Kevin

Twisted Britain

When do you normally admit you enjoy listening to True crime with strangers or even friends? Probably not over a conference call or during a family party (well maybe…but really?) Like myself, and probably many others, I tend to chat about my love of true crime after some liquid courage. Twisted Britain is a conversational true crime podcast between two friends at a bar, and where they discovered their love of true crime together. This is something I can certainly relate to.


Bob and Nadine meet fortnightly at The Settle Inn, in Stirling to talk True crime between themselves, and the listener. Nadine and Bob each pick a new case to discuss, and decide who goes first by flipping a coin. What I love about this show is the natural conversation between the two hosts. I tend to listen to the show on weekends while having a few and getting ready–and honestly I feel like I am sitting with them and even find myself talking back.


I am a big fan of the show. A new listener can jump in at any episode–all cases are fairly lesser known so each episode is an adventure. If you really begin to like the show, they started to invite patrons onto the show and participate in the show over a virtual beer.

Culpable

Although the new installment to the Tenderfoot TV podcast library is solid it has some missteps, but don’t let that take away from the sobering story. In its simplest form the story centers around a young man who was found dead in his apartment. He came from a solid background with a close family, which made his apparent suicide a head scratcher.

Culpable draws it’s format from shows like Up & Vanished (big surprise) making it an easy listen. That said, the show takes some time to set up. It is a rewarding listen as the story evolves, but you need to be ready for that experience. I found Culpable best for a long car ride podcast or commuting show if you are spicing up your daily listens.

Host Dennis Cooper has a slow drawl to his story telling method, creating a very real atmosphere. However, the lasting impression Culpable made on me came in the form of it’s interviews. You will hear from family members and friends about how wonderful the subject, Christian Andreacchio, is and how his death impacted the community – leaving the listener at a loss for words.

Man in the Window

Wondry and the LA times throw their hat in the ring for a  Golden State Killer podcast (yes, another one). I am confident every True Crime podcast releases a Golden State episode. So should you listen to this? Yes (with a soft whisper). Their street cred to start: they are the same duo that produced Dirty John and Dr. Death. Not too bad. 

Podcast structure is 6 episodes over a single season. IThe podcast includes multiple first-hand interviews with a cast of characters: detectives who worked the original cases, detectives who broke the case, neighbors of the accused and others. They attempt to shed light on just how aggravating the case was for those who worked it, experienced it, and even those who inconspicuously lived next to a psychopath. 

Although good, the show could have been better. I wish they released 10 episodes instead of 4, and included more interviews with those who knew the accused.