New True Crime Podcast Investigates Grisly Pacific Northwest Cases
Veteran local reporters Carolyn Ossorio and Kim Shepard spent years scooping juicy news stories for radio, so it’s no surprise their transitions into podcasting were criminally smooth. This winter, the former anchors teamed up to launch Scene of the Crime, a new true crime podcast exploring horrific misdeeds in the Pacific Northwest.
“I wanted to bring not just the gory details of the crime…but [to] really talk about why we like true crime,” Ossorio says. “It’s not just because we like to watch other people suffer,” she adds, noting that she finds true crime most interesting in how it depicts victims in a way she finds relatable. The first full season is now available online and through podcast apps, with 12 hair-raising episodes covering everything from the Green River Killer to the Wah Mee massacre.
They wanted to tell true-crime stories, so they started a podcast
Former Renton Reporter columnist and KIRO radio host/reporter Carolyn Ossorio “Pippimamma” has left the world of breaking news to dive into true crime stories. Her and another former KIRO radio reporter, Kim Shepard, recently debuted their podcast “Scene of the Crime.” In the first season, the two hosts discuss and report on crimes in the Pacific Northwest, especially Snohomish and King counties.
…After several episodes, the mission of the podcast is storytelling. But they also want to make sure they are remembering and honoring the victims of the crime. They also want to tell a story that keeps history from repeating itself, making potential victims more aware of the danger in the cabin. Or bunker. Or even across the street.
Visiting New Day Northwest
After releasing the first 4 episodes of Scene of the Crime, podcast co-hosts Carolyn Ossorio and Kim Shepard were invited to talk about why women love true crime on King 5’s New Day Northwest.
Carolyn suspects true crime is an escape and that women find they can relate to the victims and the situations that lead up to the criminal acts.
New Day NW Host Margaret Larson speculates women may feel connected with the crimes because they are so often the ones being victimized by violence.
Kim suggests women have always been interested in the topic, but have felt a sense of taboo about discussing it and being seen as unladylike. Podcasts like Scene of the Crime give them the ability to connect with like-minded women.
You can watch the segment and decide for yourself.