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Could you be a criminal? What separates the way you think, from the criminal mind?

Join the world's leading professor of criminology, Prof. David Wilson and star of Silent Witness Emilia Fox as they discover what is really going on behind some of the most notorious crimes.

In this exclusive podcast series you’ll learn from never-heard-before interviews with offenders, the police, crime experts and investigators exactly what is going on in the criminal mind.

What do you do with have-a-go heroes who try to stop you robbing a bank?

What's it like inside an escalating prison riot?

And how do you deal with Britain's most infamous hitman telling you he's been ordered to kill you?

To find out, subscribe and listen now, to If It Bleeds It Leads, with Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox, on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
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Prison Riots

Prison Riots

2021-08-0250:091

Prison riots are violent, expensive and risk the lives of fellow inmates. And they happen more often than you mighth think. Yet, despite being such a risk to life, they rarely get media coverage. So, in such a controlled enviroinment, just how do prison riots happen? And when a large group of violent men gain control, how can they be stopped? In this epsiode, Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox talk to Brenden O'Friel, the Prison Govenor in charge during the HMP Strangeways riot. In this rare and exclusive interview we hear firsthand what its like to be trapped in an escalating prison riot, where prisoners have the keys to all the doors and the prison staff are hopelessly outnumbered. And in a second interview, we hear from screenwriter and documentary maker Rex Bloomstien, the man behind the infamous documentary "Strangeways". We find out just what he discovered at Strangeways and his thoughts on the explosive situation inside the prison, that meant the riot wasonly a matter of time. Subscribe and listen now, to If It Bleeds It Leads, with Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox, on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
Crime In Lockdown

Crime In Lockdown

2021-07-2601:13:501

The rate of beheadings has escalated in lockdown. So has the amount of mutilations inflicted on victims, but why? In this epsiode, Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox sit down to work out what lockdown has done to crime and what we can expect to come to light as lockdown is lifted. What crimes have gone under the radar while we've all been sat in our homes, not able to see and talk to eachother? Professor Jane Mockton-Smith, Author of "In Control: Dangerous Relationships and How They End" discusses how coercive control, violent relationships and stalking have all been exacerbated by lockdown. How far out of control can we expect this crime wave to become? Only time will tell. And Jonathan Stadlen, producer of Netflix hit "American Murder: The Family Nextdoor", joins to explain the process behind getting up close and personal with a killer who annihilated his family and pretended to be innocent on camera, moments after murdering his wife and two children. Subscribe and listen now, to If It Bleeds It Leads, with Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox, on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
Policing Vs Reality

Policing Vs Reality

2021-07-1901:04:441

How real are police dramas? The insominac detective, trenchcoat in the rain, late night in a bar when he should be at home with his family. And despite his personal issues, our hero detective always gets his man. The evidence always falls into place. But how realistic is this? What is it actually like policing crime, and how far away from the truth are the well trodden fictional detectives? In this epsiode, David and Emilia talk to MET Police Comissioner Baz Javid, about his humble beginings as a boy, fighting crime with his brother Savid, to his journey to becoming a comisissioner with the MET. Bas gives a unique and exclusive insight into the difficult decisions the police have to make every day. And in they sit down with Royce Pierreson, from the TV drama Murdered By My Boyfriend and Netflix's The Irregulars, to find out what it takes to embody one of police-detective drama's most infamous duo - Holmes and Watson. Subscribe and listen now, to If It Bleeds It Leads, with Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox, on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
Deadlier Than The Male

Deadlier Than The Male

2021-07-1253:58

Why is there a stigma around women who kill? We find the female murderer far more disturbing than the male, so why is that? Hell hath no fury...Are women who commit murder and violent offences really more dangerous than men? And why is it so taboo to think of women commiting violence? In this epsiode David and Emilia look at the fascination with women who kill. Is it because it's so rare and unusual? There's currently only two women in the UK serving whole life tariffs for murder, yet there's hundreds of men. Or do women who kill frustrate the narative of the caring nurturing mother society pictures women as? To find out more, they speak to Dr.Emma Kelly, Criminologist and Specialist in Social and Health Sciences, who explains societies attittude towards women and how that prejudices our perception of female killers vs. male killers And David and Emilia sit down with Isla Traquair, from the Violent Delights podcast, who explains her findings in the murder of Melainie Sturton by Pamela Gourlay in October 1999. What was behind the senseless and brutal murder of this young women by another? And what has happened to Pamela now she is out of prison and in free society? Listen to find out! Subscribe and listen now, to If It Bleeds It Leads, with Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox, on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
Crime And The Urban Myth

