Podcast: Days of Horror

  • THE LADY WITH NO HANDS – THE HORRIFYING CASE OF AGNES RHODES WILDMAN (1923) | True Crime S2 – Ep15

    THE LADY WITH NO HANDS – THE HORRIFYING CASE OF AGNES RHODES WILDMAN (1923) | True Crime S2 – Ep15

    Amid a deathly silence, the crowd that filled the gallery within the Crown Court at the Manchester Assizes all waited with baited breath as to what sentence would ultimately be handed down to perhaps one of the most callous and cold hearted men to ever stand in front of his…

  • THE DISTURBING CASE OF JOSEPH HOLDEN (1900) | True Crime S2 – Ep14

    THE DISTURBING CASE OF JOSEPH HOLDEN (1900) | True Crime S2 – Ep14

    When Joseph Holden walked along Railway Street situated over in Radcliffe, he was fully aware of the ramifications his recent actions would have not just on his own life, but also on the lives of all those close to him. Making his way along the cobbled road just off Blackburn…

  • THE MAN IN THE BARN : A GRANE ROAD MYSTERY (1909) | Local History S2 – Ep5

    THE MAN IN THE BARN : A GRANE ROAD MYSTERY (1909) | Local History S2 – Ep5

    Walking along the rain sodden path, the stranger could see in the near distance the silhouette of building.  Hoping this would prove to be a somewhat ideal refuge, it may at least be of help to him to shelter from the rain that hadn’t stopped beating down for most of…

  • THE TOOTILL BRIDGE MURDER (1848) | True Crime S2 – Ep13

    THE TOOTILL BRIDGE MURDER (1848) | True Crime S2 – Ep13

    When 49 year old, Joseph Schofield bid his farewells and left the Hare and Hounds public house just before midnight on Saturday, 30th September 1848, his walk back to his home at nearby Under th’ Shore would normally only take him around ten minutes, but on this particular evening perhaps…

  • THE DOWNFALL OF JOHN USHER (1905) | Local History | S2 – Ep4

    THE DOWNFALL OF JOHN USHER (1905) | Local History | S2 – Ep4

    Alfred Parker was a man of routine and on the morning of Wednesday, 9th August 1905 he would begin the day as he always did.  Up early, washed, made a relatively small breakfast and after saying his goodbyes to his wife, he would set off to work at nearby Carr…

  • THE TRAGIC CASE OF THOMAS MATTHEWS (1893) | True Crime S2 – Ep12

    THE TRAGIC CASE OF THOMAS MATTHEWS (1893) | True Crime S2 – Ep12

    As the sun rose over the City, the lush green landscape would reveal its secrets that lead to many a person frequenting the meadow that at times became their home-from-home. The chorus of pleasant sounding birds, the sound of the slow running river that contained a plethora of wildlife from…

  • THE DOUBLE MURDER AT MARR CROFTS (1825) | True Crime S2 – Ep11

    THE DOUBLE MURDER AT MARR CROFTS (1825) | True Crime S2 – Ep11

    Situated between the town of Bury and the village of Norden lies the small hamlet of Birtle, nestled away in the North West of England.  Dotted along the rolling fields are many farm buildings and small businesses that have been passed down through many generations, and it’s within this setting…

  • THE SAD AFFAIR OF ELIZABETH SPENCER (1885) | True Crime – S2 Ep10

    THE SAD AFFAIR OF ELIZABETH SPENCER (1885) | True Crime – S2 Ep10

    Today, we seemingly take many things for granted, never giving a thought to what our ancestors went through over a hundred years ago.  Going to and from work using our cars as well as other means of transport, to carrying out our daily duties within our workplaces which is reminiscent…

  • THE TRAGIC TALE OF EMILY HOLLAND (1876) | True Crime – S1 E1

    THE TRAGIC TALE OF EMILY HOLLAND (1876) | True Crime – S1 E1

    *This article has been updated and re-uploaded. It was originally added to our site on the 25th July 2020 and was the very first episode to have appeared here. In today’s story, we are traveling back to Tuesday, the 20th of March, 1876, until the industrial town of Blackburn in…

  • WHEN THE CRYING STOPS : THE SAD TALE OF SARAH HANNAH BARNES (1910) | Local History – S2 Ep3

    WHEN THE CRYING STOPS : THE SAD TALE OF SARAH HANNAH BARNES (1910) | Local History – S2 Ep3

    On the evening of Tuesday, 12th July 1910, Margaret Taylor, proprietor of number 29 Back Bank Terrace, upon noticing a terrible smell coming from somewhere within her house, would make a shocking discovery. After wandering around from room-to-room to find the cause of the smell, Mrs. Taylor would eventually make…