Just before sunset on Saturday, June 18, 1988, a local patrol car slowed as it travelled eastbound along the M50 motorway. Walking along the hard shoulder was a young girl carrying a baby. The officer pulled in and asked if the girl was alright. Eleven-year-old Georgina explained that she was looking for her older sister, Marie. Their car had broken down a little way up the road and Marie had left to use the emergency phone some time ago — but she had not come back.
The Rooney Family lived on a travellers site in Drinsey Nook, Lincolnshire. They splashed out on plastic surgery, driving top of the range BMW cars, while wearing expensive Rolex watches and designer outfits. They enjoyed luxury holidays to Mexico, Barbados, Egypt and Australia. An aerial shot of the land where they lived, pictured green fields surrounding a collection of single-story red brick homes with a few dilapidated caravans nearby.
The reasons the Rooneys were able to enjoy the extravagancies they did, lived in those caravans.
In a school in Pontypridd, Wales, Christopher May sat peacefully playing a piano — oblivious to the firefighters around him. He continued to play as the flames circled, flames from the fire he had started. The arson was just one in a string of offences, this former butcher, would commit before being arrested for murder.
Due to overwhelming demand we have added another date to our listener meet ups in July with the Generation Why podcast. The event will be held at Loves Company in London on the evening of Monday, July 8. Entry is free but limited and tickets will be available on Saturday, March 16, at 6pm GMT from Billetto.co.uk.
The tickets were gone within 20 minutes when the first two dates were released so make sure set a reminder.
We will also be posting direct links for tickets through our social media accounts on Saturday, March 16 so make sure you are following us if you want to come along.
Last year I spent a few days recording for a new HLN / CNN True Crime show called Vengeance. The episodes focused on the cases of Peter Morgan (covered in Season 3 - Episode 13) and Ann Huxley (coming later this season). I am not ultimately sure if I made the cut (as is the nature of these things) but if you are in the US maybe keep an eye out for me on the episodes due to air on April 28 and May 5!
You may have heard at the beginning of this weeks episode that our first book will be released on Thursday, May 30th! 10 new sinister and unsettling true crime cases to keep you awake at night. Pre-order in paperback, ebook or audiobook now!