Episodes
Nicola Tallant tells the story of 'Fat' Freddie Thompson, one of Ireland's most-feared mobsters. From his rise as a street fighter in Dublin to becoming the head of a gangland murder machine, we retrace the violent steps he took on his rise to power and how gardai finally ended his bloody reign of terror.
Published 01/22/22
Published 01/22/22
Former businessman Jimmy Mansfield Jnr went to jail this week, convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice by directing that CCTV footage be destroyed. The conviction centres around the kidnap of one of his late father’s employees, Martin Byrne. And while Mansfield Jnr was acquitted of involvement in the abduction, six men, led by terrorists Dessie O’Hare and Declan ‘Whacker' Duffy, have been convicted - and a judge has said Mansfield knowingly engaged them to help recover his...
Published 01/21/22
He was the playboy prince of the Celtic Tiger era and lived it up in a luxury mansion frequented by top models and socialites. But businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr is now doing porridge with common criminals after he was found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Over the course of a year, a sensational trial heard evidence about a who's who of paramilitaries and organised crime groups brought in by Mansfield to help claw back the family wealth after the economic crash, and of the...
Published 01/19/22
He’s the hitman for hire who claims to have turned his life around - and nowadays Alan Wilson says he is writing poetry and staying away from his former gang, the Kinahans, while behind bars. Just weeks ago, the sinister criminal begged a judge to be lenient and claimed he would live an honest life when allowed to go free. But at the Special Criminal Court, Justice Tara Burns said Wilson, who has twice pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder, was involved in a ‘highly sophisticated,...
Published 01/15/22
It was a brutal gangland murder that made headlines across the world. Now, two years on from the murder of 17-year-old Keane Mulready Woods, it seems an uneasy peace has descended on Drogheda. With two men facing trial this year for the teenager's murder, a third man due to be sentenced in relation to the disposal of his body and a number of key players in the feuding gangs behind bars or on the run, a lot has changed for the rival mobs. Nicola Tallant talks with Irish Independent Crime...
Published 01/13/22
He is a well known Criminal Assets Bureau target who was once put on trial for a tiger kidnapping, but Dubliner Jonathan Gill has now launched a new venture as a conflict negotiator and says he can solve disputes in broken marriages, business upheavals and even in neighbourhood rows. With no major convictions, Gill says he is innocent of any involvement in crime but the courts have heard differently - and on one occasion he was described as one of Ireland’s top criminals. Here, Nicola...
Published 01/11/22
In Northern Ireland’s troubled past there have been hundreds of atrocities and thousands of lives lost - but one 24-hour period stands out as the most brutal of all. Forty five years ago this week, unprecedented slaughter visited a small corner of south Armagh and left its mark forever on both the landscape and the lives of those left behind. First, was the brutal murder of the Catholic Reavey brothers, John Martin and Brian, just 24 and 22-years-old when they were gunned down in their...
Published 01/08/22
Mary Turner Thomson’s world shattered when she discovered her husband Will was a bigamist, con man and convicted sex offender. Unbeknownst to her, this would be the start of a bold new chapter in her life, fighting to protect other women from his heartless gaslighting campaigns — and putting a stop to his endless deception.
Published 01/06/22
It’s been an unhappy New Year for former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell as she faces up to 65 years behind bars But, as the dust settles on her sensational conviction for sex trafficking in a New York Court, the focus has moved to what will happen next. Nicola Tallant talks to Toronto Sun crime journalist and author Brad Hunter about the possibility of Maxwell trying to cut a last minute deal for a reduced sentence, about her life behind bars in a US jail and about the rising heat for Prince...
Published 01/05/22
Detective Anthony Amore tracks down stolen art and follows clues all over the world hunting priceless masterpieces which have been snatched by thieves. Today, Amore talks to Nicola Tallant about one time heiress, Rose Dugdale, who gave up a charmed life to become an IRA activist and a thief who picked out the jewels of Russborough House in Wicklow and later inspired the legendary criminal Martin 'The General' Cahill. He also reveals what he thinks about another famous criminal Martin ‘The...
Published 01/01/22
John, Keith, Alan, Eric and Luke Wilson were once Ireland’s most feared gangland family who terrorised the underworld and threatened the pillars of the State. Bonded by blood, the five Wilsons operated as guns for hire as they honed their skills as killing machines in the brutal world of feuding drug gangs.
Published 12/31/21
It’s a missing person’s case that has cast a dark shadow over a small town in County Mayo where the haunting face of Sandra Collins stares out from posters more than 20 years since she was last seen. However, Sandra has not been forgotten despite the passage of time. Her brother and sister still hope that they can one day lay her to rest and find their own peace from the nightmare of her mystery disappearance. Sandra had just found out she was pregnant on the night she was last seen buying...
