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
- The lovely people behind Cults, Serial Killers, Conspiracy Theories and other true crime podcasts with incredibly straight forward names have released their newest show: Crimes of Passion. Like their other offerings, the new podcast takes a serious and sobering look at a specific crime niche. If you want your parents to get into true crime, this might be the one. It’s like listening to the audio version of Dateline… and parents love Dateline.
- Another low key, easy, breezy true crime podcast your parents will probably love is Lore. Hosted by Aaron Mahnke (who is probably one of the most recognized voices in true crime by now), Lore focuses on the darkest corners of culture and history. It’s like a bedtime story that will give you nightmares. If you want a taste of what Mahnke is serving up, my favorite episode is “Echoes.”
- And of course, Serial is the ultimate true crime dad (or mom) podcast. Its relationship to This American Life and earnest storytelling seals the deal.
NEWLY UNEARTHED: TRUE CRIME NEWS
- Death Becomes Us is less than month away! Come hang out with the team from Serial, kick it with Amanda Knox and spend some quality time with Paul Holes!
- Vulture talks about season three of True Detective and its antagonistic relationship with true crime.
- In the same vein, this Guardian op-ed talks about true crime that goes too far.
- Check out this review of Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland.
- A California police department might have solved a cold case by live tweeting the last day of the victim.
- And here’s the story of what could have been Canada’s largest mass killing… if the woman who helped planned it hadn’t been stopped.
THE CRIME CAPSULE: ON THIS DAY
It’s the 167th anniversary of Hélène Jégado‘s execution! She (maybe) murdered 36 people, making her one of the most notorious serial killers of the 19th century.