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Ah. You're back? Seeing out some more exciting true-crime podcasts to get your fangs into? Well search no longer, as like a veritable Burke & Hare seeking out corpses for rich doctors to dissect, I've done the hunting, so you don't have to, as this week I interview the fabulous Adam from the amazing UK True Crime Podcast.
Michael's thoughts: UK True Crime Podcast is a fantastic treat for anyone interested in UK true crime, as each week Adam lures you into the world of lesser known and long forgotten crimes set in the UK, all of which have been intensively painstakingly researched (by someone who is truly passionate about the subject) and with each episode presented with the right mix of passion, love and humour, treating the victim's lives and misfortunes with the respect they deserve, but also making each episode a wonderfully dark and highly entertaining treat. I strongly recommend you check out UK True Crime Podcast.
Q & A with Adam from UK True Crime Podcast
But although I loved one and not the other, those two shows demonstrated just how differently you can approach similar material. So I thought I could do this too, adding my personal slant. How hard could it be? I still recall the moment I sat in front of the microphone for the first time wondering who on earth was going to be interested in listening to this stuff.I still get butterflies every time I sit down to record.
But please if you do listen to my back catalogue (I am up to 145 as I write this) please start at about episode five. My show isn’t amazing today, but compared to episode one, today's shows are at the level of ‘Dr Death’.
A re-occuring theme on my podcast is suicide – I am fascinated by how close we all potentially are to taking our own lives - and I recently covered a very disturbing case about a suicide pact at Beachy Head when one man jumped to his death when the other chose not to at the last moment. He was subsequently sent to prison for his role in the death of the other person. The episode is called ‘Catching the bus’ (slang for suicide on forums dedicated to this subject).
Research a real skill and one I see as key going forward to help podcast hosts differentiate their shows. Of course, it appears that some shows have placed less reliance on original research, but best not go there….
I don’t read reviews much – hey, it is free content I will produce just what I want, ok – but I do love those who tell me my voice is pants and I should be replaced by another ‘narrator’ – Iike I work at the BBC or something. My very best review said they would rather listen to two cats fighting in an alley way than my podcast. BOOM - loved that one!
True crime has always interested people – look at the popularity of public trials and hangings since the year dot. Nowadays, social media shows us that others share the same interests as us, so it is ok for us to like it, and they want to talk about it too. This is why the popularity has grown.
True Crime is the acting out of the essence of human life, high emotions and the behaviour under stress of the flawed characters we all are. If conflict is the key to successful drama it is normally the perfect story too – introduction, major event, investigation followed by (hopefully) justice. I’m astonished when people aren’t interested in true crime, surely they are the strange ones?
But in my show I look a lot at crimes that take place outside pubs/clubs late at night where one punch can have devastating consequences on many lives, and although I don’t have sympathy with the perpetrator due to the use of violence, I do understand how they can see it as unfair when all the others who behave in a similar manner get on with their lives when their victims aren’t affected by the punch. Simple answer: don’t punch anyone.
For now, I am enjoying it, but where it goes from here I am not so sure but the huge number of new shows means there must be some consolidation. Maybe some of us UK True Crime shows will combine, I wonder?
I don’t tend to think too much until my next episode until the Thursday/Friday beforehand, so whilst I admire these podcasters who have planned all their shows in advance, it is fair to say that my choice of cases is a little more…errrrr, fluid.
I’m not big on giving my opinion of the serious stuff, but I like to bring my whole self to the podcast, so will talk about The Mighty Leeds United, my dislike for the Kings of Leon and some other music, will add some snarky asides and consistently laugh at my own jokes. And if you aren’t keen, that is just fine too – I strongly believe that none of our shows are for everyone, we aren’t looking for the widespread blandness of The One Show. I hope people will enjoy the show, but if not, they can just check out one of the other 635 true crime podcasts out there instead.
1, Be wary of saunas in Rochdale;
2. Stay Classy.
I am keen on in-jokes with my listeners and the 3200 people on my Facebook Group.
A big thank you to Adam for taking part in this True-Crime Podcaster Q & A. Don't forget to check out his podcast. To explore this excellent UK True Crime Podcast, 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", hailed as The Telegragh's Top Five True-Crime Podcasts and featuring 12 murderers, including 3 serial killers, across 15 locations, totaling 50 deaths, over just a one mile walk
Michael J Buchanan-Dunne is a crime writer, podcaster of Murder Mile UK True Crime and creator of true-crime TV series.
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