Don't Talk to Strangers
By Nina Innsted
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Don’t talk to Strangers – The Oakland County Child Murders is a limited run podcast focused on eight child murders that took place in and around south Oakland County between January 1, 1976 and March 16, 1977. Four of these murders appear to be the work of an as yet unidentified serial killer known as the Oakland County Child Killer.
||CleanEpisode 4 - Jill Robinson||This is the mid-season finale of Don't Talk to Strangers. The Robinson family thought leaving Detroit for the suburbs would keep them safe. Not long after the move Jill Robinson begins having nightmares, horrific dreams of being shot. Until days before Christmas when she disappears, and the day after Christmas Jill is found murdered, shot in the head. Coincidence or premonition?||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Jane Allan||In the summer of 1976, 13 year old Jane Allan is abducted. Local media reports on her as a runaway who met an unfortunate end, but Jane had not run away when she was abducted. Local media used Jane's history as a former runaway and her tragic death to strike fear in children and spread the message that bad things happen to you if you run away from home.||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - Mark Stebbins||Explore the disappearance and murder of 12-year-old Mark Stebbins. While his death is the first case attributed to the Oakland County Child Killer, the smothering death of Mark Stebbins remains unsolved.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - The Babysitter Murders||The “Babysitter Murders” is a series of three murders, one in Wayne County, one in Macomb County and one in Oakland County. Two of the victims were babysitting young children when they were assaulted and murdered. Law enforcement would go on to close all three cases. --------------------------------------------- Find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Dont-talk-to-strangers-2155270714737928/ Visit us on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/DTTSPodcast/||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Don't Talk to Strangers||A long form podcast about the Oakland County child murders.||10/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Too long between episodes
It’s a fascinating case that deserves a deep dive. I just don’t understand the thinking behind dropping an episode every 2 weeks. Particularly when the episodes are as short as they are. Impossible to gain momentum that way. Would have made more sense to just record the entire season and drop it all at once. More likely to get binge listeners that way. I like the narrator, and the material is good, but the episodes are too short and too spaced.
Great host and research, but with some flaws.
The host has a voice made for radio. She presents material in an objective, factual way and is definitely respectful of the families with this difficult topic.
My only criticism are technical things, mainly the editing and sound. With the editing, the narrative and timeline jumps around a lot. Even with careful listening, you’ll find yourself having to rewind to sort out names and dates in your head.
The sound design is very poor. I’m all for minimal sound design if it’s done well, but the placement and quality (mostly audio compression) has many shortcomings. Attention to these areas could really make this show the full package!
Keep Them Coming
Anything podcast this host puts out goes to the top of my list. Always well-researches with compassion and respect. She makes me feel so deeply for the cases she covers. Very well-spoken and even-toned, her way of speaking allows me to focus on completely on the story. She is an immensely talented podcaster. Please give me more to listen to!!!