Hometown Heroes: Brianna Chaves Brings Awareness to Human Trafficking

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Human trafficking has recently had a big spotlight in the media, and our personal hero, Brianna Chaves, works to raise awareness for human trafficking, and has also worked at a shelter for survivors of trafficking.  We recently spoke with Brianna about how she found herself working for this important cause, and she even shared a heartbreaking survivor story with us. 

MMNster Makers with MugsMatterStudio

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We all occasionally need a reminder to “stay out of the forest”, and what better way to make that your mantra than with your morning cup of coffee?  You need one of these adorable #murderino mugs from MugsMatterStudio, and you also need to meet the woman who makes these awesome creations! We chatted with Jami Pederson about the inspiration behind her mugs, and about how she discovered she was living in a murderer’s home.

Your Next Favorite Podcast: Always Time for True Crime

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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!

Your Next Favorite Podcast: 90s Crime Time

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Simone is the brains behind the 90s Crime Time Insta, and now the podcast!  If you love the fabulous decade of the 90s, this is definitely the podcast for you!  We chatted with Simone about her love of the 90s, the inspiration behind her podcast, and the massacre at Luby’s Restaurant, which has always haunted her.  

Hometown Heroes: Meet LAPD Homicide Detective Sharon Kim

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We were so lucky to chat with Homicide Detective Sharon Kim about her life of catching killers in Los Angeles. Detective Sharon even had to reschedule our interview because she was in the middle of arresting a murderer.  Badass! It’s all a day in the life of a hero! Detective Sharon is a real life Olivia Benson, and previously worked in the sexual assault unit of LAPD earlier in her career. We sat down to discuss her love of true crime and what inspired her to become a detective.

Your Next Favorite Podcast: The Muck Podcast

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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!

Hometown Stories: A Texas Sized Ghost Story

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I had just moved into my new house in Austin, TX, and was living by myself for the first time.  My best friend, Nicole, had come to visit me from Florida to help me get unpacked and organized, and after a day of sorting through boxes, we both had some wine, said goodnight, and went to sleep in our separate bedrooms.  I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of my cabinets slamming open and closed.

MMNster Makers: Natrulesthings

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I met the uber talented Nat at a party with the local Montreal Murderinos group.  There is nothing I love more than meeting other true crime enthusiasts when I’m traveling!  Nat makes iconic original prints in her Etsy store, Natrulesthings, where I recently purchased a gorgeous Dolly Parton print, and she also does gorgeous, bold tattoo work for all of you mmnsters in Montreal!  We spoke with Nat about why she will never sleep with her door open, and about her favorite true crime podcasts.  

Your Next Favorite Podcast: True Crime DEADLINE

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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.  

Hometown Story: The Time My Grandmother Brought A Spirit Home from Rome

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“Mama brought *something* back with her,” I overheard my mother say to my father. My grandmother had just returned from Italy where she had been on pilgrimage to several religious sites. My mother’s words made me excited, thinking that she meant souvenirs or gifts of some kind. My sister and I had quite a collection of memorabilia from our grandmother’s frequent travels. Turns out, I wouldn’t call what she brought home a gift… 

Your Next Favorite Podcast: Murder History Girls

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Brandi and Mikki of Murder History Girls decided to join their loves of true crime and history together to create the ultimate podcast–a murder history podcast!  We chatted with the two sisters about working at a cemetery and their favorite true crime tv! 

MMNster Book Club– The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy

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We are so excited to announce our next book selection for our April book Club– The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy by Elizabeth Kendall.  The Phantom Prince explores Elizabeth’s relationship with Ted Bundy as his girlfriend.  Elizabeth was a single mother when she met Ted, and she quickly fell for him as a kind caretaker and a law student in Seattle.  She met Ted before his killing spree began, and Elizabeth suspected that Ted could be responsible for the deaths of so many young women in the area that all resembled herself in appearance.

HomeTown Story: My Sister Babysat for Child Murderer Nila Wacaser

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In 1987 in Kansas City, Missouri, it was the end of my summer break and my step-sister had been babysitting the neighbor’s boys of the usual family she babysat. She had been watching them for the past week as a favor while the Mom was in court during a divorce hearing. The babysitting job was supposed to be for two weeks, however, the mother ended up coming home a bit early and stated that she no longer needed a babysitter for the following week. My step-sister felt uneasy about the decision, but agreed to let the mother come over to our house later to pay her for the one week of babysitting.

