When it comes to true crime podcasts, there are so many options that it might be overwhelming, but Hillary and Tina from The Muck Podcast, are approaching crime through a different lens. The Muck Podcast covers dark and sometimes weird true stories in American politics. If you are into political scandals, this is definitely the show for you! We chatted with Hillary and Tina about the inspiration behind the podcast along with their best podcast recommendations!
What inspired you to start your podcast?
We met doing volunteer political work focused on uplifting marginalized communities and supporting local candidates. And, through our time together discovered that we shared a love of true crime as well–specifcially the podcast My Favorite Murder and immediately got tickets to attend their upcoming live show. We wanted to somehow blend our love of politics with our love of true crime, and The Muck Podcast was born. We wanted to highlight all levels of politics, not just things at the federal level–so we decided to cover people from sheriffs, superintendents, all the way up to senators and presidents. Basically, if politicians have found themselves in mucky situations, we are sharing the story. And, we have fun doing it! Some stories are ridiculous, some more serious, but all of them are important to remember.
What got you interested in true crime? Was there a murder in your hometown? A story that has always haunted you?
Hillary: I was a kid at the time and lived near the area that Adam Walsh went missing, and it freaked me out! All parents became hypervigilant about keeping their kids close, and at least in Florida, it contributed to why parents have the fears they do today.
Tina: A story that still haunts me is the Boca Town Center Mall murders. About 10 years ago a mother and her young daughter were kidnapped from the mall parking lot and later found bound and shot to death in their SUV. The murder is still unsolved and thought to be, for some, the work of a serial killer.
What’s a murder, disappearance, or crime story that keeps you up at night?
One story that we still think about was the devastating murder of Harvey Milk, which Hillary covers in Episode 13, set to come out in a couple weeks.
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!
My Favorite Murder always! Also, The Clearing, and This Podcast Will Kill You.
How can our readers find and support you?
You can find The Muck Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts and check us out on Instagram and Facebook @themuckpodcast or on Twitter @muckpodcast. To support The Muck Podcast, please visit our Patreon page patreon.com/themuckpodcast. We have three levels of support (and different goodies for each level): muckraker, policy wonk, or bleeding heart.