My brother Adam -- himself the star and producer of a podcast so time-sensitive that it only made sense if you listened to it a few days before it was recorded -- sent me a review of a MURDER podcast. Here it is.
Hello Brother Andrew, hope you’re well. I thought I’d write up a quick review for you to use on your podcastpals site.
My friend Matt tweeted recently about watching the new season of Black Mirror and starting to listen to ‘My Favourite Murder’ and therefore now being a sociopath and I immediately wanted to get in on this. After finding out that it’s actually an American podcast and therefore ‘Favorite’ rather than ‘Favourite’ I proceeded to download episode one and have a listen.
27 episodes down (in 2 weeks) I now consider myself a ‘Murderino’ (The name given to the listeners of this podcast). The premise of the podcast is fairly simple with three distinct sections for almost all of the episodes.
In section 1, the hosts of the podcast (Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark) introduce themselves, talk a bit about what they’ve been up to, what they’ve been watching and in almost all episodes go through some corrections for the made up facts of the previous podcast. These girls do their research before each episode, but then either go off on tangents into subjects they have no knowledge of or they just forget. They’re also really funny and so although often not about murder this section is still very good.
This is the meat of the podcast where Karen and Georgia talk through a murder (or attempted murder in some cases). This section is both haunting and funny with the hosts both getting more anxious and shocked as the other reads through their chosen murder.
They are not focused on the ‘facts’ but that isn’t the point of this podcast, it doesn’t go so deep that you can’t sleep at night and they add just the right amount of humour and disdain for the murders to keep it relatively light, while still respecting the subject matter.
This is the section where you get most of the laugh out loud moments, like when one of the hosts was talking about how the police didn’t bother to check for semen on someone because they knew she’d been with her boyfriend earlier in the day and the other host says something along the lines of ‘Well that’s ridiculous, why didn’t they just ask her if she had slept with her boyfriend’ to which the one telling the story replied ‘Because she’s dead’.
I love true crime and have watched loads of documentaries on the subject, but most of the subjects they discuss are fresh and new to me and where it isn’t they’re take on the murders I know about (like Harold Shipman) is still worth the listen.
Near the end of the podcast after talking about their favourite murder of the week, they then go to a listener’s ‘home town murder’ where someone has emailed them or sent them a Facebook message with the details of their own hometown murder. These can be some of the most interesting ones.
In the earlier episodes they have their friends leave them voicemails or email them (before they had the number of listeners they do now). One of my favourite murders from the podcast is where their friend leaves them a voicemail about a murder that may have been inspiration of the film ‘Heathers’.
This is just a great podcast, it’s funny, the hosts are charming and relatable, the subject is really interesting and it ends with a loud cat meowing after being offered a ‘cookie’.
Andrew Chiming In
I -- the firstborn, most important son -- listened to the most recent episode and found the start -- what Adam calls Section 1 -- absolutely infuriating. I kept checking how long they’d been talking with no context or structure. After 20 minutes of jabber one of them actually said ‘should we start the podcast now?’
Section 2, though, was really good. It was about people in the Philippines who murder karoake singers who butcher ‘My Way’. I had heard of that happening, but apparently it’s been like 20 times and the ladies tried to explain why. Legitimately interesting and sometimes funny.