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True-crime fans. If you're knee is constantly twitching as you struggle to find a new and exciting true-crime podcast, then jiggle no longer. On this blog, every week, I will be posting a Q&A by some of the best true-crime podcasters out-there. This week, it's the turn of the brilliant Andy Parish, creator of The No Remorse Podcast.
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Michael's thoughts: Andy is a massive true-crime fan who devours hours of true-crime podcasts, all the latest murder books and true-crime documentaries and it shows in his podcast - No Remorse "focusing on the most disturbing and heinous crimes from the United Kingdom" - as being well-read, insightful and thoughtful, all of this passion comes across in his work. Andy's episodes focus on the truly nastiest, most vile human being imaginable, and as he rightfully say he "pulls no punches". If you love true-crime, and you want to hear real stories from a true-crime obsessive, I heartily recommend you check out The No Remorse Podcast. Mx
Q & A with Andy from The No Remorse Podcast
How did you get into true-crime podcasting?
I’ve been a listener for a while and felt that I could tell a good story so I asked around to make sure people would give it a go and off I went. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to guest write a couple of episodes for established true crime podcasts so I knew that I could research and write a script.
What podcast (true-crime or not) first inspired you?
The True Crime Enthusiast, the UK True Crime Podcast and They Walk Among Us. Oh and Murder Mile of course.(Editor's note: all great choices)
What was your first episode and why was it an important story to tell?
I went for Daniel Gonzales because not only did it tell a horrifically violent story of spree killing but also touched on the story of man who feel through the cracks of the mental health service. The story is one that isn’t that well known and makes the listener think about the type of people who commit the most violent crimes and what maybe going on in their minds at the time before, during and after the event.
What’s been the best episode you’ve produced so far?
Mark Martin a serial killer from Nottingham who killed members of the homeless community.
What’s the biggest mistake you find that murderers make?
Arrogance and narcissism - thinking they won’t get caught.
Which piece of research are you most pleased with?
Levi Bellfield and Steve Wright took months to research but I was so pleased with what I got.
Which case has been the biggest joy or headache to cover and why?
Levi Bellfield was a royal pain as there is just so much to him. But I was proud of the outcome
Has any case proved so tragic/sad you’ve had to take a break from the research?
A couple spring to mind one was Arthur Simpson-Kent who killed his wife and kids. As part of the research I read so much about family annihilators and what makes them tick. Any case that involves kids being killed or assaulted hits a bit harder than other cases.
What’s your thoughts/theory on Jack the Ripper?
Yawn. (Editor's note: I totally agree, Jack the Ripper, also known as "how to make easy cash by bastardising and rehashing old 'evidence' for something which can never be proven"... and don't even get me started on the 'DNA evidence'. Urgh).
Why is true-crime so popular?
I think most of us are predisposed to want to solve mysteries and are naturally problem solvers at heart. I also think that listening to true crime podcasts and/or watching true crime documentaries is a good way of understanding evil but from behind a safe space much like watching a horror movie we experience emotions of disgust and fear but also a sense of intrigue.
Is it right to fancy, admire or worship a serial-killer/murderer?
Absolutely not, it's beyond moronic.
Which murderer (if any) do you feel is misunderstood?
Most of them really as most of them did what they did for a reason which made perfect sense to them at the time they carried It out. To most of us its impossible to understand and it certainly does not justify what they did but the very vast majority of killers felt like they had a reason to kill.
Which murderer/serial-killer (if any) could you sympathise with or relate to?
Sometimes I hear about people who have killed but were suffering from a mental illness at the time. A few cases like this have stuck out as it seemed like the killer needed help but has been failed by some which could of prevented the killing(s)
What’s the nearest you’ve ever been to a real murder case/crime?
I've visited crime scenes in the past, attended murder cases in Crown court, visited victim support centres and its really the best way to understand crime, its affects and how the criminal justice system works.
If you were to be murdered (God forbid), how would you prefer to go and how would you want the podcaster who covers it to describe you?
I would want to go out as a hero probably saving someone from a killer who goes kills me whilst I rescue this other person.
How would you cope as a homicide detective?
Which details about crime do people always get wrong and why does it infuriate you?
So.so many but I don’t let it bother me most of the time.
Where do you see your podcast going over the next few years? I would like to produce episodes on a much more regular basis like once a week perhaps but finding in the time is really tricky.
Which upcoming episode of yours are you most excited about researching/writing?
I have two which will be Peter Tobin and Anthony Hardy which are big well known cases that I really want to make sure I get the details bang on
Why should new listeners give your podcast a try?
I fully accept that my podcast isn’t for everyone as its pretty full on without any of the fancy Hollywood style stuff that the best podcasts have. I like to keep it ultra-real and tell it how it is or was. I don’t sugar-coat anything, I don’t hold back but if listeners like the darkest of dark and the worst of the worst of UK murderers then check it out.
Do you have a message for your loyal listeners?
The fact that anyone listens to me is incredible. Its been a journey over the last 9-10 months and I have learned loads which I would not have done if nobody listened, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me, giving feedback and support I love you all.
A big thank you to Andy for taking part in this True-Crime Podcaster Q & A. Don't forget to check out his podcast. To explore this fine true-crime podcast further, click on the links. .
Stay safe my friends
Michael J Buchanan-Dunne is a crime writer, podcaster & tour guide of Murder Mile Walks, hailed as one of the best "quirky curious & unusual things to do in London".
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