There’s nothing we love more than true crime. We talk about it, we read about it, hell, we built the Death Becomes Us true crime festival (which is coming to New York City this March, get your tickets to hang out with Amanda Knox now!). 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
- Our friends / Death Becomes Us alums Paul Holes and Billy Jensen have officially launched their new podcast Murder Squad! The first episode tells the story of William Bradford, a Californian man who murdered two women after luring them to remote places under the guise of being a professional photographer. It features a more technical detective / police POV than most true crime podcasts, so if you have an interest in criminal behavior or profiling it will be right up your alley.
- I’ve been digging into the podcast Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know. The podcast isn’t entirely true crime (it’s more conspiracy and coverup focused), but there is an interesting recent episode about a serial killer on the U.S. / Mexico border.
- These days even non-true crime podcasts are talking about true crime. Bill Hader popped onto The Ringer’s The Bill Simmons Podcast and the first 10 minutes are all about true crime.
NEWLY UNEARTHED: TRUE CRIME NEWS
- Speaking of the Murder Squad, Fortune wrote all about BJ and PH and the power of crowdsourcing.
- In fake true crime news, Awkwafina and Ike Barinholtz have signed onto a movie called Crime After Crime, which plans to take a comedic look at the world of true crime podcasts. What a time to be alive.
- In real true crime news, the Charlotte Business Journal has a primer on forensic psychiatry.
- And The Cut has an overview of the controversial investigation of murder of Karina Vetrano in NYC.
- This not strictly true crime, but The Verge‘s recent story on the dark side of YouTube’s family friendly channels (this isn’t about Elsagate or Momo, to be clear) is harrowing to say the least.
THE CRIME CAPSULE: ON THIS DAY
On this day in 1941 the Croatian serial killer Vinko Pintaríc was born. He was very good at evading the police and successfully broke out of prison multiple times.