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.

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.

True Crime Fan Club Review – Zimbellina

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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.

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.

 

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