This review will cover primarily S1 of In the Dark. Stay tuned for a follow-up post on Season 2.
Investigative True Crime podcasts have become a true passion for most listeners dating back to the inaugural season of Serial. The challenge is that you have to be good at investigating, and investigating cold cases in particular. This is where In the Dark strives for success and executes very well.
Season 1 of In the Dark comes with the backdrop of strong material – the abduction of 11-year-old Minnesotan boy Jacob Wetterling. This case has gone unsolved for 27 years up to the point of the release of Season 1. Host and investigative report Madeleine Baran does a phenomenal job placing the listener in the story. By the time you are 10 minutes into the first episode, you can imagine the setting of a dark fall night in small-town suburbia. Jacob simply wanted to go rent a videotape to watch only to be never seen again.
In the Dark surrounds the listener with a variety of perspectives including Jacob’s parents, neighbors, and law enforcement officials. The host and production team successfully paint a picture of a community searching for answers and working together to bring closure and justice. In the Dark does all the right things that an investigative true crime podcast should strive for.
I highly recommend Season 1 and look forward to hearing how the team follows up what was a highly successful first season. APM Reports also does provide an extensive website filled with great show material and blog posts, a must visit for all fans of the podcast.