Southern Fried True Crime: A Review

From the website:

Southern Fried True Crime is a podcast about the dark under belly of the deep south.  Sweet Tea? Mimosa? How about a nice Tennessee whiskey? Pick your poison and pull up a chair….. I’m a native Tennessean exploring historical and contemporary true crime in the South. Southern Charm will be attempted but Southern Sass will be bountiful.

This podcast is written and produced by Erica Kelly, the native Tennessean mentioned above. It’s another new podcast in the increasingly crowded field of true crime podcasts.  What sets this podcast apart is the host. Erica Kelly’s voice has just the right amount of twang without beating you over the head with the notion this is SOUTHERN.

So far, she has chosen cases that aren’t as well known but are certainly deserving of attention.  I think she really hits her stride with the Kentucky Bordello Murders, a two-part series in which she takes on a double murder of two sex workers that seems to have swept aside by the good ol’ boy network. She pulls no punches, but doesn’t sensationalize which is a tricky line to walk. So if you’re looking for a place to start, I recommend giving those two a listen.

The production values are good. You won’t find any equipment issues that so often plague new podcasts. I listen on iTunes, but you can also find it on Podbean and Blogtalk radio.

The tone is journalistic, but with a definite helping of southern sass. If you like Out of The Cold or Court Junkie, this podcast is for you to add to your list. A+ from me.



Gone Cold: A Podcast Review

Christmas morning shouldn’t be about death and murder. It should be about hope because that’s what Christmas is, hope in the midst of darkness, and that’s what I would like to share with you today. Hope.

From time to time, I will be reviewing other sources of information about crimes such as books and podcasts, especially ones that I really like. And since Cowtown Crime focuses on Texas, I’d like to share with you a Texas-based podcast: Gone Cold.

From their website:

Gone Cold podcast explores unsolved murders and missing persons cases throughout the state of Texas.

The primary objective is to reinvigorate the public’s interest in, and bring attention to, the fact that these cases haven’t simply gone away, but remain an enormous weight on the shoulder of those who cared for the victims. They are victims, too, and their stories are sometimes forgotten, have received poor coverage by the press, or have perhaps received no attention at all.

Gone Cold achieves their stated objective admirably. It’s a new podcast that just debuted this summer, brainchild of Vincent Strange (a pseudonym) and Erica Lea. The Gone Cold team tell the stories of the missing and murdered with news stories, impeccable research and best of all, interviews with family and friends. Any podcast can read a few articles and give you a summary. That’s fine to give a cursory idea of a crime. But the best podcasts blend investigation, journalism, and story-telling to create a compelling narrative.

The production values are great and I appreciate that they don’t just push out content. They work a case and then present it when it’s ready. But they won’t just leave you hanging. They mention when there will be a hiatus.

The primary criticism I’ve seen on some reviews is the host’s voice. He’s been accused of sounding like Shatner. All I can say is it’s a matter of taste. I don’t mind the dramatic reading at all. I think his voice and the music, a combination of blues and Texas swing, add a vintage feel appropriate for investigating unsolved crimes of the past. It’s all part of the charm.

You can find Gone Cold on any podcast medium you choose. I use iTunes. If you’re looking for a place to start, start right at the begin and binge listen the Carla Walker story. It was interest in her unsolved local murder from 1974 that first prompted me to try this podcast. They also have a Facebook discussion group and are easily found on Twitter.

Stylistically, Gone Cold reminds me of Casefile, Serial, or Court Junkie. So if you like your podcasts serious, informative, and respectful, give this one a try. My grade is an A+.

Peace and blessing to you and yours this Christmas day. Let us be the light for those still in darkness. They may be lost, but will not be forgotten.

Next Monday on Cowtown Crime, we will be discussing a recently solved cold case of our own in Slow Justice: the Donald Rodgers story.