True crime: In the pods, on the Web, and in the stream

promo graphic A Crime to Remember

Maybe it’s lockdown syndrome, but I know a lot of people right now whose top pick for entertainment viewing is true crime. If you enjoy this genre, here are some picks I find entertaining and informative, starting with a site that recounted a terrible crime I knew about but didn’t know the full story on. When it comes to true crime, you’ll never run out of podcasts, Websites, or streams.

The ‘crime-cast’ I discovered first is Crime Junkie. Two women host the show from Indiana via Audiochuck. The first time I listened, I learned more about the Lonely Hearts Killer. I’d seen TV programs about this serial killer who murdered prolifically in the years following World War II. I also noted a chemistry between the podcast hosts, Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat. Both women are longtime friends, and in a twist, they were born on the same day. This show doesn’t get into conjecture or flimsy reportage, and the hosts cover crimes that are solved and some that aren’t.

I learned Crime Junkie had a dustup with some media about plagiarism and the hosts removed some podcasts that weren’t properly attributed. There was a time when I’d take a dim view of that, but everyone does it nowadays, including major newspapers in the legacy cesspool, and including our presumed president elect. So I tuned out those concerns and continue to tune into these ladies.

As is the case with podcasts, streaming services offer many choices when it comes to true crime. I recently tuned into a show on Hulu, A Crime to Remember. I’ve only watched a couple episodes, but one introduced me to a crime I didn’t know about, The Career Girl murders. I was very young when these murders occurred in 1963, but this episode is a good take on standards and customs for young women of that day. I also watched an episode about a corrupt murder-happy Florida judge, and I’ll probably watch more in the future.

If you’re like me and you read more than you view vids or podcasts, the Web has numerous sites focusing on true crime.  A column published in 2017 at Crime Traveler rounds up a number of these sites and offers descriptions. I’m most familiar with the longtime website Murderpedia. Another website of interest is Crime Library.

If true crime shows are part of your regular listening/viewing, you may find yourself asking why so many violent offenders were released too soon. You may also find yourself asking a question I consider often. If there’s indisputable guilt and the crime is heinous, why would taxpayers be forced to keep a brutal murderer alive and comfortable?

A perfect example is serial killer Edmund Kemper. He killed his grandparents when he was a teen, and he was sent to a psych ward in a major prison. Officials believed him rehabilitated and he was released when he turned 21. A number of young women would still be alive if feel-good policy wonks hadn’t turned him loose after he brutally murdered two people who sheltered and fed him. Kemper should’ve never taken another breath after being convicted of brutally murdering his grandparents.

~~Featured Photo: Promo graphic for Investigation Discovery show ‘A Crime to Remember’ now streaming on Hulu.

(Kay B. Day/Nov. 24, 2020)

Cover of Rebecca Day’s new novel, ‘Derelict’.



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