Your Next Favorite Podcast: Beyond the Rainbow

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We chatted with CJ from Beyond the Rainbow about representation in the LGBTI community, the time the GSK may have called her house, and THE official list of CJ approved true crime podcasts. If you haven’t subscribed to Beyond the Rainbow – True Crimes of the LGBT yet, you really are missing out!

Announcing MMN’s ‘The Week In True Crime’ YouTube Launch!

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Are you having a hard time keeping up with all of the latest breaking true crime stories?  Is your job so demanding that you don’t have time to spend hours a day seeing just what shade of Kool Aid lipstick Lori Vallow is wearing at today’s court hearing? Is the news just maybe a little too depressing for you, and all you can handle is a lil-bit-o-murder?  MurderMurder News is here to make sure you don’t miss a single story! Today, we are launching our YouTube series, The Week In True Crime.

Hometown Heroes: Jerri Williams

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If you aren’t listening to FBI Retired Case File Review, you are missing out on the rockstar that is Jerri Williams.  Jerri is a retired FBI agent, who in her spare time has written three true crime fiction novels, with two more coming out this year!  We felt very lucky to sit down with Jerri and learn more about her history in the FBI and some of her favorite cases! If you aren’t already listening to her podcast, get your finger warmed up to hit subscribe!

HLN’s Newest True-Crime Series ‘Sex & Murder’ is Basically Real Life CSI

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It’s always the husband, OR IS IT? HLN’s newest true crime show Sex & Murder will test that theory, as it is basically real life CSI, and yes, that is as good as you hope it will be.  The show focuses on secret affairs, kinks, sex addiction, and dirty secrets that all lead to–murder. If sexy secrets and murder aren’t enough to entice you, then you may still want to come for the forensic breakdown of how detectives used the evidence at the scene of crime to catch up with the murderer. 

MMNster Makers with Pixel & Ink Creative

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If you identify as a #murderino and your preferred method of retail therapy is Etsy, then prepare to fall in love with Pixel & Ink Creative!  We spoke with the wonderfully talented Daneisha about her inspiration to start her shop and her favorite true crime television!

Your Next Favorite Podcast: Crime Noir

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We interviewed Candice of Crime Noir the Podcast about her inspiration to share stories about missing and murdered black folx.  If you haven’t heard Crime Noir yet, get ready to hit that subscribe key, because Candice does an amazing job of sharing these stories in a such a sensitive way, and she shares so many cases that you probably haven’t heard yet!

MMNster Book Chats: The Phantom Prince

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In 2018 I read The Stranger Beside Me for the first time, and prior to reading it I knew little about Ted Bundy. However, finishing it sent me into a rabbit hole of searching for more information about the survivors, victims, and other people in his personal life. I enjoyed The Stranger Beside Me because it was written from a perspective of a coworker and friend, this element is what sets this book apart from other true crime books in my opinion. Finding out that Ted’s long term girlfriend, Liz Kendall, had written a book called The Phantom Prince about her own experience was exactly the news I had wanted, another perspective of someone close.

Your Next Favorite Podcast: Crime in the Mitten

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You may not be aware, but the state of Michigan has a whole lot of mysterious missing cases and gruesome murders. Shel and Alia are here to give you the inside scoop on some of Michigan’s most interesting crimes in their awesome podcast, Crime in the Mitten. Check out our interview with Shal and Ali as we discuss their lifelong friendship and favorite murder shows!

MMNster Book Club: WIll My Cat Eat My Eyeballs

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We are so excited to announce our next book selection for our March book club: Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs: Big Questions by Tiny Mortals by Caitlin Doughty. Funeral director Caitlin hilariously answers her favorite questions about death sent to her by children.  Can someone please tell me why this service didn’t exist when I was a kid, because I had so many questions! She’ll answer pressing questions about how our cat(s) will react if we should die alone with them, what happens if the person next to us on an international flight should die in the air, and so much more!

Your Next Favorite Podcast: Undercover Coven

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If you are into true crime with a dash of paranormal activity, then Undercover Coven is the podcast for you! We recently sat down with hosts Paula and Ale to talk to them about the inspiration behind their show, what got them into true crime, and their all time favorite murder mysteries, and learn about how to join their cult! Yes, there will be baby goats!

