Untold: the Daniel Morgan murder podcast


Since the success of Serial and its altogether more comprehensive successor Undisclosed, both podcasts in general and true crime podcasts in particular have become incredibly popular. Many of them cover unsolved murders and miscarriage of justice because, as might be expected, they make for better stories than open and shut cases. Some of them cover well-known cases, some of them cover obscure, barely-covered cases.

One of the best of the post-Serial batch is a UK production called “Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder”. Daniel Morgan was private investigator who was killed in the car park of the  Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, with an axe wound in the back of his head. It’s believed that Daniel was very close to exposing previously unheard of levels of corruption within the Metropolitan Police and collusion between the Met and News International. The murder is now the most-investigated crime in British history, costing the taxpayer…

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Launching 2 June — UNTOLD: The Daniel Morgan Murder

Announcing imminent launch of Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder 

untoldsqaureThe  phone hacking scandal that closed News of the World was big, but that was just the tip of the iceberg.  At the bottom of that iceberg of ‘dark arts’ – hacking, burglary, bugging, and bribing bent cops – is the body of Daniel Morgan.

It’s been described by an Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police as “one of the most disgraceful episodes in the entire history of the Metropolitan Police Service.”

Over the three decades since Daniel was killed, five failed police investigations and an ongoing panel inquiry, his has become the most investigated murder in British history.

The story moves from back streets of London, through the highest echelons of Scotland Yard, to the offices of Rupert Murdoch’s best selling newspapers, to the doors of Number Ten Downing Street.

If you haven’t heard this story, ask yourself, why?

Source: Untold Story — UNTOLD: The Daniel Morgan Murder

The Sun Vault: the Death Star of British Journalism – Peter Jukes

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Death StarAt the heart of the country’s best selling newspaper is a legendary 7 foot high safe full of ‘eye-popping’ material on public figures that won’t be published, suggesting a form of blackmail is at the heart of the British press.

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The News of the World and the Daniel Morgan Murder: the Key Reason for Leveson 2 – Peter Jukes

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Daniel MorganLast week’s Panorama, Cops, Criminals, Corruption: The Inside Story helped shed some light into the corrupt links between underworld criminals, corrupt police and private investigators around the murder of Daniel Morgan.  But there is a fourth element which partly explains why this murder has been so difficult to investigate – and that’s the role of the fourth estate: the media.

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Serialising the Daniel Morgan murder case: a ‘baffling net of intrigue and malice’ – The Justice Gap | The Justice Gap

INTERVIEW: ‘At the bottom of the phone hacking scandal, there’s a bigger scandal. I’m staggered I didn’t know about it.’ So says Peter Jukes, a playwright-turned-investigative journalist, whose name might be familiar from his work live-tweeting the phone hacking trial in 2012.

The scandal he’s referring to is the unsolved case of the murder of Daniel Morgan. ‘I’ve given so many talks about the hacking trial, and when I get onto the Daniel Morgan story, the jaws hit the floor. Everyone knows about Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson and Milly Dowler, but no-one knows this story.’Daniel Morgan’s murder in 1987 has been dubbed ‘the most-investigated unsolved murder in British history’.

On the night of Tuesday 10 March, 1987, Morgan – a private investigator with Southern Investigations, an agency he ran with partner Jonathan Rees – was found in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in south-east London with an axe embedded in his head. The 29th anniversary of Daniel’s death has just been marked, but the murder remains unsolved. Daniel’s brother Alastair has campaigned tirelessly for three decades for the murderers to be brought to justice –

Jukes first came across the case when he was covering the phone hacking trial, a significant seven-month undertaking in which he claimed to type over 450,000 words. After writing a blog saying he’d missed a mortgage payment for the first time in his life, and couldn’t afford to cover the trial off his own back, he began a crowd-funding campaign and successfully raised £20,000 to enable him to attend every day of events at the Old Bailey.

Crowdfunding is what has allowed him to work to bring the Daniel Morgan murder case to light – he has raised nearly £10,000 in order to produce a Serial-style podcast examining the intricacies of the case. ‘I was sitting in the pub with my co-producer and we were talking about Serial. Then the idea came to me – why don’t we do this as a podcast? We’re independent, we don’t have to rely on major news organisations – we can bypass all of that and get direct to our audience.

’‘The great thing about crowdfunding is that people become part of it and you don’t have to deal with a middleman,’ Jukes continues.

Source: Serialising the Daniel Morgan murder case: a ‘baffling net of intrigue and malice’ – The Justice Gap | The Justice Gap