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.

DB Has a Top Ten!

Hi there global podcast community and the internet-at-large! I’m DB, my pronouns are they/them, I’ve been listening to podcast for years upon years, and I’m so glad to be a part of the team here at Promote the Podcasts. I love chatting with you all on twitter and love sharing my thoughts on all the different shows out there! It’s so great that podcasts have seen a resurgence in popularity over the past few years and it’s absolutely amazing to see just how many thousands of shows there are out there!

Anyway, on to my top ten list!

  1. Last Podcast on the Left: This is an amazing, well-researched occult/true crime/conspiracy/etc., comedy podcast from the Last Podcast Network (formerly Cave Comedy Radio). I’ve been a fan since mid-2014 and recommend this podcast to nearly everyone I meet. Marcus, Henry, and Ben are amazing hosts and amazing people. From Hollow Moon to Peoples Temple/Jonestown to Andrei Chikatilo and more, these three dedicate themselves to presenting the facts, their opinions, and making us laugh while we learn about something interesting. The guys recently celebrated their 300th episode and I couldn’t be more proud of them! Give this show a listen.
  2. Within the Wires (Season One): Within the Wires is one of the newest shows from Night Vale Presents. There are currently two seasons available wherever you listen to podcasts. Season one was this fantastic story told through guided meditations that took the reader on this eerie adventure about being kept in a research facility and trying to figure out who they were on the outside. It is expertly narrated and I highly recommend it.
  3. Lore: Aaron Mahnke is an amazing storyteller. His voice and words weave their way into history to tell stories that no one has ever told before. Recently, Lore was adapted into a tv show on the Amazon platform; I haven’t watched it yet, but I look forward to eventually doing so!
  4. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History: Each episode of this show is a minimum of 3-4 hours long. It’s like getting a history lecture or listening to an audio book rather than a podcast. The episodes are posted infrequently, so it’s always a treat to get a notification about a new one.
  5. The Wizard and the Bruiser: Another podcast from the Last Podcast Network, The Wizard and the Bruiser is all about nerdy popular culture. Holden and Jake take the listener on adventures that discuss subjects such as Cowboy Bebop, The Muppets, Deadpool, The X-Files, etc. The hosts are super funny and really passionate about nerd culture and make sure they do all their research to present the best episode possible.
  6. NoSleep Podcast: One of the most well-known titles in horror fiction podcasting, NoSleep Podcast is currently on its 10th season! Originally taking stories from r/nosleep, the podcast now accepts original submissions that may eventually be brought to life by the amazing voice actors featured on the show. The stories range from eerie to frightening, but there will be a story for all types of horror fans who may find themself interested in this podcast.
  7. Page 7: Jackie, Marcus, and Molly are the amazing hosts of this Last Podcast Network show all about pop culture and celebrity gossip. It’s my favourite show in that genre. I look forward to each new episode because I know there will be some singing from Jackie, Marcus will chime in with his opinion, and Molly will make sure everyone acknowledges when things are problematic. Overall, the three of them together make this show an amazing listen that always has me laughing out loud in public.
  8. The Roundtable of Gentlemen: Though now not updated as frequently because all the members of the show are super successful and moving all around the US, Roundtable is an amazing show that brings up hilarious news and comedy anecdotes. It features many of the previously mentioned Last Podcast Network members and they all have such an amazing dynamic. This show is pretty much like just getting drunk in a basement with your friends and shooting the breeze for an hour or so and not having any real goal with the conversation. Just talking with each other and strengthening your friendship with each other.
  9. Ear Hustle: This show is an absolutely brilliant work from the San Quentin prison. Hosted by an artist and an incarcerated person, each episode takes a theme from prison life and builds around it with music and anecdotes from currently incarcerated persons at San Quentin. I am impatiently awaiting season two because this show is so amazing and I can’t wait to hear what’s happened with the people featured in the show since we last heard from them.
  10. WTF with Marc Maron: WTF is a recent addition to my podcast listening and a near immediate add to my list of top 10. I’ve only been interested in Marc Maron since seeing him on Netflix’s GLOW and only had lukewarm feelings on him and his acting. It was listening to his podcast and getting to hear about his personal life (or as much as he was willing to share) and hear how he interacts with his guests that he has on a couple times a week. The show is in the format of essentially celebrities conversing with each other. It’s not really an interview, but it also is. I look forward to hearing who Marc is having on his show each week.

Honourable mentions go to: Chilling Tales for Dark Nights, Myths & Legends, Sirenicide, Killafornia Dreaming, Sex & Other Human Activities, This Week I Learned, Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know, 7-Minute Explainers, & Cults.

