Have you ever seen a dead body?
People find dead bodies everywhere, under floorboards, inside chimneys, and in their homes. They’re at crime scenes, disaster scenes and in morgues. There have been dead bodies on the red carpet, in cannibals’ dens, and even advertised in the classifieds.
In this series, experienced crime and court reporter Sharnelle Vella, and veteran radio host Dee Dee Dunleavy look at where dead bodies have been found, how they got there, and most importantly, the effect on people who found them.
We talk to people who deal with death daily as part of their jobs, and people who weren’t prepared for the shock of finding a dead body.
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Ep 126 - Harold Shipman, Sylvia Likens
Harold Frederick Shipman (14 January 1946 – 13 January 2004), known to acquaintances as Fred Shipman, was an English general practitioner who is believed to be one of the most prolific serial killers in modern history. On 31 January 2000, he was found guilty of the murder of 15 patients under his care; his total number of victims was approximately 250. Shipman was sentenced to life imprisonment with the recommendation that he never be released. He died by suicide, hanging himself in his cell at HM Prison Wakefield, West Yorkshire on 13 January 2004, a day before his 58th birthday.
Sylvia Marie Likens (January 3, 1949 – October 26, 1965) was an American teenager who was tortured and murdered by her caregiver, Gertrude Baniszewski, many of Baniszewski's children, and several of their neighborhood friends. This abuse incrementally lasted for three months before Likens died from her extensive injuries and malnourishment on October 26 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Likens was increasingly neglected, belittled, sexually humiliated, beaten, starved, lacerated, and dehydrated by her tormentors. Her autopsy showed 150 wounds across her body, including several burns and receded skin. Through intimidation, her younger sister, Jenny, was occasionally forced to participate in her mistreatment. The official cause of her death was determined to be a homicide caused by a combination of subdural hematoma and shock, complicated by severe malnutrition.
Ep 125 - Bobbie Jo Stinnett, and Martin van Butchell
The body of pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett was found in her home in Missouri in 2004. Her unborn foetus had been cut from her womb. The killer, Lisa Marie Montgomery, was put to death by lethal injection in January 2021.
Martin van Butchell was an eccentric British dentist who put his dead wife on display. Was it for love, to attract customers, or because of a clause in a marriage contract?
Ep 124 - Candace Newmaker, and Sharnelle in Quarantine
Ten-year-old Candace Newmaker was killed during a bizarre therapy session designed to help her bond with her adoptive mother. She was suffocated by so-called therapists who were trying to force her to be “reborn”.
We find Sharnelle in hotel quarantine after her stint reporting from Japan. She shares what makes her embarrassed daily as her meals are delivered.
Ep 123 - Owen Pellow and Death on the Stairs
How would you behave if your partner had just been stabbed multiple times, and the police came knocking on your door? We share the police bodycam footage that captured the odd behaviour of killer Owen Pellow.
In a recent episode we looked at deaths on elevators and escalators. Now we’re making sure you never leave the ground floor, looking at deaths on stairs and in stairwells!
Ep 122 - Tia Sharp, Brooke’s Uncle John
12-year-old Tia Sharp went shopping in August 2012 in New Addington, London, England, and it was weeks before her body was found in the roof of her grandmother’s home. Suspicion fell upon the partner of Tia’s grandmother, Stuart Hazell.
We share a story from listener Brooke who found her Uncle John’s dead body.
Ep 121 - The BTK Killer Dennis Rader
“BTK” stands for “bind, torture, kill”: Dennis Lyn Rader gave himself the title. Between 1974 and 1991, Rader killed ten people in Wichita and Park City, Kansas, and sent taunting letters to police and newspapers describing the details of his crimes. It was 2005 before he was arrested and jailed for life. In this episode we hear excerpts from his police interviews.
Love the podcast - even the ‘waffle’ - the extra conversation is what makes it Dead Bodies. Interesting stories - feel like you’re in a cafe chatting with friends
My new favourite podcast!
I am now at the 40th episode and I can’t wait to listen to the rest! I love how real the girls are and that my daughter and I can listen to together. NICE THINGS! ❤️
Used to be good ...
... but I’ve had to unsubscribe now due to *endless* interruptions and waffle. I think they believe they are being funny but to the listener, it’s just unprofessional and annoying. The final straw for me came when there was deliberate open-mouthed chewing of almonds into the microphone - a sound no one wants to hear when wearing earbuds. Just awful. I won’t miss Charnelle’s vacuousness - how can someone be so thick sometimes? Avoid.