For exclusive bonus content and early access to ad-free episodes, head to
March 24, 2022

S05E07 - John Taylor (The Murder of Leanne Tiernan)

Apple Podcasts podcast player badge
Spotify podcast player badge
YouTube Channel podcast player badge
Amazon Music podcast player badge
Castbox podcast player badge
Google Podcasts podcast player badge
iHeartRadio podcast player badge
TuneIn podcast player badge

In the seventh episode of British Murders Season 5, I tell the story of John Taylor.⁣⁣⁣


On November 26, 2000, John Taylor abducted 16-year-old Leanne Tiernan from Houghley Gill in Bramley, Leeds, before strangling her to death at his home.


John was initially handed two life sentences in July 2002 with a minimum term to serve of 20 years, but that was increased when several cold case reviews revealed that Leanne was not his first victim.


In February 2003, John was handed two further life sentences and a 30-year minimum after pleading guilty to the rape of two women between 1988 and 1989.


In October 2018, John was handed a whole life order after it was revealed that he had committed 16 total offences between 1977 and 1996 against five separate women and children.


Intro music:⁣

David John Brady - 'Throw Down the Gauntlet'⁣⁣


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:⁣



Edited in:⁣

DaVinci Resolve 17⁣


Mastered in:⁣



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



Allen, R. (2001, August 24). Leanne was wrapped in 9 bin liners. Evening Standard, 25. Retrieved from

Girls’ abduction admitted. (2002, February 16). The Guardian, 7. Retrieved from

John Taylor given whole-life sentence for further historical sex attacks. (2018, October 26). BBC News. Retrieved March 16, 2022, from

John Taylor: Killer in the Woods. (n.d.). Crime+Investigation UK. Retrieved March 16, 2022, from

Leanne murderer admits two rapes. (2003, February 4). BBC News. Retrieved March 16, 2022, from

Man arrested in hunt for murderer of Leanne. (2001, October 16). Evening Standard, 9. Retrieved from

Man charged with murder. (2001, October 18). The Guardian, 13. Retrieved from

McGowan, P. (2001, August 22). Body in wood is girl missing for 9 months. Evening Standard, 6. Retrieved from

Millington, M. (2018, October 26). Who is John Taylor? All about the killer who brutally murdered Leeds teenager Leanne Tiernan. LeedsLive. Retrieved March 16, 2022, from

Missing girl. (2000, December 10). Sunday Telegraph, 12. Retrieved from

N. (2021, December 29). 60 Fun & Interesting Facts About Leeds, England. Fun World Facts. Retrieved March 16, 2022, from

Nettleton, P. (2001, August 23). Murdered schoolgirl “was held in cold storage.” Evening Standard, 4. Retrieved from

Robinson, A. (2021, March 8). John Taylor murder: The child killing monster and the chilling clues linking him to 4 unsolved murders. YorkshireLive. Retrieved March 16, 2022, from

Seenan, G. (2002, July 9). Schoolgirl abducted and murdered for sexual thrill. The Guardian, 5. Retrieved from

Sister helps in search for teenager. (2000, December 4). The Daily Telegraph, 2. Retrieved from

Stokes, P. (2001a, August 23). Police plead for help as missing girl is found strangled in woods. The Daily Telegraph, 9. Retrieved from

Stokes, P. (2001b, August 24). Strangled girl “kept in deep freeze since Christmas.” The Daily Telegraph, 14. Retrieved from

Stokes, P. (2001c, August 25). Murderer “disturbed while burying body of Leanne.” The Daily Telegraph, 11. Retrieved from

Stokes, P. (2002, July 9). Sex killing sadist faces questions on four murders. The Telegraph. Retrieved March 16, 2022, from

Veysey, W. (2002, July 8). Leanne killer gets two life sentences. Evening Standard, 9. Retrieved from

Wainwright, M. (2000, December 4). Abduction fears after schoolgirl fails to phone home. The Guardian, 13. Retrieved from