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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.

Mens Rea: A true crime podcast Mens Rea: A true crime podcast

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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.

    Wondery Presents: The Shrink Next Door

    Wondery Presents: The Shrink Next Door

    Veteran journalist Joe Nocera’s neighbour in the Hamptons was a therapist named Ike. Ike counted celebrities and Manhattan elites as his patients. He’d host star-studded parties at his eccentric vacation house. But one summer, Joe discovered that Ike was gone and everything he’d thought he’d known about his neighbour -- and the house next door -- was wrong. 

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    • 7 min
    101 - A Few Days in May

    101 - A Few Days in May

    In early May, 1996 - three women were killed violently in their own homes in separate incidents across Ireland. It all occurred in the space of three days.




    In fact, 1996 would go on to be the year with the most violent deaths of women in recent history.

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    Sources:




    “Man gets life for murdering his wife with breadknife” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/man-gets-life-for-murdering-his-wife-with-breadknife-1.54261 (21 March 1997) p. 4.




    “Man charged with murdering woman in Darndale” in The Irish Times (6 May 1996) p. 1.




    Eugene Moloney, “Brutal killer 'ignored mother's plea for mercy'” in The Irish Independent (6 May 1996) p. 1.




    “Murder charge man remanded” in The Irish Times (11 May 1996) p. 10.




    “Woman ran from home after stabbing, court told” in The Irish Times (14 March 1997) p. 4.




    Mary Carolan, “Court told husband planned murder of his wife” in The Irish Independent (14 March 1997) p. 12.




    “Murder accused's illness halts trial” in The Irish Times (15 March 1997) p. 4.




    Susan McKay, “Man denies murder of wife in Darndale” in The Sunday Tribune (16 March 1997) p. 7




    “Girlfriend says accused man spoke of killing his wife” in The Irish Times (19 March 1997) p. 6.




    Mary Carolan, “Murder trial told of stab wounds” in The Evening Herald (11 March 1997) p. 11.




    “Husband accepts responsibility for stabbing his wife” in The Irish Times (20 March 1997) p. 4.




    “Man gets life for murdering his wife with breadknife” in The Irish Times (21 March 1997) p. 4.




    Mary Carolan, “Husband given life for murdering wife” in The Irish Independent (21 March 1997) p. 3.




    Alan O'Keefe, “Girl with the green eyes” in The Evening Herald (2 March 1997) p. 2




    “Conviction for murder of wife upheld” in The Irish Times(14 July 1998) p. 4.




    Nuala Haughey, “Man charged with women's death” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/man-charged-with-women-s-deaths-1.47254 (9 May 1996)




    Paul Cullen, “Three women die violently in week prison body admits Mountjoy crisis” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/three-women-die-violently-in-week-prison-body-admits-mountjoy-crisis-1.47970 (11 May 1996)




    Susan McKay, “A deadly power game” in The Sunday Tribune(23 March 1997) p. 14.“Man charged with murder in Laois” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/man-charged-with-murder-in-laois-1.47228(9 May 1996)




    “Man phoned gardai after he shot mother in the back, court told” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/man-phoned-gardai-after-he-shot-mother-in-the-back-court-told-1.44967 (21 February 1997) p. 4




    “Man found guilty but insane of murdering his mother” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/man-found-guilty-but-insane-of-murdering-his-mother-1.45393 (22 February 1997) p. 4.




    “Murder accused too ill to attend court” in The Irish Times (15 June

    • 49 min
    Introducing: Shadow of Truth

    Introducing: Shadow of Truth

    It’s one of the most haunting murder cases you’ll ever hear about, and it takes place in a small town in Israel.

    Tair Rada was only 13-years-old when her body was found inside a locked bathroom stall. She was viciously murdered during a school day, and yet no one saw or heard a thing. The police arrested the janitor, Roman Zadorov, and he eventually confessed, but this was far from being the end of it.

    Based on the hit true-crime series from Netflix, the podcast "Shadow of Truth" will take you on a journey into one of the wildest and most contested murder cases in the history of Israel, as it reaches its final resolution, 15 years after it all started.


    Listen to Shadow of Truth http://wondery.fm/SOT_MensReaPod

    • 7 min
    100 - Provocation & the Gay Panic defence

    100 - Provocation & the Gay Panic defence

    There has been a lot of progress in relation to equal rights and protections for members of the LGBTQ+ in Ireland. However, despite decriminalisation in 1993, and the passage of Marriage Equality in 2015, there is still much to do. In addition to requiring effective hate speech legislation, the defence of provocation does allow a person accused of murder to claim that a romantic or sexual advance by an LGBTQ+ person resulted in a loss of control leading to the killing of that person.




