True Crime Garage Review – Zimbellina

True Crime Garage Review

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Nic and The Captain have been releasing true crime episodes for a long time. So long that they have a backlog of episodes that aren’t on iTunes anymore. However I just found out there are more episodes on podbean, from season 2 onwards. It’s interesting to hear where they came from since I hadn’t heard these eps because they’re not on iTunes for free. Some things have changed but the overall content of the show is the same. They just seem a bit more polished, and easy going behind the mic in more recent episodes. Now each early episode is $2 each and you can buy them on their web site or on iTunes. You can also buy the music, which is all done by The Captain, which is pretty cool.

So each episode follows the same routine. First the business, which is any reviews, people “filling up the beer fridge”. Every week they drink a different beer and give it a bit of a review. Then Nic introduces the topic generally with some of The Captain’s music underneath and then they go to the main part of the episode. Nic gives an overview of the case, followed by the time line and what happened with The Captain chiming in at certain times. They both get their opinions in there as well which is interesting. Sometimes they don’t have the same opinions, which is likely to happen, but they are very respectful of each other’s opinions even when they differ vastly from each other. They argue without getting angry at each other although they’re passionate about what they’re saying.

They cover a range of cases, anything from the Slenderman case which was pretty famous to not so well known cases. They bring the same smart sensitivity to each case they talk about. Towards the beginning they did more single episode cases but lately they do deep dives into cases over multiple episodes. This gives them the ability to really go into depth on one case at a time which I enjoy because I get all the details from one place and this clears up time restraints which can affect how much content you can cover in a podcast.

Standout episode – Episode 54 – The Serial Killer’s Apprentice. This is a case where a rapist, Robert Buell, is convicted and people think he killed a girl as well. Before being put to death he denies he was the killer. It turns out there are other murders which match the original killing in the 1980s. In this episode Nic and The Captain are joined by James Renner to discuss whether the rapist was also a killer or if there is another man responsible, known as the serial killer’s apprentice.

These two are very entertaining, respectful and at appropriate times amusing. Very detail oriented, Nic and The Captain continue to release great episode after great episode. They take their job seriously and they don’t disappoint. 5/5 bottle caps!

– Zimbellina

The Bad Taste Crimecast – Zimbellina

The Bad Taste Crimecast
5 stars

This comedy true crime podcast is hosted by Vicky and Janelle. They’re both strong, opinionated women. And that is not a bad thing. I love these ladies and could listen (and have) for days. They care a lot and give appropriate warnings for overly violent talk etc., they have a good chemistry and don’t talk over each other. They let each other make their points and listen to each other, in other words they are good conversationalists. Their compassion for victims and people who are in bad places is very touching. They care a lot about the people who usually fall through the cracks. They are very respectful when another is telling a story, there are not a lot of off colour jokes, but there is still humour into the podcast. The humour is not aimed at the victim or their families. They are very passionate and their episodes are very well researched

Standout episode – Episode 3 Crazy Mother Trucker. They are quite scathing to the police in this episode which is totally valid. For example, it took 2 years for them to get out the info that there was a serial killer on the highway in Indiana. After that was announced people in other states started seeing patterns in different killings in their states as well. The girls are outraged by how messed up the police are and how messy the case is. There is plenty of evidence against a man named Larry Euler but they just couldn’t seem to get it to stick. They knew it was him but he still continued to kill. Finally they managed to get a conviction on one of the murders. He goes to jail for life. Families of suspected other victims beg him to come clean about other victims but he doesn’t. The police don’t help the families at all. On his deathbed he finally confessed to 17 murders. But it is contested whether there were more because he was dumping loads of bodies at a time and probably didn’t remember names and places. It’s easy for truckers to dump bodies, especially in the 70s where there was a boom in truck driving. Police don’t cooperate with each other and so it takes ages to find that there’s even a serial killer in the first place. Then Vicki goes onto her story off of that which is another truck driver serial killer. I don’t want to give too much away because this one is twisty and turney. Worth a listen. Vicki’s story transitions smoothly, I actually thought she was just telling a random story but it was her actual half of the episode. In 2003/2004 FBI started the FBI Initiative that is a map with dots all over it representing dead bodies. They identified hundreds of potential suspects and compiled it into a database and now there’s a database for bodies found on the interstate highway system. It’s used for serial killings. It hasn’t done much so far but it has helped in some cases.

