I have become completely addicted to something. It has taken over my life since I discovered it earlier this week. "What is it?!", you may ask. "Drugs? Gambling? Buying shoes???" No. It is a podcast called "My Favorite Murder".
If you have ever been my friend at some point in my life, you likely know that I don't just "like" things, I become obsessed with them and they take over every aspect of my life.
Here are things I have obsessed about throughout the years, in no particular order:
- Harry Potter
- RuPaul's Drag Race
- (And even though I don't like to admit this...) Twilight
Some of these I was into for about 2 weeks and other things have been with me my entire life and become part of me, but one thing they all have in common is that I wasn't just interested in them, I was completely obsessed with them. I don't mean "obsessed" as in I sent locks of my hair to Kesha or stood outside Katya's private apartment waiting for her to come out, but as in I skipped school to run around my home town looking for Jedward before their concert started and spent over £1000 pounds seeing the musical Les Misérables in London more than 25 times...
Well, earlier this week I opened a buzzfeed article on documentaries about serial killers. I have always been interested in horrible things that have happened in history whether it is The Holocaust, natural disasters or mass shootings. It sounds weird, I know. But I like the psychology around it. Why it happened, how the survivors deal with it and such. I have also always loved watching crime shows, and I even wanted to be a forensic scientist when I was younger. After I had read the article I scrolled down to read the comments and someone recommended a podcast where two women talk about true crime, specifically murders. I thought it sounded super interesting and perfect for me so I immediately went and checked it out. After half an episode I was hooked.
"My Favorite Murder" is a podcast hosted by the smart, funny & (to be honest) a little kooky duo Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark. They are both very funny ladies, who have their roots in comedy. Georgia is one of the hosts on Cooking Channel's "Tripping Out" & "Unique Sweets" and Karen is an actress and writer who has worked on "Mr. Show" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show". Both of them are also hosts of other podcasts, which I have yet to check out.
"My Favorite Murder" first premiered on January 14 this year. Each episode is about around 80 minutes and 30 episodes have been released so far. I have listened to 24 episodes so far AND I CAN'T STOP! In every episode Karen & Georgia each tell the other about their "favorite murder", which is a murder (or several murders that tie together) they have read up on and researched. Usually the episode has a theme. "Kids who kill their parents", "unsolved murders" and "murders in the 80's" are examples of themes that have been used in the past. At the end of the episode they also have a segment called "my hometown murder" where they read a murder story sent in in by a fan.
What makes this podcast so great is not only their humor and their way to talk to each-other but that they are incredibly passionate about the subject. They are completely into true crime and their knowledge about it really shows when they tell the stories and discuss the events around it. This is not something you'd expect from two girls from California who speak in vocal fry. Listening to them describe how the murder happened and then discuss who did it and why is incredibly interesting. It is in the category "comedy" on itunes, and while the duo is very funny and always make me laugh, they never make make light of the horrible things that people have gone trough. Murder, rape or torture is never funny and making a joke out of it is definitely not what this podcast does.
I have become completely obsessed with this podcast & researching the murders they talk about. I have listened to it at every moment possible these past days. How people exist who can do these insane and terrible things just baffles me. Some of them have some kind of motive, but most of them are just complete psychopaths with no trace of empathy in their body. The unsolved murders are those that get to me the most, or the ones where the murderer only got a few years in prison. One story that really stuck with me is the infamous rape and mutilation of Mary Vincent in the late 70's. I'm not going to write about it here but if you ever want to listen to what happened, it's episode 18.
I realize that this podcast might not be for everyone, and that some people find it strange that someone would enjoy it. But I really do. Karen & Georgia are the perfect hosts to the perfect podcast and I am obsessed. I am NOT looking forward to when I have listened to everything that has been released and have to wait a week between each episode. Binge watching (I guess "listening" in this case) is my expertise and patience is not...
Oops, this turned out to be the longest post ever so here's a summary:
1. I have always been a little intense when it comes to being a fan of things. 2. I have become obsessed with a new podcast called "My Favorite Murder". 3. Murder is not funny but Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark are. 4. I need to get a life.
Well that's the end of this post. Like Karen & Georgia always say: Stay sexy and don't get murdered!