NOIR True Crime Files is a true crime podcast dedicated to covering criminal cases in the Black community. We spoke with NTCF Podcast’s host, JiJi about her inspiration to bring more awareness to Black true crime stories that are often underrepresented in the media and about the cases that keep her up at night.
What inspired you to start your podcast?
I was inspired to start my show after I started to notice the lack of Black true crime cases being covered by top true crime podcasts. In general, true crime is dominated by white crime stories, and Black ones are told almost as an afterthought. Since there was an obvious void, I wanted to have a show that could also build a community for Black true crime fans. In general, I want any one to be able to listen to my show, but I also want my listeners to understand some of the issues that Black people face when they become victims of violent crime. It’s important that I share rarely known stories, and popular stories, from a well researched and thought provoking perspective on NTCF Podcast. I recently celebrated my one year anniversary of doing the show, and even though it’s been a challenge, it has also been rewarding.
What got you interested in true crime? Was there a murder in your hometown? A story that has always haunted you?
I grew up watching true crime programs like Unsolved Mysteries and America’s Most Wanted. As I got older, I started watching 48 Hours Mysteries, 20/20, Snapped, The ID Channel, and many other shows. I got sucked in by the interesting cases I would watch, and some of them have stuck with me over the years. I plan to cover those cases on my show in the future.
There have been a few murders in my hometown, but one in particular that I can remember is the strange hanging death of a young black man named Keith Waddell Warren. Keith was found dead on July 31, 1986, and his death was immediately ruled a suicide. However, Keith’s mother and sister would later receive information like photos from the crime scene that had been hidden from them, and a mysterious note connecting a man who had a recently had a disagreement with Keith, to his murder. Keith’s case was reopened in 2014, but there’s been no updates.
The 1997 murder case of Sherrice Iverson has always haunted me. Sherrice was only a few years older than me when she was sexually assaulted and murdered. What has been stuck in my memory for years is the grainy surveillance footage of Sherrice’s murderer following her to a public restroom, where he would kill her minutes later. Although there was justice in Sherrice’s case, it still really bothers me how the media handled the case, and how problematic all the adults, including the suspects, were.
What’s a murder, disappearance, or crime story that keeps you up at night?
The disappearance of Relisha Rudd has kept me up at night for years. Relisha’s case is pretty popular, and there’s a lot of disappointing factors that contributed to her case. I hope that one day there will be answers, but as of now her case is cold. I also theorize a lot over cases I’ve already covered on my show, like the disappearances of 3 young girls from Maryland named Toya Hill, Tiffany Goines, and Melody McKoy. Each girl disappeared within several years of each other, but their cases quickly went cold and were also under reported. Lastly, I recently researched the case of Keir and Chloe Johnson, who disappeared several years ago in Hampton, Va. This case also barely got news coverage outside of Hampton, and is now cold.
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!
I’ve been enjoying my usual podcasts like My Favorite Murder, Swindled, Redhanded, and The Fall Line. I’ve been listening to other podcasts such as 90s True Crime, CrimexNoir, Cognac Conspiracies, Handcuffed, and Bruh Issa Murder.
How can our readers find and support you?
NTCF Podcast is available on all major streaming platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. However, my linktree lists all of the different platforms where listeners can tune in: https://linktr.ee/ntcfpodcast
Check out our YT Interview with JiJi here: