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True Crime Investigators UK

Welcome to ‘True Crime Investigators UK’, a True Crime documentary podcast which looks at unsolved crimes, important criminal cases and delves further into the procedural process. The show is presented and researched by two former police officers, John and Sally. Now they are both retired and after nearly 28 years of marriage together, they review cases of interest, some solved, some undetected. Throughout this series they will be discussing the cases they are reviewing and interviewing relevant parties including Police Officers, suspects, witnesses and experts. So come with us on this journey, and let’s see where it takes us…

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The Murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher: A Pre- Episode
On 17th April 1984, a number of the Metropolitan Police officers were on duty in St James Square, London. At that time the Libyan Embassy occupied No 5. The officers were to police a demonstration which consisted of supporters and dissenters of Colonel Gaddafi, the Libyan leader. It was at 10.18 that gunfire was discharged from the first floor windows of No 5 St James Square. Many anti Gaddafi demonstrators were hit and injured. One of the officers, Yvonne Fletcher,  was also shot and fell to the ground. She was immediately tended to by the officers around her and then removed from the danger. Standing next to Yvonne that day was her friend and colleague, PC John Murray. John accompanied Yvonne to hospital, he made a promise that he would bring those responsible to justice. Yvonne died shortly afterwards.   John Murray has worked and campaigned tirelessly since that fateful day to keep the promise he made to his fallen friend. We intend to release a series later this year telling the story of what led to Yvonne’s death and what has happened in the years since. It has been described as a story of ‘espionage, betrayal, terrorism and corruption’.   However, John invited us to attend the 40th Anniversary Memorial for Yvonne. It was a well attended event on a sunny spring morning on the street where Yvonne fell 40 years earlier. This short  ‘pre episode’ was recorded minutes before and after that memorial service with some of her colleagues.   ________________________________________________________   See photos, case notes and bonus material at http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ Researched and presented by John & Sally of True Crime Investigators UK. Produced and edited by the team at Carrotcruncher Media
26:40 06/06/2024
The Poison Pen Letters: Who & Why? (Part 2 of 2)
This is a story set in rural North Wales.  It's a close knit community, and some members receive threatening letters that create fear.  The author is a trusted member of their community, but who is it? why did they do it? and what other shocking and macabre findings do the investigating detectives discover? You'll find out all the answers during this series of 2 podcasts. _____________________ See photos, case notes and bonus material at http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ Researched and presented by John & Sally of True Crime Investigators UK. Produced and edited by the team at Carrotcruncher Media
43:08 28/03/2024
The Poison Pen Letters: Who & Why? (Part 1 of 2)
This is a story set in rural North Wales.  It's a close knit community, and some members receive threatening letters that create fear.  The author is a trusted member of their community, but who is it? why did they do it? and what other shocking and macabre findings do the investigating detectives discover? You'll find out all the answers during this series of 2 podcasts. _____________________ See photos, case notes and bonus material at http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ Researched and presented by John & Sally of True Crime Investigators UK. Produced and edited by the team at Carrotcruncher Media
27:36 21/03/2024
The Poison Pen Letters: Who & Why? (TRAILER)
This is a story set in rural North Wales.  It's a close knit community, and some members receive threatening letters that create fear.  The author is a trusted member of their community, but who is it? why did they do it? and what other shocking and macabre findings do the investigating detectives discover? You'll find out all the answers during this series of 2 podcasts. For detailed resources about this series, please visit: https://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ _____________________ See photos, case notes and bonus material at http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ Researched and presented by John & Sally of True Crime Investigators UK. Produced and edited by the team at Carrotcruncher Media
01:42 19/03/2024
The Pottery Cottage Murders (Part 3 of 3)
This is a story of unbelievable evil and how three generations of the same family were held hostage when a remand prisoner goes on the run having seriously injured two prison officers to facilitate his escape. For detailed resources about The Pottery Cottage Murders, please visit: http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/case_pottcott.html _____________________ See photos, case notes and bonus material at http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ Researched and presented by John & Sally of True Crime Investigators UK. Produced and edited by the team at Carrotcruncher Media
45:50 16/11/2023
The Pottery Cottage Murders (Part 2 of 3)
This is a story of unbelievable evil and how three generations of the same family were held hostage when a remand prisoner goes on the run having seriously injured two prison officers to facilitate his escape. For detailed resources about The Pottery Cottage Murders, please visit: http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/case_pottcott.html _____________________ See photos, case notes and bonus material at http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ Researched and presented by John & Sally of True Crime Investigators UK. Produced and edited by the team at Carrotcruncher Media
