Today, I’m joined by Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald to look at how the Prison Service are keeping Ireland's most notorious gangsters under control while behind bars.

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May 18, 2022
Episode 98: How the Kinahan Cartel broke into the U.S. Boxing scene
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THE American government has KO’d the Kinahan Cartel with a raft of sanctions that have caused chaos for the mob. But when did the name Kinahan start coming on the radar in the United States and was it the mob's brazen move into top-end boxing that sealed their fate? As Tyson Fury prepares to step into the ring at Wembley Stadium to defend his WBC heavyweight title amid a storm of controversy, Nicola Tallant chats with Jake Donovan, senior writer of BoxingScene.com. He describes how Daniel Kinahan managed to gain a foothold at the very top of U.S. boxing while American law enforcement sought to bring down his family mafia. We discuss the delay the sport and its watchdogs to protect itself from organised crime and we consider the millions of dollars that washes around promoters, managers and even crime bosses each time a punch is thrown.

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May 18, 2022
Crime World Long Read: How Rathkeale's 'Dead Zoo Gang' stole millions in illegal rhino horns
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The 'Dead Zoo' is the name the famous Dublin ‘wits’ came up with for the Natural History Museum in the capital. The quirky Victorian-era institution is packed with stuffed exotic animals from around the world – a moose, a hippo, a giraffe, a rhinoceros and a lot more. The 'Dead Zoo Gang' is the name the Sunday World gave the Irish criminals who started buying or stealing rhino horns all over the world. From the Rockies in Denver, Colorado, to auction rooms in Sydney, Australia, the gang spent more than a decade supplying the illegal trade in rhino horns. With buyers in China and Vietnam willing to spend €20,000 and more per kilo, the Irish mob found a way to go big-game hunting without using guns. This is the story, written by Eamon Dillon, of the 'Dead Zoo Gang' and one of the world’s most bizarre crime sprees.

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May 18, 2022
Episode 99: The continued 'Manhunt' for double murder suspect Kevin Parle
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He was Crime World’s first guest, when the former Scotland Yard detective told us about two gangland murders, a missing fugitive and his quest to find the elusive Kevin Parle. Now, Peter Bleksley reveals the details of his ongoing hunt for Parle and how he now believes he may have been in Ireland and could have an Irish girlfriend. The celebrated podcaster, whose 'Manhunt' series is one of the BBC’s top shows, hasn’t let Covid or the passage of time get between him and his folly, and today he tells Nicola Tallant how he is as determined as ever to find Britain's most-wanted man.

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May 18, 2022
Episode 100: The Kinahan Cartel's partnership with Scotland's most-feared mobs
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He is the Scottish politician who says football is contaminated with drug money and that the tentacles of the Kinahan organisation run deep into the heart of the Glasgow underworld. And Russell Findlay knows more than the regular politician about such issues, because for years he worked as an investigative crime reporter who himself became headline news when he was targeted in an acid attack at his home. Nicola Tallant chats with Russell about the deep connections and blood bonds between the Irish and Scottish crime networks. He reveals the killers and criminals who hid out for years in Kinahan safe houses on the Costa del Sol, about the fake-bake tan tycoon who became part of their inner circle and his fears that mobsters and gang bosses have their sights firmly set on football.

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May 18, 2022
Episode 107: How Spanish cops failed to take down the Kinahan's reign in Spain
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In 2010, Spanish police announced that they had dismantled the Irish Mafia by shutting down the Kinahan Organised Crime Group. Headed by Christopher Kinahan Snr and managed by his sons Daniel and Christopher Jnr the so-called ‘Cartel’ was estimated to be worth €100 million when it was hit with the killer blow by cops who had spent two years wire-tapping the gang and keeping them under close surveillance. But the scenario sounds all too familiar now and 12 years on the Kinahans are not only still in business, but ten times bigger than they ever were. So what went wrong? Today I’m joined by journalist and author Stephen Breen whose book, 'The Cartel', details the surveillance and wire-tap probe by the Spanish which failed to take the head from the snake.

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May 16, 2022
Episode 106: The gangland fall-out from the EncroChat phone hack
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Two gangsters have been convicted in the first murder plot trial involving EncroChat phones, a system described in court as ‘an Amazon for organised criminals’. Despite no DNA evidence, no fingerprints and no weapon, the court found that Paul Fontaine and Frankie Sinclair tried to organise a 'hit' by text. At least 260 other cases in the UK have been successfully convicted since the 'hack' by French and Dutch police in 2020, described as a ‘game changer’ for law enforcement. But why are lawyers from across Europe now writing to the EU Parliament to complain on behalf of their clients and what are the likelihood of some appeals? Nicola Tallant chats with journalist Chris Sommers about the Fontaine-Sinclair case and the raft of criminals caught up in the EncroChat net.

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May 13, 2022
Episode 105: What has changed for the Kinahan Cartel since the U.S. sanctions?
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One month since US sanctions were levelled against the Kinahan Cartel and as the dust settles on the dramatic announcements, what exactly has changed for those named and shamed as targets? What exactly does it even mean to be sanctioned and who else is on the list compiled by America’s most powerful? Nicola Tallant talks with journalist Eamon Dillon about the intricacies of a financial circuit breaker, about the growing indications that the Kinahans could be indicted in the US and about the terrorists and narco bosses that they have joined on the toxic list of shame.

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May 11, 2022
Episode 104: The cold case murders that have haunted Northern Ireland
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FOR decades, the Troubles in Northern Ireland set the news agenda, engulfed the resources of crime fighting and left thousands of families traumatised. But there were other murders too, many of which journalist Allison Morris believes didn’t get the full attention of police because of the war that raged throughout the province, and because some of the victims simple were not high profile enough. Nicola Tallant is joined by Allison, who recalls the stories of 24-year-old Lisa Dorrian and others like her whose cold cases could now be solved.

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May 09, 2022
Episode 103: The Lithuanian gang who flooded Ireland with heroin through their network of slave dealers
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A Lithuanian gang who flew unwitting slaves into Ireland to sell heroin and then starved and beat them sounds like the plot from a TV crime drama – but that’s exactly what happened over the course of 15 years until Gardai, the PSNI and their Eastern European counterparts uncovered the mob. Known as ‘The Russians’, the gang fuelled Northern Ireland’s emerging heroin market from the mid 2000s and later placed agents in Cork, Galway, Waterford and Kerry after being run out of Dublin by bigger gangs. Nicola Tallant talks with journalist Paulie Doyle, who followed the trail of gang leader Kestutis Klemauskas and his violent lieutenants from Lithuania into the heart of loyalist Belfast and onwards to the big cities of Ireland where they pocketed a fortune from the slave dealers. In a lengthy investigation for Vice World News and working with the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, he drew together the pieces of a story that make for an incredible insight into organised crime in a modern world.

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May 06, 2022
Episode 102: The life and crimes of Kinahan cartel crony Johnny 'Cash' Morrissey
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For years flash Johnny Morrissey has been splashing his cash on the Costa del Crime, where his luxury villa is a monument to the Roman Emperor Nero. Larger than life, Morrissey thought he was untouchable - but now that he has been named as the Kinahan mafia’s Costa enforcer and sanctioned by U.S. for laundering dirty money, the vodka boss has been running for cover. But Morrissey is no newcomer to the underworld scene and he has run away before, including from a fishing village in rural Ireland where he tried to land shipments of cocaine on the Cork coastline. Nicola Tallant talks with Sunday World journalist Eamon Dillon about the incredible life and crimes of the Kinahan crony who Irish neighbours dubbed 'Johnny Cash'.

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May 04, 2022
Episode 101: What's next for the WAGS of the Kinahan Cartel?
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They are the wives and girlfriends of the first family of crime who have lived a lavish lifestyle built on the Kinahan’s billion-dollar drug business. So, what next for the WAGS of gangland, as the carefully-constructed money machine behind the Kinahan Organised Crime Group crumbles under the weight of U.S. sanctions. Nicola Tallant talks with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the women behind the men of the underworld, and what the future may hold for them now the tables have turned.

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May 03, 2022
Episode 101: What's next for the WAGS of the Kinahan Cartel?
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They are the wives and girlfriends of the first family of crime who have lived a lavish lifestyle built on the Kinahan’s billion-dollar drug business.

So, what next for the WAGS of gangland, as the carefully-constructed money machine behind the Kinahan Organised Crime Group crumbles under the weight of U.S. sanctions.

Nicola Tallant talks with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the women behind the men of the underworld, and what the future may hold for them now the tables have turned.

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May 03, 2022
Episode 100: The Kinahan Cartel's partnership with Scotland's most-feared mobs
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He is the Scottish politician who says football is contaminated with drug money and that the tentacles of the Kinahan organisation run deep into the heart of the Glasgow underworld.

And Russell Findlay knows more than the regular politician about such issues, because for years he worked as an investigative crime reporter who himself became headline news when he was targeted in an acid attack at his home.

Nicola Tallant chats with Russell about the deep connections and blood bonds between the Irish and Scottish crime networks.

He reveals the killers and criminals who hid out for years in Kinahan safe houses on the Costa del Sol, about the fake-bake tan tycoon who became part of their inner circle and his fears that mobsters and gang bosses have their sights firmly set on football.

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Apr 30, 2022
Episode 99: The continued 'Manhunt' for double murder suspect Kevin Parle
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He was Crime World’s first guest, when the former Scotland Yard detective told us about two gangland murders, a missing fugitive and his quest to find the elusive Kevin Parle.

Now, Peter Bleksley reveals the details of his ongoing hunt for Parle and how he now believes he may have been in Ireland and could have an Irish girlfriend.

The celebrated podcaster, whose 'Manhunt' series is one of the BBC’s top shows, hasn’t let Covid or the passage of time get between him and his folly, and today he tells Nicola Tallant how he is as determined as ever to find Britain's most-wanted man.

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Apr 28, 2022
Crime World Long Read: How Rathkeale's 'Dead Zoo Gang' stole millions in illegal rhino horns
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The 'Dead Zoo' is the name the famous Dublin ‘wits’ came up with for the Natural History Museum in the capital.

The quirky Victorian-era institution is packed with stuffed exotic animals from around the world – a moose, a hippo, a giraffe, a rhinoceros and a lot more.

The 'Dead Zoo Gang' is the name the Sunday World gave the Irish criminals who started buying or stealing rhino horns all over the world.

From the Rockies in Denver, Colorado, to auction rooms in Sydney, Australia, the gang spent more than a decade supplying the illegal trade in rhino horns.

With buyers in China and Vietnam willing to spend €20,000 and more per kilo, the Irish mob found a way to go big-game hunting without using guns.

This is the story, written by Eamon Dillon, of the 'Dead Zoo Gang' and one of the world’s most bizarre crime sprees.

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Apr 26, 2022
Episode 98: How the Kinahan Cartel broke into the U.S. Boxing scene
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THE American government has KO’d the Kinahan Cartel with a raft of sanctions that have caused chaos for the mob.

But when did the name Kinahan start coming on the radar in the United States and was it the mob's brazen move into top-end boxing that sealed their fate?

As Tyson Fury prepares to step into the ring at Wembley Stadium to defend his WBC heavyweight title amid a storm of controversy, Nicola Tallant chats with Jake Donovan, senior writer of BoxingScene.com.

He describes how Daniel Kinahan managed to gain a foothold at the very top of U.S. boxing while American law enforcement sought to bring down his family mafia.

We discuss the delay the sport and its watchdogs to protect itself from organised crime and we consider the millions of dollars that washes around promoters, managers and even crime bosses each time a punch is thrown.

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Apr 23, 2022
Episode 97: Christy Kinahan Snr - The Cartel 'Godfather' who hid in plain sight
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A week after U.S. sanctions were levelled at the Kinahan mafia an incredible fallout continues, as many run for cover and deny relationships with the top tier.

But at the heart of the countless stories and headlines about the Kinahan Organised Crime Group has been an insight into the man at the very top of the tree.

While the concentration has been on his son Daniel and his links to boxing, the 'Dapper Don', Christy Kinahan Snr, has been moonlighting as an aviation broker and running a string of social media accounts featuring his musings about the world.

Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the ultimate 'Godfather of Crime' and the two faces he shows to the world.

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Apr 21, 2022
Episode 96: How sadistic killer Graham Dwyer is one step closer to freedom
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He is an evil and sadistic killer who lured his vulnerable victim into a dark world of BDSM and then murdered her as part of his ultimate sexual fantasy.

Killer Graham Dwyer is just about the last convict anyone would like to see freed on a legal technicality after he was found guilty of the almost-perfect murder of Elaine O’Hara in 2015.

But it seemed he got one step closer to that freedom when a European Court of Justice ruled that some evidence used in his trial was attained in breach of EU laws.

Nicola Tallant talks with Barrister Ronan Lupton about the meaning of the legal battle that has seen Europe’s top court rule that Ireland was wrong in the way it accessed some of Dwyer's phone records.

He discusses Dwyer’s attempts to have his conviction for murder overturned, the meaning of the European judgement and why ordinary civilians should be concerned about the issues at the heart of his case.

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Apr 19, 2022
Episode 95: My ordinary 'Old Man' - the UK super-criminal
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AS a child Jason Wilson thought he had a regular dad, but by the time he was a teenager his 'Old Man' was well on the way to becoming one of the UK’s most wanted criminals.

From his beginnings as a successful businessman, Tony Shipley, who later changed his name to Tony Spencer, had a driving ambition to become rich and to beat the system to get there. But during his career robbing banks, counterfeiting cash and eventually becoming a prolific drug smuggler, the big one always evaded him.

In his new book, ‘The Old Man and Me’, Jason details an incredible journey into the underworld of the Netherlands and Spain, where his father sourced drugs, mixed with some of the biggest names in organised crime and finally came a cropper of his own success.

Jason tells Nicola Tallant the incredible story of his father and their relationship, which endured long stints in prison, selfish ambition and a miraculous assassination attempt.

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Apr 16, 2022
Episode 94: How the world's law enforcement plotted the downfall of the Kinahan Cartel
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The antics of Daniel Kinahan and his insistence that he is an innocent boxing promoter wrongly accused of involvement in organised crime spectacularly backfired this week.

In an extraordinary conference in Dublin, the Kinahan mob were sanctioned just like Russian Oligarchs as the forces of law from the US, Europe and the UK stood together to declare Christy Kinahan Snr and his two sons as enemies of the State.

In a series of speeches, border officers, police chiefs and our own Commissioners laid bare the Kinahans' journey from the streets of Dublin to the very top of a trans-global network dealing in drugs, guns and murder while laundering €1 billion profits in business interests across the world.

Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World Deputy Editor, Niall Donald, about the most incredible day in Irish criminal history – one which will cement the role the Kinahans have played in changing the face of crime fighting for good.

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Apr 13, 2022
Episode 93: The gangland murder of James Whelan and the 'Mr Flashy' feud
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The murder of drug dealer James Whelan in Dublin marks the start of what gardai fear will be a long-running and murderous feud between two factions of what was once one gang.

The intricacies of the fallout between the mob boss known as 'Mr Flashy' and his former lieutenant are all too familiar to many who have watched other gangland wars play out in the past.

Irish Independent crime correspondent Ken Foy joins Nicola Tallant to talk about the criminal mentor who groomed the young guns who now in turn run their own violent gangs, the significance of the murder of such a key player like Whelan and the fears of the reprisals to come.

