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!

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.

Mens Rea

Mens Rea is a podcast that brings us episodes all about true crime cases

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An upbeat theme tune greets the listener and then transitions to news clips featuring information about the case being chronicled in that episode. Each episode is an average length of 30-40 minutes, so it was nearly the perfect commute podcast for me on days when I was taking public transit or being driven somewhere. I bring this really specific detail up because I must admit that I had a lot of trouble with the audio levels on the apps I used to listen to the podcast (Play Music and Podcast Addict); sometimes this was fixed by my using headphones, but more often than not I listen to podcasts in places where headphones aren’t appropriate or safe to use. I’m not sure if I am the only one who had this issue, but I was really glad to find a solution that helped me continue listening to the podcast!

So far, there are only twelve cases that have been discussed on the show (some in multiple parts, which I’m always a fan of) which makes this show easy to catch up on! My personal favourites were the cases of James Bulger (I found a great documentary on YouTube afterwards that helped to augment the information I learned in this episode because I became absolutely interested in this case!), The Acid Bath Murders (I have listened to so many podcasts about this case and always love stumbling across one I haven’t heard yet!), and The Kerry Babies (this case could be triggering for some, so please take a look at the episode description beforehand; I love that it added an element of politics and political history. I had no idea about the history of reproductive justice in Ireland and really want to learn more after listening to this episode!).

Give this show a listen if you’re looking to add Ireland to your list of countries you want to learn about through the lens of true crime!

 

 

 

 

 

True Crime Island

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Grab a craft beer, grab the least rickety deck chair — this is a review of True Crime Island.

True Crime Island is a true crime podcast about various crimes taking place in and/or involving Australia and Australian people. Pretty much all of the episodes focus on violent crimes (armed robbery, assault, murder, rape, etc.) and I appreciate that because it’s very relevant to my interests within the true crime genre. I also appreciate that the host (Cambo, who I’ll talk about in a second) offers warnings when the descriptions of the crimes he provides during the episode are going to be especially graphic.

Cambo is the sole host of the show and does a great job of reporting on an event (while adding in his opinions, which I love, because when he gets on a rant he gets on it), keeping the listener interested, and he’s also really fantastic about teaching those of us who may be either semi-illiterate or completely illiterate when it comes to Australian slang, law, geography, etc.

I highly recommend the three part series “The Last to Hang”; it details the life and crimes of the last man and last woman to be executed in Australia before the abolition of capitol punishment throughout the country. The other episode I recommend is episode 27, in which Cambo details all about the Munich Olympic massacre; it’s not an Australia-centric episode, but I like it because it’s a great episode and shows how Cambo’s way of hosting and reporting on events easily transitions to other stories and isn’t geographically stuck in Australia.

Another thing I like about this show is episode length; the average episode length is between 35-40 minutes which makes the show fantastic for my commute to work. Finally, the theme tune is a fantastic, jazzy tune that reminds me both of islands and video games and makes me feel like True Crime Island is a legit physical place. If it were, I would totally grab a pint, grab a deck chair, and talk true crime with Cambo for hours on end. Make sure you get True Crime Island in your ears as soon as possible and learn you some cool stuff about Australia.

Killafornia Dreaming: True Crime Tales from the Golden State

 

xmrl5gTO_400x400Killafornia Dreaming is a podcast all about true crime tales from California state! Hosted by the lovely Roseanne, each episode is an adventure for the listener. I was so excited to find out about this podcast because I’m originally from Northern California and have been so homesick the past few years; having this podcast has helped to lessen that feeling and also give me the feeling of “how the heck did I not know about this case?!”. I also really appreciate that Roseanne doesn’t focus on California’s many serial killers, but instead focuses on a wide variety of crimes: domestic violence, murder, animal maulings, armed robbery, etc. California has a rich crime history and I’m glad this show doesn’t confine itself to one type of crime.

Other than fantastic content, I really appreciate the presentation. Roseanne has a lovely, relaxing, calm voice and speaks with such compassion and respect for the victims. Things are presented factually with Roseanne’s opinion occasionally tossed in. Roseanne also takes time to explain things/situations that may not be common knowledge and to speak on important issues related to each case. (Examples include: mental health, domestic violence, breed-specific legislation, etc.) Nearly every episode has a detailed, appropriate, and compassionately worded content warning which is really helpful for all listeners.

In early episodes, the audio can be somewhat rough and episodes were sometimes hard to hear on my mobile phone (the primary way I listen to podcasts), but the audio gets better as the episodes progress and Roseanne’s voice becomes easier to hear.

A few episodes I recommend include: “The Tale of Apres Moi le Deluge” (all about the murder of Gianni Versache; perfect for those who are following the current season of American Crime Story.); “The Tale of the Victim Blame Game” (all about Bonnie Lee Bakley and Robert Blake.); “The Tale of the Presa Canario” (all about a dog mauling incident; I had not previously heard of this case or this dog breed, so I was really fascinated to learn about all of it.); “The Tale of Dana Plato” (an episode all about the actress best known for her role on the television show Diff’rent Strokes; a perfect episode for pop-culture and television fans.); and the newest episode, “The Tale of Sexting, Shaming, Bullying, and Audrie” (all about the 2012 death by suicide of high school student Audrie Pott.) Though I’ve only singled out these few episodes, no matter what episode you pick — there is an episode that speaks to you and for you to fall in love with.

 

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.