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Aug. 11, 2022

S06E08 | Gary Allen | The Murders of Samantha Class and Alena Grlakova


In the eighth episode of British Murders Season 6, I tell the story of Gary Allen.

 

In late 1997, Gary murdered 29-year-old mum-of-three Samantha Class in Hull, East Yorkshire. He was acquitted of her murder in early 2000.

 

Just after Christmas 2018, Gary killed once more. This time, he murdered 38-year-old mum-of-four Alena Grlakova in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

 

His trial for both murders began in 2021. The jury found Gary Allen guilty of both murders, and the Judge handed him a life sentence with a minimum term of 37 years.

 

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

 

Recorded in:⁣

Hindenberg PRO

 

Edited in:⁣

DaVinci Resolve 17⁣

 

References:⁣

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