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Morbidology the Podcast – 12: Mick Philpott

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As human beings, we all have ambitions and goals. For a number of people all across the world, their life’s ambition is quite simply to have a large family. In a perfect world, babies are born into hard-working families that do their best to provide for them a loving home and a stable environment. But what about those that are seen as nothing more than a source of income?

Mick Philpott first saw his name in the headlines in 2006, when he requested a bigger council-house for his massive family. Philpott had fathered 17 children by a number of different women and to fund his family, he relied solely on state benefits. His lifestyle was something which angered a number of hard-working Britons who felt as though he was procreating solely as a means of income.  

Britain had almost forgotten about the Philpott family when in 2012, tragedy struck when their house went up in flames, opening one of the most shocking criminal investigations that Derby had ever seen.

Podcast Promos:

Lessons from Lifeline



Our Lives their Deaths




International Business Times, 18 April, 2017 – “Who is Mick Philipott?”

Irish Times, 4 April, 2013 – “Philpott Sticks Fingers Up After Sentencing For Killing Children”

The Birmingham Post, 15 March, 2006 – “Rehouse Me, Demands Dad of 14”

The Daily Mirror, 15 March, 2006 – “Give Me a Bigger House for My Wife, My Lover & My 14 Children”

The Daily Mirror, 16 March, 2006 – “Ex: I’ll Bar Dad of 14 From Kids”

The Sun, 18 March, 2006 – “Scrounger Dad Stabbed Lover”

The Daily Mirror, 18 November, 2006 – “1 Dad 5 Mums 17 Kids”

The Evening Standard, 11 May, 2012 – “Woman Held for Murder as Five Children Die in Blaze”

The Guardian, 11 May, 2012 – “Woman Arrested After Five Children Killed in House Fire”

The Sun, 13 May, 2012 – “Best Day Turned to 5 Death Fire Horror”

The Sunday Mirror, 13 May, 2012 – “Mum’s Agony After Call About Fatal TRagedy” 

Agence France-Presse, 14 May, 2012 – “Fire in Britain that Killed Six Children Deliberate”

The Independent, 14 May, 2012 – “Five Children Killed by Smoke Inhalation in Derby House Fire”

The Irish Times, 18 March, 2013 – “Mairead Philpot Gives Evidence at Manslaughter Trial”

The Sunday Telegraph, 25 June, 2013 – “Father Who Killed Children in Fire Accused of Rape”

Derby Telegraph, 19 January, 2016 – “Deluded Philpott’s Missing Fishing Gear Complaint”

 The irish Times, 2 April, 2013 – “Parents Guilty of Manslaughter of their Six Children”

The Sunday Mirror, 14 March, 2013 – “Blaze Deaths Dad Collapses in Dock”

Derby Telegraph, 13 February, 2013 – “Controlling and Manipulative” Mick Philpott Hatched Fire Plan That Killed Kids in Bid to Frame Girlfriend who Walked Out”

The Times, 3 April, 2013 – “He Was Like an Excited Child”

The Sunday Telegraph, 4 April. 2013 – “Remember the Victims of House Fire, Not Killers, Says Man Framed by Mick Philpott”

Derby Telegraph, 6 June, 2012 – “I Will Never Forget The toughest Story of my 32-year Career as a Journalist”

Audio Sources:

“Mick and Mairead Philpott”

“Britain’s Darkest Taboos”

“999 Calls”

“Derby House Fire Father Mick Philpott Holds Emotional Press Conference”

“Three Guilty of Philpott Children’s Deaths”

“LIFE imprisonment. See Mick Philpott’s television appearances”

“Faking It: Tears of a Crime”

“Crimes that Shook Britain”

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