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 (buy your tickets to the upcoming D.C. festival 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
- We’re at the climax of spooky season! If you’re looking to feel very unnerved, then I highly recommend you press play on Your Own Backyard, an analysis of the disappearance of Kristin Smart. It’s a not so fun reminder that anything can happen at any time. The world is a nightmare!
- Then dive straight into a tale of wild corruption with Murder in Oregon, the story of the the stabbing of Michael Franke.
- And if you’re into stories of bureaucratic corruption, then you’ll probably enjoy Gangster House. After all, no one loves bureaucracy more than the mob.
- Happy almost Halloween you weirdos! To celebrate the best holiday of the year, here’s a small list of my favorite creepy, not quite true podcasts, for when you need a break from the true crime machine: The NoSleep Podcast, Lore and Anything Ghost. Light a candle, turn off the lights and pop these babies on.
NEWLY UNEARTHED: TRUE CRIME NEWS
- Spend your lunch break reading about this private investigator who has been working from her home in Brooklyn since the 90s.
- Meet the LA couple whose love of true crime spawned a business venture.
- USA Today has a list of the best true crime books of all time. It’s a good starter reading list.
- Speaking of true crime books, NYT has a round up of some new titles hitting the shelves.
- REELZ is airing a new true crime show Real Monsters just in time for Halloween.
- If you’re interested in disappearances (and don’t mind doing a little of your own research to verify some claims) this Reddit thread about the mysterious disappearance of a Norwegian billionaire’s wife in 2018 is utterly fascinating.
- Speaking of cold cases, this story about the murder of Irene Garza in 1960 is incredibly well written.
THE CRIME CAPSULE: ON THIS DAY
On this day in 1971, American serial killer Mack Ray Edwards committed suicide in San Quentin State Prison.