135 episodes

Crime World, with Nicola Tallant, is a weekly Irish podcast about criminals, drugs and the sins of the underworld. Discussing the real stories, and the real people, behind the grisly headlines.

Crime World Nicola Tallant

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

Crime World, with Nicola Tallant, is a weekly Irish podcast about criminals, drugs and the sins of the underworld. Discussing the real stories, and the real people, behind the grisly headlines.

    Crime World Long Read: 'Fat' Freddie - The violent story of Ireland's most feared mobster(Part 1)

    Crime World Long Read: 'Fat' Freddie - The violent story of Ireland's most feared mobster(Part 1)

    Nicola Tallant tells the story of 'Fat' Freddie Thompson, one of Ireland's most-feared mobsters.

    From his rise as a street fighter in Dublin to becoming the head of a gangland murder machine, we retrace the violent steps he took on his rise to power and how gardai finally ended his bloody reign of terror.

    • 47 min
    Episode 64: The brutal and bloody reign of 'Border Fox' Dessie O'Hare

    Episode 64: The brutal and bloody reign of 'Border Fox' Dessie O'Hare

    Former businessman Jimmy Mansfield Jnr went to jail this week, convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice by directing that CCTV footage be destroyed.

    The conviction centres around the kidnap of one of his late father’s employees, Martin Byrne. And while Mansfield Jnr was acquitted of involvement in the abduction, six men, led by terrorists Dessie O’Hare and Declan ‘Whacker' Duffy, have been convicted - and a judge has said Mansfield knowingly engaged them to help recover his assets lost in the 2008 economic crash.

    At the heart of the Mansfield trial was the story that Byrne told in the witness box of the day he came face to face with O’Hare – and how it changed his life for good.

    But who is Dessie O’Hare and what other lives has he crossed in a five decade criminal career? Nicola Tallant talks to Fr. Brian D’Arcy about his dealings with O’Hare during the kidnap of his friend the dentist John O’Grady. He recalls an incredible story that has stayed with him all his life and relives the day he too believed he was set to become a victim of the 'Border Fox'.

    • 40 min
    Episode 63: The spectacular downfall of Celtic Tiger playboy Jim Mansfield jnr

    Episode 63: The spectacular downfall of Celtic Tiger playboy Jim Mansfield jnr

    He was the playboy prince of the Celtic Tiger era and lived it up in a luxury mansion frequented by top models and socialites.

    But businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr is now doing porridge with common criminals after he was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

    Over the course of a year, a sensational trial heard evidence about a who's who of paramilitaries and organised crime groups brought in by Mansfield to help claw back the family wealth after the economic crash, and of the terrifying kidnap of a former employee now turned state witness.

    While Mansfield has been found not guilty of false imprisonment, his reputation lies in ruins and from his prison cell, his once gilded life must seem a million miles away.

    Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the incredible fall of Jim Mansfield Jnr.

    • 31 min
    Episode 62: The two faces of Kinahan hitman-for-hire Alan Wilson

    Episode 62: The two faces of Kinahan hitman-for-hire Alan Wilson

    He’s the hitman for hire who claims to have turned his life around - and nowadays Alan Wilson says he is writing poetry and staying away from his former gang, the Kinahans, while behind bars.

    Just weeks ago, the sinister criminal begged a judge to be lenient and claimed he would live an honest life when allowed to go free.

    But at the Special Criminal Court, Justice Tara Burns said Wilson, who has twice pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder, was involved in a ‘highly sophisticated, meticulously planned attack in front of a large group of civilians which left two victims with lifelong injuries. She gave him 10 years and refused to backdate the sentence.

    So who is Alan Wilson and has he really gone straight? Nicola Tallant talks to journalist and author Stephen Breen about the two faces of Wilson and how the callous mobster can switch from loving family man to black-hearted killer in the blink of an eye.

    • 35 min
    Episode 61: Why the fallout from the murder of Keane Mulready Woods still threatens a community

    Episode 61: Why the fallout from the murder of Keane Mulready Woods still threatens a community

    It was a brutal gangland murder that made headlines across the world. Now, two years on from the murder of 17-year-old Keane Mulready Woods, it seems an uneasy peace has descended on Drogheda.

    With two men facing trial this year for the teenager's murder, a third man due to be sentenced in relation to the disposal of his body and a number of key players in the feuding gangs behind bars or on the run, a lot has changed for the rival mobs.

    Nicola Tallant talks with Irish Independent Crime Correspondent Ken Foy, who says that despite the crackdown on organised crime and the success in breaking up two powerful gangs in the commuter town, gardai remain on high alert for a return to violence.

    • 23 min
    Episode 60: CAB target Jonathan Gill and his new 'dispute-solving' business

    Episode 60: CAB target Jonathan Gill and his new 'dispute-solving' business

    He is a well known Criminal Assets Bureau target who was once put on trial for a tiger kidnapping, but Dubliner Jonathan Gill has now launched a new venture as a conflict negotiator and says he can solve disputes in broken marriages, business upheavals and even in neighbourhood rows.

    With no major convictions, Gill says he is innocent of any involvement in crime but the courts have heard differently - and on one occasion he was described as one of Ireland’s top criminals.

    Here, Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about Gill and his new business venture.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

WayneO33 ,

Interesting informative podcast

Absolutely LuV Nicola ! Really enjoy the podcasts that deal with what’s going on across the pond…..

eye330 ,

Unshakable and determined

Taking the glamour out of organized crime and exposing it for what it is, Nicola is my hero!

pgfalls73 ,

Nicola

Fascinating accurate and well researched stories . Looking forward to hearing more .

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