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 something north of £50 million, and is still currently unsolved.
The story is told by Daniel’s brother Alastair and author Peter Jukes. Listen to the trailer for Untold here:
The website synopsis reads:
“The 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? “
- The Untold homepage: http://www.untoldmurder.com/
- Daniel Morgan’s entry on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Morgan_(private_investigator)