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There’s nothing we love more than true crime. We talk about it, we read about it, hell, we built an entire festival around it (coming to DC AND NY this year, stay tuned!). So we decided to take our daily true crime chats (it’s a fun office environment!) and condense them into an easy to read column jam packed with all the crime news you crave. From our favorite podcasts, to some classic #TBTs, we’ve got all the talking points you need to scare your friends and family.

DISPATCHES FROM THE DEAD: PODCAST RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Like everyone else in the world, we’re losing our minds over Monster: The Zodiac Killer, the follow up to the wildly popular Atlanta Monster. It doesn’t hurt that this year is the 50th anniversary of the Zodiac Killer’s murders. If you’re looking for a primer on the ultimate unsolved case, this is it.
  • We’re intrigued by Monstruo, which seems like a cross between a traditional true crime podcast and a narrative show like The No Sleep Podcast or The Black TapesWe’re tuning into the first episode now, so we’ll let you know what we think next week.
  • As fans of Last Podcast on the Left, we’ve been digging through the archives and have fallen in love with their Charles Manson episodes all over again.

NEWLY UNEARTHED: TRUE CRIME NEWS

  • The trailer for Jordan Peele’s Lorena documentary is out in the world and it’s exactly what we want in our lives.
  • Outside goes hard on Jeffrey Paul Len­drum, a man who is infamous for illegally selling falcon eggs to falconers in the Middle Eastern. There might not be much bloodshed here, but the story behind this wildly specific crime is fascinating nonetheless.
  • Washington Post has an interesting piece about the love letters that are sent to convicted murderers (in this case, a man who murdered his wife and children) and why people write them.
  • Just in case you missed it, Rolling Stone published their list of the best true crime podcasts of 2018.
  • And in more light hearted crime news, BBC talks to Jered Threatin the man who faked his way to stardom and booked a European tour (plus openers) without actually having a fan base.

THE CRIME CAPSULE: ON THIS DAY

Today is the anniversary of the execution ofChinese serial killer Zhang Yongming, who was famous for his cannibalistic tendencies.

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