It’s no secret that true crime podcasts are super popular. It’s not something new either. Crime stories have been told for decades in popular television shows, including Dateline, 48 Hours, American Justice, and much more.
The growth of true crime podcasts simply makes sense. People enjoy listening to cases, educating themselves about the justice system, and learning about investigations, victims, and perpetrators. Our episodes do try to follow this lead by educating listeners about new cases or investigations they may not have heard about before.
But we spend hours on True Crime Bulletin for many other reasons.
Highlight old cases and law changes
We highlight older cases, especially if they have some kind of powerful resolution. That could be law changes or stories that tricked investigators. It could also be cases that change the way we handle things, including children who kill or psychologists who work with patients in professional settings.
Becomes an educative tool
True crime podcasts have often been criticized for being created for entertainment purposes. That’s not what we intend to do. Every case that we feature on our show has an educational purpose. And it’s not just our podcast. All true crime podcasts are educative tools that help inform listeners.
Helps solve older cases
In addition, these kinds of podcasts also help solve older cases. We can’t make this claim without mentioning “Up and Vanished.” The coverage of that case helped open some old wounds for some, but shortly after the podcast was published, arrests were made in the case. This was an old case, but the coverage resulted in someone coming forward and speaking out. That’s simply what we try to do as a podcast – educate listeners, teach them something new, and introduce new cases to true crime fans.
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