68:21 09/11/2023
The Pottery Cottage Murders (Part 1 of 3)
This is a story of unbelievable evil and how three generations of the same family were held hostage when a remand prisoner goes on the run having seriously injured two prison officers to facilitate his escape. For detailed resources about The Pottery Cottage Murders, please visit: http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/case_pottcott.html _____________________ See photos, case notes and bonus material at http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ Researched and presented by John & Sally of True Crime Investigators UK. Produced and edited by the team at Carrotcruncher Media
50:26 02/11/2023
The Pottery Cottage Murders (TRAILER)
We've been busy researching, interviewing and recording our next case, and it's finally ready for you. Episode 1 of The Pottery Cottage Murders is available on Thursday November 2nd, 2023. Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE to this podcast, so you don't miss the upcoming episodes. _____________________ See photos, case notes and bonus material at http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ Researched and presented by John & Sally of True Crime Investigators UK. Produced and edited by the team at Carrotcruncher Media   yPhHEXbVDdr7m5ITFKwZ
01:37 31/10/2023
The Tony Spencer Story (Part 4 of 4) - Operation Downpour and the end of the road
Eventually Tony is released to the UK but the police are on to him, he is once again the subject of police surveillance. He goes to ground, he puts together a gang of ‘misfits’, a prison governor, a boxer, a banker and others. But the police have set up an operation to catch Tony and his accomplices. The story is familiar, but how does it all end? Is there an inevitability to it? A well respected barrister who defended Tony at some of his trials gives his thoughts on the man that he knew, a rare insight into the professional relationship that a lawyer and client have. The story has been told in these episodes, largely by Jason, Tony’s youngest son, the author of ‘The Old Man and Me’. But what does he make of the life his father lived? How has the family been affected by Tony’s criminality? And what can he now do to help the forgotten children of those people who commit crime and are incarcerated as a result. _____________________ See photos, case notes and bonus material at http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ Researched and presented by John & Sally of True Crime Investigators UK. Produced and edited by the team at Carrotcruncher Media
78:47 29/06/2023
The Tony Spencer Story (Part 3 of 4) - Shooting in Amsterdam
By now he is in the Netherlands. He’s been inside for a long time and his trusted workers have either given up on a life of crime or have made their money and scarpered. So he is dealing with those he knows less well and whose ‘work’ ethics are different, harsher, more brutal. There’s a shoot out. Tony takes a bullet to the chest and a drug rival lies dead. He fights for his life. During his period of recovery, Tony sets up again in Spain and for a few years he sends drugs from Morocco and the continent into the UK using boats and lorries to convey the products. But the past has a way of catching up. He’s extradited for the death of the drug rival. What’s the verdict? _____________________ See photos, case notes and bonus material at http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ Researched and presented by John & Sally of True Crime Investigators UK. Produced and edited by the team at Carrotcruncher Media
57:09 22/06/2023
The Tony Spencer Story (Part 2 of 4) - Counterfeiting and Drugs
Whilst serving his prison sentence, he is the model prisoner and as he readies himself for release he indulges in the prison’s art classes. Is he turning a corner? Is this a new career path? Of course not, it's his next adventure, counterfeiting millions of American dollars and he uses the art as a guise for perfecting the production of cash notes. Within months of release Tony’s on the run from the Police. He meets Crystal and deceives her with his charm and lies. After capture, trial and conviction he is handed a lengthy prison sentence but Crystal remains loyal until he embarks on his plan for release - drugs. She cannot expose her family to this criminality and the marriage that was conducted within the prison walls ends in divorce. The drugs business leads him to another trial but his charm is not lost on the jury. After acquittal he drinks with them and suspicions arise that the jury has been ‘nobbled’. _____________________ See photos, case notes and bonus material at http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ Researched and presented by John & Sally of True Crime Investigators UK. Produced and edited by the team at Carrotcruncher Media
77:08 15/06/2023
The Tony Spencer Story (Part 1 of 4) - The Foundations of a Criminal Life
Listen to the early years of Tony Spencer’s life. A young man finding his way in the world but crime plays a part. He meets Jane, they are just teenagers when they marry and she falls pregnant with their first child. But Tony’s criminality sees him sent to Borstal. Over the next few years their family grows but Tony’s is still involved in criminality. He builds an empire of second hand shops and gymnasiums, this is legitimate business and delivers a level of success. But then he needs crime to support the businesses. Tony turns to the one thing he thinks will bring him the cash injection he needs to keep his businesses afloat; crime. He robs a bank at gunpoint. The consequences of his actions are grave, 10 years imprisonment. Whilst Tony and Jane spin a story that Dad is at ‘college’ to protect their young children, the truth is it’s a strain on the relationship. _____________________ See photos, case notes and bonus material at http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ Researched and presented by John & Sally of True Crime Investigators UK. Produced and edited by the team at Carrotcruncher Media
