Hurst Hot Take: ‘Crime Junkie’ Podcast

Vydalia Weatherly, Staff writer

Are you obsessed with true crime? Are you looking for a new podcast to satisfy your hunger for crime and justice? If so, there is the perfect podcast for you!

Every Monday, Ashley Flowers, alongside various guest hosts, discusses different true crime cases on “Crime Junkie.” “Crime Junkie” is brought to you by Audiochuck, but you can listen to “Crime Junkie” on Spotify or wherever you listen to your other podcasts.

Based out of Indiana, Flowers covers crimes from all over the world. The podcast talks about a whole range of different types of crime from stalking, missing persons, murders, etc. Unlike most podcasts I have listened to in the past that only focus on closed or cold cases, “Crime Junkie” discusses active and ongoing cases as well. Just days after Gabby Petito went missing, “Crime Junkie” aired an episode about her case in hopes that more people would be aware of her situation and help join the search to find her. Of course, this was unfortunately aired before it was discovered Petito was murdered by her boyfriend.

By listening to “Crime Junkie,” however, you could be making a huge difference, which Flowers constantly points out. The podcast points listeners towards groups such as Crime Stoppers to report anything that could potentially help solve a case. “Crime Junkie” also uses portions of the money raised from their merch and listeners to donate to organizations tasked with finding missing people, helping victims get the assistance they need and financing the technology needed to solve crimes.

One of the most incredible parts of this podcast is their attention to the delicate nature of the crimes they are discussing. Flowers especially understands that these are real crimes that happened to real people, and she uses her platform to raise awareness for stalking and domestic abuse in particular. The podcast is very respectful, which makes it even better. This podcast is a great resource to use to stay-up-to- date with what is going on in the world.

Flowers’ storytelling skills are phenomenal, and she will leave you on the edge of your seat the entire time. From giving background information on every single individual involved in the crime to describing the scene of the crime in full detail, Flowers will make you feel as if you were a witness to the crime and a detective on the case at the same time.

The majority of the episodes are less than an hour long, so you can listen when waiting for your next class or while you are studying. There are dozens of episodes to choose from, so you will never face a dry spell.

I love this podcast, but you do not have to only take my word. “Crime Junkie” is currently ranked top ten in the United States out of all the podcasts on Spotify. So, thousands of other people are listening every day to Flowers as well. After one episode, you will be begging for more.

Make sure to check out “Crime Junkie” for yourself if true crime is your guilty pleasure, too. Stay tuned next week for another great recommendation from our staff’s Hurst Hot Take!