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Apr 12, 2022
Episode 92: The Russian Oligarchs who have bought up the streets of London
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I’m in Knightsbridge outside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the epitome of London style and wealth, but I’m not here for oysters and champagne.

Instead, I’m on a mission to walk the streets and the neighbourhoods of Belgravia and Chelsea, where the Russian Oligarchs with links to the Kremlin have snapped up a staggering £1.5 billion in property.

Steven Millar is our guide - a lawyer by day, he has written a series of books about London’s Hidden Walks - and today he is taking Crime World listeners on the ultimate property porn tour.

In a special episode, we take a deep dive into the world of the Oligarchs and we look at their dirty money and what they are doing with it.

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Apr 09, 2022
Episode 91: Jim Mansfield jnr and the suitcases of Kinahan cash
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He is the former businessman whose reputation lies in tatters after the High Court heard he was given €4.5 million by crime bosses Daniel Kinahan and Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh to wash through his property empire.

The court heard this week that Jim Mansfield Jnr and members of his family, including his elderly mother Anne, will not contest the Proceeds of Crime case taken by the Criminal Assets Bureau, which involves an extraordinary tale of suitcases of cash being delivered to the family mansion, Tasaggart House.

Yet, for years Mansfield Jnr vigorously defended his reputation and, just like Kinahan, attempted to both silence and use the media to do so.

Nicola Tallant talks to Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the fall of the House of Mansfield, about the lies and threats along the way and about the importance of robust journalism and a free media to our society.

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Apr 07, 2022
Episode 90: The evil child killers
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It was an horrific crime that many vowed would never happen again. When Baby 'P' or 17-month-old Peter Connelly died having sustained 50 horrifying injuries at the hands of his mother, Tracey Connelly, her lover Stephen Barker and his brother Jason Owen all three went to prison.

Now, as Connelly’s parole sparks a further outcry, two other cases have come before the Old Bailey in London with striking similarities and equally devastating outcomes.

Nicola Tallant talks with Chris Summers, editor of Total Crime, who recalls the tragedies of 16-month-old Nusayba Umar and two-year-old Kyrell Matthews, murdered at the hands of adults who he says should be placed on a special register.

What sort of human can kill a child and how should we as a society protect others going forward?

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Apr 05, 2022
Episode 89: The jailing of Kinahan Cartel kingpin Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh
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His end was swift, delivered in the cold confines of a courtroom where Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh was committed to 21 years in prison for his crimes.

The mob boss who sat at the very top of the Kinahan organisation and who pumped guns and weapons into the UK and Ireland for decades is now counting the costs of his chosen career.

But how did Gardai and their UK colleagues in the National Crime Agency (NCA) eventually catch the violent and untouchable crime boss and how many others have gone down with him.

Nicola Tallant talks with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the fall of the bomb squad and the ramifications of his demise further up the Kinahan food chain.

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Apr 02, 2022
Crime World Long Read: 'Predator' - Larry Murphy and Ireland's missing women (Part 3)
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His name still strikes fear across Ireland - a hunter who stalked his prey in the heart of the area known as the vanishing triangle.

But where is Larry Murphy now and why is he a suspect in the murder of teenager Deirdre Jacob and the mystery disappearance of Jo Jo Dullard and Annie McCarrick?

Now, in a Crime World mini-series, we present 'Predator: Larrry Murphy and Ireland's missing women', a chilling true crime special.

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Mar 31, 2022
Crime World Long Read: 'Predator' - Larry Murphy and Ireland's missing women (Part 2)
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His name still strikes fear across Ireland - a hunter who stalked his prey in the heart of the area known as the vanishing triangle.

But where is Larry Murphy now and why is he a suspect in the murder of teenager Deirdre Jacob and the mystery disappearance of Jo Jo Dullard and Annie McCarrick?

Now, in a Crime World mini-series, we present 'Predator: Larrry Murphy and Ireland's missing women', a chilling true crime special.

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Mar 29, 2022
Crime World Long Read: 'Predator' - Larry Murphy and Ireland's missing women (Part 1)
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His name still strikes fear across Ireland - a hunter who stalked his prey in the heart of the area known as the vanishing triangle.

But where is Larry Murphy now and why is he a suspect in the murder of teenager Deirdre Jacob and the mystery disappearance of Jo Jo Dullard and Annie McCarrick?

Now, in a Crime World mini-series, we present 'Predator: Larrry Murphy and Ireland's missing women', a chilling true crime special.

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Mar 26, 2022
Episode 88: The day the 'plastic bag killer' confessed to Sunday World
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Anne Marie Pezzillo was a regular visitor to the Sunday World offices during her days living homeless on the streets of Dublin and suffering from addiction issues.

Each time she spoke with journalist Niall Donald she promised him ‘the big one’ - but he never held her to that, recognising instead the difficulties she faced in life.

In and out of prison and living a chaotic existence, Anne Marie would come and go. Then, one day she told him she needed to sit down and tell him something she had done. It was then that she confessed that she had killed a man by suffocating him with a plastic bag.

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Mar 24, 2022
Episode 87: Behind the scenes at the Criminal Assets Bureau
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It’s one of the great success stories in Ireland’s fight against crime -and now a new documentary will bring viewers behind the scenes at the Criminal Assets Bureau.

From the birth of the Bureau in 1996 and its first cases to its modern-day targets. including Insta-gangsters who show off their bling, the Virgin Media series follows the growth of the CAB over 26 years and highlights some of its more colourful cases.

Nicola Tallant chats to the CAB Bureau Chief Michael Gubbins about what it is like to be at the helm of such a celebrated agency. He reveals how, despite the passage of time, the Bureau hasn’t changed much in its work – still pursuing drug dealers and their ill-gotten gains.

We hear from some contributors to the new documentary and discuss the future of the Bureau’s work chasing the dirty money.

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Mar 22, 2022
Episode 86 - The Mysterious Death Of Sinn Fein 'spy' Denis Donaldson
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It was an extraordinary series of events. A high-ranking Sinn Fein official is outed as an informer in the employ of M15 and the Special Branch of the PSNI.

On the steps of Stormont, Denis Donaldson admits his role as a spy within the Republican ranks – then disappears.

Six months later an intrepid journalist Hugh Jordan tracks him down to an isolated farmhouse in Glenties in Donegal confirming that his whereabouts aren’t such a well-kept secret.

Weeks later Donaldson is shot dead in the same cottage but mystery still surrounds what happened and why he remained there after he was discovered.

Today I’m talking with Hugh Jordan about the case of Donaldson and a recent Police Ombudsman report which points the finger of blame at police and their failures to properly evaluate the threat to his life.

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Mar 19, 2022
Episode 85 - Fionnan Sheahan's Front - Line Views Of Devastation In Ukraine
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A haunting border crossing from Ukraine. People just like us leaving behind everything they know and everyone they love. And an unpredictable dictator with his finger on the nuclear button.

So what is it like to stand and witness this brutal history in the making and to see the faces of women and children set in fear in the freezing temperatures of a land not too unlike our own.

Today I’m talking to Irish Independent Ireland Editor Fionnan Sheahan who is just back from the Ukraine/Polish border where he saw first hand the never ending lines of human misery caused by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He tells me of a refugee crises like no other and of a population of middle class, educated families displaced forever by a neighbour with a dark soul.

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Mar 17, 2022
Episode 84: Daniel Kinahan, hotel tycoon Jim Mansfield and the house CAB want
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Mob boss Daniel Kinahan’s much anticipated interview due out this week has been shelved due to legal issues at the Anything Goes Podcast with James English.

While the nature of the legal problems are unknown, Kinahan has already been hit with new court proceedings after he was named in a Proceeds of Crime Case against shamed businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr.

For years Mansfield and his late father, Jim Mansfield Snr, denied rumours that they were linked to criminality but Junior is now locked up in Portlaoise prison, guilty of perverting the course of justice, and now he has been named along the biggest figure in organised crime.

Today I’m talking with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the court proceedings linking Ireland’s one time richest son and heir to the head of the Kinahan Organised Crime Group.

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Mar 15, 2022
Episode 83: The 'cleaner' jailed for his role in the gruesome Keane Mulready Woods murder
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He is the first person to be jailed in relation to the brutal murder of teenager Keane Mulready Woods.

Yet, despite pleading guilty to cleaning up and removing evidence from the scene of the killing at his home in Drogheda, father-of-eight Gerard ‘Ged’ McKenna will be a free man in just over a year.

So, who is McKenna and what was his role in the shocking murder of the 17-year-old, whose dismembered remains were discovered in a sports bag, the boot of a car and on wasteland in the days and months after he disappeared?

Nicola Tallant talks with Irish Independent journalist Robin Schiller who covered the sentencing of McKenna. He tells me about a chaotic crime scene, a disorganised clean-up and a phonecall from a gangland madman.

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Mar 12, 2022
Episode 82: The horror behind Ireland's recreational drug habit
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It’s a stark message to young people who believe that they are just having fun.

But community worker Philip Jennings says that every recreational user of cannabis or cocaine has blood on their hands and his 'Think Before You Buy' initiative has been rolled out in schools across his native Blanchardstown in Dublin.

Now, he is hoping for Government backing to bring his message further and to turn a tide of casual drug use, which he says is feeding into a cycle of gangland violence, intimidation and murders.

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Mar 10, 2022
Episode 81: The two faces of Daniel Kinahan
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Cartel chief Daniel Kinahan is posturing again, with press statements, pictures and propaganda from an army of boxers under his control.

And now he is teeing up a ‘world exclusive’ interview with podcaster James English, whose popular YouTube show has featured chats with a host of MTK boxers, many of whom have taken the opportunity to praise the drug boss.

So what is going on with Ireland’s most wanted man and how has he managed to mingle between the world of organised crime and that of the sport of boxing?

Nicola Tallant talks with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about Kinahan’s rise as a boxing powerbroker and his attempts to sports-wash his criminal reputation.

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Mar 08, 2022
Episode 80: The secret service spooks and the White House love affair with Ireland
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They are the black-suited operatives whose role is to protect the President of the United States - and if Joe Biden’s plans to visit Ireland this summer come to pass they will be crawling around the highways and byways of the country to make safe his passage.

But the Secret Service are no strangers to Ireland, and they have had a few bemusing encounters here in the past in scenes which would often be at home in an episode of Father Ted.

Now, in her new book The Green and White House, journalist Lynne Kelleher brings together the incredible stories around the seemingly seamless visits of US leaders to their ancestral birthplaces in often rural outposts across Ireland.

From the visits of Richard Nixon to Barack Obama, she tells about the hilarious run-ins of the secret service agents with bemused locals from Ballyporeen to Timahoe, the Aran cardigan which was almost central to a controlled explosion and a chatty hotel manager whose wry joke nearly sparked a major security scare.

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Mar 05, 2022
Episode 79: The record producer, the Swedish hit-man and Europe's most-feared crime gangs
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A high-flying young record producer is gunned down outside his pricey London home after returning from a Christmas Eve celebration with his glamorous wife and two-year-old son.

The victim, Flamur Beqiri, a brother of one of the stars of Real Housewives of Cheshire, is quickly identified as a kingpin in an international drugs gang.

A police investigation leads straight back to Sweden where an underworld has gone to war and a Dubai-based criminal is hungry for revenge.

Nicola Tallant is joined by journalist Chris Summers, editor of total crime UK, who covered the trial at Southwark Crown Court, where a hitman was handed a minimum sentence of 25 years and where the fallout of a gangland crime was laid bare.

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Mar 03, 2022
Crime World Long Read: Davy Tweed - The monster behind the mask
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A rugby legend capped for Ireland. A politician steeped in the beliefs of loyalism. A giant who claimed family values as his flag.

But behind the mask Davy Tweed was a monster and sex offender who terrorised his family and left a legacy of pain for his daughters.

This week, in a long-read special, Hugh Jordan is taking the microphone to tell you the story of Tweed – the monster behind the legend.

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Mar 01, 2022
Episode 78: Decapitated and burned - the shocking murder of Philip Finnegan
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It was still bright on the evening of September 2, 2016 when a man walking his dogs made a gruesome discovery in Rahin Woods, close to Carbury in County Kildare.

Using a stick, he had poked at the ground and the brambles where his dog 'Bobby' had circled, only to see a foot protruding from the undergrowth.

Later, forensic experts would surmise that 24-year-old Philip Finnegan had died where he lay in the foetal position, his remains decapitated and charred from an attempt to burn his body. He’d been stabbed to death in a frenzied attack.
His murder and torture, gardai would later tell a court, happened the previous August 10 and his remains had gone undiscovered in the shallow grave until that September night.

So, who was Philip Finnegan and how did he come to such a brutal end at the hands of his one time friend Stephen Penrose. What happened in Rahin Woods and how did a gangland feud end in such a remote place?
Nicola Tallant chatds with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about one of gangland's most brutal kills.

What effects has such violence on society, on families and on strangers who walk their dogs in lonely woods?

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Feb 26, 2022
Episode 77: The misfit serial killer who almost got away with murder
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He was a loner and a misfit who lived with his parents until his early 30s but went on to become a serial killer who stalked his victims on dating apps and gay hook-up sites.

But, Stephen Port was no cunning killer, and when he was tried for four murders in the Old Bailey the failings of police in their investigations into mysterious deaths in the Barking area of London was as stark as his horrific legacy of crimes.

Nicola Tallant chats with author Sebastian Murphy Bates, whose book 'Easy Kills' traces the story of Port and how police missed the blatant murders of gay men.

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Feb 24, 2022
Episode 76: The homeless epidemic on Hollywood's hallowed streets
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It’s known as the city of dreams - where models, actors and artists seek fame and fortune in the shadow of the Hollywood Hills.

But alongside the glitter and glamour of the California Dream is a very different Los Angeles, one with a sprawling homeless population which has fast become the biggest social issue in America’s richest State.

Nicola Tallant talks with with LA local Glenna Gordon, a photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times and more recently an emergency medicine technician with the city ambulance service.

She tells of the vast homeless encampments at well-known areas like Venice Beach, Skid Row and Eagle Rock, about her work on the front line of emergency healthcare, which is often a sticking plaster for chronic addicts and the mentally ill, and about the failings of housing supply and planning in a city fast serving as a warning to the rest of the world.

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Feb 22, 2022
Episode 75: The trial of Irish 'ISIS bride' Lisa Smith
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An 'ISIS bride' lured to the Caliphate in fear of the fires of hell, a glamorous former radical who escaped Syria and unshackled herself from her extremist past and counter terrorism FBI agents called in after the fall of Raqqa.

It sounds like the plot from a series of 'Homeland' - but it is playing out in Ireland’s Special Criminal Court where Dundalk woman Lisa Smith has pleaded not guilty to funding and membership of a terrorist organisation.

Nicola Tallant talks with courts reporter Eoin Reynolds, who has been covering this fascinating trial for the last three weeks as the story of Lisa Smith’s journey from Irish army cadet to the beating heart of ISIS has unfolded.

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Feb 19, 2022
Episode 74: 'Mr Flashy' and the gun-toting teens terrorising the streets of Dublin
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Innocent women flee their homes in fear of grenade attacks, a business shuts its doors terrorised by teenage thugs, while a community lives in fear of warring drug gangs brazenly attacking each other in broad daylight with hammers and wheel braces and displaying their gunfire on social media.

