I am not a huge podcast follower when it comes to true crime. When I do listen, I put one on in the background when I write. There is a lot of people competing in the true crime space for podcast time. Some don’t resonate with me well. I don’t like the ones that joke a great deal. I get it, you want to stand out and lighten the mood. To me, it feels disrespectful. Same for the drinking and true crime podcasts. I never got into the concept you could pair a wine with a crime…but that is a matter of personal preference on my part.
We drove to Michigan this week to visit family and my wife asked me to play some true crime podcasts on the trip. This was high on my list and I was not let down.
Man in the Window is gripping. One, it was done by a writer for the LA Times who has dived deep into the Golden State Killer case. This podcast really grabs you with a mix of interview snippets and a compelling story. It is professionally produced, top-notch stuff. At the same time, the most gripping part is not the production – it is that it provides us all with an in-depth view of the Joseph DeAngelo, the accused Golden State Killer.
Accused is a light word here, a formality. It is hard to dodge multiple DNA hits. He totally did it. But what we have never gotten is “why.” This podcast gets us much closer to that answer, delving into his background. The interview with his former girlfriend is creepy, and weird, and the kind of stuff you can’t pause.
This is good investigative journalism colliding with social media to produce a wonderful and sufficiently eerie experience. I highly recommend this podcast to any true crime aficionado. An easy five out of five stars.