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Aug. 25, 2022

S06E10 | Ian O'Callaghan | The Murder of Shirley Leach


In the tenth and final episode of British Murders Season 6, I tell the story of Ian O'Callaghan.

 

On January 6, 1994, Ian O'Callaghan attacked, sexually assaulted, murdered and mutilated 66-year-old widow and grandma Shirley Leach at Bury Interchange.

 

In September 2001, Ian exposed himself to an 11-year-old girl before raping her a few days later.

 

He remained a free man until February 2006, when he was arrested for drink-driving. His DNA was taken and matched a blood sample from the crime scene in 1994.

 

He was handed a life sentence in 2006 with a minimum term of 28 years for the murder of Shirley Leach, with a 16-year concurrent sentence handed to him in 2016 for the rape of the 11-year-old after she came forward and informed the police of what had happened.

 

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 18

 

References:⁣

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