A MURDER WITHOUT END
About this podcast
A Murder Without End is the story of how the death of Joshua Hayes in Jacksonville, Florida, led to a tragedy in Scotland, to one of the longest extradition battles in British legal history, and how one mother fought for justice beyond anyone’s expectations. Award-winning journalist Tristan Stewart-Robertson takes you on a journey across decades and continents, and brings to light how the act of murder doesn’t just kill the victim.
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Journalism, such as A Murder Without End podcast, might be free to listen to. But it isn’t free to make.
This exclusive series was created without any funding: all research, archive audio, voice overs and music were sourced and paid for by Tristan Stewart-Robertson. So: if you enjoyed what you heard, please donate what you can. Any support you can spare would be invaluable. Thank you.
All content copyright Tristan Stewart-Robertson 2023.
All photos of Joshua Hayes and his family were contributed by his family, who retain the copyright.
Florida documents released under Access to Information.
Chapter 1: The Boat Ramp
Jacksonville, Florida. August 10, 1999. Two 911 calls describe a boy found on a boat ramp. This is the story of Joshua Hayes, his mother Patricia, and the beginning of a case that would exceed anyone’s expectations.
Chapter 2: Gone Fishing
Just who was Joshua Hayes? We examine his life – the good, and the bad – and hear the voices of those left behind.
Chapter 3: Eldon Street
A woman is dead after a car crash in Greenock, Scotland. This tragic incident is not as far removed from the murder on the boat ramp as it may first seem.
Music theme from https://www.zapsplat.com.
Chapter 4: End of the Line
How is a legal system supposed to work? We take a look at that question – and how the suspected killer of Joshua Hayes kept asking questions fundamental to freedoms and rights.
The process was under the Extradition Act 1989.
2007: Harkins v Secretary of State [EWHC 639 (Admin)]
2011: Inzunza & Others v United States of America & Ors [EWHC 920 (Admin)]
2012: Harkins and Edwards v the United Kingdom [ECHR 021 (2012)]
2014: Harkins v Secretary of State [EWHC 3209 (Admin)]
2012: Vinter and Others v the United Kingdom [ECHR 073 (2012)]
2014: Trabelsi v Belgium [ECHR 247 (2014)]
Chapter 5: 17 Judges
The case has been brought to the highest court in Europe. We explore the lifelong ramifications for Patricia, the mother of Joshua Hayes.
ECHR hearing courtesy of and © ECHR-CEDH. Full hearing recording
Chapter 6: August 10th, 1999
Jacksonville, Florida. August 10, 1999. We go back in time again to the day Joshua Hayes was killed, and retrace the events that lead up to the murder at the boat ramp.
Chapter 7: 175 Days
Amassing all the available evidence, we navigate a confusing maze of paperwork to piece together a picture of what really happened in the days – and years – after the murder at the boat ramp.
Chapter 8: Never Quitting
As the case nears its climax, we look at Patrica’s relentless battle for her family. And examine new information from behind the scenes.
Chapter 9: The Table
After almost 20 years we reach the climax of this Murder Without End, but can time give closure to a mother who has lost her son?
Bonus: Signal Awards Finalist
A special bonus announcement after A Murder Without End was named a finalist for the Signal Awards 2023 as Best Indie Podcast for Limited Series & Specials. The series won both Listener’s Choice and Silver in October.
Bonus: Behind the Scenes
Scottish reporter and host Tristan Stewart-Robertson speaks to Maxine McArthur about what went into the true crime podcast A Murder Without End, its journalism, its legacy and being a finalist for the Signal Awards 2023. The series won both Listener’s Choice and Silver for Best Indie Podcast (Limited Series & Specials) after this episode was recorded.
Tristan Stewart-Robertson was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, and obtained a post-grad diploma in journalism studies (newspaper option) from Cardiff University in 2002. He has been working for local and national papers in Scotland ever since. In 2019, he was named local/weekly features writer of the year at the Scottish Press Awards.
Liam Pollock, having studied broadcasting and producing at university, has been using those skills for creating content on different platforms, and has now decided to use them to help his partner Tristan with this podcast.
Jason Skinner is an artist and educator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where his large-scale work can be found adorning buildings as well as illustrating magazines and sidewalks. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, he met Tristan when he became the first artist in residents for Tomorrow.is.
See more of Jason’s work at jasonskinner.ca.
Dillon Anthony is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer, and producer, most recognized for his work on pedal steel, guitar, and keyboard for the rock band Kill Chicago. An alumni of Berklee College of Music and The Banff Centre, he is an accomplished session musician well versed in many genres of music.
Visit www.dillonanthony.com for more on his work.