Corpus Delicti

CORPUS DELICTI

Hey guys! Ren here with another podcast review! Hope everyone is having a good week.

This time I am reviewing “Corpus Delicti” a true crime podcast. It is hosted by Jenn and Linds. These are two southern babes who adore true crime as much as I! They research throughly and it’s evident because they often know little details that this true crime fan hadn’t heard before. They have both mentioned falling down the rabbit hole with these stories. I also like that they are Southern girls and find it charming that they don’t curse often and do their best to not be too gory with the details. There are times they can’t help it and that’s okay. Sometimes the details are needed. They aren’t exploitative about the crimes and seem to be concerned about the crime victims.

I chose a few different podcast episodes to review: the first one I will talk about is Rose Larner. Rose was an eighteen year old with some problems, but she was a loving daughter. One night Rose borrowed her Mom’s car (also named Rose) to go to her former boyfriend’s grandma’s house with him and their mutual friend. This would be the last night of young Rose’s life. Her two best friends would kill her. I won’t go into the details, but will say this one time the ladies had to get a bit gory with the details to truly let you know how horrific this crime is and how much Rose went through. Their concern for Rose’s Mom was something that really set this podcast apart for me.

The second podcast episode I want to review is episode 25: “Los Feliz Murder Mansion”. This crime is about a doctor (cardiologist) who seemingly out of nowhere kills his wife, tries to kill his oldest daughter and then himself. There is no clear cut reason for him to decide to do this, but our lovely hostesses speculate and I found myself joining in and wondering too! I did thoroughly enjoy the thoughts on the book the Doctor was reading just before deciding to go upstairs and kill his wife(presumably). This is really an intriguing episode and I definitely recommend listening to it and then maybe come here to tell me your thoughts? I have some of my own!

I have listened to almost their entire series and I can say this podcast is fun yet serious. It strikes the right balance to keep you entertained while being respectful. I enjoy the the ladies and their sense of humor not to mention their southern charm. I appreciate the work and research and speculation they put into each episode. I definitely recommend this podcast for my fellow true crime fans. Come join me in becoming a “delicti-ble”!

Most Notorious: A True Crime Podcast

Hi guys, Ren here with another podcast review for your enjoyment.

Today’s review is “Most Notorious” a true crime blog that is different from the other one’s I have reviewed thus far. 
“What makes it different?” You ask.

Well, first of all it’s an interview format not storytelling. The second thing is every person that is interview is there to talk about a book. These authors have spent years researching crimes and then writing a book. Our host Erik Rivens asks the questions that really draw the listener into the book.

Mr. Rivens is also a writer. I think that helps him to understand the research, footwork and writing sweat that goes into writing a book. He has a clear respect for the authors on his show. Mr. Rivens clearly enjoys the books and talking with the people who are on his show to promote his/her book.

I listened to several podcasts and was completely riveted. I love listening to stories I know because I always learn something new. I had never heard of several of the crime stories that are featured on this podcast.

The first podcast I chose was “Indiana Serial Killer Belle Gunness with Harold Schechter”. This story was engrossing. I quick overview, but I won’t spoil the podcast! Belle is an immigrant from Norway to America. As the name of episode tells you…Miss Belle has some issues with letting people live especially if there is money to be made.

The next episode I listened to “Lucky Luciano’s 1930’s NYC Prostitution Trial with Ellen Poulsen”. The author was engaging with the interview and drew me into her stories of Mr. Luciano. I was impressed by Mr. Rivens and his amount of research and the Ms. Poulsen who had worked for years on this book. The facts made me want to know more and more.

I will admit I was giddy when I saw the last podcast I will talk about today. The podcast episode is entitled “Chicago Murderer H.H. Holmes: The True Story of the White City Devil with Adam Selzer”. Again, I won’t wreck this gripping podcast, but I learned several things I thought were true about this killer are in fact not true. Mr. Selzer’s research was impressive and I enjoyed the interview.

In conclusion, this is an interesting podcast and highly recommended. Now, I am off to buy books!

Redhanded

Redhanded.

Hey guys! Ren with another podcast to review. I must say so far I’ve been really lucky with the podcasts I have been assigned to review. True crime and people who love it too is a lucky break for me. I do know I will be doing some that aren’t and I can’t wait to learn some new stuff about things I don’t know about.

Redhanded is a relatively new podcast and is hosted by a couple of ladies from across the pond from me. First, I love their accents and tend to just get lost in the lovely accents. Can my fellow Americans agree that sometimes just hearing things in a British accent makes them sound better or not as bad? These ladies, like yours truly, will let a cuss word fly when appropriate. Let’s be real talking about murderers means it’s always appropriate.

Suruthi and Hannah are smart women who make you want to listen to their take on stories you may have already heard of. I like that they have quite a few I don’t know and many of the British ones I’ve never heard of. One of my favorites is “The White House Massacre”. This one was new to me and completely had me engrossed. I love that it is well researched and the crimes and victims are always treated with respect with a bit of comedy when they can.

