Murdered detective's family hope podcast gives new momentum to their search for the truth - Wales Online

The brother of a Welsh private detective who was axed to death hopes a new podcast recounting his murder will help end his three decade fight for justice.

Alastair Morgan, 67, believes the media has failed to give brother Daniel’s murder - which is the most investigated unsolved killing in British history - the profile it deserves.

He hopes the iTunes podcast he has made with journalist Peter Jukes will help build momentum in his quest for answers.

Daniel, 37, from Llanfrechfa in Cwmbran , was found with an axe in his head in a London pub car park in 1987.

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Despite five criminal investigations nobody has been successfully prosecuted.

Biggest case for half a century Translator Mr Morgan, 67, who lives in London, said: “The (podcast) story is very largely told from the way it happened to me or as I saw it happening.

Alastair Morgan and his brother Daniel (right) “I think this case is as serious as any that there’s been in the last 50 years.”

The Metropolitan Police has since admitted the first investigation attempting to bring Daniel’s killers to justice was blighted by police corruption.

Home Secretary Theresa May MP established the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel (DMIP) to carry out a full review of corruption as it affected the case.

It will also probe the treatment of Daniel Morgan’s family by the police and other parts of the criminal justice system.

The first episode of Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder, which was paid for through crowdfunding and sponsorship, went out on Thursday and nine more half-hour instalments will follow on a weekly basis.

The scene of Daniel Morgan's brutal murder Mr Morgan said a second series may follow.

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Could be more episodes He added: “The panel is going to report sometime in the autumn and that may precipitate more episodes - we’re not quite sure of that yet.”

Mr Jukes has said his decision to get involved was encouraged by hit Netflix documentary Making a Murderer as well as the success of real-crime US podcast Serial.

Making a Murderer covered the case of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, who were jailed in 2007 for the murder of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.

Peter Byrne/PA WireHome Secretary Theresa May who ordered a fresh probe in to the Daniel Morgan murder Serial revisited the case of Adnan Syed, convicted for the 1999 murder of his high-school classmate and former girlfriend, eighteen-year-old Hae Min Lee.

The podcast has been cited as an influence of Making a Murderer which has been downloaded more than 68 million times.

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Probing drug-related corruption Daniel was alleged to have been investigating drug-related police corruption in south London before his death and his brother is convinced he was about to blow the lid.

A trial of four men charged with Daniel’s murder in 2008 subsequently collapsed in 2011, following alleged failures by the police and prosecutors.

Mr Morgan added: “What I’m most keen on in my brother’s case is that the truth comes out - primarily about how the police dealt with it.

“That’s the most important thing to me. It’s all very well for the police to say corruption played a role. But I want people to know what that actually meant - who did what, how it happened.”

'Killers walking the streets' Mr Morgan maintains the people he believes are responsible for his brother’s murder are “walking around the streets today”.

In March 2015 the independent panel issued an appeal for information 28 years after the crime was committed.

Alastair Morgan and his mother Isobel Hulsmann arriving at Scotland Yard for a meeting with the Metropolitan police Mr Morgan also wrote to global media tycoon Rupert Murdoch urging him to help.

The tycoon’s defunct News of the World newspaper has been linked to the case ever since it emerged the tabloid had been spying on the Met’s detective Dave Cook, who was leading an inquiry into Daniel’s murder.

In 2012, evidence heard during the Leveson Inquiry into press standards revealed that Daniel’s detective firm Southern Investigations, whose members included suspects in his killing, had “close links” to senior News of the World news editor Alex Marunchak.

Following the collapse of the murder trial in 2011 the Met apologised to Daniel’s family and made a payment of £125,000 to help with their legal costs. However it did not admit responsibility.