Forensic Files II Sneak Peek

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If the 70s are considered the Golden Age of Serial Killers, then the 90s must be the Golden Age of True Crime TV. From Unsolved Mysteries to 48 Hours, there was always a new murder show on to remind us that great towns to raise a family are actually the prime location for murder. Is there any 90s show more iconic than Forensic Files? Peter Thomas’ haunting, almost robotic voice, his impressive knowledge of luminol, and 80s-style re-enactments for days.  No other show has taught me as much about how to murder my husband with an air-tight alibi. 

Last night, we had the honor of watching a sneak peek of Forensics Files II hosted by HLN Originals. The revival of the series with new host Bill Camp premiers this Sunday on HLN, where you too can bask in the forensics glory like a glowing blood stain under blacklight. 

Your Next Favorite Podcast: Affirmative Murder

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If you haven’t listened to Affirmative Murder yet, you are missing out! Alvin and Fran are so funny and really find some great, unusual cases to cover. It’s one of the few podcasts that I will not miss each week no matter how busy I am! We recently got to chat with Alvin about his inspiration behind Affirmative Murder and his love of cults!

Join the New True Crime Book Club: Books to be Murdered to

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We have just launched the official MNNster Book Club: Books to be Murdered to, and you’re invited to join us in sitting crooked and reading straight! Each month, we’ll nominate a few books we’re interested in, post a poll to vote on our favorite selections, and then get busy reading! Book selections will include true crime classics like all things Ann Rule, the latest thrillers, and anything spooky y’all are into! We want to hear what everyone has to say about the book, so we’ll have discussion questions based on which chapter you’re on in the book so there will be no spoilers!

Your Next Favorite Podcast: Fruitloops: Serial Killers of Color

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It was an absolute honor to chat with Beth and Wendy of Fruitloops: Serial Killers of Color, because I just might be their biggest fan! You need to know about this podcast because Fruitloops calls into question the misconception that all serial killers are white men, and they are here to bring you all of the best serial killer cases in color! Most of the cases they cover have been new to me, and Wendy and Beth do an amazing job of bringing sensitivity to the stories while often focusing on the victims when possible. Go ahead and subscribe to Fruitloops right now, and then find out more about how they got into true crime, their favorite cases, and their podcast recommendations!

My Childhood Play Date Turned Murderer

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David and I were never what you could call best friends. He was smartly dressed, articulate and intelligent. But I often thought he was stuck in a time warp, obsessed by the trombone which he used to play in a brass band, and collecting antiques and taxidermy specimens. I, on the other hand, loved books, music, cool boys and the X-Files much like any teenage girl at the time. He was polite and would talk a lot when asked about his interests, but never made much eye contact. I never thought too much about it, but he was just a little… odd.

Hometown Murder: I met Esme the Night She Was Murdered

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In Austin in 2011, the city had an escalating serial rapist. The attacks started out as a man flashing runners along the hike and bike trail along Town Lake, and his flashing quickly turned into sexual assault. I was 29, the same age as Esme, and often walk around Town Lake. I would hear about the attacks from friends, and about a friend of a friend who had been flashed while running.

The Truth in Horror Films

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What makes horror truly effective is its credibility and plausibility, hence why we gravitate towards true crime and the grisliest murder stories to ever grace the front page of any major publication. We crave what is tangible, and if a film is based on true events, it resonates with us longer since it can be documented and researched to great lengths, all based on factual and empirical evidence. These stories do not originate from a single writer’s mind, but rather from a collective consciousness based in a dark, grim reality.

The 5 Spookiest Things to do in Prague

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Prague is well known for its sinister charm and dark gothic architecture, but you may not know that it’s also incredibly haunted and full of mysteries. From the Charles Bridge which was once lined with heads on spikes, to the ominous Prague Castle entombing Good King Winceslas, there is no shortage of spooky fun to be had.

31 Days of Halloween: Not-So-Scary Movie Countdown

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It’s the spookiest time of the year, but we get it. We’ve all stayed up too late watching The Blair Witch Project or reading I’ll Be Gone in the Dark while later setting up booby traps around our house to catch a would-be murderer. Just me? It’s perfectly fine and very adult to celebrate Halloween in a more spoofy than spooky way! Countdown to the best day of the year with these not-so-scary Halloween classics!

Halloween Costume Ideas

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It’s the spookiest time of the year, but we get it. We’ve all stayed up too late watching The Blair Witch Project or reading I’ll Be Gone in the Dark while later setting up booby traps around our house to catch a would-be murderer. Just me? It’s perfectly fine and very adult to celebrate Halloween in a more spoofy than spooky way! Countdown to the best day of the year with these not-so-scary Halloween classics!