Since its debut in 2016, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark’s podcast, “My Favorite Murder,” has gained a cultlike follow- ing. The self-named “Murderino” fan base has grown to reach millions of monthly listeners and sell out worldwide tours.
The podcast aims to focus on a murder, true-crime or survivor story on a weekly ba- sis, but more often than not, the conversation moves to other topics such as self-care, the justice system or anything that sparks a conversation between the two hosts.
If you are looking for a highly informative and detailed true-crime podcast, “My Favorite Murder” is not for you. Kilgariff and Hardstark keep a lively conversation throughout the podcast and, as many of us do, cope with the horrible events they are discussing using humor.
Listening to the show feels more like your friend telling you about a movie they watched the night before rather than a deep analysis of the crime.
The details are loose, and the side conver- sations are countless, but that is all part of what makes this approach to true crime so popular with listeners.
Each episode covers two stories presented by each of the hosts. Throughout their epi- sodes, they have covered well-known crimes and lesser-known stories. One of my favorite sections of the show is when fans submit stories from their hometown and the hosts read them out loud.
Kilgariff and Hardstark have recorded live shows in the past, but personally I don’t enjoy listening to those as much as the episodes recorded in their own living rooms.
The show sometimes delves into the short- comings of the criminal justice system. Frustration is always evident in the hosts’ voices when someone is wrongfully convicted or let go only to commit another crime.
With such a heavy topic being discussed, it is nice to have the anecdotal humor throughout the episodes. Some may find
the humor insensitive, but I do not. Kilgariff and Hardstark often talk about how important resources are for survivors and families of victims. They talk about disturbing crimes in the podcast and always express that they do not condone these crimes but are purely interested in why and how they are committed.
The hosts feel relatable, and although they can get carried away in unrelated conversation, they are fantastic storytellers. If you want a way to learn more about crime and not feel overwhelmed with forensics and gory details, “My Favorite Murder” is worth listening to.