Vanilla Ice Turns Detective In New BBC Podcast

Post by: Rick Ellis 15 June, 2021

Rapper-turned-home renovator Rob Van Winkle - aka Vanilla Ice - has had an astounding range of careers over his lifetime. But citizen detective is maybe the strangest one to date.

Winkle is narrating a new episode of the BBC Podcast "Sport's Greatest Crimes" which examines the kidnapping of legendary racehorse Shergar. The kidnapping is perhaps the highest profile crime in the racing world and in a statement, he says that as a longtime racing fan, he has long been fascinated with the disappearance.

Shergar won the 1981 Epsom Derby by a record ten lengths and owner The Aga Khan retired the horse to County Kildare in Ireland, in anticipation of a long and extremely profitable life as a stud horse.

But a group of masked gunmen kidnapped the horse and his groom Jim Fitzgerald at gun point in February 1983. The groom was later released but after a $2 million pound ransom demand and four days of back-and-forth contact between the kidnappers and police, the contact abruptly ended.

The horse was never found and no one was ever officially connected to the crime, although speculation has been the kidnapping was done with the cooperation of the IRA.

"There is no story out there that even compares to the story of Shergar because it's so deep that the minute you start absorbing what really, actually happened and to know this is a true story - it sounds like something that could've been made up in Hollywood!" said Winkle in a statement. "But it's so fascinating, this story just intrigues you, it's like a really good book you can't set it down. You start asking questions, 'Well, what happened next?'

"They breed these horses and so all of the trainers were sending big money ransom to get this horse back and all of the kidnappers were sending ransom notes - this is just the most amazing story ever!" he continued. "It's a 50/50 toss up whether his remains will ever be found and that's the mystery of the whole thing. There's a big mystery that's still there. A lot of questions will never get answered."

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