The opening and closing music is very interesting. The editing and sound is great, no problems there at all. It feels like listening to your friends talking about crime that they know a lot about and you’re just caught up in all the details. It’s a very good podcast for the true crime buff who enjoys a little humour in their crime.

 

 

 

True Crime Fan Club Review – Zimbellina

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True Crime Fan Club

This is a great find for any true crime fan. The episodes are thoroughly researched and the host, Lanie, tells the stories like stories, not just listing out facts and figures. Her voice is very soothing which helps her become a captivating storyteller. The audio quality is excellent and the research can’t be beat. The stories are not sensationalised and victims are given respect. Lanie is a great story teller. She has a wide range of stories available, from serial killers to missing people. Her backlog is long enough to keep someone busy for some time. She’s been at this for a while and it shows in her professionalism and story telling.

Stand out episode – The Most Dysfunctional Family in America Part 1 and 2. This is about the Sexton family, where the father held horrible sway over the children and his wife. The father, Eddie Lee abused the children, and the mother let this happen, even helping in some cases. He was father to two children of his daughter. One of the other daughters, Shelley, eventually told the school about the abuse and they passed on the stories to DHS which this led to a standoff between Eddie Lee and DHS agents. It was settled when the authorities said they would take the agent off the case. Eddie Lee then fled with his remaining children, leaving some in DHS care. After they fled, the secrets began to become known. Eddie Lee left with his children and wife and moved out of Ohio to Indiana. The children worshipped their Dad, brainwashed by him. Soon one of the sons of the daughter Pixie and Eddie Lee, became sick and wouldn’t stop crying. Eventually Pixie suffocated the baby and they buried him near the camp site. Pixie’s husband, Joel, wanted to take his son back to Ohio for a proper burial and Eddie Lee warned Pixie that he might tell on them. This led to one of the sons killing Joel. There are mixed stories about who was there and what exactly happened. But Joel was killed with a garrotte and buried near the campsite. Eddie Lee told the children to tell anyone asking that Joel had taken them child back to Ohio with him. Eddie Lee kept calling the police to negotiate when Eddie Lee would surrender himself but he never did it. The FBI ended up tracing the calls and arrested him. The children were taken into care and eventually testified against their father, spilling all their secrets.

Lanie keeps you entirely spellbound during the whole story, informing you while keeping you entertained. Music is used as a good and unassuming accompaniment to the story. She has a lovely voice for storytelling. Overall, this is a fantastic podcast for all lovers of true crime.

Forgotten News Podcast Review – Zimbellina

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This podcast tells true crime and interesting stories from way back when. Mostly from the 1800s in America. Which makes sense because the host doesn’t use secondary sources, he goes straight to the source, and mainly uses newspaper articles from the day. I really respect using primary sources because it’s a great way to do research and use resources available to us.

The podcast is a fresh look at true crime and a truly innovative podcast. The stories are unique and won’t be found anywhere else. The podcast uses different voice actors for quotes, story telling and anything else that you can think of. They don’t just tell murder stories but an interesting range of stories such as lynchings, pirates, strange animal sightings and airships. Every second episode is a true crime episode and the alternating episodes are strange or weird news items.

My Standout episode for this podcast is the episode An Assault, A Lynching and An End to Innocence. This story is told through a reading of a journal article which is about an assault on a woman and the lynching of a black man by a mob. He covers this story with great sensitivity, and gives all the right warnings and such. The man was lynched without a trial without any fight from the black man, Bill. Both the assault and the lynching were awful, but are treated with the respect deserved by the host and his sensitivity is very well delivered.

