Behind True Crime is a biweekly conversation with different types of people working within the genre of true crime: criminologists, writers, directors, podcasters, detectives, and more. 

 

BTC is hosted by C.W.S., our true crime blogger. She has a Masters degree in poetry and has long been obsessed with everything related to the mysterious, especially the true crime genre. When she was a kid, she would spend every Friday night studying America’s Most Wanted,dreaming of becoming an FBI detective. Well, that didn’t pan out, but now she is ready to pull back the curtain on the genre she has loved her whole life to learn what it takes to work within this controversial, emotional field.

 

C.W.S. aims to get to know each individual and gain both an understanding of their work, as well as how their work has affected the way they see the world. With a strong knowledge of true crime and a love of poetry, psychology, and philosophy, C.W.S. hopes that Behind True Crime will reveal even more about the hearts and minds of both the subjects of true crime and the people behind the work. BTC exists to attempt to answer the whys of true crime. Why is true crime important? Why do these things happen? Why are we so obsessed?

 

Join us as we try to find the answers to these questions and many more.

 

Episode Six:

Christopher Goffard is the LA Times journalist behind Dirty John, the riveting true crime podcast that has topped itunes charts for weeks. Dirty John is the multi-generation story of one family dealing with a dangerous con man, and with a difficult past that informs their decisions. Inspired by old radio shows, this is the first time Christopher has brought his writing to life with recorded interviews, music, and his own voice. Through the storytelling of Dirty John, Christopher hopes to help those who may be trapped in dangerous relationships. Christopher is also the author of Framed, a six-part series about the framing of a PTA mom in the super-safe suburbia of Irvine, California. As part of a team, Christopher was a 2011 Pulizter Prize winner and two time nominee, and author of two books, You Will See, A Search for Justice in Kenya, and Snitch Jacket, a crime novel. Christopher is a true journalist, a caring, curious person who never stops asking questions, he even had some for me.

Behind True Crime is sponsored by Hunt A Killer, the monthly murder mystery subscription book service. Check them out at huntakiller.com and use the code BEHIND for 10% off your first order.

Check out Dirty John here: wondery.com/wondery/shows/dirtyjohn/

Check out Framed here: www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-framed/

Check out Christopher's books here: christophergoffard.com/books/

 

Episode Five:

Aphrodite Jones has long been a fixture in the world of true crime. She is award winning crime reporter, best selling author, and host of the popular Investigation Discovery show, True Crime with Aphrodite Jones, where each episode is an in-depth look at high profile cases across America, including JonBenet Ramsey, Casey Anthony, Dennis Radar, Scott Peterson, and O.J Simpson. Aphrodite is the author of such books as The FBI Killer, All He Wanted: the story of Brandon Tenna, and A Perfect Husband, the story of Kathleen Peterson’s murder, which was made into the Lifetime Movie. Her new podcast, Sex, Love and Murder, documents murders of romantic passion, and is quickly climbing the iTunes charts. Appearing as a crime expert for Dateline, E! News, Fox Report, the Forensic Files, and more, Aphrodite is a prolific individual dedicated to finding the truth, and she’s not afraid to tell it like it is.

Check out Aphrodite's website here: www.aphroditejones.com/

Get Aphrodite's podcast, Sex Love & Murder, here: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sex-l…d1268820213?mt=2

Behind True Crime is sponsored by Hunt A Killer, the monthly murder mystery subscription book service. Check them out at huntakiller.com and use the code BEHIND for 10% off your first order.

Episode Four:

Tony Ortega is a journalist, author, and former editor of the villiage voice, who has been writing about the controversial religion known as Scientology for over twenty years. On his hugely popular blog, The Underground Bunker, he covers stories of the abuse, manipulation, and blackmail that have come to define Scientology. Tony was interviewed in both HBO’s documentary Going Clear, as well as Leah Remini’s emmy winning series Scientology and the Aftermath. Throughout the years that Tony has given voice to those who have been silenced, he has endured ugly backlash from the so-called church in revenge tactics similar to those he brought to light in his book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely. But this hasn’t slowed Tony down or scared him away. He continues to write daily about any and every new breaking piece of information he receives from public and anonymous sources.

