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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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    • 4.8 • 784 Ratings

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.

    Bonus: The Killing of Fr Niall Molloy

    Bonus: The Killing of Fr Niall Molloy

    In the course of researching the assassination of Veronica Guerin, I came across the mention of files stolen from the offices of the Director of Public Prosecution by Martin Cahill (The General) and his gang. John Traynor told reporter Paul Williams that one in particular, the file relating to the investigation of the death of Fr Niall Molloy, was used in a trade to get him out of charges for receiving stolen goods.




    Why in the world was this file so important? I had to know. And so this week, we have the bizarre tale of the unsolved murder of Father Niall Molloy. Fr Molloy was murdered in the home of his friends and business associates, the Flynn's, in the summer of July 1985, a day after the wedding of one of the daughters.




    No one has ever been convicted of his murder.

    Find the new RTE documentary on Fr Niall's death here   (#notanad)




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    Sources:





    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atyrR3jxEtA  - Today, tonight, RTE, 1987

    Maresa Fagan, Fr Niall Molloy: “Truth out there' as chapter in unsolved death closes” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/fr-niall-molloy-truth-out-there-as-chapter-in-unsolved-death-closes-1.2989386 25 February 2017

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Niall_Molloy



    Gemma O'Doherty, “Truth about FR Molloy's murder will rock the State” in The Sunday Independent https://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/gemma-odoherty-truth-about-fr-molloys-murder-will-rock-the-state-28904708.html 22 November 2012



    'On the day of his death, Fr Niall said he was dreading going over to the Flynns” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/on-the-day-of-his-death-fr-niall-said-he-was-dreading-going-over-to-the-flynns-26692151.html 23 October 2010



    Paul Reynolds, “GSOC critical of failure to keep Molloy documents” in RTE NEWS  https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/0709/977506-fr-niall-molloy/ 10 July 2018



    Aoife Barry  “Call for judicial inquiry into death of Fr Niall Molloy” in TheJournal.ie http://www.thejournal.ie/judicial-inquiry-fr-niall-molloy-692242-Nov2012/ 27 November 2012



    Colin Maher, “Who Rid Them of this Troublesome Priest?” in Broadsheet.ie https://www.broadsheet.ie/2013/08/23/the-troublesome-priest/ 23 August 2013



    Michael Clifford, “Why was a priest killed in a couple's bedroom at an unholy hour?” in The Irish Examiner https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/analysis/why-was-a-priest-killed-in-a-couples-bedroom-at-an-unholy-hour-855138.html  14 July 2018



    Eavan Murray, “'I know who murdered my uncle' : Probe into Fr Niall Molloy's death” in The Sun https://www.thesun.ie/archives/irish-news/25065/i-know-who-murdered-my-uncle/ 11 April 2015



    David Langwallner, “Law is Boring – Trials are Fun” in The Village Magazine https://villagemagazine.ie/index.php/2016/11/law-

    • 41 min
    97 - Part Two: With Impunity

    97 - Part Two: With Impunity

    7 years apart, two young and vulnerable teenaged girls went missing - Arlene Arkinson in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1994 and Hannah Williams in London in 2001.




    The similarities in their cases were no coincidence, but would their murderer ever truly face justice?

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    Sources:
    “Clothes provide clue to body's identity” from BBC Newshttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1883208.stm(20 March 2002)




    “Man questioned over cement works death” from BBC Newshttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1889567.stm(24 March 2002)




    “Cement works body named” from BBC Newshttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1896508.stm(27 March 2002)




    “Man held over Hannah murder” from BBC Newshttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1994353.stm(17 May 2002)




    “Hannah murder charge” from BBC Newshttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1995453.stm(19 May 2002)




    “Man remanded over Hannah murder” from BBC Newshttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1995453.stm(20 May 2002)




    “Girl's killer serves life in jail” from BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/kent/4263918.stm(20 September 2005)




    “Day Kathleen's world turned upside down” in The Belfast Telegraphhttps://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/imported/day-kathleens-world-turned-upside-down-28373563.html(5 July 2008)




    Gail Walker, “Missing girl's sister in bid to end rumours” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/imported/missing-girls-sister-in-bid-to-end-rumours-28372063.html(5 July 2008)