Published 12/29/21
The jury in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell has adjourned for the Christmas holidays with the fate of the infamous New York socialite hanging in the balance. Ms. Maxwell, who turns 60 on Christmas Day, has pleaded not guilty to her role in the recruiting and grooming of girls for sexual abuse by her long-term lover and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Defence attorneys, however, maintain she is a scapegoat for crimes committed by Epstein. Journalist Brad Hunter, who has been covering...
Published 12/25/21
Forty years ago this month, 21-year-old Jake Mac Siacais cried in his H-Block cell as his friend Bobby Sands died on hunger strike. Jake had been in the next cell to the republican icon, and when Sands left the wing to go to the prison hospital, it was Jake who gave the final address on behalf of the IRA prisoners. Now 61, Nicola Tallant travels with him to Bobby Sands' grave at the republican plot in Belfast and is given unprecedented access to a man who can shed new light on one of the...
Published 12/23/21
Drug war in Mexico – how the narcos and their violent sicarios are being armed by legally-sold weapons in the US.
Published 12/21/21
It's been a year of takedowns and the end of the line for many. And while 2021 closes on a high note for gardai fighting organised crime, it has left many criminals counting their last days of freedom. Nicola Tallant is joined by Sunday World journalists Niall Donald and Eamon Dillon to look back at the stories that made the headlines. From John Gilligan to the Rathkeale Rovers, Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch and his bitter rivals in the Kinahan Cartel, 2021 was a year that will long live in the...
Published 12/18/21
It was the phone hack that rocked the underworld and led to thousands of arrests and record breaking seizures of drugs, guns and dirty money. Yet, Ireland has little to show from the massive Encrochat investigation despite being one of the country’s to receive the shared intelligence from Europol. In this Crime World investigates podcast we look at how the hack happened despite promises that the phone network was the gold standard for criminals and what the fallout has been in Europe and...
Published 12/17/21
So we did it – we got through our first year on Crime World and managed to bag the 'Podcast of the Year' award along the way. It’s been a whirlwind 12 months, covering the tales about criminals, drugs and the sins of the underworld. So, now, Nicola Tallant takes a look back at some of the stories that made the headlines - both nationally and internationally - and the guests who have helped make us Ireland's No1 crime podcast.
Published 12/15/21
It was the trial that lifted a lid on sex and lust in rural Ireland and revealed the secrets of a small Tipperary village. When farmer Patrick Quirke received a life sentence for the murder of Bobby Ryan, a popular DJ known as Mr Moonlight, he was quick to appeal his conviction saying the prosecution never proved its case of murder. But despite laying out 50 grounds at the Appeals Court, Quirke has now lost his last bid for freedom and will have to accept his fate. So why did the married...
Published 12/11/21
She was a fraudster who almost bankrupted the tight-knit company she worked for, and with the £1.9million she stole from Northern Mouldings Limited she lived a lifestyle akin to a Hollywood superstar. When Julie McBrien, also known as Julie Hogg, was eventually caught she spent years convincing a court that she shouldn’t be named in the media despite her litany of crimes and the eye-watering money she spent on fashion, beauty, jewellery and holidays. But tenacious court reporter Tanya...
Published 12/09/21
The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell in New York is finally underway after years of allegations about her relationship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and claims that she helped him procure young girls for sex. It has been a sensational fall from grace for the daughter of disgraced newspaper guru Robert Maxwell, who led a life of privilege that few could imagine. In the dock at a US District Court in Manhattan, Maxwell is pleading innocence to charges relating to the sexual abuse of four young...
Published 12/07/21
They spent years in the prison system for a string of offences linked to their chronic addiction problems, but today James Leonard and Timmy Long are podcast sensations and their show 'The Two Norries' has been hailed for tackling issues of mental health, addiction and social issues surrounding crime. In recent months James and Timmy have been recording a ground-breaking series of interviews with serving prisoners and now they tell Nicola Tallant what it is like to be back behind bars. Is...
Published 12/04/21
New legislation which introduces the tagging of sex offenders will now deal with the complex issues of releasing rapists and child abusers back into the communities. But does the newly-passed Sex Offenders Amendment Bill go far enough when it comes to protecting the public from dangerous predators. Nicola Tallant talks to journalist Eamon Dillon about the new laws and what they will mean for those completing their sentences. We also look at some of the heinous crimes of the 120 sex...
Published 12/02/21
Veteran criminal Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch has been given permission to take a High Court challenge against the jurisdiction of the Special Criminal Court to hear his trial for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin five years ago. He claims that the decision to try him before the non-jury court is a ‘significant curtailment of his rights’. A similar challenge is also being taken by former Sinn Fein Councillor Jonathan Dowdall, who is also facing trial for the murder of...
Published 11/30/21