Jan. 17, 2023

Fascinated by true crime? Why are True Crime Podcasts so popular? 2023

Are you fascinated by true crime? Do you ever wonder what makes true crime podcast so hugely popular? 

Find out how these captivating podcasts draw in millions of viewers - listeners with their suspenseful stories and gripping tales. We explore the hidden factors that make us keep listening and learn why this category has become a global phenomenon.

There is no doubt that the True Crime Podcast category is ultra successful. The question many people have is the Law Enforcement Today: Crime and Trauma Stories Podcast True Crime, or not?

Well yes, and no. We describe the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and the Law Enforcement Today: Crime and Trauma Stories Podcast as True Crime with a twist. 

Wikipedia says that "True crime is a nonfiction literary, podcast, and film genre in which the author examines an actual crime and details the actions of real people associated with and affected by criminal events.

The crimes most commonly include murder; about 40 percent focus on tales of serial killers.[1][2] True crime comes in many forms, such as books, films, podcasts, and television shows. Many works in this genre recount high-profile, sensational crimes such as the Jon Benét Ramsey killing, the O. J. Simpson murder case, and the Pamela Smart murder, while others are devoted to more obscure slayings.

True crime works can impact the crimes they cover and the audience who consumes it.[3] The genre is often criticized for being insensitive to the victims and their families and is described by some as trash culture."

No one has ever said that the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and Law Enforcement Today: Crime and Trauma stories podcast is "insensitive to the victims". Why? The main reason why is our guests tell their stories, they don't talk about someone else's story.

Our guests are divided into two main categories. One are Law Enforcement Officers that talk about the realities of crimes they have investigate. The other guests are Law Enforcement Officers, other First Responders, Military Veterans, victims of crime, their spouses or survivors. They talk about trauma they have endured, usually crime based, but not always. They explain the impacts on them and what they did to build their lives after the trauma.

I suspect that there are a couple of things that attracts people to the True Crime format, one I call the "train wreck effect" and the other is "that could happen to me too". The train wreck effect is like a bad traffic accident on the roadway, no matter how awful it is people still can't help but look to see. And the true crime shows on television have proven the "could that happen to me too" example over and over again.

And I add one more to our show, the motivation factor. If the guests on the show can build a life after these crimes and trauma, so can other listeners.

So the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and Law Enforcement Today: Crime and Trauma Stories Podcast is driven by the guests and their stories. That is why we say the show is True Crime with a twist.