Photo-Illustration: Vulture The true-crime-podcast universe is ever expanding. We’re here to make it a bit smaller and a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows, and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the noteworthy and the exceptional. Each week, our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists will pick their favorites. The Doodler , “The Coldest Case in San Francisco” and “Murder, Mistrust, and the SFPD” During the mid-1970s, a serial killer stalked and murdered at least five people in the Bay Area, eluding capture and prosecution to this day. No, this is not another Zodiac Killer podcast — this is the case of the Doodler, so named for the perp’s habit of sketching his intended victims and using the portraits to lure them in. The Doodler’s hunting grounds were the gay bars and clubs of San Francisco (all of his victims were gay men), and given the fraught relationship between the LGBTQ community and … [Read more...] about This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: The Unsolved Case of the Doodler
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Photo: Vulture The true-crime podcast universe is ever expanding. We’re here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week, our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists will pick their favorites. To read last week’s edition, click here . Murderville In 1998, Devonia Inman was arrested and charged with the murder of Donna Brown, a night manager at a Taco Bell in Adel, Georgia — but if he’s guilty, why have there been more murders in the small Southern town? In this seven-episode series, the Intercept’s Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith do some serious boots-on-the-ground work to figure out why Inman is still in jail despite unreliable witnesses, some of whom have since recanted. So far I’ve listen to two of the seven episodes, and the details these journalists are turning up are maddening, including a … [Read more...] about This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: Welcome to
Photo-Illustration: Vulture The true-crime-podcast universe is ever expanding. We’re here to make it a bit smaller and a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows, and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the noteworthy and the exceptional. Each week, our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists will pick their favorites. O.C. Swingers , “The Lifestyle” & “Sunday Funday” Trigger warning for those sensitive to discussions of sexual assault: Proceed with caution. This ten-part podcast series covers the still unfolding case of a pair of alleged serial rapists. To his neighbors in Orange County, Dr. Grant Robicheaux seemed like a dashing fellow. He was a successful orthopedic surgeon, who’d been featured on reality TV, voted “Bachelor of the Year” by the well-to-do locals, and boasted a gorgeous girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, who many assumed was a model. This sparkling image came to a dark end in October … [Read more...] about This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: From Maine to the O.C.
In the wake of the horrific mass shootings at Asian-owned spas in Atlanta earlier this week, Late Night writer and comedian Karen Chee appeared on last night’s episode to reflect on the violence, the shooter who targeted working-class Asian women (Chee calls him “a racist, a misogynist, and a coward”), how his actions stem from white supremacy, and how news outlets shied away from calling the event what it is: a hate crime. “He went after people in one of the most vulnerable intersections of our community. And of course, just like every time a white man commits an act of domestic terrorism, news outlets then sprang to try and humanize him,” Chee said, pointing out how the coverage centered the shooter instead of the victims, particularly the press conference where a police offer (who — surprise, surprise — has a history of racist social-media posts ) summed up the shooter’s actions as the man having a “bad day.” “I had a ‘bad day’ earlier this week, and you know what I did? I … [Read more...] about Writer Karen Chee Reflects on the Atlanta Shootings: ‘It Is a Hate Crime’
Comic actor and host of The Masked Singer Ken Jeong appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Monday to talk about the rise in anti–Asian American hate crimes in the U.S., the Atlanta spa shootings , and how both of these were directly influenced by racist rhetoric, like “kung flu” and “the China virus,” disseminated by a certain former president he did not call out by name. Jeong began by praising Late Night writer Karen Chee , “who had a very eloquent piece on the day that it happened.” Jeong said, “It was very moving. It’s just a sign that with the Asian American community, enough is enough. We’re just fed up. And in the study that Karen cited on your show a few days ago, anti–Asian American crime has risen almost 150 percent in the last year, and in that same study, overall hate crime went down 7 percent.” Jeong explained why this rise has occurred: “This is precisely due to weaponizing terms like China virus and kung flu . And also the fact that, in this … [Read more...] about Ken Jeong Addresses Atlanta Shootings: ‘This Was Clearly a Hate Crime’