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Hey eager true-crime podcast fans! If you're openly frothing at the mouth and dribbling with anticipation, waiting to see which exciting true-crime podcast will feature in this week's Q&A, then wait no longer. This week I have the pleasure to pose some fascinating questions to Caprice, the fabulous host from The Unseen podcast.
Michael's thoughts: What sets The Unseen podcast apart from other true-crime podcasts is that rather than abusing a someone's misfortune for entertainment (which many true-crime podcasts do), Caprice focuses on the "human story", introducing us to those involved as real people and telling their story with bags of heart, love and compassion, each person is treated with the respect they deserve and so you feel she truly has an affinity with the subject and an emotional connection to those involved. If you prefer "crass jokes by dudes about death over a few brewskis, bro", look elsewhere. If you are a truly decent person who cares about the well-being of a fellow human, then this is the podcast for you. I strongly recommend you give it a listen. Mx
Q & A with Caprice from The Unseen Podcast
How did you get into true-crime podcasting?
I got into the true crime genre through being an avid listener to true crime podcasts. I became fascinated with the way that podcasts were helping people and were giving a voice to those who would not have been able to tell their stories otherwise. I had always dabbled with writing and decided to put those two things together. This is how I came up with the podcast which I wanted to dedicate to those stories that have been forgotten or have never been heard before. I started writing my first episode and learning how to produce a podcast as I went and I haven’t looked back since!
What podcast (true-crime or not) first inspired you?
This is a tough question as there were a few podcasts that really had an impact on me before I started the podcast. Like a lot of people, I have to say that Serial was the first podcast that I actually really paid attention to. My husband introduced me to it as he had listened to podcasts for much longer than me and I actually didn’t know that much about them. After listening to Serial, I was hooked on true crime podcasts. Serial led me to the Truth and Justice podcast with Bob Ruff which I still listen to and it shows how everyday people can make a difference.
Another podcast that really inspired me was The Vanished podcast. Marisa tells the stories of missing people through interviewing family members and she focuses on helping families who have struggled to gain media attention for their loved ones. I feel that Marisa does a fantastic job of helping these families and this inspired me massively. I think that her dedication to telling stories that don’t get much media attention was an inspiration for me to look at stories that are less heard of. I also then discovered all the amazing British Podcasts that are out there and I was definitely hooked!
What was your first episode and why was it an important story to tell?
My first episode was about the disappearance of Lord Lucan. This is one that many people have been told about or read about but I realised that nobody seemed to have done an episode about it on a podcast. His disappearance has always fascinated me and I wanted to cover it as while it is known to people, I discovered that the public didn’t really know many of the details. Like other unsolved crimes, there is a victim that needs justice for what happened and that is why I thought it was important to tell the story. It really is one of the biggest British mysteries and it is still one of my most popular episodes.
What’s been the best episode you’ve produced so far?
I think I am probably most proud of my episodes that focus on unidentified people. I have done a number of episodes looking at unidentified people found around the UK and I think is so important to remember these people even when no one else does. There are currently 561 unidentified people in the UK alone and I think this is a fact unknown to many people. Their cases are often the hardest ones to research as there is never enough information about them but I hope that one day my episodes may jog someone’s memory and we can get them identified.
Which piece of research are you most pleased with?
It is probably my research into my 3-part series about the murder of Jill Dando. I decided to cover that case because it resonated with so many people and her death was a national tragedy. It was also a case that was suggested to me by lots of listeners. As it is so close to many people’s hearts it also meant that I had such a huge job of researching and making sure everything was completely accurate and fact-checked.
What have you learned about yourself whilst making your podcast?
Making a podcast is such a rewarding thing to do and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys writing and producing content. It is also a difficult thing to do and is extremely time consuming however I think I have finally learnt that I am a writer. For many years, I did a bit of writing here and there and it was a hobby of mine. I never felt like I was good enough to show my writing to anyone. Making the podcast has finally shown me that I can write and I have the confidence to produce something every week. It’s also shown me how much work I can actually fit into a week if I really put the effort in!
Which upcoming episode of yours are you most excited about researching/writing?
I am probably most looking forward to an upcoming collaboration with Paul from The True Crime Enthusiast Podcast. I am not going to say what the subject is going to be yet though so you will have to listen and find out!
Do you have a message for your loyal listeners?
I just want to say thank you to anyone and everyone that has ever given the podcast a try. I honestly never thought I would have got this far and that anyone would want to listen for as long as they have. I just want to say how grateful I am for that.
A big thank you to Caprice for taking part in this True-Crime Podcaster Q & A. Don't forget to check out her podcast. To explore this fine true-crime podcast further, click on the links. .
Stay safe my friends
Michael J Buchanan-Dunne is a writer, crime historian, podcaster and tour-guide who runs Murder Mile Walks, a guided tor of Soho’s most notorious murder cases, hailed as “one of the top ten curious, quirky, unusual and different things to do in London”, nominated "one of the best true-crime podcasts at the British podcast Awards 2018", and featuring 12 murderers, including 3 serial killers, across 15 locations, totaling 75 deaths, over just a one mile walk
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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