Barry Prudom was a loner. A quiet bloke, obsessed with the army.
But the army wouldn't have him. So he made up his own fantasy world where he pretended he was in the special forces. And instead of a toy gun, Prudom had smuggled in the real thing.
His little friend was a Beretta Jaguar – his pride and joy – and they played happily together until one day, on manoeuvers when Prudom pulled the trigger. In a policeman's face.
Prudom went on the run. He killed again. And again. That summer of 1982 witnessed the biggest armed police operation the UK had ever seen.
For weeks, Prudom gave the cops the slip. But they cornered him in the end and blew his hiding place to pieces. When the gunsmoke cleared they found that the electrician from Leeds had already killed himself.
Ex-detective Jacques Morrell followed Barry Prudom's bloody footsteps to Girton – an isolated village on the banks of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire – where he met fellow Psycho Killer host and true-crime investigator, Simon Ford.
sex, violence, language
The newspapers called him the Sneinton Strangler after the district of Nottingham where he plied his trade.
Mark Martin operated in the shadows. While others walked by 'Reds', as he was known, always had time for the hungry and homeless.
But he was no Samaritan. He took what little they had – their benefits, their drugs, their remaining shreds of dignity. And when he had sucked them dry, Martin disposed of his victims – or got one of his henchmen to do the job for him.
Mark Martin was a psychopath, a parasite, and a curse on society. It was a blessing the police stopped him when they did.
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Journalists Pip Watts and Simon Ford join retired major crime detective Jacques Morrell to investigate the life and crimes of one of Scotland's most reviled serial killers.
Peter Tobin, who died in October 2022, was exposed as a paedophile, rapist and murderer of at least three young women.
As he rotted in jail, Tobin's name became linked to a spate of sex murders in Glasgow in the 1960s – the so-called Bible John killings.
In this podcast, the team unearths evidence of unspeakable evil and cruelty in their search for answers.
* This podcast contains topics related to suicide or self-harm.
It started as a family outing to pick juniper berries. It ended with the discovery of a charred body on a wooded mountainside near Bergen in Norway.
The Norwegian police ruled out murder and the coroner recorded a verdict of suicide. But speculation about the grisly discovery refused to go away.
It was 1970, the height of the Cold War. Stories of espionage started circulating. And the more amateur sleuths probed the mystery the more baffling the story became.
So Psycho Killer decided to unravel the case – and lay to rest the so-called Isdal Woman once and for all.
Watch the video on YouTube https://bit.ly/bess-sheppard-murder
Bessie Sheppard lived a hard life in perilous times. That life was snatched from her after 17 years by a vagrant ex-soldier called Charles Rotherham. The crime horrified the community. So much so that they raised a memorial stone at the spot where Rotherham battered Bessie to death. The year was 1817. And as Simon Ford explains, Bessie's murder is the beginning of a story spanning more than two centuries.
Legend has it evil stalks the backwoods of West Virginia — a blood-thirsty psychopath dressed in a rabbit suit. Generations of parents in Fairfax County have warned their children: 'Be good, or the Bunnyman'll get you!'
So who was this murderous character who became part of American horror folklore? Was Bunnyman a real serial killer or a figment of someone's imagination? And is he still out there — somewhere?
We went looking for answers. And you'll be surprised by what we found.
Travel back in time to the London of Jack the Ripper and meet one of his psycho peers – Walter Chadwick. Following in the footsteps of renowned crime writer Jan Bondeson, the Psycho Killer team probes the backstreets and alleys of a city teetering on the edge of lawlessness. We go in search of answers – and what we find will shock you!
Doctors promise to do no harm. Dr Buck Ruxton did the opposite. The crimes of this Lancashire physician justified the sensational headlines. The case marked a watershed in the acceptance of forensic science as we know it today.
'Who's Been Polishing The Sun?' performance by Ambrose and His Orchestra, Decca Records, 1935.
'Lovely To Look At' performed by Eddy Duchin (vocals by Lew Sherwood), Victor Records, 1935.
Dorothea Waddingham was a wicked woman. She poisoned an elderly widow and her disabled daughter for money. A jury found the Nottingham care-home owner guilty and she was hanged for murder. That was in 1936. But why was this mother sent to the gallows, leaving five young children to fend for themselves? Was the death penalty necessary? Why wasn't her sentence commuted to life imprisonment? And does the backstory cast doubt on the safety of Dorthea Waddingham's conviction? The Psycho Killer experts go in search of answers.
The way police forces in England investigate unexplained deaths is to change in response to a "large number of very serious and very basic investigative failings" during the investigation into the serial killer Stephen Port.
Four new categories are to be made "to provide absolute clarity to officers", the Metropolitan Police and the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) have said.
Journalist Simon Ford and ex-serious crime detective Jacques Morrell, discuss the implications.