Check out Tony's blog here: tonyortega.org/
Purchase Tony's book here: tonyortega.org/the-unbreakable-miss-lovely/

Behind True Crime is sponsored by Hunt A Killer, the monthly murder mystery subscription book service. Check them out at huntakiller.com and use the code BEHIND for 10% off your first order.

Episode Three:

Dr. Katherine Ramsland is a world renown expert in criminology who has written over 60 books and appeared on television documentaries on all major networks, as well as extensively on Investigation Discovery. She holds a Ph.D in philosophy from Rutgers University, as well as graduate degrees in clinical psychology, forensic psychology and criminal justice. Her books include titles like

Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the "BTK" Killer,

Beating the Devil's Game: A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

The Mind of Murder: Privileged Access to the Demons that Drive Extreme Violence,

Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today

Blood and Ghosts: Paranormal Forensics

She also writes a blog for Psychology Today called Shadow Boxing, which attempts to “probe the mind’s dark secrets.” Katherine has always obsessed with what she calls, “everything that is unseen,” going beyond criminology and into the realm of vampires, ghosts, and the occult. So join me as I delve into myriad of mysteries that have long fascinated Dr. Katherine Ramsland and into the personality of one of the most fascinating people working in true crime today.

Check out Katherine’s website here: www.katherineramsland.com/

Order Katherine’s books here: www.amazon.com/Katherine-Ramslan…1505149947&sr=8-1

Preorder her newest book here: www.amazon.com/Psychology-Death-…tigation+ramsland

BTC is sponsored by Hunt A Killer, check them out at huntakiller.com and use the code BEHIND for 10% off your first order.

Episode Two:

This episode features an interview with the amazing Catherine Townsend, a sex and dating columnist turned private investigator. Catherine owns her own detective agency, writes for Investigation Discovery, and discusses cold cases on her blog, The Love Detective. In conversation with host C.W.S., Catherine shares her experience as a PI, both on private cases, like infidelity, and cold cases. We're talking disguises, stake-outs, weapons, and more.

She also shares with us how dating is a whole like like investigating.

Check out Catherine Townsend's blog here:
lovedetective.com/

Check out her work for ID here:
crimefeed.com/

BTC is produced by Hunt A Killer, the monthly murder mystery subscription box service. Check them out at huntakiller.com and use the code BEHIND for 10% off your first order.

Episode One:

Amanda Howard is an Australian author who has been writing to incarcerated serial killers for 25 years. A true crime writer and researcher, Amanda shares her first-hand understanding of the psychology of these brutal individuals through their letters and art. On this episode of BTC, Amanda shares her experiences, as well as how she uses what she has learned about these types of personalities in her regular life.

 

Check out Amanda's social media, as well as books you can buy here:

On her website: www.amandahoward.com.au
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/AmandaHoward73
Facebook: www.facebook.com/amandahowardauthor/
Twitter: twitter.com/amandahoward73
Blogspot: amandahowardblog.blogspot.com.au/

Books Available NOW:
Shrouded Echoes
Rope: A History of the Hanged
A Thousand Cuts
How to be an Author (with Ashton Cartwright)

Coming Soon:
Killer Australia: Death and Destruction Down Under
Killing Time: Tales of Terror and Torment
Life, Death and Other Funny Stories

BTC is produced by Hunt A Killer, the monthly murder mystery subscription box, check them out at huntakiller.com and use the code BEHIND for 10% off your first order.

BTC is hosted by C.W.S., check out her writing here: huntakiller.com/blog
Music by James Prow
Production help from Jake Weholt
Thanks to correspondent Laine Keniston

 

Check our true crime blog, written weekly by C.W.S. at huntakiller.com/blog

 

Do you have a guest in mind for Behind True Crime? Send us an email with your ideas at podcast@huntakiller.com.