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Casefile True Crime Podcast, or simply Casefile, is a weekly (sometimes fortnightly) true crime themed podcast that first aired in Australia in January 2016 and hosted by an Australian man who remains anonymous. The series deals with solved or cold criminal cases, often related to well-known murders and serial crimes. Many early episodes relate to Australian cases (e.g. Port Arthur or the Snowtown murders), although notable crimes from the UK and the USA are increasingly featured,[4] and well-known cases from other countries have also been included. Unlike a number of similar podcasts, the series is scripted and narrative, relying primarily on original police or mass-media documents, eyewitness accounts, and interview or public announcement recordings.[5] Larger and more-complex cases have received multiple-week serialised broadcasts, and case updates to previously aired cases are also provided from time to time. The series has been well received, and has won a number of awards since its debut, including Best of 2016 (iTunes).

Hosted byBrad[1][2][3]
GenreTrue crime
LanguageEnglish
ProductionMike Migas
Theme music composed byMike Migas, Andrew Joslyn
Audio formatPodcast
No. of seasonsn/a
No. of episodes109 + updates
Original release9 January 2016 – present
ProvideriTunes, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud
LicenseCommercial
Websitecasefilepodcast.com

Contents

ProductionEdit

The podcast first aired on 9 January 2016[6] and was conceived by an anonymous Australian host who started producing the show in 2015 in his spare room.[4] The host had just had surgery and was listening to a lot of podcasts and true-crime shows (e.g. The Joe Rogan Experience, Hardcore History, Serial, and Making A Murderer) at the time, and felt encouraged by Joe Rogan to make his own based on in-depth research and a storytelling style.[7] According to one source, the host remains anonymous because "he wants the stories, facts, and questions speak for themselves"[8] and "It makes the show about the stories and that's it."[7] According to another review, the podcast's:

deliberately sparse production value became its strongest asset, plunging listeners into a pool of ambient silence with a host neither named nor contextualized. ... the podcast does not go the typical route of parading listeners through a montage of primary source material like evening news reports or interviews with now-wizened investigators; instead, the stories are unfolded slowly and methodically by the anonymous host, with just enough editorializing to make it feel like a friend or a witness is relaying the tale.[9]

In its current format, the 2019 Casefile team now consists of four researcher/writers, two composers, a designer, a social media liaison, and the host/narrator.[10] It has also had a producer, Mike Migas, “since about episode 7”, which led to episodes 1–6 being reworked.[7] Researchers have also travelled internationally to access primary resources in some cases, such as former researcher and co-writer Anna Priestland, who travelled from Melbourne to visit the UK National Archives in Kew in 2017 to examine police files on Myra Hindley.[4] A number of the more recent international cases have also been written and researched by the Australian author Eileen Ormsby.

Each case includes a corresponding page on the podcast's official homepage, which details information such as special thank yous, official support phone numbers and websites (for Australia, the UK, the US, Canada and New Zealand), other credits, and resources (such as books, websites, videos, documents, articles, maps, wanted posters, and suspect sketches), as in this example. Warnings are regularly given at the start of podcasts due to the graphic content. It is available via numerous sites.[11] One episode, Case 55 (Simone Strobel, released 15 July 2017), has been removed due to legal issues, although general details of the podcast itself are still publicly available.[12][13][14]

Early in the show's history, updates to cases were occasionally aired as breakthroughs or other significant events occurred. However, as the podcast evolved, these began to be placed behind a voluntary subscription paywall. In July 2019, it was announced that these updates would now be spun out into an "informal companion" series, From the Files, to be aired monthly in the show's off week.[15][16]

EpisodesEdit

(Note: release dates are based on the official website.)

2016Edit

Case Title Date Notes
01 The Wanda Beach Murders 9 January
02 The Somerton Man 16 January
03 Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman 23 January Update - 24 April 2018
04 Who Put Bella In The ‘Witch’ Elm 30 January
05 Donna Wheeler 6 February
06 Roger Dean 13 February
07 Julian Buchwald and Carolynne Watson 20 February
08 Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman 27 February
09 Jonathan Luna 5 March
10 Peter Shellard 12 March
11 Anneliese Michel 19 March
12 Katherine Knight 26 March
13 The Family Court Murders 2 April
14 Helen Munnings 9 April
15 The Weepy Voiced Killer 16 April
16 Chris and Cru Kahui 23 April
17 The Eriksson Twins 30 April
18 The North Hollywood Shootout 7 May
19 Snowtown 14 May
20 Stoni Blair and Stephen Berry 21 May
21 Pamela Lawrence 28 May
22 Marguerite Edwards 11 June
23 The Frankston Serial Killer 18 June Part 2–25 June
24 Russell Street Bombing 2 July Part 2–9 July
25 Prue Bird 16 July
26 Lisa Marie Young 23 July Update - 23 December
27 The West Mesa Bone Collector 30 July
28 Lindsay Buziak 6 August Update - 24 August; 27 January 2019
29 The Burgate House Murders 13 August
30 The Claremont Serial Killer 20 August Update - 23 December
31 The Killer Couple 27 August
32 Grace and Kathleen Holmes 4 September
33 Jaycee Lee Dugard 17 September
34 The Catholic Mafia 24 September
35 Operation Mayan 8 October
36 Amok 15 October
37 The Yorkshire Ripper 22 October Part 2–29 October

