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Crime by the Bar

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Welcome to Crime by the Bar where friends Ana and Jonatan discuss tales of true crime with a glass of wine (or two). New episodes area released every Tuesday and Friday. Every Tuesday the full episode is released covering two stories and ending with their ‘Drink of the Week’. Every Friday a Mystery episode is dropped with at least two cases and a focus on cold cases, unsolved crimes or suspicious convictions.

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Welcome to Crime by the Bar where friends Ana and Jonatan discuss tales of true crime with a glass of wine (or two). New episodes area released every Tuesday and Friday. Every Tuesday the full episode is released covering two stories and ending with their ‘Drink of the Week’. Every Friday a Mystery episode is dropped with at least two cases and a focus on cold cases, unsolved crimes or suspicious convictions.

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Crime by the Bar

Updated about 1 month ago

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Welcome to Crime by the Bar where friends Ana and Jonatan discuss tales of true crime with a glass of wine (or two). New episodes area released every Tuesday and Friday. Every Tuesday the full episode is released covering two stories and ending with their ‘Drink of the Week’. Every Friday a Mystery episode is dropped with at least two cases and a focus on cold cases, unsolved crimes or suspicious convictions.

Rank #1: 32: Movie Murder Mysteries

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We continue movie week with more crimes that inspired films. First Jonatan, our native Nordic, takes us to Finland to tell us about the Lake Bodom murders in Espoo. This one has all the making of a horror story but is very real. Four teenagers go camping together and are attacked by a mystery man. Was it an angry local, a suspicious foreigner or the sole survivor who killed the others?

Ana then tells the story of the Frog Boys, one of the most terrifying true crime tales to ever come out of South Korea. On a Tuesday in early Spring, a group of five boys decide to go into the mountains in search of frogs and never return. After 10 years, many false accusations and the suggestion that they probably just ran away their bodies are found in an area searched many times before. Police still say there was no crime but gunshot wounds and blunt force trauma tell a different story.

As usual you can send us your thoughts and requests by email, crimebythebar@gmail.com or on Twitter, @crimebythebar. You can find us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/crimebythebar

CN: descriptions of gore, blood spatter, bludgeoning, shooting, child murder, murder generally, death by suicide

Jun 22 2018
1 hour 34 mins
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Rank #2: Mystery 10: Mystic Murders

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We continue our week of supernatural true crime stories with the murder of an American mystic and a clairvoyant connection from England.

Jonatan's tale is of the 1929 St. Aubin Street Massacre. Was it someone who believed they'd been conned by Benny Evangelist, a follower who lost their faith or an opportunistic killing?

Ana tells the infamous story of the Red Barn murder. In 1826, 25-year-old Maria disappears and her step-mother dreams of a gruesome end which leads to a shocking discovery. Did Maria connect with her step-mother from beyond the grave?

And there's a short story about a ghostly car crash.

If you've enjoyed the show, please share it with someone else who you think might enjoy it as well! You can always send your theories to us on Twitter (@crimebythebar) or by email (crimebythebar@gmail.com).

CN: murder, decapitation, dismemberment, broken promises, paranormal

Apr 20 2018
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #3: 31: Movie Night

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This week we're talking about crime movies: those that were inspired by crimes or inspired their own crimes.

Ana tells the real life tale of Frank Abagnale Jr, a con artist and forger whose criminal career started at 15. Frank passed himself off as a teacher, pilot, doctor and lawyer all before he was 21. He later had his story retold in the 2002 Spielberg film 'Catch Me If You Can'.

Jonatan is talking about Anthony Curcio who was inspired by 'The Thomas Crown Affair' to commit a robbery with a slew of decoys. With pepper spray, a tear-off costume and getaway by water Anthony almost pulled off the perfect crime... but it wasn't meant to be.

We round off with a Banana Split cocktail. Stay to the end to hear what's involved in this one. You can always reach out on Twitter, @crimebythebar, or by email, crimebythebar@gmail.com. As always, you can get bonus details on our website, www.crimebythebar.com or on our Patreon at www.patreon.com/crimebythebar

CN: mention of drug addiction, alcohol

Jun 19 2018
1 hour 31 mins
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Rank #4: 11: Blue Blood & Amber Drinks

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It's a royal edition of Crime by the Bar. In the lead up to King's Day (a Dutch national holiday) we look back at some historical crimes involving royalty.

Jonatan shares the violent end for Alexander I of Yugoslavia who warned "if you want a regime change, you need to kill me". You can guess how this ends but it makes for a very interesting tale.

