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Dr Julia Shaw and comedian Sofie Hagen dissect the criminal cases that shock, intrigue and scare us the most.

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Dr Julia Shaw and comedian Sofie Hagen dissect the criminal cases that shock, intrigue and scare us the most.

    Episode 14: Piggy’s palace part 2

    Episode 14: Piggy’s palace part 2

    An excavation reveals horrific truths about Robert Pickton.

    The bodies of dozens of women are unearthed on a pig farm, many of whom are sex workers and indigenous. Pickton’s defence team argues that he has a low IQ and was used as a pawn.

    On this episode of Bad People, presenters Julia Shaw and Sofie Hagen discuss how Canadian police failed indigenous women and talk to Professor Stephen Hart who worked with the prosecution in the Pickton case to discover what we can really know about one of Canada’s most notorious serial killers.
    This case is broken into two episodes. This is part two. We highly recommend you listen to part one before tuning into this episode.

    Warning: This episode contains strong language and references to sexual violence and murder.

    Presenters: Julia Shaw and Sofie Hagen
    Producer: Caroline Steel
    Assistant producer: Simona Rata
    Editor: Rami Tzabar
    Music: Matt Chandler
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    Archive credits: This episode includes audio from East Van Production’s documentary, The Pig Farm.

    Reference
    Sentencing decision: R v Robert William Pickton [2007] BCSC 2039

    • 27 min
    Episode 13: Piggy’s palace part 1

    Episode 13: Piggy’s palace part 1

    Over 60 sex workers go missing in Vancouver.

    Robert Pickton is a pig farmer. There are stories of bloodied women's clothes on his farm and even a dead body hanging in a barn. But this isn’t enough for the police to search his property. Could he be to blame?

    On this episode of Bad People, presenters Julia Shaw and Sofie Hagen discuss research on why people don’t always tell the truth and often retract police statements.

    This case is broken into two episodes. This is part one.

    Warning: This episode contains strong language and references to sexual violence and murder.

    Presenters: Julia Shaw and Sofie Hagen
    Producer: Caroline Steel
    Assistant producer: Simona Rata
    Editor: Rami Tzabar
    Music: Matt Chandler

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    • 31 min
    Episode 12: Ward four

    Episode 12: Ward four

    Hospitals are places of safety, where staff help people to get better. So the parents of four children left in the care of Beverley Allitt never imagined that she’d harm them. The 22 year old nurse was convicted of their murders and harming 9 others on Ward Four at the Grantham and Kesteven hospital in Lincolnshire in 1991.

    Police worked out that Allitt was the only person present for all of the unexplained collapses and that she had reported the key to the insulin fridge missing.

    Childhood friends and nurses she trained with later told of her self-harm and bizarre behaviour including finding faeces in the fridge.
    In this episode of Bad People, presenters Julia Shaw and Sofie Hagen discuss the self-harming seen in Munchausen Syndrome - and how it can develop into Munchausen by Proxy - where a caregiver induces or fabricates a child’s illness. They ask: could Allitt have been stopped earlier?

    Warning: This episode contains strong language and references to violence against children.

    Presenters: Julia Shaw and Sofie Hagen
    Producer: Paula McGrath
    Assistant producer: Simona Rata
    Editor: Rami Tzabar
    Music: Matt Chandler
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    Archive credits: This episode contains audio from Real Stories, Sky, ITV.

    • 37 min
    Episode 11: Plant pot killer

    Episode 11: Plant pot killer

    People have been going missing from Toronto’s Gay Village since the 70s.

    The gay community claims that the police are not taking the disappearances seriously enough.

    The pieces start to fall into place when one man goes missing and leaves a diary entry for that day saying “Bruce”. Police survey a Bruce McArther, a gardener and mall Santa. When they see him enter his flat with another man, they break the door down only to find a man handcuffed to his bed.
    On this episode of Bad People, presenters Julia Shaw and Sofie Hagen uncover why there are very few serial killers over the age of 40, and why people from vulnerable populations are less likely to be reported missing.

    Warning: This episode contains strong language and references to sexual violence, and murder.



    Presenters: Julia Shaw and Sofie Hagen
    Producer: Caroline Steel
    Assistant producer: Simona Rata
    Editor: Rami Tzabar
    Music: Matt Chandler
    #BadPeople_BBC

    Archive credits: This episode includes audio from CBC, Global News and W5.

    • 35 min
    Bad People is back

    Bad People is back

    Murderers. Psychopaths. Sex offenders. Why do people do bad things? Bad People is back.

    Warning: Contains strong language and references to sexual violence and murder.

    Archive credits: This episode contains audio from CTV Television network and Global News.

    Producer: Caroline Steel

    Assistant producer: Simona Rata

    Editor: Rami Tzabar

    Music: Matt Chandler

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    • 2 min
    Episode 10: Fake it till you make it

    Episode 10: Fake it till you make it

    Elizabeth Holmes is the world’s youngest self made female billionaire. But her nine billion dollar startup disintegrated when the truth came out.

    On this episode of Bad People, presenters Julia Shaw and Sofie Hagen discuss how to tell if someone is trustworthy or not. Also, why we are so easily fooled by a pretty face and false promises.

    Warning: This episode contains strong language and references to sexual violence and child abuse.

    Presenters: Julia Shaw and Sofie Hagen

    Producers: Caroline Steel and Simona Rata

    Editor: Rami Tzabar

    Music: Matt Chandler
    Archive credits: This episode contains audio from CBS News

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
215 Ratings

215 Ratings

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