Picks of the week
Spotify’s new podcast about people who faked their own death is a hub of kinky twists and turns. Alice Fiennes and Poppy Damon host the show, but in the first episode they let key players tell the story of the “Belrose Bomb”. Brett Boyd was left with life-changing injuries after a package bomb exploded in his home, but the circumstances of the attack were already a mystery when suspect Roberto de Heredia disappeared. Future episodes include a blogger who staged a joke, a 14th century nun who disappeared to escape her life, and Rep. John Stonehouse who pretended to drown.
At your own risk
Creepy podcasts have a moment, from radio plays The Battersea Poltergeist and Sour Hall (from BBC and Audible) to the comedy horror show Seancecast. At Your Peril is more of a kind of “goosebumps for adults”, a collection of deliciously diabolical stories about beleaguered clairvoyants, seedy cooks and artists whose deaths seem to be works of art in the Bansky style (see: Man In Limbo, with Richard Gadd). Macabre fun for fans of Inside No 9 – and sleeping with the lights on. Hannah J Davies
Sophie Toscan du Plantier, murdered in Ireland in 1996, is the subject of the West Cork podcast. Photo: Patrick Zimmermann / AFP via Getty Images
Selected by Danielle Stephens
I’m not usually a fan of real crime podcasts, but the West Cork Audible series – now available on Apple Podcasts – is different. Many Irish people, including myself, know the story of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. The French television producer was found murdered in a small town in Ireland in 1996, a place that was haunted by her death 25 years later.
The problem is that when I say “people know the story” we still don’t know exactly what happened. This is where Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey come in. You may have an opinion on who murdered Sophie before you start listening, but as this 13-part series (stick with it) you will be introduced to information that the newspapers and radio stations at the time did not have the capacity to to adapt.
This series is important because it deals with tragedy. Characters are brought in to tell us who Sophie warbenides who is simply a notorious victim. With an in-depth study of local and national policing and an insightful look at what makes a small town in Ireland, it has everything you need for a top-notch series of investigations.
Apple TV + has taken a foray into narrative audio with its new series The Line, hosted by Dan Taberski (Missing Richard Simmons, Surviving Y2K). The podcaster deals with the case of the US Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher, who was accused of murder in Iraq. A TV documentary will follow later in the year.
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