Ana retells the Mayerling Incident which involves the Crown Prince of Austria and his mistress the many questions surrounding their deaths. What do you think happened?

Our drink this week is a 'Royal Tea' cocktail with whiskey, the Queen of Spices and rose syrup.

As usual reach out to us on Twitter (@crimebythebar) or by email (crimebythebar@gmail.com). You can also visit our website (www.crimebythebar.com) for all of our latest information and extras.

CN: murder, assassination, European history, disapproving mother-in-laws, alcohol

Apr 25 2018
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #5: Mystery 9: Bonfires and Blossoms

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Spring has arrived and with it comes long days, warm weather and more crimes.

Jonatan revisits the murder of Lilly Lindeström aka the Atlas Vampire Murder of Stockholm, Sweden. You may think you know this infamous case but with a native Swede we're able to dispell the myths and share some of the original reporting before sensationalism took over.

Ana retells the tale of Corryn Rayney, an Australian mother of two, who was found murdered and buried in a public park in Perth, Australia. For many, including the police, it seemed like there was an obvious culprit but the case remains unsolved.

Don't forget to rate and review us if you've liked the show. You can find notes, photos and extras at www.crimebythebar.com and reach us at https://twitter.com/crimebythebar or crimebythebar@gmail.com

CN: murder, sex work, premature burial

Apr 14 2018
2 hours 8 mins
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Rank #6: Mystery 6: No Roads Lead Home

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We've got that Friday feeling! In our latest Minisode Mystery we talk about hitch-hiking and Jonatan shares the murder of Lois Roberts. Was it a planned killing and was she the intended victim? Ana talks drink-driving and drinking culture, then introduces Brandon Swanson, a 19 year old who seemingly got lost on the way back from a graduation party.

Don't forget to share this podcast with others who might enjoy it. You can visit www.crimebythebar.com for more details on the show and reach out to us on Twitter, @crimebythebar or by email crimebythebar@gmail.com

CN: missing person, murder, torture, driving under the influence

Mar 09 2018
57 mins
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Rank #7: Mystery 14: Death on Two Wheels

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This Friday we're talking about the cyclists who died under strange circumstances.

Ana begins with a brief explanation of road cycling to add context to the strange demise of Ottavio Bottecchia, a double Tour de France winner. The Italian cyclist was found dead at the roadside after heading out for a morning ride. Was it a competitor, the government or a farmer upset about his grapes?

Jonatan then shares the infamous Green Bicycle case involving 21-year-old Bella Wright who meets an unfortunate end during her cycle home. Witnesses report seeing a stranger on a green bicycle who's thought to be the last person to have seen her alive. Things get even stranger when the bike shows up dismantled and dumped in a canal 6 months later. Is the owner of the bicycle guilty or just worried of being falsely accused?

Send us your theories for this week's mysteries to crimebythebar@gmail.com or on Twitter, @crimebythebar.

CN: murder, speculation, conspiracies

May 18 2018
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #8: Mystery 5: Late Check Out

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It's Friday! We debate American English v. British English and Jonatan tells the tale of Blair Adams, a Canadian who was killed in Seattle. Ana talks about a mysterious death by sucide where the victim wished to remain anonymous and recalls a strange tale of her own.

If you've enjoyed the show please rate and review. Or tell another true crime fan who might enjoy the show. We love when you send your theories- you can email crimebythebar@gmail.com or on Twitter @crimebythebar

CN: murder, suicide, cancer, wine, unsolved cases, missing persons

Mar 02 2018
35 mins
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Rank #9: 6: Planes, Trains and Bloodstains

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It's a new week and Ana and Jonatan have picked the same crime! In a last minute change, Ana talks about her first murder mystery experience and then tells the story of Otýlie Vranská who was found on trains (yes, plural) leaving Prague. Jonatan shares the tale of All Nippon Airways Flight 61 and what happened when Yuji Nishizawa decided to bring extra luggage. After all that chat Ana has a nap.

For their drink this week there's a travel friendly choice: the Gin and Tonic. Recommendations (unsponsored) for their favorite brands and measurements are on www.crimebythebar.com

As usual, you can send you comments and feedback to @crimebythebar on Twitter or email crimebythebar@gmail.comCN: murder, dismemberment, hijacking, stabbing, alcohol

Mar 07 2018
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #10: 10: Clairvoyant Connections

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It's the beginning of a new week and we're heading down a different path in search of crimes solved by psychics.

