Rating: 4.5/5

Chilling, entertaining, suspenseful. Those are the best adjectives to describe the podcast Crime Junkie. I first started listening to this podcast last summer on long car rides when my family traveled, but it first debuted in December 2017. The podcast, hosted by Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat, examines a variety of crimes that have occurred throughout the country. From murders to missing persons to conspiracies, Crime Junkie is packed with eerie stories to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

The podcast episodes typically run from between 30 minutes to an hour, and new episodes come out every week. It’s a great way to pass time while walking to class. Host Ashley Flowers leads the conversation and provides most of the background information regarding the case, while Brit Prawat joins in by asking questions and sharing her thoughts. Neither of the hosts usually reveal their exact opinions on the outcome of the case, especially if it is an unsolved one. But listeners are typically able to tell what Flowers and Prawat generally think happened. 

I won’t lie, sometimes some of the stories can be too gruesome or too much for me. I personally take more interest in the missing people cases as there is still a glimmer of hope of the person being found. Horrific murder cases, however, typically give me an unsettled feeling. 

With that being said, I think the hosts do a great job in remaining calm and collective when discussing such difficult-to-imagine crimes, which makes it more bearable to listen to some of the more morbid cases. Several well-known cases have been featured on Crime Junkie such as the cases of Darlie Routier, the Watts family murder, Lizzie Borden, Maura Murray, serial killer Israel Keyes, and more. However, there are even more cases covered in the podcast that aren’t as well-known to the public. Shedding light on the lesser-known cases is good as it encourages public support in solving cases that haven’t been solved yet; in general, it helps to spread awareness. 

For example, Crime Junkie did an episode discussing the case of missing person Alissa Turney—I definitely recommend listening to the episodes on her—as well as theories about what might have happened. They did another episode where Allisa’s sister was featured in discussion with the hosts The sister shared what she thinks happened to Alissa and how strongly she felt about it but also stated that police were not cooperating and let the case go cold. She wants justice for Alissa, so she has begun a petition to indicate that the case is still relevant and many other people want justice for Alissa as well. Once it gets enough signatures, she will take it to the police and demand they continue searching for Alissa. 

The case of Alissa Turney is not widely known and has been unsolved since 2001, but after Crime Junkie featured an episode about it, new light was shed on the case. Many more people signed the petition and provided some hope to Alissa’s sister that the search can continue.

If you are interested in true crime, unsolved cases, discovering the truth behind tragic stories, or helping demand justice, then you should start listening to Crime Junkie. The episodes are not long at all compared to other podcasts and every minute will leave you filled with suspense. Ever since I started listening to Crime Junkie, it’s been hard to listen to any other podcast. You can find Crime Junkie episodes on crimejunkiepodcast.com, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts, and most places where podcasts are found. 

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