True Crime Podcasts
The true crime genre in podcasting has exploded in recent years. It is a legitimate phenomenon with a staggering cross-section of different styles, approaches, and manners in which true crime podcast shows are produced.
From principled investigative pieces like Murder On The Space Coast to raucous romps of criminality from our favorite rock stars on Disgraceland, there is a flavor of true crime out there for just about anyone with even the slightest pull towards the genre.
With this wealth of true crime content transcending into the mainstream consciousness of those seeking entertainment has come some scrutiny and questioning as to whether we are wallowing in people’s pain, exploiting victims and family members, and getting our thrills in the darkest corners of the human existence.
There is no doubt a fine line between constructively looking into the most depraved acts of criminals and simply being titillated by shock and gore.
For the latter, though, could that just be an expression of the visceral draw many of us feel in seeking to be awestruck by the chilling capabilities of our fellow human beings?
The Impact Of True Crime Podcasts
There is no denying, in my mind, the potential impact for society in taking a long hard look at crimes committed within our communities. It can be especially productive in taking a critical eye to the justice system and correlating court proceedings for these ghastly criminal acts.
There is a recurring theme in certain true crime shows, especially the aforementioned Murder On The Space Coast, and it is a theme that truly pains me to endure and suffer through when listening to episodes. That is the tragic theme of someone who might be wrongfully locked up in prison for a significant amount of time.
I agonize at the thought of an innocent person languishing for years and decades due to shoddy police work or even worse conspiratorial and criminal acts committed by the police and prosecutors themselves.
What about the other side of this coin, though? What about the accused that seem dead to rights guilty?
The ones were the evidence against them is of a mountainous proportion. The ones where their motive is glowing bright like a neon sign. The cases where the alleged has every single psychological sign of being capable and able to commit a horrific act, yet, they are somehow found not guilty. How do we view and feel about these scenarios?
Not Guilty Podcast
Not Guilty is a brand new podcast offering from Parcast, hosted by Vanessa Richardson, that is set to explore these very cases of jaw-dropping and often polarizing verdicts that occur under mind-blowing circumstances.
For those diehard podcast listeners out there you are most likely familiar with other true crime shows in the Parcast network catalog and their signature style of dramatically retelling tales while also providing a highly detailed and granular look at the facts of the case and psychological components wrapped around the crime.
For the Not Guilty podcast, there seems to be a concerted effort on the part of Parcast to laying out the details, timelines, and context of the case as opposed to focusing on the dramatization. Do not take that observation on this show as an indication of drama lacking from the story, though. The drama comes early and often through the nature of the case itself laid out for the listeners with a thorough and comprehensive approach by Richardson.
The Robert Blake Case
I wonder if taking on notorious cases that ended in controversial verdicts is compelling Parcast to eschew the dramatic reenactments in favor of letting the cold hard facts and evidence speak for itself?
It makes sense to me, if so, especially with cases that fractured our society like the OJ Simpson trial set to be published in an upcoming episode. That case was such an intense focus for our country and the not guilty verdict sent shockwaves throughout communities across our land. There is seemingly no additional drama needed when tackling such intense cases, to begin with.
For each case that Not Guilty takes on they approach it with a two-part arc. The first part focuses on the investigators and all the details and evidence they assemble throughout the investigation. Not Guilty does a brilliant job at detailing every nook and cranny of backstory and context in addition to laying out the timeline of facts.
The second episode of the case focuses on the trial and court proceedings that ultimately lead to a shocking verdict that seemed out of alignment with the evidence.
I am only one episode into Not Guilty, which just premiered on Thursday, April 26th, but I am fully locked in on this already wild true crime ride. The details of the Robert Blake case are flat out staggering and the life and backstory of the victim Bonnie Lee could be a podcast series unto their own.
It is a complex, murky, and riveting episode to listen to the entire way through. I am on the edge of my seat awaiting the second, complementary court episode to drop on Thursday, May 2nd.
If you are even the most casual of true crime fans then Not Guilty is a must subscribe podcast for you. They come out of the gate swinging with a hard-charging story of chronic dysfunction, Hollywood stars, and murder for hire. Come along for a rousing true crime ride with Not Guilty podcast.