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
- Sometimes you need a break from Jack the Ripper and Charles Manson. After all, true crime isn’t just about the big baddies. Crime touches our lives almost everyday. The Fall Line digs deep into the stories that aren’t covered, focusing on marginalized populations in the southeast. While past seasons have focused on one over arching story, the most recent episode (“Elia Banderas“) takes a look at the deaths of three women at a luxury hotel in Atlanta. It’s a sobering look at the hotel industry and the safety of its workers.
- Speaking of corporations and crime, Swindled is a great new-ish podcast to get into if you’re interested in the world of scams and white collar crime. The anonymous host (known only as A Concerned Citizen) tackles everything from Fyre Festival to Nestlé with a measured, monotone accent. I’d start with episode 4 “The Canal,” which covers environmental disasters old and new.
- I’ve been dipping my toe into more international true crime podcasts, and I highly recommend the The Teacher’s Pet, an Australian podcast that covers the murder / disappearance of Lynette Dawson who was maybe / probably murdered by her husband after he started an affair with one of his students. It’s thorough reporting has even brought her husband Chris Dawson to trial. The podcast is down in Australia, but I found it online with ease.
NEWLY UNEARTHED: TRUE CRIME NEWS
- DCist has a good summary of the terrorist attack that almost happened at National Harbor.
- Dick Wolf is diving even further into the world of true crime with his new Oxygen show Murder for Hire.
- This new book about Jack the Ripper’s victims is looking to flip the switch on true crime.
- The Atlantic has a fascination piece about white nationalism’s history in the U.S.
- In more TV news, Investigation Discovery‘s newest show covers the murder of four men in Bucks County in Pennsylvania.
- And speaking of ID, they’ve added another show produced by Khloé Kardashian.
THE CRIME CAPSULE: ON THIS DAY
On this day in 1955, Ruth Ellis shot race car driver David Blakely. The murder would make her the last woman hanged in the UK.