31: Movie Night


This week we’re talking about crime movies: those that were inspired by crimes or inspired their own crimes.

Ana tells the real life tale of Frank Abagnale Jr, a con artist and forger whose criminal career started at 15. Frank passed himself off as a teacher, pilot, doctor and lawyer all before he was 21. He later had his story retold in the 2002 Spielberg film ‘Catch Me If You Can’.

Jonatan is talking about Anthony Curcio who was inspired by ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ to commit a robbery with a slew of decoys. With pepper spray, a tear-off costume and getaway by water Anthony almost pulled off the perfect crime… but it wasn’t meant to be.

We round off with a Banana Split cocktail. Stay to the end to hear what’s involved in this one. You can always reach out on Twitter, @crimebythebar, or by email, crimebythebar@gmail.com. As always, you can get bonus details on our website, http://www.crimebythebar.com or on our Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/crimebythebar

CN: mention of drug addiction, alcohol

Mystery 15: A Family Tragedy


We’re back! Today we’re looking at cases of familicide.

First, Ana tells the story of the Setagaya family murder. When a skate park expansion near the Miyazawa’s home causes neighbours to move out, they decide it’s time to follow suit. But just a few months before they’re due to move an intruder kills this family of four. But with evidence everywhere, why hasn’t the culprit been found?

Later Jonatan tells the tale of Marie-Josée Benitez and her daughter. When they go missing the police are wondering if her husband Francisco is responsible but before they can find anything connecting him, another tragedy strikes.

CN: blood, familicide, home invasion, stabbing, missing persons, suicide

15: Crime by Coercion


This week we have a catchup on Henri Vanbreda from ‘2: New Tales & Foreign Spirits’ (go back and listen) then we’re discussing women who sweet talked others into committing crimes for them.

Jonatan takes us to Australia and tells us about Robyn Lindholm, an ex-national ice skating champion who falls in with some unsavoury characters while trying to maintain her extravagant lifestyle. Ana shares the tale of Diana Lovejoy whose divorce led her down a strange path. A dose of bad luck, a towel set and a burner phone ruined what may have otherwise been a perfect crime.

Later, we have a Bols Toblerone cocktail- with chocolate, hazelnut and honey.

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CN: murder, faecal evidence, abuse allegations

Mystery 14: Death on Two Wheels


This Friday we’re talking about the cyclists who died under strange circumstances.

Ana begins with a brief explanation of road cycling to add context to the strange demise of Ottavio Bottecchia, a double Tour de France winner. The Italian cyclist was found dead at the roadside after heading out for a morning ride. Was it a competitor, the government or a farmer upset about his grapes?

Jonatan then shares the infamous Green Bicycle case involving 21-year-old Bella Wright who meets an unfortunate end during her cycle home. Witnesses report seeing a stranger on a green bicycle who’s thought to be the last person to have seen her alive. Things get even stranger when the bike shows up dismantled and dumped in a canal 6 months later. Is the owner of the bicycle guilty or just worried of being falsely accused?

Send us your theories for this week’s mysteries to crimebythebar@gmail.com or on Twitter, @crimebythebar.

CN: murder, speculation, conspiracies

14: Writers in the Wrong


We begin the week with crimes close to home- someone has been walking around on Ana’s roof and Jonatan’s bike has been stolen. After a quick catchup we share stories of writers who’ve committed terrible crimes.

Ana has a story from Macedonia: when women begin going missing in the small town of Kičevo it’s not long before career journalist Vlado Taneski makes a connection and starts reporting very graphic details of what became of them. Like an evil Clark Kent, Vlado is leading a secret double life.

Jonatan shares a tale of Krystian Bala, a Polish author whose debut novel isn’t selling as well as he’d hoped. Maybe that’s for the best because when police start comparing the details in the book with a cold case in nearby Wrocław, they find the lead they’ve been looking for.

Our ‘Drink of the Week’ is ‘The Late Hemingway’ a spiked version of the classic. Listen to the end for details or check out the recipe at http://www.crimebythebar.com. You can reach out to us on Twitter, @crimebythebar, or by email, crimebythebar@gmail.com.

(FYI- the Dutch writer we refer to is Richard Klinkhamer.)

CN: murder, missing persons, dismemberment, sexual assault, battery, starvation, drowning, alcohol

Mystery 13: Cyber Conspiracies


Happy Friday! We’re here with creepy stories to round off your week.

Jonatan has a tale from China and talks about the estimated 65% of organ transplants that use nonconsensual harvesting from prisoners. Yes, this is a conspiracy theory, but there are a lot of connections that make it difficult to doubt this is happening at least to some extent.

Ana talks about Karl Koch, a German hacker who went missing during his lunch break and was later found in very mysterious circumstances: burned to death beside a dust covered car in what was recorded as a death by suicide. The facts don’t add up so we break it down and briefly address the similarly strange demise of another German hacker who was known as Tron.

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CN: capital punishment, lethal injection, organ harvesting, hackers, KGB, mild references to drug use (cannabis and cocaine), addiction, death by suicide

Episode 13: Crime and Technology


This week we’re talking cryptocurrency and cyber crime.

Jonatan shares a story from Taiwan: when Tai (戴) brings his friend Hu (胡) along to sell some Bitcoin he expects to make a healthy profit. Instead he finds himself in a situation involving forced alcohol consumption, assault and theft. 

Ana discusses a virus writer called ‘Gigabyte’ (aka Kimberley Vanvaeck) who was on a mission in the early 00s to bring down security expert Graham Cluley. Creating the first ever C# virus, Gigabyte decides to share her code on her website but finds herself in legal trouble.

This week we have a cocktail with byte that we’ve called Vodka.exe- vodka, apple, butterscotch… yes, it’s delicious.

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CN: assault, theft, hacking, alcohol