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Mens Rea is the legal principle of intent that must be proved in a number of crimes, such as murder. It means literally, "guilty mind". Mens Rea Podcast explores the most notorious crimes from Ireland and the UK and the court cases that followed. Join your host, Sinead, every fortnight when a new case is discussed.

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Mens Rea is the legal principle of intent that must be proved in a number of crimes, such as murder. It means literally, "guilty mind". Mens Rea Podcast explores the most notorious crimes from Ireland and the UK and the court cases that followed. Join your host, Sinead, every fortnight when a new case is discussed.

    137 - A Legacy of Violence: Derek Benson

    137 - A Legacy of Violence: Derek Benson

    In the middle of the night on the 13th May, 2000, a flat in Ballymun was set alight. Inside, the body of Derek Benson was found. But his cause of death had nothing to do with the inferno in his bedroom. He had been brutally killed with a blade.
    The garda investigation into his murder would not only identify his killers, but a litany of abuse and violence that would continue long after the trial had concluded.

    This episode was researched and written by Aileen Spearin.
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    Theme Music:
    Quinn’s Song: The Dance Begins Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
    Additional Music:   Allemande (Sting) by Wahneta Meixsell. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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    Sources:
    “Revenge”, book by Ken Foxe
    Barbara Clinton, “Gardai appeal for public help in murder probe”, Irish Examiner, May 15th 2000
    “Ballymun killing a gangland message”, Evening Herald, May 15th 2000
    Bernie O’Toole, “Copycat flat death man had horrific injuries”, Irish Independent, May 15th 2000
    Caroline O’Doherty, “Plea for help in hunt for savage killer”, Irish Examiner, May 16th 2000
    Caroline O’Doherty, “Witness to killing sought by gardai”, Irish Examiner, May 17th 2000
    “Drugged, tortured and killed for £300”, Evening Herald, May 19th 2000
    Caroline O’Doherty, “Man charged with murder of stabbed father”, Irish Examiner, May 19th 2000
    Tom Brady, “Man charged after frenzied knife murder”, Irish Independent, May 19th 2000
    “Woman brought in for questioning”, Irish Examiner, May 23rd 2000
    Tim Healy, “Woman charged with flat murder”, Evening Herald, May 23rd 2000
    Liz Walsh, “Hired sword death horror”, Jan 13th 2004
    For a full list of sources, please see mensreapod.com

    • 48 min
    Bonus: GT - Kitty Carroll

    Bonus: GT - Kitty Carroll

    Kitty Carroll was killed by Michael Murphy in Drogheda in 1983 - he would go on to kill again. 

    This episode was originally posted to Patreon as a bonus episode in March 2022. Hang in there while I continue to try to get back on track with my work schedule.
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    Music:
    Kevin McLeod, Quinns Song : The Dance Begins. (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
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    Sources:
    “Woman is strangled by mugger” in The Evening Press (21 October 1983) p. 7.
    “Remanded on death charge” in The Evening Herald (28 October 1983) p. 17.
    “Murder case man remanded” in The Irish Press (29 October 1983) p. 6.
    “Murder charge remand” in The Drogheda Independent (4 November 1983) p. 5.
    “Murder charge man remanded” in The Irish Independent (19 November 1983) p. 7.
    “Remanded on murder charge” in The Drogheda Independent (27 January 1984) p. 3.
    “Murder charge concern” in The Drogheda Independent (17 February 1984) p. 5.
     For a full list of sources please see mensreapod.com

    • 33 min
    136 - David Byrne: Murder in a Dark Corner

    136 - David Byrne: Murder in a Dark Corner

    In March of 2011, 19 year old David Byrne set out to meet someone near to his home in Drimnagh, Dublin City. Little did he know that he was walking into a trap. A panicked chase was caught on CCTV, but the final attack occurred in a dark corner out of sight of any cameras. Could his killer be identified from the footage?
    This episode was researched and written by Aileen Spearin.
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    Theme Music:
    Quinn’s Song: The Dance Begins Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
    Additional Music:   Allemande (Sting) by Wahneta Meixsell. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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    Sources:
    DPP vs Marcus Kirwan appeal doc, available on Vlex
    Ireland Young and Dumb Episode 3, TV3 documentary, available on YouTube
    Tom Brady and Patricia McDonagh, “Teen chased down and stabbed to death by gang”, Irish Independent, March 21st 2011
    Ann Murphy, “Manhunt for gang after Dublin teen is murdered”, Evening Echo, March 21st 2011
    Tom Brady and Shane Hickey, “Murdered teen’s stabbing death is not linked to gangland feud”, Irish Independent, March 22nd 2011
    Cormac Murphy, “Gardai prepare to arrest four teen knife killers”, Evening Herald, March 22nd 2011
    Tom Brady, “Teens aged 13 held over fatal stabbing of young man”, Irish Independent, March 23rd 2011
    Clodagh Sheehy, “Two 13 year olds held over fatal knife attack”, Evening Herald, March 23rd 2011
    Cormac O’Keefe, “Seven teenagers held in murder hunt”, Irish Examiner, March 23rd 2011
    Tom Brady, “Young man was murdered over €2000 owed to drug dealers”, Irish Independent, March 24th 2011

