This Friday we have stories that leave us with many questions including: could we have seen this coming?
First, Ana tells the tale of Dublin teenager, Raonaid Murray, who was stabbed to death on her walk home. She was found by her sister not far from her front door. What happened? We put together the pieces but almost 20 years later, there are still no clear answers.
Then, Jonatan shares the bizarre end to Günther Stoll. The unemployed food technician had become increasingly paranoid over the preceding years, convinced ‘they’ were out to get him. One night he made a mysterious breakthrough but then claims something terrible will happen… only to befall a very strange fate hours later. Was this coincidence? Or were ‘they’ watching all along?
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CN: stabbing, car crash, murder, botched investigations, paranoia
This week we talk about awful incidents in the workplace.
Jonatan covers the infamous Xerox killer in Honolulu, Hawaii who, after years of odd behaviour, goes on an office rampage killing with a ‘to-do’ list of co-workers.
Ana shares a case from London: Cathy Marlow heads to the office on a Saturday to catch up on work after returning from vacation. Just before leaving the office she runs into an ex-colleague who shouldn’t be there. Things do not end well.
Later, we have English Mojitos (with elderflower, mint and lime) and talk about some stressful jobs.
As usual you can reach us on Twitter @crimebythebar or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CN: murder, rampage killers, graphic descriptions, alcohol
We continue movie week with more crimes that inspired films. First Jonatan, our native Nordic, takes us to Finland to tell us about the Lake Bodom murders in Espoo. This one has all the making of a horror story but is very real. Four teenagers go camping together and are attacked by a mystery man. Was it an angry local, a suspicious foreigner or the sole survivor who killed the others?
Ana then tells the story of the Frog Boys, one of the most terrifying true crime tales to ever come out of South Korea. On a Tuesday in early Spring, a group of five boys decide to go into the mountains in search of frogs and never return. After 10 years, many false accusations and the suggestion that they probably just ran away their bodies are found in an area searched many times before. Police still say there was no crime but gunshot wounds and blunt force trauma tell a different story.
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CN: descriptions of gore, blood spatter, bludgeoning, shooting, child murder, murder generally, death by suicide
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
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
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 email@example.com or on Twitter, @crimebythebar.
CN: murder, speculation, conspiracies
This week we’re sharing seaside stories.
Jonatan shares the tale of 22-year-old Jessie Earl who disappeared from her flat with no signs of a struggle or planning. Her remains were found almost nine years later by the nearby cliffs. Was a Scottish serial killer responsible or is her killer still on the loose?
Ana talks about the Peter Bergmann case involving an unknown man found on a beach in Ireland in mysterious circumstances. For obvious reasons it’s often compared to the Tamam Shud case (aka the Somerton Man) but is the answer right in front of us?
We’d love to know your theories on our latest mysteries. Reach out on Twitter, @crimebythebar or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll read our favorite ones on during the next mystery episode.
CN: murder, disappearances, unknown persons
This week Ana is sharing the story Birna Brjánsdóttir of Iceland. Birna was at a bar with friends on a typical Friday night. After she left her journey can be tracked on CCTV for half an hour before she disappears. Four days later one of her shoes is found at a nearby harbor and it’s not long before we find out what became of her.
Jonatan takes us back to 1980’s Canada with tales of Gilbert Paul Jordan aka the ‘Boozing Barber’ who had a long list of convictions. When the body of Vanessa Lee Buckner was found, he came under further scrutiny and the more the police look into him, the more crimes he seems to be involved with.
We round off the episode with a tequila, pamplemousse (aka pink grapefruit) liqueur, lime and mint cocktail. Get the recipe at http://www.crimebythebar.com . You can reach out to us on Twitter, @crimebythebar or by email, email@example.com .
CN: murder, sexual assault, alcoholism, substance abuse, manslaughter, crimes against First Nations
Happy King’s Day! We tell you all about the Dutch national holiday and the tragic recent history surrounding the event.
Jonatan’s mystery is the Nepalese royal massacre. At first glance this seems like a pretty clear cut tale but the more the incident is looked at, the more the details don’t add up.
Ana discusses the tragic end of the Duchess de Choiseul-Praslin who was brutally murdered in her home in the early hours of the morning. Things become suspicious when the prime suspect dies just a week later.
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CN: mass murder, unsolved crime, violent ends, alcohol
It’s a royal edition of Crime by the Bar. In the lead up to King’s Day (a Dutch national holiday) we look back at some historical crimes involving royalty.
Jonatan shares the violent end for Alexander I of Yugoslavia who warned “if you want a regime change, you need to kill me”. You can guess how this ends but it makes for a very interesting tale.
Ana retells the Mayerling Incident which involves the Crown Prince of Austria and his mistress the many questions surrounding their deaths. What do you think happened?
Our drink this week is a ‘Royal Tea’ cocktail with whiskey, the Queen of Spices and rose syrup.
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CN: murder, assassination, European history, disapproving mother-in-laws, alcohol