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Hey avid true-crime podcast listeners! Wow. I can tell you're eager to get your "lug-holes" into some seriously good, interesting and different true-crime podcasts. Well lucky you. On this blog, every week, I will be posting a Q&A by some of the best true-crime podcasters. This week, it's the turn of the awesome Katie Enos, creator of Weird on the Rocks.
Michael's thoughts: The great thing is that Weird on the Rocks does "exactly what it says on the tin" (as they saying goes). Each fortnight, Katie dives into the fascinating world of the strange, the unusual and the unexplained, whether involving the paranormal, conspiracy theories, true-crime tales or missing persons cases. I've just finished the latest episode on the tragic death of Princess Diana and it was excellent. As always, each episode is well-written, neatly researched and is told by Katie with care, compassion and heart. If you love diving into the world of the strange, check out Weird on the Rocks. Mx
Q & A with Katie from Weird on the Rocks
How did you get into true crime podcasting?
I found myself listening to true crime podcasts ALL THE TIME. It’s truly an obsession for me, and I had the epiphany one day that I could create one too and make it exactly what I wanted. So after a few months of talking myself out of it, I took a leap of faith and started my own, and I’m so glad I did!
What podcast (true crime or not) first inspired you?
I think like many of us, Serial was the first podcast that really pulled me in and captivated me. It was like a whole new world opened up for me, and I was hooked. I started listening to My Favorite Murder religiously, which really resonated with me because it mixed in humor. But I think the podcast that really inspired me to start my own was True Crime Garage. As much as I love MFM and similar podcasts, I appreciate how TCG just gets straight to the point and takes their research seriously. That was the type of podcast I wanted to create.
What’s been the best episode you’ve produced so far?
I did a 3 part Zodiac series that I’m really proud of. The Zodiac has been my favorite case for a long time, and before I even got into the production of my podcast I knew I had to cover Zodiac. The case is very detailed and I put it at least 30 hours of research, and I am really happy with how the series turned out.
Which case has been the biggest joy or headache to cover?
I definitely think that the story of Jayme Closs has been the biggest joy to cover. Jayme is a 13 year old girl who’s parents were murdered in front of her, and she was abducted by their killer for almost 90 days. She was strong and brave enough to escape her captor, and he was recently sentenced to life in prison. I enjoyed covering this case because all though Jayme witnessed her parents being murdered, she was courageous enough to not become a victim herself, and the man who murdered her family has been brought to justice.
If you had a time machine, which murder would you love to witness simply so you could say “oh, that’s what happened.”
The first case that came to my mind was that of Steven Avery from the Netflix show Making a Murderer. This case captivated the whole country it seemed like and had everyone talking. I know many people who have very strong feelings regarding this case, and I myself go back and forth on whether or not I believe Steven Avery is guilty or innocent. I think it would be so cool to know the truth. I would also love to know the truth behind the Zodiac murders. I want to know who the Zodiac was, what was their motive, and if they are still alive today.
Why should new listeners give your podcast a try?
I think that my show is somewhat unique, because I cover true crime but I also mix in other weird content, such as reading creepy stories sent in from locals, and discussing unexplained phenomena. I believe that no matter what interests you, you can find one of my episodes you will like. I also spend a lot of time researching and writing my episodes. I take it very seriously, and have curated my show to be very straight forward and information packed, without the extra commentary and side conversations. So if you’re looking for a podcast that gets straight to the point and covers a variety of cases and topics while still being entertaining, I think you will enjoy my show.
A big thank you to Katie for taking part in this True-Crime Podcaster Q & A. Don't forget to check out her podcast and website. 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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