    “Police defend Arkinson house search” in The Belfast Telegraphhttps://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/imported/police-defend-arkinson-house-search-28383547.html(5 July 2008)




    “RUC is sued after Arkinson home search” in The Belfast Telegraphhttps://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/imported/ruc-is-sued-after-arkinson-home-search-28375523.html(5 July 2008)

    For a full list of sources see mensreapod.com

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    Introducing - Dr. Death Season 3: Miracle Man

    Introducing - Dr. Death Season 3: Miracle Man

    Paolo is a smart and handsome surgeon, renowned for his ability to perform surgeries that transform his patients’ lives. When television producer Benita covers him for a story, he’ll transform her life too, but not in the ways she expects.

    As Benita crosses professional lines to be with him, she learns how far Paolo will go to protect his secrets. And halfway around the world, four doctors at a prestigious medical institute make shocking discoveries of their own that call everything into question.

     From Wondery comes Season Three of the hit podcast, Dr. Death. MIRACLE MAN tells the story of a globe-trotting surgeon who seduces the medical world, and sweeps one woman off her feet. Hosted by Laura Beil.

     Listen to Dr. Death Season 3: Miracle Man: http://wondery.fm/DDS3_MensRea 

    • 7 min
    97 - Part One: With Impunity

    97 - Part One: With Impunity

    7 years apart, two young and vulnerable teenaged girls went missing - Arlene Arkinson in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1994 and Hannah Williams in London in 2001.




    The similarities in their cases were no coincidence, but would their murderer ever truly face justice?




    Part Two of this series is out in one week's time. 




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    Sources:




    “Clothes provide clue to body's identity” from BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1883208.stm(20 March 2002)




    “Man questioned over cement works death” from BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1889567.stm(24 March 2002)




    “Cement works body named” from BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1896508.stm(27 March 2002)




    “Man held over Hannah murder” from BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1994353.stm(17 May 2002)




    “Hannah murder charge” from BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1995453.stm(19 May 2002)




    “Man remanded over Hannah murder” from BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1995453.stm(20 May 2002)




    “Girl's killer serves life in jail” from BBC News   http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/kent/4263918.stm(20 September 2005)




    “Day Kathleen's world turned upside down” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/imported/day-kathleens-world-turned-upside-down-28373563.html(5 July 2008)




    Gail Walker, “Missing girl's sister in bid to end rumours” in The Belfast Telegraph  https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/imported/missing-girls-sister-in-bid-to-end-rumours-28372063.html(5 July 2008)




    “Police defend Arkinson house search” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/imported/police-defend-arkinson-house-search-28383547.html(5 July 2008)




    “RUC is sued after Arkinson home search” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/imported/ruc-is-sued-after-arkinson-home-search-28375523.html(5 July 2008)




    “Arlene hunt scaled down” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/imported/arlene-hunt-scaled-down-28376434.html(5 July 2008)




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

    • 59 min
    96 - Nicola Furlong: Murder in the Land of the Rising Sun

    96 - Nicola Furlong: Murder in the Land of the Rising Sun

    In May of 2012, Nicola Furlong and her best friend Sarah were enjoying an exciting year on Erasmus in a university in Japan. On the night of the 23rd, the two Wexford girls hit the town to see a Nicki Minaj concert that was on in Tokyo.




    But after missing their last train home, their care-free night out would end in disaster.




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    Sources:




    Mark Jilliard, Luke Byrne and Brendan Furlong, “Myster as Irish exchange student Nicola Furlong found dead in Tokyo hotel room” in The Irish Independent  https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/mystery-as-irish-exchange-student-nicola-furlong-found-dead-in-tokyo-hotel-room-26857258.html(25 May 2012)




    Rowan Gallagher, “DCU student found dead in Tokyo hotel” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/dcu-student-found-dead-in-tokyo-hotel-1.523785(25 May 2012)




    Rowan Gallagher and David McNeill, “Man in custody after DCU student's death” in The Irish Times(26 May 2012) p. 6.




