Growing up in New England, I am very familiar with the aura that surrounds Ivy League schools. It’s what made movies like The Skulls (RIP Paul Walker) so fascinating.
The Ivy League refers to an American collegiate athletic conference that consists of eight private universities in the Northeast US. The term Ivy League is typically used beyond the sports context and applied to the schools’ elitist connotations of academic excellence and selectivity in admissions.
The members of the Ivy League include Brown University, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale. As you can assume, given the exclusivity and honorable alums – the Ivy League is somewhat of a breeding ground for interesting cases. And it’s wonderfully highlighted by the Ivy League Murders Podcast.
The thing that is funny about higher education, is that people will do anything they can to get into a school. Even some of the world’s most famous celebrities would forge transcripts and fake extracurricular activities (looking at you Lori Laughlin). While the content of Ivy League Murders is interesting enough, its highlighted by the dynamic hosts Sarah Alcorn and Laura McDonald are both Cambridge, MA natives with a penchant for true crime. Sarah is a Harvard Grad and a private investigator, and Laura comes from an NYC background and has a degree from the University of Miami. Simply put, their personalities are one of the shining stars of this podcast.
Considering Ivy League Murders launched in the spring of 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic, they have had a bit of a meteoric rise so far. Listeners will quickly be drawn in by Sarah and Laura’s approach to these cases. Their approach to cases starts with the history of each institution and the notable alumni that attended. They then provide background on the subject matter and criminal entity. Episodes typically range from 45-60 minutes and span a variety of cases. Subjects will range from a Columbia graduate who killed his wife, to a serial killer that went to Cornell.
Ivy League Murders is a great look at criminals in the context of higher education. I highly recommend this look at discovering how some of the brightest stars fall. I grew up surrounded by many of these institutions and learned more in 45 minutes of Ivy League Murders than I ever knew before.
Jon spent the first fifteen years of his life behind the microphone for a local Boston band. He fell in love with PodCasts while driving between venues. Entertainment podcasts are his passion, and he listens to True Crime to help fall asleep at night.