The scenes playing out in a Dublin suburb seem more at home in Mexico, yet for the hard-working people of Finglas this is the reality - as a gang headed up by a young dealer known as 'Mr Flashy' goes to war with three rival outfits in a terrifying feud.

Nicola Tallant chats with Crime Correspondent Ken Foy who tells of the rising tensions in an underworld populated by gun-toting teenage boys directed by mega-rich cocaine dealers.

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Feb 16, 2022
Episode 73: The Ormeau Road bookies' massacre and how the killers may have colluded with cops
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A shocking mass murder at a bookies office in Belfast, 30 years of unanswered questions for those left behind and now an Ombudsman's report that cites collusive behaviour and failings by police.

At the heart of the Sean Graham bookmakers atrocity and seven other loyalist attacks carried out by the UDA which claimed the lives of 11 people, lie the use of RUC informants who were also killers.

In the murky world of cops and gangsters, where information is whispered in the shadows, did a corrupted system protect the bad and are institutions now more concerned about their reputations or the quest for justice?

Nicola Tallant chats with Hugh Jordan about murder on the Ormeau Road and the legacy of decisions made in a time of extremes. He reveals the injustices caused by secrecy and silence, with the consideration of letting sleeping dogs lie.

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Feb 15, 2022
Episode 72: The rural crime spree striking fear into Ireland's elderly community
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The brutal attack on bachelor farmer Thomas ‘Tom’ Niland in rural Sligo has struck fear into the elderly community across Ireland.

In a worrying spate of attacks on our most vulnerable citizens, many pensioners living in rural areas no longer feel safe in their own homes.

So, who are the criminals who are targeting older members of the community and are they organised mobs or more chaotic and opportunistic criminals living day to day in a tangle of addiction, drug debt and desperation for cash?

Nicola Tallant chats with journalist Eamon Dillon, who has spent years reporting on some of the most high-profile crimes against the elderly. He recalls the criminals behind some of the most shocking attacks on our pensioners, about the brutal rapist about to taste freedom again and of the random nature of the robberies that terrorise communities.

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Feb 12, 2022
Episode 71: The jailing of former millionaire playboy Jim Mansfield jnr
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Jim Mansfield Jnr was dealt his fate this week when Judges at the Special Criminal Court handed him down a two-year sentence, suspending the final six months, in a crushing blow for the former millionaire heir of Ireland’s once-wealthiest family.

Despite submissions for leniency from his legal team who insisted he was in the lower range of intellectual ability, is a carer to his elderly mother and was someone who would find it difficult to be incarcerated, he will now have to serve his time just like any other common criminal.

So what was it like for playboy Mansfield to find himself in the dock and how did his tight-knit, socialite family deal with one of their own on trial?

Nicola Tallant chats with courts reporter Alison O’Riordan who covered the lengthy trial and who details how Mansfield remained confident to the end that he would walk free.

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Feb 10, 2022
Episode 70: Dennis McFadden - The MI5 Chameleon who infiltrated the New IRA
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He was the New IRA 'fixer' with an unclear past, but despite some red flags, Dennis McFadden managed to infiltrate the terror group and win their trust, all the while reporting back to MI5.

For two decades the Scottish spy worked and lived in Belfast and moonlighted as an ordinary married man who moved in dissident republican circles.

But when he disappeared last August panic ensued - and now 10 suspected dissidents are in the dock charged after an intricate bugging operation into their group,

Nicola Tallant chats with Allison Morris, crime correspondent and columnist with the Belfast Telegraph, about the two faces of MI5's Chameleon man

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Feb 08, 2022
Episode 69: The night the Loyalist Glenanne Gang murdered my daddy
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Garfield Beattie is a triple murderer who was part of the infamous Glennane Gang, a brutal mob made up of Ulster Loyalists, RUC police officers and British Soldiers who went on a killing spree of Catholics in Co. Armagh and Co. Tyrone at the beginning of the Troubles.

According to reports and investigations, the group killed between 75 and 120 people, most of whom were ordinary civilians with no links to Irish Republican paramilitaries.

One of those murdered was Denis Mullen, an ambulance controller and father of two who was struck by 17 bullets after he stepped outside his home at Collegelands near the Moy in September 1975.

Beattie served 17 years for the murder of Mullen, but five decades on he is back behind bars for intimidating the victim's daughter Denise, who was just three-years-old when she witnessed an unimaginable horror. This is her story.

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Feb 05, 2022
Episode 68: How the Kinahan Cartel crushed Peter 'Fatso' Mitchell's cocaine empire
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He was the Irish king of the Costa until the Kinahan mob turned on him and forced the one-time drug lord into hiding for more than 10 years.

But Peter ‘Fatso’ Mitchell is back behind bars after he showed up in the UK, working as a driver for a cocaine gang.

A murky gangland story involving double crosses, greed and paranoia lie at the heart of Mitchell’s journey to a prison cell in Wales, where he was locked up for 10 years for his role in the ‘Avengers’ coke gang.

Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World journalist Eamon Dillon about the last member of the notorious John Gilligan gang - the criminal dubbed ‘the one that got away.’

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Feb 03, 2022
Episode 67: The rise and fall of Ireland's first heroin dealer, Larry Dunne
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He was the first godfather of Irish crime, the man who unleashed heroin on Dublin’s impoverished housing estates and flat complexes.

Larry Dunne found fame as the drug lord responsible for the destruction of entire communities, whose greed took parents from their children and turned countless young people into thieves and prostitutes.

But when he lay down to die between two wheelie bins in the front garden of a relative's home, gone were all the trappings of wealth that had once afforded him a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce, a mansion on a hill and everything that money could buy.

Now, following a coroner's ruling that he died from self-inflicted stab wounds, Nicola Tallant talks with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the rise and fall of 'Flash' Larry Dunne.

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Feb 01, 2022
Episode 66: The cannabis epidemic threatening Ireland's teens
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Across the world, cannabis is being de-criminalised and in some countries legalised but with a higher potency and soaring prices, consumption of weed has become the main drug of concern amongst teenagers.

Here, Nicola Tallant talks with consultant psychiatrist Dr Bobby Smyth, who works with young addicts and who fears a tsunami of problems as attitudes to the drug become increasingly lenient.

He reveals the changing trends of problem drug use in teenagers, about the public health drive which has stamped out heroin addiction in young people and how cannabis has taken over as the main reason that kids need addiction services.

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Jan 29, 2022
Episode 65: The threats, witness murders and prison escape plot in the Ridouan Taghi trial
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The murder of another witness in the Marengo Trial, the shocking revelations that suspect Ridouan Taghi was plotting a navy-seal-type jailbreak and a dramatic security breach around an under-threat journalist - what will happen next in The Netherlands?

In a country under siege from organised crime, the very foundations of law and order are being challenged as a street dealer turned cocaine billionaire takes on the pillars of a state.

Nicola Tallant talks to Dutch colleague Saskia Belleman of De Telegraaf, who is a courts correspondent working on the most extraordinary gangland story in living memory – one which echoes the brutal battle to take down Pablo Escobar.

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Jan 27, 2022
Crime World Long Read: 'Fat' Freddie - The violent story of Ireland's most feared mobster(Part 2)
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Nicola Tallant tells the story of 'Fat' Freddie Thompson, one of Ireland's most-feared mobsters.

From his rise as a street fighter in Dublin to becoming the head of a gangland murder machine, we retrace the violent steps he took on his rise to power and how gardai finally ended his bloody reign of terror.

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Jan 25, 2022
Crime World Long Read: 'Fat' Freddie - The violent story of Ireland's most feared mobster(Part 1)
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Nicola Tallant tells the story of 'Fat' Freddie Thompson, one of Ireland's most-feared mobsters.

From his rise as a street fighter in Dublin to becoming the head of a gangland murder machine, we retrace the violent steps he took on his rise to power and how gardai finally ended his bloody reign of terror.

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Jan 22, 2022
Episode 64: The brutal and bloody reign of 'Border Fox' Dessie O'Hare
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Former businessman Jimmy Mansfield Jnr went to jail this week, convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice by directing that CCTV footage be destroyed.

The conviction centres around the kidnap of one of his late father’s employees, Martin Byrne. And while Mansfield Jnr was acquitted of involvement in the abduction, six men, led by terrorists Dessie O’Hare and Declan ‘Whacker' Duffy, have been convicted - and a judge has said Mansfield knowingly engaged them to help recover his assets lost in the 2008 economic crash.

At the heart of the Mansfield trial was the story that Byrne told in the witness box of the day he came face to face with O’Hare – and how it changed his life for good.

But who is Dessie O’Hare and what other lives has he crossed in a five decade criminal career? Nicola Tallant talks to Fr. Brian D’Arcy about his dealings with O’Hare during the kidnap of his friend the dentist John O’Grady. He recalls an incredible story that has stayed with him all his life and relives the day he too believed he was set to become a victim of the 'Border Fox'.

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Jan 21, 2022
Episode 63: The spectacular downfall of Celtic Tiger playboy Jim Mansfield jnr
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He was the playboy prince of the Celtic Tiger era and lived it up in a luxury mansion frequented by top models and socialites.

But businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr is now doing porridge with common criminals after he was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Over the course of a year, a sensational trial heard evidence about a who's who of paramilitaries and organised crime groups brought in by Mansfield to help claw back the family wealth after the economic crash, and of the terrifying kidnap of a former employee now turned state witness.

While Mansfield has been found not guilty of false imprisonment, his reputation lies in ruins and from his prison cell, his once gilded life must seem a million miles away.

Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the incredible fall of Jim Mansfield Jnr.

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Jan 19, 2022
Episode 62: The two faces of Kinahan hitman-for-hire Alan Wilson
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He’s the hitman for hire who claims to have turned his life around - and nowadays Alan Wilson says he is writing poetry and staying away from his former gang, the Kinahans, while behind bars.

Just weeks ago, the sinister criminal begged a judge to be lenient and claimed he would live an honest life when allowed to go free.

But at the Special Criminal Court, Justice Tara Burns said Wilson, who has twice pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder, was involved in a ‘highly sophisticated, meticulously planned attack in front of a large group of civilians which left two victims with lifelong injuries. She gave him 10 years and refused to backdate the sentence.

So who is Alan Wilson and has he really gone straight? Nicola Tallant talks to journalist and author Stephen Breen about the two faces of Wilson and how the callous mobster can switch from loving family man to black-hearted killer in the blink of an eye.

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Jan 15, 2022
Episode 61: Why the fallout from the murder of Keane Mulready Woods still threatens a community
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It was a brutal gangland murder that made headlines across the world. Now, two years on from the murder of 17-year-old Keane Mulready Woods, it seems an uneasy peace has descended on Drogheda.

With two men facing trial this year for the teenager's murder, a third man due to be sentenced in relation to the disposal of his body and a number of key players in the feuding gangs behind bars or on the run, a lot has changed for the rival mobs.

Nicola Tallant talks with Irish Independent Crime Correspondent Ken Foy, who says that despite the crackdown on organised crime and the success in breaking up two powerful gangs in the commuter town, gardai remain on high alert for a return to violence.

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Jan 13, 2022
Episode 60: CAB target Jonathan Gill and his new 'dispute-solving' business
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He is a well known Criminal Assets Bureau target who was once put on trial for a tiger kidnapping, but Dubliner Jonathan Gill has now launched a new venture as a conflict negotiator and says he can solve disputes in broken marriages, business upheavals and even in neighbourhood rows.

With no major convictions, Gill says he is innocent of any involvement in crime but the courts have heard differently - and on one occasion he was described as one of Ireland’s top criminals.

Here, Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about Gill and his new business venture.

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Jan 11, 2022
Episode 59: The most brutal 24-hour period in the North's troubled past
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In Northern Ireland’s troubled past there have been hundreds of atrocities and thousands of lives lost - but one 24-hour period stands out as the most brutal of all.

Forty five years ago this week, unprecedented slaughter visited a small corner of south Armagh and left its mark forever on both the landscape and the lives of those left behind.

First, was the brutal murder of the Catholic Reavey brothers, John Martin and Brian, just 24 and 22-years-old when they were gunned down in their family home.

Their 17-year-old brother, Anthony, catastrophically injured in the ambush, would die weeks later. The attack was carried out by the notorious 'Glennanne Gang', made up of rogue police and army officers working in collusion with loyalist terrorists in a sick bid to ethnically cleanse the catholic population.
Twenty minutes after the ambush, in a co-ordinated attack, three members of the O’Dowd family were slaughtered in their home in nearby County Down by a UVF hit team.

But that wasn’t the end of the killings. Within 24 hours of the murders, a suspected IRA terror mob carried out the shocking Kingsmill massacre of 10 innocent protestant textile workers and one more who miraculously survived.

So what is the legacy of such appalling events and after four-and-a-half decades is the British government's plans for a Troubles amnesty a line in the sand or an outrage to those still seeking justice?

Nicola Tallant and Sunday World colleague Hugh Jordan visit peace campaigner Eugene Reavey, as he recalls the dreadful events that visited his life and they consider the stark reality that some scars will never heal.

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Jan 08, 2022
Crime World Extra: 'I married a psychopathic bigamist, con man and sex offender' (re-post)
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Mary Turner Thomson’s world shattered when she discovered her husband Will was a bigamist, con man and convicted sex offender.
Unbeknownst to her, this would be the start of a bold new chapter in her life, fighting to protect other women from his heartless gaslighting campaigns — and putting a stop to his endless deception.

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Jan 06, 2022
Crime World Extra: The Ghislaine Maxwell guilty verdict and what next for Prince Andrew?
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It’s been an unhappy New Year for former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell as she faces up to 65 years behind bars

But, as the dust settles on her sensational conviction for sex trafficking in a New York Court, the focus has moved to what will happen next.

Nicola Tallant talks to Toronto Sun crime journalist and author Brad Hunter about the possibility of Maxwell trying to cut a last minute deal for a reduced sentence, about her life behind bars in a US jail and about the rising heat for Prince Andrew as he fights a looming civil case from alleged victim Virginia Roberts.

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Jan 05, 2022
Crime World Extra: A stolen masterpiece and an unlikely thief (re-post)
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Detective Anthony Amore tracks down stolen art and follows clues all over the world hunting priceless masterpieces which have been snatched by thieves.
Today, Amore talks to Nicola Tallant about one time heiress, Rose Dugdale, who gave up a charmed life to become an IRA activist and a thief who picked out the jewels of Russborough House in Wicklow and later inspired the legendary criminal Martin 'The General' Cahill.
He also reveals what he thinks about another famous criminal Martin ‘The Viper’ Foley and his tall tales.

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Jan 01, 2022
Crime World Extra: The Wilsons - Ireland's most feared clan of killers for hire (re-post)
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John, Keith, Alan, Eric and Luke Wilson were once Ireland’s most feared gangland family who terrorised the underworld and threatened the pillars of the State.

Bonded by blood, the five Wilsons operated as guns for hire as they honed their skills as killing machines in the brutal world of feuding drug gangs.

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Dec 31, 2021
Crime World Extra: The haunting case of missing Mayo woman Sandra Collins (repost)
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It’s a missing person’s case that has cast a dark shadow over a small town in County Mayo where the haunting face of Sandra Collins stares out from posters more than 20 years since she was last seen.

