True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 Recap


It’s been one month since the 1st annual True Crime Podcast Festival and we feel like it took us this long to recover and put some fun things into motion as a result. We had the best time and want to sincerely thank the organizers for a memorable event.

It would be difficult to list everyone that we got to chat with, geek-out with, drink with and laugh with but here are some of the most memorable moments for us:

Our first night in Chicago, we watched a bit of Forensic Files in the room and then went out to The Arrogant Frog Bar to watch the crossover show with (our other half) Getting Off and Ignorance Was Bliss. It was our first time meeting Nick & Jessa and Kate in person and a really cool, boozy way to start the weekend!


Saturday morning we got up super early, like the proper nerds that we are, and found our spot in the podcast “meet and greet” room, soaking in the quiet before the whirlwind day that lay before us. Good thing too, because we were able to finally meet Tim Pilleri of Missing Maura Murray and the Crawlspace Media Network before he was whisked away to participate in panels and talk with other fans. We were so fortunate to spend lots of time with our amazing table partner, Criminologist & Professor Amy Shlosberg of the Direct Appeal podcast. It was non-stop talking about our respective jobs and podcasts in between talking to other people (There were other people in the room?). We are now big fans of her podcast and hope to collaborate soon.

A cool surprise was meeting Jules Hannaford of the Hong Kong Confidential podcast; a sister podcast that we had never heard of! We were honored that she interviewed both of us during the day for her new podcast based on her book, Fool Me Twice, about being duped by a romantic interest in the digital world. Finally, we ran in to some new family members, our honorary podcast nieces, Olivia and Mack from Death By Champagne (we’ll give you ALL the advice)! We adore these St. Louis ladies and it was a moment that exemplified this event- gathering with people who you know- but don’t…love that we get to consider so many talented people friends.


And then it was show time!

It felt like our live podcast with Getting Off covering the Mary Kay Letourneau case was over as quickly as it started. The room was packed and everyone was so great with their non-verbal feedback, generous laughter, and excellent questions. We felt like we covered everything we wanted to and gave the audience equal parts of our complimentary shows. We all appreciate the attentiveness and were inspired by the crowd’s passion.

Unfortunately, our audio was not fully captured, so we have re-recorded the case for you. Part 1 will be released by Getting Off on Wednesday August 14th and Part 2 will be released on L.A. Not So Confidential on Wednesday August 21st.


Somehow we found time to eat, grab some wine and debrief with Nick & Jessa and then got ready for the evening activities. This was another chance to connect with some fantastic people that we really cherish as part of our entire podcasting experience. We were able to spend a bit more time with Michelle of UnSubs Central. If you are in the social media world of true crime, you know that Michelle is our community’s biggest cheerleader. She is a writer and fan who channels all of that passion into a book and film review blog that will keep you reading for hours. She is a doll and we are better people for knowing her in person.

Hands down the most fun part of the festival was saved for last- the brain child of the sweet and snarky (but mostly sweet) Rebekah Sebastian, Yellow Tape True Crime Trivia! We had been stalking this live trivia gig on social media for awhile wondering, “What the hell is it and why is it not HERE?” So finally getting to experience it at the end of the event was an absolute highlight. Seriously, it could have gone on for 2 more hours and it would not have been enough! We got to spend a little extra time with Rebekah and her lovely husband over a late dinner, learning all about each other’s true crime origins. And as if she wasn’t busy enough- her podcast, Die-Alogue: A true crime conversation, started up two weeks ago and it’s off to a phenomenal start! Let’s start a petition to bring Yellow Tape to L.A. because we need more of Rebekah in our lives!


True Crime Podcast Festival certainly added to our whirlwind 2019 and was a kick-ass way to get our live show feet wet.

See you in 2020!