OP-ED reviews: True Crime Podcasts

OP-ED reviews: True Crime Podcasts

Madelyn Hutchison

Hi everyone! Sadly I couldn’t find time to read this week, but I still have something I think you might like, so stay tuned.
If you’re anything like me, you like true crime and you probably like podcasts, right? If that’s the case, then I have three true crime podcasts I absolutely love and you should check out. Don’t worry, I’m not going to go into the nitty gritty of the crimes mentioned because that can be extremely traumatizing.
Instead I’ll just go over how each podcast is structured and my pros and cons list for each of them.
Please note that these podcasts aren’t for the faint of heart, like I said before I’m not going into specific crimes that they go over, but the hosts of these podcasts aren’t afraid to dig in to how horrific these crimes can get; so if you want to listen to these by all means do, just be aware.
First Up: Crime Junkie hosted by Ashley Flowers and Brit.
The structure is set up neatly, they talk and do introductions within the first five minutes and then dive into the crime.
Pros:
They go straight into the crime
They provide things such as CrimeStopper Hotlines (which is an organization that helps the police in order to catch the killer/ find the missing person etc).
They cover a variety of crimes or missing persons, not just serial killers.
The hosts are super sweet, and kind and they bring a sort of warmth despite the horrible crimes they talk about.
And finally, they have a really catchy intro song. It plays in my head all the time.
They have a pupper of the month, where once a month they talk about one of their followers’ dogs, typically heartwarming or sad, after the crimes.
Cons:
There are A LOT of ads. It’s not that difficult to skip through them, but it does get annoying after a while.
Ashley is the only one that talks about the crime. Brit is only there to interject, and this is just a con for me because to me, it would be nice to mix things up a bit. As you can see, there are way more pros than cons.
Second: My Favorite Murder hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark.
They talk about their week or just random stuff for thirty minutes and then go into the crimes, and then they do a ten minute segment at the end where their fans tell them something good that happened that week as a way to end the podcast episode on a happy note.
Pros:
They usually do two crimes per episode! I love that they do this because this is the only podcast that I have found so far that does this. And because they do two crimes per episode, one person will tell the story and the other will react and then they flip it. I think this helps balance the show out.
The two hosts of this podcast are ex-partiers and they’re somewhere between forty and fifty years old and so they just don’t care about verbal filters and it can get quite funny.
They have a book! That’s obviously always a pro for me.
The episodes are long because of the usual two story episode so they can range anywhere from one hour to two and a half hours. And for me, the longer the episodes the better.
Cons:
I don’t like that they talk for twenty to thirty minutes about random stuff in the beginning of the podcast. Sometimes it’s fine for me to listen to them ramble because I usually use these podcasts as background noise while I work, in fact I’m even listening to one of their episodes right now, but most of the time I want to listen to the crime. And if I skip ahead, I tend to spoil myself of vital information so that’s always a bummer.
There aren’t that many ads, but there’s just enough that it gets annoying
– and I get it that’s where the bulk of their money comes from, but again it’s annoying.
It can get very political, which in dealing with true crime, there are going to be political aspects to it, just like with everything else but they both manage to go down a political rabbit hole and then all of a sudden we aren’t even talking about things that are relevant to the crime anymore.
The pros and cons are kind of balanced with this one I’d say.
And Finally: RedHanded by Hannah Maguire and Suruthi.
This one is my favorite out of the three at the moment. They usually talk for ten minutes about random stuff in the beginning of the episode and then they go into the crime.
Pros:
First off, killer opening.
It’s as if Suruthi and Hannah combined the pros of the two podcasts above and then made it European. First off, they only do one crime per episode, however they both talk during the story, switching between one another and it just works. Also, they have very dry humor and manage to be serious about these crimes as well.
If they do a mystery episode they talk about what they think happened at the end.
Sometimes they do little ghost stories, called RedHaunted, which can be quite interesting.
They have a book!
Even though they only do one story per episode, the episodes still manage to be an hour to an hour and a half, and it’s not full of filler. It’s just crime.
Because they usually do European crimes, I get to hear about some different crimes that I had never heard of before, even if they are famous cases in Europe.
Cons:
I’m going to admit this is a stupid con, but because they’re from London, they make some jokes that I don’t understand because they’re jokes meant for Europeans. That’s it, that’s the complaint. Like I said, it’s stupid.
Also, there are a couple ads but not nearly as bad as the other two podcasts.