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Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories

By Parcast Network

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Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories is a podcast drama with a modern twist on old time radio that delves into the mystery of true cold cases and unsolved murders. With the help of an ensemble cast, follow our hosts as they take you on an entertaining journey through the crime scene, the investigation and attempt to solve the case. With many surprising plot twists, it’s important you start listening from the first episode of a cold case. New episodes are released every Tuesday. Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.

Customer Reviews

Based on the preview, I don't think I'll be checking this one out soon

Is it too soon to judge a podcast before its first episode?
I listened to the very first upload, curious on what their description meant by have a twist on radio drama. What I heard had repelled rather than enticed me to listen to that first episode (which was, I'm presuming, the whole point of it being there).

Instead of something that made me feel like I was really there at any point, I couldn't lose myself at all.

I busted out laughing from the Axeman line reading—it was half the way this voice that tried so hard to be edgy/intimidating & half how he trailed off.
In fact, none of the acting I heard was great. The accents were unconvincing even to my untrained ear, deliveries felt read off a paper (" you're tellin' me" line). The female host did NOT sell me. The "yes that was the Axeman" made me wonder if they were trying to say "oooh look how creepy that voice was!" Or a kinda embarrassed "yes, that was the Axeman. He does that sometimes, interrupting our podcast. Don't mind him". Neither sounded so much interested as selling a series by cold-reading the pitch. And the thing about the Axeman's line reading being completely true to fact, as if that's something special..? This is true crime, isn't it? It's appealing to true crime fans, right? Then it's neither impressive nor altogether spooky to hear the letter read verbatim. I wasnt made to be scared of him before, and definitely not now. Hell, if I didn't already know about those murders, I'd wonder what they were going on about. They could've enticed audiences by given some... I don't know... Background into the very interesting cases coming up? There was some sort of sound montage there reminiscent of a cheesy crime reenactment show on investigation discovery. But here's the thing: those shows have visuals to let the audience know what's up. On audio-only formats, you need to make sure that you convey the same information and retain relevant context. I didn't know if I was supposed to be in New Orleans or in a house or what. On that note...

The sound quality was good, but in some instances it you don't want every single sound right next to your ear. The noise of footsteps and all conversations came off as if the editor didn't think to make the crisp effect of shoes further away or add any spacial feel to dialogue. It just sounded like broken up audio cuts. Like the actors spoke into the mic and sent the audio in. And then someone grabbed some free music and effects to slip in, on the same volume as everything else.

The structure was the nail in the coffin though. Instead of reminding everyone that listening to their podcast is ultimately useless because the cases remain unsolved. By that point saying "but we are gonna try to speculate on who we think did it!" Doesn't fix that feeling. Instead, they could've stuck with the speculating side. Though I had a huge problem with that concept:

This podcast seems like it is trying to do a radio docudrama, based on actual cases and facts. Then they go ahead and show their conclusions ("guilty!"). But if the docudrama bits are real, this means they are portraying their admitted guesswork as equal as trustable fact. To me that comes off as more of a serious claim. to be fair, others could see it as them perpetrating a (rare) trope of true crime dramatization shows—dramatize the theories. When it comes to true crime media that I care the legitimacy of, that just rubs me the wrong way. And even if it didn't, that teaser included no reason to trust the speculation the podcast would offer.

The teaser episode didn't do its job, and I wish I could rate only that. And if it's a concern: no, I don't have to listen to the first episode, because I shouldn't have to be convinced to by anything other than interest.

I hope they perhaps make a new trailer or learn from my concerns stated here, I wish them only the best.

Has potential

I just listened to the first episode. While I'm not sure about them acting out the scenes (I'm withholding judgement. It's a little tacky this 1st episode, and it might take away more than it adds to a serious case, I think they just might get it to work in time) the coverage of the axeman was informative and interesting.

Subscribed, provisionally

Great Podcast

I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast so far! It is refreshing to hear a podcast that has great sound value and production. My favorite part was the way they intertwined the voice actors in with the hosts. It kept it entertaining and never boring. I also felt the episodes continued to get better as they went along. Can't wait for the next one!

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