Jonatan shares the story of Terry Dewayne Smith Jr, an 11-year-old who went missing in 2013. When police can't find clues, Pam Ragland, local psychic, volunteers to help. Does her vision add anything to the case? Ana talks about a case involving a tarot reading, a murdered medium and a tip that's not taken seriously enough. In the end this case really couldn't have been solved without this clairvoyant. Full disclosure: this episode taught us we are skeptics.

We round off the episode with a Mystic Ball cocktail- creamy and fruity with a tang.

You can always find more details on our website, www.crimebythebar.com and reach out to us on Twitter (@Crimebythebar) or by email (crimebythebar@gmail.com). Don't forget the share the show with friends who might enjoy it and your 5 star ratings really help so please keep them coming.

CN: murder, child murder, scepticism, alcohol

Apr 17 2018
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #11: 7: Crime on the Emerald Isle

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Happy St Patrick's Week! We start as we mean to continue: with drinks!Jonatan covers the accidental death of Mary Whelan (née Gough) that begins to look a lot like murder when the most likely suspect goes on the run. Don't worry- a pub patron manages to save the day. Ana shares the story of why £10 bank notes were changed to green and the biggest bank robbery in Irish history: the Northern Bank heist. You can find the usual good stuff (like drinks, recipes and photos) on our website, www.crimebythebar.com. And tell us how you're planning on celebrating St Paddy's Day on Twitter @crimebythebar or by email crimebythebar@gmail.com.Sláinte!CN: murder, paramilitaries, sectarianism, politics, alcohol, kidnapping

Mar 13 2018
1 hour 30 mins
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Rank #12: Mystery 7: Away with the Fairies

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It's the eve of St Patrick's Day! In the spirit of things, we've had many many drinks and we're sharing more Irish crimes. Ana talks about the 2010 kidnapping of 10-year-old Kelli, who was abducted from Phoenix Park, Dublin. The case remains unsolved: #justiceforkelli

Jonatan covers a tale of the Irish legend Manannán Mac Lir. Soon after his disappearance Limavady police asked the public to look out for "a well-known 6ft tall striking local male with an athletic build".

Don't forget to rate and review! You can reach us on Twitter, @crimebythebar or by email, crimebythebar@gmail.com . As usual you'll find extras at www.crimebythebar.com

Mar 16 2018
39 mins
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Rank #13: 14: Writers in the Wrong

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We begin the week with crimes close to home- someone has been walking around on Ana's roof and Jonatan's bike has been stolen. After a quick catchup we share stories of writers who've committed terrible crimes.

Ana has a story from Macedonia: when women begin going missing in the small town of Kičevo it's not long before career journalist Vlado Taneski makes a connection and starts reporting very graphic details of what became of them. Like an evil Clark Kent, Vlado is leading a secret double life.

Jonatan shares a tale of Krystian Bala, a Polish author whose debut novel isn't selling as well as he'd hoped. Maybe that's for the best because when police start comparing the details in the book with a cold case in nearby Wrocław, they find the lead they've been looking for.

Our 'Drink of the Week' is 'The Late Hemingway' a spiked version of the classic. Listen to the end for details or check out the recipe at www.crimebythebar.com. You can reach out to us on Twitter, @crimebythebar, or by email, crimebythebar@gmail.com.

(FYI- the Dutch writer we refer to is Richard Klinkhamer.)

CN: murder, missing persons, dismemberment, sexual assault, battery, starvation, drowning, alcohol

May 15 2018
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #14: Mystery 8: A Night at the Opera

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In this edition of minisode mysteries Ana shares the story of the disappearance of Ambrose Small. Ambrose disappeared from downtown Toronto, Canada the day after finalising a deal to sell much of his real estate. Jonatan tells the riveting tale of the 1987 Opera House heist. It begins with Mohan Singh bringing together a group of hopeful interviewees for what they believe to be a 'mock raid' but things begin to get very real.Don't forget to rate and review if you've enjoyed this episode and you can reach out with your theories on Twitter @crimebythebar or by email, crimebythebar@gmail.com.

Mar 24 2018
57 mins
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Rank #15: Mystery 11: Titles & Tragedy

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Happy King’s Day! We tell you all about the Dutch national holiday and the tragic recent history surrounding the event.

Jonatan’s mystery is the Nepalese royal massacre. At first glance this seems like a pretty clear cut tale but the more the incident is looked at, the more the details don’t add up.

Ana discusses the tragic end of the Duchess de Choiseul-Praslin who was brutally murdered in her home in the early hours of the morning. Things become suspicious when the prime suspect dies just a week later.

