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16: Bristol Unsolved

On the 7th January 1949, a man was noticed by witnesses outside a Lloyds Bank branch in Knowle in Bristol. A number of phone calls were made to police about this odd looking man but little did the police or witnesses know that this man was about to commit a murder. The investigators carried out a huge man hunt across the country to discover the identity of this man and along the way would make links to other murders and crimes that had occurred in other parts of the country. What really...


15: The murder of Amala Ruth De Vere Whelan

On the 16th November 1972, decorators entered a fourth floor flat in Maida Vale, London. They had been sent to decorate the flat on Randolph Avenue but when they entered they found something that they weren't expecting. They had discovered the body of a woman covered in bruises and with a towel placed over her head. The police arrived at the scene and quickly identified the woman as Amala Ruth De Vere Whelan who had been renting the flat for 3 weeks. The question was why had someone wanted...


14: The Dominici Affair Part 2

After the Drummond family murders, the Dominici family were at the centre of the investigation at La Grand Terre farm. The investigation began to look at testimonies from lots of different people but when Gaston Dominici was arrested people were shocked by the evidence against him. What really did happen to the Drummonds? Important information provided by:


13: The Dominici Affair Part 1

Sir Jack Drummond, his wife Ann and his daughter Elizabeth travelled to France in July 1952\. Jack was a renowned biochemist who had helped to design the rationing program in the UK during the Second World War. The family were on their way to visit friends in the South of France and had stopped at a farm by the name of Le Grand Terre. What happened afterwards shocked the world and hit the headlines in both the UK and France, who murdered the Drummond family? Important information provided...


12: The Hitchhiking Murders

On Saturday 14th March 1970, a farmer who lived at Knowles Pit Farm had left his home at around 9:30pm. He was on his way to feed his sheep some hay and had quickly left the house to do this errand. Knowles Pit Farm was located close to Mere in Knutsford, a town in the county of Cheshire around 14 miles South West of the city of Manchester. As Ted Whittaker, the farmer, went to feed his sheep he noticed something unusual in a small group of trees. It looked like clothing had been left in...


11: Stories of the Unidentified

In 1975 an unidentified woman was found alongside the A1 motorway and in 1991 an unidentified man was found in some undergrowth in West Sussex. What do they both have in common? As of 2018 both of their cases remain unsolved and most importantly both of the victims remain unidentified. In this episode, we look at the stories of both of these people and the circumstances in which they were found. In recent years the cases have gone cold but there is still some hope that they can finally be...


10: The Meon Hill Murder

Lower Quinton is a civil parish in the Stratford upon Avon district of Warwickshire. In 1945 and largely today it has a small population and a mostly sleepy village feel. On the 14th February 1945 75 year old Charles Walton went out to work as an agricultural labourer as normal. When his niece returned home that evening at around 6pm and found that her uncle had not returned she was immediately worried. The reserved Charles did not often spend time with friends after work so his absence...


9: The mysterious death of Alfred Loewenstein

On the 4th July 1928, a monoplane landed on a beach close to Dunkirk, Northern France. The beach was home to a local army unit who were extremely surprised to see the small plane landing there as nobody had been expecting it and it wasn’t a usual occurrence. The army members who were there ran to the plane to see who was in it and why it was there. Six people exited the plane and when asked what they were doing on the beach and in military territory. The group proceeded to tell an...


8: John Bodkin Adams Part 2

The trial of Dr John Bodkin Adams had become a national sensation and it appeared that everyone had an opinion about his guilt or innocence. The newspapers discussed his wealth and where it was suspected that this wealth may have come from while some of his loyal patients exclaimed that he was an excellent doctor who had only tried to help them. It was undeniable that going into his trial in March 1957, it was going to be a huge story. John Adams was facing 2 counts of murder for the...


7: Dr John Bodkin Adams Part 1

Dr John Bodkin Adams was a general practitioner doctor in Eastbourne in Sussex from the 1930’s onwards but in 1956 his career would be put on hold and his reputation scrutinised. John Bodkin Adams was accused of the murder of 2 of his patients in 1957 and questions surrounded why so many of his patients had given him something in their wills. He had gained a list of wealthy and famous patients and was a huge part of Eastbourne society for a number of years. When he was accused of murder...


