Podcast of the Week

Podcast of the Week: Bear Brook

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After a brief venture into advice podcasts, I am, as the kids say, back on my bullshit and listening to true crime again. And man, oh man, is this a good one to dive back into.

Bear Brook delves into the long-unsolved mystery of the Bear Brook murders. In 1985, two bodies were found decomposing in a barrel in Bear Brook State Park near Allenstown, New Hampshire. In 2000 another barrel was found containing 2 more victims. Not only were the police unable to identify the killer, they couldn’t identify the victims — 3 young girls and a woman who didn’t match any missing persons reports, who weren’t being searched for by their friends, families, or neighbors.

Over the past thirty years a few dogged investigators have refused to let this mystery go, and as a result the world of forensic science was changed forever and a serial killer with many identities was unmasked. Bear Brook covers all of this in a thrilling, well-researched and impeccably produced 6-part podcast. There are so many twists and turns to this story I couldn’t believe it wasn’t fiction.

As educational as it is exciting, Bear Brook is a true crime podcast for the modern age that considers the ethics of the growing science of forensics with thoughtfulness and care, all while respecting the victims of a horrendous crime and doing its best to keep their memory alive. This is Josh Moon’s first venture into true crime, but he handles it with aplomb.

Listen if you like: Someone Knows Something, your dad ranting about 23 and Me, true crime threads on Reddit

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