    In this episode, we explore cases where this partial defence was employed at trial and appeal: the killing of John Roche in 1982, the murder of Gerard Hackett in 2002, and the kidnap and murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming in 1998. 







    Reasearch & Writing by Eileen MacFarlene of the Crimelapse Podcast 







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    • 58 min
    99 - Loose Threads: The murder of Deborah Robinson

    99 - Loose Threads: The murder of Deborah Robinson

    In 1980, 19 year old Deborah Robinson took a bus from her home in Belfast down to Dublin for the day. She never returned. Her body was found in ditch in rural Co. Kildare, and launched a huge murder investigation. It looked like the case might go cold after a year went by with no breaks in the case. 



    But some loose threads lead investigators to a new suspect.




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    Sources:




    “Hunt for killer of Belfast girl” in The Belfast Telegraph(10 September 1980) p. 1, 4.

    “Check on bus passengers in murder hunt” in The Irish Times(11 September 1980) p. 1

    “Deborah 'met someone in Dundalk'” in The Belfast Telegraph(11 September 1980) p. 1, 4.

    Michael MacConnell, “Belfast girl may have known killer” in The Irish Times (12 September 1980) p. 1

    “Murder hunt: student held” in The Belfast Telegraph(12 September 1980) p. 1

    “Man quizzed in murder hunt” in The Newcastle Evening Chronicle (13 September 1980) p. 1

    “Deborah murder: man is still held” in The Belfast Telegraph(13 September 1980) p. 1.

    Dymphna Curley, “RUC interview couple who spoke to Deborah” in The Belfast Telegraph (15 September 1980) p. 1.

    Michael Devine, “Deborah: police review clues” in The Belfast Telegraph (16 September 1980) p. 4.

    “Gardai step up murder inquiries” in The Irish Times(16 September 1980) p. 1.

    “Deborah's mother talks to Swords man” in The Belfast Telegraph(17 September 1980) p. 11.

    “Gardai renew murder appeal” in The Belfast Telegraph(25 September 1980) p. 1.

    “Gardai in murder hunt search canal” in The Belfast Telegraph(26 September 1980) p. 13.

    Michael Devine, “Family of missing Eire girl fear 'Deborah' fate” in The Belfast Telegraph (2 October 1980) p. 1.

    “Garda seek sex killer after girl found strangled” in The Belfast Telegraph (7 November 1980) p. 5.

    “Fibres clue in hunt for Belfast girl's killer” in The Belfast Telegraph(12 December 1980) p. 3.

    “Gardai get new clues on murder” in The Irish Times(12 December 1980) p. 1.

    “Murder inquiry 'opened up again'” in The Irish Times(19 December 1980) p. 6.

    “Dead girl's parents hit out at authorities” in The Belfast Telegraph(23 July 1981) p. 4.

    Michael Devine, “One year on and the trail to Deborah's killer has gone cold” in The Belfast Telegraph(9 September 1981) p. 4

    Michael Devine, “Belfast man in court on Deborah murder charge” in The Belfast Telegraph(3 December 1981) p. 1.

    “Man in day trip death case remanded” in The Belfast Telegraph(10 December 1981) p. 12.

    Michael Devine, “Murder probe 'one of gardai's biggest'” in The Belfast Telegraph(4 January 1982) p. 4.

    “Suicide threat of murder accused” in The Belfast Telegraph(16 January 1982) p. 5.

    “Deborah charge: bail not sought” in The Belfast Telegraph(30 January 1982) p. 3.

    “Court told how date trip girl was found dead in Kildare ditch” in The Belfast Telegraph(22 March 1982) p. 1, 4.

    “Man pleads not guilty to Belfast girl's murder” in The Irish Times(23 March 1982) p. 11.

    “Deborah died from strangulation – doctor” in The Belfast Telegraph(24 March 1982) p. 4.

    “Murdered gi

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Introducing: This Is Actually Happening

    Introducing: This Is Actually Happening

    What would you do if a singular moment changed your life forever? This is Actually Happening is a weekly podcast from Wondery that features extraordinary life changing stories told by the people who lived them. We’ve all had powerful moments in our lives that have given us the feeling of, “Nothing is ever going to be the same.” This is Actually Happening explores these moments head-on.

    These immersive, gripping stories will have you on the edge of your seat, waiting to hear what will happen next.

    This is just a preview of This is Actually Happening, but you can listen to the full episode at wondery.fm/TIAH_MensRea

    • 9 min

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