Part 3–5 November

38 The Pikuls 12 November
39 Janelle Patton 3 December
40 John Newman 10 December

2017Edit

Case Title Date Notes
41 Mr Cruel 7 January
42 Sherri Rasmussen 14 January
43 Keith Warren 21 January
44 Peter Falconio 28 January
45 Port Arthur 11 February
46 The Frankston and Tynong North Serial Killer 18 February Update - 22 October
47 Yara Gambirasio 25 February
48 Suzy Lamplugh 4 March
49 The Moors Murders 18 March Part 2–25 March
Part 3–1 April
50 Jennifer Pan 15 April
51 Tina Watson 22 April
52 Mary & Beth Stauffer, Jason Wilkman 6 May
53 The East Area Rapist 13 May Part 2–20 May
Part 3–27 May
Part 4–3 June
Part 5–4 June
Bonus Interviews - 15 June
Update - 25 April 2018
54 Daniel Morcombe 1 July
55 Simone Strobel 15 July Removed for legal reasons
56 Anita Cobby 22 July
57 Walsh Street 29 July
58 Shannon Matthews 12 August
59 Amy Lynn Bradley 18 August
60 Jonestown 16 September Part 2–16 September
Part 3–23 September
61 The Lin Family 30 September
62 The Honolulu Strangler 7 October
63 Catherine Holmes and Georgina Watmore 14 October
64 Peter Weinberger 28 October
65 Allison Baden-Clay 4 November
66 The Black Widow 11 November
67 The Battle of Alcatraz 18 November
68 Escape from Alcatraz 25 November
69 Gary Patterson 2 December
70 The Kimberley Killer 9 December
71 Elodie Morel 16 December

2018Edit

Case Title Date Notes
72 Wilhelmina Kruger and Anna Dowlingkoa 13 January
73 The Lady in the Barrel 17 January
74 Eric Coy 20 January
75 Graeme Thorne 27 January
76 Silk Road 10 February Part 2–17 February
Part 3–24 February
77 Mia Zapata 11 March
78 The Janabi Family 17 March
79 Rayna Rison 25 March
80 Beth Barnard 8 April Bonus Interview - 11 April
81 Brian Wells 15 April
82 Maria Korp 22 April
83 Chantelle and Leela McDougall, Tony Popic 6 May
84 Lesley Molseed 12 May Part 2–19 May
85 Tom Brown 3 June
86 Amy Allwine 9 June
87 Elaine O'Hara 16 June
88 Stephen Hilder 7 July
89 Ella Tundra 14 July
90 Hoddle Street 28 July
91 Carly Ryan 4 August
92 Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs 11 August
93 Susan Snow and Bruce Nickell 25 August
94 Millie & Trevor Horn, Janice Saunders 1 September
95 The Vampire of Krakow 8 September
96 The Toy Box 22 September Part 2–29 September
Part 3–6 October
97 Rebecca Schaeffer 20 October
98 The Pillow Pyro 27 October
99 Becky Watts 10 November
100 The Beaumont Children 17 November
101 Sian Kingi 24 November
102 Britt Lapthorne 1 December
103 The Gonzales Family 15 December
104 Mark and John 22 December
- Q&A with Anonymous Host 29 December bonus episode

2019Edit

Case Title Date Notes
105 Louise Bell 26 January
106 Peter Nielsen 2 February Part 2–9 February
107 Lucie Blackman & Carita Ridgway 23 February
108 The Kicevo Monster 2 March
109 Belanglo 23 March Part 2–30 March
Part 3–6 April
Part 4–13 April
Part 5–20 April
110 Muriel McKay 4 May
111 Shauna Howe 18 May
112 Rachel Barber 25 May
113 Brendan Bernard 1 June
114 Elisa Claps & Heather Barnett 15 June
115 Operation Cathedral 22 June
116 Chloe Ayling 29 June
- From the Files 06 July Updates to cases 3, 21, 23, 24, 53, 54, 76, 86, 87.
117 Hannah Foster 13 July
118 The Chicago Tylenol Murders 21 July

