I am a true crime podcast fanatic. I love listening to the cruel and twisted world of murder and mayhem while I do my laundry or drive in the car. Alas, I have a problem. I have listened to all of my favourites and have to wait for my weekly dose as episodes do not drop frequently enough to keep me satisfied. What to do? Listen to some true crime audiobooks of course!
Here are my top five recommendations:
- Podcasts like "Trace" that investigate the cold case of Maria James who was found stabbed to death in the back of her Melbourne bookshop in 1980. The story is riveting and more information unfolds as new information comes in to investigative reporter Rachael Brown who weaves it into the episodes and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The audiobook "Trace" is available now too, so you can delve into even more details and the theories that have prompted the cold case to be reopened in late 2018.
"Australian True Crime" with Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb is another favourite of mine. Ron Iddles a retired homicide detective has worked on many famous cases, such as Jill Meagher's murder and Melbourne's Gangland war. Ron advised Rachael Brown the reporter on the "Trace" case as this case was the first he ever investigated and the only one that he has never solved. He is known as "The Good Cop" and the book written by Justine Ford is also available for download or on MP3 CD.
"Unravel" is another riveting podcast. The first season was about the suspicious death of indigenous teenager, Mark Haines. The book based on the first season "Blood on the Tracks" details the five-year investigation by indigenous reporter, Allan Clarke. This is another case that has been reopened thanks to the diligence and perseverance of this reporter.
- An older title "Partners & Crime" about the partners and wives of infamous criminals who get to tell their story from their angle. Confiding in Investigative reporter, Rochelle Jackson, this is an intimate portrait of the women who loved these men.
- "The Iceman" delves into the mind of a cold-blooded, psychopathic mob contract killer Richard Kuklinski. An undercover agent, Dominick Polifrone, posed as a mob boss in order to gather evidence against Kuklinski. It was a dangerous game because Kuklinski was planning to kill him too. It is difficult to believe that this story is true as it is so bizarre.
There are so many more titles to choose from, check out the list of downloadable audios here.
Enjoy and keep listening.
By Mill Park Library Branch Manager Serena Bellotti.