56:45 08/06/2023
The Tony Spencer Story (TRAILER)
After a long break, we’re BACK with a new 4-part series based on the book ‘The Old Man And Me: A Gangster’s Life, A Son’s Journey’ by Jason Wilson It’s the story of a gangster told in part by the words of his son, Jason. We’ve spent months researching and reviewing the crimes of this one man and interviewing those who knew him best. So join us as we talk to Jason who tells the story of a much loved father, but a man who was very much different things to different people. This is a brief trailer to give you a taste of what's to come. Please use your podcast app to FOLLOW or SUBSCRIBE, to you don't miss this brand new series. Episode 1 of 4 is out on June 8th, 2023. _____________________ See photos, case notes and bonus material at http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ Researched and presented by John & Sally of True Crime Investigators UK. Produced and edited by the team at Carrotcruncher Media
04:51 03/06/2023
POSTSCRIPT: Murder Of Monika Zumsteg Telling - Erika visits the UK
We released our three part series back in 2021. A major contribution to our review, research and ultimately the podcast was from Monika’s younger sister, Erika. We’ve kept in touch with Erika since that time. So we were delighted when she announced she would be visiting the UK with her husband, Tom. Another contributor to that podcast series was Steve Thrift. He was a police officer with Thames Valley police back in the 1980’s and met both Monika, who he found charming and delightful and Michael, a very unnerving person. Steve has now written a book about the case, ‘Telling Lies’ and he too collaborated with Erika when researching the book. One sunny afternoon we met up with Erika, Tom and Steve in rural Buckinghamshire, the area where Monika had lived and where her promising young life had been cut short by the person who should have cherished her the most, Michael. Come with us to that meeting and the journey we went on, in order that Erika could walk in the footsteps of her beautiful sister, still so sadly missed. _____________________ See photos, case notes and bonus material at http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ Researched and presented by John & Sally of True Crime Investigators UK. Produced and edited by the team at Carrotcruncher Media
13:02 01/06/2023
The Murder of Joan Woodhouse (Part 2 of 2) - The Untold Story
We continue with the second and final part of our #TrueCrime investigation looking into the murder of Joan Woodhouse, whose body was discovered in Arundel Park, West Sussex on Tuesday August 10th, 1948. She had been raped and strangled. After previously visiting the scene of the attack and discovering what everybody already knew about the murder, we use this episode to undertake our own investigation and head back to Sussex to visit the records office and delve into the old case files to find much more information. We’ll uncover brand new details which will change everything we know about Joan’s plans that weekend and the police investigation. We’ll also tell you how this case can still be solved... Researched and presented by John & Sally. Produced and Edited by Peter Beeston. Narration by Angela Ness.
89:46 21/05/2022
The Murder of Joan Woodhouse (Part 1 of 2) - The Unsolved Death
We’re back with a brand new #TrueCrime podcast as we look into the murder of Joan Woodhouse, whose body was discovered in Arundel Park, West Sussex on Tuesday August 10th, 1948. She had been raped and strangled. But why was she at that location? She had told everybody she was going in the opposite direction to the North of England to visit her family. So what happened to her on that scorching hot August Bank Holiday weekend? Join us both, as we travel to the scene of the murder to uncover the truth, talk to a number of experts, family connections and look into a literal ‘case of mystery’. Can we uncover what really happened? Researched and presented by John & Sally. Produced and Edited by Peter Beeston. Narration by Angela Ness.
88:47 07/05/2022
The Murder Of Monika Zumsteg Telling (Part 3 of 3) - Ruined Families
In the Autumn of 1980, a young aristocratic Englishman, Michael Telling, was in Sausalito, a city in Marin County, California, across the Golden Gate Strait from San Francisco, USA. He was riding a special edition Harley Davidson motorcycle. A chance meeting with an American couple, Lou and Elsa Zumsteg, their daughter Erika and other friends, whilst out for a motorcycle ride, was to change their lives forever... Welcome to the final part of our #truecrime investigation into the murder of Monika Zumsteg Telling. In this third episode we discuss what happened after Monika’s headless body was discovered in a wooded area near Exeter Racecourse. We also talk about how Michael had tried to cover up the murder; which had happened five months earlier when Monika was shot and killed and how he had kept Monika’s body in the outdoor Sauna at Lambourne House. Followed by his arrest and subsequent trial in 1984. Violent crimes and murders. They can affect and leave deep scars on even the most strongest of families. So we again talk with Erika (Monika’s sister) and discuss how the Zumsteg family tried to cope with their loss and the deep pain it caused them over the years. If we can, we hope we have helped give Monika a voice during these three episodes and helped tell her sad side of the story to all of you.