Did you enjoy this episode? Tell a friend! You can reach out to us on Twitter, @crimebythebar, or by email crimebythebar@gmail.com.

CN: mass murder, unsolved crime, violent ends, alcohol

Apr 27 2018
1 hour 31 mins
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Rank #16: 8: The Russians are Coming!

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On International Happiness Day we bring you terrible tales from Russia and round off the episode with vodka.

Jonatan covers the Academy Maniacs, a teenage duo who murdered and attacked residents in Akademgorodok of Irkutsk. Ana covers the Maniac of Novosibirsk who went on an 8 year killing spree only for DNA to solve the case in recent years.

We end the show with clear, custom cocktails; you can get the recipes at www.crimebythebar.com. As usual you can get in touch on Twitter, @crimebythebar or by email at crimebythebar@gmail.com

CN: murder, mutilation, serial killers, rape, dismemberment

Mar 21 2018
1 hour 34 mins
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Rank #17: 13: Crime and Technology

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This week we're talking cryptocurrency and cyber crime.

Jonatan shares a story from Taiwan: when Tai (戴) brings his friend Hu (胡) along to sell some Bitcoin he expects to make a healthy profit. Instead he finds himself in a situation involving forced alcohol consumption, assault and theft. 

Ana discusses a virus writer called 'Gigabyte' (aka Kimberley Vanvaeck) who was on a mission in the early 00s to bring down security expert Graham Cluley. Creating the first ever C# virus, Gigabyte decides to share her code on her website but finds herself in legal trouble.

This week we have a cocktail with byte that we've called Vodka.exe- vodka, apple, butterscotch... yes, it's delicious.

We love when you reach out on Twitter, @crimebythebar and by email, crimebythebar@gmail.com. And keep your ratings and reviews coming in, we really appreciate them.

CN: assault, theft, hacking, alcohol

May 08 2018
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #18: Mystery 13: Cyber Conspiracies

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Happy Friday! We're here with creepy stories to round off your week.

Jonatan has a tale from China and talks about the estimated 65% of organ transplants that use nonconsensual harvesting from prisoners. Yes, this is a conspiracy theory, but there are a lot of connections that make it difficult to doubt this is happening at least to some extent.

Ana talks about Karl Koch, a German hacker who went missing during his lunch break and was later found in very mysterious circumstances: burned to death beside a dust covered car in what was recorded as a death by suicide. The facts don't add up so we break it down and briefly address the similarly strange demise of another German hacker who was known as Tron.

We love your messages! Reach out on Twitter, @crimebythebar or by email crimebythebar@gmail.com and you can get all the extras from the show at www.crimebythebar.com.

CN: capital punishment, lethal injection, organ harvesting, hackers, KGB, mild references to drug use (cannabis and cocaine), addiction, death by suicide

May 11 2018
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #19: Mystery 12: Going Coastal

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This week we're sharing seaside stories.

Jonatan shares the tale of 22-year-old Jessie Earl who disappeared from her flat with no signs of a struggle or planning. Her remains were found almost nine years later by the nearby cliffs. Was a Scottish serial killer responsible or is her killer still on the loose?

Ana talks about the Peter Bergmann case involving an unknown man found on a beach in Ireland in mysterious circumstances. For obvious reasons it's often compared to the Tamam Shud case (aka the Somerton Man) but is the answer right in front of us?

We'd love to know your theories on our latest mysteries. Reach out on Twitter, @crimebythebar or by email, crimebythebar@gmail.com. We'll read our favorite ones on during the next mystery episode.

CN: murder, disappearances, unknown persons

May 04 2018
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #20: 12: Drown Your Horrors

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This week Ana is sharing the story Birna Brjánsdóttir of Iceland. Birna was at a bar with friends on a typical Friday night. After she left her journey can be tracked on CCTV for half an hour before she disappears. Four days later one of her shoes is found at a nearby harbor and it's not long before we find out what became of her.

Jonatan takes us back to 1980's Canada with tales of Gilbert Paul Jordan aka the 'Boozing Barber' who had a long list of convictions. When the body of Vanessa Lee Buckner was found, he came under further scrutiny and the more the police look into him, the more crimes he seems to be involved with.

We round off the episode with a tequila, pamplemousse (aka pink grapefruit) liqueur, lime and mint cocktail. Get the recipe at www.crimebythebar.com . You can reach out to us on Twitter, @crimebythebar or by email, crimebythebar@gmail.com .

CN: murder, sexual assault, alcoholism, substance abuse, manslaughter, crimes against First Nations

May 01 2018
1 hour 15 mins
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