Welcome back for another recommendation. This one is coming from my love of true crime and my enjoyment of podcasts. There are a lot of great podcasts out there and I subscribe to a lot of them. However, there has been one particular podcast that has dominated my playlist in the recent months.
My Favorite Murder Podcast
I have been binge-listening to this podcast over the last several months. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark are incredible hosts for this intense podcast. As they continuously describe the show, it is a true crime-comedy podcast. It is a place where the terrible and the tragic are imbued with a little laughter. This laughter is what allows people to survive hearing the disturbing crimes that these two amazing women discuss.
Serial killers are not a fun topic of conversation on their own, yet Karen and Georgia find a way to find the humour in the story. You might be wondering how that works. How can laughter be possible when you are discussing a serial killer or murderers? I would argue that it is difficult to have those conversations any other way. Besides, there are plenty of true crime podcasts out there that take the serious side of the story. Of course, most listeners probably walk away feeling depressed. That does not happen very often with the MFM group. Their digressions and interjections create plenty of space to recognize the horror that they are discussing, while also reminding listeners to laugh when they can.
Their main episodes follow the same basic format as each Karen and Georgia get to tell the other about a murder (though occasionally, survival stories and other crimes show up). They chat for the first bit, discussing business, corrections and mental health. It can be long, but for the most part, it is worth listening too. Then they try to remember who goes first. Once they settle that debate, they let loose their terrible stories into the world, but they constantly remind listeners that it is not all bad. The end eventually comes and they sign off with their signature goodbye. I’d tell you what it is, but why ruin your fun of discovering it for yourself.
On a weekly basis, they release Minisodes where they read the emails of listeners. It started as hometown murders, but over time, it has developed into a free for all. These minisodes have included stories of items found in walls, a grandmother who bit a Nazi in WWII, close encounters with serial killers, and a whole lot more.
Karen and Georgia, over the course of their podcast, have cultivated a fan cult base known as the Murderinos. They have gone on world tours to tell local stories. They fill thousands of seats to hear their stories. They learn and they grow. They have even created a podcast network called Exactly Right, that has spawned other podcasts.
I recommend this podcast to any true crime lovers. Their first couple episodes are a bit rough and filled with inaccuracies, but then they realize that people are actually listening to them. They begin to operate at a higher level.
So start at the beginning, despite the rough start, because it is incredible to listen to their journey and their growth. These two women are amazing and, if you don’t mind the chatter, you will love this podcast too.