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April 21, 2022

S05E10 - The 'Beauty in the Bath' Murder of Cynthia Bolshaw


In the tenth and final episode of British Murders Season 5, I tell the tragic story of Cynthia Bolshaw.

 

Cynthia was murdered in her luxury bungalow in Heswall, the Wirral, on October 8, 1983, and her body was placed face down into 18-inch deep bathwater.

 

Police had no idea who the culprit was until advances in DNA technology led them to a suspect almost 16 years later in March 1999.

 

John Edwin Taft was eventually convicted of Cynthia's murder but always proclaimed his innocence.

 

Did the police catch the man responsible? Or was John Taft sent down due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time?

 

This season finale is a real-life murder mystery, and I'd love to hear your opinions about it.

 

Intro music:⁣

David John Brady - 'Throw Down the Gauntlet'⁣

https://linktr.ee/davidjohnbradymusic⁣

 

My recording equipment:⁣

Shure SM7B Vocal Microphone

Cloud Microphone Cloudlifter CL1

Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface

Rode PSA-1 Professional Studio Boom Arm

Sony CX450 Handycam

 

Recorded in:⁣

Hindenberg PRO

 

Edited in:⁣

DaVinci Resolve 17⁣

 

You can purchase 'The Serial Killer's Book of Haiku 2' by Rose Bundy here:⁣

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