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.
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.
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.
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.
Missing Maura Murray first launched in July of 2015. The podcast became one of the best true crime podcasts. Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna’s instantly became podcast gurus and created a platform for Maura Murray’s investigation. But as you can imagine, they wanted to branch out from just covering the case of Missing Maura Murray. In 2017, they decided to launch their second podcast: Crawlspace. Crawlspace continues Lance and Tim’s deep dive into missing person cases, murders, robberies, and other mysteries.
It’s important to note that Lance and Tim’s chemistry oozes out of earbuds on your first listen. Besides the chemistry between, one of my favorite parts of Crawlspace is the variety of cases and topics. The podcast initially focused on Brianna Maitland’s disappearance. A teenager who went inexplicably missing in Vermont in March of 2004. The case is eerily similar to Maura Murray.
However, Tim and Lance have expanded into various unsolved cases that they approach with the same passion they have for Maura Murray.
With variety being the spice of life, listeners can expect to hear guests ranging from criminologists, podcasters, victims, and government officials. Tim and Lance have a unique ability to draw information out of their guests while making them comfortable. This creates fantastic conversations with troves of valuable information. As a listener, it’s a great product to digest. Each episode is about an hour-long making it an easy podcast to add to your rotation.
Both Missing Maura Murray and Crawlspace have a very loyal fan base and take time to engage their audience. It’s more than just a podcast, which is why we love them here at Podfluence. If you want to check them out, check out GetVokkl on Thursday evenings. The two do a live show, and it’s a great opportunity to interact with the hosts and whatever subjects they may be exploring that given week. Also, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Podchaser or Spotify below. Crawlspace network continued to produce some of the top podcasts in 2020.
What do the Jinx and the Crimetown podcast have in common? (Besides being some of the best binges out there). Marc Smerling.
Marc hosts a new short podcast series called “Morally Indefensible”. The podcast centers around the book “Fatal Vision”, a bestseller from the 1980s. If you are like me, you may not be familiar with the book and the controversy. In 1970, a young doctor & former Green Beret was accused of killing his wife and two daughters. On the surface, Jeffrey McDonald had it all. A successful doctor with a young family. What would drive someone to do this? Morally Indefensible is one of the best true crime podcasts and a great binge.
Initially, he tells the police a story of acid-loving bloodthirsty murderers (it is the Manson era anyways). His charismatic demeanor and illustrious background created doubt about whether or not he is guilty. Eventually, he is convicted 9 years later.
While waiting for an appeal, he hires an author to write a book about his innocence, or so he thought. Over time the two become friends and Joe McGinnis uses this relationship to gain access to the material. He asks Jeff to share everything, so he can better write the book, at one point staying at Jeff’s house. While Jeff believes Joe is a true friend, the feeling is not mutual. Jeff opens up to Joe and unknowingly creates his demise.
Morally Indefensible dives deep into the story about Jeff and Joe. Over the course of seven episodes, Marc investigates both sides. Besides using Jeff to write a NY Times Best Seller, was it ethical for Joe to release a book while a man is awaiting an appeal? Even worse, the book calls Jeff a murderer and completely shatters any positive perception.
The podcast is a companion to the FX TV series, A Wilderness of Error. The show just premiered, so you can either jump into it or wait for a weekend binge.
Buried cash. DEA moles. Sibling rivalries. Skydiving planes. Fast cars. And an exploding hash lab. A group of college friends took advantage of Colorado’s medical marijuana laws to create one of the longest, most lucrative smuggling runs in U.S. history. But when a drug mule flipped, the whole enterprise came crashing down— and revealed how the marijuana black market is not just evolving in the era of legal weed, but thriving.