‘I discovered the podcast world in the middle of The Great Audio Book Drought of March 2017 and don’t think I’m being too over-dramatic when I say I’ve been obsessed ever since…’
As someone who loves anything to do with true crime (as well as fictional crime), discovering a whole slew of people with the same interests as me was like all my Christmases had come at once. Even though they haven’t, obviously, and I don’t even like Christmas so having them all at once would be a total nightmare.
Anyway, I digress. Since I discovered my first few podcasts, I’ve been thrilled to see the charts positively teeming with them. These are some of the amazing stories I’ve been binge-listening to over the past few months:
Missing Maura Murray:
This was the first time I’ve tuned in to a podcast in which every episode is about the same case. I wasn’t sure I would like it but, as it turns out, I really did. I can’t listen to episodes too far apart as I have absolutely no memory, but as long as I listen continuously, I can usually keep up with the story.
Maura Murray was a 21 year old student from New Hampshire with convictions for credit card fraud and a dismissal (possibly…) from school. One day, she packed up her things, told her Uni lecturers there’d been a death in her family, and drove up towards the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
She crashed her car into a snow bank on remote highway (we *think*…) and has literally never been seen since. Her car had no clues in it, aside from alcohol and her school stuff, and she left no messages about where she was going. She’s been missing for more than a decade and, as her body has never been recovered, this had led to all sorts of theories about whether she was trying to disappear, or whether she was just drunk and ended up dying of exposure in the woods.
There are some really bizarre facts about this case, which make you suspicious that the disappearance wasn’t an accident, but an equal number of facts that make you think it was. All in all, her sudden disappearance remains shrouded in mystery.
Produced by the LA Times, this is a six part partial-dramatisation of the horrendous story of John Michael Meehan, a low-life scum bag of a man whose arrogance and sheer balls are a warning to all women who pass off their new boyfriend’s shortcomings as ‘quirky’. No, ladies! NEVER brush off the excuses your new partner makes when he tells you he’s a surgeon and then never seems to go to work.
If you challenge them from the start, maybe they won’t come back to bite you on the ass and eventually put your life, and that of your closest family, in danger. This is a true tale of complete horror that ruined the life of a wealthy, successful, smart woman who just wanted to be loved.
In The Dark
I never listen to ‘casts about missing children and even shy away from the episodes of my favourite podcasts when they discuss missing or murdered kids. It’s simply not something I can bear tuning in to. I was extremely wary of this series, which covered the 27 year old abduction of Jacob Wetterling as he biked back home after visiting the video store with his brother and friend.
It was recommended to me in a fb discussion group for Minds of Madness podcast and from the first few minutes, I was hooked. It wasn’t so much the aching pain that accompanied his family in a search for answers that lasted more than a quarter of a century, but the seeming ineptitude of the local police department in linking together Jacob’s disappearance with a whole raft of other assaults in a nearby town. It was, quite frankly, jaw dropping.
I have never sworn at the radio in my car quite so many times in utter disbelief as I did when listening to this podcast. It’s by far my standout of 2017.
I initially found TCE through the WordPress blog and it progressed into a podcast from there. I was pleased to find a ‘cast covering some largely unknown cases from across the U.K. and was delighted to find one written and produced in my wee home of North Wales. Host Paul has a real distaste for the criminals he covers, which comes through loud and clear, but shows real empathy for the victims.
The ‘cast has a bit of (appropriate) humour thrown in and he never indulges in superfluous details or gory descriptions unless they’re absolutely necessary for him to recount the story. Some of the crimes are quite unbelievable; all of them horrific, and it’s made me wary (if not totally paranoid…) about some of the people I pass on British streets.
Southern Fried True Crime
Anyone that knows me, or knows of my extensive travels through the Southern US will not at all be surprised to find me combining my love of the Deep South and my love of true crime.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t squeal a little in delight when I found this podcast and subscribed before I’d even heard the first episode. I see no possible way that crimes from the South couldn’t be a complete winner with me. And I was right.
I love the accent, the bizarre aspect of many of the crimes, and softly spoken narrator who leads me, effortlessly, through some horrendous crimes, both solved and unsolved.
Do you have any recommendations for what I should be listening to next??