Mahatma Gandhi said: 'the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members'. In this case, the murders of a mother and daughter in Nottingham represent a damning indictment of British society in the 1930s. Nursing homes were unregulated, doctors played God, and their decisions went unchallenged. It was a toxic soup that nourished the likes of Dorothea Waddingham and Ronald Sullivan, as former homicide detective Jacques Morrell explains.
A detective's powers of investigation. A journalist's nose for a story. Put them together and what have you got? The most authentic true-crime podcast out there!
Psycho killers come in all shapes and sizes. This fellow fancied himself as a poet. His rage and resentment built up over the years. Then, in a carefully-planned murderous rampage, he set about annihilating his neighbours. Ex-homicide detective, Jacques Morrell, and journalist Simon Ford investigate Kosei Homi, Japan's 'Haiku Killer'.
Featuring special guest Pippa Phillips: @IpsaHerself https://ko-fi.com/pheagan
Acknowledgement: ABC News Australia
Dr Sam Shepphard had it all – a brilliant career, a beautiful wife, a young family, and a gorgeous house overlooking Lake Eerie. Then, on Independence Day 1954, his dream life came tumbling down.
A bushy-haired burglar broke into the Sheppard residence and beat pregnant Marilyn Sheppard to death while she slept. At least, that was Dr Sheppard's story, and he stuck to it.
But the police and the courts were dubious – and the events of that summer night in Bay View, Ohio, would echo down the decades. The Psycho Killer team has been taking a fresh look at the evidence.
Acknowledgement: 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', ITV/Granada Television, 1984-94
He was suave, sophisticated, and a psycho killer through and through. Arthur Warren Waite's get-rich-quick plan involved the systematic murders of his parents-in-law, his wife, and any of her relatives who got in the way.
Waite was as audacious as he was ruthless. But could his jaw-dropping legal defence save him from the high-voltage embrace of Ol' Sparky? Step back in time to New York in its heyday – and the dastardly deeds of the Deadly Dentist!
Why did Lee Harvey Oswald shoot JFK? We’ll never know. Jack Ruby saw to that. But we do know why Sirhan Bishara Sirhan assassinated Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Sirhan was captured. And over the course of his life sentence, he’s gone on record about what motivated him.
Patrick Magee, the Brighton bomber, is less talkative. Magee tried to blow up Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet in 1984 – and he almost succeeded. Magee was a terrorist, a member of the Irish Republican Army. But was he a psychopath? And was Sirhan? We’ve been looking for answers.
The Metropolitan Police is without a Commissioner following the resignation of Dame Cressida Dick as London's police chief. A recent report about racist and sexist officers was one of many controversies she faced. Among the cases covered by Psycho Killer are:
- The murder of Sarah Everard by Wayne Couzens, a serving police officer (https://bit.ly/sarah-everard-wayne-couzens)
- The murder of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman by Danyal Hussein (https://bit.ly/danyal-hussein)
- The investigation into Stephen Port, the Gridr Killer (https://bit.ly/grindr-killer)
Former West Yorkshire DCS Bob Taylor is a critic of Dame Cressida. In an interview with Simon Ford recorded in October 2021, he held her responsible for the Met's failings. Simon Ford asked DCS (Ret) Taylor: what would he do to put the Met's house in order?
Advisory: injury detail
Not much is known about William Sheward, a Victorian tailor-turned-pawnbroker. He loved the company of women – except, it seems, his wife. Did he marry her for love, or for money? Was William climbing the social ladder, or cooking up a get-rich-quick scheme?
The couple had a fiery relationship that flared up when they hit hard times. Their fall from grace preceded possibly the most gruesome crime ever committed in Norfolk — the Norwich Tabernacle Street Murder.
Featuring Graham Lewis from Anglia News as the voice of H. Woodcock.
The March Of The Women, by Ethel Smythe, is performed by the Rainbow Chorus.
English Folk Music (live performance) recorded by David Ward and the Gibraltar Pub in Harpenden, Herts, and available on YouTube.
In the fortnight before Christmas 2006, the bodies of five missing women were discovered at locations near Ipswich in Suffolk. There was a serial killer on the loose and the police had to act fast. God only knew what he'd do if he wasn't stopped – and stopped quickly.
This podcast goes behind the scenes of the hunt for the psycho killer Steve Wright, with insight and analysis from our resident homicide investigator, Jacques Morrell. And we remember the women whose lives Wright cruelly cut short: Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams, Anneli Alderton, Annette Nicholls, and Paula Clennell.
It started with the unexplained deaths of four young, gay men, whose bodies were found in Barking, East London. It led to the conviction of Stephen Port, whose warped fantasies drove him to administer lethal doses of the date-rape drug, GHB.
But the case of the Grindr Killer is far from over, with calls for a Public Enquiry into allegations of
institutionalised homophobia at the Metropolitan Police.
But why did the 'catalogue of errors' come about? How were crucial errors made? Were processes, not people, to blame?
In this podcast, former major crime detective, Jacques Morrell, and journalist, Simon Ford, examine the evidence.
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