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Tortoise Media’s new offices in Berners Street, London. 13/9/20. Photo Tom Pilston.
This week in Tortoise: Hidden homicides

This week in Tortoise: Hidden homicides

Tortoise Media’s new offices in Berners Street, London. 13/9/20. Photo Tom Pilston.

In the UK, we’re told that two women a week are killed by a current or former partner. These are just the killings we know about. The number is far higher. 

Hidden Homicides are a scandal in plain sight: women whose deaths are not properly investigated. For months, Louise Tickle has been looking into systemic police failings – killers twice missed, grieving families whose suspicions are ignored, a body left to decay in a morgue, vital evidence tampered with.

Across a four-part podcast starting today, Louise takes us with her as she hears the stories of brutal violence and devastating loss, then pieces together the pattern of casual negligence in the police and Coroners’ Courts. She gives us reason, too, to admire the tenacity of the victims’ families. Ultimately, she asks us to join a campaign to stop killings going unrecognised and unseen. 

Working together with Claudia Williams on the reporting and Patricia Clarke on the data, Louise has produced a very different true crime podcast. It’s an investigation into the investigators. Please do listen; or, if you’d rather, you can read the Hidden Homicides reporting. We believe it should – and will – force the government to bring these hidden homicides to light. 

We know it’s hard to get beyond the pandemic headlines these days. But there’s plenty else going on and, in this week’s ThinkIns, we look beyond the stories leading the news: 

– Tonight’s ThinkIn is about Carrie Symonds, Boris Johnson’s fiancée and a long-time communications officer in the Conservative party, who is increasingly seen as the Prime Minister’s most valued advisor. What are her politics – and what role does she play in politics? 

–  Tomorrow morning, we’re investigating one of those subjects that’s treated as a fact of life, but surely shouldn’t be: are the big investment platforms making fools of small investors?

– And tomorrow evening, we rethink one of the world’s biggest challenges in the light of the pandemic: how do we feed the world sustainably?

– On Wednesday, we’ll discuss the toxic myths of modern motherhood with Ashley Audrain, whose debut novel The Push is already breaking publishing records.

– On Thursday, we’ll be asking whether the known links between playing rugby and increased risk of concussion, brain trauma and even dementia mean it’s time to ban the sport altogether.

– At Friday’s Creative Sensemaker Live we’ll celebrate one of the few silver linings of the pandemic – the great resurgence in the popularity of the printed book.

As I suppose you can tell from this note, it’s an important week for us in the journalism that we set out to do. Please do join us – and let us know what you think.


James Harding,
Editor & co-founder