CrimeCon 2019 Recap
CrimeCon 2019 Recap & 3 New Podcasts You Need to Hear
06.20.19 | Podcasting | By: Jon Street
Two weeks ago the Resonate team left behind the rolling hills of Louisville for the hustle and bustle of historic New Orleans. Why? New Orleans was the home of CrimeCon 2019, a conference dedicated to giving true crime fans nearly anything and everything they could imagine. There’s no denying that people all around this spinning globe are fascinated with true crime. Some people are even, well, addicted. People are so keen to learn more about the who, what, where, when and why of all the bad stuff that happens in this world and what drives people to do the unthinkable. In a nutshell, this is what CrimeCon focuses on. As they note, “True Crime is so much more than murder recreations and dramatic courtroom showdowns. This genre is rich with real-life stories of triumph and tragedy; heartbreak and heroism. It runs the gamut from the criminal mind, to the criminal act, to the criminal justice system leaping into action. It’s about psychology, victimology, and methodology. It covers seemingly unrelated disciplines as wide-ranging as science, art, and history. And it’s always changing, evolving, and mirroring what is happening in society at large.”
But before you start to judge CrimeCon-ers (or true crime fans in general) and chalk them up as just a bunch of people in love with gore and violence, take a deep breath. Truth be told the emphasis is not at all about glorifying crime, tragedy and the violent realities of our world. It’s really quite the opposite. CrimeCon and the broader true crime genre generally looks through the lens of tragedy to help highlight and bring greater awareness to stories of senseless violence, unsolved crimes, corruption and cover-ups, bringing scientific evidence to bear while helping people understand how crime scene investigators, PI’s, law enforcement and others navigate the unthinkable to bring victims and their families justice.
Our team has had the honor of working with some of the most notable true crime podcasters to-date and helps these podcasters get their message out for the world to hear. If you’re a true crime fan, you’ve likely already heard the top and most revered podcasts and have probably already blown through most of the cult classics, but fresh off the heels of our time at CrimeCon, here are a few new shows worth considering diving into next.
Culpable is a new true crime podcast that debuted Monday, June 17th with its first two episodes is now available on all major listening directories. The podcast dives into the shocking death of 21-year-old Christian Andreacchio of Meridian, Mississippi who died on February 26, 2014. The case was originally declared a suicide by Meridian Police Department after a 45-minute investigation. As details of the case have since emerged there is reason to question whether or not this was actually the cause of death, which the podcast has dedicated to exploring more in-depth. The podcast hopes to bring more clarity to this seemingly open-and-shut case with riveting interviews and investigative journalism aimed at getting the word out about the Christian’s death in hopes that someone who may know something not yet documented would be willing to step out and help confirm what really may have happened and bring Christian’s family the closure they have been fighting for these last 5 years. Culpable is a production of Black Mountain Media in partnership with Tenderfoot TV, the fine folks that have brought us Up & Vanished, To Live and Die in L.A., Atlanta Monster and others, as well as Cadence13. Culpable Season 1 is anticipated to have a slate of engaging episodes with weekly releases each Monday. Be sure to listen, rate, review and subscribe to Culpable wherever you listen to podcasts.
One thing that is so undeniably compelling about so many true crime podcasts is the reality of everyday people personally investing their time, attention and money to take up the mantle and help solve crimes that are often overlooked or just brushed aside. There’s no denying it’s a personal calling that drives podcasters to do hard work at all costs. Mile Marker 181 is a new true crime podcast that dives headlong into the case of Jaleayah Davis. “Murder, or a freak accident? Cover-up, or just rumors? On November 19th, 2011, after a night out with “friends”, Jaleayah Davis was struck by her own car and found lying in the passing lane of I-77. Her car? Found 3/10 of a mile north of her body. Her clothes? Found laying over the guardrail. Her friends? The granddaughter of a former sheriff, and the son of a former police officer. The rumors? Running wild. Together Kim (Jaleayah’s mother) and I discuss specific details of the case… which was ultimately ruled an accident by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.” The podcast is hosted by Emily Nestor, an up and coming podcaster who is making quite a debut in the podcasting world. We met Emily at CrimeCon 2018 when she was armed with simply an idea for a podcast and the unquenchable thirst to get it going in order to help bring awareness to Jaleayah’s case. Fast forward just one year and things are now in full swing with the podcast having already wrapped Season 1 and a few other projects already in the works. Emily is a West Virginia-based, award-winning podcast producer, editor and host who, aside from Mile Marker 181 is working on an upcoming documentary and was also featured in Episode 4 of Still A Mystery on Investigation and Discovery channel. Season 2 of Mile Marker 181 has just launched so stay tuned for bi-weekly releases and keep on top of case updates by following the podcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
While many true crime podcasts focus on one single case, others mix things up by touching on a new case or topic each episode. The First Degree is one such example. In this podcast, we “Join Jac Vanek, Alexis Linkletter, and expert correspondent Billy Jensen on a chilling ride into the darkest corners of your worst nightmares. We’re talking murder, serial killers, cults, conspiracy theories and beyond, all told through the eyes of a guest who is one degree of separation from the story itself. From Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer to an unknown heinous murder in your very own hometown, The First Degree will bring a new and refreshing perspective to the true crime phenomenon. And who knows…you may be our next guest.” This podcast has been an instant hit and drew a crowd at CrimeCon. Top episodes to date have included episodes on Ali Kemp, Ryan Jenkins, Tara Newell and many more. The podcast debuted in August of 2018 and hasn’t looked back since, releasing weekly doses of must-hear true crime podcast episodes. The First Degree is created in partnership with PodcastOne network and new episodes drop weekly, so stay tuned for more upcoming true crime goodness!
Whether you’re an avid true crime fan, just like good podcasts or are simply looking for something engaging to dive into during your downtime, you may just find your next binge-worthy series here. Give these new podcasts some love by checking them out and leaving them a positive review on your listening platform of choice. Like what you see here? Have any questions you want to connect on? We’d love to hear from you!
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By: Jon Street
As the Operations Manager at Resonate Recordings, Jon leads the production team and ensures that all our podcasters have everything needed to release consistent high-quality episodes. Jon and his family are from West Palm Beach, Florida and now live in Simpsonville, KY.