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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.

    71 - A Walk in the Dark: The murder of Rachel Moran

    71 - A Walk in the Dark: The murder of Rachel Moran

    In the early hours of New Years Day 2003, Rachel Moran decided leave her parents house and make the 20 minute walk to her own flat. Her worried mother tried to stop her, but Rachel said she would be fine: she'd ring as soon as she got in.

    But the phone call never came. 

    And Rachel was never seen alive again.

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    Sources:

    Wanda Moran, The Murder of Rachel  (London: John Blake, 2011) Purchase here (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Rachel-Stranger-Murdered-Daughter-ebook/dp/B0078XGWGI/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=the+murder+of+rachel&qid=1593903221&sr=8-2)

    “Man charged with Rachel Moran murder” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/man-charged-with-rachel-moran-murder-1.459096 (30 January 2003)   

    “Man remanded over Rachel Moran murder” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/man-remanded-over-rachel-moran-murder-1.459236 (31 January 2003)

    "'Evil' man gets life for murder of student” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/evil-man-gets-life-for-murder-of-student-25928781.html (31 October 2003)   

    “'Evil' man jailed for killing student, 21” in The Independent https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/evil-man-jailed-for-killing-student-21-93942.html (31 October 2003)   

    “Parents of murder victim face more grief” in The Yorkshire Post  https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/parents-murder-victim-face-more-grief-1964918 (15 August 2010)   

    "Killer jailed for New Year murder” in The Journal http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/killer-jailed-new-year-murder-4667447 (31 October 2003)   

    Martin Wainwright, “Body in cupboard killer jailed for life” in The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/oct/31/ukcrime.martinwainwright (31 October 2003)   

    Adam Price, “Hopes fading for missing Irish girl” in The Evening Herald (13 January 2003) p. 18   

    Bernard Purcell, “Irish cousins of woman missing in UK” in The Irish Independent (14 January 2003) p. 4.   

    “We've never partied so hard” in The Bray People (16 January 2003) p. 1

    Michael Johns, “Huge search for Dublin girl” in The Evening Herald  (16 January 2003) p. 20   

    Michael Lavery, “Lonely birthday for missing Rachel” in The Evening Herald (17 January 2003) p. 23.   

    Michael Lavery, “More Rachel items found” in The Evening Herald (21 January 2003) p 20. 

    “Fears grow for Rachel” in The Bray People (23 January 2003) p. 8.   

    “Two quizzed as police in Rachel hunt find body” in The Irish Independent (29 January 2003) p. 8.   

    Laura Elston, “Rachel search: Police question two men after body discovered” in The Evening Herald (29 January 2003) p. 8.   

    Liz Kearney, “Hull police find Rachel's body” in The Bray People (30 January 2003) p. 3. 

    “No bail for Rachel murder accused” i

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    70 - Lives of Violence: Robert Mone

    70 - Lives of Violence: Robert Mone

    In 1967, a teacher was shot in her classroom in Dundee.

    In 1976, two men escaped a mental hospital and killed three others in the process.

    In 1979, three women were found beaten and strangled in a flat in Dundee.

    All of these horrific events had one thing in common. 

    The name Robert Mone. 

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    Sources:

    “Teacher's murder – soldier charged” in The Belfast Telegraph (2 November 1967) p. 1.   

    “Angus teacher – soldier on murder charge” in The Aberdeen Press and Journal (3 November 1967) p. 9.   

    “Schoolgirls mourn for the teacher who died” in The Daily Mirror (3 November 1967) p. 5.   

    “Soldier: more charges” in The Aberdeen Press and Journal (7 November 1967) p. 1.   

    “Insanity plea by youth accused of shooting teacher” in The Aberdeen
    Press and Journal (13 January 1968) p. 4.  

    “Gunman in Dundee classroom insane – court” in The Belfast Telegraph (23 January 1968) p. 8.   

    “Triple murder trial jury chosen” in The Aberdeen Press and Journal (26 May 1979) p. 5.   

    “Man tells of search for his missing bride” in The Aberdeen Evening Express (28 May 1979) p. 1.   

    “Court hears  of 'My son's a killer' boast” in The Aberdeen Evening Express (29 May 1979) p 7. 

    “Man denies murders” in The Aberdeen Press and Journal (29 May 1979) p. 2.   

    “Daughter (14) breaks down in murder trial” in The Aberdeen Evening Express (30 May 1979) p. 9.   

    “'My son is a murderer'” in The Aberdeen Press and Journal (30 May 1979) p. 10.   

    “Murder trial is told of drinking spree” in The Birmingham Daily Post (30 May 1979) p. 5.   

