Podcast obsession: True Crime Obsessed

The past couple of weeks I’ve been obsessively listening to True Crime Obsessed – nothing new, I’ve been listening to these guys for a few months now, and have almost learnt some episodes by heart. While some episodes are “just” interesting, some others are absolutely fascinating, and they keep me thinking and wanting to know more about the stories.

If you’re not familiar with TCO, here’s a link to their website where you can check out all the podcasts they have done so far, and the ones that will be out between now and the end of March – lots of interesting stories to look forward to! I am particularly keen to hear their take on Team Foxcatcher, a documentary I watched a couple of months ago, having read a few articles about that insane story. More will follow…

In the meantime, if you want to know more about TCO, here comes a quick review with suggestions on the best episodes:

True Crime Obsessed

A weekly podcast hosted by the hilarious Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle, where every week they discuss true crime documentaries. Every Tuesday (usually) the two hosts begin the episode by presenting the story behind the documentary, and then proceed to chat about the story, the main events and protagonists, adding their own feelings (so many feelings!) and views, like (very excitable!) friends in a coffee shop. It’s all very laidback, and despite the cases discussed, it never gets too tense: if anything, Patrick and Gillian’s take is light enough to have a few laughs, as the outrage at some of the situations discussed sometimes needs a good table flipping! Recently a new cast member has been added, aka the garbage bell! If you want to know what I’m talking about, you’ll need to go and have a listen: the garbage bell appears from episode 30.

You don’t need to have seen the documentary before listening to the podcast, as the introduction is usually enough to get you up to speed with the main facts, and you can then join in with the shock, curiosity, outrage, that these stories provoke. Gillian’s sanguine reactions are down-to-earth, everyman (or woman)’s response to the stories, and Patrick adds his thoughts and feelings and a lot of laughing! If sometimes it feels a bit over the top, it’s probably because the situation requires it! Most times, it’s hard not to laugh at Gillian’s frustrating screams when describing some impossible situation, which adds a light note to what would otherwise be rather grim listening.

If you’re new to the podcast, there’s no sequence to the episodes, apart from some two-parters that obviously need to be listened to in order. Choose one that looks interesting (they all do!), and enjoy the ride!

Best episodes: it’s difficult to pick, as there are so many brilliant episodes that I have listened to over and over again, but to narrow them down, here come my favourite four, in no particular order:

The woman who wasn’t there (episode 8) – a hilarious commentary to the documentary that uncovered the story of a woman who became the face of 9/11 survivors without ever being there in the first place.

Mommy dead and dearest (episode 5) – if you’ve never heard of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blancharde, this is a very good way to get to know their story, thanks to Patrick and Gillian who provide much needed laughter in such an unreal and tragic story.

The keepers (episodes 6 and 7) –  Patrick and Gillian respond to that truckload of emotions that is the Netflix documentary about the murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik in 1969. And they do it amazingly well, given how horrific the story behind the murder is. Good to listen to, if you can’t face watching the documentary.

Tabloid (episode 26) – one that I have listened to so many times that I can probably recite it by heart now! Super funny account of the documentary based around the crazy story of Joyce McKinney and her kidnapping plan…

Other episodes to look out for:

Catfish (episode 2) and TalHotBlond (episode 21) – I’m putting them together as they are similar cases, though with very different endings.

Capturing the Friedmans (episode 9) – just hilarious, from start to end!

There’s something wrong with aunt Diane (episode 19) – literally just including this here because of Gillian’s NY accent.

Basically, every episode is worth listening to! Let me know your favourite!

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