By What's the Story? Sounds

With one squeeze of a trigger, or flash of a blade, the course of history can change forever. In this series - we tell the stories of assassinations throughout history, plotting the path of the killer and victim, step by step, until they meet. We examine the fall out, following the assassination of world leaders. We reveal how cultural icons were targeted, and why. And we unpack stories which you may never have heard about before. From What's the Story Sounds - and narrated by Jonathan Guy Lewis - Crosshairs is your weekly dose of crime and history, with new episodes every Thursday.


Episode 5 : Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln wasn’t a man who cared to draw attention to himself, which is difficult when you’re six foot foot four and the president of the United States. On the night of April 14th, 1865 Lincoln, weary after guiding America through four years of Civil War but optimistic about the future, simply wanted to sit back and enjoy some theatre. Little did he know, that by the time the night was over, all the audience sat in the Ford Theatre would remember was the name John Wilkes Booth and the shot he fired which ended the life of the most powerful man in the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/09/2245m 42s

Episode 4 : Veronica Guerin

If you’re an Irish gangster in the 1990’s the last thing you wanted, apart from seeing the inside of a jail cell, is for Veronica Guerin to be writing about you. Through her dogged investigating and fearless reporting, Guerin exposed the rotten underbelly of the Irish criminal underworld - becoming the most famous journalist in the country in the process. That level of notoriety unsurprisingly put a target on the thirty-six year old’s back, and on June 26th 1996, whilst stopped at a red light, Veronica was shot and killed by two men on a motorbike, a murder which sent shockwaves across Ireland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/09/2247m 23s

Episode 3 : Harvey Milk

Politics is a dirty business. Bringing about change requires fighting tooth and nail and that can make you enemies, something Harvey Milk, San Francisco Supervisor and America’s first openly gay politican, knew all too well. On a cold November morning in 1978, ex-supervisor Dan White, who felt the so-called ‘Mayor of Castro Street’ had played a key role in the premature demise of his own political career, shot and killed his former friend in San Francisco City Hall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/09/2237m 21s

Episode 2 : Jean-Paul Marat

Its 1793 and the French Revolution is in full swing. Famed political journalist Jean-Paul Marat, a voice for those who want rid of the excesses of the monarchy, is taking a meeting in his bathroom. He has a debilitating skin condition and the bath is the only place where he can find relief. It's there that the twenty-four year old Charlotte Corday finds him, claiming she has information about his political opponents but instead plunging a knife into Marat’s chest, ending the life of one of the most vocal anti-royalists of his time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/09/2232m 21s

Episode 1 : John Lennon

John Lennon knows a thing or two about obsessive fandom. Ten years after the breakup of The Beatles, the famed musician from Liverpool has to run the gauntlet of Fab Four devotees camped outside his Manhattan apartment building on a daily basis. On December 8th 1980, Mark David Chapman is amongst them, but when Lennon emerges, instead of producing an album for him to sign or a notepad for him to autograph, Chapman draws a gun and shoots one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century four times in the back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
31/08/2251m 39s

Episode 0: Introducing Crosshairs

With a pull of a trigger, or the flash of a blade, the course of history can change forever. In this brand new series, narrated by Jonathan Guy Lewis, you can hear the stories of assassinations throughout history. From world leaders to cultural icons, we'll profile the victims, and their killers, and plot the journey which brings them together. Crosshairs launches on September 1st, with new episodes every Thursday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/08/221m 16s
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