Hey everyone, and welcome to the inaugural post of the Of Myth and Mercy blog! I’m your hostess with the mostess, Alice, from the Of Myth and Mercy podcast. Along with my co-host, Cass, I cover lesser-known cases and marginalized victims in our biweekly podcast, but you probably already know that!
I wasn’t quite sure what we should use the blog for at first, to be honest. Should I use it just to cover cases that we don’t get a chance to cover in the podcast? Do I use it to go more in depth into forensic history and techniques? Or something else entirely? There are so many great podcasts out there that cover cases, and there are more than enough deep dives into forensics by experts whose knowledge I couldn’t even come close to emulating. After agonizing over it for ages, I finally came to the question: what draws me to true crime?
True crime generally, and true crime podcasts specifically, are having their moment right now, and it’s not hard to see why. Crime is dramatic, especially when the crime is salacious – a fact that one of the most recent podcasts I’ve listened to, The Onion News Network’s “A Very Fatal Murder”, brings out for some very dark humor. But that’s not what draws me, specifically, to true crime. The crux of my interest with true crime is a question, really: why them? Why did the perpetrator do it? Not just the specifics of the individual crime – there are more motives than there are reasons to get out of bed in the morning, I’ve found, but beyond that: what is it in each person that leads to that decision? The single step that it takes to make a human being into a murderer, or rapist, or torturer?
I suppose ultimately it leads into the question of evil. I was raised very religious in the Southern Baptist tradition (although it certainly didn’t stick as an adult), and the question of evil was always present and never really addressed. Why does evil exist? Are there certain people that just are predisposed to “evil”? What is “evil”? If I’ve learned anything as an adult, it’s that people who do “evil” things almost never think that they’re doing “evil” – there’s always a justification, or a reason why it’s all right in this instance.
In any case, I don’t have the answers to all these questions. I’m not sure anyone does, to be honest. They might not even exist. But I look forward to taking the time to ask these questions with you and see what you think.
But, I’ve gone too deep into self-absorbed navel-gazing! My hope with this blog – and podcast – is to shine a light on the victims of crimes that society overlooks, whether due to their sexuality, ethnicity, or simply because they didn’t fit the mold of a “perfect victim”. The true crime genre is lousy with elaborate podcasts about beautiful missing white women and the angst of the diminishing American middle class. I can’t hope to add to that, but I can work through it with you, my lovely readers. Together, let’s peer under some rocks and see what slithers out into the light, shall we?
If you like the work that Of Myth and Mercy does, you can support us monthly through our Patreon (to help cover hosting costs), or through a one-time donation at Ko-Fi (to help cover research, coffee, and tea expenses)! I’m going to aim to release a blog post every week, so sit tight, buckle in, and stay merciful, everyone!