However, Sandra has not been forgotten despite the passage of time. Her brother and sister still hope that they can one day lay her to rest and find their own peace from the nightmare of her mystery disappearance.

Sandra had just found out she was pregnant on the night she was last seen buying chips from a takeaway in Killala.

Now, Bridie Conway and Patrick Collins remember their fun-loving sister and recall her lonely life caring for an elderly aunt in a small town of secrets.

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Dec 29, 2021
Crime World Extra: The Ghislaine Maxwell trial update
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The jury in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell has adjourned for the Christmas holidays with the fate of the infamous New York socialite hanging in the balance.

Ms. Maxwell, who turns 60 on Christmas Day, has pleaded not guilty to her role in the recruiting and grooming of girls for sexual abuse by her long-term lover and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Defence attorneys, however, maintain she is a scapegoat for crimes committed by Epstein.

Journalist Brad Hunter, who has been covering the court case, gives Eamon Dillon an insight into the testimony against Maxwell and reveals why her attorneys hold out hope for an acquittal.

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Dec 25, 2021
Crime World Extra: My life banged up next to IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands in the H-Block (re-post)
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Forty years ago this month, 21-year-old Jake Mac Siacais cried in his H-Block cell as his friend Bobby Sands died on hunger strike.
Jake had been in the next cell to the republican icon, and when Sands left the wing to go to the prison hospital, it was Jake who gave the final address on behalf of the IRA prisoners.
Now 61, Nicola Tallant travels with him to Bobby Sands' grave at the republican plot in Belfast and is given unprecedented access to a man who can shed new light on one of the darkest periods of the Troubles.

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Dec 23, 2021
Crime World Extra: The American guns fuelling the deadly Mexican Cartels and drug wars (re-post)
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Drug war in Mexico – how the narcos and their violent sicarios are being armed by legally-sold weapons in the US.

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Dec 21, 2021
Episode 58: 2021 - The Crime Year In Review
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It's been a year of takedowns and the end of the line for many. And while 2021 closes on a high note for gardai fighting organised crime, it has left many criminals counting their last days of freedom.

Nicola Tallant is joined by Sunday World journalists Niall Donald and Eamon Dillon to look back at the stories that made the headlines.

From John Gilligan to the Rathkeale Rovers, Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch and his bitter rivals in the Kinahan Cartel, 2021 was a year that will long live in the memory in the world of crime.

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Dec 18, 2021
Crime World Extra: The Encrochat phone hack and why no one has been busted in Ireland (re-post)
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It was the phone hack that rocked the underworld and led to thousands of arrests and record breaking seizures of drugs, guns and dirty money.
Yet, Ireland has little to show from the massive Encrochat investigation despite being one of the country’s to receive the shared intelligence from Europol.
In this Crime World investigates podcast we look at how the hack happened despite promises that the phone network was the gold standard for criminals and what the fallout has been in Europe and closer to home in Northern Ireland and the UK.

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Dec 17, 2021
Crime World Extra: An award-winning year of true crime coverage
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So we did it – we got through our first year on Crime World and managed to bag the 'Podcast of the Year' award along the way.

It’s been a whirlwind 12 months, covering the tales about criminals, drugs and the sins of the underworld.

So, now, Nicola Tallant takes a look back at some of the stories that made the headlines - both nationally and internationally - and the guests who have helped make us Ireland's No1 crime podcast.

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Dec 15, 2021
Episode 57: The Mr Moonlight murder and Patrick Quirke's failed bid for freedom
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It was the trial that lifted a lid on sex and lust in rural Ireland and revealed the secrets of a small Tipperary village.

When farmer Patrick Quirke received a life sentence for the murder of Bobby Ryan, a popular DJ known as Mr Moonlight, he was quick to appeal his conviction saying the prosecution never proved its case of murder.
But despite laying out 50 grounds at the Appeals Court, Quirke has now lost his last bid for freedom and will have to accept his fate.

So why did the married Quirke think he could get away with murder? Nicola Tallant chats with journalist Eamon Dillon, who penned a Sunday World booklet The Mr Moonlight Murder about the case. He tells her about a tale of love, jealousy and regret in the heart of an ordinary community.

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Dec 11, 2021
Crime World Extra: The shameless lifestyle of €2m fraudster Julie McBrien
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She was a fraudster who almost bankrupted the tight-knit company she worked for, and with the £1.9million she stole from Northern Mouldings Limited she lived a lifestyle akin to a Hollywood superstar.

When Julie McBrien, also known as Julie Hogg, was eventually caught she spent years convincing a court that she shouldn’t be named in the media despite her litany of crimes and the eye-watering money she spent on fashion, beauty, jewellery and holidays.

But tenacious court reporter Tanya Fowles believed McBrien, who once faked a cancer diagnosis to spend days off work in a luxurious spa, should not be granted anonymity and today tells Nicola Tallant about her own quest for justice to identify her as the thief who almost brought down a family firm.

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Dec 09, 2021
Crime World Extra: The sordid tales behind the Ghislaine Maxwell trial
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The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell in New York is finally underway after years of allegations about her relationship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and claims that she helped him procure young girls for sex.

It has been a sensational fall from grace for the daughter of disgraced newspaper guru Robert Maxwell, who led a life of privilege that few could imagine. In the dock at a US District Court in Manhattan, Maxwell is pleading innocence to charges relating to the sexual abuse of four young girls.

Nicola Tallant talks to journalist Brad Hunter, the National Crime Columnist for the Toronto Sun, who has been writing about the story of Epstein and Maxwell for years and who is now covering the court case. He describes the evidence heard so far, the appearance of a prison-weary Maxwell, and his own views on why she is a figure who has garnered little sympathy from the public.

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Dec 07, 2021
Episode 56: Is prison the holiday camp many people believe it to be?
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They spent years in the prison system for a string of offences linked to their chronic addiction problems, but today James Leonard and Timmy Long are podcast sensations and their show 'The Two Norries' has been hailed for tackling issues of mental health, addiction and social issues surrounding crime.

In recent months James and Timmy have been recording a ground-breaking series of interviews with serving prisoners and now they tell Nicola Tallant what it is like to be back behind bars.

Is prison the holiday camp that many believe it to be? And are recent photographs and videos taken on smuggled smartphones within Irish jails a true reflection of what it is like to be locked up.

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Dec 04, 2021
Crime World Extra: The sex offenders stalking our streets
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New legislation which introduces the tagging of sex offenders will now deal with the complex issues of releasing rapists and child abusers back into the communities.

But does the newly-passed Sex Offenders Amendment Bill go far enough when it comes to protecting the public from dangerous predators.

Nicola Tallant talks to journalist Eamon Dillon about the new laws and what they will mean for those completing their sentences. We also look at some of the heinous crimes of the 120 sex offenders who will be released from prison by the end of this year.

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Dec 02, 2021
Crime World Extra: Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch and his battle with the Special Criminal Court
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Veteran criminal Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch has been given permission to take a High Court challenge against the jurisdiction of the Special Criminal Court to hear his trial for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin five years ago.

He claims that the decision to try him before the non-jury court is a ‘significant curtailment of his rights’. A similar challenge is also being taken by former Sinn Fein Councillor Jonathan Dowdall, who is also facing trial for the murder of Byrne

But what are these challenges and what is the background to the existence of the court.

Nicola Tallant is joined by Sunday World deputy editor Niall Donald to discuss the actions against the long established court, which has investigated countless gangland crime cases in recent years.

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Nov 30, 2021
Episode 55: Face to face with wife killer Joe O'Reilly
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When killer Joe O’Reilly bludgeoned his wife Rachel to death at their home in the Naul, Co Dublin, in October 2004 he thought he’d get away with murder.

But years after he was convicted to a life sentence for his horrific crime, nobody could have expected that the former advertising executive - who is yet again to be the subject of a new documentary to be screened on RTE - would continue to fascinate the public

So what is it about Ordinary Joe and his plot to kill seventeen years ago that is rarely far from the headlines? Why do people still want answers to his awful crime?

Nicola Tallant talks to journalist Jenny Friel, whose book 'The Suspect' is the definitive account of murder in the Naul. She tells me about her extraordinary meetings with the killer as he protested his innocence, the gruesome murder tours he took her on in his home and how his tall tales and desire for recognition eventually backfired on him in spectacular fashion.

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Nov 27, 2021
Crime World Extra: The failed gangland hit that brought down the Kinahan cartel
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It was planned as the Kinahan Mafia’s trophy kill, with only Daniel Kinahan and Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh's most trusted circle of lieutenants privy to the plans.

But, in an incredible turn of events, the 2017 plot to assassinate Hutch target James ‘Mago’ Gately at his Newry apartment became the undoing of the most powerful crime gang in Ireland.

Last week, criminal Douglas Glynn became the fifth man convicted in relation to the foiled plot to kill and Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the seminal moment in the State’s fight against the powerful Kinahan mob.

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Nov 25, 2021
Crime World Extra: Is Graham Dwyer's murder conviction about to be overturned?
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Ireland’s mobile phone data retention systems are under the spotlight and European legal experts have warned they may have breached the law.

Now, killer Graham Dwyer is eying up a favourable appeal to his conviction for the murder of Elaine O’Hara.

But will the jailed architect who groomed his vulnerable victim through BDSM actually walk free.

Nicola Tallant talks to barrister Ronan Lupton about the complex technicalities that could determine Dwyer’s fate.

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Nov 23, 2021
Episode 54: The rise and spectacular fall of the Sean Quinn empire
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He was the one-time billionaire and the pride of his native Cavan, where a generation of workers shared the spoils of his success.

Businessman Sean Quinn was said to have built an empire on a mountain but always remembered his humble beginnings and was at his happiest sharing lunch with factory workers and playing cards with old pals.

So, what has it been like to watch the fall of the Mighty Quinn amid the horror of the kidnap and torture of his former executive Kevin Lunney? Who is the man with two faces and what do his one time supporters think of him now?

Nicola Tallant talks to Sunday Independent reporter Rodney Edwards, who has covered the Quinn story for over a decade as a local who grew up under the legend of the business giant. He tells me how a generation of workers who once backed Quinn have now moved on from the businessman's dreams of a return to power.

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Nov 19, 2021
Crime World Extra: 20 Years Of The PSNI in Northern Ireland
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A vision for a new police force in Northern Ireland 20 years after Chris Patten’s ground-breaking report identified a need for a 50-50 recruitment policy for Catholics and Protestants has failed to live up to expectations.

Last year, of the 193 new recruits just 24 per cent were Catholic, blamed in no small part to dissident republicans deliberately targeting officers and their families from working class nationalist communities.

Nicola Tallant talks to Allison Morris of the Belfast Telegraph about plans for a new recruitment drive to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the PSNI and the continued efforts to create a more inclusive force.

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Nov 18, 2021
Crime World Extra: Davy Tweed - the evil monster behind the legend
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He was a towering Ulster rugby star who won four caps for Ireland in the mid 1990s and went on to forge a political career as an ultra-conservative unionist.

After his death on October 28 in a motorcycle crash in County Antrim, political pals and friends from the Orange Order were amongst those to pay tribute to Davy Tweed, describing him as a giant of a man and a ‘larger than life character’.

But in recent weeks Sunday World journalist Hugh Jordan has uncovered the truth about the real Tweed and his secret life as a predatory paedophile who terrorised his family and sexually abused his daughters.

Nicola Tallant is joined by Hugh along with three of Tweed’s courageous daughters, Amanda, Catherine and Victoria, who have waived their right to anonymity to speak out about the monster behind the legend.

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Nov 16, 2021
Episode 53: The Downfall of Queen of Con - Marianne 'Mair' Smyth
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When Irish heiress Marianne ‘Mair’ Smyth walked in the door of Jonathan Walton’s LA apartment neither of them could have guessed what lay ahead.

For reality TV maker Jonathan, Mair came across charming, successful and well connected and he was quickly drawn into her world where she was forever on the brink of inheriting a vast fortune from Ireland. But Mair was no lady and instead she tricked him out of money with her tall tales and tangled web of lies.

But what Mair Smyth didn’t realise was that Jonathan wasn’t like the countless other victims she had defrauded and instead he would become a thorn in her side.

Today the producer of a hit podcast series tells me the amazing story of Mair Smyth and how he turned the tables on the Queen of the Con.When Irish heiress Marianne ‘Mair’ Smyth walked in the door of Jonathan Walton’s LA apartment neither of them could have guessed what lay ahead.

For reality TV maker Jonathan, Mair came across charming, successful and well connected and he was quickly drawn into her world where she was forever on the brink of inheriting a vast fortune from Ireland. But Mair was no lady and instead she tricked him out of money with her tall tales and tangled web of lies.

But what Mair Smyth didn’t realise was that Jonathan wasn’t like the countless other victims she had defrauded and instead he would become a thorn in her side.

Today the producer of a hit podcast series tells me the amazing story of Mair Smyth and how he turned the tables on the Queen of the Con.

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Nov 13, 2021
Crime World Extra - The Kevin Lunney Kidnapping Case
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He was the violent enforcer of Slieve Rusheen who operated with impunity for more than eight years terrorising ‘traitors’ who turned on the mighty Sean Quinn.

His death from a massive heart attack as UK cops raided his Derbyshire hideaway two years ago played out like the final dramatic scenes of a John B Keane play.

But the end for 'Dublin Jimmy', aka Cyril McGuinness, only marked the beginning of an armageddon for his tribe and this week three hired help were convicted in the Special Criminal Court of the kidnap and torture of company executive Kevin Lunney.

Today, I’m talking to Sunday World Deputy Editor, Niall Donald, about about the late 'Dublin Jimmy' and where he found the mercenaries to carry one of the most shocking incidents in Irish criminal history.

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Nov 10, 2021
Crime World Extra: Prison Contraband and a Kinahan cartel party behind bars
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A Kinahan mob prison party to celebrate the birthday of a dangerous criminal is held behind bars in an Irish jail.

An inmate uses his smart phone to upload a video where suspected hitman Trevor Byrne jokes with a Limerick criminal about high powered weapons and Later he poses with pals giving the thumbs up to the camera and in his cell where he shows off his muscle.

But are the jailhouse antics serious cause for concern or are they simply a face saving exercise for embattled lags.

Today I’m talking to journalist Eamon Dillon about contraband, convicts and the pressure on the Irish Prison Service.

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Nov 09, 2021
Episode 52: The final days of the once-notorious Ballymun Towers
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It was the greatest social housing disaster in Ireland’s history - one which promised new beginnings for countless tenement families but instead became ground zero for the heroin epidemic.

When the State ordered the demolition of Ballymun’s seven towers to make way for new housing it hoped to wipe away the mistakes of the past, but one of the country’s most promising film-makers was there to document the end of that era.

In the 16 years since photographer Ross McDonnell was first invited into the blocks on a Halloween night with a camera slung round his neck, the Dubliner has won an Emmy, been shortlisted for the world’s most prestigious photography award and made a highly-acclaimed series about Mexican drug cartels, Honduran people smugglers and even Afghan beekeepers.

But, Ballymun has always remained in his heart and now his new book, 'Joyrider', features the images he captured in those last days of the towers. He tells Nicola Tallant about the friends he made in the chaotic concrete jungle where he found warmth, hope and an unbreakable spirit. And he describes the invaluable life lessons he was thought on the landings of Ireland’s most notorious housing project.