One of my favorite things is that the ladies do not just take everything at face value. Both have called BS on certain details. What I love even more is that they question things and often comment on how they need to know more. This by no means is to be taken as they don’t thoroughly research their topic, because they do. Sometimes there are just questions that are unanswered or were never asked. As a naturally curious person, it is nice to hear others ask questions that I wonder about myself.

I always pick a couple of episodes to listen to and get an idea about the podcast. I pick one that interests me and one that doesn’t (then at least three or four more). I picked for the interest for me Episode 10 The Oklahoma Girl Scouts Murder. I will say I picked this one because I was a Girl Scout and I went camping. My dream was to be counselor at a camp eventually (that dream never came true).

Three young girls are sexually molested and murdered. This had me on edge from the beginning. The ladies make even grisly murder not horrible as it can be. Their discussion of “Soccer” was hilarious and helped to break up the knot in my stomach. Kids and crimes is hard for me and this really helped me. The girls don’t overdramatize things and I appreciate this.

My favorite line ever: “It’s insane to me that someone could be a local celebrity because they are good a PE.” This line is reference to a convicted rapist that an entire town hides because…he was good a PE because here in America that makes you a hero. Their laughter with this and how they look at it endeared them to me forever.

Give them a listen! You won’t regret it.

True Crime All The Time

True Crime All The Time

Hey guys! Ren here with another review for another amazing podcast! Can I say I am blown away by the talent I’m finding out here. I really am truly impressed with so many of the dedicated people behind these podcasts.

Today, I am reviewing as the title suggests “True Crime All The Time”, a true crime podcast hosted by Mike and Gibby. I should say that I’ve now listened to almost all of their podcasts and I do not know if I am the first to suggest this but: these two need a talk show! If you’ve read my reviews you know I am true crime loving girl and I do love their takes on some of the most gruesome crimes out there, however I also very much enjoy when they go off script with teasing one another or personal stories just as much. I find myself smiling at their stories. (This could also be because I’m a midwest girl currently reside in the southern USA and am homesick, but I think it is because these guys are fun).

I love that they do their research or Maggie does and guys? An interview with her would be nice (if you haven’t yet. I haven’t done your entire podcast library..yet). The research is thorough and you can tell that all parties are treating this as a professional gig or a hobby they are really dedicated to and I like that. Add to that Mike’s voice and the friendship between the two hosts and you are in for a good time while listening to them. I am among those who listen to this podcast before bed, so far no really weird dreams…or weirder than normal.

One of the things that pulled me in, personally, was the way the guys wonder allowed about why these people do what they do. As a psychologist I can often answer back, but I like to hear their thoughts which is usually “we don’t think like they do” which is a good thing! Their honest reactions are welcomed by this listener.

I always do a quick review of an episode or two. For the podcast I am choosing: John Norman Collins, aka “Ypsilanti Ripper”. As a Michigander by birth I knew a tiny bit about this murderer. He murdered around ten women. He was a predator of mostly young co-eds and he was a gruesome killer.

Listen to the podcast to find out more about this killer. I am reviewing the podcast and this episode is very thorough they talk about the killer’s family history, his education and familial interactions. Some of these stories of families interactions are horrific, but they in no way make what this killer does later okay. I like that the hosts agree with me on this point and don’t have any sympathy for the perpetrators of the crimes they cover.

All in all, I highly recommend this podcast. I am officially a fan of Mike and Gibby…now guys, go get a talk show.

Murderous Minors

Hi, Guys! Ren here with a new podcast review. I’m so excited for this one. Full disclosure: I started listening, taking notes and falling in love with this podcast BEFORE I knew one of my teammates her at Promote the Pods is the host of the podcast.

Today I am going to review “Murderous Minors” podcast. This podcast as the name may tell you is about kids who kill. The opening sequence states grades k-12 who kill is the demographic. My true crime loving heart was hooked!

The voice of our podcaster is soothing which is great! The smooth tone helped to keep me from freaking out about this crimes that are committed by kids! I mean, come on we’ve all said things as kids, but these kids follow through. The subject matter is tough, but she strikes the right balance with a soothing voice that is also full of compassion.

The true crime events are thoroughly researched and I didn’t feel the host was biased in the way she told the story. It was very matter of fact, which I think is needed since kids are the perpetrators and often the victims (though not always the victims).

There is a good mix of stories that were highly publicized and ones that are lesser known. As a true crime addict, I appreciated the stories I didn’t know about or hadn’t heard much about being offered up.

I am honest when I say this podcast isn’t for everyone. A couple of the episodes (Especially “who is watching the baby”) were very difficult to listen to and I did cry. I am an emotional person and hearing about children under the age of 1 viciously murdered was tough. The episode “She is my hero” was one that had the opposite effect on me. I was on the side of the murderer in that one. I won’t spoil it for you, but trust me…give it a listen.

Our fearless leader on this podcast, does warn you about the material and thankfully doesn’t dwell on the gory details. She offers enough to give you an idea of what happened, but not so many you’re needing to empty the contents of your stomach or lose sleep. That is a tightrope that is walked beautifully in this podcast. Much respect for finding that line.