6: The disappearance of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine

In 1924, a British expedition to conquer the summit of Mount Everest took place and experienced climber George Mallory was the climbing leader. They were accompanied by a number of other climbers including Andrew Irvine, one of a number of less experienced mountaineers. During the 1920's Britain and the world were in a period of change and there were lots of records being broken and explorers setting off on dangerous pursuits. Conquering Everest was a dream for many climbers. The...


5: The Baker Street Robbery

On the evening of the 11th September 1971, Robert Rowlands was in his fifth floor flat on Wimpole Street Central London. He had been having a relaxed evening using his ham radio. It was late around 11:15pm on a Saturday evening when he was surprised hear that he had picked up something on one of the frequencies. He listened hard to the transmissions and after a short time realised what he was actually listening to. He was listening to people discussing a robbery that was about to take...


4: The Green Bicycle Murder

On the 5th July 1919, a farmer by the name of Joseph Cowell was working on his farm in the village of Stretton Parva, Leicestershire. The area was a relatively quiet and sleepy place and Mr Cowell was finishing off a number of things he needed to get done. It was quite late, past 9'clock and Mr Cowell had to go and get some cows and bring them back to the farm. He went to go and collect them and as he was walking back along the road he noticed something lying in the middle of it. As he got...


3: Dorset's unidentified

In England there are currently 554 unidentified people who are listed on the UK missing persons unit website. These people are yet to be identified and their deaths are yet to be solved. In this episode we delve into just one area of the UK and document the stories of these unidentified people. This episode discusses the 12 people currently listed as unidentified in the county of Dorset, South East England. We look at the descriptions, locations and other facts known about them in the hope...


2: The mystery of Ada Constance Kent

In 1939, worried friends of Ada Constance Kent went to police to explain that they had not seen her for a number of months. Ada lived in the small village of Fingringhoe, close to Colchester in a traditional thatched cottage. The residents of Fingringhoe did not see Ada often as she kept herself to herself and lead a relatively reclusive lifestyle. Police did a check on Ada's house but found nothing and importantly they didn't find Ada. 10 Years later, Ada had still not been located and...


1: The Great Mull Air Mystery

On Christmas Eve 1975, Peter Gibbs set off in a Cessna-150 civilian aircraft from the Glenforsa airstrip on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. He was staying at the Glenforsa hotel with his girlfriend and as he was an experienced pilot he had decided to try a circuit of the bay in the plane before returning back to the airstrip. After half an hour of being in the air his girlfriend grew alarmed as he had not returned. She went back to the hotel and after two hours of waiting, the police were...


26: The disappearance of Lionel Crabb

On the 19th April 1956, former Royal Navy diver Lionel Crabb went on an MI6 operation to investigate a soviet cruiser docked in Portsmouth harbour. After 2 hours under the water Lionel had still not emerged and the operation was aborted. Around 14 months later, a body was discovered wearing a diving suit but was missing its head and hands. Was this the body of Lionel Crabb and if it was him what had happened to him? The mystery of his disappearance is still ongoing and continues to baffle...


25: The Blazing Car Murder

At around 1:50am in the early morning hours of the 6th November 1930, two men were walking back from a Guy Fawkes dance in the centre of Northampton. They both noticed a fire in the distance. Both men dismissed it as it had been Bonfire night and a fire was not unusual to see. The men then noticed a man coming towards them dressed in professional clothes and carrying an attaché case. The men thought it was odd to see a man dressed for work at that hour but they conversed for a minute and the...


24: The Brighton Trunk Mystery

On the 17th June 1934 workers at Brighton Railway station were going about their usual duties. William Joseph Vinnicombe, in the process of his shift, noticed a terrible smell at the station. He did a quick search of the area of the station and discovered that the smell appeared to be emanating from the left luggage room. It seemed to be permeating throughout the station and Vinnicombe noticed there was a plywood trunk that had been left in the room. The trunk got his attention and the...


23: The Umbrella Assassination

On the 11th of September 1978, Bulgarian born Georgi Markov was waiting for a bus on Waterloo Bridge in London. He was on his way to work for a normal run of the mill day. The day did not turn out the way in which he had expected. That day on the bridge, Georgi was poisoned with what turned out to be an umbrella. This crime was baffling and investigators struggled to figure out what had happened. Had Georgi been killed for his brave decision to speak out about the conditions in his own...