Podcast Review: The True Crime Enthusiast
Host and Premise
TTCE offers true crime fans a blog and a podcast: the blog began in the summer of 2016 and the first podcast episode dropped in September 2016. Podcast episodes are available at the beginning of each week, and range from 30 minutes to 45 minutes in length. Although this review focuses on TTCE’s podcast, check out the blog as well. It is one of my favourite true crime blogs. Powered by WordPress, it is well-designed and easy to navigate. The posts are separated into categories: Unsolved Case Studies, Infamous/When Life Means Life, and True Crime Reviews. All of TTCE’s posts are expertly researched, factual, and well-presented. The articles are so well written that someone needs to tell Paul he is not an “aspiring writer.” Rather, he is an excellent true crime writer, no “aspiring” disclaimer required.
The true crime book reviews are one of my favourite parts of the blog. The reviews are insightful, detailed, and honest. TTCE spends time on strengths and weaknesses, which can really help determine if a book suits your taste. Anyways, go check out TTCE’s blog: you will love it!
Turning to the podcast review …
What Needs Nuancing
The first few episodes of the podcast do not have the most stellar sound quality. For example, there are occasional loud crackling noises that can distract listeners from the story. As I have mentioned before, I am no sound expert, so I am not quite sure what the issue is. Perhaps it is the acoustics of the room used for recording, quality of recording equipment, or editing issues. Regardless of why, just be aware that the sound quality of some of the early episodes is not the best. Important to note, however, the sound quality improves over time until it is no longer an issue.
Finally, it is noticeable in the early episodes that Paul is reading from a script. As a result, the story presentation occasionally seems a little wooden and forced. As with the sound quality, though, this is really only an issue in the first few episodes. In fact, as the episodes progress, TTCE really comes into his own, and the presentation takes on an engaging, conversational feel. Not an easy feat in a one-person show!
What Is Awesome
TTCE’s podcast has quickly become a must-listen true crime podcast. In the sea of podcasts available, there are numerous reasons why you should listen to this one. TTCE does an extraordinary job researching the cases he covers. As a result, the information presented is detailed, factual, and interesting. The quality of the research undertaken blows me away. Also, a perfect mix of case overview and theory exploration is provided. Not only does TTCE present all of the facts, but also by the time the episode is done listeners will be aware of Paul’s views on the case. This smooth integration of fact and opinion really draws in listeners. TTCE’s insights are brilliant and thought-provoking, and I especially love that he leaves room for listeners to form their own opinions by providing them with the information needed to do so.
The care taken with case section also helps this podcast stand out. TTCE delves into little-known cases, presenting them in such a way that it quickly becomes obvious why listeners should care about them. This approach brings to forefront forgotten cases that deserve attention. It also provides fascinating true crime material that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. And last but not least, TTCE actively participates in the true crime community by recommending other blogs and podcasts. Of course Paul’s generosity means a lot to true crime podcasters and authors, but it also helps out listeners by identifying other sources of true crime entertainment that they might otherwise miss.
I suggest that you subscribe today to TTCE’s podcast so you do not miss an episode! You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, PodBean, Otto Radio, or likely on whatever other podcast platform you frequent.