Mens Rea:  A true crime podcast

In February of 2015, 16 year old Becky Watts was reported missing by her family. A city - wide search ensued for the shy and socially anxious teenager. But it would turn out that Becky, and the answers about what had become of her, would be found much closer to home than initially thought. 


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Darren Galsworthy The Evil Within (London: Harper Collins, 2016) Purchase here (  

Steven Morris, “Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare: dark fantasies became reality” in The Guardian  (11 November 2015)


“Becky Watts: 'Lack of enquiry' into family criticised” from BBC News (23 January 2020)   

Tristan Cork, “Becky Watts' horrified mother slams 'missed opportunities' to support her” from ( (23 January 2020)   

Amanda Devlin, “Killer Brother: where is Nathan Matthews now, why did he murder his step-sister Becky Watts and what happened to his girlfriend Shauna Hoare?” in The Sun (13 November 2017)   

“Nathan Matthews tearfully describes moment he killed stepsister Becky Watts” in The Telegraph (28 October 2015)   

Lucy Sherriff, “Becky Watts: Lets not forget the 16 year old who was 'a tornado and a sunbeam all at once” in The Huffington Post (12 November 2015)   

Jamie Micklethwaite, “Becky Watts killer 'beaten to near death in prison twice” in The Daily Star (12 November 2016)   

Rod Minchin and Claire Hayhurst, “Becky Watts murder: Nathan Matthew and Shauna Hoare jailed for combined 50 years as judge leaves court in tears” in The Daily Record (13 November 2015)   

"Becky Watts murder trial: Jury told girlfriend's ignorance is a ridiculous concept” in The Evening Standard (8 October 2015)   

“Becky Watts murder trial: Shauna Hoare wrongly portrayed as 'sex fiend'” in the Belfast Telegraph (6 November 2015)   

“Becky Watts: Body parts found at Bristol house” from  BBC News (3 March 2015)    

“Becky Watts verdict: Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare guilty of killing” in The Daily Mail (11 November 2015)    

Jon Kay, “Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare jailed for Becky Watts killing” in BBC News (13 November 2015)    

Steven Morris, “Becky Watts: timeline of the 16 year old's disappearance” in The Guardian ( 3 March 2015)  

“Becky Watts disappearance: What we know” from ( (2  March 2015)    

“Becky Watts search: Police call in further support” from BBC News (1 March 2015)    

Claire Hayhurst, “Rebecca Watts missing: police and members of the public in search for Bristol teenager” in The Independent (25 February 2015)    

Charlotte Krol, “Woman accused of Becky Watts' murder 'grinned and giggled' during police interview” in The Telegraph (12 October 2015)    

“Becky Watts: Body parts found at Bristol house”  from BBC News (3 March 2015)    

Steven Morris, “Becky Watts: stepbrother charged with murder” in The Guardian (4 March 2015)  

“Becky Watts: Shauna Hoare charged with murder” from Sky News (22 June 2015)    

L Churchill, “Becky Watts: Sexual motivation to 'grotesquely executed plan' to kidnap Bristol teenager” in The Bristol Post (7 October 2015)   

Jon Kay, “Becky Watts murder trial:Stepbrother 'had sexual motive'” from BBC News (7 October 2015)    

Steve Robson and Laura Elvin, “Becky Watts murder trial: Stepbrother sobs and begs police not to read out confession” in The Mirror (22 October 2015)    

“Suspects in Becky Watts trial brought cleaning items after her death” in The Guardian ( (26 October 2015)  

“Becky Watts trial: Shauna Hoare's kidnap texts 'were sarcastic'” from BBC News (2 November 2015)    

Steven Morris, “Becky Watts was killed in sexually motivated attack, jury told” in The Guardian (7 October 2015)   

“Becky Watts stepbrother and his girlfriend guilty of killing” from BBC NEWs (11 November 2015)   

“Becky Watts murder: Karl Demetrius and Jaydene Parsons jailed” from BBC News (5 February 2016)   


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