I love this podcast, it’s so interesting and a refreshing look at crime from a different perspective. Sometimes answers can not be found because there’s no follow up in newspapers but the host tries his hardest to find the answers for us. He even looks up census records to find people. I would recommend this podcast to anyone who’s looking for something a little different and a little quirky. The audio quality goes in and out but doesn’t overly detract from the story. It’s definitely worth a listen.

Top 10 Podcasts – Zimbellina

Hello! This is my top ten podcasts in no particular order. It was so hard to pick 10 and actually the majority of my list is audiodramas, which is a surprise because I thought I listened to more true crime. But I do so love a good audiodrama. Can’t go past it! Onto the list!

1. King Falls AM
This was my introduction to podcasts, recommended by a friend. It’s a faux radio show where spooky things happen which the radio hosts try to solve. It’s told all through their show though, which is a very interesting way of telling a story. It’s intriguing and so funny. The show has people of the town call in and the story unfolds through call ins and talk between the hosts Sammy and Ben. I wish the episodes were more than bi-weekly but it’s a great show and there’s a lot to catch up on if you’re new to the show! The show is very comforting and soothing for me. The production value is top notch and the acting is fantastic. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in rage. All the good stuff an audiodrama brings out of you.

2. Hello From The Magic Tavern

This was also one of the first podcasts I binged. And they have a TON of episodes, they’ve been going 3 and a half years and still going strong so there was a lot of binging involved. This is more of a fantasy comedy where Arnie has fallen into a different dimension which is a high fantasy world. Wizards, Lords, Ladies, magic, scoundrels and all sorts of other shenanigans are found here. It’s extremely funny and is always on the top of my playlist when new episodes are released.

3. Small Town Murder 

If you don’t like comedy with your true crime then turn around right now. This show is hilarious. Each week the hosts Jimmy and James look at a murder from a small town, mostly in America but they’ve branched out a few times to other countries. You won’t have heard of these murders. They don’t do murders that are famous. They look for murders which are unknown and shine the spotlight on it. But in such a funny ass way. I’ve almost cried laughing at this show pretty much every week. They never take a break as well and they are the nicest guys!

4. Attention HellMart Shoppers!

This was a delightful find. It’s about a shop that sits on top of a portal to hell. All sorts of creatures and supernatural beings come through that portal and some even work for the store. It’s funny, imaginative and awesome. The production is amazing, the voice acting is wonderful and the story is engaging. It’s incredibly weird and won’t be for everyone’s type of humour but it fits in with my humour very well so I love it.

5. The Bright Sessions

This audiodrama is in it’s 4th season and has survived so long for good reason. The story is amazing. It’s based around people who have supernatural powers and the therapist they go to who knows they have powers. There’s lots of intrigue and cloak and dagger stuff which makes it very interesting. It’s all told through the recordings of either the therapist sessions or recordings made by other people which makes it interesting. This was also recommended to me and it’s because it rocks. I can’t say it enough, the story is SO interesting if you’re into supernatural stuff. It’s kind of like X Men but with therapy. Production is great! Voice actors are all amazing, they all kill at their characters.

6. Affirmative Murder

This is a newer crime podcast but the two hosts, Alvin and Fran are great. They mostly deal with POC crimes, the crimes that don’t usually get reported on because they don’t involve white people. The two boys are funny and treat the victims with a lot of respect. They can tell a great story. They also have a fantastic segment now called Serial and Cereal where they watch a true crime documentary, watch it while eating a new to them cereal and report back. They let fans know which documentary they will be watching so we can watch too. Watching with them makes the episodes much more enjoyable but they’re funny as all hell even without knowing the movie. The boys try to choose movies which are readily available for free which is always a plus. I can’t say how much I love this podcast and the boys, they’re natural storytellers and their chemistry is fantastic.

7. Getting Off Podcast

This is a new true crime podcast by two lawyers, Jessa and Nick. They do ‘deep dives’ into famous cases and explain exactly what happened and why certain decisions were made due to the laws. It’s entirely fascinating even to someone who doesn’t live in the same country as them. I now know more about the American legal system than I do of my own country! They are just so informative and you can tell they deeply care about the law. They’re both defensive lawyers but have been on both sides of the bench. They care about the accused rights but also are absolutely, wonderfully supportive of victims. It’s very interesting to hear the side of a defence lawyer because it’s rare to hear things from their side. Much recommended!