    John Duckers, “Mone had change of mind – witness” in The Aberdeen Press and Journal (31 May 1979) p. 13.   

    John Duckers, “Possible cause of wounds, says medical expert” in The Aberdeen Press and Journal (1 June 1979) p. 2.   

    “Court hears of blood on ring” in The Aberdeen Evening Press (1 June 1979) p. 3.   

    “Strange murder motive, claims crown” in The Aberdeen Evening Press (4 June 1979) p. 1.   

    “Life for killer who craved fame” in The  Birmingham Daily Post (5 June 1979) p. 5.   

    “Shock claim  by barrister in Mone case” in The Aberdeen Evening Express (23 November 1979) p. 6.   

    “Triple killer has appeal turned down” in The Aberdeen Press and Journal (24 November 1979) p. 5.   

    “Perth prisoner in eight-hour roof protest” in The Aberdeen Press and Journal (12 May 1981) p. 2.   

    “Security” in The Aberdeen Press and Journal (13 May 1981) p. 4 

    “Killer found dead: triple murderer dies after prison incident” in The Aberdeen Press and Journal  (14 January 1983) p.1   

    “Death in tea break” in The Aberdeen Press and Journal (12 May 1983) p. 13.   

    “Prisoner planned 'bl

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    Introducing: Murder in Hollywoodland

    Introducing: Murder in Hollywoodland

    It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come.

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    69 - The Emergency: The IRA, spies and the murder of Michael Devereux

    69 - The Emergency: The IRA, spies and the murder of Michael Devereux

    In 1940, 24 year old Michael Devereux disappeared from his home in Co Wexford. A year later, his body would be discovered buried in an isolated part of Co Tipperary. A number of men who were known members of the IRA found themselves accused of the murder - allegedly motivated by the belief that Devereux had been a spy among their ranks. 
    A four month legal battle ensued, which saw the use of the Emergency Powers Act passed to deal with "The Emergency" of the ongoing war in Europe used to circumvent due process and normal court procedures in order to hold the men accountable.
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    Sources: 
    “Missing Wexford man: motor car found in a pit” in The Irish Times (23 September 1941) p. 1. 
    “Co Wexford man's death: shot through the head” in The Irish Times (2 October 1941) p. 5 
    “Found buried after a year” in The Weekly Irish Times (4 October 1941) p. 1. 
    “Devereux murder trial: counsel's story of an 'amazing crime'” in The Irish Times (12 October 1941) p. 1. 
    "Devereux murder charge surprise: witnesses arrested and a prisoner discharged” in The Irish Times (11 of December 1941) p. 1, 5. 
    “Collapse of the Devereux case: Plant discharged and again detained” in The Irish Times (12 December 1941) p. 4. 
    “Devereux murder charges: Postponement of trials” in The Irish Times (23 December 1941) p. 2. 
    “Devereux murder charge: special criminal court to sit” in The Irish Times (1 January 1942) p. 6. 
    “Devereux murder charge: postponement of trial” in The Irish Times (2 January 1942) p. 3. 
    “Devereux case echo: military court to hear charge” in The Irish Times (6 January 1942) 
    “Military court sitting: Devereux case adjourned” in The Irish Times (7 January 1942) p. 3. 
    “Devereux murder charge: habeas corpus order asked in high court” in the Irish Times (14 January 1942) p. 1. 
    “Devereux murder charge: Habeas Corpus motion” in The Iris

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    68 - Mountain Mysteries: The murder of Phyllis Murphy

