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Paranormal Isles

Paranormal Isles

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From the most haunted buildings to ghostly landscapes, and breathtaking UFO encounters... Join host Angus King as he relays spine-chilling stories of paranormal occurrences in Aoteraoa, New Zealand - as reported by witnesses.
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Are you interested in mysteries? Puzzles? Crimes that remain unsolved or unresolved? So are we. The Looking Glass is an unusual podcast – a hybrid of true crime and history. While there are many journalists, amateur historians, and true crime enthusiasts producing excellent podcasts these days, this one is different. Host Matthew Kraig Kelly is a historian by training and a criminal investigator by profession. He aims to bring this expertise and experience to bear on the crimes we will be in ...
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Today we look at updates in the following cases: 92. The Doorstep Murder of Alistair Wilson | Scotland 51. Murdered at School (Tair Rada) | Israel 41. Gone in the Morning (Nicky Verstappen) | The Netherlands 54. The Chevaline Killings (aka The Alps Murders) | France 111. The Bizarre Death of Mike Mansholt | Malta 3. The Rolex Murder (Albert Walker)…
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On 7 November 1974, nanny Sandra Rivett was brutally murdered in her employer’s home in Belgravia, London. Lady Lucan went to check on the nanny and was attacked herself. She named the attacker to be her estranged husband, John Bingham, aka Lord Lucan. The next day, Lucan was nowhere to be found, and he was never seen or heard from again. Was he th…
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In the 1970s and 80s, one-man terrorized Anchorage with his gruesome crimes. He was the owner of a local bakery, and a respected member of the community. But beneath his charming exterior lay a predator with a deep-seated thirst for blood. For years, Robert Hansen prowled the streets of Anchorage for victims whose bodies eventually ended up in the …
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When 23-year-old Beatriz Lebre failed to show up to present a college paper, friends were immediately concerned. The search commenced and sadly her body was discovered a week later, in the Tejo River. Beatriz was well-liked, kind and always ready to help others, who would want to kill her? Her friends and family were shocked when police arrested a …
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Rachel O'Reilly was found murdered in her home in 2004, and suspicion quickly fell on her husband, Joe. Despite his insistence that he was at work when Rachel was killed, he was ultimately found guilty of the murder and sentenced to life in prison. The case exposed the dark side of the O’Reilly’s marriage and garnered widespread media attention in …
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A serial rapist terrorised the women of Amager, greater Copenhagen for many years, at one time waiting for 10 years before he attacked again. His victims ranged from elderly women to teenagers, and police struggled to connect the crimes to anyone. Once the monster was unmasked, they were able to connect him to various other crimes, including murder…
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In May 2013, Dutch couple Ingrid Visser and Lodewijk Severein disappeared in Murcia, Spain. Their bodies were found in a lemon orchard two weeks later, brutally murdered. The investigation revealed that the motive for the murders was a financial dispute between the couple and Juan Cuenca, former manager of the volleyball team Ingrid used to play fo…
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In our third mini-episode, we discuss a hitherto neglected piece of evidence relating to the MacDonald murders, which a 2018 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision claimed had been tested. We checked with the US Attorneys in North Carolina: it hasn't been. This piece of evidence remains in the possession of the United States government. Testing it c…
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In Episode 10, we answer the question: Did Jeffrey MacDonald murder his family? Welcome to the season finale of The Looking Glass. Season One episodes drop every Tuesday Our Sponsor B2G Global Strategies – https://b2gstrategies.com Mentioned Good Is In The Details podcast – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-is-in-the-details/id1466729675 F…
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A couple of months after his mother died in an unexplained accident, Ben Novack Jr was found bludgeoned to death in a hotel room. The Novack family was Miami royalty, having owned the city’s famous establishment, The Fontainebleau. Police learned that Ben’s marriage to his former-stripper wife was on the rocks and uncovered a sordid tale of unimagi…
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In our second mini-episode, we discuss Errol Morris's book A Wilderness of Error as well as the Marc Smerling documentary series (on Hulu/FX) of the same name. Welcome back to The Looking Glass. Season One episodes drop every Tuesday Our Sponsor B2G Global Strategies – https://b2gstrategies.com Mentioned Good Is In The Details podcast – https://pod…