98:58 07/08/2021
The Murder Of Monika Zumsteg Telling (Part 2 of 3) - An English Gentleman - ill or Evil?
In the Autumn of 1980, a young aristocratic Englishman, Michael Telling, was in Sausalito, a city in Marin County, California, across the Golden Gate Strait from San Francisco, USA. He was riding a special edition Harley Davidson motorcycle. A chance meeting with an American couple, Lou and Elsa Zumsteg, their daughter Erika and other friends, whilst out for a motorcycle ride, was to change their lives forever... Thank you for joining us for this second part of our three part #truecrime investigation into the murder of Monika Zumsteg Telling. In this second part, we discuss the troubled marriage between Monika and Michael in the UK. Talking to the police officer Steven Thrift, who had to intervene when Michael’s behavior became more violent and who discovered Michael’s illegally smuggled guns. We also have voice actress Katherine McDermott reading and performing the words of Christina Percy, who was a very good friend of Monika and saw first-hand the violent behavior that was happening. We also continue our interview with Erika, who sadly tells us about the day she was told the tragic news about her sisters death.
82:21 24/07/2021
The Murder Of Monika Zumsteg Telling (Part 1 of 3) - A Chance Meeting
In the Autumn of 1980, a young aristocratic Englishman, Michael Telling, was in Sausalito, a city in Marin County, California, across the Golden Gate Strait from San Francisco, USA. He was riding a special edition Harley Davidson motorcycle. A chance meeting with an American couple, Lou and Elsa Zumsteg, their daughter Erika and other friends, whilst out for a motorcycle ride, was to change their lives forever. Join us for the first of our three part #truecrime investigation into the murder of Monika Zumsteg Telling. As we interview the family of the victim and the police officers involved in the investigation. Discussing with each other the breakdown of a doomed relationship, and the sometimes destructive power of wealth. Full show notes at: http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/
84:14 10/07/2021
Crime Conversations - Interview With Who Killed Thersea?
CrimeCon, the World’s No.1 True Crime Event, is coming to London. A serious genre made immersive, engaging, and accessible. One weekend bringing together documentary makers, experts, podcasters and law enforcement professionals to meet with true crime enthusiasts. Delve deeper into cases, examine evidence and hear real life stories from survivors and victims’ families. As part of this event; the CrimeConversations podcast series has been launched. Each episode sees two different #TrueCrime podcasters interviewing each other. Exploring subjects such as how they first got involved, the cases that have stuck in their mind, and what they think makes a great #TrueCrimePodcast. Each new episode appears in the feed of the shows involved and today it’s our turn! As Sally & John talk with John Allore from the podcast ‘Who Killed Theresa?’ http://theresaallore.com/ https://www.crimecon.co.uk/ http://truecrimeinvestigators.co.uk/ b9c8efad4aeb568cb9ea23ea78123e9340c491eb
41:23 26/05/2021
Operation Julie (Part 4 of 4) - Busted!
This is the final part of our investigation into the story of ‘Operation Julie’, which was a UK police investigation into LSD production by two drug rings during the mid-1970s and resulted in the break-up of one of the largest LSD manufacturing operations in the world. In this four part series, we have been interviewing one of the undercover officers involved in the operation; Stephen Bentley and discussing the twists, turns and dangers of the investigation. As well as the people he had to get close to. We’ve also talked about wider issues within undercover policing. In this last episode, Stephen talks about wrapping up his undercover work in LLanddewi Brefi and planning to take part in the joint police raids which will target 87 properties in Wales and England, bringing down the different LSD production gangs. But what happened to ‘Smiles’ and will Stephen see him again? Also what was life like for Stephen after the operation was over? What did he do next? Was he affected by living as a different person for so long? Researched, produced and presented by John & Sally. Narration by Richard Ashwell.
