Episode 357 - Peter Plumley-Walker: Divorce, Death & Debauchery Down Under - Part 1
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by Wondery | RedHanded
5d ago
How does a “true British gentleman”, complete with love of cricket and handlebar moustache, end up dead at the bottom of a waterfall in New Zealand with his limbs bound and lashes to his buttocks? This is the question that faced police in 1989, when a tourist boat found the body of 51-year-old cricket umpire Peter Plumley-Walker floating at the bottom of Huka Falls. To find out the answers you need to come with us on a journey down under involving a 19-year-old sex worker, her 35-year-old boyfriend, and their budget bondage basement. Exclusive bonus content: Wondery - Ad-free & ShortH ..read more
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Episode 356 - Davy Tweed: Behind Closed Doors
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by Wondery | RedHanded
1w ago
As far as the people of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, knew, Davy Tweed was a sporting hero, dedicated public servant, and good Protestant family man. But his stepdaughter Amanda Brown knew what this public façade masked: a volatile, unstoppable juggernaut of physical and sexual abuse, who made her family’s life a living hell. In a very special episode, we directly hear from Amanda herself – who tells us exactly what it’s like to walk down the street with your abuser, while people shout ‘hero’ at him. Exclusive bonus content: Wondery - Ad-free & ShortHand Patreon - Ad-free & ..read more
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Episode 355 - The Khamar-Daban Incident: Mystery in the Mountains
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by Wondery | RedHanded
2w ago
Bleeding from the eyes, foaming at the mouth, and bashing themselves to death against the rocks. That was the fate of six skilled hikers in the Russian mountain range Khamar-Daban – at least according to the single survivor Valentina Utochenko. Yet if the Russian authorities are to be believed, it was just a simple case of hypothermia. With speculation over what happened still rife, this mystery has been chalked up to everything from secret Novichok testing to accidentally ingested magic mushrooms. We know what we think, but you’ll have to listen to find out. Exclusive bonus content: Wondery ..read more
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Episode 353 - Chernobyl: The Power Station That Ended a Nation
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by Wondery | RedHanded
1M ago
The world’s most infamous nuclear disaster officially killed just thirty-one people, but in reality it’s death toll is incalculable. Raining radioactive debris over a city, and melting the skin off the on-site workers, the explosion and subsequent meltdown at Chernobyl reactor 4 is one of the most devastating man-made accidents in history.  This is the story of how fear, bureaucracy, and lies first brought down a nuclear power station, which then brought down a nation. Exclusive bonus content: Wondery - Ad-free & ShortHand Patreon - Ad-free & Bonus Episodes Follow us o ..read more
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Episode 352 - Over the Thin Blue Line: the Undercover Police Scandal
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by Wondery | RedHanded
1M ago
Imagine finding out that your partner of six years – the love of your life, the father of your children – had never existed. That during all of your most intimate moments, they’d been spying on you, taking notes to report back to their superiors. That’s what happened to dozens of innocent British women in 2011, when they uncovered the SDS – a super-secretive unit of London’s Met Police. To infiltrate groups of (mostly harmless) left-wing activists, these officers went undercover, routinely starting long-term sexual relationships with female members, for years at a time. They groomed these wome ..read more
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Episode 351 - North Korean Abductions: Korean Career Couriers
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by Wondery | RedHanded
1M ago
Kidnapping might seem like an odd solution to low levels of education, but for The Democratic People's Republic of Korea it seemed like a perfect plan. Whisk away international intelligentsia to your hermit kingdom and reprogram them to become perfect North Korean citizens, capable of pushing forward your scientific endeavours – or more importantly, directing a cult classic knock-off Godzilla movie.  Unfortunately, it is a plan that hasn’t gone down overly well with the rest of the world. So how did it happen? And is it still going on today? Exclusive bonus content: Wondery - Ad-free ..read more
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Listen Now: Happily Never After: Dan & Nancy
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by Wondery | RedHanded
1M ago
Nancy Brophy fills her novels with romantic betrayals and murder. It’s a far cry from her quiet life in the suburbs, where she and her chef husband, Dan, are living out their golden years. But when Dan is shot dead, Nancy finds herself at the center of a murder case that could be ripped from the pages of her novels. From Wondery, this is a story about what happens when the line blurs between fiction and reality.  Listen to Happily Never After: Dan & Nancy on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. You can binge episodes early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the ..read more
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Episode 350 - War Machine
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by Wondery | RedHanded
1M ago
When Christine Mackinday and her boyfriend were interrupted in bed by her ex-fiancé – a 200-pound ex-MMA fighter who had legally changed his name to War Machine – she had every reason to fear for her life. This is the wild true story of Jonathan Koppenhaver: self-proclaimed “Alpha Male”, failed UFC fighter, wannabe pornstar and reality-show embarrassment – and his inevitable, tragic, violent revenge. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info ..read more
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FROM THE VAULT - Episode 157 - The Disappearance of Peter Falconio
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by Wondery | RedHanded
2M ago
Get your tour tickets at redhandedpodcast.com! In 2001 on a remote stretch of highway in Australia’s Northern Territory, British backpacker Peter Falconio vanished. His girlfriend, Joanne Lees, told police that they had been attacked by a strange man. The subsequent investigation saw local drug runner Bradley Murdoch jailed for life - but questions still linger, especially around the truthfulness of the story that Joanne told... See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info ..read more
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Episode 349 - A Death in Old Peking
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by Wondery | RedHanded
2M ago
The state of Pamela Werner’s body alone would have been enough to send 1930s Peking into a frenzy. She’d been frantically stabbed, her chest cut wide open, and four of her internal organs had been precisely removed... But Pamela was the daughter of a high-ranking British diplomat. And the death of a white girl in the ancient Chinese capital, in 1939 – when anti-foreigner revolts were bubbling and the entire country was under threat of invasion by Japan – rocked the city, in the last days of old China. Exclusive bonus content: Wondery - Ad-free & ShortHand Patreon - Ad-free & ..read more
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