Oddly enough, the number one question I see asked in true crime groups isn't about a case or a particular killer. They're about content. We all love a new documentary, book, podcast, or blog. As soon as you finish one, you're immediately looking for another. I figured to help fill this void, I would start another monthly series dedicated to the awesome true crime content I've uncovered.
For the month of May I've selected a newer podcast found on Apple Podcasts, Mums, Mysteries, & Murder. Straight from the beautiful land of Scotland, "An Aussie Mum and a Scottish Mum walked into a bar and talked all things true crime!" Marti, an Australian native, regales listeners every other month with tales of true crime from down under. Meanwhile, Effie, a native of Scotland, takes the opposite months to tell stories of crime from the UK.
Some of the fascinating cases covered so far have been The Somerton Man, Sawney Bean, The CandyMan, The Mysterious Death of Netta Fornario, The World's End Murders, and more. In their About section, they quite honestly tell listeners, "If you want polished, professional true crime then this is not for you, maybe try Casefile." This what I love most about their show. You can tell the hosts are actually good friends that have known each other for a while. They haven't been shoved into a booth together, never having met before hand. While polished, professionally produced podcasts are entertaining, there's nothing like an independently produced show. They're much more real and give the feeling that you're sitting right there talking with your friends. That's the feeling I get every time I listen to Marti and Effie dive into a case.
The friendly banter between the two about what they've been watching and listening to since the last episode is also a great way to find new content. I've already found a couple of new podcasts that may feature here soon, thanks to the Mums. It's also yet another way they make the listener feel as though they're sitting around the table, chatting with friends every episode.
I would also like to point out that they do not give themselves nearly enough credit for their own research. They make jokes, but they really do a wonderful job on their stories. Every one enamors me from start to finish, particularly the latest, The Magdalene Laundries & the Russian Fish Epidemic. I don't want to give away any spoilers to those intrigued by the title, but the story dropped my jaw. I could hardly believe it was true. At points, you almost want to shed a tear for some of the women in the story. Marti did an amazing job presenting this one and it was very well researched.
If you're looking for a not-so-serious kind of true crime podcast, check out Mums, Mysteries, & Murder. You'll start listening for the true crime, and subscribe for the fun, laid back, easy-going vibe the show offers. As I've already binged all of the episodes, I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next one to come out. Head on over to Apple Podcasts and listen to the Mums talk all things true crime!