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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.

    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
    98 - A Question of Disorder: The murders of Anne & Annie Gillespie

    98 - A Question of Disorder: The murders of Anne & Annie Gillespie

    In 1988, Anne Gillespie was 18 years old. She was looking forward to embarking on adult life. There was just one problem - her boyfriend of over three years had begun to behave horribly. She decided to end things. Her boyfriend, 22 year old John Gallagher, decided that if Anne would no longer speak to him, he'd kill her. 




    John also shot Anne's mother, Annie.




    No one could have predicted it, nor could they have known about the 24 years the two families would spend in and out of court.

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    Sources:




    Michael Finlan, “Gardai wait to interview man in hospital” in The Irish Times (20 September 1988) p. 1




    “Donegal man on murder charge” in The Irish Times (22 September 1988) p. 1.




    “Man to face murder charge” in The Irish Times (14 January 1989) p. 12




    “Man accused of double killing was jilted by girlfriend” in The Irish Times (12 July 1989) p. 8




    'Killer 'told man to run for his life'” in The Irish Times (13 July 1989) p. 12.




    “Man was 'taking big doses of slimming pills' before shooting” in The Irish Times (14 July 1989) p. 10.




    “Trial told of 'love tape' sent to victim of shooting” in The Irish Times (15 July 1989) p. 8.




    “Killer's judgement 'impaired' court told” in The Irish Times (18 July 1989) p. 8.




    “Man 'was not mentally ill' during Sligo shootings” in The Irish Times (19 July 1989) p. 12.




    “Jury finds Gallagher guilty but insane” in The Irish Times (20 July 1989) p. 7.




    Maol Muire Tynan, “Murder girl had sought to end relationship” in The Irish Times (20 July 1989) p. 7.




    Mary Maher, “Law on 'guilty but insane' verdicts to be challenged” in The Irish Times (31 July 1989) p. 1.




    “Protest over move to release killer” in The Irish Times (23 Janaury 1990) p. 5.




    “Murder victim's family seek hearing at appeal” in The Irish Times (30 January 1990) p. 10.




    “Apllication to free killer adjourned by judge” in The Irish Times (27 February 1990) p. 8




    “Alter 'guilty but insane' law – psychiatrist” in The Irish Times (25 June 1990) p. 2.




    “Application to free killer unresolved” in The Irish Times (28 July 1990) p. 14.




    “Double killer now sane, court told” in The Irish Times (31 July 1990) p. 4




    “Lawyers differ in 'guilty but insane' case” in The Irish Times (17 October 1990) p. 4.




    “Judge declines to release Gallagher” in The Irish Times (15 December 1990) p. 4.




    Paul Carney, “Applicaiton of 1883 law has divided High Court judges” in The Irish Times (15 December 1990) p. 4.




    “Court to consider Gallagher challenge” in The Irish Times (18 December 1990) p. 13




    “Gallagher appeal date fixed” in The Irish Times (19 December 1990) p. 3.




    “Supreme Court opens Gallagher appeal” in The Irish Times (23 January 1991) p. 16




    “Court reserves judgment in Gallagehr case” in The Irish Times (24 january 1991) p. 5.




    “Gallagher case referred to Government” in The Irish Times (13 February 1991) p. 4.




    Paul Carney, “Gallagher decision now up to Government” in The Irish Times (13 February 1991) p. 11.




    “Man in double killing gets ruling on detention” in The Irish Times (16 may 1991) p. 5.




    Padraig Yeates, “Cases highlight urgency o

    • 1 hr 12 min
    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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    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:





    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-is-boring/ 19 November 2016



    "Bodger", “It became apparent many original documents,  including

    • 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

    • 1 hr 3 min
    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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    Theme Music:




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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

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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…

GataBlancaTara ,

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!

I have unsubscribed. I want to like this but the longer I listen, the more tedious it gets. The voice is nearly robotic and she just seems to be reading from a script. No connection to audience. I do not want the banter but I can’t take this monotone point by point either. Just something missing.

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