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
- It seems like true crime has been replaced with Game of Thrones recap shows on the iTunes charts, but never fear, I still have three killer podcasts to recommend this week (also if you want to chat with me about Game of Thrones… I’m down to do that too.) First up is Slate Presents. Their first season focuses on the story of Ruby Ridge, a deadly standoff that took place in a desolate area of Idaho in 1992 and the second season tackles the intricacies of New York’s gun court.
- And speaking of desolate lands, Bear Brook tells the story of the four bodies that were found in the middle of a New Hampshire state park. Don’t go into the woods! Ever!
- If you’re looking for something a little shorter and a little more current (not all of us are into 10 episode arcs), then why don’t you spend some time at the True Crime Garage? Each week Nic and the mysteriously named Captain talk about a myriad of true crime topics, some old and some new.
NEWLY UNEARTHED: TRUE CRIME NEWS
- Smithsonian is hosting a true crime film festival starting April 18! Go watch Zodiac with your closest true crime friends.
- This isn’t strictly true crime, but Outside has a story about the rising number of selfie-related deaths.
- The Cut took a break from writing about clothes I can’t afford (this is mostly a joke, I love The Cut) to talk to an expert about why people believe in conspiracy theories. Read this before you talk to that one relative who definitely thinks lizard people are real.
- The Guardian publishes its weekly opinion piece about Why True Crime is Actually Bad.
- This Cosmopolitan listicle about the hardships of loving true crime is so bad it’s almost delightfully avant-garde.
- The Washington Post spends a day with the man who keeps Columbine safe and it is fascinating.
THE CRIME CAPSULE: ON THIS DAY
On this day in 1946, Paul John Knowles, also known as the Casanova killer, was born in Orlando, Florida.