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You may recognize Matt Johnson, host of True Crime Deadline, from tv.  Matt is an Emmy-winning crime beat reporter in Los Angeles, and in his spare time, he covers cold cases, homicides, mysteries, and murders on his super engaging podcast.  We recently had the pleasure of meeting Matt at HLN’s premier of Forensic Files II, and we chatted about his inspiration for starting his own podcast and his interview with Sharon Tate’s sister.  

What inspired you to start your podcast?

After spending two decades covering crime and courts I decided to start True Crime DEADLINE to dive into the cases that have haunted me most. I see it as an opportunity to shed light on these cases that are lesser known, hopefully get answers and check in on victims and their families to see how they are doing now.

What got you interested in true crime? Was there a murder in your hometown? A story that has always haunted you? 

There are several stories that haunt me from covering a serial killer case in court, to missing children to being witness of an execution.

What’s a murder, disappearance, or crime story that keeps you up at night?

The murders of Chelsea King and Amber DuBois in San Diego and the disappearance of seven year old Kyron Horman from his elementary school in Portland, Oregon.

What true crime podcasts are you listening to right now? If podcasts aren’t your thing, we would also love to hear about a spooky book you’re reading or your favorite murder-related tv show! 

Some of my favorite true crime podcasts right now include Just The Tipsters, Murderish, Naptime Nancy, Crime after Crime, Murder in the Rain, Bloody Murder, out of Australia and I just finished Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi in preparation for my one-on-one interview with Sharon Tate’s sister, Debra Tate, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Manson Murders.

How can our readers find and support you? 

This season Spring 2020 I am planning exclusive content for Patreon members. Thank you for listening, subscribing and supporting the podcast.

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