Crime And The Urban Myth

2021-07-0545:361

Is crime increasing? Is the world less safe? Do we need more police on the streets? And who is Bible John? In this epsiode, Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox talk about popular crime myths and the mysterious circumstances around some of the most notorious unsolved crimes. Why do we label seriel killers with nicknames? And how can we hope to solve crimes distorted by widely held beliefs of inaccurate information. David and Emilia start by looking at the infamous scottish seriel killer Bible John. Does he exist? Or is he a media tool used to sell papers? To find out they talk to Journalist Jane Hamilton who has spend a career researching and reporting on serious crime and Bible John. David thinks he knows Bible John's real identity, but Jane isn't so sure. So is this another urban myth? And to explore crime myth even further David and Emilia talk to Mark Bonnar, star of Line of Duty, Taggart, Silent Witness, Unforgotten and many more. They discover how Mark became obsessed with True Crime, his theories on popular crime myths and how he puts himself into the minds of the roles he plays in the criminal world. Subscribe and listen now, to If It Bleeds It Leads, with Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox, on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
Hi, If It Bleeds It Leads listener, We’ve got another brand new podcast we think you’ll enjoy. ‘I’ve Been Thinking’ is a new weekly show hosted by Peter Frankopan. As well as being a best-selling author (Silk Roads), Professor of Global History and Oxford and voted as one of the World’s Top 50 Thinkers, Peter uses this podcast to speak with some incredible guests looking at topics from around the world that help understand and explain the past, present and future. Guests include former Director of the FBI James Comey and Chinese artist & activist Ai Weiwei. This is a taster of what you can expect from the show. If you like what you hear please search for I’ve Been Thinking with Peter Frankopan on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
The Crime Chromosome

The Crime Chromosome

2021-06-2855:151

Overwhelmingly, its men that kill, men that commit violent crime and men that steal, burn and vandalise property. So why do men do it? And why are incidents of these crimes so low amung women? Could it be that men are wired to commit crime? Are men predisposed to be violent? Does being male make you want to steal? Is it in our genes? Or are men socialised to be criminals? In this in-depth look at the idea of crime being linked to our DNA, Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox talk to the Professor Simon Winlow. Simon, the former vice president of the british society of crimonology and world expert on masculinity, offers rare insight into just what is really driving men to commit crimes and why in many cases women aren't following suit. And David and Emilia welcome back Donal MacIntyre for his second interview of the series to talk about how he has used different masculine tropes to succesfully infiltrate some of the worlds most dangerous gangs, like for example when he went to Europe wearing a wire to buy explosives from organised criminals who demanded he be stripped and searched. What happened next? Listen to find out! Subscribe and listen now, to If It Bleeds It Leads, with Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox, on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
The Hitman

The Hitman

2021-06-2155:091

In this episode, David and Emilia talk about the Hitman. What would motivate someone to accept a contract to kill for just a few hundred pounds? How do hitman get away with the crime? And what does it take to become a target? They discuss the famously unsolved murder in Nairn, Scotland, with presenter of The Doorstep Murder podcast, Fiona Walker. What really happened on the 28th November 2004. How is it possible that a hitman could shoot a man three times in the head on his own doorstep and not leave any evidence? Why can't the police find any leads? And why are people's accounts of the day so contradictory? And they are joined by investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre, presenter of the documentary "A Very British Gangster" which follows the story of Manchester gangsters 'The Noonans', and ends up with Donal facing a hitman who has been offered a contract to kill him and his assistant producer. To find out, subscribe and listen now, to If It Bleeds It Leads, with Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox, on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
The Heist

The Heist

2021-06-1453:515

In the season premiere, David and Emilia talk to the UK's most prolific bank robber, Noel 'Razor' Smith, a man who wouldn't hesitate to "put one in your foot" if you made a move. In this rare and exclusive interview, you get to hear what's it like to be in the getaway car driving to a job, the planning that goes into a bank robbery, and the grizzly reality of what you have to be prepared to do, to get the money without getting caught. And in their second interview, David and Emilia hear from Sarah Hey, director of The Great Train Robbery: The Hidden Tapes, who explains how the program has revealed new information and brought us closer to the truth of what really happened in the theft of £2.6million, over fifty years ago. To find out, subscribe and listen now, to If It Bleeds It Leads, with Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox, on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
Could you be a criminal? What seperates the way you think, from the criminal mind? Join the worlds leading professor of criminology, Prof. David Wilson and star of Silent Witness Emilia Fox as they discover what is really going on behind some of the most notorious crimes. In this exclusive podcast series you’ll learn from never-heard-before interviews with offenders, the police, crime experts and investigators exactly what is going on in the criminal mind. What do you do with have-a-go hereos who try to stop you robbing a bank? What's it like inside an escalating prison riot? And how do you deal with Britains most infamous hitman telling you he's been ordered to kill you? To find out, subscribe and listen now, to If It Bleeds It Leads, with Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox, on Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
Comments (3)

Mike Hobbs

Oops...same episode two weeks in a row....that's a bit shit...

Jul 13th
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Alex K.

Christopher Dale Flannery https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Dale_Flannery?wprov=sfla1 , known unofficially here in Australia as Mr. Rent-a-Kill, after a well known pest extermination company in the 1980s. Unfortunately you can't interview him because he's dead

Jun 21st
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Debs Moriarty

Excellent, well presented podcast by two of the best 👏👏👍

Jun 16th
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