    68 - Mountain Mysteries: The murder of Phyllis Murphy

    Just before Christmas 1979, 23 year old Phyllis Murphy disappeared while waiting on a bus in Newbridge, Co Kildare. Her body was found in an isolated spot 25 miles away at Turlough Hill, Co Wicklow a month later. 
    After a huge search and investigation, the gardai had no leads as to who was responsible for her death.But in 1998, DNA in Phyllis' case was tested as part of Operation Trace. As a result of that, 53 year old John Crerar - a neighbour of Phyllis' remaining family - stood trial at the Dublin Central Criminal Court.
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    Sources: 
    “Missing girl search” in The Irish Times (29 December 1979) p 5. 
    “Search for woman to continue today” in The Irish Times (31 December 1979) p. 5. 
    "Murder theory in search for woman” in The Irish Times (1 January 1980) p. 5. 
    “No progress in hunt for missing girl” in The Irish Times (3 January 1980) p. 6. Willy Clingan, 
    “Hopes fade for missing woman” in The Irish Times (7 January 1980) p. 11. 
    “Search for missing woman” in The Irish Times (8 January 1980) p. 11. 
    “Gardai intensify Kildare search” in The Irish Times (10 January 1980) p. 6. 
    “Body of missing woman found” in The Irish Times (19 January 1980) p. 1. 
    “Woman found in mountains” in The Belfast Telegraph (18 January 1980) p. 4. 
    “2000 at Kildare girl's funeral” in The Irish Times (21 January 1980) p. 11 
    “Gardai in murder hunt investigate complaint” in The Irish Times (22 January 1980) p. 6. 
    “Murder inquiry: gardai seek car” in The Irish Times (28 January 1980) p. 6. 
    “Kildare girl's clothes found” in The Irish Times (30 January 1980) p. 6. 
    “Gardai step up murder inquiry” in The Irish Times (4 December 1980) p. 1. 
    “Man helps in murder inquiry” in The Irish Times (6 January 1981) p. 5. 
    “Kildare murder progress” in The Irish Times (8 January 1981) p. 7. 
    Stephen Rae and Micahel Lavery, “What Phyllis first victim?” in The Evening Herald (24 September 1998) p.p. 1,6. 
    Jim Cusack, “File on missing women are reopened” in The Irish Times (23 September 1998) p. x. 
    Senan Moloney, “Fear Stalks” in The Evening Herald (25 September 1998) p. 4. 
    George Jacob, “Warm welcome greets formation of new Garda investigation team” in The Bray People (8 October 1998) p. 13. 
    Stephen Rae, “Gardai begin probe into women 'serial killer' link” in The Irish Independent (31 October 1998) p.10 
    Jim Cusack and Roisin Ingle, “ Ex-soldier charged with murder” in The Irish Tim

    • 53 min
    67 - Honor Bright: Murder in the Free State

    67 - Honor Bright: Murder in the Free State

    In 1925, while the Irish Free State was still in it's infancy after the close of the civil war, the body of a young woman was found dead lying at a lonely cross roads in South County Dublin. Her name was Honor Bright, a woman who made her living as a sex worker in town. 
    Two men were tried for her shooting death, but was her killing a the result of her "unfortunate" status, or part of an attempt to keep scandal away from the halls of power in a newly-independent Ireland?
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    Sources:
    Patricia Hughes, Who Killed Honor Bright: How William Bulter and George Yeats cause the fall of the Irish Free State (Hues Books, 2014) 
    “Verdict of not guilty” in The Scotsman (4 February 1926) p. 9. “Dublin Murder Trial” in The Scotsman (2 February 1926) p. 10. 
    “Honor Bright: The Dublin Mountains Drama: Girl who was found shot” in Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail (2 February 1926) p. 6. 
    “Murder of a woman” in The Scotsman (7 July 1925) p. 7 
    “Sequel to murder trial” in The Northern Whig (24 February 1926) p. 7. 
    “Dublin Mountain Murders: Dillons evidence of meeting with 'Honor Bright'” in The Northern Whig and Belfast Post (4 February 1926) p. 8. 
    “Girl shot dead” inThe Ballymena Observer (24 July 1925) p. 10. 
    “Ex-police chief and doctor in dock” in The Belfast Telegraph (2 February 1926) p. 3. 
    “Sequel to shooting of woman” in The Dundee Courier (7 July 1925) p. 4. 
    “The Ticknock Murder” in The Leinster Leader (1 August 1925) p. 7 -8. 
    “Dublin murder trial: Three minute taken by jury” in The Belfast Telegraph (4 February 1926) p. 4. 
    “Honor Bright Murder” in The Belfast Telegraph (25 July 1925) p. 9 
    “Honor Bright” murder: Purcell and Dillon again in court” in The Ballymena Weekly Telegraph (1 August 1925) p. 12. 
    “Ticknock Murder: accused Acquitted: in The Wicklow People (6 February 1926) p. 10. 
    “The Ticknock murder charge: sensational evidence” in The Kildare Observer (25 July 1925) p. 6 
    “Dublin murder trial: police regulate the queue” in The Belfast Telegraph (3 February 1926) p. 9 
    “Honor Bright Murder: Bail refused to Dr Purcell” in The Belfast Telegraph (11 August 1925) p. 9. 
    “The murder of Honor Bright: Dr Purcell's application for bail refused” in The Londonderry Sentinel (13 August 1925) p. 6. 
    “The Ticknock murder charge: medical evidence” in The Kildare Observer (18 July 1925) p. 5. 
    “Dublin's darker side” the Honor Bright” murder” in The Ballymena Weekly Telegraph (25 July 1925) p. 12 
    “Not Guilty: Close of Ticknock trial” in The Leinster Leader (6 February

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