I’ve been binging on a lot of true crime stuff this month as I find it easier to get into when I’m finishing off a novel. To be honest, a lot of the time I find True Crime to be a little sensationalist and tacky but when it is done right, as it is in the below three examples, it is really gripping stuff.
First up, if you’re an audible member, the West Cork podcast is incredible – and it comes free with your membership. It is about a famous unsolved murder in Ireland and I guarantee you will be hooked. I was only vaguely familiar with the case and now, like a lot of people I know, I’m thoroughly obsessed with it. The Irish Guards don’t come out of it well but this podcast is the most compelling one I’ve listened to in years!
I also just finished the audiobook American Desperado which is the autobiography of the infamous drug smuggler Jon Roberts. It’s honestly one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever listened to. He is an amoral nightmare of a human being yet weirdly charming. He was one of two Americans who brought vast quantities of cocaine into America for the Medellín cartel in the 1980s. He says of himself that he is evil and you’ll have a hard time disagreeing. Between his father, whose first real conversation with him was confirming that he knew not to say anything about the murder he’d just watched him commit, to the US government, that took him out of prison as an 18 year-old and sent him to Vietnam where he was teamed up with an even bigger psychopath – there are lots of people who contributed to making him the monster he was. It is so extreme, it almost becomes blackly comic. I think one of the quotes that will stay with me forever is “I may’ve been a violent psychopath, but I was never a racist.” Wow!
Finally, if you’d like to scare yourself in a whole different way, I strongly recommend the podcast Breach – which is about hacking, primarily the hack of Yahoo which those sneaky Russians were allegedly behind. I guarantee, you’ll change all of your passwords after listening to it!