Your next favorite podcast is definitely Suspiria. Suspiria is a true crime podcast that focuses on crimes in Latin America. Born and raised in Brazil, the hosts shed light on cases that go unnoticed by many, but that have been imprinted in the memories of many Latinos. We spoke with Stephanie and Carolina about what inspired them to start their show, and about the true crime cases that keep them up at night.
What inspired you to start your podcast?
Stephanie: I listened to a lot of true crime podcasts, and even submitted my own true crime stories about Latin America hoping they would do an episode on them, but all of that fell on deaf ears. There was no one covering Latin crimes and I felt really frustrated by that. Then I decided to start looking for someone who would want to host a podcast about Latin American true crime with me and found Carol.
Carolina: Steph reached out to me, she made a good case for podcasting!
What got you interested in true crime? Was there a murder in your hometown? A story that has always haunted you?
Stephanie: I used to watch the Brazilian version of Unsolved Mysteries/America’s Most Wanted with my parents and was always fascinated by the investigations/cases they covered. My mom was also a PI when she was young so I think genetics might have played a role in this too. I don’t remember if there was a big murder in my hometown specifically, but I vividly remember rumors about a man who kidnapped little girls on a black car with tinted windows, so whenever my sister and I saw any black cars we would start running and screaming. There are few stories that haunt me, but I would say the Carandiru Massacre definitely had an impact on how I perceive authorities and the prison system, not only in Brazil, but also here in the US.
Carolina: True crime is just one of those things I’ve always been interested in. I guess I repressed it a bit when I was younger, and I wasn’t aware of just how much true crime content there is! Once I found out about Forensic Files, there was no turning back.
What’s a murder, disappearance, or crime story that keeps you up at night?
Stephanie: How long can this answer be? (haha) No, but in all seriousness, I find myself watching way too many videos on the Sodder children. In more recent news, we had two Black boys who were senselessly murdered in Brazil, and no one is really giving their cases the coverage they deserve. João Pedro was shot by police, and Miguel fell off the 9th floor of the building where his mother worked at. I would love to see these cases solved, but I doubt it will happen.
Carolina: Eloa Pimentel! Eloa was kept hostage with her friend Nayara by her then boyfriend after breaking up with him. She was only 15. He kept them in her family’s apartment for five whole days, while the police negotiated with him. The whole thing was live-streamed by news channels (for FIVE DAYS!!!). It got to a point that morning shows were INTERVIEWING THE KIDNAPPER ON AIR. And we watched it all. In the end, police stormed in, and the guy ended up killing Eloa and shooting her friend. Her death was a result of awful, awful police work.
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!
Stephanie: I love 90s Crime Time and Last Podcast on the Left. I recently read Cyntoia Brown’s memoir and it was really enlightening. Oh, and I obviously watch Forensic Files everyday too.
Carolina: Does Scam Goddess count as a true crime podcast? Because that is what I’ve been listening to the most!
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How can our readers find and support you?
We are on all major streaming and social media platforms. Here’s our page on Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/suspiria-a-true-crime-podcast/id1392143691 and here is our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suspiriapodcast