7: Crime on the Emerald Isle

Happy St Patrick’s Week! We start as we mean to continue: with drinks!
Jonatan covers the accidental death of Mary Whelan (née Gough) that begins to look a lot like murder when the most likely suspect goes on the run. Don’t worry- a pub patron manages to save the day. Ana shares the story of why £10 bank notes were changed to green and the biggest bank robbery in Irish history: the Northern Bank heist.

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CN: murder, paramilitaries, sectarianism, politics, alcohol, kidnapping

Colin and Mary Whelan

CCTV footage from the Northern Bank robbery and the new £10 note.

Irish Flag/Fleg Layered Cocktail

30ml Creme de Menthe (or do yourself a favour and use any other green liqueur (apple or melon would work nicely)
30ml Baileys Irish Cream
30ml Cointreau (or Triple Sec)

Slowly layer each shot in a glass using the back of a bar spoon. Be particularily careful when layering the Cointreau- if it (or anything else acidic) mixes with the Baileys it will curdle (see ‘cement mixer’ or ‘zombie brain’ shot).

Irish Coffee

1 glass of freshly brewed coffee
3 teaspoons dark brown sugar
45ml Irish whiskey (we like Bushmills)
2 tablespoons double cream (lightly whipped)

  1. Dissolve the sugar in the coffee
  2. Add whiskey
  3. Float the double cream on top by layering over the back of  a spoon

6: Planes, Trains and Bloodstains

It’s a new week and Ana and Jonatan have picked the same crime! In a last minute change, Ana talks about her first murder mystery experience and then tells the story of Otýlie Vranská who was found on trains (yes, plural) leaving Prague. Jonatan shares the tale of All Nippon Airways Flight 61 and what happened when Yuji Nishizawa decided to bring extra luggage. After all that chat Ana has a nap.

For their drink this week there’s a travel friendly choice: the Gin and Tonic. (All recommendations are unsponsored.)

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CN: murder, dismemberment, hijacking, stabbing, alcohol

VranskaMuzeumpolicie1Otýlie Vranská

Yuji Nishizawa

5: Rum… And Justice for All

We have an explanation of an ‘Irish goodbye’ to kick off this week’s episode. Jonatan tells the tale of capital punishment in Belarus- the story of “Black Realtors” Igor Gershankov and Semen Berezhnoy who were found guilty of six murders and preparation of another one, kidnapping and fraud.

Ana dives into a murder in Ireland- the case of Antra Ozolina, a 49 year old Latvian who was killed in her home.

Finally, we cover two bonus crimes and ask ‘Was justice served?’. As usual we round things off with a drink: this time it’s got rum, pear and spice.

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CN: capital punishment, rape, murder, suicide, animal abuse, offensive language (the other ‘f-word’), alcohol

Igor-Gershankov-Semen-Berezhnoy-rasstrelIgor Gershankov and Semen Berezhnoy

Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan murder victim Antra Ozolina (49).  Photo: Lorraine Teevan

4: Shooting from the Hip (Flask)

This week we’re talking about impulse crimes. Ana discusses the Derrick Bird, Cumbria shootings while Jonatan tells the story of Yvonne Chevallier who was fed up with her philandering husband. Later Jonatan makes a whiskey cocktail but will Ana finally be a convert?

As always, send your stories, suggestions and corrections to crimebythebar@gmail.com or via Twitter, @crimebythebar.

CN: shootings (many), random killings, murder, alcohol

3: Love, Marriage, Murder

It’s an extra special (and extra long) Valentine’s Day episode and we’re on theme! Jonatan tells the tale of the Russian family known as the Gang of Amazons and Ana discusses Barbara Kendhammer’s murder. Later they enjoy a delicious purple cocktail.

As usual you send questions, suggestions and corrections by emailing us at crimebythebar@gmail.com or reaching out on twitter @crimebythebar.

CN: Murder, stabbing, eye gouging, child killers, domestic violence, alcohol

Episode 2: New Tales & Foreign Spirits

This week Ana is covering the Van Breda Murders in South Africa, Jonatan discusses the 2016 (not 2017) killing of Koen Everink and the duo present a foreign take on Dutch culture. Stay to the end for a fiery cocktail and an update on Episode 1- yes, we have new information on a cold case!

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CN: Murder, familicide, axe attack, stabbing, alcohol

Van Breda family

Koen Everink

Our Dutch Ginger cocktail:

30ml genever (oude is better, but jonge will have a more neutral flavour)
30ml Bols Ginger (but any ginger liquer will do)
Cranberry juice

Fill a short glass with ice, add genever and Bols Ginger and top up with cranberry juice. Serve with a lime wedge.

1: Vintage Crime & Lethal Cocktails

In their first ever episode Ana has a sore throat and Jonatan has mic problems. Over several glasses of wine, they discuss an unsolved (Northern) Irish murder, a Japanese robbery and the airport equivalent of ‘Storage Wars’. Stay to the end for the ‘Drink of the Week’- it’s strong, sour and full of gin.

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CN: Murder, stabbing, bomb threats, alcohol

Patricia Curran (middle), shortly before her murder 

Composite sketch of suspect in the 300 million yen robbery

Our Lethal Bramble:
60ml gin (we used Beefeater gin)
30ml lemon juice
30ml blackberry liqueur (but Chambord or Creme de Cassis are good alternatives)
15ml sugar syrup

  1. Shake all ingredients with ice
  2. Strain and pour over fresh ice
  3. Garnish with two blackberries and two straws (or one if you can’t cope with two)