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

And That’s Why We Drink

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Sometimes, you find something so amazing that you can’t help but fall in love the instant you lay your eyeballs on it. And sometimes, the same thing happens with podcasts – except you can’t lay your eyeballs on that. Actually, laying your eyeballs on anything sounds painful. Let’s just forget I said that at all.

Enter And That’s Why We Drink, a podcast centered around the paranormal and true crime – hosted by the ever-lovely Christine and Em. Christine (#TeamWine) and Em (#TeamMilkshake) start each episode by discussing the reasons why they consume their chosen beverage – usually a funny little anecdote from an occurrence over the past week. It’s a very small but very important component to what makes them relatable and personable. You get a small look into their lives, which makes you feel more like a friend than a listener, which is something that is really important to me.

(Perhaps the most important part of the podcast is any and every moment that either Christine or Em talks about Gio – Christine’s little fluffy rescue pup that would totally be Em’s sidekick if she were a superhero.)

So we roll into the stories. Em presents a (usually creepy AF) paranormal story, accompanied by Christine’s gasps and “oh my gods” galore. (If you’d like an example, check out my favorite episode – Ep. 18). The thing about Em is that she has such a soothing voice (at least to me; apparently that isn’t a compliment she gets often aha!) but she manages to deliver the detail and information in a way that will still capture your attention.

Christine will, in turn, share a (usually equally creepy AF) true crime story in a similar light. Much like Em, you can tell that Christine puts a great deal of research and time into what she is sharing as well. I feel this is especially prevalent in Ep. 30, where she delivers the story of Sylvia Liken in all its infamous glory. The thing that I truly love about Christine is that, even with the uncomfortable stuff that often comes with discussing true crime, she doesn’t skip a beat. She acknowledges these things are disturbing, but still manages to say the right things at the right time (along with Em’s help; she has the better jokes! Sorry Christine!) to keep the atmosphere to become too overbearing with negativity.

Beyond the podcast itself, Christine and Em are so lovely. You can tell they are the best of friends – their chemistry radiates through the speaker, and I am genuinely envious of such a precious friendship.

Christine is such a beautiful human with such a beautiful soul. In every interaction I’ve had with her on Twitter, she has been so very kind to me. You can tell that Christine genuinely cares about people – listeners, friends, family – and she has such a good heart. That’s not really something that you see a lot of, especially with strangers over the internet. Christine is one of those people that I would totally be willing to chill with – sweatpants, watching Netflix, drinking wine on a Saturday night. Her disposition and personality is just so pure, and honestly her awesomeness cannot be overstated.

Em is just as precious. She’s got a great sense of humor, a lot of interesting stories, and an amazing personality. Another really awesome thing about Em is that she is unashamed of her sexuality and uses her platform to support the LGBT+ community. It means a lot to me knowing that there is somebody representing our community in a position such as Em. We don’t have to make it about sexuality to hear a good story, but she doesn’t shy away from it either, as so many people would. I cannot put into words how cool it is to look up to someone who is so comfortable with who she is, and doesn’t mind sharing that. Being LGBT+ is not something to be ashamed of – which is a lesson that I’m slowly learning myself – and Em is the embodiment of that self-love and confidence. Just like I’d chill with Christine, I’d definitely buy Em waffles and a milkshake.

Listening to ATWWD brings me a lot of comfort – I feel like I’m part of a family, like Em and Christine are the sisters I’ve never had (but always wanted). When I’m listening to a podcast where I feel like I’m present & included, I feel like I’ve found myself a safe place to call home. That’s very important to me.

So, Christine & Em, thank you guys for doing what you do and for being a bright light in a dark place. You guys are doing an amazing job, and I’m so thankful that I get to listen every week and feel like I’m a part of it – even if only a small part.

And That’s Why We Drink has 285 reviews on iTunes, and have a perfect 5-star rating. On Facebook, they have 1,682 likes and 1,744 follows. They also have 3,757 followers on Twitter. For such a high amount of followers, they are super interactive and attentive with their listeners/followers. You can also find them on Instagram, where they are also very interactive with followers.

There are 188 patrons that support Em & Christine on Patreon. I am proud to be one of those patrons. Even if it’s only $1 a month, throw some support behind these lovely ladies!

You can also follow the hosts on their personal Twitter accounts.

Christine can be found here. || Em can be found here.

I very much love & support (and always will) this podcast. It is unique in it’s own special way, and it means so much to me. Give it a listen – you won’t regret it!

P.S. – #TeamMilkshake