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Podfluence True Crime Tuesday: The Case

The Case Season One: Boston

If you aren’t familiar with Kirk Minihane, a quick Google search will present you with a variety of search results highlighting his career in podcasting. I can summarize those search results quickly for you. Kirk Minihane is a podcasting and radio legend, who is well known for his raw, uncensored commentary on everything from sports to politics and pop culture. Although this is Kirk’s first true-crime podcast, it is not his first piece of investigative journalism. In 2018, Kirk unearthed a groundbreaking story about how Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe falsely claimed to be at the site of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Since that article was published, it was only a matter of time until Kirk put his investigative skills to work again. 

 

 

Kirk lets us know his intentions for The Case within minutes of the first episode: “This is not a true-crime podcast, this is an investigation.” He’s clearly someone that has familiarized himself with true-crime podcasts and identified what works well and what doesn’t work for listeners. The Case is jam-packed with interview snippets from journalists who covered the case, and friends and family members related to the subject of the case. 

Kirk mentions early in the first episode that he had a desire to start a true-crime podcast, and outlines some of the criteria for the case he selected. He wanted to keep it local to Massachusetts, a state that he grew up in and has lived for most of his life. After exploring several cases he finally landed on a cold case that he had never heard of before. In Season 1 of The Case, Kirk and his producer Steve, explore the story of a missing teenage girl, Jennifer Fay. Jennifer Fay went missing on the night of November 14th, 1989 in Brockton, Massachusetts. Jennifer was your typical, playful, 80’s teenage girl that was the life of everywhere she went. For years police considered Jennifer a runaway, but Kirk quickly flips that theory on its head minutes into The Case’s first episode. 

The first season of The Case is an eight-part investigative true-crime podcast that will explore and investigate the case of Jennifer Fay. The first episode clocks in just under 45 minutes and sets the precedent for The Case to become one of the best new true-crime podcasts. In just hours after the launch of The Case, it climbed to a top 10 spot across all podcast genres. The Case is poised to be one of the best podcasts of 2021. The combination of Kirk’s tenacity and dedication to the truth of the Jennifer Fay case make this a podcast you do not want to miss. 

Check out the case on Barstool Sports, Twitter, and Instagram. Let us know what you think in the comments below. 

Podcast Review: Those Murder Girls

Those Murder Girls

We know that tons of people took the time in 2020 to focus on themselves and their passions. Luckily, a lot of people seem to be extremely passionate about podcasting. Which is great news for podcast fans. So far in 2021, Podfluence has reviewed a variety of great new podcasts that have launched over the past year. One podcast, in particular, has brightened up my Fridays with their weekly releases. Those Murder Girls has quickly become one of the best new podcasts of the last year and we couldn’t be more excited to share our thoughts. 

 

 

Launching in July of 2020, Those Murder Girls is a narrative-based true-crime podcast that combines deep factual research with lighthearted commentary. Listeners will also be excited to learn about new cases that they may not be as familiar with. Those Murder Girls is hosted and written by co-creators Reyna and Marie. Reyna and Marie create an easy listening experience for true-crime podcast fans as they have undeniable chemistry and fantastic tonality on the microphone. Aside from having great hosts, Those Murder Girls is driven by great production. 

It’s clear that this is a true-crime podcast that was created by some serious true crime enthusiasts. Each week Reyna and Marie will walk listeners through some of the countries most mysterious cases, cold case files, and unsolved murder cases. Each case is approached with deep research and often times with help from the families in hopes to shed light and bring justice to some lesser-known cases. 

Since their launch in 2020, Those Murder Girls have released over 30 episodes, with new episodes dropping each Friday. Listeners will expect to hear cases like that of Tina Faelz, a young girl whose life was cut short in a tragic manner; Arlis Perry, whose body was discovered at Stanford University; and a story of a Russian serial killer known as the “Granny Ripper.” As you can tell, there are a wide variety of cases for listeners to check out. 

Those Murder Girls is quickly becoming one of the best podcasts of 2021. I look forward to their new episode every Friday. It also makes for the perfect Friday/Weekend podcast as episodes typically run anywhere from 20-30 minutes, making this the perfect podcast to binge while running errands or doing some chores around the house. Check out Those Murder Girls as their website, Instagram, and Facebook

Podcast Review: Morbid Podcast

Morbid: A True Crime Podcast is an American true crime anthology podcast hosted by Alaina Urquhart and Ashleigh “Ash” Kelley. Urquhart is an autopsy technician and Kelley is a hairdresser. The podcast premiered in May 2018. Morbid has been included on best-of lists by Erie Reader, Vogue, The Post, and Bleeding Coo

Podcast Review: Dark Side

DARK SIDE PODCAST

When I think of the Dark Side podcast one phrase comes to mind: “out of darkness comes light.” Not only is Dark Side one of the many great true crime podcasts that premiered last year, but it applies directly to the theme of Dark Side. This is a true-crime podcast that focuses on cases that have directly influenced laws, law enforcement, and communities. 



DarkSide Podcast

Since Dark Side’s first episode in November 2020, it has quickly grown in popularity to become a top true crime podcast. And that is simply because Dark Side checks all the boxes for a great podcast. That starts with pod’s fantastic host, SuZe, who hails from a tiny village in Northern England. What’s so impressive about SuZe is that she is a first-time podcaster and an instant natural behind the microphone. After experiencing a significant loss of her own, SuZe turned to true crime podcasts as an escape and felt that she could oftentimes relate to the families and friends of victims. 

