#140: Solving Mysterious Crimes With Former UK Murder Detective Paul Maleary


For over 30 years Paul Maleary worked as a Detective for the Essex Police Force, investigating countless criminal cases, including horrific murders, bringing closure to the families of the victims.

On today’s show, Paul will be discussing the evolution of police work, the current state of law enforcement, the well-known cases he has worked on, and his beliefs about human nature and community service.

Show Notes

Paul joins the show by speaking about the role of a Police Officer. [2:10]

Crime scene investigation has changed throughout the years; Paul explains what these changes have looked like. [6:51]

The impact of technology on solving crime is discussed. [10:35]

Criminals and their honesty is discussed. [11:45]

Policing in Essex County and the reduced number of police officers is touched on. [14:17]

Paul discusses some of the cases he has worked on. [15:57]

The emotional implications of police work are described. [18:57]

The Rettendon murders in Essex are spoken about. [23:27]

Paul explains his mindset regarding the death of criminals. [25:03]

Fraud and organised crime is discussed. [28:02]

Retiring young and coming out of the policing institution is described. [31:15]

Paul discusses his entrepreneurship activities through the “Ex-Job Community Volunteers” and employing ex-police officers. [38:15]

Being friends with ex-cons as a Police Officer is explained. [41:15]

The experience of Police Officers who go to jail is described. [45:59]


“When you lock somebody up for a long time, the hatred of the person that you are locking up is there. It’s hard. You can’t say to people ‘don’t take it personally’, because they are going to, aren’t they? At the end of the day, this is about their liberty.” [4:52-5:08]

“Forensics, when I joined, was being driven into us. But it didn’t stop people making mistakes, going into a crime scene, people putting their foot into things. There was a naivety about it. But I think they are far more professional about the way they do forensic recovery now.”  [7:31-7:50]

“There will always be a good side, there will always be a Robin Hood story wrapped around all of these people” [11:57-12:03]

“Nichols was a police informant, but unbeknown to me he was a police informant in my office for two of my colleagues, and that was probably one of the most stressful parts of my police service because we came under a lot of scrutiny as a result of alleged malpractice.” [23:59-24:21]

“My public service is still there; you know, whatever way you carve me up, I’m still a copper.” [38:02-38:06]

“We’re all human, we’re all fallible.” [45:43-45:45]

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