True Crime Garage Review
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!
Remember all those movies and television shows you loved as a kid? Wouldn’t it be fun to watch them now that you’re an adult and see how they hold up? Then join host Kira and her friends on a pop culture nostalgia adventure that is the podcast Fun Dip & Cherry Coke.
The episodes all follow pretty much the same format: Kira and one of her friends introduce what they’ll be watching and talking about that episode, the friend explains the gist of the piece of pop culture (subjects range from music to movies to television), the episode takes a quick break so the two can partake of the pop culture nostalgia, and then the two come back from their viewing/listening to discuss the work in further detail and talk about whether it holds up to the first time they viewed it during childhood/adolescence.
My favourite episodes are: “Millennium – Backstreet Boys”; “Clarissa Explains It All” (quick side note: I have never talked back to/interacted with an episode of a podcast as much as I have this one; I was laughing, responding to the hosts, etc., the entire time. Nineties Nickelodeon is my jam and Clarissa Explains It All is one of my favourite shows of all time, so as soon as I saw this episode I *knew* I would at the very least love this one episode if I didn’t end up loving the show); “Earth Girls Are Easy”; “The Last Unicorn”; “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”; “Hocus Pocus”; and the newest episode, “Fantasia”.
As someone who loves pop culture but has some significant gaps in their pop culture knowledge, I love that the host does too and also totally admits to it! And with a title that’s a throwback to one of my nostalgia songs and a theme song that reminds me of nineties children’s television shows, I think this is a show that pop culture buffs and newbies alike should be getting in on. I’ve been meaning to fill some of the gaps in my pop culture knowledge and this show has definitely inspired me to make a list of what I want to watch and then tackle that list! I’m definitely looking forward to more episodes from Kira and her fantastic, informative friend group!
The Bad Taste Crimecast
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.