Dark Side is told in a narrative format, which allows SuZe’s great writing to shine through. The goal of each episode is to both highlight the story of a case, but to also bring a level of human depth and perspective. True crime podcast fans will be impressed with the level of detail provided in each episode. Cases range from a boy that went for a bike ride and never came home, to a flight that was delayed for mysterious reasons, and even a girl who was silenced by a religious establishment. 

With episodes ranging from 45-50 minutes, Dark Side has become one of my favorite weekend podcasts. It’s hard to believe that Dark Side has only been available for a few months, as it has become one of my favorite new true crime podcasts and could potentially become one of the best podcasts of 2021. Check out more about Dark Side on their Facebook and PODCHASER

Podcast Review: Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders Podcast

DOWN THE HILL

Down the Hill is a ten-episode podcast produced by HLN TV and hosted by Barbara Macdonald  and Andrew Iden  The podcast features The Delphi Murders– the story of Abigail Williams and Liberty German, two friends who went out for a hike on an unseasonably warm day on February 13th, 2017 in Delphi,  Indiana. The case takes place in Delphi  a small suburb of just under 3,000 people. Delphi is the quintessential reminder of the small-town USA, a place where many of us can call home. Delphi is also a disturbing reminder that there are real monsters among us.

Down the Hill

The case remains unsolved, but the podcast is a platform for detectives and family to engage the public. Besides being one of the best podcasts, it’s also an opportunity to see if you can help. The beginning of each episode begins with a recording that one of the victims took—where the offender told them both—”To Go Down The Hill”. The website lays out the case file, along with information about who you can contact. Four years later and with 50,000 tips—they are asking for your help.

I do not want to discuss the case too much out of respect for the victims. It only happened four years ago and is an on-going investigation. Honestly, its fucked up. But, unlike other unsolved cases, the local police engaged the FBI almost immediately.

The podcast itself is an excellent piece of journalism. Barbara and Andrew are engaging hosts and push to understand what happened that day and a possible suspect.  The episodes follow the case chronologically and include interviews with friends, family members, and law enforcement. The production and audio quality are both of high standard, thanks to Dan Szematowicz.

Down the Hill is a great podcast to binge on and one of the best true crime podcasts out there. Give it a download and see if you can help solve the case. There is a monster out there, and the more attention given to the case increases the chances the suspect will be apprehended. If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to check out the special that just dropped on HLN  This is a two-part special just aired on Sunday and Monday of this week.

We have our playlist below along with a link to Spotify podcast. Be sure to check out our other podcast pics for binges and for this month

Podcast Review: The Clown and the Candyman

Two serial killers, Dean Corll and John Wayne Gacy, thousands of miles apart, brutally murdered over 60 teenage boys. The police said the murders were the work of these sole deranged killers, but for the first time we reveal that they were actually connected by a network of pedophiles which was partially financed by prominent members of American society. This is America’s sordid secret.

Podcast Review: THE APOLOGY LINE

If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.

Podcast Review: NECRONOMiPOD true crime podcast

Podfluence podcast review of NECRONOMiPOD, one of the best true crime comedy podcasts available

Podcast Review: They Will Kill

THEY WILL KILL

They Will Kill is one of the best true crime podcasts. There is no denying the power of siblings. Think about it. There are endless combination of talented and famous siblings: Venus & Serena Williams, John and Joan Cusack, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen – simply to name a few! So it’s not surprising that sisters Courtney and Sadie Eck have teamed up for one of the best independent top true crime podcasts out there and a top podcast of 2021. 

 

 

They Will Kill is not only the product of two sisters, but it is also a podcast for true-crime podcast fans by true-crime podcast fans. These two sisters are such fans of true crime podcasts that to keep up with their rate of listening, they decided to start their own. From their time growing up in a rural town in central Indiana, they constantly relied on each other for entertainment. Which is one of the most appealing aspects of They Will Kill. Not only do these sisters have undeniable chemistry, but it’s the combination of chemistry and banter that makes it so entertaining as a listener. 

Since launching in February of 2020 it’s clear that each episode of They Will Kill will come with a disclaimer. The episode will be well researched, and it will likely be a case you are unfamiliar with. Courtney and Sadie’s undeniable passion for all things true crime is apparent given the depth of research they provide for each topic. What I have enjoyed most about listening to They Will Kill is that each case covered is one that I have been unfamiliar with. Courtney and Sadie will explore cases ranging from a mass shooting in a bowling alley to a man that botched a planned heist on Halloween night. Some of the cases include Chris Marquis murder, Jamison Family death murders and others! 

They Will Kill offers a balance of both case investigation and host commentary. Where some podcasts never quite find this balance, Courtney and Sadie both do a great job of staying on track with the case but also providing a level of brevity with their commentary. With episodes typically clocking in at around 45 minutes, They Will Kill makes for a great listen to get some weekend chores done or just throw on and have a relaxing cup of tea or coffee. Regardless of how you take your true-crime podcast, don’t miss out on one of our favorite podcasts from 2020. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Podchaser

Podcast Review: Drinking the Koolaid

PodFluence podcast review for #truecrimetuesday featuring “Drinking the Koolaid”