Podcasts. In particular True Crime Podcasts! I think I have just about heard every single detail about every single unsolved murder case in Atlanta, Georgia. Why Atlanta, Georgia by the way? What's so special with Atlanta, Georgia? It seems that if you live in Atlanta, Georgia, you are either somehow involved in an active, unsolved crime or you are making a podcast about one. Either that or the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) are really shit at their jobs.
In the last month and a half or so I've just about listened to every true crime podcast out there.
Starting with Serial I worked my way through all 5 series of Someone Knows Something, The excellent Up and Vanished as well as single series podcasts such as Teachers Pet and Murderville.
Then I moved onto Missing and Murdered, Broken Hearts, Atlanta Monster and Monster: The Zodiac. After devouring those I skipped through Hell and Gone, Cold, The Dropout (not so much True Crime), Unravel, A Murder On Orchard Street, A Killing On The Cape, To Live and Die in LA, Over My Dead Body, The Wonderland Murders, The Hurricane Tapes, Case Closed, Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder, Phoebe's Fall and finally The Lady Vanishes.
What's wrong with me?! Should I be worried that podcasts are quickly becoming my best friends? Should I see someone about this or go to some sort of podcast rehabilitation centre?
In all seriousness however, podcasts are brilliant though aren't they? Perfect for commuting purposes. They are like little audio gems that allow you to deep dive into a topic and really immerse yourself, in my case in old, cold, crime cases.
In many of the above crime cases the podcasts actually re-engages the general public with the case and often causes new insight or uncovers new details about the case. To be fair this rarely leads to any actual breakthroughs or convictions but it definitely keeps the interest up in the cases.
I am currently listening to Maddie, a podcast about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, 12 years ago. In my opinion a very good podcast. It looks at all aspects of the decade old mystery. Since the start of the podcast we have heard about a new prime suspect that Operation Grange has uncovered. A suspect that the Portuguese PJ Chief Inspector Gonçalo Amaral had predicted would be made the scapegoat for the 20 million pound UK inquiry that has uncovered nothing of significance. Anyway, all very juicy as you can imagine! Get listening I say.
I have also been listening to a podcast called Coffee Break French. A podcast helping you improve your French although it's making me a little annoying, not want to speak English and hunkering to smoke so enough about that!
What all this podcasting has made me realise however, is that maybe I should start my own podcast...
How about "Adventures of a Dutch Nomad"?!!