Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder
"If you haven't heard about this, ask yourself, why?"
UPDATE: Episodes One and Two are recorded and available to subscribers
Since we now realise we need at least TEN episodes to tell Alastair's story, our production costs have just leaped 40%. So do keep on funding and supporting us. It takes many days to create just one podcast.
The funding costs of this podcast are being split equally three ways: to Alastair Morgan, Peter Jukes, and the producers Flameflower Studios
THE PODCASTS WITH GO ON GENERAL RELEASE SOME TIME IN SPRING
The Podcast Serial
If you think the phone hacking scandal that closed News of the World was big, that was just the tip of the iceberg.
The murder of Daniel Morgan is the most investigated murder in British history. 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.”
Once the project begins to get funded, around this Christmas, we aim to produce a half hour podcast every week or so, covering the six major phases of the story
1. THE MURDER AND AFTERMATH – MARCH 1987
A brief background about Daniel and his family, and then the murder in March 1987 - Alastair's immediate suspicions, his misplaced trust in the police,
2. FIRST INVESTIGATION - APRIL 1987
Stunning revelations of police complicity in Daniel's murder are followed by a Crimewatch program and later a police reconstruction. But little did Alastair know at the time, but Daniel was allegedly in contact with News of the World.
3. THE INQUEST: APRIL 1988
Stunning revelations of a murder plot exposed at the Inquest. Meanwhile an inquest into another violent death among South East London police circles may have a connection...
FOURTH AND FIFTH INVESTIGATIONS: WATCHING THE DETECTIVES – 2002-2008
The rise of Southern Investigations as the one-stop shop for the dark arts for News of the World and the rest of Fleet Street is paralleled by Alastair's retraining as a journalist as he campaigns to get more media attention for the conspiracy and cover-up of the murder. The Stephen Lawrence murder reignites interest in the corruption of South London police. Alastair meets Kirsteen.
Both the fourth and fifth murder investigations are subverted as the senior investigating officers family are hacked and followed by News of the World, and senior executives try to discredit the murder investigators on behalf of the murder suspects. But the suspects are arrested and trial looms.
PRE-TRIAL AND HACKING SCANDAL: CRIMINAL MEDIA NEXUS – 2008-2012
In the longest pre-trial proceedings in English history there are two years of legal hearings before the suspected murderers of Daniel Morgan can actually be tried. But the case collapses in March 2011 because of endemic police corruption. The Morgan family are in despair. But along comes the related phone hacking scandal and campaigning Labour MP Tom Watson
LEVESON INQUIRY/DANIEL MORGAN INDEPENDENT PANEL – 2012-2016
Key evidence about the Daniel Morgan murder is suppressed from the Leveson Inquiry when some of the former suspects are arrested for email hacking, and the former chief murder investigator for talking to the press. But then Home Secretary Theresa May announces a Hillsborough style panel inquiry into Daniel Morgan's death and cover-up
This podcast will finally shine a torch into one of the darkest and most disturbing stories in modern British history;
We are told we have the best press in the world. We are told we have the most transparent government and the most incorruptible police force. One man’s long fight to seek justice for his brother’s murder have exposed these three beliefs as myths.
But it will also shine a light into the kind of personal strengths, loyalty and resilience of a family which never ever gave up hope of getting justice for their murdered brother.
Produced by Flameflower Studios: original music by Chameli Meir