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Nov 06, 2021
Crime World Extra: The sorry end of once-powerful gangland 'fixer' John Traynor
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He was the gangland fixer known as 'The Coach' and for decades he tried to play the criminal underworld, police and the media.

Criminal John Traynor dreamed of wealth and women when he joined the ranks of Martin ‘The General’ Cahill's armed robbery gang, but he would later turn on his old boss in favour of the new order under John Gilligan.

Traynor believed himself to be a master manipulator, but in the end he wasn’t quite as clever as he believed and spent his last years living in a dingy flat in a washed-up English seaside town before dying in a hospice far from home.

Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the life and crimes of the one that got away and the sorry end of the once powerful Coach.

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Nov 03, 2021
Crime World Extra: How Australia's biggest drug cartel was brought to its knees
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It was a sensational blow to organised crime - and when Australia’s Federal Police joined forces with the FBI to create a phone network to infiltrate drug gangs, the fallout shocked both police and politicians.

An Aussie cartel with tentacles deep into the airline and freight industry, along with border agents on the books of the gang, have been an eye-opener to the power of the criminal networks and to the wealth.

Nicola Tallant chats with multi-award winning investigative journalist Nick McKenzie of the Sydney Morning Herald about the kingpin at the top of Australia’s underworld, about the high prices for cocaine fuelling a criminal goldrush and about the extent of organised crime networks previously unknown.

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Nov 02, 2021
Episode 51: Philip Cairns - The boy who never came home
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He was the boy who never came home – the teenager whose innocent face has haunted generations of Irish parents.

Now, the disappearance of schoolboy Philip Cairns 35 years ago is the subject of a new book which firmly turns the attention on a paedophile DJ and his peculiar underground bunker buried in a field in west Dublin.

Nicola Tallant talks to journalist and author Emma McMemamy, who has forensically examined the missing person files and spoken to retired investigators who have spent decades looking for answers.

She details the strange appearance of Philip’s schoolbag days after he vanished, the false leads pursued in the case, the witness who placed child abuser Eamon Cooke at the centre of the probe and the forensic expert who believes gardai need to search his secret lair.

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Oct 30, 2021
Crime World Extra: The dramatic takedown of Colombia's most notorious drug lord
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It’s been described as the biggest blow against the Colombian drug cartels since the famous takedown of Pablo Escobar in the 1990s.

Seven years since he was declared an enemy of the state and the boss of the so-called Gulf Cartel, notorious kingpin Dario Antonio Usaga, aka 'Otoniel', was finally captured last week in his jungle hideout.

But who is the 50-year-old crime lord who has been flooding the US with drugs and what effect will his arrest have on the world’s biggest cocaine producer.

Nicola Tallant talks to journalist and author Toby Muse about the billionaire warlord with a penchant for young girls, his rise to the top of Colombia’s drug ladder, his use of black magic rituals to protect his shipments and his bleak future in a US jail.

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Oct 28, 2021
Crime World Extra: The life and extraordinary death of Northern Ireland drugs baron Noel Johnston
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He was the notorious drug dealer who introduced heroin to his hometown of Ballymena, County Antrim.

And after a lifetime of staying one step ahead of the law 61-year-old Noel Johnston made a final and fatal mistake when he mistook PSNI officers for a hit squad he believed had come to kill him - plunging 50ft to his death from a block of flats.

Nicola Tallant is joined by journalist Hugh Jordan to discuss the life and extraordinary end of a notorious drug baron who made headlines right to the bitter end.

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Oct 26, 2021
Episode 50: The rise of Narco terrorism in The Netherlands
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A journalist shot dead on the street. A criminal lawyer assassinated on the doorstep of his Amsterdam home and the brother of a state witness gunned down as a reminder of the penalty for breaking the underworld's sacred code of 'Omerta'.

Now, Narco terrorism in the Netherlands has reached even greater heights with its PrIme Minister under 24-hour protection and the suspect behind these shocking murders found to have been planning a dramatic escape from the country’s highest security prison.

So what next for a nation under siege and is criminal Ridouan Taghi Europe’s very own Pablo Escobar? Nicola Tallant talks to journalist Saskia Belleman of De Telegraaf about the street dealer turned mob boss behind a remarkable series of events that have shook the very foundations of Dutch society.

She reveals the hitmen hired to kill famous journalist Peter R De Vries, the secret jailhouse meetings between Taghi and a lawyer now under investigation and about a country questioning it’s ability to fight the monster of organised crime.

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Oct 23, 2021
Crime World Extra: The bloody past of critically ill gang boss Cornelius Price
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He is due to face kidnap charges later this year in the UK and has been a central and violent figure in the Drogheda feud - but it seems gang boss Cornelius Price is unlikely to ever face up to his crimes.

Price, whose gang are suspected of a number of murders including that of William Maughan and his pregnant girlfriend Anna Varslavane, is currently in critical condition in hospital after being struck down by a terminal illness.

Months short of his 40th birthday, Price has left a bloody mark on Ireland’s underworld and today I’m talking to Irish Independent journalist Ken Foy about the terrifying past of one of the most-notorious gangland figures in modern criminal history.

We discuss the Co Meath compound where Price lived surrounded by his underlings, his role in the escalating violence in Drogheda which culminated in the brutal murder of teenager Keane Mulready Woods and the day he celebrated the death of rival mobster Robbie Lawlor by toasting his demise.

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Oct 21, 2021
Crime World Extra: The hunt for on-the-run prisoner and gangland heavyweight Johnny Mangan
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He is a gangland heavyweight serving time for drugs and weapon offences and was once named in court as the triggerman in the murder of mob boss Martin 'Marlo' Hyland.

But inmate Johnny Mangan is on the run after escaping from the low security Loughan House prison where he had been moved after a parole board deemed him low risk.

In a huge embarrassment for the Irish Prison Service, it has emerged that Mangan was using a mobile phone in his cell to make threats to a Dublin family in the run-up to his escape, claiming he was owed money for drugs.

Nicola Tallant chats with journalist Eamon Dillon about the extraordinary series of events that has turned a focus on gangland criminals being housed in open jails where they can come and go as they please and left the shocking question of where is Johnny Mangan?

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Oct 20, 2021
Episode 49: The murder of Sunday World journalist Marty O'Hagan - 20 years on
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It’s been 20 years since Sunday World journalist Martin O’Hagan was murdered on a Lurgan pavement as he walked home from a pub with his wife Marie.

Known affectionately as Marty by his colleagues in the Belfast newsroom and an adored dad of three, he was just 51 when he became the only journalist to die as a result of The Troubles. His killing remains unsolved, but is believed to have been carried out by a team of LVF assassins acting on the dying wish of their twisted leader Billy Wright.

But what was it like to lose a colleague and friend and how hard was it to continue working in a newsroom with an empty desk.

Nicola Tallant talks to Sunday World reporter Richard Sullivan about the terrible night when a journalist became front page news, the reality of working in a warzone and the fading hopes of justice for Marty.

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Oct 16, 2021
Crime World Extra: The life and crimes of Kinahan Cartel mobster Graham 'The Wig' Whelan
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Convicted drug dealer Graham ‘The Wig’ Whelan is facing jail after pleading guilty to a number of offences relating to his arrest at a luxury Dublin hotel, when he was caught with cash in his pocket and an expensive watch on his arm by undercover officers investigating drug crime.

While the offences may seem small for criminal as significant Whelan, they have placed the spotlight on his fall from the lofty heights as a senior member of one of Ireland’s most-ruthless crime gangs.

Nicola Tallant talks with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the life and crimes of Graham 'The Wig' Whelan. They discuss the infamous Holiday Inn Hotel drug bust that started a war, the tough-man image that helped him rise through the ranks of gangland and the lonely future he faces after multiple tragedies visited his life.

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Oct 15, 2021
Crime World Extra: The horror of Ireland's sex slave trade
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They are the first people in Ireland to be convicted of human trafficking for a prostitution ring and now Alicia Edosa and Edith Enoghaghase are finding out for themselves what it feels like to be trapped after receiving jail terms of over five years.

But an extraordinary story lies behind the headlines of a Midlands sex ring and the madams who ran it, a story that stretches all the way back to slave markets in Nigeria and the practice of voodoo.

Nicola Tallant chats to journalist Eamon Dillon about the human sex slaves working in Irish prostitution and the profits made from putting them to work.

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Oct 14, 2021
Episode 48: The former FBI agent on the trail of missing Annie McCarrick
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A FORMER FBI agent working with the family of missing Annie McCarrick has said that a Spanish serial killer arrived in Dublin as a stowaway on a boat 48 hours before the American student vanished - but slipped the net once gardai were called.

Kenneth Strange, who is working as a liaison for Nancy McCarrick, Annie’s mum, has just visited Ireland to retrace the last known movements of Antonio Angles, who is believed to have stowed away on the 'City of Plymouth' boat from Lisbon.

Angles is to be the subject of a new Spanish documentary and investigators have confirmed that he was on the boat when it docked in Dublin at around 2.45am on March 23, 1993. five days after setting out on its journey. When Gardai were called by the ship’s captain to remove the unwelcome passenger he disappeared never to be seen again.

Nicola Tallant chats with former FBI agent Kenneth Strange about the developments in the case and the pain the McCarrick family have endured over the years.

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Oct 09, 2021
Crime World Extra: Why new DNA evidence could finally solve the 'Kerry Baby' murder case
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It’s the 37-year murder mystery that has haunted Ireland and remains the biggest policing scandal in modern history.

A dead baby washes up on a Kerry beach with 28 stab wounds and a fractured spine, a Garda murder squad is dispatched to find answers but a local woman is hounded for the brutal slaying while the real killer walks free.

Now, a DNA sample taken from the exhumed remains of ‘Baby John’ has offered fresh hopes that science could finally solve the cold case that has baffled the nation.

Nicola Tallant talks with Irish Independent journalist Ralph Riegel about the extraordinary story of Baby John.

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Oct 07, 2021
Crime World Extra: Anthony Flynn and the sexual assault accusations that rocked a homeless charity
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It was a charity set up to respond to Dublin’s homeless crises and to provide food and shelter to the most vulnerable.
But now the Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) group is in chaos with allegations of sexual assault and rape against founder Anthony Flynn, who died by suicide on August 18 as gardai investigated the claims of two men.

Since then, two more homeless men have come forward to make complaints to police about attacks they claim they were subjected to, while threats have been levelled at the alleged victims and the former chairman of the charity.

Nicola Tallant talks to Sunday World Deputy editor Niall Donald about the fallout of the horrific rape claims which have divided a community and brought into question the vetting processes around those who volunteer to work with the homeless.

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Oct 06, 2021
Episode 47: The Horror Of Life Under The Brutal Taliban System of Justice
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The news reports from Afghanistan are becoming more concerning by the day as Taliban militants return to their own rule of law with barbaric punishments, revenge killings and the persecution of women and minorities.

The images of the terrifying warlords with their high-powered weapons and fanatical beliefs may seem like a world away from modern Ireland, but how will their reign affect us all and where did such a violent and repressive system of beliefs emerge from?

Nicola Tallant chats to Dr Tom Clonan, security analysist and retired Irish army officer, who is an expert on the middle east. He describes crime and punishment under the brutal Taliban system of justice, what life is like under the veil for the women of Afghanistan and what has motivated tens of thousands of young men to join the ranks of the most repressive regime known in civilised society.

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Oct 02, 2021
Crime World Extra: The moment Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch touched down to face Regency murder charge
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Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch is back in an Irish prison for the first time in nearly 40 years after he was flown on a military jet into Baldonnel Aerodrome from Spain on foot of an extradition warrant.

His appearance in the Special Criminal Court, where he was charged with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in February 2016, was brief but dramatic and today I’m talking to Sunday World deputy editor Niall Donald about the homecoming of The Monk.

We discuss the appearance of the 58-year-old in the dock, the book of evidence containing the State’s case against him and the 2022 trial date for Hutch.

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Sep 30, 2021
Crime World Extra: The Murder Of Gabby Petito - the case that has rocked America
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It’s a murder mystery that has divided America, pitted armchair sleuths against seasoned detectives and turned a spotlight on how the media treats victims of crime.

The case of 22-year-old tragic blogger Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie, who went missing weeks after returning home alone from their camper van road trip, has turned both into the internet sensations they dreamed of becoming - but at the ultimate price.

Nicola Tallant chats with senior news reporter Natalie Musumeci from Insider.com, who has been covering the extraordinary case which has captivated audiences worldwide.

She tells me about the lonely camp site where Gabby’s remains were found, the croc-infested Florida swamp where Laundrie’s parents claim he was last headed and the debate raging across the US about why their story is news.

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Sep 29, 2021
Crime World Extra - Criminal Godfather Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch
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He has lost in his bid to halt extradition attempts in a Spanish court and now Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch must come home to Ireland and finally face the music.

Six years since a hit team staged a dramatic assassination attempt on Daniel Kinahan and six months since a European warrant was issued for his arrest, the veteran criminal will soon stand in the dock of the Special Criminal Court where he will face murder charges.

So what will the 'the Monk' do next or has he simply put all his chips on black? Today, I’m talking to Sunday World Deputy Editor, Niall Donald, about the criminal 'godfather' and where his story may end.

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Sep 28, 2021
Episode 46: The crime gangs and smugglers on the Irish Border
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The tag ‘Bandit Country’ was long used for what was once described as lawless ‘South Armagh’.

But times have changed and now the towns situated along the border region of Ireland want to put the dark days of the past behind them and be recognised as thriving modern communities.

So how do we move forward while recognising the potentially incendiary political and constitutional proposals to police regions that straddle Garda Siochana and PSNI territories.

Belfast Telegraph crime correspondent Allison Morris chats with Nicola Tallant about the possible pitfalls and discusses policing in South Armagh, the crime gangs who are gaining from politics and the controversy of cross border ‘hot pursuit’.

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Sep 25, 2021
Crime World Extra: The Rathkeale Rovers And The Rhino Horn Traffickers
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A French court has convicted a gang of eight men including four members of the Rathkeale Rovers Organised Crime group for trafficking rhino horn and ivory between Europe and Asia.

But while sentences have been handed down, the Irish traders remain at large and are likely living under aliases, as environmentalist groups urge gardai to track the fugitives down.

So what are criminals doing with rhino horns and elephant tusks and how did the Rathkeale Rovers see a multi-million euro opportunity in an underground criminal enterprise?

Nicola Tallant chats to journalist and author Eamon Dillon, who is an expert on the globe-trotting criminal gang. He tells of the museum heists, ancient medicinal cures and the business savvy traders who are always ahead of the game.

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Sep 24, 2021
Crime World Extra: The Burglary Gang That Terrorised The Nation
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In life they formed a prolific burglary gang that terrorised the country and made use of the motorway system as a getaway route.

Criminals Graham Taylor, Karl Freeman and Dean Maguire died together last July in a horror road crash when the car they were travelling in collided head-on with a lorry as they drove down the wrong side of the N7.

But what is the legacy of the trio and has there been any significant effects on crime figures in the areas they targeted in recent weeks.

Nicola Tallant talks to Irish independent crime correspondent Ken Foy about the life and times of the three notorious mobsters and the plummeting burglary rates since their death.

