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. 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 busy folks at Wondery (you know them from big hits like Dirty John and Dr. Death and Over My Dead Body) have a new podcast with Bloomberg. The Shrink Next Door tells the story of a mysterious therapist named Ike who possibly / probably conned people. They’re only four episodes in so you have plenty of time to catch up.
- If you’re looking for something hot off the presses (and by that I mean the first episode isn’t even out yet), check out the teaser for This Land, a podcast that draws a through line between an 1839 assassination and the current treaty rights of Native American tribes.
- And if you’re digging the intersection between crime and politics, Slate’s The Queen takes you through the life of Linda Taylor. She was a con artist, kidnapper and the original “welfare queen.”
NEWLY UNEARTHED: TRUE CRIME NEWS
- Your true crime long read of the week is this exhaustive piece The Cut did about incels who seek out plastic surgery. It’s interesting! It’s upsetting! It’s true crime, baby!
- Netflix is doubling down (and/or quadrupling down) on their love for true crime. They plan to release four more documentaries over the next month.
- The Outline wrote a cute little piece about one of the best true crime podcast parodies out there, A Very Fatal Murder.
- And speaking of podcasts, here’s how the My Favorite Murder hosts first met.
- Deadspin has an equal parts fascinating and heartbreaking article about the “accidental” (read: negligent) death of WWE wrestler Owen Hart.
THE CRIME CAPSULE: ON THIS DAY
On this day in 2006, Slovene serial killer Metod Trobec committed suicide after being sentenced to death.