ReceptionEdit

Along with the recent rise in true crime podcasting, as seen in Serial or S-Town, the series has been reviewed positively by several sources:[17][7]

Rolling Stone (22 July 2016):

As Casefile points out in their tagline, fact is scarier than fiction. But what the podcast might really prove is that fact is even scarier when told in a thick Australian accent – especially when accompanied by ambient, pulsing noise from a trio of professional sound designers and musicians. In each weekly episode, which can run anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half, the narrator... calmly tells a story of a devastating Australian crime. The podcast expertly covers murder and abduction, sometimes walking the listener through the criminal's trial, and other times discussing potential theories for a crime whose perpetrator was never caught.[1]

Evening Standard (28 March 2017):

The Australian-made show, which launched in January last year, has regularly featured in the UK’s top 10 podcasts on iTunes in recent months. It also regularly reaches the top 50 in the US chart, rising as high as fourth last July. ... Its mini-series on Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe received 5.8 million downloads — the most for a single case since the launch. Its most popular single episode was on British tourist Peter Falconio ... [which] has more than 4.2 million downloads. A series covering the Moors Murders ... had more than a million downloads in four days.[4]

Download statistics by iTunesChart.net state that Casefile has charted in the top 100 in 5 regions, with peak ranking positions of the podcast including: Australia (1), Canada (4), Germany (68), United Kingdom (11), and United States (7).[18] In Australia, the podcast has consistently been in the top 10 since May 2016.[19] Overall, as of July 2019, individual episodes have been downloaded more than 275 million times.[20]

AwardsEdit

  • Best of 2016 (iTunes)[21]
  • CastAway 2017 Australian Podcast Awards[21]
  • Discover Pods award (Most Innovative Podcast 2017)[22]
  • Off the Charts 2017[21]
  • Podcasts (Best of 2018)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Garber-Paul, Elisabeth (22 July 2016). "Beyond 'Serial': 10 True Crime Podcasts You Need to Follow". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  2. ^ Goldin, Megan (15 May 2017). "5 Crime Podcasts That Are Better Than A Netflix Binge". Whimn. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  3. ^ Schlesinger, Larry (6 January 2019). "From Phoebe's Fall to The Teacher's Pet: the 6 best true crime podcasts". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Podcast becomes global hit as it examines UK's most notorious crimes". Evening Standard. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  5. ^ "The best Australian podcasts to listen to right now". TechRadar. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  6. ^ "AMA with the host of Casefile True Crime". WhatPods. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "Casefile: True Crime Podcast creator reveals story behind popular series". pickle.nine.com.au. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  8. ^ "9 Podcasts To Binge If You're Obsessed With True Crime". SHE'SAID'. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  9. ^ Bulnes, Rebecca. "Our favorite podcasts of 2016". AUX. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Team - Casefile: True Crime Podcast". Casefile: True Crime Podcast. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Casefile True Crime". audioboom.com. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Inquest hears Strobel boyfriend suspected in death". www.abc.net.au. 9 July 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Toby Moran's life under scrutiny by police 12 years after his girlfriend's mysterious death". NewsComAu. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Case 55: Simone Strobel by Casefile True Crime on Podchaser". Podchaser. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Casefile Is Dropping A Brand New Podcast Called 'From The Files' This Weekend". Pedestrian TV. 2 July 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Casefile Presents - From the Files - a new Casefile show". Audioboom. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  17. ^ "The 12 Best True Crime Podcasts Of 2018". LBC. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  18. ^ "iTunesCharts.net: 'Casefile True Crime' by Casefile True Crime (International iTunes Chart Performance)". www.itunescharts.net. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  19. ^ "iTunesCharts.net: 'Casefile True Crime' by Casefile True Crime (Australian Podcasts iTunes Chart)". www.itunescharts.net. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  20. ^ "‎Casefile True Crime: Casefile Presents - From the Files - a new Casefile show on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  21. ^ a b c "Welcome to Casefile: True Crime Podcast". Casefile: True Crime Podcast. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  22. ^ "The 2017 Discover Pods Awards Winners | Discover the Best Podcasts | Discover Pods". Discover the Best Podcasts | Discover Pods. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2018.

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