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Sep 22, 2021
Episode 45: The Molly Martens Murder Files
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He suffered a brutal death at the hands of his wife and her former FBI agent dad, but the path to justice for Jason Corbett’s family has been far from clear.

Found guilty by a North Carolina court of second degree murder, Molly and Tom Martens were originally sent to jail but had their convictions overturned by an Appeals Court before the Supreme Court subsequently agreed that the trial had been unfair.

Now, the pair will be tried again and the events around Jason’s death will be played out once more in a courtroom.
But what actually happened on the night he died and just what did the father and daughter admit in the hours after the Irishman’s death?

Investigative journalist Lynne Kelleher’s chats with Nicola Tallant about the 911 call that alerted authorities to the Limerick man's brutal death, they dissect the police interviews with Tom and Molly and examine the toxicology results, autopsy findings and bloody crime scene reports.

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Sep 18, 2021
Crime World Extra: Terror on the streets as two of Ireland's most-feared inmates walk free from jail
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They are two of Ireland’s most-dangerous offenders but both have just walked free from jail and are now living amongst communities.

Celyn Eadon stabbed his mother to death and racked up 15 unprovoked assaults while behind bar, where he was treated in the National Violence Reduction Unit at the Midlands Prison. While Anthony Quigley has repeatedly attacked women and has been diagnosed with having a brain injury. Last week, he returned to his native Mitchelstown in Cork where locals live in fear of him.

Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World journalist Eamon Dillon about the dangerous criminals, the risk they pose to society and how the State can best handle people at the extreme end of personality disorders.

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Sep 16, 2021
Crime World Extra: The Gangs Of Limerick
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It was once a city under siege where ruthless gangs and one notorious family ruled with fear and intimidation. But a massive crackdown on crime, followed by an injection of €300 million in regeneration funds restored Limerick’s reputation as a cosmopolitan modern city.

But like everywhere else, an underworld of crime still exists and last week more than 400 gardai and military personnel staged a series of raids targeting the most significant crime groups in the city.

So who are the gangs and where does the balance of power in gangland lie? Today, I’m talking to Sunday world Deputy Editor, Niall Donald, about the gangs of Limerick, 10 bloody years of mayhem and the slick business approach of the new order.

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Sep 14, 2021
Episode 44: The Art Detective And James Bond’s Aston Martin
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He’s the art detective who hunts stolen masterpieces and who re-unites works of art with their rightful owners years after they have been looted.

From lost works by artists like Picasso or Warhol to flash designer watches worth more than €100,000, Chris Marinello of Art Recovery International has brought home more than half a billion dollars worth of missing goods over his three decades in the business.

Today, he tells me about his incredible career negotiating with a heady mix of rogue collectors, Nazi thieves and organised criminals looking to wash their dirty money.

We talk daring heists, missing classics and the hunt for James Bond’s Aston Martin.

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Sep 11, 2021
Crime World Extra: The Lone Wolf ISIS Attacker Radicalised In An Armchair
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A UN report released earlier this summer estimates that thousands of ISIS fighters have poured into Afghanistan where Taliban rule may once again provide a breeding ground for extremism. Already a suicide bombing at Kabul airport has raised fears that the terror group is set to make a frightening comeback.

But should we be more concerned about the events in New Zealand last week where a lone wolf ISIS-inspired attacker struck in a supermarket and armed with a knife lashed out at innocent shoppers injuring six, some critically?

Today, I’m talking to crime reporter Jared Savage of the New Zealand Herald about the events at the Lynn Mall shopping centre. He tells me about refugee, Ahamaed Samsudeen, who was radicalised in an armchair in his adopted country and who used New Zealand’s inadequate terrorist laws and media suppression orders to his favour.

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Sep 10, 2021
Crime World Extra: The Ship Nabbed With 20 Tonnes Of Cocaine
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The seizure of 20 tonnes of cocaine on board the MSC Gayane at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia two years ago remains the largest in US customs history.

This month, the eight and final crew member from the boat was sentenced for his role in the operation which planned to land €1 billion worth of coke into Europe.

Behind the scenes lie Balkan drug traffickers linked to the Irish Kinahan organisation and a story of narco trafficking on the high seas that reads like a Hollywood movie.

Today, I’m talking to my colleague, Eamon Dillon, about the incredible tale of the Swiss-owned ship, the daring smuggle that went wrong and the ripple effects of the seizure of the record breaking cocaine haul.

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Sep 08, 2021
Episode 43: The Witness - The Story Of Joey 'The Lips' O'Callaghan
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State witness Joseph O’Callaghan gave up his name and his old life when he gave evidence against gangland killers Brian Kenny and Thomas Hinchon. Following their conviction for the murder of Jonathan O’Reilly, he was given a new identity by An Garda Siochana and moved away never to be heard from again.

Dubbed a ‘rat’ after breaking the sacred underworld code of ‘Omerta’ Joey 'The Lips' and his family were spurned by those who once knew him and considered a common criminal who’d saved his own skin.

But the truth couldn’t have been further from the perception and today what really happened to Joey is told in a bestselling book 'The Witness' and in a podcast The Witness In His Own Words which has stormed the charts.
So what has it been like for Joey to finally have his story heard and how does he feel about Kenny’s imminent release?

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Sep 03, 2021
Crime World Extra: Last Days Of Freedom For Daniel Kinahan
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He once enjoyed a lifestyle fit for a Sultan in Dubai but now Daniel Kinahan is running scared in his desert bolthole as his €2 million per month mafia wage bill threatens to overwhelm him and turn his own against him.

Cash flow problems, the arrest of his arch enemy, Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, deep within the Spanish territory he once controlled and his increased anxiety that he can trust just one last lieutenant are chipping away at the head of the Kinahan Organised Crime Gang.

This week, I’m talking with Sunday World Deputy Editor, Niall Donald, about the extraordinary rise of Daniel Kinahan and about his paranoid final days of freedom as the authorities move in.

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Sep 01, 2021
Episode 42: The Two Norries - The extraordinary tale of two reformed Cork drug addicts
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For countless young men and women living with addiction each day is a chaotic tapestry of crime, drug taking and violence.

The well-worn paths to prison and rehab often fail to change the course of their lives and instead lead them straight back to the communities and gangs where the spiral continues.

But change can happen and hope is never lost. On this episode of Crime World, Nicola Tallant talks to two former criminals who once stood in the shadows of death but have lived to tell the tale.

The extraordinary lives of James Leonard and Timmy Long are stories of sadness, anger and resilience against all the odds. They recall how childhood traumas led them on a dangerous path into criminality and chaos until a moment of clarity brought them back from the brink.

Now, on their own journeys of recovery, the duo, who co-host the Two Norries podcast, have made it their mission to turn back to the darkness and offer a helping hand to those still struggling to get out alive.

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Aug 28, 2021
Crime World Extra: The Arrest Of Kinahan-Linked Mafia Boss Raffaele Imperiale
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Considered one of Italy’s most dangerous fugitives, suspected of being a boss of the Camorra mafia and the one-time owner of two stolen Van Gogh masterpieces, Raffaele Imperiale is now counting the cost of his life of crime.

Arrested earlier this month in Dubai, he is facing hefty charges back in Italy and a lengthy prison sentence for his role at the very top of organised crime.

But Imperiale is no ordinary mafia Don. Documents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the U.S. suggest that he was part of a European cocaine super cartel which included, amongst others, the Kinahan mafia.

Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World deputy editor Niall Donald about what his capture means for the takedown of the European narcos and how it leaves Daniel Kinahan as one of the last men standing in Dubai.

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Aug 25, 2021
Episode 41: The criminal gangs behind the illegal puppy farming market
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Puppy farming has become a multi-million euro business, and thanks to the huge demand in the UK, Ireland has become a major player in the market.

But much of the trade is based on deceit and maximising profit, which comes at the expense of the animals and their new owners. It can be a callous, cruel trade.

Here, Eamon Dillon talks to Ian Briggs, chief inspector of the RSPCA's special operations unit in the UK. He reveals how the illegal market in puppies is worth millions every year and why it is attracting serious criminal gangs.

Working closely with his counterparts here in Ireland, his unit has intercepted many smuggled dogs but he fears it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Aug 21, 2021
Crime World Extra: The dramatic capture of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch
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His arrest is the latest chapter in the extraordinary saga of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch, regarded as one of Ireland’s most wily criminals.

In prison in Madrid following his dramatic arrest on the Costa Del Sol, the Dubliner appears to be finally losing his battle for freedom.

But after six years in hiding and four months as a fugitive what will The Monk do next?

Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World deputy Editor Niall Donald about the details of his dramatic capture, his plans to fight back and the rise and fall of one of Ireland's most infamous gangsters.

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Aug 17, 2021
Episode 40: The reformed dope dealer who lifted the lid on the international drugs trade
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HE was the ‘geek’ who ended up in prison after becoming a college drug dealer - but now Niko Vorobyov has made it his mission to get to the heart of the global narcotics scene.
Reformed dope dealer Niko’s journey takes him to Mexico, where he meets the family drug lord ‘El Chapo’; an off-duty cop with an opium habit in Tehran; and the brother of arch-narco Pablo Escobar in Colombia.
At the bottom rung of the illegal business, Niko tells Eamon Dillon how he made fast cash selling ecstasy and marijuana to his fellow college students — until he was caught red-handed.

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Aug 14, 2021
Episode 39: The dark tales of murder and mayhem from a tabloid crime journalist
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He’s 30 years covering tales of murder and once began his day being briefed on the nightly body count of New York city, where he knocked on doors and fronted-up killers on the tough daily beat.

But tabloid man Brad Hunter says that despite covering hundreds of stories there have always been those that stayed with him - and decades into a career in murder he says that there are many victims he can’t forget.

Hunter tells Nicola Tallant about a career in the fast lane of crime journalism and about the stories that have made it into his new book Cold Blooded murder.

From religious zealots living secret double lives to seemingly normal couples who plot to kill, they discuss money, sex and crime from a shocking collection of killers and psychopaths who have marked his lengthy career.

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Aug 07, 2021
Episode 38: The changing face of Northern Ireland's underworld
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It was once a clearly divided underworld where paramilitary groups ruled with fear in a strictly organised way. There were rules, sides and an unwritten code where everyone knew their place and the terrorists were king.

But over the past few decades things have changed and Northern Ireland’s gangland now resembles a mixing bowl of hungry-for-work former terrorists, Instagram mobsters and dangerous young street soldiers who are loyal to just one thing – Money.

Here, Nicola Tallant talks to Belfast Telegraph Crime Correspondent Allison Morris, who tells me about the 90 gangs who rule the North and who vie for drug money while recruiting children and teenagers.

We discuss hot tubs, veneers and the new generation of criminal who are fast taking over and taking on the old rules and codes.

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Jul 31, 2021
Crime World Extra: Killer Dave Mahon and the tragedy of the Fitzpatrick family
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Killer Dave Mahon walked free from prison this week after serving five years for the manslaughter of his stepson, 23-year-old Dean Fitzpatrick, who he knifed to death in 2013.

Just five years previous, Dean’s sister Amy went missing without a trace on Spain’s Costa Del Sol aged just 15 after Mahon and their mother Audrey relocated there to start a new life.

But with both children gone in horrific circumstances Audrey has waited patiently for Mahon’s release. Here, Nicola Tallant chats to journalist Eugene Masterson about the dreadful events that have defined their marriage.

We discuss the mysterious disappearance of Amy, the dreadful knife attack on Dean and the extraordinary love that their mother still holds for a killer.

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Jul 30, 2021
Crime World Extra: When the business of crime takes centre stage on the church altar
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It’s a time for celebration and a place to remember the values and morals which shape an individual’s journey through life. But sometimes funerals can be hijacked and turned into a display of wealth and power, which is totally at odds with the values of society.

As the dust settles on the funeral of prolific burglar Dean Maguire, which made headlines across the world, Nicola Tallant chats to journalist Eamon Dillon about what mistakes were made by gardai and church officials who dropped the ball and allowed the business of crime to take centre stage on an altar.

We discuss the reasons why criminals like to bow out surrounded by their bling and how a new generation of Instagram gangsters desperate to show off their wealth may find themselves as ripe pickings for the Criminal Assets Bureau.

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Jul 28, 2021
Episode 37: The haunting case of missing Mayo woman Sandra Collins
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It’s a missing-person’s case that has cast a dark shadow over a small town in County Mayo where the haunting face of Sandra Collins stares out from posters more than 20 years since she was last seen.

However, Sandra has not been forgotten despite the passage of time. Her brother and sister still hope that they can one day lay her to rest and find their own peace from the nightmare of her mystery disappearance.

Sandra had just found out she was pregnant on the night she was last seen buying chips from a takeaway in Killala.

Today, Bridie Conway and Patrick Collins remember their fun-loving sister and recall her lonely life caring for an elderly aunt in a small town of secrets.

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Jul 24, 2021
Crime World Extra: Notorious gangland criminal Brian Rattigan to be released
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He headed up one side of two notorious feuding gangs that claimed 15 lives in 10 years in Ireland’s first cocaine war.

And even behind bars Brian Rattigan organised assassinations, drug deals and terrorised communities with his fearsome reputation.

Now, as he prepares for release from jail, claims that he is a changed man who has made peace with his arch enemy are being taken with a grain of salt and Gardai have already drawn up a policing plan.

Today I’m talking to Irish Independent crime correspondent, Ken Foy, who says the jury is out on what Brian Rattigan will do next amidst fears that tensions will rise in the organised crime landscape.

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Jul 23, 2021
Crime World Extra: The 'Cocaine Goldrush'
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A half tonne of cocaine disguised as charcoal, which landed in Rotterdam, was seized at the port after an intelligence-led operation headed up by Irish gardai.

The drugs, worth more than €30 million, were destined for the Irish market where a generation of young and educated cocaine users are directly funding violent drug cartels who are getting filthy rich and ever more powerful.

So how does a half-tonne seizure affect the millionaire cocaine bosses and how can we ebb the tide of white powder flooding Europe?

This week, I’m talking to Michael O’Sullivan, the former garda who is the chief executive of the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre in Lisbon.

He co-ordinates the efforts of seven countries: Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Portugal and the UK in tackling maritime drug smuggling in Europe.

He tells me how seizures of the ‘mother-load’ can damage even the biggest organised crime gangs, how Colombian Cartels have power bases in Rotterdam and Amsterdam to bribe and intimidate port staff and how a young generation of Irish high-flyers are making narco terrorists rich beyond their wildest dreams.

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Jul 22, 2021
Crime World Extra: The 'Cocaine Goldrush'
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A half tonne of cocaine disguised as charcoal which landed in Rotterdam was seized at the port after an intelligence-led operation headed up by Irish gardai.

The drugs worth more than €30 million were destined for the Irish market where a generation of young and educated cocaine users are directly funding violent drug cartels who are getting filthy rich and ever more powerful.

So how does a half tonne seizure affect the millionaire cocaine bosses and how can we ebb the tide of white powder flooding Europe.

Today, I’m talking to Michael O’Sullivan, the former garda who is the chief executive of the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre in Lisbon.
There he co-ordinates the efforts of seven countries: Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and the UK in tackling maritime drug smuggling in Europe.

He tells me how seizures of the ‘motherload’ can damage even the biggest organised crime gangs, how Colombian Cartels have power bases in Rotterdam and Amsterdam to bribe and intimidate port staff and how a young generation of Irish high flyers are making narco terrorists rich beyond their wildest dreams.