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Among the military policemen who arrived at 544 Castle Drive on the morning of the MacDonald murders was Specialist Kenneth Mica. Mica was the MP who first approached a prone Jeffrey MacDonald, who was lying next to his wife, Colette, on the floor of the master bedroom. Mica shook MacDonald awake and then asked him: "What happened here?" MacDonald …
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Xavier Flactif, his partner Graziella Ortolano and their three children disappeared without a trace. Their house was spotless and it looked like they were settling in for a family dinner, but the whole family was nowhere to be found. An in-depth forensic examination of the house showed that a brutal massacre had taken place, and it was concluded th…
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In this mini-episode, we discuss Janet Malcolm's 1990 book The Journalist and The Murderer, wherein The New Yorker writer aimed her deadly quill at Joe McGinniss's professional reputation by arguing that the Fatal Vision author had, to advance his own career, double-crossed Jeffrey MacDonald. Welcome back to The Looking Glass. Season One episodes d…
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As we concluded in the last episode, legally speaking, Jeffrey MacDonald should not be in prison. One cannot honestly examine the government’s case against MacDonald and maintain that it proved his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. That simply isn’t true. Having acknowledged that, however, we need also to acknowledge the obvious. In many cases where…
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In Episode 7, we complete our analysis of the 1979 trial of Jeffrey MacDonald. And we answer the questions: Should Jeffrey MacDonald have been convicted? Should he have been tried? And finally, do our answers to these questions settle the matter of MacDonald's guilt or innocence? Season One episodes drop every Tuesday Subscribe on Apple Podcasts – …
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The murder of Sheila Von Wiese Mack, a wealthy Chicago socialite, in August 2014 sent shockwaves through the community. Sheila was found dead in a suitcase in Bali, Indonesia, after being reported missing from a luxury resort. The police investigation quickly led to her 19-year-old daughter Heather Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer. As the case…
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We spent the last few episodes delving into the Grand Jury proceedings of 1974-75, which terminated in the indictment of Jeffrey MacDonald for the murders of his wife and two daughters five years earlier. More than any other, Joe McGinniss’s account of the Grand Jury, in his 1983 book Fatal Vision, shaped the popular perception of it. But in re-exa…
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In Episode 5, we complete our survey of the Grand Jury proceedings of 1974-75. This entails a careful analysis not only of Jeffrey MacDonald's testimony before the Grand Jury but also of Joe McGinniss's framing of that testimony in Fatal Vision. McGinniss tells his readers that government prosecutors masterfully cut through MacDonald's charismatic …
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Looking out of the train window, a witness saw a large man striking a young woman, then forcing both his hands on her shoulders so she couldn’t get back up. The witness opened the train window and heard the young woman screaming: “Please, don’t! Please don’t!” The train passenger shouted for the attacker to stop, but the train was already moving. B…
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In Episode 4, we delve further into Jeffrey MacDonald’s testimony before the grand jury (1974-75), Fatal Vision author Joe McGinniss’s use of that testimony to seal MacDonald into the role of the hopeless liar, and the need for a fresh look at the hearing and its aftermath in order to answer the question: did Jeffrey MacDonald murder his family? Di…
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In our first episode, we surveyed the basic facts surrounding the murder of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald’s family on the Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina. And we heard Jeffrey MacDonald’s own recollection of that terrifying and tragic evening in February 1970. In Episode 2, we considered, and rejected, the claim that MacDonald’s account was too …
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A known hitman went missing on his way to meet one of Sydney’s most notorious crime bosses. For a while before his disappearance, Chris Flannery, also known as Mr Rent-a-Kill, had been out of control, shooting anyone who angered him. He threatened that if anyone tried to eliminate him, he’d go to the police and tell them everything he knew. This po…
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In Episode 1, we noted a widely held view about the MacDonald murders: namely, that MacDonald’s story is too implausible to be taken seriously. In Episode 2, we ask why. Why does Jeffrey MacDonald’s account of the murders strike so many people as simply not believable? One answer is that these people have a background understanding of another set o…
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At first glance, Melissa Ann Shepard looked like a sweet and charming older lady seeking companionship after the tragic death of her husband. With her rosy cheeks, spectacles and overall harmless appearance, Melissa didn't exactly seem like the type of woman you should be afraid of. But appearances can be deceiving, as Melissa wouldn’t stop at anyt…
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