    For a full list of sources, please see mensreapod.com

    • 41 min
    135: The Superglue killer: The murder of Julie Tennant

    135: The Superglue killer: The murder of Julie Tennant

    In August 2000, 21 year old Julie Tennant went missing from her home in Ballymena. Her parents searched desperately for her, while RUC officers began a search for her. They eventually identified a man she had last been seen with - but when he heard police were searching his home he went on the run.
    This episode was researched and written by Aileen Spearin.
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    Theme Music:
    Quinn’s Song: The Dance Begins Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
    Additional Music:   Allemande (Sting) by Wahneta Meixsell. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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    Sources:
    “RUC renews missing plea”, Belfast Newsletter, Aug 12th 2000
    Maureen Coleman, “Parents in appeal for missing daughter”, Belfast Telegraph, Aug 15th 2000
    Martin Breen “RUC seal house in hunt for lost Julie”, Belfast Telegraph, Aug 22nd 2000
    Martin Breen, “Search for Julie, man is arrested”, Belfast Telegraph, Aug 24th 2000
    “Missing Julie man quizzed”, Belfast Newsletter, Aug 24th 2000
    Ciaran McGuigan “Agony for Julie family as body discovered”, Belfast Telegraph, Aug 25th 2000
    For a full list of sources, please visit www.mensreapod.com

    • 44 min
    Listen Now: 48 Hours

    Listen Now: 48 Hours

    One of television's most popular true-crime series is now adapted for your ears with the “48 Hours” podcast. Every week, award-winning CBS News correspondents investigate the most intriguing crime and justice cases. Here’s a preview of a new “48 Hours” episode, “The Night of
    the Idaho Student Murders”. "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant sits down with family members of Kaylee Goncalves and Xana Kernodle, two of the four University of Idaho students shockingly murdered the night of November 13, 2022. You can hear the rest of this episode on the “48 Hours” podcast from CBS News. For even more “48 Hours”, listen to the new “Post Mortem” series every Tuesday, where the correspondents and producers share their first hand experiences reporting on the compelling cases they cover.
    Listen to 48 Hours ad-free right now by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts: Wondery.fm/48_MR

    • 8 min
    134 - A Question of Self Defence: The murder of Leslie Kenny

    134 - A Question of Self Defence: The murder of Leslie Kenny

    Just after 10am, on Wednesday the 29th July 2008, shots rang out on a busy residential road in Kilrush, Co Clare. Two men who lived on the street, Leslie Kenny and Brendan O'Sullivan, had exchanged words, and by the end of that interaction, one of them was lying dead in a front garden.
    This episode was researched and written by Aileen Spearin.
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    Theme Music:
    Quinn’s Song: The Dance Begins Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
    Additional Music:   Allemande (Sting) by Wahneta Meixsell. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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    Sources:
    DPP V Brendan O’Sullivan appeal document
    “20 months in jail for heroin addict”, Irish Independent, Oct 4th 2003
    Gordon Deegan, “Widespread heroin use may increase in Clare”, Clare Champion, Oct 10th 2003
    Gordon Deegan, “Man faces charge over threatening behaviour in court case”, Irish Independent, Sep 29th 2005
    Gordon Deegan, “Man charged after disturbance forced judge to suspend court”, Irish Examiner, Sep 29th 2005
    For a full list of sources, please see mensreapod.com

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
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905 Ratings

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Amazing podcast

Great content, great research, great voice. Sinead is a true talent in a deep sea of true crime podcasts. Well done!!!

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The BEST narration of all true crime podcasts

Well written and researched— and I so much appreciate the clear, professional & pleasant voice of this excellent narrator.
Update 3/24
It just gets better. Much love from the USA!

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perfection

her voice. the stories. the writing. all perfect. keep them coming and please get Ewan McGregor to play Archibald ‘Roy’ Hall in a movie. i love going back and listening to old episodes too.

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