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Jul 21, 2021
Episode 36: The ex-LA cop who claims Marilyn Monroe was poisoned by Bobby Kennedy
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It’s a tale made for the big screen – a Hollywood starlet threatening to expose an illicit love affair, a missing diary revealing a web of intrigue from a president to a mafia boss and secret police files that could hold the truth of one of the greatest cover-ups in modern history.

Now, a former Los Angeles policeman says he knows just what happened the night Marilyn Monroe died. It’s a story that Mike Rothmiller has kept safe for years, afraid of reprisals in light of his allegations that tie former US attorney general Bobby Kennedy to murder.

Here, Nicola Tallant chats with Mike Rothmiller, who has co-authored a sensational new book Bombshell: The night Bobby Kennedy Killed Marilyn Monroe, about his claims that the world's most-famous blonde was poisoned to protect a dynasty.

He tells me how he stumbled upon intelligence files relating to the case when he was working in organised crime back in the 1980s.

He reveals how he pursued his own investigation into a cover-up and garnered a confession from a major Hollywood actor about the events of that night. And he says that as he pieced together evidence that directly linked Bobby Kennedy to Marilyn’s death, he was ambushed in a mob-style assassination which silenced him until now.

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Jul 17, 2021
Crime World Extra: The murder of journalist Peter R. De Vries and the case against Ridouan Taghi
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Dutch crime reporter Peter R. De Vries died in hospital yesterday, a week after he was shot on a busy Amsterdam street in an attack which has drawn outrage across Europe.

As his family and friends mourn his loss, police are focusing on the advisory role he was playing to state witness Nabil B, the underworld crime figure set to give evidence against his one-time gang boss Ridouan Taghi.

Taghi, an associate of Daniel Kinahan, is already suspected of being behind the murder of Nabil B’s innocent brother and that of his lawyer Derk Wiersum, a father of two young children who was gunned down on the doorstep of his home in 2019.

This week, as De Vries still clung to life, Nicola Tallant spoke with with De Telegraaf journalist Saskia Belleman, who worked along side the celebrity journalist and who saw him only days before he was shot.

Saskia reveals the types of criminals who carry out these horrendous acts of narco-terrorism, the disconnect they have with their victims and the long-term effects the murder of De Vries will have on Taghi’s trial.

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Jul 16, 2021
Crime World Extra: The warring factions behind the Drogheda gangland feud
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It’s just three years since a hitman attempted to murder gang boss Owen Maguire, leaving him paralysed and dividing a town’s underworld into two feuding sides intent on wiping each other out.

Since then, six assassination attempts, four brutal murders - including the torture and dismemberment of teenager Keane Mulready-Woods - and a huge garda effort to protect the local community has turned Drogheda into a town under siege from organised crime.

So why has such an explosion of violence happened in an ordinary commuter town?

Nicola Tallant chats with Irish Independent Crime Correspondent Ken Foy about the origins of the Drogheda feud, the murder probes which have netted some key players, the social media taunts which have deepened the hatred between the rival sides and the fears that a new generation is now rising from the ashes of war.

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Jul 15, 2021
Episode 35: Ireland's war on drugs - should we legalise cannabis and cocaine?
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It may seem like a simple solution to the war on drugs – legalise weed and cocaine, regulate the market and then tax the profits.

This week, 100 youth workers in Ireland joined forces against prohibition and are calling for just that. But is such dramatic change practical and what are the pitfalls when it comes to legalising drugs?

Do our youth workers really want Ireland to radicalise that much or are they just desperate for us to start recognising the inequalities in our society that lie at the heart our lost generations of young people.

Nicola Tallant is joined by youth worker Eddie D’Arcy and criminologist Trina O’Connor, who have both been on the front line of the drugs war and have worked with young offenders, disadvantaged communities and vulnerable kids for decades.

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Jul 10, 2021
Crime World Extra: The Cold-Blooded Shooting Of Dutch Crime Journalist Peter R. De Vries
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Politicians, police and media colleagues in The Netherlands have been horrified by the shooting of famous crime journalist Peter R. De Vries, who was gunned down in Amsterdam on Tuesday night.

The well-known journalist has been working as an advisor to Nabil B. the state witness in the infamous Marengo trial.

The central character in this high-profile trial is Ridouan Taghi, the Dutch-Moroccan organised crime boss who previously partnered with Daniel Kinahan’s Irish mafia to flood Europe with cocaine.

The shocking shooting has been described as a ‘black day’ in the Netherlands and an ‘attack on press freedom’, with ripple effects right into the heart of the foundations of democracy.

Nicola Tallant chats to Mediahuis Ireland publisher Peter Vandermeersch about the daylight shooting in the heart of Amsterdam, the significance of the attack on The Netherlands' star journalist and the shadowy gang boss who has brought narco terrorism to Europe.

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Jul 07, 2021
Crime World Extra: Trouble in paradise for mob boss Daniel Kinahan
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Mob boss Daniel Kinahan has been keeping his head down in Dubai since a BBC Panorama documentary catapulted him and his links to boxing into the spotlight last February.

But now, a determined American lawyer has put his name in the headlines again and this time in the Emirates where he is desperate to sever all links to crime and to sports-wash his reputation.

So why has Kinahan and the MTK boxing company he founded been summonsed to appear in a California courtroom and what could the civil case accusing them of racketeering and money laundering mean.

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Jul 05, 2021
Episode 34: Drug mule Michaella McCollum and the case of the 'Peru Two'
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She was the teenage drug mule who became a household name and when she was jailed in Peru for attempting to smuggle 11 kilos of cocaine to Ibiza her fame was cemented.

But since then, the story of Michaela McCollum and her sidekick Melissa Reid has seen many ups and downs and while Reid has faded into oblivion, Instagram sensation McCollum continues to court celebrity.

Cancelled by Piers Morgan, criticised for courting the media and now laid bare in a BBC series centred on the story of the 'Peru Two', Michaela McCollum has never tried to hide from her past but who is she and what price is her fame.

Nicola Tallant is joined by journalist Lynne Kelleher who has written extensively on the 'Peru Two' and who has managed to get a sneak preview of the new BBC series set to be released tonight which McCollum has participated in for free.

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Jul 03, 2021
Crime World Extra: The search for answers in the death of tragic schoolboy Noah Donohoe
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It’s the case that has baffled Northern Ireland - and on the one-year anniversary of the discovery of the body of tragic schoolboy Noah Donohue in a drain, it is clear that there are still more questions than answers.

This week, a preliminary inquest into the 14-year-old’s death has heard that a prisoner has now said his former cellmate confessed to the teenager's murder and that the PSNI are now investigating the claims.

So, will the latest alleged jailhouse confession simply join a long list of theories and false leads which have dogged the case and will the PSNI ever get to the bottom of what happened in the last hours of Noah’s life.

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Jul 02, 2021
Crime World Extra: The mobsters behind the Kinahan murder plot of James 'Mago' Gately
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His guilty plea has meant little evidence of Peadar Keating's role in a plot to kill will ever be heard.

But behind the headlines lies one of the Kinahan mafia’s highest-ranking Irish executives and one of its most-sought-after targets.

Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World deputy Editor Niall Donald about the significance of Keating’s guilty plea, his role at the boardroom table of Ireland’s deadliest mob and James ‘Mago’ Gately, the assassins' target with nine lives whose loyalty to the Hutch faction makes him a unique figure the brutal feud.

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Jul 01, 2021
Episode 33: True crime junkies - what intrigues us about violence, fear and gruesome death?
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It’s the most popular genre for book lovers, podcasters and even documentary makers, with a growing audience who love all things true crime.

But what is it that intrigues us about violence, fear and gruesome death and why are women the biggest consumers of all when it comes to murder and mayhem?

This week, Nicola Tallant chats with writer Rachel Monroe, whose book 'Savage Appetites' explores our fascination with true crime.

She talks of internet sleuths, Columbine copy-cats and even eerie dollhouses as we consider if voyeurism or empathy lies at the heart of the crime junkie era.

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Jun 26, 2021
Crime World Extra: A Bumper Year For The Criminal Assets Bureau
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Three residential properties, one city centre business premises and one million of stolen crypto currency isn’t bad for a day's work at the Criminal Assets Bureau.

But that's just the start of the countless homes, monies, cars and designer goods that are stacking up to make this a bumper year for the Bureau.

So what is the CAB at and how is it identifying the hundreds of targets across the country who are regularly handing over their loot without a fight?

Nicola Tallant is joined by Sunday World journalist Eamon Dillon to look at the recent successes of the Bureau as it approaches 25 years since it’s formation.

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Jun 25, 2021
Crime World Extra: How Turkish Mafia & 'The Family' Crime Gang Plotted To Flood Ireland With Heroin
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They were part of a plot to flood Ireland with heroin, but when the Turkish mafia formed an alliance with the gang known as 'The Family' things didn’t work out as planned.

Last week, 57-year-old Kuldip Singh was jailed for his part in €1m heroin stash. His boss, Ali Adnan Duran, is already serving nine years here for his role in the business venture that went wrong.

So what were members of the Turkish mafia doing in a Dublin B&B and who are the group known as The Family who are now the top targets of the gardai.

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Jun 23, 2021
Episode 32: The horrifying crimes of Maddie McCann suspect Christian Brueckner
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He’s the oddball German drifter suspected of abducting and murdering Madeleine McCann in 2007 who has now been identified by Irish woman Hazel Behan as matching the attacker who raped her in a hotel room in Portugal three years previous.

But as German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters continues his lengthy investigation into the life and crimes of Christian Brueckner, the suspect broke his silence this week when he sent a letter and drawings to German newspaper Bild demanding that Wolters resign.

So what is happening within the German investigation into Brueckner’s links with the Maddie McCann case? And what do his jailhouse writings mean?

Nicola Tallant talks to Bild’s chief reporter Kai Feldhaus about the extraordinary correspondence and the sinister background of the man at the centre of the Maddie disappearance.

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Jun 19, 2021
Crime World Extra: The Unsolved Murder Of Michaela McAreavey
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The murder of newly-married Michaela McAreavey on the honeymoon island of Mauritius is one of the most high-profile, unsolved cases in the world.

Yet still, 10 years on, Mauritian authorities have failed to bring her killer, or killers, to justice.
Following the botched original investigation and the shambolic court case that saw the acquittal of two men, what can the government do now they have vowed to look at the murder files again?

Investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre joins this episode of Crime World Extra to discuss murder in paradise and our own journey to Mauritius which uncovered the grinding poverty that lies at the heart of this most tragic killings, the failings of the original inquiry and the opportunities of ever solving the case.

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Jun 17, 2021
Crime World Extra: Declan Brady - the gangland 'Mr Nobody' who laundered the Kinahan cartel cash
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He was the unknown face in the crowd spotted by Garda officers as they poured over footage and images of mourners at the funeral of Regency Hotel murder victim David Byrne.

Up until that point Declan Brady had got away with being an ordinary guy, foraging a living by renting bouncy castles, inflatable sumo suits and later running a transport firm.

But this week, Brady, his wife Deirdre and his mistress Ericka Lukacs pleaded guilty to money laundering charges relating to € 1.3 million identified by gardai. Officers believe there was many millions more.

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Jun 16, 2021
Episode 31: Hakan Ayik - the criminal who accidentally helped the FBI smash a global crime network
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Just 24 hours before news broke of the ANOM phone hack, the newsroom of the New Zealand Herald got a tip-off that there was a raid on the properties of known members of organised biker gang 'the Comancheros'.

Senior crime reporter Jared Savage began to ring around his contacts. He knew that the gang were the top targets of Kiwi police, but he’d no idea what was about to unfold or that the powerful FBI was behind what would happen next.
In an interview with Nicola Tallant he describes how the ripple effects of the gangland tsunami are being felt in his country.

Like Ireland, New Zealand was not a coalition partner on the historic sting but Savage describes numerous takedowns of gangs and plots, including a Comanchero plan to purchase a catamaran and rendezvous at sea with a drug ‘mothership’.

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Jun 12, 2021
Crimeworld Extra: How The FBI hacked the ANOM phone network in the world's greatest crime sting
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Hot on the heels of the Encrochat and Sky ECC takedowns, criminals are again counting the costs of their so called ‘bullet proof’ mobile phone systems.

The busted Anom network, co-ordinated by the FBI and Australian law enforcement partners, has seen 800 arrests, the seizure of 32 tons of cocaine, cannabis and meth, 250 firearms and $48 million of dirty money.

But just how did a small FBI field office in San Diego conceptualise the ANOM phone hack that led to the world's biggest crime sting?

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Jun 11, 2021
Crimeworld Extra: The Marengo Crime Trial, Ridouan Taghi and the links to Daniel Kinahan
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It’s the Netherlands' trial of the century, with infamous underworld boss Ridouan Taghi in the dock along with 16 of his men who face accusations relating to six gangland murders.

In a courtroom known as 'The Bunker', the most dangerous figures in Dutch organised crime are putting up a tough defence while Taghi’s former business partners in Irish, Italian and Bosnian mafias look on from a safe distance.

But now that state witness Nabil B has stopped talking, what is going to happen to the Marengo trial and is there a possibility that the Mocro Mafia could walk free?

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Jun 10, 2021
Episode 30: 'Fat' Andy Connors And The Controversial Home He Called 'The Ranch'
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‘Fat’ Andy Connors was part of a notorious burglary gang that terrorised Ireland for years, robbing elderly people in their homes and often using horrendous violence against them.
He was shot dead in 2014 by an unknown gunman and in the aftermath of his murder the Criminal Assets Bureau secured a €2.5m judgement against his widow, Ann Connors.
The judgement included a massive property known as 'The Ranch', which in recent months has expanded into neighbouring lands and has been turned into unofficial halting sites where ‘chalets’ are on offer for €1,500 per month.
This week, Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World journalist Eamon Dillon about the rise, the fall and the legacy of 'Fat' Andy Connors.

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Jun 05, 2021
Crimeworld Extra: The final blow against the 'Byrne Organised Crime Gang'
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The home of senior Kinahan lieutenant Liam Byrne has just been put on the on the market for just €400,000 after it was seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) .

The dream property where Byrne (40) lived was once valued at around €1m with extensive refurbishments carried out on the house.

Now, No2 Raleigh Square in Crumlin, has been advertised for less than half of its previous estimated value.

The confiscation of the property was the final blow by the CAB against the BOCG Gang, with a total of 47 assets confiscated under proceeds of crime legislation.

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Jun 02, 2021
Episode 29: The Life And Crimes Of 'Fat' Freddie Thompson
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CARTEL killer Freddie Thompson organised the murder of 'easy target' David ‘Daithi’ Douglas to bulk up the mob’s body count in Dublin and impress his bloodthirsty boss Daniel Kinahan.
But it was 'Fat' Freddie's desperation to be accepted at the top table that finally cost him a life sentence behind bars and brought a dramatic end to his violent career.
But how did a small-time criminal from Dublin's inner-city become one of Ireland's most-feared mobsters?

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May 29, 2021
Crimeworld Extra: The Notorious Criminal Behind The Blanchardstown Shootout
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The chaotic life of gangland thug Daniel Goulding came to an abrupt and dramatic finale when he walked quietly from his Blanchardstown home two hours after a crazy shootout with gardaí turned his neighbourhood into the wild west.
Nicola Tallant chats with Irish Independent crime correspondent Ken Foy about the the terrifying shooting incident in west Dublin which saw two detectives injured with gunshot wounds during a shocking standoff.

