If your taste in true crime podcasts leans towards lesser known murders and missing persons cases in small towns, then you are going to love Always Time for True Crime! Each week, the host, Julia, does a deep dive into a case you may not have heard of. We spoke with Julia about how she discovered her love of true crime and the inspiration behind her podcast!
What inspired you to start your podcast?
I’ve always loved true crime/ mystery books, and last year I started listening to podcasts while I was travelling through Europe. I started off listening to the big ones – the ones that everyone knew about and were always on the charts. But once I binged all of those, I started to look into some Indie podcasts and realized these weren’t produced by large companies – just by regular people like me who love true crime. Like most podcasters feel when starting out, I felt that probably nobody would listen to me – but hey, this was just a hobby. And proving yourself wrong is the best feeling in the world. I am so pleasantly surprised with all the positive reviews I receive and the messages I get from those saying they love my podcast. Ideally, I wanted to create a podcast with someone, but not many of my friends are into true crime, so I decided to bite the bullet and just create one myself! Sometimes you can’t wait for other people.
Plus, I genuinely enjoy the research!
Some cases, like Jon Benet Ramsey or Casey Anthony, are talked about all the time. I, on the other hand, love finding new cases that people have not heard of before and diving into those crazy details. Often, it’s hard to read about because true crime can be so horrific, but for some reason, we are so interested in knowing about the horrible things humans are capable of doing to one another – and that weird curiosity keeps me going.\
What got you interested in true crime? Was there a murder in your hometown? A story that has always haunted you?
My obsession started as a child when we would frequently drive to and from my cottage in the summer, and pass through a bunch of small towns. My dad would sometimes tell me about horrible murders that had happened in these small towns – Yes, my dad did not have much of a filter when it came to what you should and shouldn’t tell kids. The cases he told me about weren’t ones that I had ever heard of, so I began googling the stories behind these murders to see what really went on in these small farm towns that we often drove through.
The one that caught my eye was the 1959 murder of Lynne Harper – a 12 year old girl in the tiny town of Clinton, Ontario. Steven Truscott, a 14 year old boy, was sentenced to death for her rape and murder, solely based on the fact that he had been the last one to see her the day she disappeared. His sentence was later commuted to life in prison and he spent ten years behind bars before being paroled. For over four decades, Truscott was guilty in the eyes of the justice system – until the case was reopened in 2002. After reviewing what little evidence they had, Truscott was acquitted of all charges in 2007 and given an apology on behalf of the provincial government for the miscarriage of justice. His case was also a large part of why the death penalty was abolished in Canada.
There is no doubt that many still believe in Truscott’s guilt. You’ll have to check out the case and decide for yourself. For me, the idea that a case in small town Ontario could cause so much of a fuss, was very interesting to me.
What’s a murder, disappearance, or crime story that keeps you up at night?
So many! Bryce Laspisa, Elisa Lam, Dyatlov Pass, Maura Murray! I could go on and on….
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!
Quarantine has given me the time to catch up on all my favourite true crime podcasts! Going West, I Said God Damn, Morbid, and Murderific are the ones I’m binging now!
How can our readers find and support you?
The best way to support me is to listen, tell your friends, follow me on social media or leave me a review!
Here is a link to my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alwaystimefortruecrime/
But I am also on Twitter and Facebook!
As for where to listen, I am on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, Stitcher, Podchaser and more!
Here’s a link to apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/always-time-for-true-crime/id1499220194