All in all, I think true crime lovers can’t go wrong with this new podcast. As of the writing of this review there were nine episodes up. so you can easily catch up with podcast! The shows are not so long that you feel that a good chunk of your day is dedicated to it. That isn’t a complaint, I feel they’re perfectly timed. You get a good amount of information and aren’t overloaded. I highly recommend this pod to any true crime fan.

Let’s all get “Hile on Life!

Hey Ren here with another review.

“Hile on Life” is a podcast that focuses on promoting other podcasts. It’s hosted by Noelle, who seems to have a desire to know and learn about and from other podcasters. As someone who loves to learn new things and meet interesting people this podcast is right up my alley!

I listened to two episodes for the purpose of this review. I listened to the one where she interviewed Brent from the Podcast Home Video Hustle. My enjoyment of this podcast was the topics they discussed one of which was under appreciated jobs. I’ve had a few of them and found myself nodding along with a lot of the things that Brent said. (Mental Note: I still need to check out his podcast).

I loved that Noelle asked background questions and the two seemed to have a friendship beyond this interview. The host and her guest both seemed to legitimately enjoy their time together and that my friends is a big deal when listening to a Podcast for me. I want to enjoy the time so it helps if they are too!

Brent is an inspiring guest to have, in my opinion. I adore hearing stories about people who decide to make their own way in life and buck the system or what their parents may want. Brent talks about choosing his own path and his contentment in that decision. The way he spoke made it clear that he doesn’t need approval from the outside world because he is doing what makes him happy. I love that!

The second episode I listened to was Brittany from It’s About Damn Crime being interviewed by our hostess. What hooked me again was Noelle having a genuine curiosity about the guest and her willingness to share her own personal history. Also, as a Mom, her kid being there had me giggling and saying “been there”.

Brittany talked a lot about her personal life (including her love story and I am a sucker for love stories!) and Noelle shared hers and it was like an “awwww” bonding moment for us all, I think. I have to say my favorite part was discussing strong female role models! Girl Power! I, also love me some Elle Woods. I wanted the discussion about Disney Princesses to continue forever. Plus, she has a true crime podcast with her friend that sounds interesting and I am going to check out.

“Hile on Life” is a gem of a Podcast. Listening to this show reminds of talk shows back before “You are the Father” (confession: I do watch those shows so no judgment here!). “Hile on Life” gives you a glimpse of other people who are willing to share their story with you. I can’t tell you how awesome that is in the times we are currently living in. You get to know a guest, but you also get to know Noelle which to me is important. I mean, we are going to be spending time together I want to know you! Now, go listen to her latest episode posted Sunday: Rachel.

Podcast Review: Color Me Dead

Hi! This is Ren, here to talk about my first podcast assignment: Color Me Dead. This is an amazing podcast! I ran through the list of episodes to find one I thought would give me a feel for the show. The first podcast I chose to listen to was “Jodi Arias” (disclaimer: I picked this one because I was/am OBSESSED with this story). Before the first five minutes were over I wanted to make the hosts, Angel and Nikki, my new best friends! They’re my kind of gals.

The first thing to make me decide we should be life long friend is they hate Jodi Arias, as do I and clearly as much. They both knew a lot about the subject matter and remembering I am obsessed with this crime I know my facts! They were honest and ballsy with their take and I loved it. Political correctness can be checked at the door. I enjoyed them telling personal stories or “squirrel hunting” as they called it. They would get off track, but I didn’t mind. I actually liked it. As a woman who loves ID channel and true crime stories, it says a lot when I say I enjoyed the times we went off topic.

I learned a new term I plan on stealing “heart meets asshole” for when you’re shocked or scared. That is hilarious way of describing things. They do curse a lot, but they warn you they do this and I appreciated the warning though, I didn’t mind it at all. It let me know to put the ear buds in and enjoy some adult conversation.

The second podcast episode I listened to was “Current Events”. They talked about several current topics. They were again honest with their opinions and their facts were on point. When they got upset about some of the stories so did I. It’s nice to have people who aren’t ashamed of their feelings or try to hide them. I found myself drawn into the conversation and connecting on another level with the material and the hosts.

They discussed several true crimes currently in the news: they started with Corey Feldman and his crusade to name names of child molesters in Hollywood. Next up was the 13 children held hostage by their parents. Sick. They did a local to them story I hadn’t heard which was excellent and drew me in about a Mother who killed her children and then herself. And the last story was the gymnasts who were violated by their doctor. I found this to be a nice conversation.

They engage the audience and I often wanted it to be a call in show! I have opinions to share and wanted to dish with the ladies. While admittedly, this might not be the podcast for everyone it is a good listen and the ladies know they aren’t for everyone.

Listening to this podcast is like sitting at a friend’s kitchen table and talking. You will laugh, you might cry, but you will definitely learn about true crimes. There’s a chance you will learn some new words or saying and if you’re like me you might want to be life long friends with Angel and Nikki.