John Phipps

The extraordinary case of Malcolm MacArthur

The largest manhunt in Irish history led to the last place you’d think to look: the home of Ireland’s attorney general

Malcolm MacArthur being taken from court. Photo: Independent News and Media / Getty Images

Non-fiction tells you what happened, fiction affirms the kinds of things that happen. According to Aristotle, anyway. So while journalism seeks out unlikely events, fiction creates pleasing inevitabilities. The problem as it pertains to our brave narrative podcasters is that they have to straddle the two worlds: their material must be interesting and unusual, but their final story should have the poetic coherence of good old unreality.

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