76:44 01/03/2021
Operation Julie (Part 3 of 4) - Living Undercover
We’re continuing our investigation into the story of ‘Operation Julie’, which was a UK police investigation into LSD production by two drug rings during the mid-1970s and resulted in the break-up of one of the largest LSD manufacturing operations in the world. In this four part series, we’ll be interviewing one of the undercover officers involved in the operation; Stephen Bentley and discuss the twists, turns and dangers of the investigation. As well as the people he had to get close to. We’ll also be talking about wider issues within undercover policing. In this third episode, Stephen takes a trip with Blue to Liverpool and meets a person called Bill, who wants help arranging a large cocaine deal. Stephen also gets challenged by both Bill and Smiles; asking if he’s a cop. How will he respond? Researched, produced and presented by John & Sally. Narration by Richard Ashwell
68:27 15/02/2021
Operation Julie (Part 2 of 4) - Going Undercover
Join us as we continue our investigation into the story of ‘Operation Julie’, which was a UK police investigation into LSD production by two drug rings during the mid-1970s and resulted in the break-up of one of the largest LSD manufacturing operations in the world. In this four part series, we’ll be interviewing one of the undercover officers involved in the operation; Stephen Bentley and discuss the twists, turns and dangers of the investigation. As well as the people he had to get close to. We’ll also be talking about wider issues within undercover policing. In this second episode, Stephen explains how he prepared with Eric to go undercover in the small community of 'LLanddewi Brefi' in Wales, to meet their target. A person with the nickname of ‘Smiles’ Researched, produced and presented by John & Sally. Narration by Richard Ashwell
61:57 01/02/2021
Operation Julie (Part 1 of 4) - Plas Llysyn
In a new episode of ‘True Crime Investigators UK’, we tell you the story of ‘Operation Julie’ which was a UK police investigation into LSD production by two drug rings during the mid-1970s and resulted in the break-up of one of the largest LSD manufacturing operations in the world. In this four part series, we’ll be interviewing one of the undercover officers involved in the operation; Stephen Bentley and discuss the twists, turns and dangers of the investigation. As well as the people he had to get close to. We’ll also be talking about wider issues within undercover policing. In this first episode, we explain the reasons ‘Operation Julie’ began and the surveillance Stephen undertook at Plas Llysyn in Carno, Wales. Researched, produced and presented by John & Sally. Narration by Richard Ashwell
60:59 18/01/2021
The Michael Pritchard Murder (Part 1 of 1)
In the new episode of ‘True Crime Investigators UK’, we look at the tragic death of Michael Pritchard, a delivery driver for Business Express in the Staffordshire and Derbyshire area. Who on Wednesday the 12th November 1997, was murdered by a young man who tried to steal his van and in doing so, ran him over and killed him. The murder is still undetected and as John was originally the family liaison officer in the case; this is still an investigation that he often thinks about. We hope by looking further into what happened on that day and talking to Michael’s widow Hilary, we can tell you more about their story and ask you to help us catch the people responsible.
64:00 13/08/2020
The Wendy Sewell Murder (Part 3 of 3) – The Yorkshire Ripper
In the next episode of ‘True Crime Investigators UK’ we continue to investigate the murder in 1973 of Wendy Sewell in Bakewell Cemetery, asking the question if Stephen Downing didn’t kill Wendy; then who did? Was it a local man, someone known to Wendy? Or perhaps as the retired police intelligence officer Chris Clarke believes, this was actually an unreported attack by the Yorkshire Ripper? Join us as we investigate all this further and come to our final conclusions about the case.
63:04 27/04/2020
The Wendy Sewell Murder (Part 2 of 3) – Stephen Downing
In the next episode of ‘True Crime Investigators UK’ we continue to investigate the murder in 1973 of Wendy Sewell in Bakewell Cemetery and the subsequent conviction of local teenager, Stephen Downing. In this podcast we resume our talk with Stephen about his life in prison and the events leading up to his appeal. His sister Chrissy, also tells us what it was like for the family when Stephen was convicted of a murder they didn’t believe he’d committed and how the subsequent years in prison affected them all.
44:36 27/04/2020
The Wendy Sewell Murder (Part 1 of 3) – The Attack in the Cemetery
In the first episode of ‘True Crime Investigators UK’ we investigate the murder in 1973 of Wendy Sewell in Bakewell Cemetery and the subsequent conviction of local teenager, Stephen Downing. We discuss the background to the crime and how vulnerable suspects were treated at the time, interview the people involved (including Stephen Downing himself, whose conviction was overturned in 2002) and travel to the scene of the brutal attack in Bakewell Cemetery.
49:03 27/04/2020

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