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May 26, 2021
Crimeworld Extra: The Rise And Fall Of Kinahan Cartel Boss Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh
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Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh is facing a tonne of misery in the UK after a recent court appearance heard that he is to be sentenced in relation to an incredible 292 kilos of cocaine and 600-800 kilos of cannabis.
According to Crown prosecutors, the tonne of Class A and B drugs – with a combined street value of more than €45 million – was imported through a route into Dover which was busted in 2017 when Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Garda’s Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau moved in and took him down.
Bomber, who is regarded as Daniel Kinahan’s UK business partner and who sat at the very top of the Byrne Organised Crime gang for two decades, is the biggest scalp so far in the fight against the Kinahan mafia.
We take a look at the rise of the Dublin-born criminal and how the once-powerful mob boss was eventually brought to justice.

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May 24, 2021
Episode 28: My life banged up next door to IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands in the H-Block
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Forty years ago this month, 21-year-old Jake Mac Siacais cried in his H-Block cell as his friend Bobby Sands died on hunger strike.
Jake had been in the next cell to the republican icon, and when Sands left the wing to go to the prison hospital, it was Jake who gave the final address on behalf of the IRA prisoners.
Now 61, Nicola Tallant travels with him to Bobby Sands' grave at the republican plot in Belfast and is given unprecedented access to a man who can shed new light on one of the darkest periods of the Troubles.

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May 22, 2021
Crimeworld Extra: The Shadowy Cyber Criminals Behind The HSE Hack
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The shadowy 'Wizard Spider' gang behind the HSE hack - who are they and what has motivated them to attack our health service?
Senior cyber security expert Rob Feeney talks ‘black hat’ hackers, the dark web and the threat of a cyber crime war.

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May 20, 2021
Episode 27: The Merseyside Mobster who flooded the UK and Ireland with Cocaine
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He is one of Europe's most-notorious drug dealers who flooded the UK and Ireland with cocaine and heroin until he was nabbed in 1996.
While behind bars, Liverpool mobster Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren, killed a fellow inmate and had an illicit affair with a female prison guard.
In this week’s Crime World podcast, journalist Peter Walsh details the rise and fall of the drugs lord who was once named as Interpol’s 'Target One' and the life that awaits the feared crime boss on his release from prison.

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May 15, 2021
Crimeworld Extra: Ireland's war on drugs and the communities that bear the cost
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Criminologist Trina O'Connor speaks to Nicola Tallant about the drug dealing at Oliver Bond flats in Dublin's south inner-city.
She details how the community is fighting back and why tearing down the complex is not the solution.

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May 12, 2021
Crimeworld Extra: The Kinahan Cartel's Inner-City Drugs Supermarket
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CRACK cocaine dealers are running an open drugs supermarket in the flat complex where mob boss Daniel Kinahan grew up.
This week, a Sunday World investigation shows how cartel drug dealers are openly selling their product in the inner-city complex where the mafia boss was raised in scenes akin to The Wire.
Our undercover team watched as Kinahan product was sold like sweets in a shop with residents living in terror of the designer-clad pushers who have taken over the courtyards and stairwells.

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May 11, 2021
Episode 26: The Man Who Has Come Face To Face With The World's Most-depraved Serial Killers
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He’s the UK’s number-one true crime author who made his name from his conversations with serial killers.

But what made former Royal Marine Christopher Berry-Dee want to get up close and personal with the world’s most depraved.?

From Aileen Wournos to the 'Monster of the Rivers' Arthur Shawcross, he has delved deep into the crimes and minds of psychopaths.

In an interview with Crime World, Berry-Dee explains what drew him to the dark world of more than 30 serial killers and why their shocking stories continue to fascinate the public.

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May 08, 2021
Episode 25: The Encrochat phone hack and why no one has been busted in Ireland
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It was the phone hack that rocked the underworld and led to thousands of arrests and record breaking seizures of drugs, guns and dirty money.
Yet, Ireland has little to show from the massive Encrochat investigation despite being one of the country’s to receive the shared intelligence from Europol.
In this week’s Crime World investigates podcast we look at how the hack happened despite promises that the phone network was the gold standard for criminals and what the fallout has been in Europe and closer to home in Northern Ireland and the UK.

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May 01, 2021
Extra- The former SF councillor charged with the murder of David Byrne
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One week after three men were charged in connection with the Regency Hotel attack and a European Arrest Warrant was issued for Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch, a former Sinn Fein councillor has been brought before the Special Criminal Court charged with the murder of David Byrne.

So who is Jonathan Dowdall and what do we know about his links to the Regency investigation?

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Apr 28, 2021
Episode 24: Sophie Toscan Du Plantier - the murder, the mystery, the myths
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Episode 24: Sophie Toscan Du Plantier - the murder, the mystery, the myths by Nicola Tallant

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Apr 24, 2021
Crimeworld Extra - The Europe-wide hunt For Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch
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Following the news that a European Arrest Warrant has been issued for Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch in relation to the Regency Hotel attack in 2016, Nicola Tallant chats with journalist Eamon Dillon about the life and crimes of one of Ireland's most infamous gangsters.

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Apr 21, 2021
Episode 23: The child street soldiers of Ireland's crime gangs
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They are the kids who become the soldiers of the criminal gangs.

Plucked from the streets and troubled homes, they are groomed to become drug dealers, enforcers and even killers.

But according to one of Ireland’s top community workers, criminologist Trina O’Connor, their path in life is not a determined one and road blocks can be created to stop the inevitable.

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Apr 17, 2021
Crimeworld Extra - The Ridouan Taghi Trial
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THE trial of violent Dutch-Moroccan gangster Ridouan Taghi, whose merger with Daniel Kinahan’s mob, the Italian mafia and Eastern European gangs formed a feared super cartel, is finally underway in the Netherlands

Amid some of the tightest security controls ever seen, Taghi's high-profile ‘Marengo’ trial is expected to expose the underbelly of Europe’s top mobs.

In a special Crime World Extra, journalist Jan Meeus describes the military-style operation that has been put in place to secure the Dutch courthouse known as 'The Bunker' and the case against one of the world's most-wanted criminals.

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Apr 14, 2021
Episode 22: The organised crime gangs behind Ireland's seedy vice trade
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This week Crime World looks at Ireland's multi-million euro vice trade and the ruthless organised crime gangs and pimps who control the women selling sex.
There is nothing glamorous about prostitution, where exploitation, fear and manipulation are common-place and women are seen as just a commodity.

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Apr 10, 2021
Crimeworld Extra - The Molly Martens Retrial
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This week, Tom and Molly Martens were freed from prison in the US after they were granted bail pending a retrial in the case of the murder of Limerick dad of two Jason Corbett.

Jason was beaten to death on August 2, 2015 and the father and daughter served 44 months in jail before their murder convictions were overturned.

Today, in a special Crime World Extra, Irish Independent journalist Ralph Riegel describes the devastation for Jason’s Irish family as they face another harrowing journey on their road to justice.

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Apr 08, 2021
Episode 21: The Wilsons - Ireland's most feared clan of killers for hire
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John, Keith, Alan, Eric and Luke Wilson were once Ireland’s most feared gangland family who terrorised the underworld and threatened the pillars of the State.

Bonded by blood, the five Wilsons operated as guns for hire as they honed their skills as killing machines in the brutal world of feuding drug gangs.

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Apr 03, 2021
Episode 20: 'I married a psychopathic bigamist, con man and sex offender'
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Mary Turner Thomson’s world shattered when she discovered her husband Will was a bigamist, con man and convicted sex offender. Unbeknownst to her, this would be the start of a bold new chapter in her life, fighting to protect other women from his heartless gaslighting campaigns — and putting a stop to his endless deception.

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Mar 27, 2021
Episode 19: The Black Widow
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She is the self-professed gangsters' moll who married a mobster and then wound up in prison for life for the murder of her hard-man lover.

But Linda Calvey has turned her own experiences in the underworld into the basis for her new career and as she launches her debut novel she insists that is thrilled to be finally making an honest living out of crime.

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Mar 20, 2021
Episode 18: The man who brought down Whitey Bulger and exposed the feared mobster as an FBI informer
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BOSTON gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s role as an FBI informant is a lesson for police forces across the world in how NOT to handle their touts.

Brian Kelly, the former US state prosecutor who was the lead counsel against Bulger, tells this week’s Crime World podcast that the mobster murdered at will, often using information leaked to him by his handlers.

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Mar 13, 2021
Episode 17: The Moroccan drug lord, the Kinahan mob and the rise of the European super-cartel
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He’s the violent gangster whose merger with Daniel Kinahan’s mob, Italian mafiosa and Eastern European gangs formed a European super cartel.

But Dutch Moroccan Ridouan Taghi is now facing the biggest showdown of his life as authorities in the Netherlands gear up for the high profile ‘Marengo’ trial expected to get to the heart of the powerful merger of Europe’s top mobs.

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Mar 06, 2021
Episode 16: The American guns fuelling the deadly Mexican Cartels and drug wars
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Drug war in Mexico – how the narcos and their violent sicarios are being armed by legally-sold weapons in the US.

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Feb 27, 2021
Episode 15: The low-level criminals and hit squads behind the Hutch-Kinhahan feud
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The drug addicts, drop-outs and drifters behind the Hutch-Kinahan murder cells.

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Feb 20, 2021
Episode 14: New Zealand's drug war and the rise of the biker gangs
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New Zealand is the envy of the world but it’s also the most expensive place on earth to buy cocaine and meth, which has fuelled the rise of a dangerous underworld of biker gangs.
Journalist Jared Savage tells Crime World about the arrival of meth, the real-life Walter White and how Asian and Mexican cartels are now moving in for a slice of the action.

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Feb 13, 2021
Episode 13: How the Rathkeale Rovers became the scourge of Europe
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Fake covid tests, antique treasures and the theft of precious rhino horns. How the Rathkeale Rovers left their spiritual home in Limerick to become a multi-million mobile organised crime gang.

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Feb 06, 2021
Episode 12: Ireland's five-year war on organised crime
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She started her career as a rookie cop on one of Ireland’s first drug units, chasing down heroin dealers like Tony ‘King Scum’ Felloni.

Now she is the Chief in charge of the Garda’s Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau – the unit responsible for bringing down the Kinahan mafia.

Detective Chief Superintendent Angela Willis talks about catching criminals, seizing drugs and reeling in the mobs.

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Jan 30, 2021
Episode 11: Gangland's a-list celebs - The Krays
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They are the a-listers of gangland – murderous twins whose faces are iconic images of the underworld. Ronnie and Reggie Kray were immortalised in movies, theatre, television and books but did their crimes match their celebratory? Or did they just get lucky.

Criminal lawyer and author James Morton untangles the real story of the Krays and separates fact from fiction.

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Jan 23, 2021
Episode 10: The stalking of El Chapo Guzmán
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He was the head of the Sinaloa Cartel and for years he was a master of escape using underground tunnels and secret passageways to evade the authorities. But Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman's now spends his days in solitary confinement in the most secure prison in the US.

So how was he actually caught and did his luck simply run out? New York Times journalist and El Jefe author Alan Feuer describes the secret wiretaps investigations which were run by the FBI, the DEA and Homeland Security and tells Crime World how El Chapo became the hunted as teams of investigators closed in on their prey.

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Jan 17, 2021
Episode 9: The murder of Jason Corbett and the fairytale that turned into a nightmare
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It was a murder that broke all rules with a male victim, two unlikely killers and a family torn apart. Now the killing of dad Jason Corbett is to be played out again in a US courtroom as murderers Molly Martens and her father Tom make a bid for freedom. But behind the legal tape lies the shocking evidence of the sheer brutality of Jason’s death. Ralph Riegel, Irish Independent journalist and author of My Brother Jason, unravels the lies and intrigue that turned a fairytale into a nightmare.

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Jan 10, 2021
Episode 8: Criminal gangs targeting online dating sites as millions look for love online in 2021
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In this week's Crime World podcast, Nicola Tallant talks to Dr Nicola Fox Hamilton, an expert in cyberpsychology. She talks about online crime and dating during the pandemic. She reveals the dangers that can be hiding behind the faces of attractive strangers and how romance fraudsters and sexploitation scams are now being run by organised criminal gangs.

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Jan 03, 2021
Episode 7: Fr Brian D'Arcy talks about life after child sexual abuse
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Fr Brian D’Arcy was first abused at the age of 9 but he still struggles to deal with the demons of his past more than six decades on. We discuss the Lanzarote Convention, a European agreement against child sex abuse just signed by Ireland. But what does it mean for the survivors of child sex abuse?

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Dec 27, 2020
Episode 6: A stolen masterpiece and an unlikely thief
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Detective Anthony Amore hunts stolen art and follows clues all over the world hunting priceless masterpieces which have been snatched by thieves. In this week's episode of Crime World, detective Anthony Amore talks about one time heiress, Rose Dugdale, who gave up a charmed life to become an IRA activist and a thief who picked out the jewels of Russborough House in Wicklow and later inspired the legendary criminal Martin The General Cahill. He also reveals what he thinks about another famous criminal Martin ‘The Viper’ Foley and his tall tales.

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Dec 20, 2020
Episode 5: The Rise and Fall of John Gilligan
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He’s Ireland’s most notorious criminal but as John Gilligan faces Christmas in a Spanish prison we examine if this is the end of the line for the 68 year old. Nicola Tallant talks to INM Chief Reporter Conor Feehan about the life and crimes of Gilligan.

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Dec 13, 2020
Episode 4: The Penguin and the bunker
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The secret past of Godfather of Crime George ‘The Penguin’ Mitchell is forming part of an intriguing trial into a dark net bunker and a Dutchman called Herman Xennt.

This week on Crime World Ed Caesar of the New Yorker explains how Mitchell and Xennt’s relationship goes back decades right to the very beginning of the internet and to an underground porn hub.

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Dec 06, 2020
Episode 3: Cocaine - a deadly journey to our shores
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Cocaine starts out as a leaf on a tree but how does it get from the jungles of Colombia to the streets of Ireland? How many people die and who gets rich along the way?

In this week's episode of Crime World, Nicola Tallant talks to film-maker Toby Muse and traces a Kilo of coke from its beginnings in a makeshift laboratory to the Pacific Coast where it sets sail for the US and Europe.

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Nov 29, 2020
Episode 2: Is jail just a finishing school for criminals?
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Is jail just a finishing school for criminals? And just what is it like to be behind bars? Nicola Tallant talks to Fr Brian D’Arcy, whose work has brought him into some of the most notorious jails in Ireland. He describes the sounds and smells of prison life and describes what it’s like coming face to face with evil.

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Nov 22, 2020
Episode 1: The hunt for Kevin Parle
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Two gangland murders. A missing fugitive. And a former Scotland Yard Detective intent on hunting him down.
This week on Crime World Nicola Tallant talks to Peter Bleksley about suspect Kevin Parle who has remained on the run for more than 15 years. We hear about the shocking murders he is wanted for and how Bleksley believes he is being helped by an Irish criminal gang.

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Nov 16, 2020
Crime World Introduction
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Crime World Introduction by Nicola Tallant

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Nov 11, 2020