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True Crime Podcasts
January 3, 2016
12:45 pm
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CiarraiV
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September 18, 2014

For others obsessed with Serial, here are some of the Serial discussion podcasts I've liked:

 - Serially Obsessed.

 - The Slate Serial Spoiler Special

 - Crime Writers on Serial

 - Truth & Justice with Bob Ruff (formerly the Serial Dynasty)

 - The Serial Serial

January 3, 2016
10:23 pm
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Crimewriters on Serial is really good, especially when they branch out and talk about other true crime stories. It's interesting to hear from actual true crime authors and people with experience on these subjects and not just pop culture gadflies.

January 3, 2016
11:20 pm
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gocougErz
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October 21, 2013

I'm a total true crime junkie…

 

I found one recently very similar to Serial called AJC Breakdown.  Very interesting case.  I think the guy is obviously innocent.

January 4, 2016
12:06 am
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The Desolation of SMEG
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November 11, 2013

If anyone doesn't get the channel that has 48 Hours on it (like me!) they release each episode in podcast form as well!

January 4, 2016
9:26 am
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The Last Podcast On the Left is one of my favorites although I am not a big fan of the government conspiracy episodes. The three guys who host it do a great job of balancing humor with the serious nature of the topics. It might not be for everyone, though.

 

I recently discovered Criminal and absolutely love it. I highly recommend episode 25 "The Portrait." It was such a haunting case and the podcast did a great job discussing it.

January 4, 2016
9:39 am
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catsgalore
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May 8, 2014

Another good one that I think fits in the true crime category is Everyone Is Stories (EIS). I think I found it from Sword and Scale but I can't remember. Some of the episodes are hit or miss but some are really great. 

January 4, 2016
12:41 pm
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If you can't handle me at my Gacy, you don't deserve me at my Bundy
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May 14, 2013

I love true crime podcasts and since I have such a long commute, I listen everyday. Today I listened to the first episode in the new season of Sword and Scale, and was a little disappointed. I think the guy does his research, and he chooses fascinating stories, but the long stretches of audio he includes are super daunting and often hard to understand.

 

I also like Last Podcast on the Left, Thinking Sideways, and Generation Why, although, of course, not every episode is perfect.

 

Another interesting one is Missing Maura Murray.

January 4, 2016
2:11 pm
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I just started listening to Unsolved: A murdered teen, a 40-year mystery, a Serial-style podcast by a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It follows the case of a young teenage boy found murdered in the 1970s, and is decent so far. There are definitely annoying elements: on a few occasions, the background music is louder than the interviews, and there are times when interesting bits of information aren't fully explored. But the episodes are fairly short, and the story provides an interesting look into the way law enforcement handled missing persons and murder cases in the 1970s. 

 

The Unresolved Podcast can be a bit dry, but I'm intrigued by her newest series on the Colonial Parkway Murders. 

January 4, 2016
6:12 pm
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Loved Serial season one. Still trying to get into Season two.

 

I'm liking Sword and Scale a lot. I was a bit bored with today's new episode. The Luka Magnotta episode gave me the chills and almost put me off the whole thing. Terrifying.

January 4, 2016
9:16 pm
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In regards to S&S and the gore level – yeah, it haunts me. Like … couldn't sleep for a few nights after I discovered it. 

 

But it also humanized the victims/crime in a way that you don't get with a CNN article like "so-and-so sentenced to prison for strangling a woman." 

 

I will second the person who said the boy crying on the 911 call was awful. I literally started crying when listening to it. I dunno – it just brings certain things to a horrifying reality that you're forced to confront. People are awful. But people are also failed (the Andrea Yates case made me absolutely infuriated. It was VERY clear she needed help and was let down by her husband and family. That was so preventable). Thought a lot of his techniques come off as very manipulative to me, I also get the feeling that he DOES have feelings about these cases. They affect him. I could be wrong.

 

The abortion episode also didn't sit well with me, because obviously. But it was a real horror that did occur that I think highlights more about racism and classicism than it did coming off as "pro-life." But I also know a large majority of people will listen to it and be like "abortion eez evull!" So overall I don't think it was a good idea to broadcast. In a perfect world people would be able to view that as not representing all clinics, but we sure as shit do not live in a perfect world. 

 

Anyways, damnit I wish True Murder had better quality. JFC you've done almost three hundred episodes figure your shit out. I made it through one and half episodes before I felt like throwing my phone across the room due to his constant, heavy and wet breathing all while the author was talking. STAHP. 

January 5, 2016
11:17 am
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notincollegeprep
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September 21, 2013

Missing Maura Murray really drew me in for a few episodes because the case is so confounding, but then it gets WEIRD. If you're interested in the strange side of the armchair detective movement though… give it a shot. I don't understand the motives of the podcasters and some of the guests are super bizarre.

January 5, 2016
11:38 am
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Cockahoop
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February 4, 2014

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I'm liking Sword and Scale a lot. I was a bit bored with today's new episode. The Luka Magnotta episode gave me the chills and almost put me off the whole thing. Terrifying.

I believe the Luka Magnotta one was the one where he had actual of somebody being beaten to death for fun.  It was awful.  I had to turn it off.  I'm a true crime nerd and I know beople are capable of horrible things but I don't need that in my life.  I guess I like to keep to an Ann Rule-ish level of classiness – no punches pulled but not reveling in the grotesque depths of human behavior either.

I really enjoyed some of the earlier less graphic ones like the historical true crime in Oklahoma where the girl randomly shot the Chinese exchange student and the one about the poor lady killed answering a Craigslist ad for baby clothes.  I am always selling and giving away shit on Craigslist and Freecycle and it made me think twice for the first time.

January 5, 2016
2:00 pm
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ATWYSingle
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August 20, 2013

Cockahoop meowed

Lady Danger meowed

I'm liking Sword and Scale a lot. I was a bit bored with today's new episode. The Luka Magnotta episode gave me the chills and almost put me off the whole thing. Terrifying.

I believe the Luka Magnotta one was the one where he had actual of somebody being beaten to death for fun.  It was awful.  I had to turn it off.  I'm a true crime nerd and I know beople are capable of horrible things but I don't need that in my life.  I guess I like to keep to an Ann Rule-ish level of classiness – no punches pulled but not reveling in the grotesque depths of human behavior either.

I really enjoyed some of the earlier less graphic ones like the historical true crime in Oklahoma where the girl randomly shot the Chinese exchange student and the one about the poor lady killed answering a Craigslist ad for baby clothes.  I am always selling and giving away shit on Craigslist and Freecycle and it made me think twice for the first time.

Yup. That's what did it for me. There was just no reason for them to play that audio. That case f**king haunted me for days for the same reason the Paul Bernardo case haunted me: those two guys were the embodiment of pure evil. Crimes of passion , like Serial, are one thing. But watching the total lack of remorse of these two men just…it f**king wrecked me to see examples of that kind of depravity.





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