I am going to a live recording of a podcast episode tonight. If you told me a year ago I’d be paying money to go sit in a room and listen to people talk- I would’ve laughed in your face. I’ve always been a music person for as long as I can remember. I never understood people who liked AM radio or silence in the car. Sometime over the summer, I started making long trips every other weekend to go visit friends. I found my playlists getting stale, and no matter how much new music I added, I couldn’t seem to find things that would keep my interest for the hour-two hour drive. On a whim, I pulled up the Spotify charts for podcasts. The top of the list: “My Favorite Murder”, and “Last Podcast on the Left”. I did some googling and found out that both of these podcasts were related to true crime. More specifically, serial killers, cold cases, cults and the paranormal (things like Amityville, etc). I was immediately interested.
I downloaded some “My Favorite Murder” episodes and was hooked. They are marketed as a “true crime comedy” podcast, and the hosts are two women (with a fanbase that is also largely women). The women (Karen and Georgia) talk regularly in the first few episodes about how they were surprised how well they were received. They always felt strange or awkward and out of place for being fascinated by the macabre. They made a point that really stuck with me – a lot of the fascination (for women especially) comes from a desire to be prepared if this kind of thing were to happen. It’s stemming from an anxiety rather than a LOVE of murder- their motto has become “Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered”. Their podcast has opened up the conversation for women (and people) everywhere about the things happening in the world around us- how we can make ourselves safer, how we can prepare for the worst, and the glaring faults in the criminal justice system (specifically where sentencing is concerned…post for another time maybe).
The fans are called ‘murderinos’, and they are truly the best community I could’ve stumbled upon. There are tons of subgroups- “teacherinos” (teachers who like the podcast), “slayerinos” (people who love buffy and the podcast) “Memerinos” (people who love memes and the podcast), and my personal favorite “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Crime” (a cooking group for podcast fans). Everyone who loves the show has this common thread that ties us together – our anxiety about / fascination with crime. They even have fan groups by city- the Chicago Murderinos group is a great place to find pet sitters and exercise buddies or get restaurant recommendations. Everyone in the community really looks out for each other’s safety, and we always end our convos with “SSDGM” (stay sexy, don’t get murdered). As a broader community, the true crime fans of every walk of life have made a huge difference online- Reddit threads have helped cold cases get reopened and solved, and there’s a new -interactive- podcast coming out
This is all just a long winded way to say I’ve found a huge group of my people, and I’m excited to be in a room with them all tonight.