• Melbourne Crime Files

Is lockdown making me more true crime obsessed?

Here in Melbourne, I now forget what week or month of COVID-19 lockdown we are up to. Like most people in Melbourne, I am working from home most of the time. I have also had two separate weeks of leave. During this time, I have read lots of my favourite genre, true crime. In particular Australian true crime. I have listened to loads of true crime podcasts and watched many documentaries. I also wrote two articles on the Vocal media website. My lockdown guides to true crime podcasts and Australian true crime books. I also started doing some research into historic crimes in Australia. I love podcasts and many years ago, I studied Commercial Radio at uni. I had done various work in media, such as radio, television and blogging. So the idea of a making a podcast has been appealing for sometime. But what style of podcast would I make? A weekly/monthly podcast about a different crime each episode? What crimes would I cover? What information is already out there about the crime?

What will be my unique selling point?

The world is crazy for anything true crime at the moment. There is easily hundreds (or more!) true crime podcasts out there. So I didn't want to be just another true crime podcast. I also wondered if I could take the criticism, in the harsh world of podcasting? Apple Podcast reviews?! No thanks!

While doing this research into historic cold crimes, I realised something. I realised in Melbourne alone, there is so many unsolved crimes, where there is very little information available. Cases that are NOT featured on any podcasts, because of the lack of public information available. I wondered what made for a good crime story, that would get newspaper, radio and television newsrooms interested? For some crimes, I found that news coverage was nothing more than a few lines. Some crimes only got covered for a day or two. Yet many years later, these crimes remain unsolved. Yes some get news coverage as the years go by, usually around anniversaries. Like ten, twenty, thirty years. This coverage is usually inline with police offering a reward or a larger reward.

So while sitting up late researching old crime cases during my leave, I was also watching the latest documentary series on HBO, I'll Be Gone in the Dark. The series looks at the life of American true crime writer Michelle McNamara and her quests to write her book I'll Be Gone in the Dark and identify the 'Golden State Killer'. A historical case involving a spate of rapes and murders in 70's and 80's. While I don't want to spoil the story-line of the series, McNamara definitely inspired me. Inspired me to write about unsolved crimes. And not just write about well known, well documented crimes. Like many of the true crime podcasts around at the moment.

So with all these factors coming together, I thought I would start this blog Melbourne Crime Files. I have started researching some old cases already. The more reading I do, the more I wonder what happened to that person? How does their family cope with knowing their loved one, is no longer with them and no one has been held responsible in the courts for the crime. I am very eagerly waiting for the lockdown restrictions here in Melbourne to be lifted, so I can get some more research done at the Public Record Office. Has all this time on my hands, made me even more obsessed with true crime?

Subscribe to the newsletter, so you don't miss a blog post.