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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Mystery 12: Going Coastal

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...


12: Drown Your Horrors

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...


Mystery 11: Titles & Tragedy

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...


11: Blue Blood & Amber Drinks

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....


Mystery 10: Mystic Murders

We continue our week of supernatural true crime stories with the murder of an American mystic and a clairvoyant connection from England. Jonatan’s tale is of the 1929 St. Aubin Street Massacre. Was it someone who believed they’d been conned by Benny Evangelist, a follower who lost their faith or an opportunistic killing? Ana tells the infamous story of the Red Barn murder. In 1826, 25-year-old Maria disappears and her step-mother dreams of a gruesome end which leads to a shocking...


10: Clairvoyant Connections

It’s the beginning of a new week and we’re heading down a different path in search of crimes solved by psychics. Jonatan shares the story of Terry Dewayne Smith Jr, an 11-year-old who went missing in 2013. When police can’t find clues, Pam Ragland, local psychic, volunteers to help. Does her vision add anything to the case? Ana talks about a case involving a tarot reading, a murdered medium and a tip that’s not taken seriously enough. In the end this case really couldn’t have been solved...


Mystery 9: Bonfires and Blossoms

Spring has arrived and with it comes long days, warm weather and more crimes. Jonatan revisits the murder of Lilly Lindeström aka the Atlas Vampire Murder of Stockholm, Sweden. You may think you know this infamous case but with a native Swede we’re able to dispell the myths and share some of the original reporting before sensationalism took over. Ana retells the tale of Corryn Rayney, an Australian mother of two, who was found murdered and buried in a public park in Perth, Australia. For...


9: Abuse of Power

We’re back and we have a special guest! Ana discusses the serial murders perpetrated by the ‘Station Strangler’ in South Africa. Jonatan tells the tale of John Bodkin Adams: doctor, fraudster and suspected serial killer. We round off with a bitter cocktail and a story of Sicilian fireman from our guest Charlie. You can find notes, photos and our cocktail recipe at and reach us on Twitter, or at CN: murder,...


Minisode 3: Spousal Support

It’s 4am and Valentine’s is over. Let’s discuss relationships gone wrong! Ana talks about the most expensive divorce in British history (Young v Young) which is packed full of accusations, intrigue and conspiracies then rounded off with a mysterious death. Jonatan tells the tale of Dagmar Tauchenová’s reaction when her safe cracking husband is sent to prison. Finally, we briefly touch on a missing canoer who returns from the dead but does his wife know more than she’s letting on? As...


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 or reaching out on twitter @crimebythebar. You can find our latest cocktail recipe and extras from the show at CN:...


Minisode 2: The Kids Aren’t Alright

In the latest minisode mystery, Jonatan covers the 1979 (possible) revenge killings of four members of the Tan family in Geylang Bahru, Singapore. Later Ana covers the 1988 abduction of Michaela Joy Garecht. Remember you can follow us on twitter @crimebythebar, send your mysteries and comments to and visit our site for extras from the show. CN: Murder, children, missing persons


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! If you have updates, corrections or insider information you can email us at or reach out on twitter @crimebythebar. You can find our latest cocktail recipe and extras from the...


Minisode 1: Antiques Roadshow

For our first edition of Minisode Mysteries, Jonatan talks about the mystifying murder of Margareta af Forselles in what became known as ‘Koffertmordet i Göteborg’ or the Trunk Murder of Gothenburg (Sweden). Later, Ana tells the story of the curious disappearance of Trevaline Evans who failed to return to her antique’s shop on a busy Saturday afternoon. Plus a bonus Welsh lesson! (For any listeners in Wales, please send us pronunciation corrections and rarebit recipes). Remember you can...