    Mark Hilliard and Luke Byrne, “Two men quizzed over student's death in Japan” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/two-men-quizzed-over-students-death-in-japan-26857627.html(26 May 2012)




    “Two held in Nicola killing” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/two-held-in-nicola-killing-26857826.html(27 May 2012)




    Luke Byrne, Mark Hilliard and Brendan Furlong, “Student Nicola Furlong suffered sexual assault after strangulation in Tokyo” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/student-nicola-furlong-suffered-sexual-assault-after-strangulation-in-tokyo-26858712.html(28 May 2012)




    “Two held over Irish student's death” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/breaking-news/irish-news/two-held-over-irish-students-death-26858762.html(28 May 2012)




    Danielle Demetriou “Two charged with  sex assault on murdered Nicola's friend” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/two-charged-with-sex-assault-on-murdered-nicolas-friend-26858709.html(28 May 2012)




    David McNeill, “DCU student's body flown home” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/dcu-student-s-body-flown-home-1.717712(31 May 2012)




    “Two US rappers being questioned by police” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/regionals/enniscorthyguardian/news/two-us-rappers-being-questioned-by-police-27256910.html(5 Ju

    • 1 hr 4 min
    95 - Desecration: The murder of Patricia O'Connor

    95 - Desecration: The murder of Patricia O'Connor

    In the summer of 2017, body parts were discovered strewn across the scenic landscape of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. Gardai began a wide-scale search and a murder investigation. But only days later a man presented himself at a south Dublin Garda station, confessing to the murder of his 61 year old mother in law, Patricia O'Connor.



    But was he telling the whole story? 




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    Sources:




    Cathal McMahon, Robin Schiller and Conor Feehan, “Wicklow mountains murder victim named locally and remembered as 'loving grandmother'” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/wicklow-mountains-murder-victim-named-locally-and-remembered-as-loving-grandmother-35825348.html (14 June 2017)




    “Woman whose remains were found in Wicklow mountains reported missing on June 2” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/breaking-news/irish-news/woman-whose-remains-were-found-in-wicklow-mountains-reported-missing-on-june-2-35826611.html (14 June 2017)




    Conor Lally, Conor Gallagher and Jack Power, “Gardai believe woman was killed due to long-running dispute” in The Irish Times  https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/garda%C3%AD-believe-woman-was-killed-due-to-long-running-dispute-1.3120069 (15 June 2017)




    Sean Dunne, “'It was self-defence': Man charged in Wicklow body case” in The Irish Timeshttps://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/district-court/it-was-self-defence-man-charged-in-wicklow-body-case-1.3120687 (15 June 2017)




    Robin Schiller, “Neighbours recall victim Patricia as a 'quiet, polite woman'” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/neighbours-recall-victim-patricia-as-a-quiet-polite-woman-35828219.html (15 June 2017)



    Robin Schiller and Cathal McMahon, “Wicklow Mountains killing suspect made admissions to gardai day before arrest – but was released” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/wicklow-mountains-killing-suspect-made-admissions-to-gardai-day-before-arrest-but-was-released-35828215.html (15 June 2017)




    Cathal McMahon, “Man charged in connection with the murder of Wicklow mountains victim Patricia O'Connor” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/man-charged-in-connection-with-the-murder-of-wicklow-mountains-victim-patricia-oconnor-35829219.html (15 June 2017)



    Eimear Cotter, “'It was self-defence' – man appears in court charged with the murder of Patricia O'Connor” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/it-was-self-defence-man-appears-in-court-charged-with-the-murder-of-patricia-oconnor-35829639.html (15 June 2017)




    “Wicklow shock after gruesome killing” in The Wic

    • 1 hr 37 min

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love this podcast...

it’s thorough and well written...plus the voice of the host is incredible...nothing but love and understanding for your struggles…my best to you…

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Sinead does the best Manscape ad ever!

For real ,,,she does an outstanding job telling tales of Irish ☘️ true crime. I wish I was her neighbor! Or best mate. This show is in the top5 of my “Best TC pods” from Duluth to Detroit to Dublin. She’s your girl. 💚

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Very well done.

No gimmicks, no pointless sidekick, no personal interjections—lets the facts speak for themselves. I wouldn’t mind a bit more background on some of the subjects, but OTOH, other shows overdo this and end up whitewashing the victim’s history. Whist no one deserves to be murdered, some lifestyles are at much higher risk and people do make choices. So maybe this show strikes the right balance.

Update: some episodes drag on somewhat and really do put me to sleep—which is a good thing sometimes!

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