8. The Blood Crow Stories

Audiodramas round out my list guys, sorry for the true crime buffs! This series tells a different story every season. The first season was a great horror story, very creepy and told through recordings. It dealt with a kind of supernatural story on a cruise ship. So there’s no escape! But the ending is a real shocker. The second season is more of a murder mystery set in a wild west setting and is about half way through. The writing on this show is phenomenal and it’s both funny and intriguing. The mystery is interesting and the suspense is great. I love this show and get very excited when they drop new episodes.

9. Deadly Manners

The first season of this was AWESOME. It’s a locked room mystery! Well sort of. Everyone’s in a house for a party and someone is killing them one by one throughout the night. It’s riveting and wonderful and I loved it. I’m not sure what they plan to do for the second season but I can’t wait to find out. This is a top production and even features Ru Paul as the fortune teller which made me happy. The production is great and the voice actors are wonderful. Everyone plays their part very well. This is definitely on my re-listen list!

10. Wooden Overcoats 

This is a story about a brother and sister team who run a funeral parlour when a new funeral parlour opens up across the street from them and gives them a run for their money. This is quirky, farcical and silly at times but it’s perfect. The new season starts in late Feb so I’m super excited for that! Antigone (the sister) is my favourite character, she’s just so sweet and nervous. She’s much more comfortable with the cadavers than people. She stands out for me as the best of a wonderful lot of people! The audio production is again wonderful, fantastic vocal acting and a wonderful silly story. It’s won awards apparently but I didn’t know that, I just know it’s a bloody good podcast.

Whew! Thanks to anyone who made it to the end of my list. Hopefully I’ve given you some new pods to listen to or some pods to re-listen to!

Lots of love,

Zimbellina

True Crime Story Time

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Today I spent the day getting well acquainted with the girls from True Crime Story Time. Although I’ve listened to Casey and Samantha for awhile I rebinged the pod to get this review going. So it’s all fresh in my mind.

Firstly the name of this podcast is perfect because each episode is a little story about a person, usually the victim, of a crime. Each episode is labeled after the person they talk about e.g. Karen’s Story is episode 6. Their whole philosophy is that everyone has a story and there’s something to learn from every story.

The podcast is based in Australia so Australian crimes are focused on, which is great because it means there’s a lot of crime stories here that you may not have even heard of. I hadn’t heard of any of the stories before the girls told it to me, and I’m Australian.

Samantha and Casey raise significant questions through their episodes such as the legal difference between infanticide and murder. I didn’t know the law around infanticide and I feel like I’m learning things listening to this podcast.

True Crime Story Time has unusual cases, starting with infanticide, going on to a granddaughter killing a grandfather to a strange missing person’s case where the body was found somewhere totally surprising. The cases they study are usually quite heavy in nature. They’re not to be listened to if you are faint of heart. They go into details, but not too many to the point where it becomes disgusting or uncomfortable.

The sound quality is good except I do jump at times when the episode starts because the music startles me but I’ve become more used to it not I’m listening to more episodes. They have clear voices and speak at a good pace, not too fast and not too slow and it’s easy to understand what they’re saying. The hosts do not talk over the top of each other, which is good. They tell the story together, trading off paragraphs to get the story told.

This podcast is thoroughly researched and meticulously covered. No stone is left unturned by these girls and it’s well appreciated by listeners because they anticipate questions which will be raised while listening, and they answer them. They have intelligent conclusions drawn as well.

The girls recommend a podcast episode or a whole podcast at the end of the podcast so they’re good supporters of the podcast community. They also play promos of indie podcasts. From a podcasting point of view it’s lovely to find a podcast which is so into advertising other’s podcasts.

Overall this is a fantastic podcast for any true crime fan looking for something interesting and different.