This is a little addition to my previous post on some of my favourite true crime podcasts. I listen to FAR too many podcasts, of course, they are all true crime podcasts, which is super healthy…
In all seriousness though, I do spend a hell of a lot of my time listening to podcasts, they are the perfect thing to help me keep me on track at my desk. The one thing I can’t do is listen to music at work, I either get super bummed out or pumped up and start tapping my desk and annoying everyone around me. There is no in between.
Since my last post, the true crime podcast addiction has worsened, and I’ve listened to far too many podcasts to go into detail with here, so I’ve set up a highlight on my instagram with (almost) EVERY true crime podcast I’ve listened to, a little ranking to go with it, and some information about the case.
You have to listen to this… The Teacher’s Pet is a live case, and as a result of this the podcast has now been taken down in Australia.
I’m drawn to unsolved cases because I think every single victim deserves justice, and it appears that it might just be coming for Lynette Dawson. Lynette went missing in 1982, her case still remains unsolved despite two coroners coming to the conclusion that her husband must have murdered her.
The Teacher’s Pet not only uncovers critical evidence and information related to Lynette Dawson’s disappearance, but also gives a platform to victims of predatory teachers at High Schools in the Northern Beaches in Australia. It’s harrowing to listen to the voice of Joanne Curtis as she discusses her troubling relationship with Chris Dawson, Lynette’s husband and Lynette’s daughters as they talk about growing up without their mother.
I hope that the DPP can finally pull their finger out and find Lynette to give her family the closure they deserve, and Lynette the justice she deserves.
Think Dirty John, but Australian. If you haven’t listened to Dirty John yet (then you’ll need to listen to that too). Hamish McLaren is a con man, and a bloody good one. He went almost 30 years before finally getting caught up with the police. ‘Who the hell is Hamish’ is a one season podcast that focuses on the evidence against Hamish, with a much more personal touch.
Instead of just sifting through information, Greg talks to some of Hamish’s victims, though it’s not really known how many people he actually conned and how much money he actually stole.
Hamish is an extremely talented and twisted manipulator. He creates elaborate (and odd) stories, even making up (and fake murdering) a twin brother. It’s a wild ride.
I’m used to listening to podcasts where the crimes include murder and such, so it was a little bit refreshing to listen to something a little less dark. Though hearing how Hamish’s victims lives have been torn to shreds was difficult, particularly when you know they won’t be getting their money back.
I just finished this podcast, and honestly found points of it so hard to listen to. Parts of the case are so heartbreaking, and we will never really know the actual truth about what happened to Susan.
Cold is one of the most tragic stories I’ve ever heard, or read about (I googled spoilers). It’s a horrific story of coercive control, domestic abuse, and a woman who did her absolute best to keep a trail of everything. Susan Powell’s disappearance is technically still unsolved, though her husband Josh’s actions gave police reason to believe he had murdered her.
Dave goes into so much depth throughout this case, the podcast episodes are all over an hour long (usually too long for me) but I felt myself wanting to hear more after every episode. Dave looks at Josh’s childhood, his family, and his relationship with Susan and with his religion. Josh shows so many clear signs of domestic abuse, including control over money, control over social life (even including going to church), and so many more. I haven’t even got onto Josh’s Dad Steve, because you need to experience him yourself (weird weird weird).
New and never heard evidence is released throughout this podcast, and it gives you a step by step journey though the investigation.
Just a tiny bit of introduction to this podcast. Connie Walker investigates the cases of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. The rate at which indigenous women are murdered in Canada is regarded as a national crisis. Most of these cases are still unsolved. Indigenous women are victims of violence at a enormously disproportionate rate, and from the little research I’ve done, not enough is being done by the government or by police to fully investigate their cases.
Not only that, but Connie talks about the history of indigenous people in Canada and the horrific racism and persecution they have faced. I had absolutely no idea about any of this, and from listening to the podcast it appears that even lots of people from Canada have no idea of this dark history.
The history within this case is one of the reasons it is one of my all time favourite true crime podcasts. I’ve learned so much.
Season 1: Who killed Alberta Williams
Alberta Williams is one of 19 women who have been found murdered along The Highway of Tears (1 of 19?!?!). Thirty years later, her case remains unsolved, despite some pretty good leads.
Connie responds to a tip from the detective who led the original investigation highlighting who he thinks murdered Alberta. Connie speaks to witnesses that haven’t been heard from before, and finds holes in the original investigation. She looks at potential evidence that went unmarked, and questions police over what they are doing to solve the case now.
It’s a very powerful season, and hearing at the end that the police are further looking into the case felt like a little win.
Season 2: Finding Cleo
Connie helps a family, torn apart by the ‘Sixties Scoop’ find information on their long lost sister. Cleo was one of five children forcefully taken from their mother and split up into white families. Three of the children stayed in Canada, and two of them were sent to America. They were only allowed to find information on each other if they had requested that it be shared – absolutely horrific.
A bit of context, the sixties scoop was a huge widespread initiative that the Canadian government put in place where they took indigenous children from their families and put them into white families in an attempt to completely eradicate their identity and culture. It’s probably one of the most vile things I’ve ever heard about. It came just after the Residential School System which saw indigenous children be forced into schools for 9+months of the year, sometimes for longer periods, where they would be subject to abuse, physical, mental and sexual. Lots of the families who later had their children taken from them were victims of the residential school system. When you hear about the effect this had on indigenous people, it is heartbreaking.
This is all really important to Cleo’s case. It was amazing to hear Connie reunite a family torn apart, and find the answers they deserved.
Holy crap. The understatement of the century in describing this podcast would be to describe it as an EXTREMELY messy divorce. Over my dead body is a relatively new podcast, it’s just finished it’s weekly episodes (so you can binge listen any time). On the website, they describe this as the first season so i’m already patiently waiting for the next season.
Matthew looks into the murder of Dan Markel, a young father, husband and law professor. He and his wife Wendi moved to the relatively quiet Tallahassee, Wendi became increasingly unhappy, feeling stuck in a small town when she was used to living close to her family in the hustle and bustle of Miami, so one day she asks Dan for a divorce. In the middle of very messy divorce and a very difficult custody battle, Dan is murdered and it looks like a hit. Could it have been his wife who ordered the hit? Was it her family? (Spoiler – definitely was)… This case is so huge, the FBI were called in to investigate it. This case is ongoing, so we won’t know the outcome of it for a while yet, normally I hate podcasts that don’t really have a conclusion but they tied this case up very well at the end.
There is a little added bonus called ‘The Prodfather’ two episodes where Matthew looks into the crimes of Rabbi Epstein. It looks at the differences in Jewish divorce law (which I had no idea was any different until this!) and the extent that some women have gone to get their ‘get’ and divorce their husbands.