13 episodes

Do you ever listen to a true crime podcast and think “that’s not quite right…?” Same. Crime stories are hard to ignore and even harder to forget. But the thing is... they’re stories. And getting a story right is all about how you tell it. Truer Crime talks about real people — murdered, missing, misled — with more nuance, more context, and more questions. Hosted by Celisia Stanton.

Truer Crime Celisia Stanton

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 989 Ratings

Do you ever listen to a true crime podcast and think “that’s not quite right…?” Same. Crime stories are hard to ignore and even harder to forget. But the thing is... they’re stories. And getting a story right is all about how you tell it. Truer Crime talks about real people — murdered, missing, misled — with more nuance, more context, and more questions. Hosted by Celisia Stanton.

    Special Announcement: Robin + Roiann

    Special Announcement: Robin + Roiann

    When Roiann was diagnosed with early onset dementia, her sister Robin had her back, making sure everything was in order so she could live comfortably in an assisted living facility. When her other sister and mom were also diagnosed with dementia, Robin worked harder and reached deeper to support the family she loved. A problem solver, Robin had a plan to both support her family and retire happily with her husband. But then she met Isaiah, and her life and plans were irreparably changed. In this special announcement episode, Celisia has a small story and a big request.

    Want to help Robin, Roiann, and the rest of the Gonzales family? Donate to their GoFundMe (gofundme.com/gonzales-fam)

    Want to learn more about the Gonzales family and the fraud which harmed both them and Celisia? Check out Terrible Thanks for Asking's episode, "Behind the Scammer" (https://www.ttfa.org/episode/2021/12/07/behind-the-scammer)

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    • 8 min
    *BONUS* Womanhood + True Crime w/ Olivia Gatwood

    *BONUS* Womanhood + True Crime w/ Olivia Gatwood

    In 2017, Olivia Gatwood picked up a new hobby: listening to true crime podcasts. Living in a first floor Boston apartment at the time, Olivia was quickly consumed by a new fear: a man breaking into her apartment and murdering her in her sleep. In order to work through this fear, Olivia wrote about it in what would eventually become her poetry collection “Life of the Party.”

    A conversation between Olivia and Celisia, today’s episode explores how warranted fear can become harmful paranoia, why so many women are obsessed with true crime, and what ‘justice’ looks like in a society obsessed with punishment.

    You can find Olivia on Instagram @oliviagatwood

    Check out Olivia's books Life of the Party and New American Best Friend.

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    • 46 min
    Ep. 10: Joan Little Pt. 2

    Ep. 10: Joan Little Pt. 2

    At just 21 years old, Joan Little finds herself on trial for murder and facing the death penalty. But still, thousands of people around the country insist that Joan’s actions were justified. When her case sparks nationwide protests and a wave of financial support, eyes around the world are suddenly all on Joan. Picking up where part 1 left off, today’s episode explores what happens when someone suddenly and unwittingly becomes the face of a movement.

    A full list of sources, resources mentioned, and photos related to the case are available in the show notes of today's episode, https://truercrimepodcast.com/joan-little-pt-2/ 

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    • 40 min
    Ep. 09: My Story

    Ep. 09: My Story

    Last week I sat in a courtroom, a government building not so different from the ones we often mention on Truer Crime. So this week I decided to do something different: In today’s episode, I’m both crime storyteller and crime victim. This is the story of how a man I trusted stole my entire life savings — and what I learned along the way.

    A full list of sources, resources mentioned, and photos related to the case are available in the show notes of today's episode, https://truercrimepodcast.com/my-story/ 

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    • 59 min
    Ep. 08: Joan Little Pt. 1

    Ep. 08: Joan Little Pt. 1

    In the early hours of August 27th, 1974, the security camera at North Carolina’s Beaufort County Jail was inexplicably not working. So when the night jailer, Clarence Alligood is found dead in 20-year-old Joan Little’s cell — everyone is left with a slew of unanswered questions. Why was Clarence Alligood in Joan Little’s cell? What had led to his murder? And where was Joan Little?

    Today’s episode explores a case that was too big and important to fit into one episode. The story continues with part 2 next Tuesday (July 6th).

    Today’s episode contains references to sexual assault. Please take care while listening.

    A full list of sources, resources mentioned, and photos related to the case are available in the show notes of today's episode, https://truercrimepodcast.com/joan-little-pt-1/ 

    Love Truer Crime and want to support our work? Join us on Patreon (patreon.com/truercrimepod)

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    • 32 min
    Ep. 07: Michael Johnson / Tiger Mandingo

    Ep. 07: Michael Johnson / Tiger Mandingo

    In the winter of 2013, Dylan King-Lemons went to the doctor with stomach pains. His diagnosis? HIV. A few months later, one of his former sexual partners, Michael Johnson, is arrested. But why? Today’s episode explores identity, crime, and our societal obsession with punishment.

    Please be aware that today’s episode contains references to anti-Black racism, homophobia, and incarceration.

    *Correction: In the episode we mentioned St. Charles, Missouri has a Black population of less than 2%. This was an error. The most recent U.S. Census data shows that St. Charles County, Missouri has Black or African American population of 5.3%.

    A full list of sources, resources mentioned, and photos related to the case are available in the show notes of today's episode, https://truercrimepodcast.com/michael-johnson/

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
989 Ratings

989 Ratings

HanCGib ,

Fantastic Research

I’m only one episode in and am enthralled by the attention to detail and how she intentionally includes an intersectional approach to the research.

zil1331 ,

Interesting

Interesting & different perspective.
Great refreshing view on many popular crimes.

Downside, I do not believe the host had much knowledge about the law. She blows past students bringing guns to school and has many bias. Some episodes are hard to listen to because of her lack of knowledge on the law and how it works.

jawmelah ,

This is great

She brings attention not only to crimes and injustices but also to racial issues and she notes important racial differences in cases and I first of all love that . Then I love how she brings forward every little detail in these cases it feels like she doesn’t miss anything .

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