Back in 2010, my favorite way to spend a Friday night was curled up in bed, watching the latest episode of Dateline. I was 24 and living my best life-- until I started having panic attacks.
There was an episode where a girl was abducted while she was going for a run and WHAT IF someone attacked me while I was running in a local park? Never mind the fact that I don't run... which would make me incredibly easy to catch, if you think about it.
I cut myself off.
What I've realized over the last few years is that my visual memory is strong, so when they show a photo of the killer(s), I remember it. And god forbid they show a picture of the crime scene.
Insert true crime podcasts here. All the fun without any of the haunting visuals!
Here's what I'm into:
1. My Favorite Murder: There is a 0% chance that you've come into contact with me within the last four months and have not heard me talk about this podcast at least once. It's hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark (commonly known has "K" and "G" if you're listening to me and my cousin talk about them) and the podcast is a good mix of funny banter and murder.
Each week, they each discuss a murder they've loosely researched. And I think that's why I like it so much-- it's not scripted, so the conversation flows. And they aren't experts, so they are learning as they go, just like the listener is. They end each episode with something positive that happened that week and also have shorter "minisodes" where they read hometown murders sent in from listeners.
2. Accused: If a scripted podcast is more your style, check out Accused. It discusses the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Andes. Beth was found dead in her Ohio apartment in 1978-- her boyfriend at the time was tried but acquitted of her murder, and the crime is considered a cold case.
Amber Hunt, an investigative reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer, hosts the podcast and does a great job tracking people down who seem willing to speak with her-- except for one person. You'll have to listen to find out who.
Spoiler alert: In episode 6, she plays of clip of Ted Bundy describing where investigators can find the body of one of his victims. It's slightly terrifying and caused me to sit right up in bed. You've been warned!
I could go on, but instead I'll just list some others that are worth a listen: Someone Knows Something, Crimetown and :74 Seconds.
Do you listen to any of these podcasts? What are some other true crime podcasts you've heard of? @ me. We have a lot to discuss.